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Meet The Wesley Community Outpatient Therapy Team...


Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Jennifer Runkel, MSPT
Director of Outpatient Therapy

Jennifer is a former Division I collegiate athlete and coach.  She has over 13 years of experience working with patients from all stages of life.  Her experience working with athletes as well as older adults has allowed her to develop a comprehensive list of treatment skills.  She transitioned to her role as Director of Outpatient Therapy in 2015, helping to expand the department with programs focused on aquatics, pediatrics, and spine health.  Jennifer is certified in Functional Movement Techniques (FMT), as well as LSVT BIG (a movement program for adults with neurological disorders).


Outpatient Therapy Team MemberChristie Britton-Hare, MS CCC-SLP

Christie is a NYS licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 34 years of experience diagnosing and treating deficits related to acquired brain injuries in adults and young adults.  She has practiced in a variety of settings including, ICU, acute care, acute rehabilitation, home care, outpatient therapy and long term care.  Christie is certified in the use of the LSVT LOUD program for Parkinson’s Disease and Gaurdian NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) for dysphagia (swallowing disorders) treatment.


Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Cheryl Wise, MS CCC-SLP

Cheryl has been practicing speech language therapy for more than 25 years. She has worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home care and outpatient centers. Cheryl has experience working with adults who have communication and swallowing disorders. She is also certified in the LSVT LOUD program.  Cheryl has been working at Wesley for the past 7 years with her primary focus on treating children with language and articulation delays. She works on an interdisciplinary team to provide pediatric evaluations for the school district along with speech therapy for children.


Melissa Jackson, PT

Melissa graduated from Quinnipiac College and has worked as a licensed physical therapist for over 20 years.  Her experience in home care, acute care, long term care and short term rehabilitation serves her well when working with an active adult population in the outpatient setting at Wesley.  Melissa is also LSVT BIG certified for people with Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions.



Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Valerie Andrascik, PTA

Valerie graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelors in Health Science and then proceeded to Broome College, in Binghamtom, NY for a degree of Physical Therapist Assistant.  She has years of experience treating orthopedic patients through their early post-surgical rehabilitation in an aquatics setting.  She enjoys working in the outpatient setting, particularly in aquatic therapy.



Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Amy Ripchik, OTR





Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Florence Thompson, PhD





Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Betsy Rhodes, Aquatic Instructor





Outpatient Therapy Team Member

Kathy Bryant, Receptionist





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Janet Guilfoyle-Case, PT

Janet worked for 19 years in school-based settings, providing PT for children of all abilities, ages 3-21.  She began working at Wesley in 2004, helping to grow our pediatric program to what it is today.  Janet currently  provides PT and aquatic PT to children and adults with a range of diagnoses, with a special interest in treating patients with degenerative muscle diseases.  She is also certified in the LSVT BIG program.

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