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Lancaster Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Staff

Michael Bender

Michael “Mic” Bender, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CTPS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Tennis Performance Specialist, Advanced Hip Clinician

Mic is a native of Lancaster County, PA. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Health Science. His education continued at Shenandoah University where he earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Mic has completed his board certification in orthopaedic physical therapy (OCS); less than 8% of physical therapists are specialized in the United States. Mic also holds a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

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Gabriel Hughes

Gabriel Hughes, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Gabe grew up in Lancaster County, PA. He attended Slippery Rock University and obtained his clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy preceded by a B.S. in Exercise Science. Gabe has interest in treatment of the spine, upper extremity, as well as vestibular (balance) issues within all populations. He is passionate about developing specific and unique goals with every individual to better guide physical therapy treatment. In his free time, Gabe enjoys a wide variety of physical activity including running, resistance training, golf, volleyball, and pickle ball.

Ronald  “Ron” Papson

Ronald “Ron” Papson PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ron is a longtime resident of Lancaster County. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in biology before he began his physical therapy training at the University of Pennsylvania. Ron attended Penn State University where he received instruction in health care administration and subsequently attained a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Widener University.

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Christopher Papson

Christopher Papson PT, MSPT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Chris is a native of Lancaster County. He attended Misericordia University where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy. He played intercollegiate soccer, basketball and swimming while at Misericordia. After graduation, he spent several years as a staff therapist with a focus on orthopedics and sports medicine before managing a large, local rehabilitation facility.

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Autumn Reckard

Autumn Reckard, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Autumn is native to Lancaster, PA. She attended Penn State Mont Alto to earn an Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Autumn has since developed an interest in geriatrics and general orthopedic rehabilitation. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Zowie Swartz

Zowie Swartz, BS, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Zowie comes to us from York County. She graduated from West Chester University where she earned a B.S. in exercise science. She then continued her education at Central Penn College to earn her associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Since graduating, Zowie has developed an interest in general orthopedic conditions, sports related rehabilitation, and improving overall wellness.

Laura Bowman

Laura Dobinson, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Laura is a native of Lancaster. She graduated from Solanco High School and continued her studies at Penn State Mont Alto where she earned her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Laura has a developing interest in a variety of diagnoses including general orthopedic conditions, sports related rehabilitation, and treatment of balance disorders.

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Laura Corkadel

Laura Corkadel

Office Manager

Laura is originally from Chester County. She moved to Lancaster County with her husband and 3 children in 2001. After being fortunate enough to be home with her children when they were young, Laura then gained customer service experience in different fields including healthcare. She joined Lancaster PT in 2020. Outside of the clinic, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, 2 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.

Beth Flick

Beth Flick

Administrative Assistant

Beth is a native of Lancaster. She has years of experience welcoming and comforting clients and patients alike in different customer service roles. Beth joined Lancaster PT in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Conlin Groft

Conlin Groft, BS

Physical Therapy Technician

Conlin is a native of Lancaster County. He graduated from Penn Manor High School and continued his education at Cabrini University where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion. Growing up, Conlin played soccer and wrestled for Penn Manor and then continued to play soccer at Cabrini University. Conlin is currently pursuing a certification as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) as well as becoming a PTA. Outside of the clinic, Conlin enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and exercising.