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Thomas M. Sweeney, PT/Owner

Thomas M. Sweeney, PT/Owner

Tom Sweeney graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He opened Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC in 1983 and since that time has been treating the residents of Hartford and Middlesex Counties with the latest advancements in physical therapy. Always an avid sports fan, Tom has directed most of his continuing education toward the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. Since starring in football at Penn, Tom has comprised extensive coaching credentials and is presently the strength and conditioning coach for the RCP Post 105 American Legion baseball team. Tom was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame in February 2006. When not practicing physical therapy or baseball, Tom can be found in the White Mountains where he has hiked all 48 of New Hampshire's 4000 foot peaks. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.


Salvatore Pepitone, PT, CSCS

Salvatore Pepitone, PT, CSCS

Salvatore Pepitone has been with Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC since 1995. Sal graduated from Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 1988. He then continued his education at Daemen College in New York graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1995. He is dually licensed in Connecticut and New York. Most recently, Sal became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA Certification Commission. This certification is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting. Sal started the Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC Golf Fitness Program based on his knowledge of strength and conditioning and his love for the sport.

Salvatore spends most of his time practicing in Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC's newest office in Cromwell, CT. where he is a partner. Sal also is a Center Coordinator of Clinical Education accepting physical therapy students from area colleges.

In his free time, Sal enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter. He is also an avid sports fan having played football through high school—Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut and college along with being cousins with the ex-New York Yankee, Joe Pepitone.


Jason Kemish, MPT

Jason Kemish, MPT

Jason Kemish has been with Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC since 2005. Jason earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York in 1999. After working in a physical therapy clinic, he then returned to school. He earned his Master's in Physical Therapy from University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut in 2006. Jason has assumed the role of director of Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC's Balance Rehabilitation and Fall Prevention Program.

In Jason's off hours he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter along with golfing and hiking.


Helen Sweeney, DPT

Helen Sweeney, DPT

Helen joined Suburban in November of 2013. Helen is a life-long Wethersfield native. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from University of St. Joseph and she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. Helen's extensive science background will be highly beneficial in developing treatment plans for the various orthopedic, neurological and sports medicine clientele that are regularly seen at Suburban Physical Therapy. Helen is a dedicated member of her local church, enjoys working out at a local fitness center and spending time with family and friends.


Ann Cannistraro, AT

Ann Cannistraro, AT

Ann Cannistraro has been with Suburban Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, LLC since 2005. Ann graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. Ann covered all sports as Wethersfield High School's Athletic Trainer for 8 years and spent 5 years covering track and rugby for Wesleyn University in Middletown. Ann has a special interest in assisting athletes through rehabilitation specific to their sport.

Ann is a diligent volunteer for the American Cancer Society's "Reach to Recovery," "Relay for Life," and "Casting for Recovery." In Ann's spare time she enjoys walking her dog, entertaining, gardening, and home improvement projects.


Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs

Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College in 2007, with Magna Cum Laude honors. He is a certified Health Fitness Instructor through the American College Sports Medicine (ACSM), which prepares individuals to work with low and moderate risk clientele in various settings. Before coming to Suburban, Ryan worked in sport specific training, corporate wellness and was a Graduate Assistant for Springfield College. In 2011 Ryan became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA Certification Commission. This certification is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting.

Ryan is a former wrestler for Wethersfield High School and Springfield College, and loves coaching at the high school level. When not at the Rocky Hill & Cromwell offices, Ryan enjoys working out, going to concerts, travelling and spending time with family and friends.


Vanessa A. O'Donnell, HFA, CSCS

Vanessa A. O'Donnell, HFA, CSCS

Vanessa has been with Suburban since January of 2013. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Exercise and Health Promotion in August of 2013, with Summa Cum Laude honors. She is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS), through the American College of Sports Medicine. Additionally, Vanessa recently received her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), trough the National Strength and Conditioning Association in November of 2013. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys working out, reading, camping and spending time with friends.