David J. Koehn MPT, ATC, Cert DN, NASM-PES, TPI CGFI-MP3
With over 20 years of experience, David has become an area leader in the field of sports medicine, orthopedics, and return to sport rehabilitation. David is President/Owner of Boston Physical Therapy & Wellness that 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 people of all ages and all abilities. David has a great deal of experience with all populations 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 2000. 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.
"I believe that the current medical model we live with is highly flawed when it comes to pain…we need to seek out healthcare practitioners that listen, inspire, and promote self empowerment and movement…and not dependencies on medication and unnecessary biomedical diagnostics."
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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 across the country and even the world. He has also been invited to several local colleges and universities as a guest lecturer on the topics of Pain Science and Strength & Conditioning. He is now serving as an adjunct professor at MGH IHP DPT program in Charlestown teaching a course "Strength and Conditioning for Outpatient Orthopedics."
A firm believer in continuing education to better serve the patients, clients and athletes he works with. Zak is dedicated to constantly learning and 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.
In addition to clinical hours, Zak has recently founded "The Level Up Initiative," which is an online platform dedicated to driving positive change into healthcare through mentorship of student PTs and new graduates. This platform is based in development of mindset, critical thinking, and soft skills. To learn more about this, head to The Level Up Initiative
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Dr. Shawn Grace, PT, DPT, Cert DN
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 is very passionate about continuing his education in orthopedics and neurology. He is currently Level I North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) certified for treating cervical and lumbar spine conditions. He is also certified in Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute for craniofacial, cervicothoracic, and upper extremity conditions.
A lifelong athlete, Shawn takes great pride in getting athletes back to their sport with an emphasis on how to maximize performance while preventing future injuries. He has a wide range of clinical experience in both the acute care and outpatient orthopedics settings. His treatments incorporate evidence-based practice with manual therapy to optimize the quality of his patient’s lives.
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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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Dr. Michael Amato, DPT, CSCS
Michael is a 2013 graduate from Boston University where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He also earned his Bachelor's in Athletic Training from Boston University in 2011.
Michael has clinical experience in a variety of settings, from community hospitals to private gyms, where he enjoys working with a wide range of patients in helping them achieve their goals. His passion is blending his background as a strength coach with modern advancements in pain science in providing individuals with the necessary tools to make a positive change in their pain, function and performance.
Education and learning are the main cornerstones of his life and treatment philosophy, always reading and prompting discussions, in order to help patients, clinicians, and himself navigate through life. In addition to this, Michael continues to value the role of strength training and athletic performance, working closely with various powerlifting teams in the Boston area and training with barbells himself. The effects of strength training go well beyond just muscles and he would love to see the popularity of it continue to grow in helping make a healthier society.
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Dr. Danielle Allan PT, DPT, Pn1
Danielle is a 2018 graduate from Quinnipiac University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She also earned her Bachelors Degree in Health Science Studies from Quinnipiac University in 2015.
While pursuing her degree in physical therapy, Danielle spent her undergraduate career as a member of the Division I Field Hockey program. As a Bobcat, she won the first ever MAAC Championship in 2013 and was captain during her senior year season. Once her four years of NCAA eligibility expired, Danielle remained involved with the field hockey program as a volunteer assistant coach. Danielle also spent her time during graduate school teaching fitness classes, as she is a certified Spinning® and UGIfit instructor. Her athletic background inspired her to become a physical therapist and explore the interprofessional approach to injury prevention for athletes. Her passions include not only sharing knowledge to help athletes remain on the field of play, but also promoting overall health and wellness for athletes of all ages.
As a recent graduate, Danielle is eager to continue to expand her knowledge. She has plans to become full body certified in Dry Needling in addition to becoming a certified nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition. By doing so, it is Danielle's goal to provide the tools, knowledge, and coaching necessary to guide her patients on their journey to be the best version of themselves.
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Dr. Christopher Herbs PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Chris Herbs is a 2018 graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Prior to that, he attended SUNY College at Oneonta, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Human Biology.
While at Upstate, Chris participated in supplemental manual therapy coursework to further develop his hands-on skills. Additionally, he learned from leaders in sports physical therapy through an elective course taught by the team physical therapists for the Buffalo Bills (NFL) and Kansas City Royals (MLB).
Chris is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Chris has used his expertise in these areas to create a peer-to-peer personal training club at Oneonta, coach individual runners, and lead a youth exercise program in a Syracuse elementary school.
As a lifelong athlete, Chris directly understands the demands of a wide variety of sports, including hockey, soccer, golf, and rock climbing. Over the past decade, Chris has primarily dedicated himself to distance running and is now a veteran of the sport. Chris has years of experience in track, cross country, and essentially all road racing distances including the marathon. This background makes Chris an excellent resource for patients, athletes, and clients looking to return from injuries and optimize performance in their active lives.
Chris enjoys utilizing his background to create individualized treatments which address the needs and goals of each specific patient and help them return to doing the things they love.
Caroline M. Szum, Office Manager
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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Peter Lieu, PT, DPT, CSCS
Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Boston University and obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons University. Additionally, Peter is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
While completing his coursework, Peter provided private and semi-private personal training services at Simmons University and Boston University for students, athletes, alumni, and faculty members with an emphasis on progressive loading and compound movements via barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells. In addition, Peter served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Frameworks of Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal 1 and 2 where he hosted open labs for students to learn and practice examination skills, evaluation methods, and treatment interventions. His passion for learning and self-development continues growing yearly as he attends education seminars frequently on: communication, advancements of pain science research, sports performance, and strength & conditioning.
Peter’s clinical experience is rooted in sports-based orthopedic physical therapy and values the role of optimal loading strategies via strength training. As an avid tennis player and powerlifter, Peter understands the psychological and physical demands of sports; he enjoys building an alliance and empowering individuals to gain control of their life.
Treatment philosophy: Keep s*** simple
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Dr. Alexandra Gustafson, PT, DPT
Dr. Alexandra Gustafson is a 2018 graduate from MGH Institute of Health Progressions where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She earned her Bachelor's in Biology from Holy Cross in 2014 where she also competed as a member of their Division I softball program for her 4 years.
Alex's first year of professional PT experience was at a Long-Term Acute Care hospital where she learned to develop relationships with patients that went far beyond physical therapy. She learned how to approach the patient as a whole person, actively listening to understand what's meaningful for the patient and their life. Through these interactions, she realized that her passions and motivations are in empowering patients to become what they perceive to be their best self and help them live the most meaningful life they can. Connecting with patients, meeting them where they are in their current lives, and supporting and empowering them to become what they are striving to become is at the heart of her clinical practice.
Alex's initial interest in physical therapy came through her love for sports which built her foundation in perseverance and resilience along with the understanding of hard work. Her early clinical experiences have informed her current practice at BPTW, with her primary focus in helping the residents of Medford and surrounding cities best access their lives. A lifelong Medford resident, she is excited to be working in her hometown and giving back to the community where she grew up and where the majority of her family still resides.
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Cameron Viola PTA
Cam Viola is a graduate from North Shore Community College, where he earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Cam also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy with a minor in Athletic Coaching from Springfield College.
During his time at Springfield, Cam was a member of the men's soccer team for two years before deciding to share his enthusiasm for the sport through coaching high school soccer, while earning his degree. He is currently the boy's varsity soccer assistant coach at Malden Catholic High School. Because of his long athletic career, Cam is extremely passionate about working with athletes of all ages and assisting them with getting back to the recreational activities they love. To that end, Cam recognizes the role physical therapy has in helping to reduce the risk of injuries and initiated an ACL Injury Prehab Program with Minnechaug High School's women's soccer team.
Eager to continue improving his skills and knowledge-base, Cam is excited to enroll in orthopedic specific continuing education courses. He also plans on becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). As a member of the Boston PT & Wellness team, Cam thoroughly enjoys working in conjunction with all of the physical therapists to provide patients with the best care possible!
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