David J. Koehn MPT, ATC, Cert DN, NASM-PES, TPI CGFI-MP3
With over 15 years of experience, David has become an area leader in the field of sports medicine, orthopedics, and return to sport rehabilitation. David specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic/sports related conditions with an emphasis on post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, and sport specific training for patients of all ages and all abilities.
David has a great deal of experience with patients of all ages including high level high school, collegiate, and professional athletes with clients from the New England Patriots, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and other NFL, NHL, and NCAA Division I programs.
David is a graduate of Quinnipiac University earning a Bachelor of Health Science in 2000, a Master of Physical Therapy in 2002, as well as becoming board certified as an Athletic Trainer prior to that in 2001. He was Assistant Athletic Trainer at Quinnipiac University for two years and was responsible for the well being of over 150 NCAA Division I athletes.
David is certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and has been recognized by The Titleist Performance Institute as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Medical Professional. This allows David to enhance the performance of athletes, especially golfers, of all ages, injured or healthy, by teaching efficient body mechanics and movement patterns.
David is certified in Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. Dry Needling has become an incredible tool to treat pain and dysfunction and Boston PT & Wellness has become an area leader in this treatment technique.
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Dr. Danielle Adler, PT, DPT, Cert DN, USATF
Danielle is a 2013 graduate from Sacred Heart University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She also earned her Bachelor of Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University in 2011.
Danielle has clinical experience working with a variety of populations ranging from pediatrics to older adults with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. She is Level I North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) certified for the cervical and lumbar spine and plans to continue with her manual therapy certifications. Additionally, Danielle is full-body certified for Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute to help supplement her manual therapy skills.
Being a marathon runner and triathlete herself, Danielle enjoys treating those in the running and triathlete community with common running injuries. She has immersed herself in running courses and mentorships that focus on running mechanics, common injuries, preventative exercises, and video analysis.
Danielle looks forward to continuing her education in her current interests including Strength & Conditioning, USA Triathlon Coaching, and neurological treatment concepts, such as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS). Enhancing knowledge in this area will help her provide improved outcomes for both orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Danielle believes in evidence based individualized treatments that focus on the patient’s goals and returning them to their prior level of physical activity.
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Dr. Zachary Gabor, PT, DPT, Cert DN, CSCS, USAW, FR
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Dr. Zak Gabor is a 2015 graduate from Ithaca College where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Clinical Health Science degree from Ithaca College in 2013. Zak is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW).
Throughout his doctorate program, Zak served as a Teaching Assistant for several physical therapy courses including gross anatomy and musculoskeletal examination and evaluation. He also spent over three years providing personal strength training to clients and athletes.
Zak is passionate about teaching and educating, both of which are very important cornerstones to any patient’s plan of care. In addition, Zak’s clinical experience is rooted in sports-based orthopedic rehabilitation and physical therapy, with an emphasis on strength training and sports performance. He co-teaches the educational Hip Hinge 101 Workshop with his colleague, Matthew Ibrahim, which has been presented in MA, CT, NH, NY, RI, and VT. He has also been invited to several local colleges and universities as a guest lecturer on the topics of Pain Science and Strength & Conditioning.
A firm believer in continuing education to better serve the patients, clients and athletes he works with, Zak is dedicated to constantly learning. He has recently spent over 100 hours completing a six month mentorship program covering concepts from PNF, SFMA, Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Pain Science, and Strength & Conditioning. Zak is also full body certified in Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He plans to sit for his Sports Certification Speciality in the next two years.
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Dr. Shawn Grace, PT, DPT
Dr. Shawn Grace is a 2016 graduate from UMass Lowell where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Exercise Physiology degree, minoring in Nutrition from UMass Lowell in 2012.
Shawn has clinical experience in both the acute care and outpatient orthopedics settings, with his passion rooted in integrating evidence-based practice with manual therapy to optimize the quality of his patient’s lives. He has treated a variety of patients including athletes, pediatric burns, amputees, overuse injuries, and neurological pathologies.
He is a lifelong athlete who has participated in football, rugby, and baseball competition. He has a passion for preparing athletes for return to sport with an emphasis on how to maximize performance while preventing future injuries.
He is dedicated to continuing his education and plans on acquiring specialties in manual therapy and dry needling.
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Dr. Stephanie Allen, PT, DPT, OCS
Steph is a 2013 graduate of Ithaca College, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She stuck around Ithaca following graduation to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at Cayuga Medical Center in 2014, receiving her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist designation in early 2015. From February 2015 through November 2016, Steph worked as a travel physical therapist, and has worked in New York, New Jersey, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.
During her undergraduate and graduate academic years, Steph was a Teaching Assistant for Clinical Physiology and Gross Anatomy. She was also an Adjunct Lab Assistant for the Musculoskeletal Examination Course at Ithaca College during the fall months of her Orthopedic Residency. Steph has a genuine love for learning and teaching, and plans on further developing these skills through professional speaking engagements, as well as focused continuing education courses over the coming year.
Athletics and performance have always played a big role in her life, having participated in year-round sports from youth through high school. During her college and post-graduate years, Steph has primarily focused her time on developing her skills in strength and conditioning training, in addition to running biomechanics. Through her passion in these areas, she plans to incorporate both activities into her patient care, where appropriate. Currently a member of the Strength Faction program, Steph is learning valuable information as it pertains to high-level performance coaching strategies, sounds strength training methods, and systematic programming.
Steph has future plans of advancing her training skills through becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, in addition to enhancing her assessment skills by obtaining the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Patient interaction and human connection are both very important aspects of Steph’s rehab and treatment process, as she believes in the importance of building a strong level of trust between her and her patients while helping them return to physical activity, fitness, and sports.
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Strength and Conditioning Coach
Licensed Massage Therapist
Matthew Ibrahim is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with a strong passion in athletic development, sport performance, and context-rich assessment protocols to enhance performance output and build a foundation of resilience. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of strength and conditioning, physical therapy, and performance training facilities, which was highlighted by his time spent interning at the world-renowned Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning facility. Matthew has worked with youth and high school athletes, collegiate athletes, and members in professional sports in the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, and UFC. He has also spent time working with general population clientele from all walks of life, including powerlifters, weightlifters, marathon runners, triathletes, and post-physical therapy clients. His professional work has been featured in major publications such as Men’s Fitness, STACK Media, The Personal Trainer Development Center, Juggernaut Training Systems, Sports Rehab Expert, and Breaking Muscle.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Sciences in 2013. After several failed application attempts toward Doctorate of Physical Therapy programs, he completed a License in Massage Therapy at the Cortiva Institute in 2016. Currently, he is a graduate student at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions obtaining a Master of Science in Health Science with a focus in Sport Performance. He has future academic goals of completing a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree. Currently, he is a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Clinical Athlete network. He holds certifications through NASM and USAW, and is formally trained in FMS, EXOS, PRI, and StrongFirst methodologies.
A highly sought-after resource and thought leader for strength coaches and sports rehab pro’s alike, he has consulted with the likes of EXOS at Google Headquarters, the Boston Celtics, dorsaVi Technology, and The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. In May of 2016, Matthew teamed up with his colleague, Dr. Zak Gabor, to create and begin teaching their Hip Hinge 101 Workshop, which has been approved by the NSCA for continuing education units and has been presented in MA, CT, NH, NY, RI, VT, and CA. He has also provided guest lectures and in-services at Merrimack College, UMass Lowell, Springfield College, Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Lasell College. Recently, he was honored with receiving the Exercise and Health Sciences Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May of 2017 for his mentorship and educational contributions to the current student community. As someone who stresses the value of walking the walk alongside his athletes and clients, Matthew consistently works on his own physical preparation as well, as evidenced by his athletic endeavors in powerlifting (competed twice in 2016), hardstyle kettlebell training, and endurance training.
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Caroline M. Szum
Nutrition & Wellness Coach
With a degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences obtained at The University of Vermont, Caroline’s goal is to teach and give clients the tools necessary to build a healthy lifestyle in this chaotic world. Having been a Division I student athlete, she understands the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced life.
Caroline has collected bits and pieces of information from her college courses, as well as mentors in her life to build her knowledge base. Her struggle with weight as an adolescent motivated Caroline to pursue a career in the wellness field. Recognizing that the physical, mental, and social aspects of life are all tied together is the key to fulfilling life.
Caroline will demonstrate the significance food plays in life and help to provide a tailored plan for each client. Not only will she provide clients with a basic understanding of the triad of life, she will also teach them new skills and methods in order to achieve the most success for a happy and healthy lifestyle.
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LAUREN SANTINI, BS, NASM-CPT
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Lauren Santini is a Strength & Conditioning Coach as well as Marketing Specialist at Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness. A former rugby player and lifelong runner, she brings passion and a strong desire to motivate others to what she does.
In addition to private training, Lauren has developed a unique, high-intensity group program which draws on her training experiences as an athlete, and her professional coursework through National Academy of Sports Medicine. She strives to create a workout environment that simulates the challenge of sports, understanding the struggle that many athletes face when retiring or taking time off for recovery.
She also works with young athletes throughout the year in sport-specific training programs both in and off-season.
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