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.
Melissa received her Bachelor is Science in Exercise Physiology/Sports Medicine from Westfield State University and her PTA degree from MWCC. Her certifications include Applied Chain Reaction Biomechanics, Applied Functional Science, Clinical Instructor, Rehab Taping Techniques. She is also a certified Personal Trainer and certified Schwinn Spin Instructor.
Melissa has 20 years experience Working in all areas of Orthopedic PT including post-op rehab, home care and return to sport. When she is not treating patients in the clinic she is busy teaching dance classes, spin classes and putting together fitness programs for clients.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 1990 from Northeastern University. She began her career working in both Tufts and Harvard affiliated Boston teaching hospitals with a variety of patient caseloads including orthopedic, neurology, oncology, medical surgery, cardiac rehab and pediatrics.
She became passionate about working with infants in the NICU and focused her post graduate work on pediatrics at Boston University in 1992. Over the past 28 years, Lisa has specialized in pediatric cases. She has taken over 20 advanced training seminars with a focus on pediatric rehabilitation including neurodevelopmental techniques, infant massage, myofascial release, strain-counterstrain and craniosacral therapy.
Lisa believes in a family-centered approach and enjoys working with children of all ages and their parents to achieve their goals.
She lives in Wakefield with her husband and 3 children, all of whom can be found at the beach swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and hiking with their 2 dogs, Cotton and Shugha.
Nate received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and his Bachelors in Kinesiology from The University of Rhode Island.
Nate incorporates McKenzie techniques and Gary Gray training when working with patients. He enjoys getting to know each patient and implementing a personalized plan of care aimed at getting them back to their hobbies and occupation.
Nate became interested in a physical therapy career while recovering from a sports injury in high school.
A URI basketball fan, Nate enjoys playing basketball, surfing, volleyball, baseball, skiing, soccer, running and spending time at the beach.
Kristin received her Masters is Physical Therapy in 1996 from the University of Rhode Island and graduated from The University of New Hampshire in 1990 with a degree in Athletic Training. Kristin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
She has over 15 years of experience in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation including working overseas with the American Football teams. Kristin also has extensive experience working with the non-athletic populations implementing advanced strength, conditioning, and functional rehabilitation programs.
She has taken over 20 advanced training courses including gait, foot, upper and lower extremity biomechanics, and spinal rehabilitation. Her clinical interests include concussions and she attended Harvard Medical School’s conference on Concussions and Spine Injury. She is also interested in Women’s Rehabilitative Health issues including post breast cancer procedures and mastectomy.
Kristin employs an overall functional approach to her patients to help restore as well as improve mobility, strength and performance.