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.
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.
Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, along with golfing, skiing and hiking.
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 and breast cancer rehab.
Ann has volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Reach To Recovery and CT Casting for Recovery charities for the past 13 years. Ann also enjoys gardening, entertaining family and friends and spending time with her dog, a Maltese.
Salvatore Pepitone, PT, CSCS
Salvatore “Sal” Pepitone, age 50, of Higganum, Connecticut, beloved husband of Silvana (Salafia) Pepitone, passed away peacefully on Thursday (November 3, 2016) at Hartford Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. His strength and grace always present throughout. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Sal was born in West Islip, New York, on August 31, 1966 and grew up in Madison, Connecticut. He was the son of Joseph and Elba (Salort) Pepitone of Cromwell, Connecticut. Sal was a graduate of Xavier High School (1984) and went on to receive a B.S. in Health Fitness from Springfield College and a Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College. Sal spent over 20 years as a physical therapist with Suburban Physical Therapy in Rocky Hill and Cromwell, Connecticut. Sal was a star athlete in baseball and football at Xavier High School and went on to play football at Northeastern University and Springfield College. He was recognized by the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 for his many athletic accomplishments. Sal was an active volunteer who coached and participated as a board member in the Haddam & Killingworth Youth Sports Programs. He enjoyed being with his countless friends and family and was particularly fond of West Dover, Vermont (Mt. Snow) where he spent time skiing with family and friends. He treasured his travels to Italy and the Caribbean and was always ready for the next adventure.
Sal loved laughter, good food, a great bottle of wine, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees and most of all, being with his wife, Silvana as they watched their children grow. Besides his wife, Silvana, and parents Joseph and Elba, Sal is survived by his son, Joseph Pepitone (age 13), daughter, Sofia Pepitone (age 10), sister and brother-in-law Denise (Pepitone) and Thomas Sweeney of Cromwell, Connecticut, brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Christine Pepitone of Ellington, Connecticut, sister and brother-in-law Jo-Ann (Pepitone) and Darren Quinn of LaGrangeville, New York, brother-in-law John Salafia and his wife Robin of Haddam, Connecticut and sister-in-law Enza Hofferth of Deerfield, Florida. Sal also leaves behind his beloved nephews, Sean Sweeney, Darren Quinn, Jr., Ryan Quinn, John Salafia, Robert Hofferth, Matthew Hofferth and nieces Cara Sweeney, Alicia Salafia, Alyssa Hofferth, Julia Pepitone, Kerriann Quinn, and Victoria Pepitone, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
His funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 10 a.m. at St. Sebastian Church, 155 Washington Street, Middletown, Connecticut. Burial will be held at St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield, Connecticut. Calling hours will be held on Monday, November 7th from 4 to 8 p.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St. Middletown, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pepitone Children Education Fund at Citizens Bank. Please make checks payable to: Denise Sweeney and in the memo please indicate Pepitone Children Education Fund and mail to: 15 River Park Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com