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
Bert Reid received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from URI in 1993 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University in 1987 where he was awarded the Tulane Academic Award twice. Bert was a recipient of the prestigious URI Distinguished Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame and R.I. High School Football Coach’s Hall of Fame.
Bert works with many elite athletes including Olympic Medalists and Division1 collegian runners, pro golfers and tennis players as well as Navy SEALS, Team Puma pro sailors, URI and Salve Regina Baseball pitchers and catchers (see our Wall of Fame).
He is a Running Industry Association Certified Shoe Guru Specialist and is certified by Amfit Orthoses in Advanced Orthotics Fabrication. Bert is and trained in OptoGait digital running analysis and is involved in research analyses for running shoes and foot mechanics. He serves as an adjunct faculty at URI Graduate School for PT, teaching and lecturing on Functional Gait Analysis and Running Science.
Bert was a Tulane varsity golf captain and Academic All-American. He is NikeGolf NG360 Fitness Certified, Gray’s Institute Functional Golf Certified and a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional.
Bert works frequently with collegiate and student baseball players particularly catchers and pitchers. His baseball related study includes ACSM Team Physician Course 2011, Advanced On-Field Management, ACSM Team Physician Course 2012, Advanced On-Field Management Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society Baseball Science Course, PBATS Baseball Science and Injury Care. Bert’s compendium papers included rotator cuff pathology and rehabilitation, primarily aimed at the throwing athlete.
He completed a fellowship in Functional PT Rehab and Sports Biomechanics through the G.I.F.T. Program of the Gray Institute in 2008 and has taken over twenty-five additional advanced training seminars. Specialized topics include foot and ankle biomechanics, functional rehabilitation, performance training, rotator cuff/shoulder and throwing mechanics, mechanical low back and neck pain, team physician sports medicine, jaw pain, advanced orthotic fabrication.
Although Bert works with many world class athletes, he is also dedicated to our local athletes and community teams. For over 20 years, Bert has been the sideline medical care specialist for the Narragansett High School Football Team.
During his free time, Bert enjoys playing soccer, running, golfing, and spending time with his wife, Krista, and their two kids, James and Julia.
Don earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Rhode Island. He also completed a fellowship with the Gray Institute for Functional Training in Applied Functional Science. Don was the recipient of the RI Physical Therapy Association’s Distinguished Service Award and has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the URI PT program.
Sports medicine related cases are Don’s specialty. He has worked extensively with youth through professional athletes in both injury prevention and conditioning programs. Don and the OPT practice lead the state in the treatment and prevention of shoulder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete. He has developed baseball specific conditioning programs and preseason pitching screens for both baseball and softball athletes.
Active at the state and national levels in professional associations, Don has served as National APTA Private Practice Section’s Committee Chair for the Marketing and Public Relations Committee, as thePresident of the RI Physical Therapy Private Practice Group, the Legislative Chair for the RI APTA and is on the RI Physical Therapy Licensure Board. He is often a guest lecturer for the APTA, the YMCA, NUWC as well as CCRI and URI. Don routinely provides medical services at local sports tournaments and competitions. He, his wife and three children are all active in their community, serving on boards, assisting with strength and conditioning programs and cheering on the sidelines (occasionally too loudly). Don also enjoys music and is a member of a trio “Group Therapy” which performs at venues across Aquidneck Island.
Leo earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2019 where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in 2016.
An accomplished collegiate runner, Leo holds the Middle Atlantic College Conference and Widener College record in the indoor 800 meters. In 2016, he was ranked 17th in the nation for the outdoor 800 meters, D3 NCAA schools.
In graduate school, Leo served as the Funds Officer for the Chester Community Physical Therapy clinic, providing PT services to uninsured financially struggling members of the community. He also coached collegiate track and field athletes.
Leo became a PT to channel his passion for helping others, especially individuals recovering from injuries who want to return to the activities they love. Leo particularly enjoys assisting competitive athletes return to sport and often volunteers at community sporting events.
An avid Boston sports fan, Leo spends his free time running and going to the beach where he always is ready to challenge friends to a game of spikeball!
Eric received academic excellence and faculty recognition awards when he earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Rhode Island in 2007. Two years earlier, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology from URI. Eric is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. The OCS is an achievement in learning that less than 5% of all PT’s complete. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Eric has extensive experience working with a wide range of conditions and injuries and has a strong background in functionally-based therapy. He has worked with all ages and enjoys connecting with his patients and helping them on their journey to health and well-being.
Eric has traveled to Guatemala to provide therapy to disabled children at the Centro Maya School.
A bass guitar player, Eric is a member of the musical trio “Group Therapy”. He enjoys a cold beer and is proud of his award-winning homebrew beer and cider. A gardener, he grows his own hops along with vegetables and flowers.
Laura received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2017. She obtained her undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Temple University.
Laura is certified in Functional Dry Needling and has completed additional course work in Functional Rehabilitation and 3-Dimensional Movement Patterns.
A member of the Temple University Women’s Soccer Team, Laura was awarded the Ortho Davis Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her commitment to athletics and sports medicine.
She has experience working with patients of all ages and levels of ability, but she has a special passion for treating adults with sports related injuries. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing soccer, hiking and cycling.
Victor received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2014 after spending eight years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness manager. During that time, Victor earned the designations of Certified Applied Functional Science (Gray Institute), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), and certifications as a kettlebell and boxing/kickboxing instructor. In 2004, Victor graduated with honors from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Victor is a Graston Technique specialist. He earned his GTS credential which is the highest level of training for Graston soft tissue mobilization and release.
Victor enjoys working with clients and patients of all ages and pursuits. He believes strongly in the power of an improved physical condition and works hard to achieve it.
Victor loves spending time with his wife and two young children. His interests and experiences include singing professionally for over 13 years, and being a long-time friend, member, and advocate of the Hyannis Sound, Firedrill! (both of which are vocal groups) and the FLAG Flag Football League.
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.
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.