Magna Physical Therapy &
Sports Medicine Center LLC
302 W. Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
MEET OUR STAFF
BRIAN A. MAGNA, PT, DPT, ATC
Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic & Personal Trainer
Brian has been working as a physical therapist for over 20 years. He holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Institute of Health and a physical therapy degree from the University of Connecticut. Brian's other degrees include a masters degree from Western Michigan University in sports medicine as well as a bachelors degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Biology.
Brian's expertise lies in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions with all athletes with specific training dealing with golfers, dancers, athletes, and runners.
Brian served as a Physical Therapist on the LPGA & PGA Tours from 2000-2004 as well as the U.S. Solheim Cup Therapist in 2002 in Edina, Minnesota and 2003 in Malmo, Sweden.
Brian currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Dance Alliance and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. He also previously worked as a physical therapist for the Hartford Ballet.
Brian has worked with numerous junior and collegiate players, PGA teaching professionals and professional golfers including: Annika Sorenstam,Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Julie Inkster, Christie Kerr, Heather Daly-Donofrio, Laura Diaz and many more.
SUZANNE OSBOURNE, MSPT, DPT
Suzanne received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and has been practicing within the greater Hartford area since 2001. In addition to her skilled knowledge of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, Osbourne has extensive experience with vestibular therapy and balance disorders. Her specialties include physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Osbourne's approach to patient care includes a strong emphasis on partnering with her patients to address those limitations that interrupt everyday function.
MARISA BABB, DPT
Physical Therapist, Dance Medicine Specialist
BRIANNE TAYLOR: Director of Dance Medicine and Conditioning
Brianne is the Director of Dance Medicine and Conditioning at Magna Physical Therapy. She graduated cum laude from DeSales University with a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Psychology. At DeSales University she was vice president of XTE (Dance Honors Society), as well as a member of the International Honors Society in Psychology. Brianne is also a certified Power Pilates Instructor.
ROXANN LICKE: Massage Therapist
Roxann began her massage therapy career in 2004; she is a National Certified Massage
Roxann delivers a style of bodywork that combines a number of modalities including Deep Tissue, Swedish massage, Myofascial release, Trigger point, Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and Sport
She has collaborated with chiropractors and has experience with on-site corporate chair massage. Roxann whole heartily believes in giving back to her community with organizations as Walk For Life Breast Cancer Awareness, Ride for MS, Wisconsin Triathlon, UCONN Breast Cancer survival, Autism Awareness, and Special Olympics.
“My goal? I am passionate about massage and helping others to achieve their goals as well as improve their overall health through a holistic approach. This allows each client’s specific needs to be tailored to their wellness.”
KRISTIN VILARDI: Nutritionist & consultant to Magna Physical Therapy
TARYN BRANDT: Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant
Taryn Brandt, M.A. is the owner of ASPIRE Sport and Performance Psychology LLC and is a sport and performance psychology consultant and mental coach. Growing up as a competitive figure skater, dancer, and recreational gymnast, Taryn has been involved in sports and the performing arts for her whole life. After a year long ankle injury tested her confidence, Taryn chose to pursue a career where she could help athletes to overcome their own mental blocks and discover their own path to success and achievement. She obtained her Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012. Prior to that, she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Hartford, where she was the student commencement speaker. She is passionate about inspiring others, sharing her relentless positivity, and listening to other athletes share their aspirations and journeys. Taryn is a member of the Applied Association of Sport Psychology and is currently a part time faculty member in the psychology department at the University of Hartford. Taryn is excited to share her passion for the "mental side" of sport and performance as well as her interest in the psychology of injury with the clients at Magna Physical Therapy.
KAREN BALI: LPGA Professional & Consultant
Karen is an LPGA Teaching & Club Professional and Assistant Golf Professional at Simsbury Farms Golf Course, West Simsbury, Connecticut. Karen is a Frankly Certified Putting Instructor and Fitter, a Titleist Fitting Partner and a Mizuno Fitter, and is currently working on her LPGA Class A certification and her National Council on Strength & Fitness personal training certification.
Karen's philosophy on teaching embraces the LPGA model believing that the golf swing can be adapted to "every body" regardless of the student;s skill level and physical capabilities. She believes that golf is a life-long sport and that physical fitness and body awareness are vital aspects to achieving one's golf goals. In addition to golf, Karen is an avid tennis play and enjoys kayaking, skiing, biking, cooking and baking. She has two daughters, Annie and Jackie.
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