Staff

Ryan Mahar

Ryan Mahar, PT, DPT

  • Des Moines University: Doctor of Physical Therapy: 2008
  • University of Vermont: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: 1997
  • Specialty training: Manual therapy, gait analysis.

Ryan’s family roots run deep in Vermont and he claims Fair Haven as his hometown. Ryan attended the University of Vermont where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1997. As the profession of physical therapy advanced, Ryan further advanced his own degree completing the Doctorate level degree in 2008 through the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. Ryan’s 20+ years in the field of physical therapy has allowed him to specialize his manual therapy skills to treat a wide range of patient diagnoses. Outside of his professional career, Ryan has a love for the outdoors. He cherishes the time he can spend with his family on their small farm, maple sugaring, riding horses, hiking and hunting the woods of Vermont.


Emily Macura

Emily Macura, DPT

  • Sage Graduate School: Doctor of Physical Therapy: 2011
  • Research: The effects of a home exercise program on dynamic balance and balance self-confidence: A case report.

Emily was born and raised in the Adirondacks. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and a concentration in pre-medicine. Emily then obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Sage Graduate School in 2011. While in graduate school, Emily completed her research project titled, “The effects of a home exercise program on dynamic balance and balance self-confidence: A case report.” Emily has clinical experience in both orthopedic and neurological settings, and has a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation. She began working at Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, PC in 2011. When not practicing physical therapy, she is spending time with her husband and little girl. She also enjoys cooking, kayaking, and volunteering at her church.


Joe Myers, DPT

Joe Myers, DPT

  • Utica College: Doctor of Physical Therapy: 2015
  • Research: Pillow designs and their effect on promotion sleep quality, pain reduction and cervical spine alignment in adults: A systemic review of controlled trials
  • Effect of different mattress designs on promoting sleep quality, pain reduction and spinal alignment in adults with or without back pain: Systematic review of controlled trials

Joe was born and raised in northern Vermont. He graduated from Utica College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and continued on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2015, also from Utica College. During graduate school, Joe completed research looking at the effects pillows and mattresses have on individuals sleep quality, pain reduction, and spinal alignment. He has been working at Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, PC since 2015. When Joe is not in the clinic, he enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking.


Donna Brown

Donna Plante, PT

  • Northeastern University: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy: 1984
  • Specialty Training: Neurodevelopmental Treatment Certification- Adult hemiplegia, Manual therapy and gait analysis.

Donna graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy with high honors from Northeastern University in Boston in 1984. It was there that the native of New England learned the importance of providing individualized care and respect that each patients' story and needs are unique. After practicing in a variety of settings including in a large in-patient rehabilitation hospital, nursing home and home care settings, she relocated to Vermont and identified a need for skilled and compassionate physical therapy care in the Mettowee Valley and opened an office in 1990 in Granville, NY. Since that time, Donna has remained dedicated to hiring talented clinicians and giving them the environment to practice to their highest ability. Donna is no longer actively involved in treatment but remains very dedicated to the practice and to the principle of independent physical therapy. Assuring that our PT staff practice to a high level and patients receive compassionate care in a friendly and professional environment remains her primary focus.