Our Staff


James Santillo PT, MSPT

License: 40QA00612100

James received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Island University. He has been a physical therapist since 1989 and has spent his career working passionately with the most complex orthopedic patients. He has worked in a variety of places including Florida and NYC but the majority of the time in the Summit-Warren region. James believes that normalizing range of motion followed by neuromuscular re-education is critical to the healing process. He strongly believes that the injured region needs to move normally in all directions prior to the initiation of a strengthening program. Manual techniques including soft tissue and joint mobilizations are helpful in this area. There are no shortcuts and patient’s need to be involved and diligent about changing poor habits in order to obtain positive results. He believes in empowering each patient how to live a healthier life and prevent further injury with knowledge and strategies to do so. He is grateful that his practice allows him to spend the time he needs with his patients to achieve the desired outcome.

James lives in Branchburg with his two daughters. He continues to enjoy coaching the Bridgewater Girls Lacrosse in the spring. James is also a big fan of music and enjoys going to see concerts with friends.


Kalie Janne PT, DPT, OCS

License: 40QA01394800

Kalie graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Health Sciences, Individualized Major. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with distinction from Arcadia University. Kalie worked for 3 years in a comprehensive outpatient setting with experience treating a wide range of diagnoses in patients of all ages from pediatric to geriatric. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and believes in evidence-based practice. She also values the importance of the physical therapist – patient relationship, and spending one on one time with her patients. Kalie enjoys working with and seeing her patients achieve their rehabilitation goals. Outside of work she enjoys riding her road bike, hiking, photography, and is an avid sports fan.



Andrew Schmarje BS, CSCS

Andrew graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Health Wellness concentrating in Nutrition. Over the past seven years, Drew has worked in a variety of settings including private training, corporate wellness and community outreach programs. He believes in the importance of the mind/body connection for enhancing overall well-being. Often times Drew will incorporate Yoga and Tai Chi into his fitness programs. In his free time Andrew likes to stay active with strength training, being outdoors, walking in the park and exploring the city. He enjoys cooking and eating foods from a variety of cuisines. He currently holds the highly regarded Certified Strength and Conditioning Certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Elaine Falcon

Administrative Assistant

Elaine has been with Watchung Hills PT since 2007. She will happily assist you with scheduling and verifying your insurance. Elaine resides locally, is married and has one son in college. She enjoys gardening and swimming.




Cynthia Gerkhardt

Billing Administrator

Cynthia handles insurance claims and processing including submitting to secondary insurance and following up with insurance companies to ensure benefits are utilized appropriately. We are grateful that Cynthia is able to share not only her expertise regarding insurance companies but also her sense of calm and humor at Watchung Hills PT.