I joined Pappas in 2017 as a new graduate and could not be more happy with the sense of community and shared passion for patient-centered care that comes naturally to this company. As a new graduate I was given guidance and mentorship that helped me bridge the gap between school and the workspace. Pappas has…
I knew Pappas would be the right fit for me when I was here for my first clinical affiliation. The focus on company culture and continuing education is what helped me make my decision to apply. What really helped solidify my decision was when I voiced my desire to build a pelvic health program, which…
I have had the opportunity to work for Pappas for the past 10 years. In that time I have been fortunate enough to work with some of my best friends, establish great memories and grow professionally. Pappas exemplifies a culture that puts people first, both their employees and their patients. They want to help facilitate…
The entire team here makes you feel like family. I can’t believe they completely healed my shoulder. No need for surgery!!! I’ll never go anywhere else for PT. They all stay on the cutting edge of new technology.
I absolutely loved the entire staff! They are all welcoming and caring. They do indeed treat you like family and I couldn’t have asked for a better place. Give Pappas a try, you won’t regret it!
Meet the Staff
Don earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Rhode Island. He also completed a fellowship with the Gray Institute for Functional Training in Applied Functional Science. Don was the recipient of the RI Physical Therapy Association’s Distinguished Service Award and has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the URI PT program.
Sports medicine related cases are Don’s specialty. He has worked extensively with youth through professional athletes in both injury prevention and conditioning programs. Don and the OPT practice lead the state in the treatment and prevention of shoulder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete. He has developed baseball specific conditioning programs and preseason pitching screens for both baseball and softball athletes.
Active at the state and national levels in professional associations, Don has served as National APTA Private Practice Section’s Committee Chair for the Marketing and Public Relations Committee, as thePresident of the RI Physical Therapy Private Practice Group, the Legislative Chair for the RI APTA and is on the RI Physical Therapy Licensure Board. He is often a guest lecturer for the APTA, the YMCA, NUWC as well as CCRI and URI. Don routinely provides medical services at local sports tournaments and competitions. He, his wife and three children are all active in their community, serving on boards, assisting with strength and conditioning programs and cheering on the sidelines (occasionally too loudly). Don also enjoys music and is a member of a trio “Group Therapy” which performs at venues across Aquidneck Island.
Bert Reid received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from URI in 1993 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University in 1987 where he was awarded the Tulane Academic Award twice. Bert was a recipient of the prestigious URI Distinguished Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame and R.I. High School Football Coach’s Hall of Fame.
Bert works with many elite athletes including Olympic Medalists and Division1 collegian runners, pro golfers and tennis players as well as Navy SEALS, Team Puma pro sailors, URI and Salve Regina Baseball pitchers and catchers (see our Wall of Fame).
He is a Running Industry Association Certified Shoe Guru Specialist and is certified by Amfit Orthoses in Advanced Orthotics Fabrication. Bert is and trained in OptoGait digital running analysis and is involved in research analyses for running shoes and foot mechanics. He serves as an adjunct faculty at URI Graduate School for PT, teaching and lecturing on Functional Gait Analysis and Running Science.
Bert was a Tulane varsity golf captain and Academic All-American. He is NikeGolf NG360 Fitness Certified, Gray’s Institute Functional Golf Certified and a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional.
Bert works frequently with collegiate and student baseball players particularly catchers and pitchers. His baseball related study includes ACSM Team Physician Course 2011, Advanced On-Field Management, ACSM Team Physician Course 2012, Advanced On-Field Management Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society Baseball Science Course, PBATS Baseball Science and Injury Care. Bert’s compendium papers included rotator cuff pathology and rehabilitation, primarily aimed at the throwing athlete.
He completed a fellowship in Functional PT Rehab and Sports Biomechanics through the G.I.F.T. Program of the Gray Institute in 2008 and has taken over twenty-five additional advanced training seminars. Specialized topics include foot and ankle biomechanics, functional rehabilitation, performance training, rotator cuff/shoulder and throwing mechanics, mechanical low back and neck pain, team physician sports medicine, jaw pain, advanced orthotic fabrication.
Although Bert works with many world class athletes, he is also dedicated to our local athletes and community teams. For over 20 years, Bert has been the sideline medical care specialist for the Narragansett High School Football Team.
During his free time, Bert enjoys playing soccer, running, golfing, and spending time with his wife, Krista, and their two kids, James and Julia.
Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Endicott College. She received her Physical Therapy Assistant’s degree from the New England Institute of Technology where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa Society for academic excellence.
Amy worked in our Tiverton clinic for 10 years as an aide before returning to school to pursue her PTA degree. Amy has clinical experience working with developmentally and cognitively impaired children. She has contributed over 100 volunteer hours at the Rhode Island Free Clinic providing treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and spent multiple years volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Project.
An avid Red Sox/Patriots fan, Amy enjoys anything focused around health and wellness. She spends her free time being active, either running, at spin class, snowboarding, working out at the gym or being outdoors.
Eileen earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and went on to receive her Master of Business Administration from New Hampshire University. She has been working in physical therapy for 30 years, predominantly in an outpatient orthopedic setting.
Eileen has experience treating a wide range of different orthopedic conditions and has spent time as a clinic director prior to joining OPT Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
Vestibular rehabilitation and concussions are clinical areas of interest for Eileen. She has extensive experience in the effective treatment of these conditions. When not working, Eileen enjoys traveling, hiking and golf.
Mike earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Rhode Island in 2015. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Western Illinois University in 2012.
Mike is certified in Dry Needling and Sports Physical Therapy. He holds a certificate in Applied Chain Reaction Biomechanics, and will complete his Sports Clinical Specialist Exam (APTA) in March 2020. Mike is an Emergency Medical Responder and Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA).
During his time at URI, Mike gained clinical internship experience working with a variety of patients in the ICU, acute care, rehab unit, and outpatient orthopedic settings. He believes in an active lifestyle to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Mike appreciates the patient interaction and helping people get back to activities they like doing, sports, gardening, walking, caring for grandchildren, etc.
Mike enjoys playing all sports, especially basketball, golf and volleyball. As a student athlete, he experienced various sports injuries and, in fact, his athletic trainer and physical therapist inspired him to pursue a physical therapy career.
Mike and his wife enjoy traveling. They have explored Costa Rica, Guatemala, Iceland and many other beautiful places. Their next adventure is parenthood, as they are “impatiently waiting and very excited for their first child to be born in November!