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.
Nancy Suarez, MS, PT, BCB-PMD, PRPC
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) and she is a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation specialist (PRPC), making her one of just a handful of providers in New England that have these two specialized certifications.
She 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, training and showing her dogs, and quilting.
Kathryn Stanton, PT, DPT
Phoenix Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of Kathryn Stanton, PT, DPT to our staff of compassionate and knowledgeable physical therapists. Kathryn’s roots originate in Vermont where she grew up locally. She and her husband share the Vermont tradition and are raising their young children here as well.
Kathryn’s education includes an undergraduate degree from Cornell University with a focus in psychology. She went on to gain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont and gained clinical experience in orthopedics, cardiac care, oncology, neurology and a variety of other conditions and patient populations. She collaborated with the UVMMC in writing a systematic review on exercise in patients with metastatic bone cancer.
In her spare time, she has trained for several marathons, triathlons, and ironwoman competitions. She loves spending time with her young family, cooking, reading, and continuing with lifelong learning. Kathryn’s patient care approach is wholistic, connecting mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about connecting with people and helping them meet their goals in an effort to live life to the fullest. Welcome, Kathryn!
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.
Shanna Duffy, PT, DPT
On March 18, 2019, Phoenix Physical Therapy welcomed Shanna Duffy to their staff of therapists specializing in pelvic floor therapy.
Born and raised in Vermont, Shanna attended UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, receiving her undergraduate degree from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2016. While earning her Doctoral degree, Shanna worked at clinics on opposite sides of the USA, Boston MA and San Diego, CA. After becoming a licensed PT, Shanna provided physical therapy in a home care environment in NH and VT and most recently worked in an outpatient hospital setting in New Hampshire.
Shanna has been fortunate to treat patients with a wide range of conditions such as acute and chronic pain, joint pain, post-surgical repairs, musculoskeletal disorders, balance impairments, gait impairments, and work and sports-related injuries.
She became fascinated with treating pelvic floor dysfunction in 2014 when Phoenix owner Jane Kaufman was a guest lecturer at UVM during Shanna’s graduate school program. With two years of clinical experience behind her, Shanna is now fully prepared and excited to pursue her passion for pelvic floor PT.
Shanna enjoys getting to know patients and creating individualized treatment plans to ensure the most successful outcomes, using a combination of a holistic approach and evidence-based practice.
When not at the clinic, Shanna enjoys being physically active in or outdoors, eating out, spending time with friends, family and her tabby cat Xena, the “Warrior Princess”.
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.