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.


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.

Darlene Carman Yoga fairfieldDarlene Carman
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.