Allison Funk, PT, MSPT, ATP, cert MDT, Clinical Coordinator
Allison Funk has been the Clinical Coordinator for Riverside Physical Therapy Denbigh since its opening in May 2010. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 2000, Cum Laude with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science. She obtained her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 2004, and spent her initial 5 years as a licensed PT at Memorial Health System in Georgia where she served a variety of patient populations. Early in her career, she advanced her training to specialize in manual therapy techniques and aquatic therapy, starting aquatics programs at multiple locations. In 2009, she moved to Virginia to join the Riverside team, and enjoys snowboarding, hiking, swimming, and the many outdoor activities that Virginia has to offer year round. In 2013, she received Meeks training to assist in management of osteoporosis that focuses on alignment, core strength, and consideration for body mechanics. She serves as Riverside's seating and mobility specialist and has been RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) since 2007. In November 2014, Allison completed her Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) certification. She has excellent outcomes using this McKenzie approach to mechanical assessment and treatment of the spine and extremities and is passionate about empowering patients to not only abolish pain temporarily, but to keep these gains by understanding their bodies and preventative measures to manage recurrence.
Brian Stisser, PT, CIMT, Senior Physical Therapist
Brian is a 1997 graduate from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. He has been with the Riverside team since 2000 and a Senior Physical Therapist for over 10 years. Brian achieved certification in 2012 as a Certified Integrative Manual Therapist through Great Lakes Seminars and is also a Star Certified Practitioner specialized in Cancer Rehabilitation. He has practiced and is experienced in all levels of care, including acute care, skilled nursing, orthopedics, TMJ, neurological, cancer survivors, balance, sports, home health and chronic pain rehabilitation. Brian has a passion for learning with particular interest in hands-on manual therapy. He is constantly learning and studying new manual techniques to put into practice to better serve his patients. He uses a variety of technical skills such as MFR (myofascial release), anatomy train rehab, muscle energy, joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilization, PNF, muscle reeducation, and neuromobilizations to name a few. Brian focuses on the entire body system to find your true origin of pain in order for the body to heal properly. Brian has a special focus on chronic pain management and rehabilitation. Over the years, he has worked directly with several well respected Pain Management Doctors both in NY and VA. His particular skill set with manual therapy and his passion for chronic pain patients makes him able to help people find relief where other options have often been unsuccessful.
Candice Norris, PTA, CES, Senior Physical Therapist Assistant
Candice graduated from Hampton University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, she became a Certified Industrial Specialist and worked several years assisting in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations. Candice graduated Suma Cum Laude from Medical Careers Institute in 2012 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Since working as a PTA, she has been furthering her passion for all things rehab. Under the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she earned the Certified Exercise Specialist certification. This has enabled her to perform special testing on the athletic/sports population to help create a most effective program to get them back to their desired level of function. She has also worked under two certified McKenzie specialist, and completed most of the coursework herself, which has allowed her to develop a skillset under this school of treatment as well. Candice also specializes in aquatics, helping a large demographic of patients that cannot tolerate traditional land based exercise immediately. In addition to aquatics and sports rehab, she is experienced in orthopedics, neurological, manual treatment and acute care. She enjoys anything that will challenge her, participating in many races and mud runs. She is very active in the community, both professionally and socially, and volunteers at many sponsored events.
Catherine 'Kate' Rivera, MPT
Kate Rivera was raised in Adams, NY. Her family moved to Washington state her last year in high school, graduated from Wenatchee High School, and immediately after she enlisted in the U. S. Navy. After five years as an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy, she was enrolled in the MCV-VCU Physical Therapy program. Kate received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. Kate has 15 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic, neurological, and pediatric Physical Therapy. She has continued her education by attending courses on Graston manual therapy, Pilates based Physical therapy rehabilitation and a wide variety of supplementary orthopedic courses. In June 2016, Kate joined the Riverside Physical Therapy team in Newport News. She currently resides in Williamsburg and hobbies include martial arts, kickboxing, and Pilates. She has been married for 24 years and has three adorable children and two cute dogs.
Stephanie Barnes, DPT
Stephanie holds a BS in Health Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond (MCV). Since graduating from MCV, Stephanie has concentrated in practicing in the outpatient orthopedic setting. She has worked directly with and for several well respected orthopedic surgeons in Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida. Additionally, Stephanie has directly managed both small and mid-size physical therapy clinics. She brings a wide array of knowledge and expertise to Riverside Physical Therapy, allowing her to treat a variety of conditions including orthopedic, neurological, sports and work-related injuries. Her latest continuing education has been in vestibular rehabilitation. Stephanie's motto is "I can get you back to working, to playing, or to living". She believes in evidence-based practice and the importance of continuing education courses. Stephanie has enjoyed working at Riverside and appreciates the opportunity to care for others as she would care for those she loves. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, and three children, Britton, Brielle, and Bladen.
Samantha N. Railton, PTA, BS Physical Therapy Assistant
Samantha Railton graduated from Longwood University in 2011 with a Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Biology. At Longwood she was apart of the Women's Rugby team for 3 years and won the Virginia Rugby Union State Championship in 2008. After college she was a physical therapy aide for two years until she went back to school. Samantha went to ECPI MCI for Physical Therapy Assistant in 2013 and graduated with an Associates in Applied Sciences and attained her PTA license in 2014. Samantha is certified by ROCK TAPE in Fascial Movement Taping I &II (FMT I &II).
Rhonda Hubberstey, PT
Rhonda graduated from University of British Columbia with a degree in Rehabilitation Medicine in 1993. She commenced career working within the neurology field with a special interest in spinal cord injuries. She progressed into orthopedics as her children became athletes maintaining a special interest in spinal pain and assisting people in understanding their chronic pain patterns. Rhonda is currently involved with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine within their fellowship program. Rhonda explains, "I believe my role as a PT is to educate my patients on the tissue specific cause of their pain and assist with controlling all pain patterns through the use of a hands on approach." Presently Rhonda is a full time instructor at Riverside College of Health Careers within the Physical Therapist Assistant program teaching kinesiology and neurology. She enjoys spending time traveling to watch her children compete in cross country and track and field events and spends all other free time in the outdoors.