Meet Our Staff – New Fairfield

Karen Schwarzchild,MAPT
Physical Therapist & Clinical Manager

Karen is manager of the New Fairfield and Brookfield offices. She graduated from New York University, with a B.S. degree in physical therapy in 1975. She received her Master’s degree, from Columbia University, in Motor Learning in 1981. Karen specializes in treatment of the spine and sacrum as well as headaches. Karen also has expertise in the treatment of other orthopedic and neurological impairments some of which include shoulder and knee injuries, neuromuscular therapy for lumbar and cervical injuries, pelvic stabilization, medical exercise therapy, work injury management, myofascial pain, kinesiotaping, Paris joint mobilization, Kaltenborn mobilization, McKenzie approach to lumbar spine, and craniosacral therapy.


Caitlin S. deDufour
Physical Therapy Assistant

Caitlin graduated from Norwalk Community college in 2010 and has been in the field of physical therapy since 2004.  Caitlin has been with Physical Therapy Arts since 2007 initially as a rehabilitation technician, for 4 years then she returned to college to earn her degree as a physical therapy assistant..  She is presently working towards becoming a certified manual therapist.  She highly regards her continuing education as she takes numerous continuing education courses to further enhance her skills.  Caitlin is skilled in Mulligan and Strain-Counterstrain techniques which she uses in treatment of orthopedic conditions.


Heidi Gaboardi, LMT
Massage Therapist and Rehab Technician

Heidi graduated from the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy (CCMT-Westport). She is accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work (NCBTMB) and is a licensed massage therapist. Heidi is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of The American Massage Therapy Association.

Heidi specializes in the modalities of deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point and chair massage. She has 10 years of experience working in a medical setting, supporting physical therapists and exercise physiologists. Heidi lives in Bethel.

Susan Melillo
Rehab Technician

Susan joined physical therapy arts in 2015 as a Rehab Technician.

Debbie Mallon
Rehab Technician

Debbie joined physical therapy arts in 2007 as a Rehab Technician.

Sultana Soter
Physical Therapist, DPT

Sultana earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The College of Staten Island/The City University of New York Graduate Center. She is certified in Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) studies, CPR, AED, and First Aide. Currently, she is pursing a certification in Hand Therapy. Sultana is well-versed in a broad range of treatments and modalities to help restore function while also providing compassionate care.

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Yoga Instructor

Darlene is a certified yoga instructor with over 12 years of experience. With both a back round in fitness and a variety in disciplines, Darlene has developed classes that focus on stress management, and body mechanics, while ensuring student safety and maintaining a sense of professionalism. In addition to yoga and meditation, Darlene now brings to her clients somatic movement. Somatics is a simple process of gentle movements that teaches your brain to reconnect with your muscles.

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Office Coordinator
Certified Reiki Practitioner

Sue joined us in 2013 with 27 years of experience working in the health field. She has worked in a wide variety of health care settings including acute care, OB/GYN and home health. In 2003 she began practicing the Japanese healing system known as Reiki after experiencing it’s dramatic results firsthand during a healing journey of her own.