James J. Kenny, PT
Owner and On-Site Team Leader
Jim brings over thirty years of experience in orthopaedic and sportsmedicine physical therapy (PT). He completed the PT program at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently practiced in New York City at Roosevelt Hospital, the Rusk Institute and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Jim worked for many years in various orthopaedic and physical therapy settings before opening Pivotal Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in 2002.
In early childhood, Jim was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes Syndrome and endured a long period of treatment and rehabilitation. He fully recovered within three years and spent the next several years participating in multiple sports teams. He completed the New York City Marathon at the age of thirty and has led an active lifestyle throughout his adult life. His early experience with rehabilitation gave him a unique awareness of, and empathy toward, individuals with physical limitations. Jim’s approach to physical therapy combines well-practiced technical skill with a high degree of emotional intelligence, enabling him to work closely with patients to determine when to move forward and when to pull back so they achieve maximum functionality with minimal pain.
Jim grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is married to co-owner Barbara Weber, the proud father of two adults, and has a large extended family that is spread “coast-to-coast” in the US. He enjoys caring for his home and garden, traveling, cheering for the Red Sox, and working with the dedicated team of professionals at Pivotal.
Barbara E. Weber, MBA
Co-Owner and Business Director
Barbara provides the infrastructure and strategic direction that enable Jim and their colleagues to focus on the client. A survivor of whiplash injuries and breast cancer, she has experienced multiple rehabilitative settings as a patient intermittently for over twenty years. As a corporate executive coach and management consultant, Barbara has extensive background in business process design, information systems management, leadership and behavioral coaching. She established Pivotal’s infrastructure with the goals of customer focus, simplicity and holistic service offerings, and continues to refine our “ways of working” with all team members to keep up with customer demands and regulatory compliance changes.
Barbara has learned that Pilates exercise, a healthy diet and a supportive personal network are integral to managing the effects of fibromyalgia and other physical challenges. Her executive coaching practice includes social intelligence, presence-based leadership and immunity-to-change facilitation, providing the external stimulation that balances the demands she faces in leading the “non-patient-contact” aspects of Pivotal. A native of Kansas City, MO, and Denver, CO, Barbara received her MBA degree from Rutgers University and was among the second class of women at Rutgers College, from which she received her Bachelor of Science degree in special education.
Barbara is married to Jim Kenny, co-owner of Pivotal, and has a large extended family of four generations. She enjoys keeping Pivotal’s infrastructure alive and well; traveling to work with corporate clients in her “spare time;” and working alongside Jim in their kitchen, garden and home offices. She is an excellent cook and baker, an avid reader, and typically beats Jim by at least 100 points in their holiday Scrabble games.
Client Information Director
Maureen is a recent addition to Pivotal, having joined in 2011 with the retirement of her predecessor. Maureen came to us with many years of work experience in secretarial and office management. She engages callers and incoming clients with her warm and caring personality, and demonstrates significant communication and organizational skills to help them throughout their time with us.
Maureen left a corporate career when her children were young and established a home-based secretarial company. Many years later, she decided that “bigger was better” when it came to employment, so she became a successful real estate agent. Upon the death of her husband, she gave up real estate sales to work full-time as an administrator in a health care company. She remained there for several years before leaving to join Pivotal. Maureen’s diverse skills and positive demeanor help to “make a difference” in our clients’ lives.
Maureen currently resides in Monroe Township with her three children. She divides her time between working, raising her children and taking care of her home. Maureen also teaches religious education in the evening, loves to garden, and pitches for a local softball team.
Amanda Peck, DPT
Amanda came to our team in 2017 with ten years of experience as a physical therapist. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics and subacute rehabilitation, and in independent living, assisted living, and long-term care settings. She brings a hands-on approach and adjusts her treatment according to each individual’s response to physical therapy.
Amanda grew up in rural Western New York State where she spent much of her free time playing sports. She competed in basketball, soccer, and track and field throughout high school. While a student at Allegheny College, she continued her track and field career throwing shotput, discus and hammer for the varsity women’s indoor and outdoor teams. Amanda graduated from Allegheny with a major in biology and minor in psychology and was a member of several honor societies. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Amanda attended Drexel University’s physical therapy program, where her clinical focus was on orthopedics and she graduated at the top of her class. While at Drexel, Amanda also enjoyed club basketball and intramural soccer.
After receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Amanda obtained her New Jersey license and began her career. She and her husband are busy raising their two young children. Between work, being a wife and a mother, Amanda tries to maintain an active lifestyle enjoying the outdoors, exercise and yoga. She also enjoys reading, cooking, baking and photography, with family members among her favorite pictorial subjects.
Physical Therapy Aide
Darlene works cohesively with the Physical Therapists in support of the patients’ treatment plans. She joined Pivotal in early 2016 with experience from other orthopedic physical therapy offices and has worked with individuals of all ages to support their recovery from sport injuries and surgeries. Darlene also has experience conducting training and testing for patients who have suffered concussions. She is a second-degree black belt martial arts instructor and certified GRAVITY® Fitness instructor, and has taught total body workout classes to patients who have completed their recuperation. This opportunity combined her love of teaching with her passion for encouraging and guiding others through their journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Darlene has trained in bodybuilding for fitness competitions and in 2012, was awarded second place in women’s bodybuilding in the lightweight division by the International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation. While preparing for competitions, she also served clients as a personal trainer. She saw overlap between these activities as she educated clients on nutrition, an important factor for bodybuilding.
Darlene attended the Long Island Business Institute, where she majored in Medical Transcription. She is the mother of two wonderful boys who keep her busy with hiking, bike riding, and other outdoor activities.
Katherine came to Pivotal in 2015 to observe our therapists before beginning her studies at Temple University, and continues to support the staff during her school breaks. She is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-Professional Health Studies and plans to pursue her graduate degree in physical therapy. Katherine is studying a range of courses that includes anatomy, the biomechanics of physical activity, and motor activity. As a resident assistant, she plans and hosts programs in the residence hall, works at the front office, and builds community among the students. Katherine also serves as the communications chair for the Xi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-professional health majors honor society that focuses on volunteer work and preparing members for graduate school.
Since her freshman year, Katherine has been a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She is a “big sister” to an awesome sixth grader and serves as a positive and supportive figure in the school and in her “little brother’s” life. Katherine also interns with the Guest Relations office at Temple University Hospital, gaining exposure through non-clinical rounding for insight on the different departments in which physical therapists can work.
In her free time, Katherine loves to knit and crochet. Her “pride and joy” is her online shop, where she sells crocheted clothing and accessories. As the sole employee, she maintains her website, communicates with customers, and hand-makes each piece she sells.