Home to Harvard, Tufts and MIT among its hundreds of colleges and universities, Boston sees billions of dollars in grants allotted each year by the National Institutes of Health for research. It’s safe to say that when you need medical attention or physical therapy, Boston is a good place to be.
In fact, the abundance of excellence can be slightly overwhelming if, for instance, you’re looking for a single physical therapist. To help make the search more manageable, we’ve compiled a list of the top Boston physical therapists in hospitals, private practice and multiple-location clinics throughout the greater Boston area, from Hyde Park to Back Bay and from Brighton to Charlestown.
Dr. Alison Katz at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chestnut Hill
Dr. Katz has been practicing as a physical therapist in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2007, treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions as well as sports-related injuries. Her treatment approach includes a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and functional training. She has a special interest in running injury treatment and prevention, and the rehabilitation of female athletes.
Laura Wilczewski at Wood Associates Physical Therapy
Laura Wilczewski, who has been practicing for more than 20 years, received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1990 and became Board Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist in 2009. An active participant of the American Physical Therapy Association, she regularly attends meetings of the Shoulder, Manual Therapy and Private Practice Special Interest Groups.
Laura works toward goals that include prevention of pain and dysfunction, and healing to restore mobility and strength, with the ultimate goal being a return to work and recreational activities.
Darryl M. Elliott at Elliott Physical Therapy
During his 20-plus year career, Darryl has provided physical therapy at the Carney Hospital and at Boston University. The establishment of his private practice, with offices in Dorchester and North Attleboro, is the realization of a life-long dream. The clinic focuses on orthopedic injuries and conditions including back and neck pain.
Dr. Hollis H. “Holly” Herman at HealthyWomen HealthyMen Physical Therapy
The private practice of this international lecturer, educator and physical therapist is located in Cambridge. Dr. Herman provides diagnosis and treatment of urologic, gynecologic, obstetric, orthopedic, colorectal and sexual medical conditions.
Dr. Marco Volpe of Downtown Physical Therapy
Dr. Volpe’s practice is an out-patient orthopedic specialty practice treating spinal dysfunctions, TMJ and performing artists for 25 years with offices in downtown Boston, on the waterfront, and in Natick. A physical therapist for over 31 years, Dr. Volpe received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in 2006 and is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Dr. Reginald Burns “Reg” Wilcox III at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Wilcox focuses his clinical practice on the physical therapy assessment and treatment of problems of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee.
Dr. Jason McHugh at Beantown Physio
Awarded his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2008 and certified as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), Dr. McHugh enjoys working with athletic injuries, spinal pain, ACL tears/repairs, shoulder dysfunctions, and knee pain. His patients include Irish step dancers, triathletes, high school athletes, competitive runners, and geriatric patients.
Anthony Eberhardt at New Boston Physical Therapy
With more than 20 years’ experience as a practicing therapist specializing in orthopedic injuries and disorders, Tony treats all orthopedic disorders from back pain to spinal fusion, ligament strain/sprain to reconstruction, joint replacements, headaches and more. An avid cyclist, Tony is the head coach for the University of New Hampshire’s road cycling team and the director/founder of Riverview Bicycle Camp.
Dr. Matthew Dupont at Mass Bay Spine & Sport Physical Therapy, Marshfield
A recent graduate from Northeastern University, where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Dr. Dupont is interested in lower extremity biomechanics and functional gait.
Dr. Amy Spencer at Specialized Physical Therapy
Working out of the North Reading clinic, Dr. Amy Spencer uses a PT program designed to “Move You Forward.” The approach worked for one patient, whose testimonial reads: “Amy Spencer is impressive: she listens, she evaluates, she analyzes, and she applies her expert knowledge with precision. Then at the next visit, she does it again. Each time adjusting and optimizing to get you the best results.”
Dr. David Balogh at Train Boston in Wellesley
Dr. Balogh uses an integrated approach that includes manual therapy and exercise to treat sports injuries and spine dysfunction as well as post-operative rehabilitation. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Orthopedic Section, he has taken a number of courses focusing on progressive spine evaluation and treatments.
Dr. Mike Reinold at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance
Founder and president of Champion PT in Waltham, Dr. Reinold, who received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, is also an athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Currently a consultant for the Chicago Cubs, he was Head Athletic Trainer and PT for the Boston Red Sox for many years, as well as a member of the 2007 World Series Champion team, keeping pitchers healthy and rehabilitating players back to peak performance.
Dr. Lauren Blair at Bay State Physical Therapy
Originally from New York, Dr. Blair received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo, and now practices out of the Abington clinic. From post-op range of motion to injured athletes and geriatric patients working to restore daily function, Dr. Blair’s experience is all-encompassing.
Dr. Leah Gillespie at Spine and Sports
Influenced by her history of competitive swimming, this Northeastern graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy recommends aquatic therapy for various conditions and also uses manual therapies, including deep tissue massage, Graston Technique and other tool-assisted soft tissue mobilization.
Dr. Alexandra Laura at Sports and Physical Therapy Associates (SPTA)
This graduate of Northeastern University has a formidable list of credentials, including BS, DPT, SCS, CSCS, and is an APTA Member, a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and a Certified First Responder. A former competitive figure skater, Dr. Laura is interested in post-operative rehabilitation/return to sports, injury prevention, and concussion rehabilitation.
Dr. Michael J. Velsmid at Boston Sports Medicine
The director of Boston Sports Med, which has eight locations in the Boston metro area, started as a PT with Veterans Affairs. He specializes in sports and outpatient orthopedics and has extensive experience in rehabilitation of high-level competitive athletes, including marathon runners, triathletes, college varsity athletes of all sports, professional ballet dancers and figure skaters.
Dr. Diane Dalton at Boston University Physical Therapy Center (BUPTC)
In addition to being a BUPTC physical therapist, Dr. Dalton is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Sargent College. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a practicing PT, and is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy as well as a certified manual therapist.
Dr. Lenore Herget at MGH Sports Medicine Center
With a variety of interests including theater, psychology and education, Dr. Herget is also a staff PT and Certified Clinical Instructor at the MGH Sports Medicine Center. She serves as the rehabilitation consultant to the MGH Youth Sports Concussion Clinic, with a focus on sports concussions and post-concussive syndrome. Additionally, Dr. Herget specializes in diagnosis and management of lower extremity injuries and neuromuscular dysfunction.
Dr. Jonathan Mullis at Mullis and Associates Physical Therapy
Before earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Simmons College, Dr. Mullis was at Boston Medical Center for more than eight years, responsible for the Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies Department during his last three. His specialty is the treatment of orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities.
Dr. Brent Butler at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness
With a number of locations throughout the greater Boston area, Joint Ventures uses a one-on-one licensed physical therapist to patient approach, without relying on aides, assistants or students. When you ask for Brent Butler, for instance, who practices at the Brookline/Allston branch, you get a PT who has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist whose interests include sports medicine and spinal dysfunction.
Dr. Jess Barsotti at ProEx Physical Therapy
Jess Barsotti received his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2008, and works out of ProEx’s Woburn and Boston locations. If you’ve got a sports injury, you’ll be glad to know that during his post-graduate clinical rotations, Dr. Barsotti worked with the Indiana Pacers, the BU Terriers Ice Hockey Team, and the MIT Engineers Football Team.
Dr. Kasey Carley at Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation
Kasey Carley, who practices at the West End branch of Blue Hills, is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where she earned a BS in Kinesiology, as well as a graduate of American International College, where she obtained a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
The daughter of two physical therapists, she’s a born PT whose clinical experience includes outpatient sports and orthopedic physical therapy as well as some in-patient acute care. Whatever the patient age, ability or orthopedic condition, Dr. Carley establishes a personalized care plan with progressive resistance exercises and functional training.