Jane Kaufman, PT, M.Ed, BCB-PMD
Jane Kaufman has been a practicing physical therapist for more than forty 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 dysfunctions and related problems has made her an authority and leader in this specialized area of physical therapy in Vermont, as well as internationally.
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 was 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, OB/GYN Departments and the Vermont Children’s Specialty Clinics at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC). 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. She is also a frequent guest speaker on the national blog radio show “The Whole Scoop” where health issues are the prime focus of discussion.
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She has been 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 College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is a member of the Vermont Regional Board at UVM.
In addition to Phoenix Physical Therapy practice management, patient care, and various lectures and presentations, Jane collaborates with Tiffany Ellsworth Lee to teach the international certification course for eligible providers through Biofeedback Training and Incontinence Solutions. Jane and Tiffany also teach for Herman and Wallace, a Pelvic Rehabilitation Continuing Education company. Their workshops are offered nationwide. Jane also mentors health care professionals internationally who are working towards BCIA Board Certification. Jane and Tiffany were invited to present their course to a select group of nurses through the Hong Kong Hospital Authority but the course was cancelled due to the presence of COVID-19.
Jane and her staff have 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 English Cocker Field dog, and enjoy the outdoor activities famous in Vermont. They also spend time in New York’s Adirondack Mountains in the summer. Jane also loves to cook, read and knit in her spare time.
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.
Catherine Bergeron-Radoux. Catherine received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from UVM and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from UVM. She is thrilled to join our staff finding fulfillment in helping patients with pelvic muscle dysfunction.
Catherine began her journey in health and wellness as a personal trainer and yoga instructor using strengthening and relaxation methods that were accessible, and empowering to her clients and students. She believes that wellness is a right, and that bodies of all shapes and sizes can achieve lifelong health with the right support and tools. Pelvic health was a natural fit for her as she understood the important connection between mindfulness and body function, mental health and physical wellbeing. She hopes to empower all her patients to be their own strongest advocate and to gain a better knowledge and understanding of their bodies for optimal function.
In addition to her love of healthcare and well being, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening. She enjoys making beautiful flower arrangements from her blossoms. Additionally her favorite pass time of all is rock climbing throughout New England and the Adirondacks. She and her fiancé have two dogs. Catherine is fluent in French and has a great sense of humor.
Michelle Yargeau PT, DPT, CWS
Michelle Earned her B.S. and MS. PT. from Springfield College, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons University. She is a board certified wound specialist (CWS) and worked for the American Board of Wound Management on the exam committee, developing the national certification exam. She began her career working in Pennsylvania in acute inpatient rehabilitation with Physical Therapy with primarily
neurologic diagnoses, with a specialty in spinal cord injury. She has also worked in pediatrics in a school system, sub-acute rehabilitation and home-care. She worked as a Professor of Physical Therapy at several institutions as well. She has presented research nationally, as well as providing education for physical therapists locally and nationally. Michelle is a published author of several research articles.
She is the mother of two grown children. In her free time, she is an avid road cyclist and alpine and back-country skier in the winter months, and an NCAA swimming official.
Michelle first developed an interest in pelvic floor physical therapy when experienced clinicians were teaching the material in her classes. She enjoys combining her love for teaching with knowledge of pelvic floor rehabilitation and exercise in her current work, having developed a passion for empowering her patients with knowledge and skills to regain pelvic health.
Susan Yebra DOT
Susan Joined Phoenix PT in July, 2022. Her credentials include Doctor of Occupational Therapy with a specialty in pelvic floor therapy, certification as a Lymphedema therapist, and Reiki Master. Susan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Texas El Paso, where she lived and worked on the U.S. / Mexico border in a diverse landscape, building professional relationships with an interdisciplinary team while completing her levels I and II fieldwork rotations.
Susan recently received her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. She created a course on the inclusion of gender in medical occupations and the impact on functional gender-affirming surgical techniques and the context, sequencing, environment, rituals, and roles associated with gender affirmation. Susan’s ability to be an empathetic and holistic occupational therapist is largely due to her undergraduate education. She is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Holistic Occupational Therapy Association, and the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association.
Susan is an avid of all things pro-mental health, self-help, self-care, and spirituality. Susan is a New England native who loves to bike, hike, cook, run, and spend time with her family.
Kimberly Leavitt, Office Manager
Kim lives in Williston, VT with her husband and four children and her dog Bandit. Kim is a native of Burlington and graduated from Champlain College. When she is not at the clinic, she will be spending time with her family, going on new adventures and exploring all that Vermont has to offer. Most often, that looks like taking a hike in the woods, exploring local beaches, kayaking, biking, snow shoeing, gardening, and taking her dog Bandit for a walk. Those who know Kim well are accustomed to the numerous photographs that will be taken during her favorite activities.
As a former patient, Kim can empathize with the wide range of emotions new patients have when they first enter the PPT clinic. Her goal is to put patients at ease with a warm welcome to our clinic.