Our Team of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists
Dr. Kimberly S. Seman
PT, DPT, CSCS, CHC
Dr. Kimberly S. Seman PT, DPT, CSCS, CHC Owner of F.I.T. PT, is a Board Certified Physical Therapist in both Florida and New York. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Florida in 2009.
Dr. Seman received extensive training at many prestigious New York hospitals including RUSK Institute and OIOC at New York University Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, as well as various Pediatric Rehabilitation facilities, schools, and outpatient clinics in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. Dr. Seman also received training at SHANDS Hospital, VA Hospital, and various schools throughout Gainesville, Florida. While living in New York City, Dr. Seman gained many years of experience and expertise working for various facilities such as PHLEX Health and Wellness Center, The New York City Department of Education, and outpatient pediatric facilities. Throughout her time practicing in New York City, Dr. Seman also provided Early Intervention services to children in their homes.
Since moving to Florida and establishing F.I.T. PT, Dr. Seman continues her practice in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, providing highly individualized Physical Therapy to patients in their home environment. Dr. Seman uses an Evidence-Based and Integrative approach in her Physical Therapy practice. She provides one-on-one treatment sessions and tailors the plan of care to the distinct needs of each patient. Dr. Seman provides In-Home Physical Therapy in order to help her patients optimize functional independence and maximize therapeutic benefits in their own daily environment.
Dr. Seman grew up as a competitive, nationally-ranked swimmer and understands what it takes to keep the body and mind working at their greatest potential. She currently resides in Delray Beach with her husband, son, daughter, and dog.
Venetia C. Reilly, PT, RPT, GTS, NDT
Venetia C. Reilly, PT has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 40+ years, graduating from Northeastern University in Boston in 1981. She is currently a board certified Physical Therapist in New Hampshire and Florida. Her work experience includes six years in a large rehabilitation hospital in San Jose, California as both a staff and supervisory therapist on the Spinal Cord Injury, TBI, General Rehab, and Pediatrics (including the NICU) floors. Venetia moved with her family back to New Hampshire, working at both Nashua Memorial and CMC Hospitals. This work included supervisory positions and treating pediatric, neurological, and orthopedic rehab caseloads. Venetia and her business partner Lu Miller founded DTS in 1989, providing high quality In-home Physical Therapy services in response to Physician and community needs. In November 2018, Venetia moved with her husband to Florida for the Winter season and has since joined the F.I.T. PT team!
Venetia is certified in Graston, a valuable instrument assisted treatment technique as well as NDT (Neuro Developmental Technique). Ongoing continuing education continues to be a priority in order to stay current on Evidenced Based Practice. This is accomplished through attendance at the APTA’s Combined Sections conference each year as well as attending more local clinical practice courses.
In her spare time, Venetia enjoys playing with her two grandchildren, riding and caring for her horse, running, and cycling to stay fit!
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, PT, DPT,CLT, AIB-VR
Gwendolyn Boyd, PT, DPT, CLT, AIB-VR is a board-certified Physical Therapist in Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 1987 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2015.
Dr. Boyd has practiced in a variety of rehabilitation specialty facilities, outpatient clinics, and most recently, in the home care setting. She has served as a rehab director in both the inpatient rehab settings as well as in the outpatient facilities in which she was also the CEO. In her management roles, she has always enjoyed mentoring new therapists and students.
Dr. Boyd has a diverse clinical background with specialties in both neurological and orthopedic impairments. Dr. Boyd has always endeavored to stay abreast to the latest in treatment advances with a primary focus on Evidenced Based clinical practice guidelines. She is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Therapy, and Neuro-Developmental Treatment of the neurological impaired adult patient including Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Cerebrovascular Accidents/Transient Ischemic Attack also known as strokes. She also brings clinical expertise in orthopedic conditions, pain management, and osteoporosis programs. In the pain management spectrum, she brings hand on manual skills and training in the application of Micro-current Point Stimulation for the management of acute and chronic pain.
In her free time, Dr. Boyd, enjoys traveling, gourmet food tasting, playing racquet and pickleball, and jogging.
Ilene Lund Claps, PT, RPT
Ilene has been a physical therapist in South Florida for over 35 years & graduated from Ithaca College in NY with a BS degree in Physical Therapy. Ilene is a licensed Physical Therapist in the states of New York & Florida & is originally from Connecticut.
Ilene has a vast experience in Home Health Therapy including the treatment of Geriatrics, orthopedics, arthritis, neurology specifically Parkinsons Disease & stroke rehab & if you have a pool or access to a pool, she is very experienced in Aquatic Therapy. Ilene also specializes in Manual Point Electric Stimulation (MPES) for treatments in the reduction of pain & soft tissue adhesions.
Quality of Care is Ilene's mantra & that is why she left the out patient & hospital practice setting many years ago in order to work ONE on ONE in the privacy & comfort of patient's homes to help her patient's achieve their maximum therapeutic potential .
Ilene presently lives in Boca Raton with her husband & has a son who lives in Arizona. Ilene is an avid swimmer, loves boating, dancing, swimming with dolphins & is an animal lover with 2 cats of her own. Ilene loves spending time with her long time friends & family in South Florida.
Bozena (Bo) Ciesla, PT, RPT Physical Therapist
Bo has been a physical therapist for the past 30+ years. She graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Poland, where she got her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She moved to the United Stated from Poland in 1991 to start her career as a Physical Therapist. She is a Board-Certified Physical Therapist in Florida and Texas. Bo started as a therapist at an Acute Rehab hospital in Fort Worth-Dallas area then moved to out-patient settings in Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio Texas. Bo then started working at a home-care agency in Marble Falls, Texas.
In 1996 she moved to Florida and started working Skilled Nursing Facility Rehab in Fort Lauderdale where she enjoyed working with different patients including those with orthopedic and neurological impairments who had a variety of diagnoses such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and stroke patients. In 2000, she moved to Boca Raton and started working at a Skilled Nursing Facility Rehab in Delray Beach. In 2006, she began working in the home-care settings in Boca Raton where, to this day, she enjoys working with patients at home to help them achieve independence and their highest level of function.
Her current life in Boca Raton is peaceful as she lives with her husband and enjoys yoga, biking, and cooking great Polish cuisine. Bo also has two children who now live in California, one in college, and the other as settled.
Ellen Bloome, PT, TPI, ART, FMSC, CAFS, NASM, CMT, FAI, FxNA
Ellen Bloome, PT is a highly motivated and energetic problem solver with deep expertise in the human form. Functional and optimal movement is her passion, and she has spent 40+ years helping to improve the health and well-being of her clients and patients through her home health expertise. Specific areas of focus have included sports and athletics movement for all age groups, ergonomic analysis and transformation of clients' and patients' living spaces, working with adaptive athletes and senior citizens, and clients with Mild and Moderate Cognitive Impairment. She has treated clients in multiple populations
Ellen is a New York University School of Physical Therapy graduate. She has since obtained certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Performance and Corrective Exercise Training, Senior Fitness Specialist, Adaptive and Mobility Coach through CrossFit, (working with senior Veterans with disabilities and developing programs for their fitness, pre-operative needs, and functional mobility, Active Release Techniques, Functional Movement Certified, Certification in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute, Functional Aging Specialist through FAI, and is FMT/PMT Rocktape certified.
She is currently a Titleist Performance Institute candidate for their Medical Certification track to screen and correct limitations of movement that she will apply to her senior golfer population.
Her career has spanned 3 states; New York, Florida, and California
Dr. Christopher Quaas,
Dr. Christopher Quaas, PT, DPT earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2018. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to Florida to pursue his passion of becoming a Physical Therapist. Chris is a Physical Therapist with Management experience specifically in an outpatient Physical Therapy setting. This includes leading and managing staff such as other Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and administrative staff. He has experience in treating orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and neurological conditions including, but not limited to; post operative, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Parkinson's Disease, Post Stroke. He is passionate about leading his patients on a road to recovery and effectively administering therapy for patients to achieve their desired goals.
In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, playing sports like golf and beach volleyball, and learning about the stock market!
Dr. Laura Hutira PT, DPT, is a Board Certified Physical Therapist in the state of Florida. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University, outside of Philadelphia, in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Heath Sciences from Bowling Green State University, located in Ohio, in 2013. Since graduating in 2016, Laura has experience working as a Pediatric Physical Therapist in an outpatient office, schools, long-term care facilities as well as in the community treating a wide range of diagnoses from birth to 21. Laura also has experience working primarily with adults with neurologic diagnoses, including movement disorders.
With Laura’s diverse clinical background, she has found her true passion is treating neurologic conditions throughout the life span. Laura works hard to always further her education and create the most functional and creative activities to guide her patients and families towards reaching their highest potential.
Laura and her husband live in Delray Beach with their adorable and active son as well as their pets. When Laura finds spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and traveling.
Dr. Laura Hutira, PT, DPT
Dr. David Adelman DPT, CertMST, CertDN, KTCC received his Bachelor's degree from Stetson University in 2011, with an emphasis on Kinesiology / Exercise Science. He went on to receive his Doctorate in physical therapy from Florida International University in 2015.
Dr. Adelman has experience in numerous Orthopedic Spine/ Sports/ geriatric injuries, various manual therapy techniques, spinal manipulation/adjustment, McKenzie Method, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, blood flow restriction training, Kinesiotaping, and Dry Needling.
Born and raised in Boca Raton, FL, David has a passion for human biomechanics and golf swing analysis in order to get his patients back on the links pain free. Dr. Adelman is SFMA Level 1 and Level 2 Certified as well as FMS Level 1 certified. He strives to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and a TPI Certified golf expert in near future.
Dr. David Adelman DPT, CertMST, CertDN, KTCC
Yara Bacca is a certified bilingual (English/Spanish) Physical Therapist licensed in both Florida and Illinois. Since 2007, Yara has gained experience in the Physical Therapy field, working with a wide spectrum of patients in different areas of rehabilitation including cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, and neurological. Additionally, Yara has clinical experience in the following settings as well: Inpatient Intensive Care Unit, Home Care, and Sports Rehabilitation. She has her CPR certification from the American Association of Cardiology.
In 2007, Yara graduated Physical Therapy school with honors and has since received her Master’s Degree in Science majoring in Sport Science and Rehabilitation. After years of practicing Physical Therapy, she continued her education and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2023 from Saint Augustine University. Yara is a Certified Yoga instructor (Alliance), TPI certified, and has her Golf fitness and medical certification. Yara has taken extensive CEU courses to further her knowledge in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. Yara is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member and an APTA certified clinical instructor.
Yara combines her clinical skills, compassion, professionalism, and dedication to provide excellent patient care. Through adaptability and flexibility, she is deeply committed to deliver quality care and achieve superior patient outcomes.
Dr. Yara Bacca, PT, DPT Physical Therapist
Julissa M. Abreu, Physical Therapist, graduated with her MSPT in 1995 from Barry University and has been a practicing Physical Therapist since, specializing in Pediatric Physical Therapy and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Julissa began her carrier in 1989 as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Pinecrest Rehab Hospital where she developed her therapeutic handling skills working with patients with Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Neurological disorders, and Various Orthopedic Conditions. Here, she also gained experience with Wound Care and Amputee Rehabilitation. After graduating with her Physical Therapy degree in 1995, Julissa continued to work at Pinecrest Rehabilitation as a Physical Therapist until 1997.
From 1996 -2011 Julissa was given the opportunity to work in the Palm Beach County hospitals in the Level 3 NICU, developing her skills with developmental therapy care for the medically complex preemies and infants at risk of developmental delay. During this time, she attended many developmental care forums around the country learning about the neonates' medical conditions impacting developmental delays. She continued to follow her heart and in 1998, Julissa began treating infants and toddlers in the Early Steps Palm Beach County Program. Julissa continues to remain abreast with evidenced based best practice guidelines regarding developmental therapy care of infants and children with various diagnoses such as Torticollis, multi complex system disorders, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.
During her time as a Pediatric Physical Therapist, Julissa found there was a need to help the postpartum mothers experiencing pelvic floor pain and dysfunction and bowel/bladder dysfunction, as well as infants and children experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction due to chronic constipation. Since 2001, she has continued to expand her knowledge and skillset in order to help Women, infants, and children with pelvic floor dysfunction.
In 2005, Julissa received training in CIMI, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, and in 2007, she received her certification as a NOMAS (Neonatal Oral Motor Scale) trained therapist. As a seasoned Physical Therapist, she enjoys giving back to the next generation of graduate Physical Therapists, by providing support through instruction and sharing her clinical experiences. She has had the opportunity to be an adjunct professor at local community colleges and universities speaking on the medically complex infant at risk of developmental delays. Her mission to treatment has always been family-centered care, family-first, and empowering patients/ caregivers with the confidence to independently carry over a safe and effective home therapy program.
Outside of work, Julissa enjoys crocheting, cooking, gardening, beach, hiking, quad roller skating, bikram yoga, and caring for her family and her rescue pups. She gets great pleasure volunteering for dog rescue groups and volunteering as a medic for the local roller derby tournaments. Julissa reads/writes/speaks English and Spanish fluently, and can communicate in the Portuguese and Italian languages.
Julissa Abreu, PT, RPT Physical Therapist
Dr. Allison Kurtz, PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP
Alli graduated with her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in
2018 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Athletic Training, at University of
Miami. She is also a certified Athletic Trainer. Alli has practiced physical therapy in various
settings including outpatient orthopedics, adolescent athletics, pediatrics and as part of the
medical staff during international sports competition. She has served as team Athletic Trainer
for the U18 NCSA All American Swim Team and for Team USA during the Maccabiah Games.
During her pediatric clinical rotation and time working with pediatric athletes, she discovered
her love for pediatrics.
Alli is skilled in kinesiotaping, blood flow restriction therapy, myofascial release, and trigger
point dry needling. Her experience includes treatment of children with diagnoses such as:
Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome,
and Idiopathic toe walking. In addition, Alli has extensive experience in pediatric orthopedic and athletic injuries. Alli finds the ultimate reward in pediatrics is watching each kiddo reach their full potential without putting limits on them. Outside of work, Alli enjoys playing co-ed
recreational sports, running, hanging with friends and family and spending time with her dogs,
Achilles and Kuzy
Jennifer Spiegel MS, OTR/L is a National Board Certified Occupational Therapist licensed to provide services in both New York and Florida. She began her professional journey in 2006 after graduating from Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York with a Master of Science.
Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings including home health, subacute rehabilitation, public schools, private clinics, and in medical research treating patients of all ages with diverse diagnoses. She is certified as an IASTM practitioner, utilizing Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Movement to improve function and performance for her patients. A combination of vast experiences and continuous learning drive effective evidenced based treatment for her patients with neurological, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders. She passionately believes that Occupational Therapy can improve function and quality of life for any individual
Sarah Ward, MOT, OTR/L
Sarah graduated with her Master of occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Siences in 1999. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services with a Minor in Psychology from Florida State University.
She has spent her career working in pediatric settings in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked in a variety of pediatric settings such as schools, private outpatient clinics, and home care. Each of those settings have allowed her to gain extensive evaluation and treatment knowledge of pediatric diagnosis such as developmental delay, feeding issues, fine motor delay and handwriting challenges, neurological impairments, ASD, ADHD, and visual motor delay. She holds training in Therapeutic Listening, SIPT, Handwriting without Tears, SOS Approach to Feeding, NDT Intensive Handling, DIR Floor-Time, and Astronaut Training Protocol.
Sarah strives to guide her clients to achieve independence and maximize their full potential through developmental play and functional skills.
Elyse Canas, OTR/L, graduated from Temple University Health Sciences Center, cum laude in 1979. Elyse has been an Occupational Therapist for over 40 years and has practiced and gained expertise in the following settings: acute care in hospitals, hand surgeon offices, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic clinics, and home care settings.
Elyse is fluent in Spanish and is certified to teach mat Pilates. Originally from Wisconsin, she and her family have made South Florida their home for 40 years.
Elyse Canas, OTR/L
Jessica C. Kipness,M.S., CCC-SLP
Jessica C. Kipness, M.S., CCC-SLP is a New York City native and a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Communications from the University of Miami. After working in the advertising industry for 6 years, she enrolled in graduate school at Nova Southeastern University and earned her Masters Degree in Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders. Jessica has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 17 years, specializing in working with the geriatric population. She is an active member of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association from which she maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
Jessica was always interested in the way people sounded and spoke differently. However, it was during her geriatric externship, in a skilled nursing facility in Denver, where she realized that her true passion was working with adults with various neurogenic speech, language, communication and swallow disorders. Throughout her career, she has continued to concentrate on working with adults, ages 65 and over, in a variety of settings including Home Health, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living Facilities. She has extensive experience working along teams of Physical and Occupational Therapists and believes that a team approach is most effective for reaching goals.
Jessica has extensive experience working with patients with a wide array of diagnoses. She specializes in Speech-Language, Voice, and Swallowing disorders as well as with Cognitive- Communication skill retraining. Jessica believes that skilled education, involving caregivers and family members is the key to successful outcomes. She provides individual treatment plans to enable patients to reach their maximum potential.
Jessica currently lives in Boynton Beach with her husband and teenaged son.
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Albina Findling, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a bilingual, Florida and New Jersey licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing from Kean University, and a Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Seton Hall University. She has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 10 years, specializing in working with the pediatric population. Albina is an active member of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.
Albina fell in love with Early Intervention while working at Children’s Specialized Hospital in 2010. Throughout her career, she continued to concentrate on working with children ages birth-to-three years old. She has vast experience working side-by-side with many professionals implementing a team approach with Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. Albina believes in a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to therapy and uses a holistic approach in her interventions.
Heather graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in 2010. She previously earned her Masters of Science at the University of Colorado- Boulder, in 2007. She is a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Heather has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations. She has worked in elementary and middle school settings, and has provided home-based therapy with both children and adults. She worked several years at Holy Cross Hospital, in Fort Lauderdale, evaluating and treating patients in acute care, inpatient and outpatient settings. Heather also worked two years at a long-term acute care setting, where she became proficient in working with patients with tracheostomy and carrying out Modified Barium Swallow studies.
Heather currently lives in Delray Beach, with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, riding her bike, reading, and going to the beach.