Step Ahead Physical Therapy:Staff
Somerville: 617-776-2227
Cambridge: 617-349-3540
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Andy Ciarletta, PT,CSCS – Owner

Andy Ciarletta graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1995 and is currently the Owner of Step Ahead Physical Therapy. He has over 20 years experience treating Orthopedic and Sports Medicine injuries. Andy has extensive knowledge and expertise in manual therapy techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilization, trigger point therapy, muscle energy and deep tissue massage as well as implementing individualized exercise programs to optimize full recovery. His company philosophy is to provide a one-on-one treatment approach in order to  ensure a positive environment in which the patient can recover quickly and resume their normal life activities.

Andy treats a variety of injuries with areas of specialty including post-surgical conditions, knee and shoulder injuries.  He treats patients in the Marblehead office.

Karen Deane, MSPT

Karen received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2000. She has focused her physical therapy career on treating patients with orthopedic and sports injuries. Karen believes in a holistic approach to health and enjoys helping clients recover from all types of injuries. She empowers her patients to take a more active role in their health through educating them about how their body functions and injury prevention. She is also certified in Pilates and she uses this training to help her patients improve their posture and enhance their core strength. Karen is also very proficient in treating the complex TMJ dysfunction.  She treats  patients in our Cambridge office.


Rebecca Wheatland, MSPT

Becky studied Biology at Brown University and later received a Master's in Science degree in Physical Therapy at Simmons College in 1999.  She has been practicing Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Physical Therapy for over 18 years in the Greater Boston area.  She demonstrates very strong clinical skills at evaluating and diagnosing Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic problems.  Becky also specializes in Pre and Post Surgical Rehab, Osteoporosis education, fall prevention for the elderly with balance impairments, body mechanics training, and can provide an individualized gym program.  When not at work, Becky enjoys sailing, volunteering at the New England Aquarium, golf, travel, swimming, and reading. She treats patients in our Somerville office.


Kristen Mortensen, MPT

Kristen received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2001. She practiced physical therapy for 10 years in South Carolina, most extensively in an outpatient orthopedic setting. She utiilizes manual therapy and exercise interventions as part of her rehab programs. She has experience in treating a wide variety of injuries with emphasis on upper extremity and spinal conditions. Kristen also worked as a running coach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Kristen's passion for fitness and healthy living, along with her caring personality and attention to detail help to motivate her patients to feel better while restoring their function. Kristen treats patients in our Marblehead office.


Jackie Olin, MPT

Jackie Olin, CPT, MPT, PhD is a licensed physical therapist experienced in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation.  Her studies include a Bachelor of Science in Applied Anatomy and Physiology at Boston University, a Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, Doctorate in Holistic Nutrition at The American Holistic College of Nutrition and Personal Fitness Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise.  She specializes in restoring pain-free musculoskeletal health and function with manual techniques and therapeutic exercise targeting the myofascial system. Her integrative approach improves alignment, muscle balance and soft tissue mobility for acute and chronic dysfunction. As an advocate of fitness and self-care, she progresses patients with functional exercise to safely resume sport, work and gym workouts. Jackie treats patients in our Somerville office.


Ara Sakayan, PT, ATC, CSCS

Ara is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and NSCS certified fitness trainer. He initially trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Thereafter, he started his physical therapy practices in 1979, and also was the therapist/athletic trainer for the New England Revolution Pro Soccer and Boston Blazers Pro Lacrosse Teams. Ara is on the physical therapy provider list for the Boston Shoulder Institute, Children’s Hospital, Pro Sports Orthopedics, Sports Medicine North and MIT College Orthopedics. The practices provide physical therapy to the North Shore (Nahant,  Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem) Cape Ann (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Beverly, Essex , Gloucester, Hamilton) and Greater Boston (Boston, Cambridge, Somerville).

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