Meet Our Staff

Dennis Ruh, P.T., D.P.T., Cert. MDT

-Dennis has been the owner of Southtowns Physical Therapy Group, P.C. for over 25 years.
-He is a 1975 graduate of Orchard Park High School. Following his graduation, he enrolled at Ithaca College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1979.

-In 2005, Dennis completed his Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College. 

-Dennis is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Disorders by the McKenzie Institute and has completed an extensive list of advanced education courses.

-Dennis was selected by Buffalo Business First as a "Top 50" Healthcare Provider in 2011!

John Lord, P.T., Cert. MDT



-After 25 years of service at Southtowns Physical Therapy, John retired in June of 2013. We wish him the best!

Shaun Vollmer, P.T., D.P.T., COMT
-Shaun graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He also achieved his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2006.

-Shaun recently completed his certification as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist.

-Shaun is available for appointments M 12-8, T & TH 7:30-4. He is also 
trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation to treat patients suffering from vertigo and BPPV

Jeffery Podraza, PT, MS, OCS

- Jeff is a 2000 graduate of Daemen College and has 14 years clinical expierence in outpatient general orthopedics and sports medicine. In addition to his physical therapy degree, Jeff has advanced his academic and clinical standing by completing a dual master's degree (MS) and dual doctor of philosophy degree (PhD) in orthopedic biomechanics and applied physiology at the University of Buffalo
- Jeff is a full time professor at D'Youville College in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. 

- Additionally, Jeff is also nationally board certified through the American Physical Therapy Association as an orthopedic specialist (OCS).

- Jeff is available for appointments on Mondays and Fridays from 7:30am-1:30pm and Wednesday evenings from 4:30-8:00pm.

Natalie Napierala, PTA, LMT, CLT

-Natalie has been with Southtowns Physical Therapy since 2005.

-Natalie is a graduate of Villa Maria College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program and is now a clinical instructor for their student internship program.

-She attended the New York Institute of Massage in 2010 and then passed the NYS board exam to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.

-Natalie is also the Administrative Assistant for Southtowns. 

-Our friendly and knowledgeable office staff is there to answer your questions and schedule your appointments. Kathy Kada (office manager), Tina Beck and Nicole Kurzdoefer