137 So Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676

Who We Are

Meet Our Caring Physical Therapy Team at Family Physical Therapy.

Our dedicated and experienced staff is here to guide you on your journey to improved health and wellness. With a passion for helping families and athletes thrive, our skilled professionals are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatments. Discover the support you need to regain mobility and embrace an active lifestyle.

Kathy Provencher, Owner/PT

Kathy Provencher, Owner/PT

Kathy is the owner and has been practicing as a PT since 1994; She went to UVM in her home state and found her first job in Massachusetts. She then found her way back to Vermont where she worked for what is now known as UVMMC. Within UVM she found herself working in the Acute rehab facility at Fanny Allen for many years. This was a great environment, and she loved helping  patients who had life changing medical events happen, helping them start their new journey. She then transitioned to outpatient in 2009.  

Kathy, already living in Waterbury, wanted to give back.  She and her husband purchased Family Physical Therapy in 2010.  Kathy enjoys working with her neighbors, and friends. She enjoys meeting and helping people in her community. Opening her own practice has allowed her to know her community at a much more intimate level. 

Kathy has enjoyed running for many years.  She started in high school, and transitioned to competitive running as an adult. She did competitive marathon distances for many years. In the past several years she has shifted her running endeavors to more trail running/races. She enjoys working with the beginner runner to the elite athlete.  She believes that we all have things we can continue to learn,  and being able to continue to do what we love makes us happy, more well rounded people.

Kathy has focused in more recent years on postural restoration as they apply to sports, orthopedic and daily life. She also has a passion for treating individuals with back pain; personal experience makes it near and dear to her heart.  Her goal for all of her patients is to get them back to doing the things that give them joy, to the smallest of tasks, pain free.

She lives with her husband, and two son’s. She enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing, skinning and always a good book. She does not have a green thumb!

Susan Hughes, PT

Susan Hughes, PT

Susan graduated from the University of Vermont in 1984 and began her career at Massachusetts General Hospital after completing a clinical internship there.  She rotated through the Medical-Surgical, Rehabilitation, Acute Orthopedics and Outpatient services, ultimately becoming the Acute Orthopedics supervisor.  In 1989, she moved to New Hampshire where she worked exclusively in Outpatient clinics over the years and served as Co-Director at one facility.  During this time, her interests grew in treating patients with spinal pain and those with chronic pain syndromes.

She has developed a treatment approach over the years that is eclectic, emphasizing the teachings of Rocabado, McKenzie, Mulligan as well as incorporating various soft tissue treatments.  She ultimately became a certified practitioner in McKenzie MDT and Graston IASTM.

In 2019, Susan began working at Family Physical Therapy after moving to the Waterbury, Vermont area.  Here, she was introduced to the Postural Restoration Institute and has been taking a number of PRI courses since that time: the concept of looking at the whole patient and determining where altered posture and function are contributing to inefficacy of movement and strain on the body has really resonated with her and become a cornerstone of her current treatments.

Susan and her husband feel very grateful to have been able to return to Vermont where they both went to college. They have 3 grown sons including one who lives locally with his family.  She stays active with her grandchildren and dog, Owen, riding her Peloton, working out, hiking, biking and skiing.

Casey Circe, DPT

Casey Circe, DPT

Casey was born and raised in Highgate Center, Vermont, where she grew up on her family’s dairy farm just minutes from the Canadian border.  She has been a practicing physical therapist since graduating from the University of Vermont with her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2015.  While in college, she made the shift from high school athlete, where she developed her interest in physical therapy, to fitness enthusiast, recreational athlete, and Ben & Jerry’s fanatic.   

Casey began working at Family Physical Therapy in 2020, but has been an outpatient physical therapist her entire career, working in clinics throughout northwest, southern and central Vermont.  After moving to the Waterbury area in 2020, Casey and her husband had their daughter and are expecting their second child in the fall of 2023.  As a result, a new interest has developed in treating pre- and postnatal populations.

Casey enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and enjoying any natural area Vermont has to offer.  She has struggled to develop her skill for gardening, but continues to try every season in the family’s vegetable garden.

Cara McLaughlin, PT

Cara McLaughlin, PT

Cara has been a physical therapist since 2000 when she graduated from the University of Vermont. She started her career in outpatient orthopedics at a large clinic in Southeast Massachusetts where she honed her outpatient skills, became an APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist, and eventually worked as clinical director. She then moved back to Vermont and worked for many years at the UVM Medical Center at their Orthopedic Specialty Center where she treated general orthopedic patients as well as high level athletes.

She was also on a team of therapists that worked directly with orthopedic surgeons to revamp and build protocols and implement care for patients pre- and post-surgical joint replacement. After a hiatus to raise children, she joined Family PT in 2020 and continues to treat a wide range of orthopedic issues. She uses a variety of treatment techniques including PRI, McKenzie, dry needling, Graston, and manual work along with tissue and joint mobilization all integrated with a specific and graded exercise program for each specific diagnosis. 

She lives in Stowe, Vermont with her husband, four children and a dog named Louie. She is an avid runner, cyclist, and skier as well as plays hockey and tennis when time permits. She is a wanna-be musician and plays in a band with some mom friends. She loves to move her body and stay strong and healthy and that is what she wants for my patients too.

Kate Theisen, DPT

Kate Theisen, DPT

Kate received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston in 2013. Kate grew up in southeast Wisconsin, and going to school in Boston spurred a desire to see the country. Early in her career, she worked as a travel physical therapist during which she took many contracts along the West Coast. She gained valuable experience working in many settings including in hospitals, neuro acute rehab, outpatient practice, home health, and others. 

Kate is a lifetime lover of learning and enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients. She wants to help educate the community about the variety of physical and medical conditions that can be treated in physical therapy to help achieve their maximum potential and improve quality of life. Kate enjoys working for Family PT as it is such a patient driven practice. She can provide one-on-one quality care without being pulled in multiple directions and treat patients as she would like her loved ones to be treated. She treats her patients as a whole person, not just a diagnosis.

Outside of PT, Kate is a PSIA Alpine Level 2 Ski Instructor. She enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, indoor rock climbing, weight lifting, and Crossfit. If she can’t be outside, you might find her trying out a new recipe, learning to paint, or at a dance class.