George Hess, PT, DPT, COMT
George Hess is founder of Hess Physical Therapy. He earned his Master's and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from Chatham University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Liberty State College. George's special interests are in orthopedic and manual therapy care. He is a certified orthopedic manual physical therapist and has extensive training in various areas of manual therapy including mobilization, muscle energy techniques, trigger point, and myofascial therapy. By integrating this therapeutic approach he has helped thousands of patients. George continues to take lnumerous continuing education courses for the latest evidence based evaluation procedures and treatment techniques to assure positive outcomes for his patients. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association, and Manual Orthopedic Association. He is also certified in ASTYM, DSI work solutions and is a certified golf fitness instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. In his spare time, George enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercising, archery and is an avid outdoorsman.
Jessica Papale, PT, DPT, COMT
Dr. Papale received her Bachelor degree in Biology at Washington and Jefferson College in 2012 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chatham University in 2014. Dr. Papale is currently the clinic director at the Kennedy location, where she has been working since 2014. As the clinic director, she ensures all patients are receiving the best care available matching Hess Physical Therapy’s Standards of Care.
Dr. Papale received her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy in 2017. Achieving her certification through the contemporary clinical practice series has given Dr. Papale the evaluation and clinical reasoning skills necessary to provide a thorough examination and develop an individualized plan of care for her patients. Through this certification she has received the formal training in manual therapy to provide the most appropriate hands on techniques per patient’s needs to speed one’s recovery.
Dr. Papale also received her Direct Access Certificate in 2017, allowing her to evaluate and treat patients without being referred by a doctor or healthcare practitioner. Direct Access is not implemented to replace physicians. In fact, Dr. Papale works closely with all physician colleagues to provide the best care possible to her patients.
Dr. Papale’s passion for her profession motivates her to continue to strive towards excellence. Her interests and desires include mastering the movement system to maximize function and the quality of life for her patients. Outside of work, Dr. Papale enjoys spending time with her family and fiancé. She loves running, working out, and attending country concerts.
Meghan Reiser, PT, DPT
Dr. Reiser earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University in 2013 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2017.
Dr. Reiser has interests in orthopedic conditions, such as low back pain, that allow her to use hands on skills for pain management and to improve the function of her patients.
In her spare time, Dr. Reiser enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and participating in recreational sports through the Pittsburgh Sports League.
Matt Melczak, PT, DPT
Dr. Matt Melczak earned his Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Penn State in 2016 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2018.
Dr. Melczak has a strong passion for the field of physical therapy and takes a holistic approach to treatment to ensure all aspects of patient care have been considered. Dr. Melczak provides thorough and detailed examinations that guide the development of an individualized plan of care that allows each patient to achieve their personal goals.
Outside of work, he enjoys coaching 7th and 8th grade basketball, golfing with his friends, and spending time with family.
Ian Helsel, PT, DPT
Dr. Ian Helsel earned his bachelor’s degree in general science with a concentration in physical therapy from Mount Aloysius College in 2016 and his doctorate in physical therapy from Chatham University in 2018.
Dr. Helsel has an interest in treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and post-operative patients, as well as an interest in working with athletes of all ages. He has an interest in manual therapy and hands on skills to enhance patient care and overall recovery.
In his spare time, he enjoys attending sporting events such as baseball and football games, going to the gym, spending time with his family and friends, and playing with his dog and cat.
Daniel Haas, PTA, LMT, CHt, CHBP
Dan began working at Hess Physical Therapy in April of 2009. He earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree at Community College of Allegheny County-Boyce Campus in 2006, his certification in Massage Therapy in 2007 from CCAC- Boyce Campus, became a Licensed Massage Therapist in August 2011, and graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy in April of 2016. He is certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) (Upper Extremity Level 1 and 2, Lower Extremity- Level 1 and 2, Spine Level 1 and 2, Long Tract Nerve Entrapments, Complex Protocols, Active Palpation Techniques, Master’s ART Certified, and is a member of the Elite Provider Network- (EPN). He is certified in ASTYM, DSI Work Solutions, a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner (CHBP), Certified Hypnotherapist, and Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the HypnoBirthing Institute, Certified HypnoMothering Practioner (CHMP), Certified Mother Massage Practitioner (CMMP) from Elaine Stillerman’s Mother Massage Seminar for pregnancy massage, Certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist and Fertility Massage Therapist through Claire Marie Miller Seminars, Certified Contemporary Cupping Therapist (CCT) through the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA), Certified Integrative Reflexologist (CIR), and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). He is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Students. When away from Hess Physical Therapy, he is an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan and Super Bowl Historian.
Kelly O’Toole, B.S., A.S.
Kelly initially joined Hess Physical Therapy as a student in 2018 and became a full-time team member as a Physical Therapist Assistant in December of 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from LaRoche College in 2015 and her Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from CCAC in 2018.
Kelly enjoys working with patients in both the Kennedy and Crafton offices, and is inspired by the positive interactions she sees daily between the patients and the Hess Physical Therapy staff members.
Kelly and her large extended family live in Sheraden. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time playing with and spoiling her two dogs, Tucker and Chloe, doing jigsaw puzzles, visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and attending Country Music concerts.
Diane Bianco joined our team at Hess Physical Therapy in May of 2008 as our Marketing Coordinator and Patient Service Representative. Diane's is the first smiling face you will see when you come to Hess Physical Therapy for treatment. She will schedule your appointments, verify your insurance benefits and copays and help in any way she can. Diane, her husband, Michael and their three sons have lived in Kennedy Township for over twenty years. When she is not at Hess Physical Therapy, she enjoys baking, cooking, exercising and spending time with her family and friends.
Tamara Hess, RN
Tamara Hess is the quality assurance director at Hess Physical Therapy. She is the cheerful voice on the phone calling to make sure our patients are happy and well taken care of. She is the liaison between the patients and staff. Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband George, and two children, Gino and Jana.
Debbie Sekelik joined our team at Hess Physical Therapy in January 2011 as a Patient Care Representative. She is familiar with all aspects of insurance, co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and authorizations as well as insurance and patient billing. She can be found either at the front desk or the billing office and is always willing to assist you with any insurance questions you may have.
Debbie and her husband Steve have lived in Stowe Township for the past 33 years. Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband gardening, going to car cruises, collecting donations for animal shelters and spending time with their dog and cat.