Staff

Eric Edelman PT, Owner


Eric graduated in 1994 from the State University of New York @ Syracuse. He has extensive experience in manual therapy techniques for the spine as well as rehabilitating sports and general orthopedic injuries. He uses an osteopathic approach to evaluating the body to determine a proper diagnosis and the origin of the problem. Eric has worked on the south shore for the past two decades and works closely with many area doctors, schools and wellness professionals. He is married with three young children and enjoys running, mountain biking, snowboarding and playing base guitar.

Laura Barron, DPT, ATC


Laura received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. She is also a Certified Athletic Trainer and has worked with a variety of athletes at both the high school and collegiate level. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, acute care (cardiopulmonary, post-op, and ICU), home care, and outpatient neurorehabilitation. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and activity level. She believes in creating individualized treatment plans combining manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to help patients achieve their rehab goals. In her spare time Laura enjoys hiking, kayaking, and cooking.

Richard Brickman, PT, DPT


Richard received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He has experience working in the inpatient subacute and outpatient orthopedic settings, and enjoys seeing a wide range of ages and health conditions, including TMJ disorders and neck pain, as well and vestibular/balance disorders and neurological diagnoses. He is passionate about helping people pursue the things that make their lives meaningful, even in the face of pain, injury, and disease. Richard believes strongly in enabling people to take as much control of their situations as possible. To that end, he uses a combination of manual techniques, exercise, and education, as well as healthy doses of encouragement and (usually) good humor.

Ryan Burke DPT, CSCS, Cert. DN


Ryan graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his time at UMASS Lowell, Ryan competed for both the cross country and track and field programs for two years while finishing his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. As an undergraduate, Ryan was also able to work as a strength coach intern with the UMASS Lowell Hockey team during their 2008-2009 seasons. Ryan is a firm believer in practicing what he preaches and after leaving the collegiate ranks in track, he still pursues athletic endeavors with hockey, running, weightlifting, and triathlons. Following his passion of sports performance, Ryan has served as the strength and conditioning coach for Malden High School Football from 2014 to 2015. Ryan is also certified to perform dry needling, spinal mobilization / manipulation and administer FMS and SFMA to treat various neuromuscular skeletal conditions. As a member of Peak Physical Therapy, Ryan aspires to further his education in outpatient, orthopedic physical therapy by combining evidence based practice and patient centered care.

Jackie DeFreitas, DPT, Clinical Manager, Norwell, Director of Aquatics


Jackie graduated from Northeastern University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, aquatic therapy, as well as inpatient cardiac, spinal cord and neuro rehab. She is certified in the Graston Technique and likes to incorporate a combination of hands on techniques, core strengthening, postural training to help patients maximize function. Jackie believes that patient education and preventative exercise routines are important aspects to achieving a healthy and injury free lifestyle. She enjoys running, yoga, beach activities and always trying to vary her exercise routine.

Liz Fallon, PT


Liz is a physical therapist who earned her bachelor of science degree from Quinnipiac College in 1989. She has worked in out-patient orthopedics the majority of her professional career, although she has experience in the rehab setting as well. Liz recognizes the importance of an eclectic approach for patient success. She utilizes various manual techniques, as well as patient-specific exercise prescription to address each individual's needs and goals. In addition to working at Peak, Liz teaches fitness classes at a local gym. She is married and has three teenagers. In her free time she enjoys dancing, gardening, playing softball and relaxing on the beach with a good book.

Meghan Harrington, DPT


Meghan received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at UMASS Amherst and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College. She has experience working with a variety of patients of all ages ranging in complexity from the long-term acute setting to outpatient orthopedics. Meghan believes in a comprehensive patient approach incorporating manual techniques and exercise to restore function and empower patients to engage in a more active lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, hiking, swimming, and snowboarding.

Erica Hicks, DPT


Erica received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 2016. She enjoys working with patients of all different ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. Erica uses a comprehensive treatment approach including therapeutic exercise and manual techniques to help patients achieve independence and return to their previous functional levels. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, playing racquetball, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Jeanine Jernegan, PT


Jeanine received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1995. She combines manual therapies with functional strengthening in order to meet her patient's individual goals. Jeanine also sees patients needing Vestibular Rehabilitation as well as Post -Concussion treatment. She provides aquatic therapy services for our Scituate clinic. Jeanine enjoys working with patients of all ages and activity levels.

Rachel Laufer, PT, DPT, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, CCCE


Rachel received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014 from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She then completed an orthopaedic residency program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT where she served as a clinician, adjunct faculty in musculoskeletal examination and intervention doctoral courses, post-doctoral graduate student, and clinical instructor for doctoral students. Rachel has recently received the distinguished honor of becoming an OCS(orthopedic certified specialist) which is a highly respected certification amongst her peers. Rachel has also become our CCCE in which she manages all student clinical internships at Peak. Her clinical experience and interests include outpatient orthopaedics, aquatic therapy, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and concussion rehabilitation. To best help her patients, she provides individualized care that combines various manual therapy techniques as well as exercises, focusing on improved movement quality and pain reduction. In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading, doing yoga, road cycling, sailing, traveling, and cooking!

Sue McCarthy, PT, Director of Women’s Health


Sue is a 1983 graduate of Simmons College where she earned a BS and certification in PT. Sue has many years of experience in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehab, outpatient women's health, aquatic therapy, home health care and skilled nursing facilities. Sue enjoys working with a variety of patients and utilizes a multifaceted skill set including manual therapy techniques, biofeedback, core strengthening, postural re-education and body mechanic training. In her free time, Sue enjoys skiing, hiking, long walks, gym work outs, a good book and most importantly spending time with family and friends.

Katy Mercurio, DPT, CSCS, Director of Education & Clinic Manager Quincy


Katy graduated from Northeastern University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2009 and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, as well as inpatient cardiac and post-surgical care. Katy has a special interest in injury prevention and sport-specific rehabilitation, particularly in the female athlete population. She utilizes a combination of manual techniques, functional exercise, and patient education to help patients reach their goals. She also provides aquatic therapy services for our Quincy clinic. Katy believes in continually furthering one’s education to better provide physical therapy services to our patient population and serves as Peak’s Director of Education by organizing and providing educational in-services for the Peak staff. In her spare time, Katy enjoys running, biking, fishing, and hiking.

Brenda O'Connell, PT


Brenda graduated from Boston University in 1977 where she received a BS in physical therapy . She has spent the last 36 years working on the south shore. The last several years in management.  She has 30 years experience in orthopedics with special training in manual therapies including myofascial release, joint mobilization, strain- counter strain and cranio-sacral therapy. Brenda  has six years experience with treating chronic pain of head, neck, shoulder and TMJ disorders. While spending a year in the home care setting , Brenda received experience in treating vestibular disorders  and fall prevention in the geriatric population. In her spare time Brenda enjoys spending time with her family especially her grandson, relaxing on the beach, or reading a good book.

Maria O’Laughlin, PT


Maria O’laughlin received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy with a concentration in Business, from Boston University in 1989. She started her professional years at Braintree Rehabilitation hospital where she worked in orthopedic inpatient, outpatient and occupational health. Maria also worked in home health before moving to practice administration. Maria was Director of a group of large orthopedic outpatient clinics, continued to treat patients, and taught aquatic therapy for over 15 years. She has consulted extensively throughout her career in practice optimization, as well as for industrial and administrative clients in work injury prevention, ergonomics and back/neck education. She enjoys marketing for the practice, and has focused her clinical practice on a wide range of orthopedic diagnosis including back and neck pain, with both a manual and exercise based approach. Due to her love for the mature patient, she has a private pay homecare business called Doting Daughters that serves the south shore since 5 years. She enjoys the learning atmosphere and camaraderie of the other skilled clinicians in the Scituate clinic and is looking forward to contributing her skills to the patients in Peak Physical Therapy. Maria lives in Hingham with her husband, son and daughter who love to travel, boat and ski. Her family is actively involved in the adaptive ski program at Loon mountain.

Cheryl O'Malley, PTA


Cheryl received her Associate degree from Lasell College in has over 16 years experience as a PTA. She applies hands on techniques including Maitland, massage, joint mobilization, and stretching to help her patients recover quickly. She develops individualized therapeutic exercise programs for her patients to enable them to return to their daily and recreational activities. Cheryl also specializes in aquatic therapy which uses the properties of water to get patients moving and have successful functional gains. She enjoys running, biking, swimming, and kayaking.

Lisa Walters, PT,DPT


Lisa graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2005, and after working as a rehabilitation aide at an industrial rehab clinic for a few years, decided to continue her education. She pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Simmons College, graduating in 2012. Lisa enjoys working with the outpatient population, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians (and beyond). She also has experience treating vestibular disorders, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and general dizziness. Lisa believes that patient education and a strong patient-therapist relationship are crucial for a successful course of physical therapy, and she enjoys tailoring each patient’s care to his or her specific needs. Lisa lives in Hanover with her husband, two young daughters and two dogs.

Shawn Wells, PTA


Shawn graduated from Springfield Technical Community College as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2006, and has been practicing for the last decade in the South Shore area. He utlilizes his extensive knowledge of postural mechanics, balance, symmetry and musculoskeletal rehabilitation techniques to provide a wide range of patients with improved functional mobility and performance levels suited to their individual needs. Shawn has also taken on managing our pre-employment screening program providing work related screenings to assure safety at the work place. He’s committed to lifetime fitness and total body wellness, and enjoys skiing, golfing, obstacle races, road races, and has played various competitive and team sports for many years. He lives in Bridgewater, and enjoys having fun with his wife, daughter, son and dog.

Marie Hanlon, Patient Care Representative


Marie has been with Peak since 2013. She works as our liaison between our referral sources and Peak to assure that all patient care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner. Marie lives in Hull with her husband and two children.

Shannon Delaney, Practice Manager Quincy/Hanover


Shannon received her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, and is currently attending graduate school for healthcare administration. Shannon has been a member of the team for 3 years and has recently been promoted to Practice Manager for our Quincy and Hanover clinics. Shannon grew up in Hingham and lives in Quincy. She spends her free time hanging out with her friends and family, boating, and running.

Rachel Healy, Practice Manager Norwell/Scituate


Rachel has been a member of the Peak Physical Therapy team for 3 years. She comes from a sales background, and has recently been promoted to Practice Manager for our Norwell and Scituate clinics. Rachel lives in Marshfield with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and boating with her family.

Jeanne D'Arcangelo, Billing Manager


Jeanne has been with Peak since it opened in June of 2008. Jeanne has extensive knowledge in navigating the always complex world of health insurance and billing. Jeanne enjoys traveling, knitting, sewing and spending time with her husband Frank and three children.

Nicole Ellison, Assistant Billing Manager & Director of Compliance


Nicole joined Peak Physical Therapy in 2015 and is the Assistant Billing Manager working in our Quincy office. She comes from an extensive medical billing background in multiple healthcare fields. Nicole has also taken on our credentialing department since becoming a member of the team. Nicole grew up in Upstate New York and currently lives in Weymouth with her Fiancé Elton and two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and of course going to the beaches of the South Shore in the Summer.

Leslie Cook, Office Manager


Leslie joined Peak Physical Therapy in 2011 and is office manager of the Scituate clinic. Her previous employment has included working in a dental office. She grew up on the South Shore where she still resides today. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and going to the beach in the summer.

Jenna Laque, Office Manager Hanover


Jenna joined Peak in October of 2016 as a receptionist/rehab aide in our Norwell office and was just recently promoted to Office Manager at our Hanover clinic. She is a college graduate of University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Humans Services Management. In her off time she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Kim Shnider, Office Manager Quincy


Kim Joined Peak may of 2016 in our Quincy office. She is a recent college graduate of Keene State College with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, also holding an ACSM personal trainers’ certification. In her off time she enjoys working out, teaching fitness boot camp classes, cooking and spending time with her friends and family.

Sue Wolford, Office Manager Norwell


Bio Coming soon

Amy Staples, Office Assistant


Amy has her Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College and her Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Her background is in youth/children’s ministry. In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and cooking.

Erin McGovern, Receptionist/Rehab Aide


Erin is a recent graduate from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She plans on continuing her studies in an accepting graduate school to eventually become a licensed Physical Therapist. Erin enjoys getting to know each and every patient, as well as working to help them progress towards their goals. In her free time, Erin likes to run along the beach, go on hikes with her dog, and be around family and friends.

Devan O’Connell, Receptionist/Rehab Aide


Devan joined Peak Physical Therapy in December 2016. Devan attended Lasell College in 2007 and is currently considering a certification for medical billing. She has worked at other physical therapy facilities in the past and joins us in our Norwell location. She enjoys spending her free time with her son and family.

Amanda Reilly, Receptionist/Rehab Aide


Amanda began working at Peak in November, 2016. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fairfield University. Amanda spends the majority of her free time hanging out with her family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, or cooking.
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LOCATIONS:
Norwell, MA
  • 99 Longwater Circle, Suite 201 Assinippi Park
  • Norwell, MA 02061
  • Phone: 781-347-4686
  • Fax: 781-347-4696
  • Map and directions
Scituate, MA
  • 10 New Driftway, Suite 303
  • Scituate, MA 02066
  • Phone: 781-378-2352
  • Fax: 781-378-1760
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Quincy, MA
  • 2300 Crown Colony Dr., Suite 102
  • Quincy, MA 02169
  • Phone: 781-986-0990
  • Fax: 781-986-0991
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Hanover, MA
  • THE U at Starland (Rear Entrance, 645 Washington St)
  • Hanover, MA 02339
  • Phone: 781-924-6365
  • Fax: 781-924-3454
  • Map and directions
AQUATICS LOCATIONS:
Hanover, MA
  • Healthtrax Health Club
  • 20 East St.
  • Hanover, MA 02339
  • Phone: 781-347-4686
Scituate, MA
  • Scituate Health and Racquet Club
  • 1004 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy
  • Scituate, MA 02066
  • Phone: 781-378-2352
Braintree, MA
  • Atlantis Sports Club (Hyatt Hotel)
  • 37 Forbes Rd
  • Braintree, MA 02184
  • Phone: 781-986-0990