Our Staff

The Lifeline Physical Therapy team is second to none. We set our goals high; we work to help our patients achieve a better, more productive life. We provide expert, compassionate, high-quality care on a consistent basis, and we enjoy doing it. 

Physical Therapists 

Dr. Chris Brehm, PT, DPT

Dr. Chris Brehm is a physical therapist and the owner of Lifeline Therapy. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University. He graduated from Marietta College, OH with a Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training. He is an active member of the Private Practice, Orthopedic, and Cardiopulmonary sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr. Brehm’s professional interest is in evidence based physical therapy practice using manual therapy techniques with the incorporation of therapeutic and neuromuscular control exercises, as well as treating cardiopulmonary impairments. Dr. Brehm enjoys golfing, traveling, and attending sporting events.

Dr. Kaley Booher PT, DPT

Dr. Kaley Booher is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Monroeville. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University in 2021. She is a 2019 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Dr. Booher is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Cardiovascular  & Pulmonary Section. Her professional interest is in treating patients with cardiopulmonary conditions as well as those with orthopedic conditions. When Dr. Booher isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cats, going on walks, and reading a really good book.

Kevin Carbone, MPT, CSCS

Kevin Carbone is a physical therapist and is the Facility Director at Lifeline Physical Therapy Upper St. Clair. Kevin joined Lifeline Therapy in 2014. He earned his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from D’Youville University in Buffalo, NY graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and has worked with numerous high school, collegiate, and professional athletes over the years. Kevin is credentialed in Graston Technique Therapy, and has taught clinical laboratories at Chatham University, and guest lectured at the University of Pittsburgh. Kevin’s professional interest is in orthopedics; particularly sports related injuries, as well as utilizing manual techniques and therapeutic exercise to return patients to function. Kevin lives in the South Hills with his wife and three kids, and enjoys exercising, playing music, and cheering on his sports teams during his free time.

Dr. David Chessen PT, DPT, OCS, MBA

Dr. David Chessen is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Forest Hills as well as a professor of physical therapy at Seton Hill University. Dr. Chessen joined Lifeline Therapy in July of 2023. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. David is a certified clinical instructor and has been a clinic director prior to moving to western PA as well as an adjunct professor at Springfield College. Dr. Chessen is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has certifications in Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment and is Fellowship trained in the Movement System. His professional interests include the biopsychosocial model, exercise prescription in physical therapy, and kinesiology/biomechanics in the education of physical therapists. Dr. Chessen enjoys going on hikes with his wife, and watching all types of sports especially soccer, football, and basketball.

Dr. Shelby Hoblit PT, DPT

Dr. Shelby Hoblit is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy. Shelby earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and minor in Human Nutrition from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2015. Shelby earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Chatham University in 2018. Shelby is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her professional interests are in treating patients with cardiopulmonary and orthopedic conditions. Dr. Hoblit enjoys hiking, visiting with friends and family, and in the fall you can find her watching the Ohio State Buckeyes on the football field.

Dr. Nicole Hoffner, DPT, COMT

Dr. Nicole Hoffner earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Francis University and her Bachelor Degree in Health and
Rehabilitation Sciences with a certificate in Kinesiology from The University of Pittsburgh. Nicole became a Certified Orthopedic
Manual Therapist in 2022. She enjoys treating patients with orthopedic and post-operative conditions. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hanging out with friends, traveling and attending country music concerts.

Dr. Karen Hoskinson, PT, DPT, CLT

Dr. Karen Hoskinson is a Physical Therapist at Lifeline Physcial Therapy McMurray. Dr. Hoskinson joined Lifeline in 2016. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2008. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Virginia University with a BA in Psychology, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was recently educated to treat female bodied people with pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence and pelvic pain. Dr. Hoskinson’s professional interests include expanding her knowledge of pelvic floor therapy to help both male and female bodied people with a variety of diagnoses and to improve her knowledge of evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of various orthopedic conditions. Outside of work, Dr. Hoskinson enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching movies, and traveling.

Dr. Jeanette Kochman, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Jeanette Kochman is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Forest Hills as well as part of the leadership team. Dr. Kochman joined Lifeline Physical Therapy in Forest Hills in 2006. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Chatham University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University. She is a certified clinical instructor and has teaching experience as a guest lecturer at various local physical therapy schools and conferences. Dr. Kochman is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section, and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Kochman obtained a Certificate of Orthopedic Excellence for the spine in 2017, a Certificate of Orthopedic Excellence for the lower quarter in 2019, and a Certificate of Orthopedic Excellence for the upper quarter in 2022. Her professional interest is in advanced manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercise, patient education, and incorporation of evidence-based treatments. Dr. Kochman enjoys spending time with her son, exercising, and any outdoor activities.

Dr. Olivia Lindstrom, PT, DPT 

Dr. Olivia Lindstrom, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Penn Hills.  She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2022, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019.  Olivia is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200.  Olivia’s professional interests include orthopedic, neurologic, and chronic pain populations.  She prioritizes patient education and facilitates body awareness in her treatment.  Outside of the clinic, Olivia enjoys all types of exercise and yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Rachel Long PT, DPT

Dr. Rachel Long PT, DPT is a physical therapist and the Facility Director at Lifeline Physical Therapy Penn Hills. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 and her Bachelor Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a certificate in Kinesiology in 2006 from The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Long has an American Physical Therapy Association recognized competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation which she received in 2011, Advanced Vestibular Certification from the American Institute of Balance in 2022 as well as advanced clinical skills and knowledge. She specializes in the treatment of dizziness, vertigo, concussion and balance in addition to orthopedic conditions. Dr. Long is a certified practitioner for LSVT BIG since 2017. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, The Vestibular Disorders Association, The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and the Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. In her free time, Dr. Long enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, traveling, and any outdoor activities.

Dr. Mindy Maggio, PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. Mindy Maggio is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Warrendale. Dr. Maggio joined Lifeline Therapy in 2016. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University. Dr. Maggio is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Maggio is a certified clinical instructor. Her professional interests are in cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, and orthopedics. In her free time, Dr. Maggio enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and yoga.

Dr. Emily Miskell PT, DPT

Dr. Emily Miskell is a physical therapist and the Facility Director at Lifeline Physical Therapy Monroeville. Emily received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Science with a certificate in Pathokinesiology in Rehabilitation. She went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. She has more than a decade of experience in orthopedic physical therapy with a special focus on post-operative care including knee replacements and rotator cuff repairs, conservative care of arthritis, as well as comprehensive musculoskeletal care. She trained with the McKenzie Institute for spine care, is certified to provide Selective Functional Movement Assessments and to perform Graston instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. Her individualized treatment plans focus on restoring function and quality of life with an emphasis on collaboration between the patient and clinician. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her family, and the outdoors.

 

Dr. Whitney Rowley PT, DPT

Dr. Whitney Rowley is a physical therapist and Facility Director at Lifeline Physical Therapy in West Mifflin. Dr. Rowley prioritizes listening to and understanding the goals of her patients and providing high-quality, individualized care. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), she uses the latest, evidence-based research to inform her practice.  Dr. Rowley has a passion for working with neurologic conditions (stroke, fall-prevention, Parkinson’s disease, adults with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, concussion, and brain injury), vestibular conditions (vertigo, dizziness, and balance), hypermobility, and sports related injuries. 

Dr. Rowley earned her Doctorate with Distinction in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University, her M.S. in  Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania, and her B.S. in Athletic Training from the  University of Pittsburgh. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, backpacking, triathlons, open-water swimming, rock climbing, and  snorkeling.

Dr. Tony Sacerino PT, DPT LVST BIG cert.

Dr. Tony Sacerino is a physical therapist and facility director at Lifeline Physical Therapy Grove City. Dr. Sacerino joined Lifeline in 2023.  He earned a BS degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Slippery Rock University in 2007 and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2010.  Dr. Sacerino is LVST BIG certified to improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients.  He enjoys treating and has extensive training in treating Vestibular and Concussion symptoms.  Dr. Sacerino enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 son’s as well as attending a variety of concerts and sporting events.

 

Dr. Jennifer Szuminsky PT, DPT, LSVT BIG

Dr. Jennifer Szuminsky is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy McMurray. She joined Lifeline Therapy in 2023. Dr. Szuminsky earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a certificate in Pathokinesiology in Rehabilitation from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Dr. Szuminsky is a credentialed clinical instructor and is certified in LSVT BIG, a treatment approach to improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section. Dr. Szuminsky’s professional interests include orthopedics, manual therapy, and Parkinson’s treatment. She lives in the South Hills with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys kayaking, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family.

Dr. David A. Thompson, PT, DPT, GCS, CSCS, CCI

Dr. David A. Thompson is a physical therapist and is the Vice-President of Operations for Lifeline Physical Therapy. He earned his undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UIW in San Antonio Texas. He is a certified clinical instructor from the APTA, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh where he currently teaches in the Rehab Sciences Dept on Practical Issues in Disabilities. Dr. Thompson is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association Geriatric Section, and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Thompson is also Board Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His professional interests include advanced manual therapy techniques for geriatrics, development of aging in place strategies, patient and family education on the rehabilitation and recovery processes. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteering where needed.

Dr. Jamie Wichrowski, DPT

 Dr. Jamie Wichrowski is a physical therapist and facility director at Lifeline Physical Therapy Forest Hills. She completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Saint Francis University, where she received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. She has worked in the outpatient  setting since her graduation, primarily specializing in treating orthopedic cases. Jamie serves as a clinical instructor for various colleges and universities and enjoys teaching aspiring PT students. In her spare time, Jamie loves spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews, and watching Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins games.

Dr. Kathleen Zulkoski PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. Kathleen Zulkoski is a physical therapist at Lifeline Physical Therapy Warrendale, joining the team in 2022. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Saint Francis University in 2011.  She was initially interested in physical therapy as an NCAA soccer player and later became passionate in the treatment and care of the geriatric population. She is an LSVT BIG certified clinician and a Board Certified Specialist in Geriatrics.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association chapter.  She has completed continuing education courses from the Postural Restoration Institute, manual therapy using Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movement techniques and her primary professional interests include treatment of patients with geriatric and orthopedic conditions.  In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her family, biking, running, hiking, and reading a good book.

Respiratory Therapists

Rebecca Cioccio BS, RRT

Rebecca Cioccio is a Registered Respiratory Therapist by the National Board of Respiratory Care and is licensed by the State of Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Western Pennsylvania School of Respiratory Care with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.  Her previous experiences include critical care, homecare, and conducting clinical trials on respiratory equipment.  Rebecca had been a part of Lifeline Physical Therapy Forest Hills  Pulmonary Rehabilitation since September 2021. Rebecca enjoys boating on the Three Rivers, cooking, vacations at the beach, and spending time with her children.

Carolyn Davis RRT, RRT-ACCS

Carolyn Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College and Associate of Science and RRT in Respiratory Therapy. She earned the Adult Critical Care Specialty credential in 2021 and AACCPR-AARC Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate in November 2022. She has worked for several years in the Neuro-Trauma and Cardiac Intensive care units at UPMC.  Her previous experiences include 5 years working in the Emergency Department and Campus wide Medical Emergency teams at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. Carolyn had spent the four years prior to Lifeline teaching respiratory students in the classroom and clinically. Carolyn enjoys reading, traveling with her husband, being outside with her three dogs, and reminding her children that she would like to have grandkids.

Greg Sarachine RT

Greg received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Care from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Western Pennsylvania School of Respiratory Care. He has over 35 years’ experience in respiratory care spanning the entire spectrum of acuity. His individualized treatment plans are focused on assisting patients with disease state management, rehabilitation and education in collaboration with the patient.