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!
Johnston, RI 02919
Meet the Staff
Dan Macera graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2011. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from URI in 2014 and joined Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy that same year. Dan is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). His clinical practice focuses on orthopedic physical therapy, sports-specific rehabilitation, trigger point dry needling (TDN) and manual therapy. Dan is an active member of the APTA, RIAPTA and orthopedic section, and a member of the Rhode Island legislative committee. His personal interests include spending time with family, exercising, hunting and hiking with his dog.
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.
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.