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News - Alfred Caffiero

Date Posted - 02-13-2018
CAFFIERO - Alfred Thomas, of Williamsville, NY passed away on February 7, 2018 peacefully at the age of 84 in his home surrounded by family members. Father, friend, healer and community activist, Al will be most remembered for his distinguished health care career, his passion for teaching and his dedication to funding ALS research. After serving in the US Navy, Al graduated from Ithaca College in 1960, moved to Western New York and began his career as a physical therapist at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital and later St. Joseph's Hospital. In 1979, along with partner Willis Hahn, Al founded Western New York Physical Therapy which became one of the largest providers in the area. For over 50 years, Al was a staunch supporter of the University of Buffalo as a clinical educator and by offering internship opportunities for aspiring physical therapy students. His passionate volunteerism also encompassed more than 35 years of involvement with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Despite being diagnosed in 1995 with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), Al persevered for many years as a mentor, teacher and practicing therapist. In 2001, his friends and colleagues established the Alfred T. Caffiero Foundation and annual golf classic tournament to provide annual scholarships to outstanding doctoral students in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. To date, 25 students have benefited from this gift. In 2015, the UB Alumni Association, awarded him the Community Leadership Award for outstanding contributions in the health community. In 2018 the Muscular Dystrophy Association presented him the Ronald Offhaus award for outstanding volunteer at the 'Harvest of Hope', a benefit event Al founded in 2002 to raise money for ALS research. Al loved to ski, golf and play tennis. Until his health declined, Al was an active member of the Lederhosen ski club and the Lancaster country club. A gifted storyteller, Al was always the life of the party with a bright smile and a hilarious joke. Al will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters Elizabeth (Michael) Smietana, Leanne (Scott) Pressly and his grandchildren Jennifer and Ryan Smietana and Sophie Pressly, half-sisters, Kassie (Diane Gargano) and Kim Caffiero (Rob Toscano). Interment will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, Hamburg NY A celebration of life will be held in the spring for family and close friends. In memory of Al and in lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alfred T Caffiero scholarship fund at UB school of Public Health. Contact 716-645-3013 to make contributions or email:; UB Foundation, PO Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226 OR, donate in Alfred's name to the local chapter of ALS Association,

News - New Staff Announcements

Date Posted - 11-15-2017
PRESS RELEASE Western New York Physical & Occupational Therapy Group, PLLC, is introducing several new staff members: Jamie Tiberi, MSPT: Mrs. Tiberi is an experienced physical therapist specializing in neuro rehabilitation, vestibular rehab and general physical therapy treatment. She also has experience with post concussion dizziness. Jamie treats all types of neurological pathologies and is highly skilled in treating balance and fall risk patients. She treats patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric at our office at 6301 Transit Road, Depew, NY. Jeremy Long, DPT: Dr. Long has also joined our Depew location, transferring from our office in Salamanca. He is a certified McKenzie practitioner with expertise in treating all types of spinal pathology, and a variety of physical therapy diagnoses. Kandice Butcher, PT: Previous owner of Tri-County Physical Therapy and a resident of the Southern Tier community, Kandice has joined our office located at 4039 Route 219, Salamanca, NY. She has 20 years of experience in all aspects of physical therapy, certified in McKenzie treatment methods, and expert in treating all types of spinal pathology. Additionally, she has had experience with foot and ankle, all types of orthopedic and post surgical cases, sports injuries and neurological problems. Western New York Physical & Occupational Therapy Group, PLLC, is a longstanding community provider of physical & occupational therapy in local schools and privately owned outpatient clinics in Depew, Chaffee, Ellicottville and Salamanca. For more information go to or call 716-684-0400.