Our Team

Eleanor Hagan

Eleanor Hagan has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, graduating from Stockton College in May of 2000. She also has an extensive background in geriatric orthopedics and has worked in a variety of clinical settings encompassing women’s health, sub-acute and nursing homes, outpatient sports and post-surgical orthopedics, homecare and hospice.

An advocate of continuing education, Eleanor recently successfully completed the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board Certified Clinical Specialist Exam in Geriatrics. She also studied at the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School and became certified in 3-Dimensional Treatment of Scoliosis (Schroth Method). She is also a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Recently she studied under Dr. Becky Farley, Physical Therapist, to become a Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR) Exercise 4 Brain Change Clinician, enabling her to bring evidence-based exercises to patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Her vision is for her company to be an all-inclusive center that addresses the wellness needs of people. It accomplishes this by maintaining a high standard of care that is reflected by evidence based research and applied clinical practice.

Dr. Alyse Kovacsik

Alyse joined Body in Balance as a physical therapist in January 2015. Alyse graduated from Arcadia University in 2011 with a doctorate in physical therapy. She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses, with a focus in orthopedics and sports medicine. She is certified in the newest soft tissue technique by David Graston, also known as SASTM (sound assisted soft tissue mobilization) and hopes to become a board certified orthopedic specialist in the future.

Laura Germanio

Laura graduated with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Richard Stockton College in 2009. Her experience includes time working in home care, assisted living, adult medical daycare, sub-acute, long term care and out-patient. Laura has been teaching Yoga for over 9 years, including gentle yoga, yin, restorative, partner yoga, kundalini and yoga therapy. Her specialty is working with beginners or students with injuries and special conditions. Laura's advanced training includes a certification in mat Pilates, Thai Yoga Bodywork and the Graston Technique, soft tissue mobilization. She is currently working toward a specialization in treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. Laura teaches the Friday Restorative yoga class and is available for massage by appointment.

Jose Mercado

Jose joined Body In Balance as a Physical Therapist Assistant in December 2016. Jose graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in 2002 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science (Physical Therapist Assistant). He has had various experiences in outpatient orthopedics and patients with TBI's (traumatic brain injury). To further his education, Joe has obtained his certification in LSVT BIG exercises for Parkinson's disease. He is a RockTape therapist and a certified Rock Steady Boxing coach. He is also a member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). In addition, Jose serves as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. His goal is to assist in providing physical therapy services for veterans with PTSD. 

Brittany Mikajlo

Brittany is the certified speech therapist here at Body in Balance. She received her Master of Science degree in 2015 from Marywood University. She has experience in the rehab setting working with patients with a variety of voice, swallowing, comprehension, language, and cognitive deficits. including Parkinson's disease and aphasia. She is always trying to learn new information in her field to help improve her patients improve, having received the ASHA ACE award for obtaining 70+ hours of continuing education in a 3-year period. Additionally, she is trained in LSVT LOUD to improve voice in Parkinson's disease. 

Sherri Carman

Sherri manages the front therapy office at Body In Balance. She enjoys being one of the first people to greet you with a smile and welcome you to our facility. Prior to finding her new home at Body In Balance, she managed a Chiropractic Center for 13 years and was also a medical assistant to cardiology for 3 of those years. When Sherri is not at the office she is taking care of her two beautiful children and the family's furry friends. She looks forward to meeting you!

Kathy Tierney

Kathy is the Office Manager/Medical Biller. She has over 20 years of experience in the Rehabilitation field. Her experience includes working as a liaison for over 40 offices and managing between corporate offices and field offices. Some of her expertise includes hiring, firing, and training administrative staff members and consulting.

Lori Wagner
- Certified Personal Trainer

Lori has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and spent many years working around Atlantic County in long-term care and for Intergenerational Services.  She discovered a love for fitness and in 2016 became a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE, the American Council on Exercise.  She has additional certification in Senior Fitness and enjoys working with older adults.  She enjoys working one on one with her clients, teaching Balance and Total Body Tone Up classes and helping new gym members feel welcome.  When she is not at work or working out, she enjoys meditation and baseball (Go Phillies!). Lori is a proud wife and mother of two kids.

Deborah Damush
- Certified Personal Trainer

Debby has over 20 years of experience in the physical therapy and personal training industry. She spent 15 years of that time in California specializing in post-rehab clients. She has extensive experience with the senior population. Her background includes being certified through the Aquatic for Arthritis Foundation and Balance & Core Fitness.

Patrick Mullin
- Certified Personal Trainer

Patrick is a graduate of York College of PA with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management. He is a certified personal trainer and Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach. Patrick leads clients to successful campaigns by prescribing appropriate exercise programs. He also recommends dietary changes and assists clients with life-changing habits. 

Holly Bozzelli
- Pilates Instructor

Holly earned her degree in Dance from the University of the Arts in 1988, and her Pilates certification in 1998. She studied classical Pilates in NYC under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, a protegee of Joseph Pilates. Holly recently completed a course in Pilates Adaptations for People with Scoliosis, supporting the teachings of the Schroth Scoliosis Method.