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
Matt joined OPT in 2019 after earning a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Rhode Island. He received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Cal State San Bernardino.
Matt gained valuable experience in his graduate school internships in a variety of physical therapy settings. He enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and helping them improve their quality of life.
Matt is bilingual (English & Spanish), enjoys playing the guitar, watching movies and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Katie Pacheco received her Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate along with an Associate’s in Applied Science in 2016 from the Community College of Rhode Island where she earned distinction of highest honors.
Katie began her final internship for school at OPT’s Tiverton location. Upon graduation and passing her licensure exam Katie immediately joined our team as a PTA in our East Bay clinics.
Katie has a strong background working with sports related injuries, balance impairments and post-operative rehabilitation. Her continuing education has been focused on vestibular/post-concussion rehab as well as Applied Functional Science.
In her spare time, Katie enjoys biking, kayaking, fishing, camping and all sports related activities.
A Rhode Island native, Amy earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 2007. She received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Health in 2001, both from the University of Rhode Island.
Amy joined OPT in 2005 and has worked with the pre-adolescent to the elderly. She is trained and experienced in many facets of physical therapy and particularly enjoys the treatment of sports related injuries and post-surgical athletes. She also has extensive experience working with patients recovering from head injuries and concussions.
Amy is ImPACT trained (ITPT) through ImPACT Applications in Concussion Care and Treatment. She attended Harvard Medical School’s conference on Concussions and Spine Injury and Boston University’s conference on Head Trauma and the Athlete. Additional coursework includes Post-Concussion Syndrome at Memorial Hospital, Concussion in Sports Training with NFHS, Functional Rehabilitation from the Kinetic Chain/Gray Institute, and Lumbopelvic Integration from IMTS.
Amy enjoys music and soccer. She was in the marching band and pep band at URI and also played competitive soccer. During high school, Amy tore ligaments in her ankle and became a physical therapy patient. This experience is what sparked Amy’s interest in becoming a PT.
In addition to working in OPT’s physical therapy clinics, Amy helps student athletes with injury prevention by providing warm up and injury reduction programs for high schools and youth athletic programs. She developed and administers OPT’s Total Athletic Performance Summer Conditioning Camp.
Amy has routinely been on the medical staff of the Boston Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon and the Cape Cod Marathon. In her free time, Amy enjoys distance running, weight training and playing the trumpet. She is also a certified PADI diver and an aspiring pilot!
A veteran of the United States Navy, Steve has been part of the OPT team since 2002 when he joined us as a rehabilitation aide. In 2006, Steve received his NSCA Personal Trainer Certification and earned his Physical Therapy Assistant certificate from the Community College of Rhode Island with Cum Laude distinction in 2017. Steve continues to study Chain Reaction Functional Biomechanics through continuing education.
Steve has a strong background in sports training, geriatric conditioning and working with neurological disorders. He works with high school athletes and can often be found helping within the community at special events.
Outside of work, Steve enjoys playing basketball and weight lifting.
Andrea has been a licensed physical therapist, athletic trainer and massage therapist for over 25 years. She is also a Nike Certified Golf Performance Specialist.
Andrea earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of New England in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Athletic Training from Westfield State College in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science, Sport and Leisure from the University of Connecticut in 1992. Andrea earned a Fellowship in Applied Functional Science in 2007 from the Gray Institute where she is currently a faculty member.
Andrea has worked with all age groups in nearly every type of physical therapy setting. She has extensive experience working with competitive athletes on performance enhancement, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys coaching softball, basketball and Free2Play Movement for the youth in her community.
Dena earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England. She has over 22 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation.
Dena treats a wide variety of orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on upper extremity rehabilitation and hand therapy. She is also a pediatric therapist with a focus on providing treatment for developmental and neurological diagnoses.
In her free time, Dena loves spending time with her husband and daughters, enjoying all their activities and sporting events. She can often be found in the garden, at the beach or rooting for the Red Sox and Patriots.