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Sports Medicine Center
The Sports Physical Therapy staff is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and athletic trainers.
Scott Waugh was born and raised in Hingham, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Lowell in 1990 with a BS degree in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. Following his graduation, he worked as a PT/ATC for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and then with the football and ice hockey programs at Boston College. In addition to being co-owner of Sports and Physical Therapy Associates with 15 offices throughout the Greater Boston area, Scott has served as the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Boston Bruins for the past 14 years, and also for the Boston Red Sox for the past six years. In 2006, Massachusetts General Hospital named Scott its Clinical Director of Sports Therapy for the Division of Sports Medicine.
Senior Sports Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer
Alex Petruska graduated from the Boston University Sargent College of Allied Health Professions with a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, and Physical Therapy Certificate in 1976. He was licensed as a Physical Therapist in 1976 and licensed as an Athletic Trainer in 1983 in the state of Massachusetts.
Alex attained Board Certification, as a Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1987. At that time, he was the first Sports Clinical Specialist in New England and one of the first 24 Clinical Specialists, in all specialty areas, in the United States. Alex attained re-certification in 1999, and again in 2009. He was certified as Athletic Trainer, by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1985 and held that certification until 1995. Additionally, in 1985, Alex was certified as Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was one of the first 125 persons ever-certified by this organization. Alex held that certification until 1995. In 1988, he was certified as Level I Weight Lifting Coach by the United States Weight Lifting Federation. He was the athletic trainer for the Middleboro Cobras Football Team of the Eastern Football League in 1983 and 1984 and was athletic trainer for the South Boston Chippewas Football Team of the Boston Park League from 1977 to 82.
Alex served as Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Service at Mass General from 1999 to 2007. In that role he was responsible for the production and implementation of specific post-operative rehabilitation protocols and patient information publications, which laid the foundation for the current Sports Physical Therapy practice at Mass General. Alex continues to practice at the Sports Medicine Center as Senior Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer. He has more than 40 years of clinical experience and practice of physical therapy and specializes in knee and shoulder rehabilitation.
David is a Clinical Specialist at MGH Sports Physical Therapy and the Clinical Leader of the Running Program at the MGH Sports Performance Center. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1997 and completed his Masters of Science degree with an Orthopedic Specialization and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals in 2007. During his graduate studies, he was awarded the Barbara Adams Fellow Award for his leadership and dedication to the profession.
Dr. Nolan is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. David is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Professional Studies in the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University.
David has lectured nationally on running related injury, functional biomechanics, gait and lower quarter dysfunction. He is a past recipient of the “Excellence in Clinical Teaching” award from the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education. His research has focused on the impact of abnormal biomechanics on injury in an orthopedic population. David’s areas of expertise include sports medicine, orthopedics, manual therapy and spinal dysfunction. He evaluates and treats patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal diagnoses and utilizes video analysis to assist in biomechanical evaluation and patient education. He works extensively with athletes at all levels, elite runners and professional dancers.
Staff Physical Therapist & Athletic Trainer
Jamie received her Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2005 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2010. At Fort Lewis College, while studying to become an Athletic Trainer, Jamie was also a member of the Varsity Basketball team where she developed an interest in sports-related injury and rehabilitation. She continues to stay active by competing in road races, cycling, practicing yoga and Pilates.
Dr. Preszler is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has clinical interest in pre and post-surgical ACL rehabililation, ACL injury prevention, running related injury and lower extremity biomechanics, shoulder rehabilitation for the overhead athlete, and treating female athletes.
Staff Physical Therapist
Dr. Amy Devaney, a native of Natick, Massachusetts is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast who found her passion in physical therapy while being a patient herself recovering from a knee injury her senior year in high school. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science at Elon University in 2007. While in college Amy competed in Cross Country and Track and Field in the 3000m, 1500m, and steeple chase and continues to run today.
She went on to study physical therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. She has been part of the Sports Medicine Team here at MGH since 2010 and continues to be passionate about treating all types of athletes. She has a specific interest in runners, triathletes and golfers.
Amy is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is also an adjunct professor in the Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University and she is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. She has been involved in the MGH Sports Performance Center. She is a firm believer in life balance and enjoys the outdoors, running, yoga, golf and spending time with family and friends.
Peter obtained his BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Lowell in 1990. After graduation, Peter was drafted by and played for the New York Islanders hockey organization. After his professional hockey career, Peter returned to Massachusetts and has worked within various orthopaedic and sports physical therapy clinics on the north shore until joining Mass General Sports Physical Therapy in 2006. Peter's interests and expertise include power-lifting and hockey performance. He is actively involved in youth hockey organizations.
Senior Physical Therapist
Dr. Herget is a Senior Physical Therapist, Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor and Certified Emergency Medical Responder at the MGH Sports Medicine Center and serves as the Rehabilitation Consultant to the MGH Sports Concussion Clinic and Boston Bruins and is a member of the New England Patriots Medical Staff. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology from Wheaton College in 2000, her Masters in Education degree from SUNY in 2005 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
Dr Herget’s practice includes rehabilitating athletes who have sustained a sports concussion, most specifically evaluating and treating high school through professional level athletes with concussions and assisting in their safe return to play. Her research has focused on management of athletes with post-concussion syndrome and the efficacy of pre-season and post-season visuo-vestibular testing to aid in return to play decision making as well as managing care for the female athlete triad diagnosis. She has lectured nationally on the topics of concussion and the non-acute management of athletes with post-concussive syndrome. Her clinical expertise is in the cervicogenic contributions and visuo-vestibular treatment of athletes who sustain concussions as well as the progression of exercise through exertional protocols. Additionally, Dr. Herget focuses her orthopaedic practice on the biomechanical assessment and management of lower quarter injuries.
Dr. Wiater received her Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University. She furthered her education at Northeastern University, by completing her graduate studies to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Ashley's passion for orthopedics and sports medicine stems from playing competitive athletics since a young age, and rehabilitating from her own sports related injuries. Ashley grew up competing at the National level in Women's Ice Hockey and was selected to attend the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY for high level training. Originally from Philadelphia, she was recruited to the Boston area by Northeastern University for hockey. Ashley currently is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, attending local special interest group meetings and national conferences. Clinical interests include rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction and manual therapy.
Dr. Emily Roy received her BS in Neuroscience from St. Lawrence University in 2012 before continuing her education in Boston, receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2015. Emily, a native of Lake Placid, NY, became interested in physical therapy and sports medicine following her own sports related injuries from ski racing in college and playing soccer in high school. She continues to have a passion for athletics, particularly skiing, both snow skiing and water skiing. Emily’s clinical interests include skiing related injuries, as well as treatment of lower extremity injuries, lumbopelvic dysfunction, manual therapy, and sports concussions.
Kristina received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Pacific University in her home state of Oregon in 2008. While at Pacific, she developed an interest in physical therapy, and specifically Sports Medicine, as a member of the women’s basketball team. She then moved to Boston to pursue a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, graduating in 2012.
Kristina completed the MGH/Northeastern University Sports Residency program in 2015, and is certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has a particular interest in running injuries and athletic event coverage, as well as non-operative and post-operative rehabilitation of athletes across the lifespan.
In her spare time, Kristina enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family, as well as staying active with jogging, pilates, and basketball.
Dr. Dana Hindman, a native of Old Greenwich, CT, received her doctoral degree from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in May 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Boston University in 2012 and transitioned into the physical therapy program that same summer. During her final graduate year at BU, she created an evidence-based comprehensive post-operative ACL protocol for the competitive skier and has since lectured on this in the Boston area.
Dr. Hindman has always been interested in the sports medicine field, especially after seeing the results of physical therapy following dance injuries during her childhood and high school years. She has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2009 and believes in the power of dance and fitness in improving an individual’s well-being. She has also been an avid skier since she was very young. Dr. Hindman is passionate about all facets of physical therapy; she is especially interested in evaluating and treating lower extremity injuries and spinal pathologies. Her focus for all of her patients is to supplement her orthopedic manual skills with a patient-specific exercise program that assists a patient back to their prior level of function.
Dr. Brittany O’Rourke, a native of Milton, MA, received her Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University and then continued her graduate studies at Northeastern to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Brittany has been involved in athletics since a young age and continued to play lacrosse in college for the women’s club team at Northeastern.
Brittany has experience in orthopedics and sports medicine and has worked with top Division 1 College athletes. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Her interests are in orthopedics, sports-related injuries, and sports performance. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys staying active, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Eli received his Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University. He then went on to complete his graduate studies at Northeastern University, where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2014. Eli developed a passion and enthusiasm for sports medicine and orthopedics after years of competing in high level sports, and appreciating the rehabilitation process he has gone through himself as an athlete. Eli, a native to North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was recruited to play football for Northestearn University. His knowledge and familiarity with high level athletes eventually landed him an internship with the New England Patriots during the 2014-2015 season, where he was able to contribute on the sidelines during Super Bowl XLIX. After completing his internship, Eli then went on to complete a sports physical therapy residency program through MGH/Northeastern University. Eli is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and aims to further his knowledge in sports medicine and orthopedics through continuing education courses, attending national conferences and participating in clinical learning opportunities.
Sports Physical Therapy Resident
Dr. Isabella DiRado, a native of Scituate, Massachusetts, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University. Isabella continued with her graduate studies at Northeastern and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. During her time at Northeastern, Isabella completed a clinical rotation with Princeton University Division One athletics, where she worked with various teams including men’s ice hockey, men and women’s rugby, men and women’s volleyball, and women’s crew.
An Irish Step Dancer for almost fifteen years, Isabella has competed at the regional, national, and international level. Isabella understands first-hand the frustration of injury during a busy competitive season. Her personal experience sparked her passion for the prevention and rehabilitation of injury in dancers. Isabella also has an interest in the rehabilitation of female endurance athletes, stemming from her history as both a track and field and cross country athlete. In her free time Isabella enjoys running, participating in charity bike rides, boating, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Dr. Lou received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 2007 and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2014. Laurey spent the last year living in Beijing providing a western perspective as part of the sports medicine team for the Chinese National Wrestling & Judo athletes training for the Rio Olympics.
Laurey is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Although she loves combat sports, when not training in MMA she can be found playing tennis, ice hockey, or golf. Laurey is currently training to run the New York Marathon, after which she will have completed her goal of running a marathon in every city she’s lived in (for now!) – New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Beijing.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Julie is a graduate of both the University of Massachusetts and Lasell College. She received her license as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in 1999 and began working in outpatient rehabilitation settings. Ms. Hannon has eight years of specialized outpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation experience during which she has had the opportunity to assist with treatments with athletes of all levels. She holds certifications in both CPR and First-Aid and actively attends and participates in continuing education activities to further her knowledge and skills.
Lisa, a Danvers, MA native, is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College where she received her BS in Exercise & Sports Science and passed her NATA Certification Examination as an Athletic Trainer in March 2007. She joined Mass General Sports Physical Therapy in August 2006. Lisa currently is involved in the development of a lower extremity injury prevention program for local high schools. She is experienced in the management of sports-related injuries through her work with collegiate tennis and soccer teams, as well as high school football. Lisa is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
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