Dr. Philip Denema, PT, DPT, ATC
FAAOMPT, Osteopractor, Cert SMT, Cert DN, Cert. VRS
Physical Therapist and Owner
Phil is passionate about helping you get better, which is at the core of what led him to become a physical therapist, and to open Spine and Sports Physical Therapy in August of 2016. With over 13 years of experience to build upon, Phil has developed his own treatment approaches while incorporating a wide range of post-graduate continuing education. He is continuously learning and applying that learning in order to deliver the best, most effective treatments for his patients.
He is one of roughly 1200 fellowship trained manual orthopedic physical therapists (FAAOMPT) in the country and 1 of only 14 in the state of CT. Considering there are over 200,000 physical therapists in the country, Phil belongs to quite a select group. He received his Fellowship training through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy from 2014-2015, as well as his certifications in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Cert. SMT) in 2014 and Dry needling (Cert. DN) in 2015. During this time, he also earned his Diploma in Osteopractic, of which he is 1 of the original 70 Osteopractors to receive the credential worldwide.
Phil received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate at Sacred Heart University, receiving a B.S in Athletic Training in 2004. During that time he worked with division 1 student athletes in football, basketball, cross country/track, lacrosse, wrestling, softball and volleyball.
Dr. Christopher Genn, PT, DPT
CSCS, SFMA-1, FMS-1, Cert. DN
Chris’ interest in human movement and performance began from a very young age. In high school he suffered a knee injury during soccer, exposing him for the first time to physical therapy. This experience sparked his interest, starting his journey to learning and understanding the human body and movement. He started as a physical therapy aide for 2 ½ years while studying to become a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2010. At that point, he coached athletes from 5-50 years old in strength and conditioning as well as speed training. For the next 2 ½ years he transitioned into personal training during his graduate studies in physical therapy.
He was led to become a physical therapist from his desire to assist people in regaining their movement and freedom. He has continued to feed his passion for learning, pursuing certifications in the Functional Movement System.
Chris received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2015. Prior to this, he completed a B.S. in Health Science also from Mercy College, after completing two years of liberal art studies at Christendom College in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Dr. Tara McKeon, PT, DPT
Tara’s interest in optimizing movement and performance started as an injury prone athlete. Suffering from countless injuries inspired her to take an active role in her health through the exploration of various healing and injury prevention methods, including Physical Therapy (PT). Tara strongly believes PT is the best profession to treat not only a localized injury, but the body as a whole.
Tara received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Sacred Heart University, graduating with honors. Prior to this she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from The University of Delaware. During her studies, she completed several advanced clinical affiliations, her first one was here at Spine & Sports PT, where she learned our treatment approach and philosophy. She also completed clinical affiliations at Koh Physical Therapy in Irvine, CA, Main Street Rehabilitation in Danbury, CT, and Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
During her free time, Tara enjoys kickboxing, exploring new cities, and trying out different restaurants and local breweries.
Dr. Brandon Learned, PT, DPT
FDN – 1
Brandon grew up in Agawam, MA, where he developed a passion for sports and exercise from a young age. After several sports-related injuries, he became interested in the field of health care as a profession. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He then attended American International College in Springfield, MA to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Upon graduating in 2018, he began working at an outpatient orthopedic facility in Enfield, CT, where he saw a wide array of orthopedic and neuromuscular-based patients. He became certified in Functional Dry Needling in December 2018, which he utilizes to supplement his patient care. Brandon is passionate in helping his patients achieve their goals and feel better, using evidence-based treatment practices.
Outside of work, he enjoys staying active by working out, running, hiking, and playing sports.