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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 and website development, 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 42 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
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, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor and Certified Emergency Medical Responder at the MGH Sports Medicine Center. She is a member of the New England Patriots Medical Staff and serves as the Concussion Rehabilitation Consultant to the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, Home Base Program and the MGH Sports Concussion Clinic. 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, her post baccalaureate pre-med certificate from Hunter College in 2006 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 clinical expertise is in the cervicogenic contributions and visuo-vestibular treatment of athletes and military personnel who sustain concussions as well as the progression of exercise through exertional protocols. 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, alternative exercise testing protocols, atypical mTBI presentations and considerations in the military population 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 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. She attained Board Certification, as a Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2018. Clinical interests include rehabilitation after ACL reconstruction and manual therapy.
Dr. Roy received her bachelors in Neuroscience from St. Lawrence University in 2012, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2015. Dr. Roy’s passion for treating sports medicine injuries came from recovering from her own injuries in high school and collegiate athletics. She grew up in Lake Placid, NY as an avid skier and water skier, and continues to enjoying being active outside the clinic now.
Dr. Roy is a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist specializes in lower extremity injuries, particularly ACL pre-op and post-op rehabilitation, lumbopelvic dysfunction in the female athlete, and sports related concussion. She works with the MGH sports concussion clinic, treating patients with a multidisciplinary team approach to concussions, and with the Home Base program treating veterans suffering from the lasting effect of mTBI. Additionally, she serves as a concussion consultant for several of Boston’s professional and collegiate teams.
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.
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.
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. Isabella completed the MGH/Northeastern University Sports Residency program in 2017. She attained Board Certification, as a Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2018.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.
Amanda received a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University in 2004 and furthered her education there with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. Following graduation Amanda worked for Sports and Physical Therapy Associates in Brookline, MA for 14 years where she eventually became the sole manager as the company grew.After 14 years with SPTA, Amanda opted to transition to the South, to be closer to family, which had migrated from her native state of NH. She then joined Physiotherapy Associates, headed by National Medical Director and orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and its Assistant Clinical Director, PT Kevin Wilk. While in Florida, she went on to work at Sullivan Rehab Services where she specialized in baseball repetitive stress injuries and surgeries, allowing for patients to transition to the Florida Baseball Ranch where players were guided to their next level of play.She returned to Boston and has been with MGH Sports Physical Therapy since August of 2017. Along with providing specialized orthopedic care to patients of all activity levels, she is a member of the Global Disaster Response team through MGH. She also volunteers annually at the Boston Marathon in the medical tent as well as Exceptional Citizen’s Week at Camp Fatima in Gilmanton NH.
Sports Physical Therapy Resident
Dr. Emma Taylor, of Tenafly, NJ, earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2018, during which time she also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Health: Science, Society & Policy and Psychology from Brandeis University, where she was a four-year member of the Varsity Women’s Soccer team. At Brandeis, she was recognized by the University Athletic Association four times for her outstanding academic record and contributions to her team.A lifelong athlete, Emma is a devotee of a wide variety of sports, both as participant and spectator. She strives to promote health through movement: as a physical therapist by applying the most current evidence-based practice to her patient care, and as a volunteer, by raising funds and helping athletes of all abilities achieve their potential. In 2015, Emma ran the Chicago marathon to benefit the Les Turner ALS foundation and in 2017 guided a wheelchair athlete from the Achilles International organization through the New York City marathon. Her most recent personal athletic accomplishment is the completion of two 70.3 Ironman triathlons.Dr. Taylor’s clinical interests include lower extremity injuries, the overhead athlete, and athletes with post-concussive syndrome. She is a member of the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as the Massachusetts chapter of the APTA.
Dr. Merritt Walker grew up in Northern California, however decided to head East for college where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2014. While at Virginia Tech, Merritt gained valuable experience working with the men’s football, women’s basketball and women’s softball teams, which led to his continued interest in pursuing a career in sports medicine. Merritt recently graduated from Duke University in May 2018 where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. While at Duke, he continued to stay involved in athletics working for various Major League Baseball organizations as well as local colleges. As a multi-sport athlete growing up, Merritt has always been involved in sports, however initially developed an interest in sports medicine after sustaining a back injury in high school. Although this injury forced him to abruptly end his own athletic career, the experience gave him a better understanding of the rehabilitation process and what it takes to return to sports both mentally and physically. During his free time, Merritt likes to stay active and outdoors, whether it be through exercise, intramural sports, or riding his longboard through the city.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jessica, a native of North Attleboro, MA, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University in 2011. She then attended Bay State College where she received her Associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. During her time at Bay State, Jessica completed various clinical rotations including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation and at Boston Children’s Hospital pain center. Through these experiences she has worked with patients of all ages, athletes and has seen a wide variety of diagnoses.
Jessica has always maintained an active lifestyle. While at Sacred Heart, she was a member of the Division 1 cheerleading program. After suffering a shoulder injury, she saw first-hand the benefits of physical therapy. This lead her to pursue a career in PT. Her clinical interests include pre and post-op rehabilitation, ACL injuries, Tommy John reconstruction and management of labral tears in the hip.
Angela, a native of Hanover, Massachusetts, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine, cum laude, from Westfield State University in 2010. After working for two years as a rehabilitation aid at fast paced sports medicine clinic in the South Shore, she decided to return to school to pursue a degree as a PTA. She graduated from Bay State College in 2014 with her Associates Degree, magna cum laude, in Physical Therapy Assistance. There she received Bay State’s Academic Integrity Award for her mentorship to fellow classmates. Angela completed a clinical rotation at Boston Sports Medicine where she worked with collegiate level athletes and professional dancers of the Boston Ballet. She also has clinical experience working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston.
As a collegiate level softball and field hockey athlete, Angela’s passion for sports related injuries grew. She has played softball at the regional and national level over her 15+ year’s experience and was ranked in the top 30 best field hockey players in Massachusetts in 2006. Prior to joining the MGH Sports Physical Therapy Team, Angela worked in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at South Shore Hospital. She has experience with vestibular therapy, aquatic therapy, as well as treating patients with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. In her free time Angela enjoys exercising, reading, cooking, and spending time outside with family and friends.
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Physical Therapy AideNortheastern University Co-op Student