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Our Therapists

At NEPT, our licensed Physical Therapists take pride in providing individualized care to their patients. Clients of all ages enjoy the treatment they receive to decrease pain, improve balance and gait or help them recover from work injuries or motor vehicle accidents. Both Frank and Sarah successfully received their Direct Access Licenses allowing for quicker treatment for non-medicare clients by no longer needing a physicians referral for the first 30days.


Meet Frank Seratch, MPT and Sarah Seratch, MPT (Owners)

Since founding NEPT the Seratchs have enjoyed working with all ages to enhance their lives. From young clients still in school experiencing difficulty with muscle strength or gait to the geriatric population having pain or increased fall risk they will formulate a personalized program for your individualized care.

Frank and Sarah opened their first office in Hazleton, Pennsylvaniain 2000. They wanted to offer quality physical therapy services to residents of their hometown in a small, family-type setting. Even once expanding into Shenandoah and Drums, they continue to pride themselves on that personalized feeling.

Frank, having a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy specializes in and enjoys working with clients complaining of back pain and specifically pelvic obliquities, helping those with minor back injuries to those with severe pain and the inability to complete daily activities. Frank is also happy to share his expertise in shoulder injury and surgery. Spending many hours exclusively on the shoulder complex had allowed him to achieve outstanding results with his patients. Frank can be found most days at the Hazleton office or the Shenandoah office.

Sarah, also with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy can be found in their Drums office. Specializing in the geriatric population, and being Certified in Fall Risk Management and in the LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Disease, Sarah has achieved high respect from her patients for improving their gait and balance, and decreasing their fall risk. Sarah has also enjoyed specializing in the shoulder complex, treating both pain and injury and helping clients return to work or play quicker and with less pain. Focusing on each individual in their own personalized program achieves results.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation.

Emalee is an occupational therapist who specializes in working with the geriatric population. She is passionate about utilizing a functional approach in helping others regain independence in areas that are meaningful and purposeful to each patient. Emalee is certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson's Disease, and has experience in treating the vestibular system, dementia, hip/knee replacements, neurological conditions, and several other diagnoses. When she's not at work, you'll find her spending as much time as she can at the lake, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband and puppy!


Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants work throughout all of our facilities. Under the direction of the physical therapist they help our patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain. Both of our PTA’s have their Indirect Supervision License achieved by only select PTAs.

Our Physical Therapist Assistants

Receiving her PTA degree from Penn State in Hazleton Kristi was able to round out her Bachelor’s Degree she received in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. Kristi is an active volunteer throughout the Hazleton and the surrounding areas. Proud to be a volunteer for Setebaid Services Inc., an organization that prides itself on working with children with diabetes in education and life skills, Krisiti volunteers throughout the year and during their summer camps. She is also talented in arts and crafts supplying staff with a multitude of artists and culinary creations. Kristi is excited to bring her talents of working with children and those with a high level pain to our clinics.


Megan brings her local ties and educational experience to our facility. Also receiving her PTA degree from Penn State Hazleton, Megan loves everything that physical therapy has to offer patients. Megan has been an active member of this community in after school activities, little league and boy scouts. She has been involved with and coaching all ages, including high school, in competitive swimming for over 20 years at the Hazleton YMCA. Megan looks forward to helping patients achieve their goals. Megan can be found at all three of our clinics.


Karissa is the newest PTA of NEPTA and is excited to keep learning and growing with the company. Karissa is a graduate of Penn State Hazleton and has fallen in love with every field of Physical Therapy that she has had the opportunity to work in. She enjoys any time spent outside and believes family is everything. She strives to give the best treatment focused to meet all patients goals and get them to their best selves.


Completing our staff is our office personnel. A physical therapy front office is a busy intersection where health care workers and patients interact daily. Our office at NEPT is fast-paced and always requires an eye for details. Greeting all of our patients warmly and efficiently is their specialty. Here you can chat for a moment before entering into your session and discuss scheduling options. Our from desk will provide you with a convenient appointment that will fit even the most challenging schedule. Whenever expressing concerns with billing or insurances our billing officer is only a few steps away and would be happy to meet with you.

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