Essex, Connecticut

12 Bokum Road, Suite B
Essex, CT 06426

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


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!

Want to work for a Top Workplace in Connecticut and a Top Workplace USA? PTSMC is hiring for positions at all levels across the state, including Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, PT Aides, Administrative positions, Athletic Trainers, front desk staff and Patient Services. Click here to see a full list of open positions.

Services Offered

We specialize in treatments of:


Assistant Director


Alex Gauthier


Ann Hall


Julianna Lusk


Alyson Whelan


Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers EssexExcellentPhysical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers Essex5.0 Based on 106 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onKim BarbourKim Barbour ★★★★★ Both my daughter and I have had recent surgeries and PTSM has been spot on in our recovery. Greatly appreciate their insight and drive to reaching our goals!Ellen PfarrEllen Pfarr ★★★★★ The facility itself is very accessible, with plenty of parking. Check in is easy, with little waiting. The therapy area is large and open and kept very clean. Perhaps what’s most important is the quality and attentiveness of the experienced staff, who work well together as a cohesive and friendly team, and are positive and encouraging to their patients.JohncitoJohncito ★★★★★ "Great, committed therapists. Thank you."I wrote the above review a long time ago, before I was fully able to determine the effects of my sessions. Time has gone by, and now I can say with happiness and gratitude that the issues that seemed completely insurmountable at the time are now almost a distant memory—I am barely aware of the painful knee issues that took me to PTSM in the beginning. I can only imagine the number of other happy patients that pass through their caring, professional hands, who have also improved their lives.A BIG thank you to Craig Katco and the ENTIRE staff that helped me see the path to recovery.Tony CustodioTony Custodio ★★★★★ the staff at this PT establishment are very well trained and professional and have helped me recover from my knee surgery in a quick and proper timeAnne KraftAnne Kraft ★★★★★ I have been in therapy for back pain for three weeks and have already made tremendous progress. Reduced pain and greatly improved strength and flexibility. I highly recommend this facility.Bill SheahanBill Sheahan ★★★★★ Great staff - my knee condition improved greatly after just a few sessions. Looking forward to running again soon.Eileen RichardEileen Richard ★★★★★ 29 Feb 2024. The professional PTs are attentive & very complete in administering total physical therapy care. The large therapy room is clean, & orderly, generally quiet. Mack ,one of the PT aides is absolutely excellent -knows how to work w people; clear concise directions. This is not just another exercise gym. Generally, things run on time, almost no waiting. ER from Deep RiverMoya AikenMoya Aiken ★★★★★ Again- Jules is extremely knowledgeable and is thoughtful when listening to my injuryBrian PopeBrian Pope ★★★★★ Extremely happy with the team Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine! Great at explaining and helping me with all my therapy and all very professional!!I would recommend the Essex location to everyone!!!Renata MorteoRenata Morteo ★★★★★ Therapists and staff are caring, friendly, qualified, and attentive. Always on time. It is never pleasant to have physical issues, but it is wonderful to be able to go to a place like this that exhudes good vibes and positivity. Highly recommended.Amy SafranAmy Safran ★★★★★ Experienced, talented and concientious therapists! I’ve been to this practice following two different injuries and have gotten better than back to normal both times.S TorrentiS Torrenti ★★★★★ I came for Physical Therapy because of a knee problem. After consultation with Ann Hall PT, she said that it was not my knee, it was my hip. After many stretching exercises I no longer have knee pain at night. At her suggestion I will be making an appointment with a hip Doctor.joseph reedjoseph reed ★★★★★ PTSMC- Totally professional and results oriented.Individual treatment programs for chronic and new injuries.Susan ESusan E ★★★★★ I used this facility to recuperate from two knee replacements 4 months apart. Jules is extremely professional and I felt that I could trust her knowledge and plan for my program. The atmosphere is busy but positive and accommodating. I would not hesitate to recommend physical therapy at this location.Joe GelinoJoe Gelino ★★★★★ Great group that are very helpfulKaren PettyKaren Petty ★★★★★ Excellent place to have PT. All of the staff are super friendly and the exercises have helped me in recovery from a total knee replacement.Barbara GouldBarbara Gould ★★★★★ This is a very busy p.t. establishment. Each patient has an individualized plan of therapy. The therapists and staff are all very professional, yet friendly.Don RankinDon Rankin ★★★★★ I have been scheduling appointments here to get help improving mobility and knee issues and have had great results.allison duxburyallison duxbury ★★★★★ The staff here are caring and knowledgeable. Craig Katco is professional and informative and got me feeling great again!Robert WeinerRobert Weiner ★★★★★ Excellent experience. Employees were polite, knowledgeable, and professional.All 5 starsJohn GallagherJohn Gallagher ★★★★★ They are very helpful and friendlyArdine AlsbackArdine Alsback ★★★★★ Great therapeutic sessions and overall experience. Well educated therapists and support staff. Caring, friendly, enthusiastic team. Go here, you won’t be disappointed.julian billsjulian bills ★★★★★ ALL staff, from Therapy to front desk, are kind, caring and truly interested in us, their clients.Thomas AhernThomas Ahern ★★★★★ I worked with Alex Gauthier after shoulder surgery. He was fun to work with and supplied excellent guidance and exercise over a few months. I highly recommend him and the team.Michael LeachMichael Leach ★★★★★ Great environment, and all the staff were very helpful. Alex was a great help to meEdward ShyloskiEdward Shyloski ★★★★★ I am 79 years young and have been to physical therapy at least 8 times to outpatient therapies in my life but none since 2010 when I had a left knee replacement. I recently had a full knee revision on my 2005 FKA because the polypropylene had worn out needing replacement. Beyond finding John Grady-Benson for my left FKA and this right knee FKA revision, I started with some in-home PT until my Rx was in place at PT & Sports Medicine Ctr at Essex, CT. Well, I can surely say I am receiving the best PT that I have ever experienced under the tutelage of Allison Whelan and others on the staff like Kelly, Craig, Kenny, and associates. The large PT center is in constant harmony with no wasted space nor time in moving from one activity to another. From the moment you enter, you are made comfortable with the warmup and released with variety of exercises that make such a daily and weekly difference. Starting at 89 degrees, in three weeks I have advance to 105 with 15 degrees of knee bend to go and I am sure I will make it. Their therapy is adaptive to your comfort needs and their is no pain thresholds like the few home PT sessions I endured. The teamwork and competency is not only measured by their PT certificates on the wall but extraordinarily but is realized the symphony of their total teamwork, conversation, and results I have obtained with care and tenderness and NO PAIN program exercises. It is simply the best!Jim BainbridgeJim Bainbridge ★★★★★ Great staff, they all make you feel welcome. My daughter worked with Alex, who is very professional and compassionate. Highly recommended.Rossco LymeRossco Lyme ★★★★★ First class PT center, not a group applying recipes from a book but instead they understand the problem, form a strategy and apply it. If not progressing, they change it. They work as a team knowing the strategy and keep the patient active.Sue BarbieriSue Barbieri ★★★★★ Everyone is wonderful , kind , and take the time you need .Consuelo JardimConsuelo Jardim ★★★★★ The professionals at the Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Centers Essex, are highly qualified, knowledgeable and incredibly patient, taking the time to listen to my concerns and ask questions to ensure they fully understand my needs and goals.The place is great, with clean and modern equipment that is clearly well-maintained. If you are looking for a place to receive top quality physical therapy, this center is for you. Five stars all around! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️JaniceJanice ★★★★★ Alex has been patient, professional and compassionate. I really appreciate his guidance and encouragement!Georgann RitterGeorgann Ritter ★★★★★ Everyone is very friendly- I felt very comfortable immediately.I am very happy with my progress!Terry ParkinsonTerry Parkinson ★★★★★ Very good but really did not need extensive physical therapy.Jim GordonJim Gordon ★★★★★ Great staff!! From the time you walk through the door you feel welcomed. The PT has helped the recovery process immeasurably and got me and my leg moving again very quickly! Thank you!Sharif OkashaSharif Okasha ★★★★★ Craig Katko and the team were great. Helped me with back issues that others could not resolve.Heather TreptowHeather Treptow ★★★★★ I highly recommend Craig and Kelly who I personally had the pleasure of having worked with my daughters. The care and work to help get my two teenage daughters to 100% after knee surgeries (ACL and MPFL) was above and beyond our expectations. Everyone in this office from the front staff to the therapists to the assistants is friendly and caring.David saundersDavid saunders ★★★★★ Most emphatically, I would like to extend my ultimate appreciation for the strenuous efforts provided by this very competent staff. I had a full knee replacement and obviously needed some professional guidance and direction. I feel very confident in the staff. Many thanks to all. DDSJohn MorrisseyJohn Morrissey ★★★★★ I have to say everyone was nice and they worked with me well!Carol MontaltoCarol Montalto ★★★★★ 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.js_loader

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:

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.


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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