Dr. Dana Boufoy-Bastick has worked for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for almost 10 years in a variety of settings including outpatient, LTAC, IRF and acute care. Dana currently works at Spaulding Rehab and Nursing Center in Brighton, MA caring for primarily geriatric patients with orthopedic, neurologic, and complex medical diagnoses. She has a special interest in balance and falls prevention as she is the chair of her organization's falls committee in Brighton. In addition to her clinical practice, Dana is adjunct faculty at MGH IHP and is a clinical instructor for onsite students. She is also the APTA Geriatrics co-state advocate for Massachusetts and plans to sit for her Geriatric Clinical Specialty in Feb of 2021.
The Geriatric Special Interest Group (GSIG) of the APTA MA works to promote/support physical therapists’ and physical therapist assistants’ professional development in the field of geriatric physical therapy, promote evidence-based physical therapy practice and foster volunteer service to benefit the older adults of MA
The GSIG would love our fellow colleagues to volunteer and help us plan and facilitate educational meetings, community events and advocacy efforts. We have plenty of ways for you to participate whether you have a small amount of time or would like to volunteer for a larger commitment. We are open to new ideas and would love your input on how the GSIG can best serve our membership. If you have any questions or would like to connect and share your ideas, please reach out to Dana using the link to the left.
Dr. Gross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and a respected clinical instructor of manual and manipulative techniques. He is also a Certified Pedorthist with expertise in the design and modification of footwear to treat neuromusculoskeletal disorders. His clinical research focuses on the identification of biomechanical risk factors for lower extremity osteoarthritis. Dr. Gross teaches and mentors students and colleagues at all levels in the methods of evidence-based practice and the rehabilitative management of movement disorders.
The Manual Therapy SIG provides a forum for APTA of MA members and our colleagues in the PT community who have a shared interest in sharpening their knowledge and abilities, and supporting the delivery of manual therapy interventions by skilled physical therapists in the Commonwealth. We pursue this mission through highly accessible educational programming, networking, resource sharing, and advocacy.
Dr. Cheerman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences at Northeastern University and a licensed PT for 19 years. Heidi is adjunct faculty for the Neurologic PT Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her current research agenda is focused on experiential learning through interprofessional education (IPE) investigating its’ potential impact on interprofessional collaborative patient-centered care in practice and healthcare disparities. Her clinical experience is in acute care at MGH, acute rehabilitation at Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital, and outpatient pro-bono IMPACT Center at MGH IHP, all with a neurologic patient care focus.
Dr. Nolan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. David is also a Clinical Specialist at the MGH Sports Physical Therapy Service and the Director of the MGH / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. Dr. Nolan has been a member of APTA for over twenty years. At the National level he is active in the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Specialization SIG and has served the Academy of Education as the Residency and Fellowship Education SIG Membership Secretary since 2019.
Orthopedic SIG Leadership:
Vice Chair: Trevor Winnegge, PT, DPT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Communication Chair: Katherine Tarantino, PT, DPT, SCS
Education Chair: Ashley Wiater, PT, DPT, SCS
Dr. Lincoln Lawrence graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2016 after changing careers from research administration . Lincoln currently works for VA Boston Healthcare at the West Roxbury Campus, where he practices in aquatic therapy, emergency medicine physical therapy, spinal cord injury, orthopedics, chronic pain, and as a member of the hospital’s Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic. Lincoln is a co-founder of the Pain Sig with Vice Chair Chris Joyce and was recently elected to the position of Treasurer for the APTA MA. In addition to clinical care, Lincoln has been active as a lab instructor for both the MGH Institute of Health Professions and more recently Northeastern University. Outside of work Lincoln enjoys cooking, traveling, building, learning, and spending time with friends and family.
Beth has been actively involved with the APTA MA Pediatric SIG for several year.
The purpose of the PSIG is to provide a forum for APTAMA members who have a common interest in pediatric physical therapy. We seek to inspire, engage and empower pediatric physical therapists and physical therapy assistants within the state to provide exceptional, evidence-based services for children and their families. We do this through educational programming, networking, resource sharing and advocacy.
Deborah has been an active member of the APTA since 2015 and has been a leader in the PTA SIG for 2 years. She was inspired to acquire a role in leadership after recognizing the need for advocacy within the PT profession. Her vision for the PTA SIG involves PTAs and PTs across Massachusetts networking, sharing experiences, clinical knowledge and supporting each other, especially in these challenging times. Deborah has six years of clinical experience treating pediatric, adult and geriatric populations along with a wealth of research, business and networking skills. Her work for the Marcus Institute of Research and Education Resources, Inc., brings the most recent evidence-based research to the PTA SIG of Massachusetts.
Vice Chair: Kristina Grinovich, PTA
Education Chair: Leesa Bleiken, BS, PTA, CYT
Communication Chair: open
The PTA SIG supports PTAs across the state by providing education, advocacy and resources. We connect PTAs and PTs through biannual networking and educational events.
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