Meet Our Staff
Michael Pappas, PT, MS
Michael Pappas is the owner and founder of Pappas Physical Therapy. Mike graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1998 where he later earned his advanced Masters 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
Yelena graduate from Northeastern University with an Undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2006. She continued her education at Northeastern University with Doctorate Program in Physical Therapy concluding in May 2007. Her areas of clinical expertise are manual therapy and orthopedics, especially low back pain and knee dysfunctions. Yelena is also Certified Personal Trainer, and her experience in fitness helps her promote the importance of health and wellness to her patients. She joined the Pappas Physical Therapy team as a graduate student during her last orthopedic clinical rotation and returned to Pappas PT as a full time Physical Therapist in May 2007.
J. Scott Hannouch, MSPT, DPT
Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Scott 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 Lacroix graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2002 and then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2009. Katie is also a certified personal trainer through the National Council of Strength and Fitness. She has experience with orthopedics, strength/conditioning, chronic pain, work related injuries, sports related injuries, and manual therapy. In her free time, Katie enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, hiking, fitness and spending time with her family.
Heidi O'Grady, DPT
Heidi earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Science in 2004 from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She also has a minor in health psychology.
Heidi first joined Pappas Physical Therapy in 2005 as a rehab aide while continuing her education at the University of Rhode Island. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from URI in 2009 and became a treating therapist at our facility.
Heidi enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially the athlete and pediatric population. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, her husband, and dog. She also enjoys skiing, the beach, and traveling.
Paul Lydeard, MPT
Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Paul 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
Dan graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science Exercise Science. He continued on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from URI in 2014. He has experience working with high school athletes and focusing on returning athletes back to sport.
Dan has taken several continuing education courses and has experience using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to assess and treat patients. He also utilizes Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPN) to assist in the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Dan also currently serves as an assistant in Neuro-anatomy for the URI DPT program. In his free time Dan enjoys exercising and spending time with his family and friends.
John Garlick, DPT
Physical Therapist, Coordinator of Clinical Education
John earned his Bachelors of Science in Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Westfield State University in 2010. He continued his education at the University of Rhode Island where he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the orthopedic education of underclassman and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013.
John joined Pappas Physical Therapy in June of 2013. He is currently participating in an orthopedic residency, an 18-month post-professional program in order to prepare him as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. John is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor educating part time and full time students in the clinical setting as well as the coordinator of clinical education for Pappas Physical Therapy. John enjoys treating various orthopedic conditions that may limit one’s ability to carry out pain free daily function. John enjoys treating post-surgical patients guided by his clinical training at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA where worked with advanced orthopedic surgeons. John also focuses on treatment of the jaw including chronic jaw pain or acute onset jaw pain. John is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Rhode Island chapter and the orthopedic section. When not working, John enjoys spending time with friends, family and his dog, Sam. John also enjoys playing golf, or attending a good country concert.
Glen Vitullo, PTA
Glen 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. Glen 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, Glen recently received the certification of Advanced Proficiency in the musculoskeletal category from the A.P.T.A. In his spare time, Glen enjoys boating and is an avid salt water fisherman.
Jonathan Walker, MS, PT
Jacalyn Pappas, OTR/L, CHTJacalyn received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Worcester State College in 1997. She has 13+ years of experience in hand and upper extremity care. In May 2010 Jacalyn became certified by Hand Therapy Certification Commision as a certified hand therapist (CHT). Jacalyn has worked with orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses with patients of all ages. She has performed functional capacity evaluations and treated various work related injuries. She is skilled in static and dynamic splinting techniques. Jacalyn has also participated in research to increase movement in the arm following stroke. Jacalyn is Pappas Physical Therapy's hand and upper extremity specialist. She enjoys treating patients of all ages with both post operative and non operative diagnoses.
Elizabeth Carey, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Elizabeth 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
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Beth 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.