Meet Our Staff
Our Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health. We also promote additional training for all of our staff, and encourage advanced education. Their education and experience allow for optimal care with all of our patients. Make an appointment today to meet them in person.
Michael Pappas, PT, DPT - CEO/Co-Owner
Mike Pappas graduated Quinnipiac College with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1998. In 2007 he and his wife Jacalyn opened the first Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in Johnston, Rhode Island, and have added six more clinics since. In 2008 he earned an Advanced Masters in Orthopedics from Quinnipiac University, and in 2012 received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the EIM Institute of Health Professionals. His clinical focus is sports, orthopedics, and vestibular rehabilitation. Mike is a member of the Private Practice Section and the RI chapter of the APTA. His personal interests include enjoying time with family and friends, and coaching youth wrestling.
Jacalyn Pappas, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist /Co-Owner
Jacalyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1997 from Worcester State University. She has been recognized by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission as a certified hand therapist (CHT) since 2010. In 2017 she earned her Advanced Certification in Hand Therapy from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professionals. Jackie has practiced as a hand therapist for over 15 years and works with patients of all ages that have orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of upper extremity fractures, tendonitis, custom orthotic fabrication, traumatic injuries to the upper extremity and rehabilitation of post-operative injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand.
Beth Peterson, OTR/L, CHT
Beth Peterson received her BS in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College in 1998. She graduated Drexel University in 2004 with a post professional certificate in the Hand and Upper Quarter, and became board certified in hand therapy in 2006. In 2011 she joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy where she focuses on upper extremity injuries from the shoulder to the fingertip, including rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, nerve and tendon injuries, amputations and wounds. In 2017 she earned her Advanced Certification in Hand Therapy from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professionals. Her interests include yoga, running, strength and conditioning classes, and travelling with family and friends.
Elizabeth Carey, MS OTR/L, CHT
An Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, Liz Carey joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2011. She graduated from the University of New England in 2001 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2011. In 2016 she received her certification in Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy from Evidence in Motion. Her specialties include hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, including orthopedic and neurological injuries, wound care, work-related injuries and custom splinting. She is currently working to complete her post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy through Evidence in Motion. Her interests include spending time with her husband and two boys and volunteering in the schools.
Yelena Jenkins, DPT, AIB-VR - Clinic Director
Yelena Jenkins joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2007 and was named Director of the 1539 Atwood Ave. Johnston clinic in 2012. She received her Bachelors of Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University in 2006, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007. She also completed a year-long managerial leadership program through Evidence in Motion in 2014, and earned vestibular certification through the American Institute of Balance (AIB) in 2015. Her areas of clinical focus include vestibular rehabilitation, concussion rehabilitation and balance retraining. Lena’s outside interests include spending time with family and friends, dancing and playing tennis.
Steven Pirri, Jr., DPT, TPI Certified - Physical Therapist
Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in May 2011, and continued his education at the University of Rhode Island earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. He joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in June of 2015. He completed a yearlong manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion. Steve is Level 1 certified through Titleist Performance Institute, which allows him to work with athletes and golfers, improving their swing mechanics and preventing injury. Steve has completed two levels of dry needling seminars and regularly integrates this treatment into his practice. Steve enjoys working in the orthopedic setting treating acute, chronic and post-operative conditions. Steve is FMS certified, allowing him to evaluate functional movement for those returning to sports and work following injury. He is affiliated with Next Level Training Center and other local trainers. His interests include golf, travel and spending time with family and friends.
Amanda Simpson PT, DPT - Physical Therapist
Amanda Simpson joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2013 after graduating both the undergraduate and graduate Physical Therapy programs at Simmons College in 2011 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She earned her manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion in 2017 and is also certified in Graston Technique. Her clinical focus is in orthopedic medicine. Amanda is involved in many community events and enjoys spending time with her family, especially at their family lake house in Maine!
William Barbieri, DPT - Physical Therapist
William Barbieri has been part of Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy since 2015. He graduated Providence College with an undergraduate degree in 2008 and earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2014. He is certified in manual therapy through EIM and his clinical practice focuses on manual therapy and trigger point dry needling. Bill is the clinical education coordinator for the entire Pappas network. His outside interests include exercise, rock climbing, going to the beach, the Boston Bruins and spending time with family and friends.
Melleney Lipka, DPT - Physical Therapist
Mellany Lipka earned her B.S. in kinesiology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2016, with a clinical focus in orthopedics. She is currently earning her Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion. Her personal interests include going to the beach, hiking (especially with her pups) and rooting for the Patriots.
Josh Perry, PT, DPT, OCS
Josh Perry earned his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2001, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion in 2012. He is board certified in orthopedics and focuses in his clinical practice on orthopedics, hip dysfunction, post-operative rehab, spinal pain and injuries, shoulder, knee and ankle pain and injuries. He is a member of the Private Practice Section of the APTA. Josh has been the clinic director for Lepre Physical Therapy in North Providence since 2002. In 2017 he partnered with Mike Pappas to create Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy of North Providence. His hobbies include sports, hiking, biking and spending time with family and friends.
Kelly Hartnett, DPT, OCS - Physical Therapist
Kelly Hartnett joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2013. She graduated Merrimack College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from the University of Rhode Island. She then completed a residency in orthopedics with Evidence in Motion and is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Kelly is also a clinical instructor for PT students. Her clinical practice is focused around musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedics, post-op rehabilitation, sports injuries and functional dry needling. Her hobbies include health and wellness, sports, skiing and spending time with family and friends.
Kendra Lynn Kohanski, PT, DPT - Physical Therapist
Kendra Lynn Kohanski completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and graduated from URI with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. She joined the staff at Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy of North Providence that same year. She specializes in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. Kendra is a member of the APTA and the RI Women’s Health Special Interest Group. Her personal interests include exercise and nutrition, dance, cooking and baking.
Lauren Parsonage, DPT - Physical Therapist
Lauren Parsonage earned her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Hartford in 2014, and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. She joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy that same year. Lauren is certified in LSVT BIG for persons with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. Her clinical practice and areas of interest include orthopedic disorders, neurological disorders (CVA, PD, TBI, SCI), as well as pediatric developmental disorders. In 2016 she delivered a presentation at the CPAPTA Fall Conference titled Development of Trunk Control in Infants. Outside of the clinic she enjoys archery, hiking with her dogs and traveling. She also competes in shooting.
Destiny Chearino, DPT - Physical Therapist
Destiny Chearino joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2017. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, and also earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from that institution in 2017. Her areas of clinical focus include sports medicine, orthopedics and concussion rehabilitation. She is currently working toward being a Sports Certified Specialist with Evidence in Motion. In her career she has been a community volunteer for amateur and professional boxers, and a USA Boxing certified coach. She is a former USA Boxing National Champion and represented Team USA at the Continental and World Championships. She interned at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Destiny’s interests include boxing, playing with her dog Ninja, traveling and watching the Steelers!
Paul Lydeard, PT, DPT - Clinic Director
Paul Lydeard attended American International College, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdepartmental Science in 2004 and his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2005. He joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2006. He recently completed his Executive Program in Practice Management, with his Post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Evidence in Motion in 2016. He is certified to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations for patients returning to work, and is also a certified Titleist Performance Institute golf expert. Paul has spent the majority of his career in an outpatient setting and is experienced in treating patients with a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, amputees, and occupational medicine (return to work, work conditioning). He is a member of the APTA. His favorite pursuit outside of work is spending time with his family.
Michael Bisconti, DPT - Physical Therapist
Mike Bisconti graduated from Lasell College in 2014 with a BS in Exercise Science. He earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2017 and joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy that same year. Mike is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist whose clinical focus is in orthopedics. He is a member of the APTA. His personal interests include powerlifting, cooking, woodworking and large bowls of pasta.
Jennifer Morello, PT - Physical Therapist
Jennifer Morello graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1998 with her Bachelor's in Physical Therapy and has been treating outpatient orthopedics for 18 years. She has attended orthopedic continuing education courses emphasizing manual therapy techniques, aquatic therapy, and treatment for prenatal and postpartum patients. Jennifer joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2016. Her interests include practicing tai chi, playing sports and spending time with her family.
Scott Hannouch, MSPT, DPT - Clinic Director
Scott Hannouch is the clinic director of Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy of Warwick where he offers PT in the clinic as well as aquatic therapy. Scott attended the University of Hartford where he earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2013. Scott also has experience in the pediatric and home care setting. He has attended orthopedic continuing education courses emphasizing manual techniques. His clinical practice focuses on vestibular therapy, aquatic therapy, orthopedic and sports medicine; he also utilizes Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPN) to assist in the treatment of soft tissue injuries. He is also a certified vestibular rehabilitation specialist through the American Institute of Balance. Scott continues to participate in men’s soccer leagues, and is a big Patriots and Bruins fan, as well as an amateur drone pilot.
Kimberly Champagne, PTA - Physical Therapist Assistant
Kim Champagne graduated from CCRI in 2017 with highest honors, earning her degree in Applied Science, Physical Therapy Assistant. She joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy that same year. She focuses her clinical practice around aquatic therapy in our therapy pool inside the Warwick clinic, and also orthopedics and geriatrics. She is certified in CPR and an APTA member. Her personal interests include running, hiking, weight training and spending time outdoors with her dog and her husband.
Katie Lacroix, DPT - Physical Therapist
Katie Lacroix joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2009. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Bridgewater State College in 2002 and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has clinical expertise in orthopedics, geriatrics and dry needling and is certified in CPR and the use of Rockblades. She also earned her certification in manual therapy through Evidence in Motion. Her personal interests include spending time with family, hiking and snowboarding.
Paula Mazur Trump, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC - Co-owner/Partner
Paula Mazur Trump graduated from the University of Connecticut with two degrees, a BS in Education: Sport and Leisure Studies, which lead to certification as an Athletic Trainer, and a second BS in Allied Health: Physical Therapy. In 1998 she earned her MS in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her thesis was a descriptive study of the musculoskeletal characteristics and injuries in professional ballet dancers. She also received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (tDPT) in 2002. Paula was an original partner in Paladin Physical Therapy when it opened in 2008. In 2016 she partnered with Mike Pappas to create Paladin-Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy of Cranston. She is a certified orthopedic specialist (OCS), and a certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Her areas of clinical expertise include Graston Technique, trigger point dry needling (TDN), and manual therapy. Her professional activities include serving as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates for 3 years, volunteering for the Ocean State Marathon for many years, and facilitating an online class in diagnostic testing and pharmacology through Boston University. Her personal interests include gardening, hiking, and beach volleyball. She also volunteers with Little Rhody Dog Rescue.
John Garlick, DPT, OCS, VR-AIB - Clinic Director
John Garlick has been part of Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy since 2013. He attended Westfield State College from 2006 to 2010, graduating with a BS in Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. In 2014-2015 he completed an Evidence in Motion Residency in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. John is a Certified Vestibular rehabilitation specialist through the American Institute of Balance, and a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. John's clinical experience lies in inpatient and outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, treating a wide variety of general musculoskeletal conditions with additional focus on the temporomandibular joint and vestibular rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) RI chapter and Private Practice Sections, and an APTA Private Practice Section Key contact for Rhode Island legislative action. His personal interests include exercise, obstacle course races, spending time with friends and family and his chocolate lab Sam.
Tiana Santurri, DPT - Physical Therapist
Tiana joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in July 2017. She attended the University of Rhode Island from 2009-2014, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science. In 2017 she graduated from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She completed her inpatient clinical at Rhode Island Hospital where she specialized in treating patients with traumatic orthopedic conditions. Tiana is certified in CPR, and currently enrolled in Evidence in Motion's year-long orthopedic residency program. Her clinical practice focuses on individuals of all ages with various musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. She has a special interest in treating patients with chronic pain, and utilizes the current best evidence and various manual therapy techniques to allow patients to reach their goals. Tiana is a member of the APTA. She also enjoys running, working out, traveling and spending time with her family.
Jonathan Walker PT, DPT, OCS - Clinic Director
Johnathan Walker is the director of the Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy clinic at 5805 Post Road in East Greenwich, RI. He graduated Northeastern University in 2003 with a Masters in Physical Therapy, and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion in 2013. He is a board certified orthopedic specialist and a certified vestibular rehabilitation specialist. He also has experience treating TMJ disorders. John is a member of the APTA. He enjoys outdoor activities including basketball and volleyball, traveling and spending time with his family.
Daniel Macera, PT, DPT, OCS - Clinic Director
Dan Macera graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2011. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from URI in 2014 and joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy that same year. Dan is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). His clinical practice focuses on orthopedic physical therapy, sports-specific rehabilitation, trigger point dry needling (TDN) and manual therapy. Dan is an active member of the APTA, RIAPTA and orthopedic section, and a member of the Rhode Island legislative committee. His personal interests include spending time with family, exercising, hunting and hiking with his dog.