Meet the Staff
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 obtained her Advanced Certification in Hand Therapy and in 2018 earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professionals. Jackie has practiced as a hand therapist for over 20 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.
John 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. In 2018, John was certified in acute and chronic concussion management through Complete Concussion Management. He can assist in managing concussions from the acute phase and progress patients back to work and/or activities in a safe and timely manner. 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.
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. Paula is the Compliance Officer for Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy. Her personal interests include gardening, hiking, and beach volleyball. She also volunteers with Little Rhody Dog Rescue.
Danielle recently joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy in 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in 2011 and continued her education at the University of Rhode Island earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. Prior to joining the Pappas Team, she worked in acute care and sub-acute rehab settings with patients neurological disorders. She is LSVT BIG Certified and has experience with patients with Parkinson’s Disease, amputations, CVA’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. Her personal interests include exercising, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with family and friends