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.


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Amy Morocco, DPT, MS, ATC

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainer

Amy Morocco has been practicing since June of 2011.  Amy graduated from Merrimack College in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.  She became a Certified Athletic Trainer and earned her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at California University of Pennsylvania in 2005.  Amy practiced as an Athletic Trainer and Adjunct Faculty at Norwich University in Vermont for several years before going on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University in 2011.

Amy has spent all of her career in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine.  She is certified in Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping, and Graston Technique.  She is also a NASM certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and has recently earned certification as a USA Weightlifting coach.  Amy has completed part A of the McKenzie Method for treatment of the spine.  She is also an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and enjoys sharing her experience with PT students.  

Amy enjoys treating all kinds of patients, but especially loves treating post-op cases, barbell & fitness athletes, and the geriatric population.

Amy is a CT native and has been a Watertown resident since 2019.  Outside of work, Amy enjoys powerlifting, hiking, biking, reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with her husband, their dog, and their extended family.  


Cherie Stankus, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

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. 


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.