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Outpatient Physical Therapy Team

Cynthia Benea, DPT
Cindy Berger, PT
Kim Castro, DPT
Lisa Childs, PT
Victoria Cooley, ATC, LAT
Edward Grabowski, PTA
Tara Kernan, PT, DPT, MS
Eric Knopp, DPT
Katie Malloy, OT/L, CHT
Scott Taylor, MSPT
Bryan Truscott, ATC

Cynthia Benea, DPT      
Physical Therapist          
Cynthia Benea, DPT, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University. After graduating in 2008, she began working at NEBH as a member of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Team, where she enjoyed working with acute post-surgical patients. She now treats patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions in the Outpatient Clinic at the Main Campus. Her interests include helping people achieve their goals and return to an active lifestyle.

Cindy Berger, PT
Physical Therapist
Cindy graduated from Northeastern University in 1996 with a BS in Physical Therapy and joined NEBH at that time. She initially started as an inpatient Physical Therapist, but in 2005 she transitioned to the Outpatient Physical Therapy department. Her focus has been on orthopedic injuries and post-op treatment for various orthopedic surgeries, working with patients from age 15 and up.

Kim Castro, DPT              
Operations manager for Outpatient Rehab Services and Sports Performance
Physical Therapist
Kim Castro, DPT, is the Clinical Supervisor of Outpatient Rehab at the Main Campus and Chestnut Hill.  She earned her Doctor of PT (2003), MSPT (2001) and her BS in Health Sciences (1999) all from Boston University where she played Division I soccer. She has been with NEBH since 2001, where she enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic diagnoses but truly loves the challenge of a complicated injury. She has extensive experience with work related injuries and spine disorders.  She individualizes treatment to help her patients meet their functional goals and believes in promoting long term health and wellness.

Lisa Childs, PT  
Physical Therapist                 
Lisa Childs, PT, graduated from Northeastern University, Boston Bouve College, with a degree in physical therapy in 1983. Her original experience occurred in a variety of specialties including pediatrics, orthopedics, respiratory and cardiac therapy, and neurology.  She began specializing in spine rehabilitation in 1985, and developed the current internationally renowned NEBH Spine Program with James Rainville, MD, in 1992.  She is an educator to therapists and physicians nationally and internationally. Lisa coordinates and carries out research related to spine rehabilitation, and is a member of the NEBH Institutional Review Board.  She continues to treat spine patients with pain-limited function.

Victoria Cooley ATC, LAT   
Athletic Trainer                
Tori graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.  She then went on to complete her Master’s degree at Bridgewater State University in Athletic Training in 2015. She has experience in both high school athletic and Division I-III collegiate sports. Additionally, she has had experience in family and sports medicine. Her interests include concussions, return to activity after injury, the psychology of pain & sport, and hip and knee injuries. Tori is driven and motivated by the idea of helping individuals maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and helping athletic individuals perform to their highest potential. She is excited and happy to be a part of the NEBH team.

Edward Grabowski, PTA              
Physical Therapy Assistant          
Edward Grabowski, PTA, graduated from Newbury College in 1995, and in 2000 joined the NEBH Spine Center. He is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor, with chief area of interest and expertise working with patients that have issues related to neck and back pain. His main goal is to help patients get back to a full, active life.

Tara Kernan, PT, DPT, MS            
Physical Therapist          
Tara Kernan, PT, DPT, MS has been a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic physical therapy since 1999. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professionals in 2010.  She has worked as a physical therapist at NEBH since 1999 and has worked in the outpatient department since 2003.  Tara currently practices as a Level III Advanced Clinician focusing on outpatient orthopedics and spine, and is the outpatient Coordinator of Clinical Education. Tara has published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and is involved in ongoing research for NEBH’s Spine Center.  She has completed multiple continuing education courses focusing on various manual techniques as well as therapeutic taping and is certified in the Graston technique.      

Eric Knopp, DPT
Physical Therapist  
Eric attended The MGH Institute for Health Professionals and graduated with his DPT in the class of 2010 after initially receiving a degree in psychology from Boston University in 1998.   He started an internship at NEBH in 2009 and was hired full-time at the completion by the Occupational Medicine Department. His personal expertise and interest is in occupational injuries and returning injured workers to their jobs safely.  He is passionate about helping people overcome their fear of movement so that they can best return to the independent lives they had before injury.

Katie Molloy, OT/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist
Katie joined NEBH immediately after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1998 with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She worked on the transitional care unit with patients recovering from hip, knee and spine surgeries before transitioning to the outpatient hand clinic. In 2006 she became a Certified Hand Therapist, and in 2008 was recognized as a Level lll Advanced Clinician. She works closely with a hand surgical practice at NEBH, as well as with the Occupational Health Department to return patients to work and home activities at the highest functional level. She enjoys treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, including fractures, tendon and nerve injuries and repairs, as well as work related injuries. She routinely fabricates custom orthoses to protect and support healing, and creates customized exercise programs to improve motion, strength and coordination for her patients. She uses her creativity to simulate job tasks, which builds confidence as well as strength and endurance. She attends many continuing education programs throughout the year to improve her skills and stay abreast of the latest treatment techniques. She most enjoys seeing her patients return to the activities and occupations that are meaningful to them.

Scott Taylor, MSPT                        
Clinical Supervisor, Dedham                
Scott has been practicing alongside the NEBH physicians and therapists since graduating from Northeastern University in 1995. Initially starting as an inpatient therapist, he then gravitated toward Outpatient Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine where he really enjoyed the blend of the two disciplines: helping injured workers and injured athletes get back to their maximum level of recovery.  Scott has extensive training in manual therapies as well as having spent many years practicing within the exercise focused Spine Rehabilitation “Boot Camp” model at NEBH. Scott’s comprehensive experience in manual, exercise based, occupational and sports medicine allows him to be an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. Scott has developed a treatment approach that brings a unique perspective to the therapist-client relationship and has proven to be very effective in helping his patients achieve their goals. 

Bryan Truscott, LAT, ATC, CSCS, TPI Level 2 Fitness, Level 2 Medical Certified      
Exercise Therapist, Athletic Trainer        
Bryan Truscott, ATC, graduated in 1997 from Northeastern University, earning a degree in athletic training.  Since 2001, he has worked at the NEBH outpatient rehab center, located at the main campus.  This center sees a very diverse patient population; ranging from high school athletes to injured workers from all lines of work, to retired community members.  Bryan uses his sports medicine background to ensure each rehabilitation program is customized to be functional and meet the clients’ individual goals.  Among the areas of rehabilitation that Bryan has a keen interest in is return to sports with an emphasis on hip and sports hernia injuries. Bryan is also a certified ergonomics specialist who works closely with the NEBH top rated occupational health center to provide clients and companies with quality ergonomic evaluations and job analysis reports for pre-work functional screens.

Outpatient Physical Therapy
Contact Information

Chestnut Hill
830 Boylston Street

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-754-5069 

Dedham
40 Allied Drive
Dedham, MA 02026
617-754-5069