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We understand how frustrating it is to feel trapped by pain and limitations. Our team is here to listen to you and create a treatment plan to get you back to the life you love. Take your first step toward living a pain-free life.
Cranston, RI 02910
Services Offered at This Location
- Balance, Dizziness and Fall Pervention
- Chronic Pain Therapy
- Concussion Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Hand Therapy and Splinting
- Manual Therapy
- Orthopedic Therapy
- Virtual Reality
- Women's Health- Movement/ Exercised Based
- Temporomandibular Pain Therapy
- Instrument Assisted (Graston, ASTYM, etc)
- Performance Training
- Sport Rehabilitation
Meet the Staff
John has been part of Pappas OPT 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 OPT to create Paladin-Pappas OPT 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 OPT 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 OPT 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 OPT 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
Paige Petras earned her Associates in Applied Science from Community College of Rhode Island. Prior to that, Paige obtained her Associate in Arts from Community College of Rhode Island.
Paige specializes in orthopedics and is most interested in treating orthopedics and geriatrics.
In her free time, Paige enjoys skiing, being on the water, and traveling.
Lauren completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University in 2015 receiving a BS in Therapeutic Recreation. Lauren continued her education and earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in 2019. Lauren joined Pappas OPT Physical and Hand Therapy that same year and focuses on upper extremity rehabilitation including orthopedic and neurological injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand. Lauren also received her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2021 and is now enrolled in Evidence In Motion’s (EIM) Hand Cert. Program. Lauren has taken several courses on upper extremity intervention including custom orthotic fabrication. She is a current member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). Her personal interests include hiking with her husband and their two dogs, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, and visiting family members near and far.
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.
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I joined Pappas OPT 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…
I knew Pappas OPT 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,…
I have had the opportunity to work for Pappas OPT 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 OPT exemplifies a culture that puts people first, both their employees and their patients. They want to…
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 OPT a try, you won’t regret it!
My second time here for therapy, and I think you guys are great. I would definitely refer you all to anybody. Great, friendly and helpful staff.
Great staff and experience! Everyone I have worked with thus far has been extremely professional and welcoming! Dan and his team are flexible and accommodating to ensure their patients get the best care!
This was my first time at Pappas OPT. I have to say it was one of the best doctor/health/clinic experiences I have ever had. I was treated with respect, received a thorough examination and ongoing treatment plan, and was met with a smiling face by every employee.
Pappas OPT Physical and Hand Therapy embodies their mantra of treating you like family. They both took an interest in not only my ankle injury but in me as a person making me feel comfortable and easing all anxieties we face when going through an injury.
My experience was great. The treatment was excellent and it was explained in great detail. My pain and discomfort were eliminated with a diverse exercise program. The whole staff is awesome.