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Our Staff

Leadership Team

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Laura Gladden, M.Ed., OTR/L

Vice President of Clinical Operations
laura@austills.com

610-363-7009 x202

Education: University of Virginia, Masters in Education, specializing in Motor Learning, Ohio State University, Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy, NDT certification, SIPT certification
Laura began working with Austill’s as a pediatric therapist in 1998 moving into a management role of Pediatric Coordinator in 2004. Laura brings a variety of clinical experiences including working in adult rehabilitation settings and also a clinical supervisor and mentor. She also has coordinated and co- founded continuing education programs in those settings. Currently, Laura works closely with our Educational Therapy Teams to lead the clinical operational management of Austill’s in collaboration with our educational school district partners including monitoring trends, services using our ACE database.

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Lynn Lopez

Vice President of Contract Administration
lynn@austills.com

610-363-7009 x216

Education: Millersville University, Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
Lynn joined Austill’s in 2003 and has held many different roles at Austill’s over the years including administrative functions, database development and management/agency administrative support. In her current role she is responsible for the oversight of our ACE database system and its reporting features. In addition, Lynn participates in the analysis, acquisition, growth and development of new agencies.

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Laura Boyle Nester, OTR/L

Director of Placement
laurab@austills.com

610-363-709 x226

Education: University of Pittsburgh, Occupational Therapy; Juniata College, BS in Psychology and Biology, SIPT certification
Laura has worked with Austills since 2006 as a pediatric school based therapist before joining the management team in 2011. Her background includes pediatrics, adult rehabilitation and management. Laura is responsible for oversight of the recruiting and hiring processes with our Educational Placement Team.

Educational Placement Team

Responsible for evaluating, and hiring qualified therapy professionals and to match the distinct needs of each educational agency that we work with, while also creating rewarding careers for our family of therapists.
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Elyse Veni

Student Relations Coordinator, Colleges and Universities
elyse@austills.com

610-363-7009 x209

Education: West Chester University, Masters Degree in Counseling concentration in higher education and student affairs.
Elyse manages the Clinical Fieldwork Program, which provides school based experiences to graduate level therapy students in university programs.

Financial Team

Responsible for managing our integrated database (ACE) and accounting/finance.
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Denise Mange

Database and Computer Coordinator
denise@austills.com

610-363-7009 x211

Denise has been with Austill’s since 1996. She is responsible for data entry and accountability compilation and has extensive computer related office experience.

Educational Services Team

Pediatric therapists responsible for managing Austill’s school contracts, including programmatic and administrative oversight to analyze school programs in collaboration with school administrators, personnel and therapists.
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Glen Birmingham, PT, DPT

Manager of Educational Therapy
glen@austills.com

610-363-7009 x203

Education: Texas Women’s University, Master in Physical Therapy; Arcadia University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Glen became a pediatric therapist with Austill’s since 2005 before joining the management team in 2008.  Glen brings a diverse background to the Austill’s team including an accounting degree, and PT experiences in many settings including outpatient pediatrics, adult rehabilitation and management.

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Wendy Coulter, OTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy
wendy@austills.com

610-363-7009 x219

Education: Penn State University, Masters Degree in Health Services 1986, Quinnipiac College, Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy
Wendy joined Austill’s in 2008 as a pediatric therapist and then moved to a management position in 2017. Wendy brings to Austill’s an extensive background in management and program development in a variety of pediatric and adult settings. She is also a skilled clinician in pediatrics and adult therapy.

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Kristin Engel, PT, DPT

Manager of Educational Therapy
kristin@austills.com

610-363-7009 x225

Education: Temple University, Masters degree and doctorate degree in Physical Therapy
Kristin joined Austill’s as a pediatric therapist in 2003 and joined the management team in 2007.  Prior to joining Austill’s Kristin worked in both pediatric and adult setting and also have experience with aquatic therapy.

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Rachel Hykel, M.Ed., MPH

Educational Therapy Contract Coordinator
rachelh@austills.com

610-363-7009 x228

Education: St. Joseph's University, West Chester University
Rachel joined Austill’s in 2019 and was previously a classroom teacher and health educator, as well as a long-time salesperson and director of development for various organizations. In her present role, Rachel works with the contract services team in acquiring and developing partnerships with new agencies.

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Maria Lehman, OTR/L

Manager of Educational Therapy and Professional Development
maria@austills.com

610-363-7009 x205

Education: Elizabethtown, Occupational Therapy Degree, SIPT certification
Maria joined Austill’s in 2007 as a pediatric therapist and then moved in to a management position in 2010. Maria brings to Austill’s a background in management, pediatrics and adult therapy.

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Amy Vanic, MPT

Manager of Educational Therapy
amy@austills.com

610-363-7009 x 207

Education: University of the Sciences, Bachelors in Health Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy
Amy has been with Austill’s since 2005, joining the Management team in 2017. Amy has clinical experience in acute care, management, hippotherapy and pediatrics.

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Valerie Ames

Educational Services Coordinator
valerie@austills.com

610-363-7009 x200

Education: Eastern, Bachelor’s in Psychology
Valerie joined Austill’s in 2002, presently serving as Office Manager.  She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Eastern University.

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Tara Balla

Educational Services Coordinator
tara@austills.com

610-363-7009 x214

Education: West Chester University, Bachelor’s in Education
Tara joined Austill’s in 2010.  She earned her Bachelors in Education from West Chester University.

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Barbara Boles

Educational Services Coordinator
barbara@austills.com

610-636-7009 x 201

Barb joined Austill’s in 2005, presently serving as an Executive Administrative Assistant.

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Rachael Danton

Educational Services Coordinator
rachael@austills.com

610-363-7009 x204

Education: Albright College
Rachael joined Austill’s in 2012.  Rachael graduated from Albright College and earned her Certificate of Completion from Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

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Carol Harding

Educational Services Coordinator
carol@austills.com

610-363-7009 x230

Carol joined Austill’s in 1993.

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Elizabeth Huntsinger

Educational Services Coordinator
betsy@austills.com

610-363-7009 x231

Education: Bloomsburg University
Betsy joined Austill’s in 2003. Betsy graduated from Bloomsburg University.

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Tina Larsen

Educational Services and Professional Development Coordinator
tina@austills.com

610-363-7009 x237

Tina joined Austill’s in 2005, presently serving as an Administrative Assistant to several Pediatric Coordinators as well as the administration of Austill’s Continuing Education Program.

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Michelle Ragghianti

Educational Services Coordinator
michelle@austills.com

610-363-7009 x206

Michelle joined Austill’s in 2008.  Michelle graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.