Denise Didio Buher, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Denise Didio Buher, PT, DPT, Certified MDT received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut in 1991 and also received an Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy from Maria College of Albany in 1986. Denise is a Certified Therapist in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine from the McKenzie Institute. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and completed advanced clinical training in Biomechanics and Orthotics and is Certified in the use of Sole Supports "Dynamic Casting" Technology.
Denise started Orthopedic and Spine Physical Therapy, PC in 1996 after working at Glens Falls Hospital as a Senior Staff Therapist for several years. Her passion is to provide the best possible rehab experience for her patients and an exceptional work environment for her staff. Besides business development, her areas of interest include treating spine and sports related injuries. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), The Private Practice Section of the APTA (PPSAPTA), The Alliance of Independent Physical Therapist in the New York Chapter (AIPT-NYPTA), Member of Physical Therapy Business Alliance (PTBA), The Kiwanis Club of Glens Falls, The McKenzie Institute of the Americas, The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, and The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Member of the Warren County Economic Development Corp and the Saratoga Economic Development Corp.
Denise is a native of Glens Falls and resides in Queensbury with her two children Katie and Jackson. She enjoys all outdoor activities including hockey and skiing in the winter months. In the warmer months, she enjoys hiking, tennis, golf, boating and camping.
Christopher Allen, PT, Cert. MDT
Chris joined Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy in 2004 from Greenwich, CT. He graduated from Kansas University Medical Center in 1993 and Master's of Physical Therapy degree from Kansas University Medical Center in 1995. He brings nearly 20 years of physical therapy experience in multiple settings to OSPT. His experience is supplemented with extensive continuing education courses including vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, and is certified in the McKenzie approach to treatment of the spine and extremities. Chris prides himself on providing individualized treatments tailored to the patients goals and abilities in a professional, comfortable environment. His additional interests include hiking, snowboarding, golf, traveling and spending time with his wife and 3 daughters.
Ariel DuBois, PT, DPT
Ariel DuBois joined the Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy team in 2018, relocating to Saratoga Springs from southern New Jersey. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Lebanon Valley College (LVC), in 2013. During her college years, Ariel worked as a student athletic trainer, where she cared for injuries as a first responder, developed and implemented exercise programs for rehabilitation of injured athletes, and performed stretching and taping. She was involved in the development of a student-run, free physical therapy clinic for local uninsured and underinsured people. Ariel was active in LVC's Body Armor program, an injury prevention program designed to decrease the risk of noncontact lower extremity injuries in student athletes.
Ariel strives to empower patients to help themselves, through education and individual care, which ultimately leads to independent management of the patient's condition. Ariel has taken a special interest in working with athletes and patients with vestibular and/or concussion disorders. She has attended several continuing education courses covering a variety of topics including therapeutic taping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), spinal manipulation, treatment of the patient post-cancer, completion of functional capacity evaluations, and has attended the Philadelphia Sports Symposium in 2017.
Ariel enjoys traveling, having been to every continent except Antarctica. Her love for travel stems from her interest in other cultures, meeting new people, and enjoying good food. She also enjoys outdoor activities including going to the beach, kayaking, hiking, and boating.
Albert Small III, PT, DPT
Albert Small III joined Orthopedic & Spine PT in May of 2018. AJ graduated from Nazareth College with his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2017. AJ played 4 years of lacrosse at Nazareth College, and he utilizes his athletic experiences from lacrosse to help clients train and rehabilitate in everyday treatment. Throughout his education while working toward his Doctorate degree, AJ has treated a variety of diagnosis and musculoskeletal injuries. His learning has focused extensively on manual therapy techniques and hands-on mobilization methods to release soft tissues and mobilize joints. In his spare time, AJ enjoys playing golf, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family.
Paul Toran, PTA
Paul graduated from Maria College's Physical Therapist Assistant (AAS) program in 1995. He has worked at Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy since 1997. Paul is Certified in the use of Sole Supports "Dynamic Casting" technology and is a Certified Professional Trainer (CProT). Paul has taken the McKenzie Institute course Part A and B. Paul enjoys treating patients of all abilities and all ages but has a particular interest in treating the athletic-minded clientele. His interests outside of work include hiking and cross country skiing with his dog Tiger, along with mountain biking, Telemark skiing and ice hockey. In 2004, Paul was a finisher of the Ironman Competition in Lake Placid. He completed the Black Fly Challenge Eleven (a 42-mile bike ride) six times since 1995. Two MS 100 mile bike rides in 2008 and 2009 and the Tour De Cure for Diabetes in 2010 and June 2011 (100 mile bike ride), and rides in the Double H Challenge Annually.
Carla Layton, PTA
Carla has been working for Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy since 2001. She graduated from Maria College of Albany in 1992 with her Associate of Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Upon graduating, she worked in an orthopedic and sports rehab setting. Carla is also certified as a fitness instructor and has been an instructor in aerobic step, slide, and strength training classes. She is now pursuing her certification in Pilates. Carla's interest outside of work include photography, traveling and running. Her personal accomplishments include annual Fundraiser runs including, Randy's Run, Miles With a Message, and Firecracker Four. Her next run will be Randy's Run in May. Carla resides with her husband and two children in Lake George.