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Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical therapy is often used in hopes of avoiding surgery or to rehabilitate following surgery. New England Baptist Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy where caring professionals will help you regain function and get your life back. Our experienced and knowledgeable team specializes in delivering superior care that results in excellent outcomes.

Inpatient Physical Therapy

Our inpatient physical therapy service focuses on rehabilitating patients who are having inpatient surgery. Following surgery, it is important to get patients out of bed and moving as quickly as possible. Because NEBH is a specialty organization in treating musculoskeletal disease and conditions, our inpatient physical therapists are trained in the latest protocols to achieve the best results for each individual patient.

Our team examines, evaluates, and treats patients with a wide range of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities. While orthopedics is our primary area of expertise, our physical therapists are also experienced in managing a variety of specialties that can help meet the special needs of some patients (e.g. cardiopulmonary, respiratory, or neurologic dysfunction; lymphedema; wound care). Our staff includes board-certified clinical specialists in many of these areas.

Outpatient Physical Therapy

As a center of excellence for the treatment of orthopedic disease, NEBH offers a comprehensive, progressive, and proactive approach to rehabilitation.

Every patient, whether recovering from a surgery or rehabilitating an injury, receives personalized attention and a customized therapy plan that is sure to yield excellent results. Our outpatient physical therapists are caring professionals who are top in their field.

We offer our patients personalized attention with generous therapist to patient ratios. Most insurance plans are accepted.

What We Treat

ACL reconstruction

Foot and ankle sprains, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis

Frozen shoulder

Knee sprains

Patella-femoral pain

Post-surgical hip and knee arthroscopies and replacements

Pre and post-spinal surgery

Rotator cuff pathology/repair

Spine pathologies (cervical or lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, sprains and strains)

Tennis elbow

Many other disorders and conditions

Contact Us

830 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-754-5069

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

CINDY BENEA, DPT

Physical Therapist
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

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 diagnoses with a particular interest in knee and hip joint replacement rehabilitation.


MICHAEL CAERAN, DPT, CSCS

Physical Therapist
Michael graduated from Umass Lowell in 2012 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy where he was a part of the Division I Cross-country and Track and Field teams. He loves to treat all orthopedic injuries especially post-op, and has a history working in a sports medicine environment. Mike is a strength and conditioning specialist as well as IASTM certified. Mike is especially interested in helping runners and triathletes return to their sport. Mike completed his first Iron Man competition in 2018.


ANNIE CHEN, MS, LAT, ATC

Athletic Trainer
Annie Chen graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Minor in Chinese. Before her transition to UMass Amherst, she attended Nichols College where she played Division III Women’s Lacrosse and sparked her interest in sports medicine. After her time at UMass, she went on to receive her Master’s degree in Athletic Training at Bridgewater State University in 2015. Annie has worked with a wide range of athletes (youth, high school, Division I to Division III, and recreational athletes) and has an avid interest in functional sports rehabilitation and concussion management. She is experienced in developing safe return-to-play protocols for athletes who have sustained concussions. Annie is part of a team of athletic trainers and physical therapists who are involved in developing and leading sports return-to-play programs at NEBH Sport Performance. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages get back to the activities and sports they love.


LISA CHILDS, PT

Physical Therapist
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.


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 spot related interests include concussions, return to sport after injury, and the psychology of pain & sport. Additionally her interests are health & wellness of the general population, treatment of spine related pain and the management of spine pain after discharge from formal treatment. Tori is driven and motivated by the idea of helping individuals maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and helping individuals perform to their highest potential. She is excited and happy to be a part of the NEBH team and looks forward to all we can offer.


DANIEL CORDOBA, MS, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer
Daniel Cordoba, ATC, earned a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State University in 2017, after having achieved his Bachelors in Exercise Science from Westfield State University. Having had experiences in Strength and Conditioning and Athletic Training with High School, DIII to DI Collegiate, Semi-Pro and Professional athletes, Dan is able to merge both worlds to ensure that patients are able to achieve a high level of function during their time at NEBH. He is motivated by assisting others to maintain their active lifestyle and understanding the psychological effect of retraining the body to do what was once thought improbable. Dan’s overall curiosity allows him to pursue knowledge with an open mind while working with a diverse population and pioneering therapy techniques at NEBH.


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.


JORDAN FLOM ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer
Jordan joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation team in 2013 after graduating Cum Laude from Lasell College in 2012 with a B.S. in Athletic Training. Her undergraduate clinical experiences led her to work with Division 1 Football, Division 3 Collegiate athletics, as well as high school sports teams. Since 2007, Jordan has worked for the American Red Cross as a Certified Water Safety Instructor and is passionate about teaching swimming to all ages. In August 2018, Jordan graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Her rehabilitation interests include athletes’ return-to-sport programs, return-to-work job simulation and helping chronic spine patients resume their everyday lives.


LAUREN GILMAN, MPT

Physical Therapist
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.


RANDY JEAN, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Physical Therapist
Randy Jean, DPT is a Physical Therapist at the NEBH Sports Performance Center. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 and Bachelor in Nutritional Sciences in 2009 from University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he was on the Division I Track and Field team. In 2016 he became a Board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Randy has been with NEBH since 2017 where he enjoys treating various orthopedic and sports medicine diagnosis. With his experience as a certified strength and conditioning specialist he helps patients maximize their potential to return to sports and improve their performance.


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 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

Occupational Therapist
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

Physical Therapist
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 retired community members. 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.


KRISTEN VITO, DPT

Physical Therapist
Kristen graduated from Simmons College with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010. After beginning her career in acute rehab, she transitioned to outpatient care and joined the NEBH team in 2016. Kristen’s background is in orthopedic injuries; particularly of the lower extremity, including traumatic injuries, chronic pain, as well as amputations and prosthetic training. Her interests also lie in balance disorders as well as chronic back pain rehabilitation including continuous movement. Kristen enjoys developing individualized plans of care that assist her patients in achieving their activity goals. In particular, she assisted with the development of the Ski Performance Improvement Program.

Occupational Therapy

After surgery, everyday tasks such as taking a shower or preparing a meal may seem daunting, if not impossible.

New England Baptist Hospital occupational therapists work with patients to improve and restore their ability to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities of daily living, focusing on what the person needs, wants, and is expected to perform safely and with confidence. This includes instruction in the use of adaptive equipment for self-care routines, functional mobility for bathroom transfers, home management, work, and engagement in leisure interest. In addition, our occupational therapists work with patients to minimize barriers in their environment that might limit their ability to participate in a full and active lifestyle.

Our occupational therapists generally work with patients once or twice during their hospitalization after they are up and moving safely. Our occupational therapists work closely with the team of physicians, physical therapists, registered nurses, case managers, and others to design a specific treatment plan to ensure a safe discharge from the hospital. Many patients meet their goals within a few days, and are ready for discharge to home or to a rehabilitation facility for further therapy prior to returning home.

Occupational therapists are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with the goal of providing evidence-based therapy which encompasses the most up-to-date developments in rehabilitative practices.

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