Meet the Team

Pam Lanter, PT, DPT, NCS

Pam Lanter, PT, DPT, NCS

Pam graduated from Saint Louis University with a master’s degree and a doctorate in physical therapy. A credentialed clinical instructor, she is board certified in neurology through the American Physical Therapy Association and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Ohio Physical Therapy Association. Pam joined University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in 2012 as the inpatient clinical manager and currently directs Rehabilitation Services. She previously worked in acute care, on acute rehabilitation floors, and in a skilled nursing facility. She also has managed a small outpatient department in an assisted living facility. Pam specializes in working with patients who have had strokes and concussions and those who are living with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS.

She worked in ALS clinics in both Chicago and St. Louis and she worked as an adjunct faculty member at University of Illinois in Chicago and at Saint Louis University in their Physical Therapy programs. Pam grew up in Westlake and relocated back to the Cleveland area with her family in 2011. “I’m happy to be back in Westlake with my family and working in the community where I grew up”

Michele Hippler Brant, PT, DPT, LMT

Michele Hippler Brant, PT, DPT, LMT

Michele Hippler Brant received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Cleveland State University in 2010 and her BA in psychology from Gannon University in 2003. Prior to receiving her physical therapy degree, Michele worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist for 3 years in a variety of settings. Michele is a graduate from Magnificat High School and has attended Catholic school from grade school to college. "I identify with and appreciate the core values and mission of UH St. John Medical Center and the Sisters of Charity."

Michele is specially trained in myofascial release, precision neuromuscular therapy, vestibular rehab and utilizing the Neurocom Balance Master.

She currently serves UH St. John Medical Center as the outpatient supervisor. Her special interests include the neurologically complex patient, pediatrics, balance and concussion management. Michele is also a credentialed clinical instructor and a member of both the American and Ohio Physical Therapy Associations. Michele resides in Rocky River with her husband and 2 dogs.

James Eadie, LPTA

Jim Eadie, LPTA

James Eadie is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and is a 2012 graduate from Cuyahoga Community College. James also holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. James has a flexible, rotating schedule which allows him to work in all areas of the hospital from the Spine and Orthopedic Center to The Intensive Care Unit. James is also a member of the OPTA and the APTA.

"I enjoy working in a community hospital because I feel it is my way to give back to the people of the Westshore area."

Jim Foley, PT

Jim Foley, PT

Jim Foley graduated from Cleveland State University in 1979 and has spent the last 27 years with UH St. John Medical Center. Over the years he has worked in all areas of physical therapy, with the last eleven years focused in the outpatient rehab setting. Career interests have been many and varied with chief focus on orthopedic and spine rehab.

Mary Phares, PTA

Mary Phares, PTA

Mary Phares is a licensed physical therapist assistant. She graduated with an associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College in 1993. She has worked with UH St. John Medical Center for 19 years in acute, sub-acute and outpatient physical therapy. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA.

Diane Washburn, PT, RN

Diane Washburn, PT, RN

Diane Washburn graduated from Cleveland State University and has worked as a physical therapist at UH St. John Medical Center for 15 years in the acute, sub-acute, and outpatient settings. Her special interests include treating balance/vestibular, women’s health and general musculoskeletal issues. She is also a registered nurse and certified clinical educator through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Eric Jankov, PT, DPT, CSCS

Eric Jankov, PT, DPT, CSCS

Eric Jankov earned his degrees as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame College. Before returning to school to pursue physical therapy, Eric worked as a fitness manager and a Certified Personal Trainer at a local fitness center. Eric is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and previously was the strength and conditioning coach for a collegiate women’s lacrosse team.

Eric specializes in treating patients with sports-related injuries. Other areas of special interest include back and neck pain, manual therapy, orthopedic injuries and conditions, sports performance and enhancement, and balance and concussion management. He is a member of the American and Ohio Physical Therapy Association and the Sports and Orthopedic Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Trent Best, PT, DPT

Trent Best, PT, DPT

Trent Best earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University and Bachelor's of Science in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University. Prior to becoming a member of UH St. John Medical Center, Trent was a physical therapist for Mount Carmel Sports Rehabilitation in Columbus, Ohio where he specialized in sports medicine. Other areas of interest include various spinal conditions, sports performance and function, orthopedic injuries and conditions, total joint replacement, manual therapy, and balance and concussion management. Trent is a member of the American and Ohio Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Melissa Elgin, PTA

Melissa Elgin, PTA

Melissa is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Credential Clinical Instructor through the APTA. She is a 2013 graduate of Lorain County Community College. During clinical exposure, she has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients from the spinal cord unit to the skilled nursing facility. Currently, Melissa has a rotating schedule in the acute inpatient setting which allows her to work in all areas of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit and Neurosurgery Rehabilitation. "It is a true blessing to work at UH St. John Medical Center, and serve others daily."

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