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Dr. Emilio Galis

Dr. Emilio Galis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Health Sciences from Duquesne University in 2012 andhis Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014 from Duquesne University. 
 
Dr. Galis previously worked in Rockville and Gaithersburg Maryland for 3.5 years as a physical therapist and clinic director. He also has worked in the Pittsburgh region for the last 2 years. Dr. Galis has a primary focus on individualizing every treatment and plan of care to meet the specific needs of each patient and uses multimodal approaches of treatment to help patients improve their function and reach their personal goals. He strongly believes that increased time spent with each patient and hands on therapy is vital to the rehabilitative process. It is also vital to explain to and educate the patient on each treatment given and what its purpose is specific to each pathology he treats. 
 
Dr. Galis is a native of the Mon Valley and credits his success and passion to his upbringing and strong tight knit family. Dr. Galis has over 5 years of experience treating a variety of orthopedic conditions and pathologies and has a definite interest in working with athletes of all levels. He has had a lot of experience working specifically with professional boxers. He has also treated a variety of NFL players throughout the course of his career.

Dr. John Feher

Dr. John Feher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Saint Vincent College in 2016 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Mount Union in 2020. Before his graduate studies, Dr. Feher worked as a Rehab technician for UPMC Centers for Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Feher has completed his clinical studies at OSPTA in Belle Vernon, Pa, Kingston of Ashland Skilled Nursing Facility in Ohio, and Country Roads Physical Therapy in Morgantown and Fairmont, WV. Dr. Feher is interested in orthopedic and manual therapy and is a firm believer in patient centered care, individualized treatment programs, and holistic care. Dr. Feher is a native of the Mon Valley and is dedicated to helping its residents achieve their optimal results with their rehabilitation.  

Christina Belusar

Christina Belusar received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Penn State University in 2014. Christina went on to obtain a Geriatrics and Aging certification with a special focus on the modern management of the older adult. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor for PT/A students enrolled in various Pennsylvania Universities, providing on-site education at healthcare facilities in accordance with specific degree requirements. Working within the Pittsburgh and Mon Valley regions, Christina brings 3 years of experience as an Orthopedics and Sports based outpatient clinician and 4 years of experience in Skilled/Acute Care rehabilitation. Christina is dedicated to improving the patient’s individualized therapy experience and practicing clinical excellence through her commitment to education and research, both on a personal and professional basis.  

Patty Smith

Patty Smith Patty Romito Smith brings 40 years of professional administrative management to the front desk of Elite. Her personal customer service approach to each of our clients allows us to provide premier service for scheduling, insurance issues, and other support. Most recently, she served 17 years as an administrative assistant for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 57. Prior to that, Patty worked for 18 years as a Deli Manager for Giant Eagle, and five years as a secretary at the former Charleroi-Monessen Hospital. Patty is a lifelong resident of Charleroi. She and her husband, Joe, have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.

Jaclyn Mitrik

Jaclyn Smith Mitrik brings nearly a decade of experience as a surgical technician to the team at Elite. Jaclyn was a standout basketball player at Charleroi High School who went on to study at ITT Technical Institute, formerly Computer Technical Institute. Jaclyn trained as a surgical technician and following graduation worked in the operating rooms at Butler Memorial Hospital, Jefferson Regional Hospital, and Adventist Hospital in Maryland. Jaclyn’s experience as a healthcare professional, and her technology training, make her a dynamic member of our team. She and her husband, Andrew, have two children.

Dana Galis

Dana Romito Galis brings a lifetime of experience to Elite Physical Therapy as both an athlete and medical professional who has a keen understanding of the body and the way it moves. For 16 years, Dana studied dance and movement, excelling in ballet, tap, jazz and pointe under the direction of Marlene Celaschi. Her interest in health and wellness grew after she spent six years as a pharmacy clerk. Dana has studied various holistic therapies including acupressure, aromatherapy (certified), coning, myofascial release, reflexology, and Reiki. In 2010, she went on to train as a nationally certified massage therapist at the Baltimore School of Massage, where she graduated with honors. In addition to joining the team at Elite, Dana operates her own boutique massage therapy business with clients in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Dana and her husband, George, are the parents of two adult children, Dr. Emilio Galis, founder of Elite Physical Therapy and Wellness, and Zachary Galis.

Jillian Niro

Jillian received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2018. She then continued her education in Cardiac Rhythm Management and Electrophysiology at PrepMD, a private school in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her certificate as a Cardiac Device Specialist in 2019. Jillian has over six years of experience working in the health field. She previously worked as a Cardiac Device Specialist with Allegheny Health Network in their electrophysiology clinics at both Allegheny General and West Penn Hospital. Prior to this, Jillian worked at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as a Medical Assistant. She has a devotion to guiding all patients and aiding in their various recovery processes. Jillian joins our Elite team as a lifelong resident of the Belle Vernon Area with a passion for sports. As a basketball player herself, Jillian understands the high physical demand of many of our patients. She has experience in working with athletes of all ages. Jillian brings thorough knowledge and a good work ethic to our team.