Meet our Team!
Ben Deppen, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Regional Director - Direct Access Certified
Ben obtained his Bachelor of Athletic Training from The Pennsylvania State University, followed by a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2015. He gained outpatient, orthopedic experience with an ETS affiliate group in South Carolina before returning home to Pennsylvania to launch two new clinics in the Allentown and Easton areas. Ben joins Advantage ITC as Regional Director, overseeing ETS therapy clinics in York and Chester counties! Ben's passion for health and rehabilitation started early following a spinal cord injury in high school causing him to step away from his contact sports, but gave him an opportunity to observe and assist the Athletic Trainer. He believes in empowering others, and encourages life-long learning.
In 2019, he enrolled in the Manual Therapy Institute to pursue a Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This is the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy that consists of two and a half years post-graduation training and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training.
Jess Kent, PT, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist - Direct Access Certified
Jess graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2009 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is a native of York, PA and previously earned a Bachelors degree in Health Care Services from University of Phoenix Online in 2006, and an Associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Central Penn College in 2001. She has spent the majority of her PT career in outpatient orthopaedics and has experience as a Clinic Manager and Clinical Director. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has completed the Executive Management in Private Practice program through Evidence in Motion. Jess knew she wanted to work in the PT field when she had to attend PT herself in high school. She knew how important it was to continue to participate in activities she enjoyed, and is happy to be able to provide that ability to others through therapy. Jess has two children and enjoys an active lifestyle with activities such as hiking, traveling, weight lifting, and running.
Jess Spero, PT, DPT
Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She has experience with stroke, trauma and cardiac patients. In her free time, she likes to quilt and spend time visiting facilities with her therapy dog.
Ryan Starner, PT, DPT
Ryan received his Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017 and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA in 2019. Ryan, a native of New Oxford, PA developed a passion for physical therapy as a result of participating in PT to rehabilitate following injuries sustained as an athlete in high school. He believes every individual has the right to an active life and is passionate about empowering others to achieve their goals. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, sports, and leading an active lifestyle through hobbies such as weightlifting, hiking, hunting, and golfing.
Katrina Cook, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Katrina found her passion for physical therapy after watching her grandfather go through PT for his MS. Upon graduation from Penn State Mont Alto 2013, Katrina began working at Advantage and has been on staff ever since. She loves interacting with people, problem solving and seeing her patients reach their goals everyday. Katrina also enjoys working with students and watching them grow to become successful therapists. In 2015, Katrina married her husband and they reside in Shiloh with their spunky sheltie, Ruby. In her spare time, Katrina enjoys running 5ks, working out, and figure skating.
Paige Harget, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Paige has worked as a PTA in an outpatient setting for 7 years after graduating from Penn State. She loves working in her hometown of New Oxford and enjoys giving back to the community. Paige enjoys rehabbing patients, whether it be returning to work, sport or everyday activities. She has a specific interest in working with the pediatric and adolescent population as it allows her to be creative and find exercises that are tailored to their needs. Paige has three kids who keep her busy with their extra-curricular activities. In her free time, she loves being outside and playing with her kids as well as reading. Paige loves Penn State football and looks forward to every occasion and holiday that she can celebrate.
Rachel Nace, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Rachel graduated from Central Pennsylvania College in 2000. She has been practicing for almost 20 years and has been with Advantage for over 12 years. Rachel chose a career in physical therapy because she is a people person and has always been drawn to health care and helping others. She enjoys working with post-op patients and athletes of all ages. Rachel is married with 2 teenage children and one very spoiled chocolate lab. In her free time, she is usually traveling around to watch her kids play baseball and softball. Rachel also enjoys shopping, vacationing and lounging in her PJs whenever she gets the chance to just be at home.