“Where Your First Step is Your Longest Stride”

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Our Staff

Ernest J. Sekerak Owner, PT, CSCS

Dr. Lucas T. Bradley DPT, ATC, Clinical Director

Dr. Benjamin Wolff DPT

Jill Bednarski PTA

Mary Jo Fry PTA

Melanie A. Knarr ATC

Brooke Barrett MT

Elaine Sekerak Office Manager

Carrie Wojno Billing Specialist

Suzanne Michaels Northern Cambria Front Office Personnel

Kristin Borlie Nanty Glo Front Office Personnel, Medical Records Management

Ernest J. Sekerak Owner, PT, CSCS

Ernest is a local native residing in the Duman Dam area with his fiancee Kristin Setz-Borlie, and children Alivia, and Zander. Ernest is the founder of X-CEL Physical Therapy. Ernest established X-CEL Physical Therapy eight years ago in the Northern Cambria, PA region. X-CEL was recently expanded to encompass the Nanty-Glo area.

Mr. Sekerak received a B.S. in Health Science at Lock Haven University while pursing baseball. Mr. Sekerak pursued his career and received a Masters of Physical Therapy at Gannon University. Ernest was liaison to The American Physical Therapy Association. Sekerak received the renowned certification of  Strength and Conditioning Specialist. At the age of 28 X-CEL Physical Therapy was established. Ernest was vice president of the Northern Cambria Business Alliance (NCABA) and a Member of the Patient Safety Committee of Miner’s Medical Center. With such community support X-Treme Fitness was opened in Northern Cambria. Mr. Sekerak was fortunate to receive the “Foremost Under Forty” award for prospect businessman. Sekerak is now the Assistant Senior High Boys’s baseball coach for the Blacklick Valley School District and coaches a travel baseball team with Super Swing Baseball. Mr. Sekerak is involved with multiple sports teams at different levels of play.

Sekerak has several specialties and has also completed additional training in the following areas:

    • Certificate of Training U.S Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration
    • Spinal Manipulation Institute American Academy of Manipulative Therapy SMT-1: High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust Manipulation of Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and SI Joint
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    • Direct Access Certification, which allows him to see patients without a physician referral
    • Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Robert Duvall, PT( Director of Sports Medicine of Atlanta’s credentialed American Physical Therapy Association post professional clinical fellowship program for physical therapists
        • “Differential Diagnosis and Medical Screening for all Practice Environments”
        • “Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine Clinical Biomechanics for all Practice Environments”
        •  “Direct Access in Action”
        • “Achieving Optimal Functional Outcomes: Upper Extremity, Cervical and Thoracic”

Dr. Lucas T. Bradley DPT, ATC, Clinical Director

Dr. Bradley, a Carrolltown native, has been a part of X-CEL Physical Therapy since September 2009. Dr. Bradley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP Lucas assisted with IUP baseball camps, swimming classes for the physically and mentally disabled, and numerous research projects. After graduating from IUP, Lucus continued his education at Gannon University, where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. At Gannon, Lucas was the graduate assistant athletic training team for the 2004 AFC North Champion and franchise record setting 15-1 Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Bradley’s educational background and work experience has enhanced X-CEL’s ability to treat sports related injuries. Dr. Bradley currently resides in Ebensburg, PA with his two children.

Bradley has several specialties and also completed training in the following areas:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Spinal Manipulation Institute American Academy of Manipulative Therapy SMT-1: High Velocity Low- Amplitude Thrust Manipulations of Cervical Thoracic, Lumbar and SI Joint
  • SMT-2: Cervicothoracic Dysfunction and Cervicogenic Headaches with HVLA Thrust Manipulation and Exercise
  • Direct Access Certification, which allows him to see patients without a referral
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation – Helps patients with acute and chronic symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or balance disturbances
  • Clinical Director of X-CEL Physical Therapy, Northern Cambria

Dr. Benjamin Wolff DPT

Dr. Benjamin Wolff, a Clymer native, graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Natural Sciences. He then continued his education at Chatham University, where he earned his doctorate in Physical Therapy. Wolff has volunteered with the Three Rivers Adaptive Sports Organization where he helped children and adults with physical and mental disabilities play sports. Wolff has worked in the outpatient setting and has experience with bracing, custom shoe orthotics, and extensive concussion management.

Wolff was a Sergeant in the United States Army. He was awarded the Army Achievement medal, along with multiple certificates of achievement while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Wolff recently completed the successful training to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s).

Wolff has several specialties and completed additional training in the following areas:

    • Functional Capacity Evaluation Training- Ability to perform the latest evidence based, valid and reliable Functional Capacity Evaluation
    • Concussion and Post-concussion Treatment and Management-Use of Impact testing with a safe protocol to return to life or sport using Zurich method
    • Custom foot orthotics
    • Direct Access Certification, which allows him to see patients without a physician referral

Jill Bednarski PTA

Jill Bednarski of Ebensburg, received her Associate Degree of Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physical Therapy Assistant from Mount Aloysius College. She attended Mount Aloysius from 2002-2006, competing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference for three consecutive volleyball seasons, including the 2002 USCAA Final Four. Jill was also a volunteer coach in 2010 and Assistant Coach from 2014-2016 for the Mount Aloysius Volleyball seasons. Jill joined X-CEL Physical Therapy in January 2012. She has considerable clinical experience from previous employment at Somerset Hospital, specializing in outpatient Physical Therapy at the Somerset Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. She was fortunate to work with some of the best high school and collegiate sports trainers around.

Bednarski completed additional training in the following areas:

  • Women’s health issues consisting of options for urinary and bowel incontinence, pelvis pain or floor dysfunctions

Mary Jo Fry PTA

Mary Jo Fry earned her Associate Degree of Physical Therapy Assistant from Pennsylvania State University in 2000. She has 16 years of experience and has fulfilled the requirement to earn her indirect supervision license as a PTA. She is certified in Fascial Movement Taping Level 1, known as Kinesiotaping, and specialized in Lymphedema control. She was a travel PRN PTA for the last 13 years and joined X-CEL Physical Therapy in December 2014. Mary Jo enjoys kayaking, camping, coaching and spending time with her family.

Fry has specialties and training in the following areas:

    • Movement Taping
    • Fascial Taping
    • Lymphedema

Melanie A. Knarr ATC and Sports Medicine

Melanie offers more than 20 years of athletic training and sports medicine experience to student-athletes and clients of X-CEL Physical Therapy of Northern Cambria. Her extensive athletic training and sports medicine work has included injury-assessment, rehabilitation and conditioning of professional ice hockey players, world class marathoners, and hundreds of NCAA collegiate and high school athletes. After graduating, she provided athletic training and sports medicine services to several local high schools and colleges, including Northern Cambria, Blacklick Valley, Penn Cambria, Mount Aloysius College, and Saint Vincent College. She has also provided sports medicine services for the ECHL, the Pittsburgh Marathon, and AAU basketball. She has provided athletic training services to Northern Cambria for more than 10 years, including supports for two girls’ volleyball state champions, two state runner-up girls’ basketball teams, and multiple district and state playoff teams. Melanie currently resides in Ebensburg with her husband, Jay, and their three children, Lydia, Ethan and Victoria.

Brooke Barrett MT

Brooke Barrett is a Technician/Massage Therapist. She has been with our company since April of 2009. She previously worked at CLN Massage Clinic and studied there as well, where she was valedictorian of her class. She lives with her husband and two children in the Westover area.

Elaine Sekerak Office Manager

Elaine oversees daily operations and financial management of X-CEL Physical Therapy for both of our facilities. Elaine’s role is an important part of our success.

Carrie Wojno Billing Specialist

Carrie currently resides in Northern Cambria with her husband and two children. Carrie has been active in the medical field of Office Administration and Medical Insurance Billing for over 16 years. She graduated from Career Step’s Medical Billing and Coding Program with High Honors. Carrie has been with X-CEL Physical Therapy since 2013 where she started out as an Office Administrator and has since moved in to a role as a Billing Specialist for both of our operating clinics. Carrie is very detailed oriented, an instrumental skill for success in the medical billing field. She has strong skills in analyzing insurance issues and finding solutions in a timely efficient manner. She enjoys working in medical billing because of the vast variety of situations she finds herself in; whether with insurance companies, patients, or her co-workers. She is eager to broaden and apply her knowledge alongside the X-CEL Physical Therapy team.

Suzanne Michaels Northern Cambria Front Office Personnel

Suzanne assists with daily operations of our Northern Cambria facility consisting of scheduling, authorizations, and patient satisfaction.

Kristin Borlie Nanty-Glo Front Office Personnel, Medical Records Management

Kristin helps our Nanty Glo facility in Daily Operations and assists our billing specialist with medical records and management.

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Northern Cambria
1300 Philadelphia Avenue, Suite 2
Northern Cambria, PA 15714
Phone: (814) 948-8220

1055 Shoemaker Street
Nanty-Glo, PA 15943
Phone: (814)749-3355