About Us

Enabling a Lifetime of Fitness

Timberlane Physical Therapy (TLPT) is far from your average physical therapy and wellness office. At TLPT we realize that each patient is unique. That’s why we take the time to assess the whole “you” instead of fitting you into a specific box or treatment approach like other organizations. Through the delivery of precise, targeted and effective rehabilitation and fitness services we are able to help you achieve your goals, whether it’s climbing a mountain or walking across the room. Our collaborative team atmosphere allows you to receive the best of what each therapist has to offer, enabling you to enjoy a lifetime of fitness. In fact, we meet as a team every week to collaborate on patient treatment and outcomes.

New Patients - Here at Timberlane Physical Therapy, we strive to improve your experience and want to make it as easy as possible for you to feel awesome. We have provided the forms below to allow you to expedite our registration process. Please click on the link to the form below, print and fill out, and then either fax them to 802-864-0274, or bring them with you to your initial visit.

TLPT-Online Intake Form - (click on the underlined link to download) includes Patient Information, Medical History, Cancellation/Privacy Policy Acknowledgment/Designated Individuals Authorized, and Notice of Privacy Policy forms. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, which can be downloaded and installed for free here at Adobe's website.

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Our Philosophy


Our Philosophy is quite simple: we believe the most effective service lies at the intersection between passion, diversity and experience. By excelling in each of these areas we are able to find solutions for the simple and complex cases.


Each day the team at TLPT starts their day with one mission: to help active individuals reach their performance goals. By treating our patients with the respect they deserve, we can create an environment that enables them to far surpass their current levels of fitness and athleticism. Since 1987 this powerful mission statement has helped thousands of individuals return to their desired level of wellness, stay injury free after rehab and excel during performance training.


Our passion is our most valuable characteristic. Passion cannot be learned and it cannot be taught – you either have it or you don’t. At Timberlane Physical Therapy, not only do we have it, but we love it and we share it with our clients. We are passionate about what we do for you because we are just like you. We are active people who love to move, providing services to active people who need to move better. Our passion for the services we provide is simply obvious, as it’s the largest part of who we are.

The Team

Lesli BellLesli R. Bell, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA graduated from California State University Fresno in 1984 with a BS in Physical Therapy and then went on to achieve an Advanced Clinical Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University. In 1987 Lesli moved to Vermont with her husband and opened Timberlane Physical Therapy with a simple mission: provide the best patient centered care and up to date physical therapy treatment in the greater Burlington and Chittenden County area.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Lesli is a leader in her field. She was the first physical therapist in Vermont to become a certified lymphedema and swelling disorders therapist, almost 20 years ago. Lesli is also the co-inventor of the Bellisse Compressure Comfort Bra® - a chest compression garment designed to meet the needs of

breast cancer patients with trunk and breast lymphedema. With years of national speaking experience, Lesli regularly teaches around the country on edema management, cancer rehabilitation, post cancer complications and their advanced treatments.

With a strong commitment to ongoing learning she has developed her skill set to include expertise in cervical and lumbar spine pain, headaches, traumatic instability issues, genetic hypermobility syndromes, and of course orthopedic and sports medicine. She also has specialties in TMJ, trigger point pain and dry needling, taping and chronic pain management. She continues to incorporate the treatments for breathing dysfunction as it relates to pain, orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation, and mechanical pulmonary limitations, helping patients make long term changes in their pain problems.

Lesli is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) both nationally and in Vermont. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Oncology Section and serves as the chairperson of the Lymphedema Special Interest Group.

When Lesli is not at work she might be found quilting, enjoying music or spending summer time on beautiful Lake Champlain. She especially enjoys spending time with her family; her husband Howard, her son Brad and daughter Becca.

Lesli has a strong belief that the best quality of care is delivered with a combination of empathy for patients, passion for physical therapy and a commitment to ongoing learning. This philosophy has made Timberlane Physical Therapy the premier rehab clinic in Vermont since 1987.

Jennifer SimpsonJennifer Simpson, PT graduated from the University of New England in Maine in 2003 with her Masters of Physical Therapy and a Minor in Athletic Training. She immediately launched into a career in sports/orthopedics as a PT/ATC intern for the Boston Breakers and as a member of 2003 Womens World Cup Soccer medical staff. She then changed gears to inpatient rehab focusing on brain injury, joint replacements, and multi-trauma. Missing the environment of outpatient treatment, she leapt at a chance to work in an outpatient capacity with US Army personnel at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. She served as the civilian Chief of PT for the Wounded Warriors Battalion, rehabilitating soldiers with severe injuries. In June 2009 she relocated to Vermont and joined the TLPT Team.

Her expertise in treating foot/ankle pain and gait disorders has earned her the nickname “The Foot Fairy” among patients and medical professionals. She regularly assesses patients’ needs for custom orthotics to correct gait dysfunction. She is also a serious skier and past racer who puts her impressive foot knowledge and experience into fitting boots with orthotics. This skillset in turn reduces musculoskeletal imbalances and more permanently eliminates pain. In addition to feet and ankles, Jenn has experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, swelling disorders and neurological conditions, and specializes in complicated chronic conditions such as Lyme disease, Post-Polio syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos, and peripheral neuropathy. Jenn has extensive experience treating performing artists for orthopedic injuries resulting from their arts. She has 15 years of classical ballet training and has worked extensively with both classical and step dancers. She enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking with her husband Keith, daughter Kathryn, and two German Shepherds (Koa and Ozzy).

Jenn is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Eddie PantillaAfter graduating from Colby College with a B.A. in Biology, Eddie Plantilla, PT went on to the University of Vermont, earning his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Eddie brings over ten years’ experience to TLPT with a strong focus in sports medicine, work-related injuries and occupational health.

Eddie is an expert in the areas of ergonomics and industrial rehabilitation, and has always conceptualized the injured worker as an “industrial athlete”. His goal is to help workers in a wide variety of settings to return to their best work capacity, and to be stronger and better able to manage their responsibilities.


A lifelong skier and cyclist, Eddie excels at helping patients maximize their athletic performance and minimize their risk of injury so that they may enjoy optimal performance on the slopes, trails and roads. With his history as a professional bicycle mechanic, Eddie takes a particular interest in helping passionate cyclists of all abilities achieve the integration of rider and machine.

Eddie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and is always looking for the best new techniques and evidence-based physical therapy interventions to share with his patients.

Originally from New York City, Eddie now lives in the New North End of Burlington. He enjoys exploring Vermont with his partner Ellen, their daughter Audrey and Bodhi, the Labradoodle-In-Residence.

Stephen RamburStephen Rambur, PT graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, and a Master’s in Business from the University of Mary in North Dakota. Following graduation, he worked with Chicago area orthopedic physicians developing conservative orthopedic treatments, establishing total joint replacements protocols, and treatments for members of the Chicago Ballet and local school and sports teams. He established low back and cervical rehabilitation programs and a “return to work program” with area neurologists for post-surgical back patients and pre and post-surgical programs for young adults with scoliosis.


Steve has an extensive and diverse background in orthopedics, but also has a strong interest in working with both pre and post-operative shoulder patients. He regularly attends the annual Boston Shoulder Institute conference, keeping up to date on the latest surgical advances in shoulder reconstruction/replacement and rotator cuff repairs. Stephen’s recent focus is conservative treatments for joint preservation in the aging population. He has over 28 years of experience and treats patients of all ages for all types of orthopedic conditions.

In his free time, Stephen’s hobbies include building and carpentry, riding motorcycles, and leading scouts on adventures such as whitewater rafting and hiking.

Corey VancuraCorey Vancura has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Science with a focus in Athletic Training from Colby-Sawyer College. He has had the opportunity to work with Division I athletes at Dartmouth College, Division II athletes at Saint Anselm College, and has vast experience with high school athletes, all in a wide range of sports and abilities. He is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES).

As an active member of the National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA), Corey is dedicated to all his patients and wants to aid in their recovery by teaching them safe and effective endurance and strengthening exercises. Corey’s strength is to modulate

an exercise program to and meet the needs and the ability of the client, helping them to be successful in their overall fitness goals. He understands the how to bridge rehabilitation with returning to work and sports making functional and exercise goals achievable. He has strong therapeutic taping skills to help with swelling, stability or mobilization to enhance recovery.

Corey enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Moriah, working in the yard at their home in Hinesburg, maple sugaring, mountain biking, and running.

Zach WilsonZach Wilson, PTA graduated from North Shore Community College with an A.S. as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Zach moved to Burlington from the Boston area to complete his clinical rotations. Zach works with the physical therapists to facilitate quality patient care.

Zach has recently been certified to administer Functional Movement Screens to further assess patient movement. He has a background teaching physical education in Western Massachusetts and Southern California before he decided to change career paths to physical therapy. His past experience teaching students compliments his treatment methods and this new certification to keep patient’s injury free. He tries to stay as active as possible through trail running, hiking, weight training, biking, and surfing when near the ocean.


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