Meet the team at Regain PT! Our highly trained staff are caring and compassionate.
Meet the Team: Heather Nichting
Heather opened Regain in 2012 with a passion for people and a desire to provide personalized, one-on-one care. She believes that people come first and that therapy is more successful when therapists have time to really listen. This allows the therapist to personalize the treatment based on specific goals and needs. She founded Regain on this philosophy and has made sure to hire staff that share her vision.
Heather graduated from the Physical Therapy program at Nazareth College in 2003. She’s been licensed and working as a Physical Therapist since then. Her experience prior to opening Regain includes working with adults and children with various neurological conditions. It also includes serving as Director of Rehab at a nursing home. She has extensive training and experience with a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions including (but not limited to) joint pain, neck and back pain, vertigo, TMJ, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson’s, and Cerebral Palsy.
Heather is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and continues to learn by attending additional courses. She holds a Level 1 certification in Kinesiology taping techniques, and has attended additional courses regarding strength and flexibility training, knee and hip rehab and prevention of injury, balance and coordination, fall prevention, shoulder, Vestibular rehab (vertigo), and the McKenzie Method Part A course regarding the lumbar spine.
When she is not working, Heather loves to golf and spend time outdoors with her husband and friends.
Meet the Team: Nichole Chaffee
Nichole has been a part of Regain since the beginning, and was hand-picked by Heather to join the team. She has extensive training in hands-on treatment of orthopaedic conditions including neck pain, back pain, joint replacements and injuries, gait abnormalities, and fall prevention. Nichole has also spent a large portion of her career specializing in effective treatment of adults and children with neurological conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and ALS. She is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Nichole graduated from Daemen College in 2002 and has been a licensed and practicing Physical Therapist ever since. She enjoys learning and has taken many additional courses regarding the shoulder, spine, knee, and joint replacements. She has been extensively trained in the McKenzie Method, which is a proven method of treatment for spinal issues which involves repetitive movements. Nichole has taken Part A (lumbar spine), Part B (cervical and thoracic spine), and Part C (upper extremities), and has also recently attended the 2016 Annual McKenzie Conference which addressed the latest research and techniques.
Nichole loves working at Regain because it allows her to build relationships with her patients and make a positive impact on their quality of life. When she is not at work, Nichole enjoys hiking, biking, photography, yoga, music, and spending time with her family.
Meet the Team: Bryn Yoshida
Bryn joined the Regain team in October of 2016, after moving from the Seattle area where he was a practicing physical therapist for the past 5 years. He has experience treating a wide range of orthopedic and vestibular conditions including the high school and college athlete, post-operative rehab, injured workers, and dizziness/balance. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, CA with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010, where he received extensive manual therapy training. Bryn has continued his education and training taking multiple continuing education classes through EIM, NAIOMT, IPA, and others, expanding his manual therapy skills and vestibular rehabilitation training. Bryn loves that this practice integrates one-on-one care, allowing a personal and productive experience for each patient visit.
In his free time, Bryn enjoys spending time outside with his wife and dog, whether it’s golfing, hiking, and camping in the summer, or snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter.
Meet the Team: Mallory Doll
Physical Therapy Assistant
Mallory joined the team as a Physical Therapist Assistant in January 2014. She graduated from Genesee Community College in 2013 with an AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant. She has gained further training through continued education courses where she has studied a variety of topics including joint replacements, research-based modalities, and therapeutic Yoga and Pilates. Mallory is trained in the McKenzie Method and has completed the McKenzie Part A course regarding the lumbar spine. She also has Level I certification in Kinesiology taping techniques. Mallory combines her experience and training with a hands-on approach for pain relief and recovery. She feels very lucky to work with a team of people who share her passion for healing and wellness and putting patients first.
Outside of work, her interests include attending Zumba class, baking, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with family.
Meet the Team: Ryan Shannon
Physical Therapy Assistant
Ryan is a Physical Therapy Assistant and joined the Regain team in July 2014. She joined after moving to the Rochester area from Lockport, NY. Ryan graduated from Niagara County Community College in 2003 with AAS in applied science Physical Therapist Assistant and has been licensed and practicing ever since. She is proficient in both the McKenzie Part A (lumbar spine) and McKenzie Part B (cervical spine) courses. Ryan also attended the 2016 McKenzie Annual Conference where she was exposed to the latest research and techniques.
She has a skilled background in manual physical therapy and has completed courses regarding positional release technique, myofascial release technique, and Mulligan upper quadrant techniques. Ryan is also a Level I certified Kinesiology taping therapist. She has a passion for running and has a solid understanding of running kinematics and treatment for running specific injuries. Ryan has a proven track record for efficient and evidence based skilled physical therapy interventions. She feels very fortunate to work for a company that allows her to build relationships with her patients while helping them heal and giving them the tools to prevent further problems.
In her free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with her husband and children, running, camping, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Meet the Team: Alyssa Ziolko
Physical Therapist Assistant
Alyssa joined the Regain team in 2015, after earning her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Genesee Community College. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from LeMoyne College. While she was in school she was also a competitive swimmer. After working several years in the business world, Alyssa decided to follow her passion (health and wellness). She has continued to expand her knowledge by completing various courses. Some of these courses regard joint replacements and Part A of the Mackenzie Method (lumbar spine). Alyssa loves working for a company that truly believes in treating the whole person.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, swimming, biking, paddleboarding, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.
Meet the Team: Kate Roorda
Kate has been a part of the Regain team since April of 2015. She brings over 10 years of experience with her. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Calvin College, and moved to Rochester in 2012 from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The most important part of her job is to ensure that every person who walks through the door feels comfortable. She also keeps everything running smoothly in the background. Her favorite part of her job is getting to be around people all day. Kate feels blessed to work with an amazing group of people who truly care about their patients and each other.
In her free time, Kate enjoys a myriad of things. Some include music, traveling, hiking, tap dancing, and spending time with friends and family. Kate especially loves spending time with her husband and dog.