Jane Kaufman, PT, M.Ed, BCB-PMD
Jane Kaufman has been a practicing physical therapist for more than thirty-five years. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College Physical Therapy program and earned her Masters at the University of Vermont. She is Board Certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback (PMD), one of just a handful of healthcare professionals in the Northeast to hold this prestigious certification.
In recent years, Jane has focused on men’s, women’s, and pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction health issues which are positively resolved through appropriate physical therapy treatment using surface EMG biofeedback. Her success in assisting men, women, and children with a variety of pelvic floor dysfunction and related problems has made her an authority and leader in this specialized area of physical therapy in Vermont, as well as nationally.
Jane’s career has included practice at Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in Vermont, and at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont where she supervised the Department of Physical Therapy. She has also worked with and managed Burlington area physical therapy practices.
Jane has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Vermont’s Department of Physical Therapy for more than twenty years. She also provides presentations to Medical Grand Rounds for the Family Practice and OB/GYN Departments at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Jane speaks frequently to local prostate cancer support groups and community outreach programs. Jane has been a guest presenter on Vermont Public Television’s Vital Signs medical program and WCAX’s Across the Fence, a community service program.
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She is a seminar and workshop presenter at the Annual Conference of the Society of Urological Nurses and Associates (SUNA). Jane has served on many professional boards and committees; her most recent focus is as Chair of the Advisory Board for UVM’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
In addition to Phoenix Physical Therapy practice management, patient care, and various lectures and presentations, Jane collaborates with Tiffany Ellsworth Lee to teach the national certification course for eligible providers through Biofeedback Training and Incontinence Solutions. Their workshops are offered nationwide. Jane also mentors health care professionals nationwide who are working towards BCIA Board Certification.
Jane and her staff have recently completed research in collaboration with the UVM College of Medicine to further knowledge in the field of sexual dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and quality of life.
Jane and her husband Dave spend their leisure time with family, including their Golden Retrievers, and enjoy the outdoor activities famous in Vermont. They also spend time in New York’s Adirondack Mountains in the summer.
Nancy Suarez, MS, PT, BCB-PMD
Nancy Suarez has specialized in pelvic floor therapy since joining Phoenix in 2007. Prior to that Nancy treated pelvic floor dysfunction and practiced general physical therapy at the Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne, Vermont. Nancy’s Physical Therapy degree is from the University of Vermont.
Nancy has achieved board certification by the Biofeedback Certification International Association (BCIA) in Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction (PFMD), making her one of just a handful of outpatient providers in New England to achieve this highly specialized certification.
Nancy provides treatment for a range of issues including bowel and bladder incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, voiding dysfunction, post-surgical pain, pudendal neuralgia, and pelvic pain in men and women.
When not treating patients Nancy enjoys walking, quilting, and bike riding, as well as traveling.
Megan Abentroth, PT, DPT
Megan Abentroth, PT, DPT joined the Phoenix team in late 2013. She was born in Northern Vermont and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Vermont. Her diverse clinical experiences in Vermont, Cambridge, MA, and San Diego, CA have included orthopedics, aquatic therapy, pediatrics, complex neurological conditions, amputees, and patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Through her diverse clinical experiences, Megan developed a keen interest in treating pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, which is what brought her to Phoenix Physical Therapy. She is working towards certification by the Biofeedback Certification International Association (BCIA) in Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction.
Outside the clinic, Megan enjoys exercise including yoga, running – Vermont City Marathon in 2011, hiking and pilates. She also likes to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Nonna Aydinyan-Allaire, PT, DPT
Nonna Aydinyan-Allaire, PT, DPT joined the Phoenix team in early 2014. She graduated from UVM with her undergraduate degree in Community and International Development in 2005 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. After working as an Economic Research Assistant for three years, she decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. During her extensive graduate work, Nonna discovered her passion for pelvic floor dysfunction.
Being a mother of two young children, she understands the importance of pelvic health in all stages of life. During her clinical rotations, Nonna gained valuable experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including outpatient, acute and skilled nursing rehabilitation facilities. She has treated a variety of conditions, including but not limited to, orthopedic postural impairments, muscle imbalance, cardiac post-operative, total joint replacements, cognitive and proprioceptive impairments. She is thrilled to be part of the Phoenix team and to be specializing in pelvic floor therapy. Nonna is working towards her certification in Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction, administered by the Biofeedback Certification International Association (BCIA).
Nonna enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children in Essex. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and snowshoeing. She is fluent in Russian and has a great appreciation for different cultures.
Francesca Cannan Mihok, PT, DPT, LMT
Francesca, who joined the Phoenix PT staff in December 2014, earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy at the University of Vermont and is also a licensed massage therapist with certification from Wellness Massage Center and Institute in St. Albans, Vermont. In addition to specializing in physical therapy management of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, Francesca has completed over 100 contact hours in Myofascial Release (MFR) with the renowned John Barnes at his clinic in Paoli, PA.
As a ‘non-traditional’ student at the University of Vermont, Francesca brings her knowledge and skills from two previous careers – Teaching English as a second language and horticultural customer service – to her practice as a physical therapist. Francesca’s own experience as a patient at Phoenix Physical Therapy after the birth of her daughter, as well as her studies in Myofascial Release and Women’s Health contributed to her interest in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. These experiences inspired her to join the team at Phoenix Physical Therapy.
When not providing patient care, Francesca enjoys spending time with her daughter, hiking the Adirondack 46 (because she had to give up long distance marathon running due to knee issues), cooking from her Bon Appetit magazine, traveling to new places and spending time with friends and family (she is one of 13!). Francesca is a world traveler and has worked in Hawaii, France, Gabon (West Africa) and Madagascar.
Linda Lumbra, Office Manager
A native of Winooski, Vermont, Linda’s background uniquely qualifies her to manage an office that primarily hosts patients from the north country of Vermont and New York. After graduating from Winooski High School and gaining a knowledge of business in college at the Community College of Vermont and Champlain College, Linda discovered an entrepreneurial spirit that led her to open her own vending business. She then moved on to the financial world where she gained multiple years of office management experience.
As a Vermonter, Linda has a passion for the woods and all outdoors, greatly enhanced by spending lots of childhood time on her grandparent’s farm in Orange, Vermont. She loves gardens, birds, hiking, and kayaking, as well as not so outdoorsy cooking and theater.
Linda has two daughters and two grandsons, “the apples of her eye”! Linda truly cares for people and thrives on doing her part to assist patients with the administrative aspects of their treatment program at Phoenix.