News and Events: UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participates in many community, educational, and professional events throughout the Pittsburgh and Erie areas. See a listing of upcoming events and news below.


CRS Hosts Youth Basketball Preparedness Clinic

Under the direction of Scott Colombo, facility director and a physical therapist at CRS North Strabane, and Bill DiLeonardo, facility director and physical therapist at CRS South Hills, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services conducted a Youth Basketball Preparedness Clinic on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

With over 14 area school districts represented, 60 male and female athletes in grades 5-8 completed an extensive series of drills designed to assess agility, flexibility, jumping ability, upper body strength, speed, and reaction time. Clinicians from CRS and UPMC Sports Medicine evaluated each athlete’s performance, identified and documented any areas of deficiency that the athlete should work on to prevent future injury, and discussed findings with the athletes.

Participants received a score card with their baseline performance and noted observations. In addition, UPMC CRS neuro/vestibular therapist, Maura Lacey, PT provided information about post-concussion rehabilitation to interested parents and coaches.

Pictured in the front row (left to right): Jeff Klug, Andrew Ross, Melissa Antonoplos, Pat Mahoney, Andrew Harkins, Tony Sanks, Michelle Agostinelli, and Scott Colombo.

Pictured in the back row (left to right): Maura Lacey, Angela Heintz, Bill DiLeonardo, Dave Battiste, and Ryan Laughran.

​CRS Donates to the Hampton Athletic Association

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services donated a gift basket to the Hampton Athletic Association’s "Night at the Races" event, which raises money for dugouts to be built at the McCully Complex in Hampton Township, in memory of long-time baseball coach and community member, Skip Palmer. Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, facility director at CRS – Allison Park is pictured presenting the gift basket to Michael Dolinger from the Hampton Athletic Association.

CRS Penn Hills Hosts Open House

CRS Penn Hills hosted an open house on August 31, 2017. A ribbon cutting was held to commemorate the move to this office’s new location.

Pictured in the front row (left to right): Sarah Ward, Neele Holzenkaempfer, Ashley Whalen, Beth Holzhauser, Emily Miskell, PT, DPT, CRS Penn Hills’ facility director, and Kim Antonucci​.

Pictured in the back row (left to right): Rob Pochciol, Tony Sanks, PT, ATC, CSCS​, regional vice president, Renee Germak Dooen, DPT, East POD director, and Sarah Kosko.

​Congratulations to our UPMC Community Provider Services Division Quality Fair Winners

Winner: President’s Award 2017
Presented by: Terry Breisinger, PT, NCS and Allyson Yukevich, OTR/L, CBIS, UPMC Mercy
Development of a Disorders of Consciousness Program

Winner: Innovation Award 2017
Presented by: Emily Bender, OTR/L, CPAM, CSRS; Samantha Smith, OTR/L, CPAM and Jeffrey Welk, PT, DPT, MPH, UPMC Passavant
Increasing Function of an Upper Extremity Post-CVA (Stroke)

CRS submitted 15 out of 24 entries and won two of the four awards. Thank you to all who participated and for your commitment to quality endeavors for CRS!

​Lymphedema Seminar

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services presents a lymphedema seminar on Saturday, September 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Admission is free and a continental breakfast will be provided. RSVP by Sunday, September 10 at 412-692-9423.

Speakers and presentation topics include:

Atilla Soran, MD, MPH, FACS
Director of Lymphedema Program
Magee-Womens Surgical Associates
Lymphedema Updates


Clare Copenhaver, PTA, CLT-LANA, LMT
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Update on the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Megan E. Glod, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Community Resources and Insurance Coverage

Lisa G. Mager, MPT, CLT-LANA, WCS
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
Optimal Management of Your Lymphedema


Liana M. Merrick, PT, DPT, CLT
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services
A Review of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and the Lymphatic System

​CRS Offices in Westmoreland County “Go Orange for Hunger”

The CRS Delmont, CRS Greensburg – Pellis Road, and CRS Greensburg – Route 30 offices are participating in the “Go Orange for Hunger” event this September. They will be collecting food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank and will be wearing orange throughout the month.

CRS Therapists Participate in National Pain Conference

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists Megan Driscoll, MOT, OTR/L and Paula Breuer, PT participated in the National Pain Conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The conference, titled “A Balanced Approach to Pain Management,” was attended by patients and physicians. The conference featured various speakers who discussed pain treatments and management.

CRS Supports the Montour Trail

On April 23, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services supported the Montour Trail through a Premier Sponsorship, along with the participation of employees, friends, and family in the National Tunnel Race.

Melissa Antonoplos (pictured with dog, Eos), Karen and Chris Losego (also pictured), and Scott Colombo ran the race, while Jenn Bonnet, Tom Murt, Pat Mahoney and Dan Rehak were on site to provide information, help with stretching, and answer questions from participants.

CRS looks forward to its continued support of the Montour Trail through its involvement in the upcoming Tour the Montour cycling event in September.​

CRS Donates to the ALS Association

Paul Rockar and Dino Rovito, respective CEO and COO of UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, present ALS Association representatives Julia Marsili and Kelsey Schooley with a check for $4,730. On an annual basis, for every assist the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team makes during the season, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services donates $10 to the ALS Association. This year, the team had 473 assists.​

CRS Participates in Point Park University Health and Wellness Fair

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in Point Park University’s Spring 2017 Health and Wellness Fair held for staff and students on March 22. CRS tested participants’ hand grip strength and held a contest for best grip for men and women. The winner of the women's contest was Amanda Anderson. Each winner received a CRS mug, t-shirt, and a $25.00 iTunes gift card.

CRS Therapists to Present at SCI Rehabilitation Conference

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services therapists, Joseph Everhart, DPT, NCS, Randy Huzinec, PT, Danielle R. Karhut, MOT, ORT/L, Jodi Krause, DPT, NCS, Lauren Malacarne, DPT, NCS, Elizabeth Stanley, DPT, Chris Venus, PT, NCS, and Barbara Zerbee, COTA/L will be presenting at the 3rd Annual Current Concepts in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation being held on April 29, 2017 at UPMC Mercy’s Clark Auditorium.

Conference goals are to advance health, expand knowledge, and improve care through research, teaching rehabilitation services, and medical care.​

CRS Supports Area Food Banks

During this past holiday season, CRS made financial contributions to the following area food banks, including:

Sharon Food Bank
Dan Clites, PT, facility director at CRS Greenville, and Kelsey Bone, CRS marketing representative, present a check to the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.




Erie Food Bank
Kelsey Bone, CRS marketing representative, presents a check to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.




Community Food Bank
Maria Beisler, CRS marketing assistant, presents a check to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.




Westmoreland County Food Bank
Maggie Backstrom, CRS marketing representative, presents the check to the Westmoreland County Food Bank.




A donation was also made to the Central Pennsylvania Community Food Bank and the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.

​​CRS Receives Awards at the 2016 Loren Roth Quality and Patient Safety Awards Reception

On September 20, the CRS Hand Clinic and the CRS – Erie Peninsula locations received the Excellence in Patient Experience Award at the 2016 Loren Roth Quality and Patient Safety Awards reception. This award recognizes various divisions, physicians, and medical staff within the UPMC system. The individuals and departments recognized go above and beyond in their efforts to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care to patients throughout the organization. The facilities honored demonstrate the greatest overall top box scores for the 2016 fiscal year.

Kim Maguire, OTR/L, CHT is the facility director at the CRS Hand Clinic. Her staff members include Marie Pace, OTR/L, CHT, Valerie Cook, and Scott Szarmach. Josh Miller, PT, is the facility director at CRS – Erie Peninsula. His staff members include Mary Parsons and Julie Carter, PTA.

Sarah Robertson, PTA, at UPMC Hamot is the 2016 recipient of the Richard L. Simmons, MD Speak Up for Safety Award. Sarah received this award due to her dedication to ensuring the proper care and safety of our patients.

Stretching Clinic

Craig Maartmann-Moe helping a participantOn August 19, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services held a stretching clinic before and after the Passavant Hospital Foundation Scrub Run/Walk, which took place at the North Park Loop. CRS was also a mile marker sponsor. Volunteers included Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, Cert MDT, CSCS, Carolyn Wincer, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT-LANA, Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, and Jon Mayer, SLP.

Craig Maartmann-Moe helps a race participant stretch.​

2016 Steelers Fan Fest

Charlie Batch with UPMC CRS staffUPMC Centers for Rehab Services presented and participated at the 2016 Steelers Fan Fest in Latrobe on August 5. CRS staff hosted a booth, where former Steeler, Charlie Batch, signed autographs.

CRS staff with Charlie Batch.

CRS Women’s Health Residency Program Reaccredited

The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education of the American Physical Therapy Association has reaccredited the CRS Women’s Health Residency program. CRS is one of a very few providers in the country with five residency programs. CRS’ residency programs include women’s health, orthopaedics, sports rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, and geriatrics.

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Hosts Wheelchair Skills Clinics

Why Wheelchair Skills?

Wheelchair skills are an important milestone of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many wheelchair users report being unable to climb curbs, traverse uneven terrain, and transfer effectively. These skills are important for accessing places outside of home, returning to work, and participating in the community.

What You’ll Learn

To help improve your wheelchair skills, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services is offering monthly wheelchair training clinics. During these clinics, therapists will work with you on your personal goals. These goals can range from pushing your chair more efficiently so you are less likely to develop shoulder pain, to more advanced skills like wheelies and navigating stairs.

If you are interested in more information or want to register, please call Lynn Worobey at 412-822-3674.

Ladies Day Out Event

Therapists from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the second annual Ladies Day Out event, a women's health program focused on wellness and pampering. The event was sponsored by UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport and took place on May 4, 2016 at the Stratigos Banquet Centre. Andrea Shafran, MPT, WCS, CLT-LANA, Claire Copenhaver, PTA, CLT-LANA, and Amanda Thomas, DPT, CLT provided free posture screenings to the attendees.

Food Bank Donation

Food Bank Donation

On March 31, Maggie Backstrom, a marketing representative from the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, presented Kris Douglas, CEO of the Westmoreland County Food Bank, with a generous donation. CRS is proud to support our local communities with its annual donations to area food banks.​

Health and Wellness Fair Hand Grip Test Winners

Edberg DominguezAmanda McGuire

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services participated in the annual Point Park University Spring 2016 Health and Wellness Fair, held for staff and students on March 23. CRS tested participants’ hand grip strength and held a contest for best grip for men and women. The winners of the contest were Edberg Dominguez and Amanda McGuire, who each received a CRS mug, t-shirt, and a $25.00 iTunes gift card.

CRS McCandless Facility Director Presents on Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Craig Maartmann-Moe, DPT, MS, CSCS, facility director and physical therapist at CRS McCandless, presented on osteoarthritis of the knee at Club Julian in Ross Township on March 9, 2016. The discussion included the anatomy of the knee, ergonomics, causes of knee pain and injury, exercises to manage knee issues, and current treatments. The presentation took place in conjunction with Passavant Hospital Foundation and Club Julian 24 Hour Fitness.

Craig has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duquesne University, and a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the McKenzie Institute as a mechanical diagnosis and treatment therapist, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and holds a Direct Access License in Pennsylvania. Craig's areas of interest include treating the overhead throwing athlete, as well as orthopaedic therapy, spine rehabilitation, manual physical therapy, shoulder pain and therapy, sports rehabilitation, and comprehensive musculoskeletal care.

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