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 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
Clinic Director - Johnston
Yelena Jenkins, DPT is the director of our 1539 Atwood Avenue Johnston location. She graduated from Northeastern University with Bachelor of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007. She joined Pappas PT as a graduate student and became a full time therapist in 2007 becoming 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 therapy 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 and vestibular rehab.
J. Scott Hannouch, MSPT, DPT
Clinic Director - Warwick • Aquatics
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, DPT
Katie 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.
Heidi O'Grady, DPT
Heidi earned her Bachelor 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.
Paul Lydeard, MPT
Clinic Director - Center for Occupational Rehabilitation and Hand Therapy Johnston • Titlist Performance Institute Golf Expert
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
Dry Needling • Aquatics
Dan 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. 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.
John Garlick, DPT
Coordinator of Clinical Education • TMJ Specialist
John earned his Bachelor 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.
Glen Vitullo, PTA
Glenn 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.
Kyra 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, MS, PT
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist • Dry Needling
Jonathan 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.
Jacalyn Pappas, OTR/L, CHT
Certified Hand Therapist • Owner
Jacalyn 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 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
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.