Licensed Hand and Physical Therapists
Russ Simmerman, DPT, OMT-C, Certified Dry Needle Practitioner
Clinical Director and Owner
Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Back Dysfunction
Russ Simmerman, DPT graduated from the Uiversity of North Carolina Wilmington in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In 2008, he earned a Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. He joined Physical Therapy Services of Wilmington in 2010 after working two years in acute settings. Russ’ rehab interests include sports, post-operative and orthopedic rehabilitation most notably of the shoulder, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Russ is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist as well as a Certified Dry Needle Practitioner. He enjoys integrating an exercise based approach to guide his patients back to activity. Russ grew up in Wilmington and is happy to provide care in the area he calls home. Outside of work, Russ enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, as well as participating in triathlons, tennis, baseball, and all beach and water activities.
Alan Simmerman, PT
Joint Replacements, Hip Rehabilitation, TMJ
Alan Simmerman, PT anchors the staff at Physical Therapy Services of Wilmington. He is the founder and owner since 1983. Alan graduated from North Carolina State University and received his PT degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1979. He specializes in shoulders, spinal conditions, sports medicine, industrial medicine, and TMJ.
Andy Alaimo, DPT, Certified Dry Needle Practitioner
Clinical Director at Porters Neck Location
Sports Rehab, Orthopedics, Preventative Screenings
Andy Alaimo, DPT, SFMA is a native of Syracuse, NY. Andy attended Nazareth College for undergrad and received a Bachelor in Heath Science followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While at Nazareth, he played 4 years of Varsity Soccer. Andy has participated in Clinics at US ARMY at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Olympic Training Facility, New York City outpatient, and Duke Hospital. Andy has taken continuing education classes in SFMA screening, concussions and is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Jane Burchfield, OTR/L CHT
Certified Hand Therapist
Jane Burchfield, OTR/L, CHT graduated in 1979 from Ohio State University with a BS in Occupational Therapy and is a Certified Hand Therapist. In 1981, she began specializing in hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions at the UNC Hand Rehabilitation Center. Jane has extensive experience in the fabrication of custom splints and fracture braces and has practiced in Wilmington since 1984.
Caitlin Long, DPT, CKTP
Neurological Disorders, Orthopedics and Geriatrics
Caitlin Long, DPT, CKTP is a graduate from SUNY University at Buffalo Doctor of Physical Therapy program and native of Syracuse, NY. Caitlin has previously worked in acute care hospital settings, skilled nursing facilities as well as outpatient services. Main areas of interests are geriatrics, chronic pain, general orthopedics and neurological disorders. She is an experienced and certified Kinesiotape clinician and has training with the Postural Restoration Institute.
Grace Brooks, DPT
Orthopedics and Pediatrics
Grace Brooks, DPT is a Raleigh, NC native. She graduated from UNC Wilmington in 2015 with an Exercise Science degree and from Duke University in 2019 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Grace takes great pride in restoring function to her patients no matter their age or abilities and is creative in the clinic to do so. At Duke, she took a particular interest in pediatric physical therapy. Her doctoral thesis titled, Physical Activity Levels of Children with Down Syndrome: A Systematic Review, has been accepted for publication by Pediatric Physical Therapy. She also has a competitive swimming background and thus orthopedic rehabilitation is a passion of hers. Grace and her husband are happy to be back in Wilmington enjoying all of its activities.