Staff

Sally Hawkins, OTR/L, CLTSally Hawkins, OTR/L, CLT, CHT

Specialty: UE Orthopedics, Hand Therapy/ Splinting. Women's Health: Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema and Osteoporosis.

Sally Hawkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson State University in 1986. Sally has been practicing Occupational Therapy for over 20 years - 10 years of which she treated in the Baltimore area followed by the remaining years of practice in the Salisbury/ Ocean City area. Sally specializes in upper extremity orthopedic conditions, hand therapy/ custom splinting, breast cancer recovery, Lymphedema (upper and lower) and osteoporosis (home exercise program).

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc., the only organization granting hand therapy certification in the Untied States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa is proud to announce that Sally Hawkins has met all requirements set forth by the commission. These requirements include at least five years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist, a minimum of 4,000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and successful completion of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper limb rehabilitation. There are approximately only 5,400 individuals worldwide that hold this marked designation.

Charles Curran, PT

Charles is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy. He was Director of Rehabilitation at Bel Air Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Hanford County, MD) and Mercy Hospital's Transitional Care Unit (Baltimore). He has practiced in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, and home care.

Bobby Hammond, PT, DPT

To rehabilitate the patient Bobby believes the professional must treat with compassion, sincerity and be knowledgeable in his field. Bobby Hammond was raised here on the Eastern Shore, grew up within the Worcester County Public School System, graduated with a bachelors in exercise science from the Salisbury University in 2010, and went on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical therapy in 2013 from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. As someone who has received much from the Eastern Shore, he is eager to give back to the place that helped raise him. He recently fulfilled his last clinical rotation at University of Maryland, recently known as Kernan Hospital in the out-patient orthopedic and spinal cord unit. He has a focus on neurology and out-patient orthopedics.

Levi Custis, PT, DPT

Levi graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a doctorate in Physical Therapy. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Salisbury University. Before completing college Levi was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served overseas. Levi has clinical experience in outpatient rehabilitation as well as acute care. His favorite part of physical therapy is helping patients return to an active lifestyle and alleviating their pain. He is a native of the Eastern Shore and is excited to give back to his community.

Gwyn Benny, PT

Gwyn Benny is a master physical therapy clinician. She has been working in the field of orthopedics for 28 years and a certified manual therapist since 1992. Specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, Gwyn obtained her Advanced Master's degree from the University of St Augustine in 2005. During this training she conducted research on the effects of posture on physical performance. Gwyn obtained her entry degree in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1984.

Gwyn has extensive knowledge in the treatment of all extremity and spinal disorders. Through attending national seminars and researching evidence based practices she has developed post operative physical therapy protocols for the low back and cervical spine. Gwyn also has a special interest in treatment of shoulder pathologies including rotator cuff dysfunction, frozen shoulder and instabilities.

Gwyn has also served as a clinical instructor for over 26 years helping to provide hands on experiences and skill development for physical therapy students. Gwyn strongly believes in the lifelong learning process.

Scott Yanus DPT

Scott received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Marlyand Eastern Shore in 2010. Scott obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park. Scott has inpatient and outpatient experience and is skilled in vestibular rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is certified in Graston technique and Functional Capacity Evaluations. He plans to pursue his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in the near future. In his free time Scott enjoys cycling, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Caitlin Pisani-Ruggiero, DPT

We are pleased to welcome Caitlin Pisani-Ruggiero to our Atlantic Physical Therapy team. Caitlin received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 2008 from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Caitlin has experience in manual based out patient physical therapy and also specializing in Women's Health addressing the following areas; pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and pregnancy. Caitlin is working towards becoming a Board Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist and is also a certified Core Barre Pilates Instructor.

Heather Little, PTA

Heather Little graduated with an Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Delaware Technical and Community College. Heather has clinical experience in neurological rehab., pediatrics, aquatic therapy, orthopedics, and sports rehab. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Maryland Chapter of APTA, and the sports section of the APTA. Heather's areas of interests are neurology, orthopedic and sports rehab.

Charles Okoye, PTA.

Coming soon.

Michelle Friedman, DPT

Michelle is a graduate of Drexel University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program with a concentration in orthopedics and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from George Washington University. She has experience in inpatient settings, outpatient settings, and clinical instruction. She is certified in custom splint making and functional capacity evaluations. She plans on obtaining her certification in orthopedic specialty in the near future.

Rohini Ghatge, DPT

We welcome to our Philadelphia clinics Rohini Ghatge. Rohini graduated from Drexel University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in March of 2013. She was enrolled in Drexel University's 6-year accelerated undergraduate and graduate physical therapy program, and received her Bachelor's in Health Sciences in 2011. Rohini is very interested in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, and plans to pursue her Orthopedic Specialty Certification and Strength and Conditioning Specialty Certification in the future. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and hopes to one day volunteer in a physical therapy service trip abroad.