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OUR STAFF

We have a very talented and experienced team of professionals with diverse backgrounds. Here are the friendly faces you will see around the office and some information that will help you get to know us.

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT

Having served the pediatric population since 1977, Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT established her pediatric private practice in 1981; recently merging with ST Lukes University Hospital. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professionals and East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Education in exercise physiology. She also holds a PhD in Pediatric Science from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her doctoral research was on potential risk factors related to the diagnosis of Torticollis. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist, specializing in treating children from birth through to young adults. Cindy completed the eight week Pediatric NeuroDevelopmental training course and the Advanced Infant course. Dr. Miles is serving as President of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) and is presently the Co-Chair and Meeting Planner for the Academy’s Annual Conference (APPTAC).  She held the titles of  APPT Treasurer, Treasurer Elect and pediatric sports, fitness SIG chair. Dr. Miles presents nationally on pediatric private practice and reimbursement as well as nationally and internationally on Torticollis, Plagiocephaly, and Fitness for All Abilities; promoting health and wellness  across the lifespan. She has published in peer review journals and books on topics related to pediatric physical therapy. www.cindymiles.com or www.traintotriumph.com

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Faith Ann Augustus, MPT received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med from Kutztown University. She earned her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science in 1997. Faith began with Cindy as a student in 1997, and then worked part time in the evenings after graduation. Faith worked as a staff therapist at Lehigh Valley Hospital with special interests in pediatrics, burn and wound care. Faith has been trained in Neuro Developmental treatment-completing the Pediatric eight week course. She has presented research findings at two national conferences. She is a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association and American Physical Therapy Association- including sections on Pediatrics & Aquatics.

Andrew Sutphin, DPT, CSCS, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology (2002) and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. Andrew began as a volunteer at Cindy’s clinic for two years, accumulating 150 hours of clinical experience. Andrew completed a year long internship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh prior to graduation. Clinical experience included acute/trauma care, NICU, PICU, and orthopedic injuries. Andrew became certified as a strength and conditioning specialist in 2004.

Rachael Weitknecht, DPT, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Muhlenberg College in2004. She continued her education and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2007. Prior to joining the staff at Cindy Miles and Associates Rachael was a student volunteer at the office for 5 years and assisted in the fitness program. Her student clinical experiences include acute, rehab, and outpatient therapy as well as a 10 week pediatric clinical rotation at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Rachael is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – including the section on Pediatrics. 

Elizabeth (Elissa) Derbak, DPT received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Foundations of Behavior from Franklin and Marshall College (2008) and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2011. Prior to joining the staff at Cindy Miles and Associates, Elissa completed clinical experiences in acute care, outpatient, and rehab settings, as well as a 10 week pediatric clinical rotation at Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Elissa is a current member of the APTA, including the Section on Pediatrics.

Maggie Holland, DPT received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Washington and Lee University (2013) and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University (2016). Maggie completed clinical experiences in acute care, and outpatient orthopedics with a focus on hypermobility disorders, in addition to a 12 week pediatric clinical rotation at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  She has presented research findings at a national conference and is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Section on Pediatrics.

Taylor Huckfeldt PT, DPT 

Taylor graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from DeSales University.  Taylor believes in incorporating values of teamwork, evidence-based practice, and strong ethical principles to achieve a collaborative treatment approach with all of her patients. Taylor enjoys working with pediatric patients of all ages and diagnoses, along with their families, to create a holistic plan of care and progress mobility to the fullest potential.

Debbie Chabak, PT, CNDT

Debbie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College).  Debbie is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (c/NDT) techniques for Infants and Children with Neuromuscular Impairments, and she is a current member of the NDTA (Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association).  Debbie has enjoyed treating in many Pediatric settings ranging from NICU, PICU, and Early Intervention, but loves to be currently treating children in outpatients. She has also completed training as a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and enjoys helping children of all abilities learn how to swim and strengthen in the aquatic environment.  Debbie is currently pursuing advanced training in the treatment of Pediatric Vestibular Disorders/Concussion.  She is passionate about helping children achieve their maximal potential by partnering with families in a fun, play-based environment.  Debbie enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

Karen Sobrinski, COTA/L received a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Health Promotion from Bowling Green State University in 1996. In 2012, she became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant earning her Associates degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College. Her student clinical experiences include sub-acute care and pediatric outpatient rehab at Good Shepherd. Karen has worked as a fitness instructor at the Suburban North Family YMCA leading group exercises and has over10 years of experience creating, developing and instructing programs for preschool and youth gymnastics. She is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

LeeAnn Bower, MS, OTR/L, CPST 

LeeAnn received her Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Penn State University in 2004.  She then received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010.  LeeAnn is a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional training in transporting children with special needs in car seats.  She also holds her certification in the Therapeutic Listening Program, as well as the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS) to feeding.  LeeAnn has also completed extensive training in regard to vision and ocular motor function, enjoying working with children with eye movement disorders and vision deficits.  She enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses and ages, utilizing a team approach to care, to help children live life to the fullest.

Lynn Sheridan MS,OT/L has been in the pediatric field since 1986. She received her BA in Western Australia and MA from the Sargent College of Boston University in 1982. She specializes in sensory integration and feeding therapy. She has 25 years of experience in Early Intervention in Delaware, Montgomery and Berks counties. Lynn has worked in Australia, India and China and therefore brings eclectic treatment options and experience.

In 2012 Lynn moved to Kempton PA where she and her husband established Common Ground Farm and Retreat. The farm is a place for retreats, including families with special needs. Lynn and her husband have three children, including one boy adopted from China.

Alura Bellis, OTR/L

Alura received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She has experience in a variety of settings including sub-acute rehabilitation, long term care and pediatrics. Alura believes in a hands-on, client centered approach with a focus on improving quality of life through the engagement of activities which are meaningful to both the patient and their families.

Michele Brazee, COTA/L 

Michele earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Kutztown University and has several years of experience as a teacher in the Lehigh Valley. She graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Lehigh Carbon Community College and became certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Michele completed clinical experiences in outpatient pediatrics as well as hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Michele utilizes her skills gained through teaching combined with best practice in pediatric occupational therapy to implement fun and effective treatment sessions for children with special needs.

SPEECH THERAPISTS

Marcel Broadway, M.S.,CCC-SLP/L a practicing speech-language pathologist for 25 years, graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders in 1990, and earned a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University in 1991. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1992. Marcel has been trained and completed clinical positions in acute care hospitals, out-patient centers, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, preschools, medical-residential facilities, and early intervention/home care. Marcel specializes in pediatric dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders) and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) following internships at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women. Marcel has received the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) 4 times since 1995.  She is a member of ASHA, PSHA (PA Speech and Hearing Association), is a member of the Executive Council for NESHAP (Northeastern Speech and Hearing Association of PA), and a committee member for the continuing education board for ASHA. She received honors of the association from NESHAP in 2012. Marcel is a guest speaker for the pediatric dysphagia track graduate program at Bloomsburg University. Marcel has presented oral seminars and poster sessions at both national and state conventions on pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders in early intervention.

Ashley Merkel, M.S. CCC-SLP/L received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Misericordia University (2010) located in Dallas, PA. Ashley works part time at Cindy Miles and Associates in addition to full time position with Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21. When Ashley is not working she enjoys spending time outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. She also helps manage fundraisers for the Asher F. Boyer Endowment Fund which is a nonprofit organization.

Hannah Moir, M.S., CCC-SLP received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies at Bloomsburg University. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2016 from Monmouth University. Hannah obtained her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in October of 2017. Hannah has experience with pediatric clients in the Early Intervention setting as well as the outpatient setting.

AQUATICS INSTRUCTORS

Maria Zupko

OFFICE MANAGER

Faye Creveling started her affiliation with Cindy in fourth grade and admires the determination she has to help young children reach their goals. Before joining Cindy Miles & Associates in September 2003, Faye worked as an Operations Coordinator for a local cabinet company. Her duties include billing,human resources, and miscellaneous office tasks. She is the proud mother of four children.

INSURANCE COORDINATOR

Fran Schlofer has worked as a secretary in the medical field since 1985. Fran started working for Cindy in January, 2000. Fran’s responsibility at Cindy’s office is managing all of the private insurance issues. Fran is an asset to our practice.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Eric Peterson received a Master’s of Science (MSc.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in Neuroscience and a Bachelor’s degree from Moravian College. Eric has been working in the healthcare profession for over a decade. Eric has experience with mental health, outpatient private practices, and hospital based services in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eric also has experience with software development, project management, and technology customer service after working a few years for a small cloud based Software Company. When Eric is not working he can be found volunteering for the local chapter of AMBUCS, Lehigh Valley Steel Force, visiting near by cities and enjoying various cultural activities.

OFFICE ASSISTANTS

Monica Bauer is a graduate of the Medical assistants program at Lehigh-Carbon Community College. She has been employed in the medical field since 1978. As a part time employee at Cindy’s she verifies insurance benefits and assists in numerous other office functions. Monica lives in Whitehall with her husband and daughter.

Karen McHale has many years experience as an Administrative Assistant working in the corporate banking field. She has earned an Associates Degree in Education and has volunteered at numerous local organizations over the years. Working here as an Office Assistance has truly been a rewarding experience. She loves interacting with all of your children. Their smiling faces make her day.

Brenda Ross is a retired elementary school librarian. That makes her a perfect part time fit in the office for tasks like filing and organizing! Working with children has always been her love, so she is enjoying greeting the children and interacting with them and their families. Her full time job is spending as much time as possible with her grandson Kyle.