Clubs & Organizations

Student Physical Therapy Board

The Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy Board is a graduate student funded and operated Organization established by the Physical Therapy students of Sacred Heart University to function as the representative advocate and resource for all members of the Sacred Heart University physical therapy graduate population. The Student Physical Therapy Association shall pursue continuous improvement of all aspects of the graduate physical therapy education and University life experience through open dialogue and constructive and positive interaction within all areas of the University community.

In keeping with the philosophy, overall mission and traditions of Sacred Heart University, the Student Physical Therapy Association shall seek to embrace all physical therapy students and encourage participation and development within Sacred Heart and local communities. 

Student Physical Therapy Board (SPTB) Officers 2017

Christina Mogelnicki, President, is a second year DPT student from Wethersfield, Connecticut. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2016 with a BS in Neuroscience Biology and minor in psychology. She has always had a love for sports which sparked her interest for physical therapy. Christina has enjoyed her experiences, working as an physical therapy aide an outpatient orthopedic clinic for the past two years. She is excited to explore other physical therapy fields, especially the field of neurology. In her free time Christina enjoys coaching and playing tennis, drawing, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

Kelsea Weber, External Liaison, is a second year DPT student at Sacred Heart University, class of 2019. Kelsea grew up in Bend, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Human Physiology and a minor in Psychology. Her interest in physical therapy started while participating in competitive sports throughout high school and continued to grow from there. She hopes to one day work with pediatric patients or patients with neurological disorders. In her free time she enjoys traveling, camping, hiking with her dog, and cheering on the Oregon Ducks. She is excited to be a part of the SPTA and can’t wait to start this new journey! 
Matthew Paolillo, Treasurer, is a second year DPT student. He graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BS in Fitness and Wellness Leadership and a minor in business. His interest for physical therapy came while working as a personal trainer throughout undergrad, and realizing his passion for biomechanics and optimizing movement. In his free time, Matt enjoys powerlifting, hiking, and continuing to work as a personal trainer with children. Not sure what population he will work with after graduation, he is excited for his clinical experiences to guide him.
Taylor Hunziker, Secretary, is a second year DPT student from Clayton, California. She graduated from Oregon State university with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2015. Taylor's passion for physical fitness and desire to help others is what inspired her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Taylor traveled and interned as a PT aide in Dublin, Ireland for 4 months.  She also worked as a PT aide at Diablo Physical Therapy in California before moving to Fairfield, CT. In her free time, Taylor enjoys enjoying outdoors, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family. 
Alyssa Farnsworth, Marquette Challenge Representative, is a second-year DPT student from Leominster, MA. She graduated from SHU in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She had an interest in physical therapy after sporting many injuries throughout high school. She took a year off after undergrad to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic where she fell in love. She loves working with kids but hopes to work with all ages in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. 
Cristina Martello, Marquette Challenge Representative, is a member of the Sacred Heart University DPT Class of 2019 and is originally from Queens, NY. She completed the 3+3 program at Sacred Heart University in 2017 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. Cristina’s passion for physical therapy developed throughout her many years of playing sports and helping to take care of her grandmother who suffered from a stroke. She plans to pursue a career in Sports Rehabilitation and has high hopes of eventually working with professional athletes. Cristina still continues to run as a member of the Sacred Heart Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Some other activities she enjoys often include dancing, singing, and traveling with her family. Cristina is excited to be a member of the SPTA and is grateful for the opportunity she has at Sacred Heart which will allow her to improve the lives of her future patients, both physically and mentally. 
Matthew Walsh, Vice President of the SPTB

Matthew Walsh, Vice President, is a first year DPT student from Watertown, Connecticut. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. His interest in physical therapy began in his childhood after sustaining several sports related injuries which required rehabilitation to return to sport. Matt is also United States Marine Corps veteran and his time in the service helped solidify his decision to become a physical therapist. He is excited to learn so that he can one day pursue a career working with the veteran community.

Connor Games, SPTB

Connor Games, Junior External Liaison, is a first year DPT student from Wantagh, NY. He is a 3+3 student who completed his BS in Exercise Science at Sacred Heart University. Connor’s passion for physical therapy came from years of competitive sports along with the desire to help others. He has enjoyed working as an aid and volunteering under many physically therapists with various different backgrounds which has influenced his curiosity in fields such as neurology, sports medicine, and orthopedics. He is excited to continue his education in this field of health sciences and to make a positive impact on many of his future patient’s lives. In his free time Connor enjoys surfing, trying new foods, and traveling with friends and family.

Laura Smith, SPTB Laura Smith, Junior Treasurer, is a first-year student in the 3+3 Sacred Heart University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. With a background in Exercise Science, Laura is passionate about incorporating human movement and helping others. Along with being a member of Sacred Heart University Student Physical Board, Laura is also involved in Irish Dance Ensemble and Theta Phi Alpha. Outside of the classroom, Laura's hobbies include hiking, skiing, running, and swimming.
Mike Lopes

Mike Lopes, Junior Secretary, is currently a member of the DPT class of 2020 and is from Cumberland, Rhode Island. Mike graduated from Sacred Heart University with an undergraduate degree in Exercise science. His interest in Physical therapy began when he started taking care of his mother when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. During his free time, Mike likes to volunteer for habitat for humanity, play soccer, travel, and go hiking on the weekends. His goals after graduation are to work in an outpatient facility that focuses on neurological conditions that range from Multiple sclerosis to Parkinsons disease.

Andrew Kalach, SPTB Officer

Andrew Kalach, Junior Marquette Challenge Representative, is a first-year DPT student. He completed his undergraduate studies at Sacred Heart University in 2017 with a B.S. in Exercise Science. His commitment to the field of Physical Therapy stems from his values in caring for others, and the belief that everyone deserves a chance at a pain free life. Andrew continues to work with the geriatric population at The Carolton in Fairfield, Conn. and hopes to be an advocate for their care in the ever-changing health care market. In his free time Andrew enjoys watching sports, playing with his dog, and anything to do with the beach. 

Amanda Orsillo

Amanda Orsillo, Junior Marquette Challenge Representative, is a first year DPT student, class of 2020, from Watertown, Connecticut. She graduated from the 3+3 program with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology. Her interest in military physical therapy started while shadowing at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Physical Therapy Clinic. She recently interned at the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City Beach, Florida under Dr. John Florian, which sparked her interest in diving physiology. Amanda has enjoyed her experiences working as a physical therapy aide at an outpatient orthopedic clinic for the past two years and as a neurobiology lab assistant. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and going on hikes with her Siberian Husky, Dakota. 


Pre-Physical Therapy Club

The Pre-Physical Therapy's club aim is to provide any full-time undergraduate student pursuing physical therapy school with information on graduate programs, with volunteer opportunities in the local area and to set up a mentorship with older and graduate level students. Students with any undergraduate major are welcomed to join our club.

"Pre-PT club has given me and others of the SHU community the opportunity to explore this field and be reminded of why we chose this path. Whether it be Biology, Exercise Science, Psychology, Health Science or Athletic Training, this club has a home for each of these majors. Pre-PT Club has offered its members an opportunity to meet others with the same dream and truly come together for the love of healing. We are given the chance to gain those hours required for all graduate programs, build up our resumes, and hear from our own SHU DPT students what it is like to be part of the program. I am so thankful for this club and to have been given a chance to serve on the eboard as secretary and social media chair for my senior year, to help those who are furthering their education towards Physical Therapy." -Daniele Mascia, Class of 2019

For more information or to join, contact:


Christopher L. Petrosino, PT, Ph.D.
Chair of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Science/Professor
Healthcare Education N171
Tel: 203-396-8078


Maddy O'Shaughnessy