Our Staff

Staff: Dr. S. Jeremy Dunker, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. S. Jeremy Dunker, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist, Owner

Jeremy, along with his wife Stephanie, decided to open their own practice in 2011. After working in physical therapy for more than fifteen years, they envisioned an environment where patients were more than just their symptoms. They wanted a collaborative and holistic approach to physical therapy, working alongside their patients to improve quality of life. Thus, Sage was born!

Jeremy received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from Andrews University. After receiving his degree, he began intensive continuing education and mentoring and in 2008 attained his Orthopedic Specialist Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. He has been published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Jeremy’s clinical experience includes being the lead therapist in a busy outpatient sports-based physical therapy clinic. He has built a reputation amongst referring physicians and patients in the area as a knowledgeable and caring therapist who is asked for by name as a preferred clinician.

In his spare time, Jeremy likes to go for long runs and spend time with his wife Stephanie and their two sons.

Staff: Stephanie Dunker, PT, MSPT

Stephanie Dunker, PT, MSPT
Physical Therapist, Owner

Stephanie has been a physical therapist since 2000. She has practiced in a variety of settings including orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, vestibular, pain management, wound care and aquatic physical therapy. Stephanie earned her M.S. in Physical Therapy from Andrews University where her master’s thesis was informally published and presented at meetings for both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. She has instructed several educational seminars for fellow therapists, including “Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder” and “Physical Agent Modalities.” Although well-versed in many aspects of physical therapy, Stephanie has focused her practice on outpatient physical therapy with an emphasis on seniors, wellness and vestibular rehabilitation.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys teaching and practicing Tai Chi and spending time outdoors with Jeremy, their two sons Zack and Eli and her dog Kimber.

Staff: Michelle Jeram, PT

Michelle Jeram, PT
Physical Therapist

Michelle has been practicing physical therapy since 1997, specializing in orthopedics. She has taken extensive manual therapy courses and enjoys practicing muscle energy techniques and dry needling treatments. She has worked at various physical therapy clinics in Washington, D.C. as well as New York City. While in NYC, Michelle worked on the set of “Wicked,” treating Broadway performers.

She lives in Urbana with her husband, two children and dog. Michelle enjoys yoga, running, tennis and chocolate.

Staff: Laura LaBoiteaux, PT, DPT, RYT

Laura LaBoiteaux, PT, DPT, RYT
Physical Therapist

Laura LaBoiteaux graduated from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2004 with her Master’s of Physical Therapy. Laura began working in the outpatient orthopedic setting in June of 2004 and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. She has completed specialized training in craniosacral therapy, muscle energy technique, strain-counterstrain, neural mobilization, pilates, post operative rehabilitation, dance rehabilitation, and medical therapeutic yoga. She has been working predominantly in the outpatient orthopedic setting for over a decade, and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients. Laura is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches both therapeutic yoga classes for adults and kids yoga. She is dedicated to providing compassion and individualized care to her patients.

Laura is one of only two physical therapists in Frederick County certified to administer LSVT BIG treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.

Laura currently lives in New Market, MD with her husband and three young daughters. She is passionate about yoga, and also enjoys the arts, cooking, and photography.

Staff: Laura LaBoiteaux, PT, DPT, RYT

Jason A. Shiflett, PT
Physical Therapist

Jason is a 2001 graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the Sage family in 2017 after spending many years working in outpatient orthopedic and skilled nursing/transitional care environments. Jason is a dedicated physical therapist who believes in treating the source of the problem, not just the symptoms. When evaluating and treating patients, Jason uses his expertise in manual therapies employing osteopathic principles and both Eastern and Western philosophies.

Jason is committed to physical therapy and spends much time researching the latest advances in the field and how nutrition impacts the body. When not practicing or researching physical therapy, Jason enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing and mountain biking. Jason lives in Frederick with his two cats.

Staff: Meredith MacConnell

Sarah Schoeneberg
Rehabilitation Technician

Sarah returned to Sage in 2017 as a Rehabilitation Technician several years after doing volunteer work at the clinic. Sarah assists the physical therapists and patients by getting hot/cold packs and guiding patients through their exercises.

Sarah earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Towson University and is currently pursuing her education to become a physical therapy assistant. She is eager to treat patients!

In her free time, Sarah enjoys going to the gym, kayaking near Annapolis and biking along the scenic C&O Canal. Sarah was born and raised in the Florida panhandle, spent several years in Boston and now lives in Frederick.



Staff: Meredith MacConnell

Meredith MacConnell
Clinic Assistant

Meredith is a former Sage patient, giving her a unique and sensitive perspective to patient care. Meredith assists the Sage team with managing patients’ needs while keeping things organized and clean for the practice to run smoothly. Meredith works at the front desk taking phone calls, filing, scheduling patients and tending to other administrative duties. Before joining Sage, Meredith worked at an antique store for several years. As a patient, Meredith appreciated the professional and knowledgeable staff at Sage, and that motivated her to join the Sage family.

In her spare time, Meredith enjoys photography. Her passion is photographing newborn babies and weddings.Meredith has an eye for detail, which is embodied in many of the photographs she takes. Meredith is family-focused and enjoys spending time with her young nephew. She is the youngest of four girls and currently resides in Point of Rocks with her parents and grandfather.


Staff: Michele Ajamian

Michele Ajamian
Office Manager

Michele has been with Sage from the very beginning. She organizes and manages the front office, including scheduling, data entry and checking insurance benefits on behalf of our patients. Michele’s physical therapy career began in the Navy. She was a physical therapy technician for eight years. Since then, Michele has worked in various jobs including as a pre-school teacher and as a receptionist at another physical therapy clinic.

Michele has been married for almost thirty years and has three children. Michelle enjoys family and church activities, as well as reading, scrap-booking and the beach.

Staff: Lisa Abunassar

Lisa Abunassar

Lisa joined Sage with a diverse and varied background, allowing her to relate to a wide array of patients. She greets patients with care, takes phone calls, and coordinates patient insurance coverage, in addition to a myriad of other administrative tasks. Lisa was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but has lived In Maryland for over a decade. Prior to moving to Maryland, Lisa lived in Hong Kong and traveled throughout Asia with her family. Lisa’s prior work experience includes business event planning, equity trading for an investment advisor as well as cosmetology. Her favorite aspect of working at Sage is being part of a friendly and professional staff that provides excellent care to patients.

When Lisa is not working, she enjoys cooking, shopping, traveling (Aruba is a favorite) and long walks with her dog, Riley. Lisa lives with her husband, Sam, and they have two daughters, both of whom are in college.

Staff: Margy Simpson

Margy Simpson

Margy comes to us from working in quality control in the biotech industry. When not answering phones or making appointments for our patients at Sage, Margy is busy working around Bennett’s Creek Farm, a horse farm that she and her husband, Curran, own. They also have dogs, cats, chickens, fish and rabbits. Margy and her husband have two sons.