Johnston, RI 02919
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.
Yelena 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. Lena is also currently working towards her Advanced Vestibular Certification from American Institute of Balance. 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.
Amanda 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 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.
Mellany 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.
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 recently completed 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.