Meet the Therapists


Matt Harrison, the founder of Harrison Physical Therapy, is a lifetime resident of the Hudson Valley. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a four-time New England Track and Field Champion. Matt completed his graduate work in physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where he specialized in orthopedics and sports medicine. After graduation, Matt worked as a physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston until he and his wife relocated to Dutchess County in 1999. After practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy at several local clinics, Matt founded Harrison Physical Therapy in 2002. When he is not treating patients, Matt enjoys working out, playing golf and tennis, skiing, and spending time with his family.


Nicole Casella, PT

Nicole Casella, PT

Physical Therapist

Brett Laffin, PT

Brett Laffin, PT

Physical Therapist

Jared DeBenedictus, PT

Jared DeBenedictus, PT

Physical Therapist

Brian Samaniego, PTA

Brian Samaniego, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant


A lifetime Dutchess County resident and Arlington High School graduate, Nicole Casella has been working in the physical therapy field since 1997. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Nicole is a graduate of SUNY Albany and received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Mercy College. Nicole’s interests outside of physical therapy include gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.



A lifelong resident of Dutchess County, Brett is a graduate of Mercy College’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program where he specialized in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Brett emphasizes utilizing the latest research and manual techniques to help patients achieve their highest possible functional outcomes. Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and family, playing guitar and staying active.



Jared grew up in the Hudson Valley and graduated from Sacred Heart University with a degree in Athletic Training. He then went on to Stony Brook University to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While attending Stony Brook University, Jared specialized in orthopedic and sports related injuries while also working as a Certified Athletic Trainer for several high school and college level sports. When not treating patients in Physical Therapy, Jared enjoys weightlifting, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.



Brian grew up in the Hudson Valley and received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Orange Community College in New York, specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Brian is a former Junior and collegiate hockey player who is now a certified level 3 coach within the USA hockey system. In his free time, Brian enjoys golfing, weightlifting and spending time with family and friends.