April 2016 NewsFlash

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness employees select Michelle Becker as their ‘cultural champion

Michelle Becker, a physical therapist assistant in Access Physical Therapy & Wellness’ Port Jervis office and the Campbell Hall-based company’s physician and community liaison, was named the company’s “cultural champion” for 2015 at the company’s annual staff appreciation party Feb. 20 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.

A 10-year Access employee, Becker was nominated for the honor by numerous coworkers who said, in part: “Michelle has a great sense of humor, a generous nature, is giving and compassionate, and has an ability to laugh at herself in any situation. … Michelle’s compassion for her field of practice is larger than life. … Michelle is like an Access cheerleader, always raving about Access to the team, community and everyone she meets.”

Becker, at center in the photo above, is congratulated by Access owners, from left, Stephen Albanese, Shannon Albanese, Janet Albanese and Christopher Albanese. The four, all doctors of physical therapy, established Access in 2003 as Montgomery Physical Therapy.

Thirteen years later, Access remains a family- and 100 percent therapist-owned company, serving patients at 18 offices in two states; at Elant at Goshen Adult Home; and at in- and outpatient physical therapy centers at Bon Secours Charity Health System hospitals in Warwick, Port Jervis and Suffern.

Stephen Albanese describes the company’s mission: “To see that every patient is completely satisfied with every aspect of their rehabilitation process; to provide direct access care to our community; and to improve the quality of life and to reduce pain in each and every patient by providing a highly trained team of therapists, friendly, caring and compassionate staff, convenient appointment times and clean, modern facilities.”

“Michelle demonstrates the Access culture in everything she does,” said Shannon Albanese. “She always has a positive attitude. She demonstrates a genuine interest in the patients and staff, and always has a smile on her face. Michelle does her best every day to see that everyone she interacts with – clients, coworkers, physicians and the public – has an amazing experience with Access Physical Therapy & Wellness.”

Licensed in New York and Pennsylvania, Becker is a 2009 graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at SUNY Orange. She has served many roles at Access since she became interested in physical therapy while a senior at Port Jervis High School and volunteered at the local Access office. She went on to work in the office as a physical therapy aide while studying at SUNY Orange. Becker has also served Access as a customer service specialist – and for a time helped out in the billing department. She represents the company at community events, and helps coordinate the company’s involvement in those events.

"I love the feeling of going to work every day, without feeling like it is a job,” she says, “and I like the feeling of leaving work every day with the satisfaction of helping someone else work towards their physical goals to get them back to where they belong."

Ashley Kurtz, Access’ director of operations and business development, said Becker is never too busy to roll up her sleeves and jump into any role she may be needed in. “Michelle is extremely flexible, going to any location needed on a moment’s notice,” Kurtz said. “She spreads the Access culture along the way.”

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness has been honored three times as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is open weekdays 8 a.m.‐8 p.m. They provide one-on-one care, accept most insurances – and new patients can almost always be seen within 24 hours. For more information about Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, contact Stephen Albanese at 845-636-4344,

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