Meet Our Team
CINDY BENEA, DPT
Cindy is a physical therapist with extensive orthopedic experience. She joined NEBH in 2008 after graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. She has worked in the inpatient department and Occupational Health clinic at New England Baptist Hospital before transitioning to the outpatient center in Chestnut Hill. She enjoys treating patients with a variety of orthopedic diagnoses but has a special interest in occupational injuries and those involved in accidents. She has taken continuing education courses with focus on advanced treatment of the shoulder. Her treatment approach includes a combination of manual therapy techniques, flexibility, core stabilization, and progressive strength training to help patients achieve their goals. Outside of the clinic, Cindy stays active through yoga and rock climbing.
CINDY BERGER, PT
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 diagnoses with a particular interest in knee and hip joint replacement rehabilitation.
LISA CHILDS, PT
Lisa Childs, PT, graduated from Northeastern University, Boston Bouve College, with a degree in physical therapy in 1983. Her initial 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 recognized NEBH Spine Program with James Rainville, MD, in 1992. Lisa is an educator to therapists and physicians nationally and internationally. She has trained therapists employed in the US military and the east and west coast VA hospitals. Lisa has supported research related to spine rehabilitation throughout her career. She is a former member of the NEBH Division of Research and Institutional Review Board. She was involved in the development of a ballet boot camp for professional ballet dancers. Lisa continues to treat spine patients with pain-limited function.
SHERRY COURTOIS, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Sherry Courtois, PTA graduated from Lasell College in 1988. She has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant with the first 10 years being inpatient rehabilitation experience, including orthopedics and amputee rehabilitation. She then began practicing in outpatient rehabilitation including orthopedics, sports rehabilitation and some vestibular rehabilitation. She joined the NEBH Outpatient rehabilitation and NEBH Spine Center in 2014. She enjoys treating many populations including spine, orthopedics, work injury, and sports rehabilitation. Her goal for them is to assist them to achieve their goals and return to the lifestyle they enjoy. She is a member of the APTA, and is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. She has completed multiple continuing education courses including Level 1 Graston coursework, Therapeutic Kinesiotaping, Evaluation and Treatment of Foot and Ankle Pathomechanics, and Vestibular Rehabilitation evaluation and management.
LAUREN GILMAN, MPT
Lauren Gilman graduated from the University of Scranton with a Masters of physical therapy in 2008. Since that time she has worked in a variety of settings across the country, honing both her Manual skills and Therapeutic exercise techniques. She joined New England Baptist hospital in 2014 and specializes in outpatient orthopedics. It is her mission to deliver high quality, personalized care for each patient in order to assist them in reaching their goals and highest potential.
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.
PATRICIA HATZINIKOLAU, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Patricia Hatzinikolau, PTA, graduated from Curry College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science concentrating on Health and Wellness. She then graduated from Bay State College in May 2017 where she studied to be a physical therapist assistant. Patricia first started at NEBH as a student where she completed a 10 week clinical experience in January 2017 and later joined the team full-time in October 2018. Her main goal is helping patients of all ages maintain an active pain free lifestyle.
TARA KERNAN, PT, DPT, MS
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
Eric attended The MGH Institute for Health Professionals and graduated with his DPT in 2010 after initially receiving a degree in psychology from Boston University in 1998. He started an internship at NEBH in 2009 and upon completion was hired full-time focusing on occupational injuries. As his career progressed Eric has become a level III clinician and developed a particular interest in chronic pain and spine treatment for which he now specializes.
KATIE MOLLOY, OT/L, CHT
Katie graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1998 with a BS in Occupational Therapy and joined NEBH at that time. 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 their 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. Katie sees patients at both the Main Campus and in Dedham.
ANDREW SWEENY, DPT, SCS
Andrew is a Physical Therapist at New England Baptist Hospital with extensive experience in the treatment of hip, pelvis and lower extremity injuries. He completed a Sports Physical Therapy Residency at Ohio State University Medical Center and is American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy. He is also a member of the Hip, Knee and Running special interest groups within the APTA Sports Section. He completed his education at Saint Louis University for both his undergraduate and physical therapy degrees. His experience includes rehabilitation of high school, collegiate and recreational athletes. He also has experience in treating spine and post-surgical conditions.
SCOTT TAYLOR, MSPT
Clinical Supervisor, Physical Therapist
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.
Scott is an avid cyclist and Expert Masters level mountain bike racer who has developed a clinical practice in the rehabilitation of cyclist’s injuries or assisting cyclist getting back to their sport from other non-cycling related injuries. Scott has developed an off season strength and conditioning program and in-season program for “rest days” to keep cyclists healthy and engaged in their sport currently being offered as part of NEBH Sports Performance Center services.
BRYAN TRUSCOTT, LAT, ATC, CSCS, TPI LEVEL 2 FITNESS, LEVEL 2 MEDICAL CERTIFIED
Lead Athletic Trainer
Bryan Truscott, ATC, graduated in 1997 from Northeastern University, earning a degree in athletic training. Since 2001, he has worked at both of the New England Baptist Outpatient Care Centers located at Chestnut Hill and Dedham. These centers see a very diverse patient population; ranging from high school athletes to injured workers from all lines of work, to retirees. Bryan has developed and leads NEBH’s innovative Golf Performance Improvement Program along with other sport specific programs based out of the Sports Performance Center in Dedham. 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.