Physical Therapy in a
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No Physician Referral Needed! Thanks to CT's Direct Access Law, in most cases you can schedule a physical therapy appointment without a prescription. Don't wait - make an appointment today! Make An Appointment Most insurances accepted.
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Essex, Connecticut

12 Bokum Road, Suite B
Essex, CT 06426

Phone: (860) 767-9035
Fax: (860) 767-9015

Monday-Friday
7am-7pm

Most insurances accepted, click for more information. 

Welcome to PTSMC Essex!

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers of Essex is conveniently located on Bokum Road in Essex, Connecticut. We are committed to providing the very best physical therapy care in the Essex, Chester and Deep River communities and beyond. We accept most insurances – for a full list of accepted insurances click here. Please contact us directly with questions or to schedule an appointment; we have skilled clinicians offering a variety of hands-on services, along with flexible scheduling, and in most cases there’s no physician referral needed for PT!

Services Offered

We specialize in treatments of:

Director

Staff

Kelley Cahill

PTA

Alex Gauthier

PT, DPT, ATC

Ann Hall

PT

Sharon Hallahan

PT

Gyujin Kim

LAT, ATC – Valley Regional High School

Alyson Whelan

PT, MSPT

My condition severe rotator cuff tears, subluxation, fracture - scheduled for surgery. Reverse full shoulder replacement. Physical therapy pre-op is providing me with movement strength. The technicians Ann and Kelly are professional knowledgeable....also explaining and answering questions related to my injury.
Carol Montalto
Carol Montalto
00:24 24 Jun 22
I highly recommend Alex at PTSMC in Essex. His expertise and knowledge about physiology have made a huge difference in the quality of my life in a short time. By both administering effective treatment techniques and teaching me actionable ways to heal my body, I have gone from being in acute incessant pain to having vastly more freedom of movement and flexibility and vastly less discomfort and attendant exhaustion. Really terrific to get health care that looks at the integration of body parts vs microscopic specialization that gets me nowhere.
Meg Pier
Meg Pier
23:57 18 May 22
Great place. Professional, office staff very helpful. Accomplished a lot for me in a short period of time. Gave me good advice. Highly recommend them.
Barrett Nichols
Barrett Nichols
20:49 08 Feb 22
So happy to have worked with the staff here at PTSMC! Everyone was really nice and made physical therapy really enjoyable. I can't recommend this place enough, thank you!
Maddy Morgado
Maddy Morgado
02:11 02 Feb 22
Very clean, well equipped and convenient facility. The staff are friendly, competent and very helpful. PT&SM in Essex has helped considerably with my back pain.
Jasper B
Jasper B
00:04 06 Dec 21
Professional, understanding, attentive and focused on my issues. The therapists I’ve had here are second to none. I enjoy coming and look forward to positive results, which I believe are achievable.
Jill NF
Jill NF
23:56 20 Nov 21
Great facility...professional & compassionate staff...easy to schedule appointments...I highly recommend this business!
Lindsay Loguidice
Lindsay Loguidice
23:08 17 Mar 20
PTSMC provided great service in a quick amount of time. From the front desk staff and assistants to the physical therapists, customer service is stellar. I was happily surprised to start PT within 24 hours of my doctor writing the prescription. My physical therapist was able to get me more mobile and showed me how to keep safe while on crutches. I am extremely thankful! Also:The Essex location is easy to get to from the Shoreline and the hours are great. 🙂
Donnamarie Buffington
Donnamarie Buffington
02:31 10 Mar 20
Starting physical therapy can be anxiety provoking, not knowing what to expect or how it will work out. This is particularly so when you may have had negative experiences in the past.So when I walked into PTSMC in Essex, I was prepared for the worst. What is the worst in my head - not having things fully explained to me, not having anyone watch my form & I end up hurt, not having someone allay my fears & encourage me to work consistently and more.Turns out the opposite was true at PTSMC Essex. My initial visit with Craig was thorough, asking me details, listening to my responses, explaining things in ways I would understand and making the effort to get additional information from ortho doc. Craig took me through multiple stretches & exercises detailing the movement, the benefit & what I might feel. I also work with Kelly who is equally attentive, providing clear explanation of movements, exercises. Kelly is motivating and easy to ask questions.I highly recommend PTSMC Essex if you are looking for professionalism and true expertise.
Robin Kempner
Robin Kempner
00:33 18 Feb 20
Courteous, professional , flexible and on time. Answers questions and keeps you informed of progress. All in all if you require physical therapy this is the place to go.
Robert Delvecchio
Robert Delvecchio
21:37 10 Feb 20
This is my 3rd experience with physical therapy and again they've got me on the road to recovery. You have to put in the work but they're with you along the way with encouragement and smiles!
pam garner
pam garner
14:02 03 Jan 20
I have been going to PTSM for years. Craig and his team are knowledgeable, caring professionals whose goals are to ensure you receive the best possible treatment and excellent results. Casual and friendly atmosphere, very well organized.
barbara elliott
barbara elliott
15:45 26 Nov 19
Relaxed and professional atmosphere; personal attention designed to meet my individual needs. Printed instructions complete with diagrams to assist my understanding of the exercises. Only three sessions and already I feel a difference!
Sheila Wertheim
Sheila Wertheim
23:36 21 Sep 19
Amazing place!!! I go here whenever I have an injury and it’s super helpful! Great service!!!
Jordan Azzinaro
Jordan Azzinaro
03:11 24 Jul 19
Knowledgable friendly time efficient people have provided effective program of rehabilitation for my knee without making me feel on a production line. They might occasionally provide some airing of modern country music in the workout room just to be fair, as a minor detail. BYO
Michael Joseph
Michael Joseph
01:50 25 Jun 19
the staff is friendly ann hall has taken care of my PT treatments she is very knowledgeable and answers all your concerns mark
Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards
12:32 11 Jun 19
Total professionals at PTSMC. Craig really found the trigger point of my heel issue, treated it with an array of tactics, and provided me with an exercise program that is easily doable on my own for preventative maintenance. I learned how to manage my psychical issue and can continue to play high level Tennis at age 60.Thanks to all
Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook
13:02 29 May 19

Patient Success at PTSMC Essex!

PTSMC Essex Testimonial 2021

We LOVE hearing stories like this! Keith, a patient at PTSMC Essex, is in his words “an orthopedic surgeon’s dream” who has used PTSMC to recover from multiple surgeries. With the help of the team at PTSMC Essex, Keith went from knee surgery to running the New Haven Road Race in only 8 weeks! Shoutout to Keith, pictured here with clinic Director Craig Katko.

Read the rest of Keith’s story here: https://ptsmc.com/essex-success

Why choose PTSMC?

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers has achieved a reputation as a leader in healthcare in Connecticut, improving the quality of life for our patients, returning them to work, athletics and the lifestyle they enjoyed prior to pain injury or surgery.

PTSMC offers physical therapy services specializing in musculoskeletal, orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Our physical therapists focus on the individual needs of each patient and develop customized, tailored treatment programs that are the safest, most efficient routes to fast recovery.

1-on-1 assessments, hands-on care, cutting-edge techniques.

All PTSMC clinicians provide hands-on care to their patients. Listening and careful evaluation of each patient’s needs are vital to our patient-centered care model. Spending time with patients throughout the cycle of care, from initial evaluation to discharge, ensures complete satisfaction and successful out­comes. Patient education about injury, treatment and recovery is valued and stressed throughout the rehabilitation. PTSMC clinicians use a combination of expert hands-on care with cutting-edge techniques and equipment to provide world-class treatment to each patient based on their individual deficits, needs and goals.

What do we treat?

Physical therapy is not just an effective way to rehab severe injury or immobility – it’s the go-to healthcare option for anyone dealing with sudden or recurring muscle or joint pain. This includes people of all ages and abilities with sports injuries, back or neck pain, vertigo or balance issues, TMJ jaw pain and headaches, arthritis, knee pain, foot and ankle pain, pre and post-natal issues, post-operative needs, fitness needs, or simply muscle or joint pain that keeps you up all night or keeps you from doing what you love during the day.

NO DOCTOR REFERRAL NEEDED!

With CT’s “Direct Access” laws, most individuals can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. This means you can save time and money by skipping the physician and instead scheduling an appointment with the muscle and joint experts who can assess your issue, identify the root cause of the pain, and create a customized program to get you moving and feeling good again.

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