Spine Specialists

Eric Edelman PT, Owner, Professional Chauffeur :)


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 evaluate the body to determine a proper diagnosis and the origin of the problem. Eric has worked on the south shore for the past three decades and works closely with many area doctors, schools and wellness professionals. As the owner he feels passionate about hiring like-minded therapists and administrative staff who value patient care and seek to provide the best patient-care experience possible. He also believes in giving back to the communities Peak serves through many volunteer and charitable events. He is married with three young children and enjoys running, mountain biking, snowboarding and being a chauffeur to all of his kids many sporting events!

Al Blaisdell, PTA, ATC, Director of Athletic Partnership Program, Clinic Manager- (Hanover)


Al graduated from Northeastern University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and from Newbury College in 1993 with an Associates degree. He has been employed as a certified athletic trainer at Hingham High School for the last 26 years and has been working as a PTA for 25 years. He has treated hundreds of patients throughout the south shore with a focus on sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. Al lives in Hanover and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Julia Cross, PT, DPT, ATC- (Norwell)


Julia earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University in 2018 and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from Bridgewater State University in 2015. Her clinical interests include working with and treating the geriatric population and athletes of all ages and skill levels. During her free time, she enjoys watching and rooting for Boston sports teams, hiking with her dog, reading a good book, running, and spending time at her family summer place in Maine. *AQUATIC SPECIALIST*

Jackie DeFreitas, PT, DPT, Director of Aquatics- (Norwell)


Jackie graduated from Northeastern University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2010. As the Clinic Manager for our Norwell office Jackie treats a wide range of specialty areas including orthopedics, sports rehab, spinal conditions, vestibular and post-concussion rhab, and TMD. She is also the Director of our Aquatics program. 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. *GRASTON AND AQUATIC SPECIALIST*

Gabrielle Falciano, PT, DPT- (Hanover)


Gabby earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Boston University. She also completed an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During this experience, she had the opportunity to advance her orthopedic skills as well as teach in the DPT program and conduct a research project. She enjoys treating patients with a variety of conditions and is passionate about working with athletes of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Liz Fallon, PT- (Scituate)


Liz is a physical therapist who earned her bachelor of science degree from Quinnipiac College in 1989. Liz evaluates and treats a wide variety o fpatients at Peak including orthopedics, spine, fall prevention, vestibular, post-concussion, and post-op. 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 children. In her free time she enjoys dancing, gardening, playing softball and relaxing on the beach with a good book.

Matthew Haley, PT, Director of Education and Mentorship- (Scituate)


Since graduating Physical Therapy school in 1996 from Northeastern University, Matt has spent his career using his knowledge base, sense of humor, and compassion to help thousands of patients reach their goals and return to their active lives after injury. He has combined his experiences from many different practice settings and continuing education courses to help patients learn about their injury and to get back to their previous activities. Matt uses an eclectic approach to patient care using treatments and philosophies from many different areas to treat each individual to their specific needs and to reach their goals. He does not believe all Physical Therapy is created equal or in a one size fits all approach and that is why he has partnered with Peak Therapy and their patient center approach to care. He utilizes a combination of caring, manual treatments and exercises to help each individual patient achieve their goals. Matt has also used his love of physical therapy and sports to help many athletes by volunteering at the Boston Marathon and half Marathon, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Bay State Games, among others over the years. Matt's spare time is spent with his very active twins, wife, and dog exploring the outdoors. He and his family spend as much time outside as possible, whether it be grilling or kayaking, or just exploring New England. He can even be found on the side lines of his son's soccer games or watching his daughter grow as a horseback rider. Matt's twins are 14 years olds and are now in High School and when not watching them grow with their activities he loves to walk his dog, take pictures, and cook with his wife.

Sarah Hanson, PT, DPT, CLT- Clinic Manager- (Quincy)


Sarah earned her doctorate of physical therapy from Northeastern University in 2011. She treats patients with a variety of orthopedic conditions including post-operative care, sports rehab, and spine care. She is also a certified lymphedema therapist. Sarah is certified in Graston Technique, and likes to combine manual interventions with functional exercise to help patients restore their function and achieve their personal goals. She is an avid skier, beach-goer, and enjoys spending time with her family & friends. *LYMPHEDEMA AND GRASTON SPECIALIST*

Meghan Harrington, PT, DPT - (Braintree)


Meghan received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at UMASS Amherst and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Simmons College. Meghan has experience evaluating and treating a variety of patients including spine, orthopedics, sports injuries, post-op and more. 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. *AQUATIC SPECIALIST*

Erica Hicks, PT, DPT, Clinic Manager- (Scituate)


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. *AQUATIC SPECIALIST*

Jeanine Jernegan, PT- (Norwell)


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 effectively treats a wide variety of patients including orthopedics, vestibular, post-concussion, women's health, spine, TMD and post-op. Jeanine also utilizes the specialty technique of dry needling as well as other various techniques. She also provides aquatic therapy services for our Scituate clinic. Jeanine enjoys working with patients of all ages and activity levels. *DRY NEEDLING AND WOMEN'S HEALTH SPECIALIST*

Jacqueline Keating, PT, DPT- (Hanover/Scituate)


Jackie Keating, PT, DPT is a graduate of Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. At Colby-Sawyer, Jackie was also a 4-year member of the Women’s Volleyball team. She then went on to complete her post-graduate studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. While attending Colby-Sawyer, Jackie worked with a variety of athletic programs within New Hampshire, including collegiate men’s and women’s basketball, collegiate women’s and men’s lacrosse, and Kearsarge Regional High School. During her time at MCPHS, she gained valuable experiences working in a variety of settings including multiple outpatient clinics and an acute care hospital. During these clinical experiences, she was able to work with a variety of patient backgrounds of all ages; including patients with various musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and developmental pathologies. Jackie was introduced to the field of physical therapy after suffering an injury of her own while playing volleyball her Sophomore year of high school. Jackie enjoyed her time at physical therapy so much, that she returned to the clinic as a Clinic Aide. She continued to shadow at various outpatient clinics and at South Shore Hospital to gain more experience in the field prior to starting her undergraduate studies. Jackie discovered quickly that she enjoyed working with the athletic population which sparked her interest in pursuing a degree in Athletic Training. With concussion injuries being a hot topic in athletics, Jackie has grown an interest in treating those with post-concussion symptoms and vestibular conditions. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), she is motivated and dedicated to providing the best care to each of her patients while utilizing the best available treatment approaches. Being a South Shore native, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her friends and playing indoor and outdoor volleyball still at a competitive level. During the winter season, she also coaches for an elite volleyball program.

Samuel Kushner, PT, DPT, Assistant Clinic Manager- (Hanover)


Sam earned both his Bachelor of Exercise Science (majoring in Kinesiology) and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of Rhode Island. Sam is a former Division I College Football player, who has experience in orthopedic musculoskeletal injury both on the field and in the clinical setting. He takes pride in utilizing an individualized treatment approach while implementing a holistic plan of care for all his patients. Sam is a huge Boston sports fan and enjoys hanging out with friends and family, exercising and traveling in his spare time.

Kaylee LeCavalier, PT, DPT- (Quincy)


Kaylee earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 2018. She is passionate about engaging her patients and optimizing each person’s care to meet his or her specific needs and goals. Her clinical interests include orthopedics, sports medicine, and post-operative rehab, and she is looking forward to furthering her education and clinical skills through advanced specialization and certification. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys staying active, traveling, and cheering on Boston sports teams.

Dan MacDonald, PT- (Norwell)


Dan's vast experience allows him to utilize a combination of advanced manual skills and therapeutic exercise to achieve maximum results for his patients. He enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and routing on his beloved Patriots.

Camden Marcotte, PT, DPT- (Quincy)


Cam graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at MCPHS University in 2018. His past clinical experience has introduced him into a wide array of clinical conditions ranging from orthopedic, neurological, and vestibular disorders. Cam believes in an individualized and holistic treatment approach to assist with physical recovery. Cam seeks to constantly further his education and skill set with evidence based practice.

Maria O’Laughlin, PT- (Scituate)


Maria O’laughlin received her Bachelor of Science in physical therapy with a concentration in Business, from Boston University in 1989. 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. 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.

Rachel Quinlan, MSPT - (Scituate)


Rachel attended Boston University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2000, and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002. Rachel enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnoses, from orthopedic and post- surgical care to pelvic floor dysfunction. Rachel has additional certifications in both Graston Technique Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage and KinesioTaping, and has also completed coursework with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Rachel’s treatment philosophy combines the use manual techniques to correct tissue and joint dysfunction with education and the implementation of exercise to empower patients to maximize recovery and function. A former rugby player, Rachel now enjoys cheering on her sons at their various sports, skiing with her family, and spending time in the woods of Maine. *PELVIC HEALTH AND GRASTON SPECIALIST*

Elisa Stone, PT, DPT- (Norwell)


Elisa graduated from Simmons University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, and in 2019, graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is driven by a passion to help individuals find empowerment in their movement ability. She has completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings, from community hospitals to private practice orthopedics, embracing the spectrum of conditions we experience along the recovery process. Elisa believes in an active, movement-based approach in order to help patients meet their personal goals. Elisa is passionate about growing her knowledge base and is committed to furthering her education, with a focus on pelvic health and wellness. In her downtime, Elisa enjoys the outdoors, yoga, a good book and time spent with family and friends.

Shawn Wells, PTA- (Norwell)


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. 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.

Joseph White, PT, DPT- (Pembroke)


Joseph graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2017. Joseph's program in Philadelphia allowed him to complete many clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedic sports clinics. He has a great interest in musculoskeletal, orthopedic, osteopathic, and sports related injuries. He prefers utilizing many manual techniques for treatment with a focus on improving soft tissue mobility, flexibility, strength, and functional mobility for each patient. Joseph enjoys treating several injuries involving spine and lower/upper extremity with special focus on golf related injuries. Return to sport and late phase rehab are of special interest to Joseph. *GRASTON Certified, TPI Certified*.

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LOCATIONS:

Norwell, MA
Scituate, MA
Quincy, MA
Hanover, MA
Braintree, MA
Pembroke, MA

AQUATICS LOCATIONS:

Hanover, MA
  • Healthtrax Health Club
  • 20 East St.
  • Hanover, MA 02339
  • Phone/Text: 781-347-4686
Scituate, MA
  • Scituate Health and Racquet Club
  • 1004 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy
  • Scituate, MA 02066
  • Phone/Text: 781-378-2352

PELVIC HEALTH LOCATIONS:

Norwell, MA
  • Women's Health
  • 99 Longwater Circle
  • Suite 203
  • Norwell, MA 02061
  • Phone/Text 781-347-4686
Scituate, MA
Quincy, MA
Braintree, MA