Meet Our Staff
Michael Pappas, PT, DPT
OwnerMichael Pappas is the owner and founder of Pappas Physical Therapy. Mike graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1998 where he later earned his advanced Master's degree in orthopedics. Mike has also served as an adjunct professor of physical therapy at Quinnipiac University and the Community College of Rhode Island. Growing up, Mike was very involved in sports and athletics. He was introduced to physical therapy when he had to rehabilitate various injuries that he had sustained. Now as a physical therapist, Mike enjoys treating patients of all ages and helping to decrease their pain and reach their goals. In addition to treating orthopedic/sports and neurological conditions, Mike also specializes in vestibular rehabilitation (balance, dizziness, vertigo).
Yelena Jenkins, DPT
Director - JohnstonYelena Jenkins, DPT is the Director of our 1539 Atwood Avenue Johnston location. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2006 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. She joined Pappas Physical Therapy as a graduate student, became a full-time therapist in 2007, and Clinic Director in 2012. Her areas of clinical expertise include manual therapy and orthopedics, especially low back pain and knee dysfunctions. She is the clinic’s vestibular and balance Certified Specialist, treating people with dizziness and balance issues. In 2014, Lena completed a yearlong Managerial Leadership Program through Evidence in Motion and has completed multiple continuing education courses in orthopedic as well as vestibular/concussion rehabilitation. In 2015, Lena earned her Vestibular Certification through the American Institute of Balance (AIB).
J. Scott Hannouch, MSPT, DPT
Clinic Director - Warwick • AquaticsScott is the clinic director of our newest location in Healthtrax on Post Road in Warwick where he offers PT in the clinic as well as aquatic therapy. Scott attended the University of Hartford where he earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy 2013. He was also a member of the soccer team. Scott has practiced therapy for over ten years and also has experience in the pediatric and home care setting. He has attended orthopedic continuing education courses emphasizing manual techniques. He also utilizes Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPN) to assist in the treatment of soft tissue injuries.
Katie Lacroix, DPTKatie graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2002. She then continued her education at the University of Rhode Island, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. Katie is a Certified Manual Therapist through Evidence in Motion. She has experience with orthopedics, strength/conditioning, chronic pain, work related injuries, and sports injuries.
Paul Lydeard, MPT
Clinic Director - Center for Occupational Rehabilitation and Hand Therapy Johnston • Titlist Performance Institute Golf ExpertPaul is the director of the Center for Occupational Rehabilitation and Hand Therapy site at 1526 Atwood Avenue in Johnson. He attended American International College, receiving his Bachelor Degree in Interdepartmental Science in 2004 and his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2005. Paul has spent the majority of his career in an outpatient setting and is experienced in treating patients with a variety of diagnoses including orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, amputees, and work injuries. He is certified to perform function capacity evaluations (FCE) and has worked in occupational medicine programs to help the injured worker to return to work. Paul is a Certified Titleist Performance Institute golf expert.
Daniel Macera, DPT, OCS
Dry Needling • AquaticsDan graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. He continued on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from URI in 2014. In July of 2016, Dan earned his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognizing him as a specialist in orthopedic rehabilitation. Dan has taken numerous continuing education courses and has certifications in trigger point dry needling (TDN), the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). He utilizes these assessment tools and treatment techniques to assist in his rehabilitation approach. Dan has also recently begun working with local training centers in the Johnston area to assess and rehab their high school and collegiate athletes in preparation for their athletic season. He is an active member of the APTA, including the Rhode Island chapter and the orthopedic section.
John Garlick, DPT, OCS, CCCE
Assistant Director - JohnstonJohn earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Westfield State University in 2010. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2013 and joined Pappas Physical Therapy shortly after. In 2014, John became a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. He continued his education with Evidence in Motion as an orthopedic resident further enhancing his manual therapy skills having in-depth knowledge of the most current research. In 2016, John earned his OCS certification through the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. John is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the orthopedic section and Rhode Island Chapter. In practice, John enjoys utilizing his manual skills and takes an evidence-based approach with each patient. He enjoys working with post-operative patients guided by his clinical training at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. John also focuses on treatment of the jaw or TMJ. John is the Coordinator of Clinical Education for Pappas Physical Therapy as well as the coordinator of in-house education. As a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) he thoroughly enjoys teaching students of all levels in the clinical setting.
Glen Vitullo, PTAGlenn received his Associate in Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant Program from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1999. He has worked in a variety of settings which include Skilled Nursing Facilities, Outpatient Physical Therapy and Acute Rehabilitation. Glenn joined Pappas Physical Therapy in June 2010 and is employed in our Homecare division treating patients with a variety of diagnoses. Glen is an active member of American Physical Therapy Association and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. In addition, Glenn recently received the certification of Advanced Proficiency in the musculoskeletal category from the A.P.T.A.
Athletic TrainerKyra is a licensed and certified athletic trainer that works for the Pappas WorkSmart division of occupational first-aid. She specializes in the industrial athlete by implementing preventative strategies and wellness to promote physical fitness and health to physical occupations. She has worked as a physical therapy aide in a clinic, athletic trainer for high schools and medical assistant for urgent care and has diverse exposure to and experience in orthopedics, nutrition, pharmacology, and osteopathic medicine.
Jonathan Walker, PT, DPT, OCS
Clinic Director- East Greenwich Orthopedic Clinical Specialist • Dry NeedlingJonathan earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2003. Before joining Pappas PT in 2011, Jon worked in outpatient orthopedics for over 9 years and in different areas around the country as a traveling PT. He went on to earn his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy through Evidence in Motion (EIM) in 2013 and received his certification in clinical orthopedics (OCS) in 2014. Jon is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He specializes in evidence-based practice, manual therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, dry needling.
Stephanie earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2009 and has been a certified and licensed athletic trainer since 2010. She has previously worked providing first aid to a semi pro football team in Hudson valley New York, and as a physical therapy rehab ATC. She is a member of our Pappas Work Smart division, providing on the spot job site treatment and first aid.
Melleney Lipka, DPT
Melleney graduated in 2013 from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She continued her education at URI where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. Melleney enjoys treating various orthopedic diagnoses and recently took a continuing education course in Dry Needling. She is currently working towards her Manual Therapy Certification through a yearlong continuing education program with Evidence in Motion.
William Barbieri, DPT
Bill graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2014. He has worked in the outpatient private practice setting since graduation and joined the Pappas team in September of 2015. He is currently working towards his Manual Therapy Certification through a yearlong continuing education program with Evidence in Motion. He is working toward a dry needling certification and has attended several other continuing education courses focusing on orthopedic care. Bill enjoys working with patients; from the athletic population returning to sports to post-operative patients, to patients with general neck or low back pain looking to perform their daily activities pain free.
Jacalyn Pappas, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist • OwnerJacalyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1997 from Worcester State University. She has been recognized by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission as a certified hand therapist (CHT) since 2010. Jackie has practiced as a hand therapist for over 15 years Jackie works with patients of all ages that have orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of upper extremity fractures, tendonitis, custom orthotic fabrication, traumatic injuries to the upper extremity and rehabilitation of post-operative injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand
Elizabeth Carey, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand TherapistElizabeth graduated from the University of New England with her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2001. She has been recognized by the Hand Therapy Commission as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2011. Liz is certified to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) in the Matheson Method. She has worked in a variety of setting including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as acute care and industrial rehabilitation. She enjoys treating all upper extremity injuries including post-operative and non-operative shoulder, elbows, and hands. Liz works in our Warwick and Johnston locations, as well as our home care division.
Beth Peterson, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand TherapistBeth earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1998 and her Post-Professional certificate in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation from Drexel University in 2004. She has been recognized by the Hand Therapy Commission as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2006. Beth is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner. She is experienced in treating and splinting a variety of pre and post-surgical diagnoses including tendonitis, tendon repairs, wounds, amputations, and multi-traumatic injuries.