Big Shoes to Fill: Brookville Native Santoriello Comes Full Circle

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Nicole Santoriello knows she has big shoes to fill.

Santoriello is replacing Bill Bailey as the new facility director at PHOENIX Rehabilitation and Health Services, Inc. in Brookville.

Bailey began practicing in the Brookville area in 1984 before he and his wife, Debbie, opened Cornerstone Physical Therapy in 1988 and in 2012 merged with PHOENIX Rehabilitation, based in Indiana, Pa.

Bailey retired in November 2017, and Santoriello took over.

“Bill was such a huge part of Brookville for more than 30 years,” Santoriello said. “He was active in the YMCA, School Board, churches, and he became a major face for physical therapy in the area.”

“Hopefully, people will come to trust me as they did Bill.”

Working with Bailey and taking over for him at PHOENIX has brought everything full circle for Santoriello, a Brookville native.

Before marrying Corey Santoriello, who works in public relations with Laurel Eye Clinic, she was Nicole Park, the daughter of Dave and Tina Park of Brookville.

When she was 16, she suffered an injury while participating in a cheerleading competition for Brookville High School.

That brought her to Bailey who helped her through the injury.

“At that point, I really became interested in physical therapy and decided to make it my career,” Santoriello said. “I ended up job shadowing with Bill and to be able to take over for him. It’s very exciting.”

Santoriello’s specialty areas of practice include Women’s Health Physical Therapy, including the treatment of osteoporosis, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, pregnancy, and post-partum issues.

It makes her one of just a handful in the area who specializes in women’s health.

Santoriello earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2008.

She went to work in Scranton in 2008 as a staff physical therapist at Allied Services Rehabilitation.

Then, the opportunity to come home presented itself and Santoriello became a physical therapist and satellite clinic director at North Fork Rehab in New Bethlehem in 2010.

In 2013, she became a PT at Northfork in Brookville and also worked at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

At the time, she was also working as a PT for RehabCare at the DuBois Nursing Home.

Santoriello then became a staff PT at PHOENIX in 2014.

PHOENIX has more than 70 locations in Pa., Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and Alabama.

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