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Maryann Mancini Connect Physical Therapy LLC of Watertown CT
Maryann Mancini, DPT, OCS

Co-Owner, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Dr. Maryann Mancini has been practicing since January 2010. She graduated first in her 2007 undergraduate class at Quinnipiac University,  with the highest scholastic standing of any of her peers. She received the Health Science Alumni Association Award and the President’s Scholarship Award. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2009. Maryann is also an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner as well as an Impact Trained Physical Therapist. She has extensive experience in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Additionally, Maryann has been an adjunct professor of Human Anatomy to the Physician Assistant program at Quinnipiac University since 2015 and has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Hartford's Physical Therapy Program.


Maryann resides in Watertown and loves spending time with her family and friends. She is a sports enthusiast, thoroughly enjoys spending her summers at the Jersey shore with her family, and is always eager to learn and advance her orthopedic knowledge. 


Amber Hayes Connect Physical Therapy LLC of Watertown CT
Amber Hayes, DPT

Co-Owner, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Amber Hayes has been practicing since February 2013. She graduated first in her undergraduate class at Quinnipiac University in 2010, earning the Health Science Association Award, having the highest scholastic standing in her class. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2013. She has earned several advanced certifications, including being a Kinesiotaping, Graston and ImPact Trained provider. She has years of experience in both outpatient Orthopedic and subacute care. She provides exceptional care and has passion for the treatment of patients with chronic pain and osteopathic treatment techniques.

Amber is a native to Connecticut and enjoys the New England life style. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She demonstrates enthusiasm about progressing her orthopedic knowledge, but when not learning she enjoys volleyball and running.


Cherie Stankus, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Watertown Clinic Manager

Dr. Cherie Stankus has been practicing since July 2016.  Cherie first attended the University of Rhode Island where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Cherie then completed her graduate studies at Boston University receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.  Cherie spent her first few years practicing in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in the Boston area.  During her time there, Cherie focused her continuing education on the spine, completing Part A of the McKenzie Method in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.  She was also a volunteer with Boston Children's Hospital's program, the Adventure Challenge, which matches children with special health care needs and/or disabilities with trained volunteers to exercise in the community.  In the summer of 2019, Cherie returned to her home state of Connecticut and began practicing at Connect Physical Therapy. Her leadership in the clinic and with patients has been impressive and she has served as clinic manager since January 2022.


Outside of the clinic, Cherie has been enjoying the opportunity to spend more time with family as well as explore the beautiful trails that Connecticut has to offer.  She is looking forward to continuing her education of the spine through The McKenzie Institute education program in addition to expanding her general orthopedic knowledge.  


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Marisa Castiglia, DPT, AIB-VR/CON

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Marisa Castiglia graduated in December 2021 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Marisa first attended the University of Hartford where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She then attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Marisa was inducted into the National Physical Therapy Student Honor Society which recognizes students who are in the top 25% of their graduating class and who demonstrate the core values of the physical therapy profession. She continues to advance her clinical knowledge, and is a certified vestibular specialist. Marisa was formerly a competitive cheerleader where she found her love for physical therapy from being a frequent patient where she saw first-hand how impactful physical therapists can be. 


Marisa is originally from New Jersey and moved to Connecticut after graduating from Marist. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog. She also enjoys spending summer days at the Jersey shore and attending Yankees baseball games. Marisa is looking forward to expanding her orthopedic knowledge at Connect Physical Therapy.  


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Rachel Crosby, DPT, LAT, ATC

Doctor of Physical Therapy

     Dr. Rachel Crosby earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2023 from Quinnipiac University. Rachel was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society which recognizes students who are in the top 20% of their graduating class. She also attended Quinnipiac University for her undergraduate studies where she received her degree in Athletic Training, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  While earning her doctorate degree Rachel enjoyed teaching as a graduate assistant in QU’s Athletic Training Program and providing emergency medical care at various high school sporting events.

     Rachel is a Connecticut native. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, horseback riding and participating in CrossFit classes. Rachel was a physical therapy student at Connect Physical Therapy and is excited to officially become part of the team. She is eager to expand her orthopedic knowledge and to help others improve their quality of life. 


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Kallie Meade, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Southbury Clinic Manager

Dr. Kallie Meade earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2020. She spent her first year practicing in outpatient orthopedics. During that time, she furthered her clinical education with manual focused CEUs such as Mulligan Mobilization with Movement of the lower quadrant. Kallie then went into travel therapy working in both outpatient and short term rehabilitation.  She has worked with patients from all walks of life and abilities, and is passionate about restoring function and quality of life.


Kallie is also a 200 hour trained yoga instructor, and enjoys teaching functional movement to all. When not in the clinic, Kallie enjoys hiking, road trips, skiing, delicious food, wineries and being outdoors. She is excited to be a part of the Connect PT team and help others get back to their favorite hobbies!


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Jacqueline Baldoni, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Jacqueline Baldoni earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2023 from Springfield College. She also completed her undergraduate studies at Springfield College with Cum Laude honors. Jackie competed as a Division III athlete in both field hockey and softball. Her passion for physical therapy started as a young athlete, where she was a patient for almost a full year following an ACL reconstruction. Since then, she has had a strong devotion to help patients get back to what they are passionate about, as her therapists did for her. 


Jackie is a Watertown native, where she played sports, volunteered and was a large part of the community throughout her upbringing. When she's not in the clinic, she enjoys going to the beach, long distance running, cross training, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and taking her dog on long walks. Jackie is looking forward to beginning her career at Connect Physical Therapy and expanding her Orthopedic skills and knowledge. 


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Crystal Natalino, DPT, NASM-CPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Crystal Natalino, DPT, NASM-CPT is a licensed physical therapist and NASM certified personal trainer. Crystal graduated from Quinnipiac University with her doctorate in 2008, when she began her career in the outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine setting. In addition to 11 years experience working in the outpatient PT setting, Crystal also has 11 years home care experience, with a period of overlap working in both settings simultaneously. In 2020, Crystal became certified through NASM as a personal trainer and nutrition coach.


Crystal is a CT native who is now settled in Prospect with her husband and two sons.  Crystal was a gymnast who discovered her love for PT while being treated for various musculoskeletal injuries in her senior year of high school. Crystal is a fitness enthusiast with a strong background in yoga, aerial fitness, and CrossFit. Crystal most enjoys walking outdoors during the warmer months, cooking, and spending time with her family.  



Thuy Jacobson, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Thuy Jacobson earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August of 2020. She first attended the University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. She then attended the California State University, Northridge where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and was awarded the Dodgers/Roy Campanella Scholarship in February 2020. Thuy's passion for movement and wellness was what guided her through a career change from marketing and is grateful for all the people and experiences that have since enriched her life. She is excited to be a part of Connect Physical Therapy and is devoted to expanding and using her orthopedic education to help others return to living their fullest life possible!


Thuy is a first generation Vietnamese American and Texas native. She lived in California for over a decade and is happy to now call Connecticut home. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and any mountain-related activities such as trail running, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, and climbing.

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