Our Physical Therapists

Our clinical staff is made up of highly skilled physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. And while their experience and expertise is important, their ability to make the personal connection with patients that is such a powerful force in the healing process is just as critical.

We maintain the highest standard of care by employing team members who excel at both the professional and personal side of patient care.

  • Peter J. Harmeling, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC
    Peter J. Harmeling, MEd, PT, SCS, ATC Owner
    Physical Therapist
    Board Certified Athletic Trainer
    American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
    National Athletic Trainer Association Member
    Adjunct Faculty Gordon College Kinesiology Department

    B.A. Biology, Swarthmore College
    M.Ed. Exercise Physiology, Georgia State University
    B.S. Physical Therapy, Georgia State Univerity

    Areas of Special Interest: Teaching/mentoring physical therapy students, sports medicine, forming very good productive relationships with patients and quickly getting them back on the road to recovery.
    Hobbies: Running, bicycling, traveling
    Why do you like working at HPT? I particularly enjoy the character and terrific attitude of all the members of the staff.  I am especially proud of the positive, helpful relationships among the staff which carries over nicely to the patients.

    Started the practice in 1988

  • Thomas C. Faulds, MSPT, ATC, OCS
    Thomas C. Faulds, MSPT, ATC, OCS Clinic Manager Wenham Office
    Physical Therapist
    Board Certified Athletic Trainer
    American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - Clinical Specialist Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Adjunct Faculty Gordon College Kinesiology Department
    Head Athletic Trainer Gordon College

    B.S. Athletic Training, Northeastern University
    M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Areas of Special Interest: Shoulder dysfunction, sports medicine, aquatic therapy
    Hobbies: Running, swimming, home improvement, completed 15 marathons w/ a PR of 2:57
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy working with our patients and staff on a daily basis. I love coming to work every day because of the wonderful people we get to work with.

    Started with the practice in 1992

  • Steven Nutter, MSPT, ATC, CSCS
    Steven Nutter, MSPT, ATC, CSCS Clinic Manager Wilmington Office
    Physical Therapist
    Board Certified Athletic Trainer
    Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

    B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    M.S. Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Areas of Special Interest: Sports conditioning and rehabilitation, balance training, ergonomics
    Hobbies: Softball, scuba diving, traveling, sports
    Why do you like working at HPT? We work with a kind, caring, personable staff where the number one goal is taking care of people like we would want to be taken care of. It is fun to work with such great people, both patients and staff. We strive to form strong relationships with patients, one in which they get the best care in a warm, friendly, personable environment.

    Started with the practice in 1999

  • Scott Kulesa, MSPT
    Scott Kulesa, MSPT Clinic Manager Gloucester Office
    Physical Therapist

    B.S. Health Sciences, Northeastern University
    M.S. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, joint replacements
    Hobbies: Stock car racing, basketball, racquetball
    Why do you like working at HPT? It is a great work environment with friendly staff and patients. It is a fun place to work!

    Started with the practice in 2003

  • James W. O’Brien IV, DPT
    James W. O’Brien IV, DPT Clinic Manager Danvers Office
    Physical Therapist

    B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    D.P.T. Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, knees and shoulders
    Hobbies: Golf and home improvement activities
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy the “Team Oriented Approach” to taking care of patients where everyone, including the office staff, aides and physical therapists, contribute to the overall well being and recovery of our patients. Also, the constant mentorship that occurs in all areas of the practice operation to promote professional growth among all employees.

    Started with the practice in 2007

  • Deb Sheehan, PTA
    Deb Sheehan, PTA Physical Therapy Assistant

    B.S. Education/Physical Education, University of Vermont
    A.S. Physical Therapy, North Shore Community College

    Areas of Special Interest: Pediatrics – special needs, orthopedics, shoulder and knee pathologies
    Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, walking, biking, boating, sports and reading
    Why do you like working at HPT? Co-workers: Professional, supportive, caring & fun group of individuals to be around.

    Started with the practice in 1990

  • Sara Dranetz, PT
    Sara Dranetz, PT Physical Therapist

    B.S. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University

    Areas of Special Interest: Postpartum Corrective Exercises, osteoporosis, geriatrics and kinetic chain
    Hobbies: Pure Barre, anahata yoga, pilates, gardening, book club and spending time on the Cape during the summer
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy that we are a teaching clinic and take students from the local colleges for their internships.

    Started with the practice in 1999

  • Sheela Zerilli, DPT
    Sheela Zerilli, DPT Clinic Manager Manchester Office
    Physical Therapist

    B.S. Business Administration, University of New Hampshire
    D.P.T. Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Areas of Special Interest: Geriatrics, orthopedics, spine, shoulders, balance training, pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy
    Hobbies: Running, yoga, kayaking, dog lover, love to volunteer and get involved in charity events
    Why do you like working at HPT? All the staff members are great, creating a caring working environment

    Started with the practice in 2009

  • Lynn P. Jaworski, OTR/L, CHT
    Lynn P. Jaworski, OTR/L, CHT Occupational Therapist
    Certified Hand Therapist

    B.S. Occupational Therapy, University of New England

    Areas of Special Interest: Splint fabrication, overuse syndromes, traumatic UE injuries
    Hobbies: Reading, gardening, walking
    Why do you like working at HPT?  I enjoy the friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

    Started with the practice in 2009

  • Krysti Leach, PTA
    Krysti Leach, PTA

    Physical Therapy Assistant

     B.S. Kinesiology, Gordon College
     A.S. Physical Therapy, North Shore Community College

     

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, Sports Rehab, Gait and Balance, Aquatic Therapy, Postpartum PT

    Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Snowmobiling, Hiking, Biking…basically anything outdoors! Love being active in general.

    Why do you like working at HPT? One of the best working environments with an excellent staff who put the time and effort into giving the best possible care specific to each and every patient. With a team approach, we provide care with a good balance between exercise and hands on therapy, and we have fun!

    Started with the practice in 2013

  • Mandy Maryanski, DPT
    Mandy Maryanski, DPT Physical Therapist

    B.A. Economics -PreMed Concentration, College of the Holy Cross
    D.P.T. Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Areas of Special Interest: Lower extremity injuries (hip, knee, ankle), shoulder dysfunction, sports rehabilitation
    Hobbies:  Playing sports, exercising, spending time with family and friends.
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy the great rapport that has been established among the HPT staff, as well as between patients and therapists. It makes for a fun and supportive work environment.

    Started with the practice in 2013

  • Gregory Walker, DPT
    Gregory Walker, DPT Physical Therapist
    Adjunct Faculty Gordon College Kinesiology Department

    B.S. Kinesiology, Gordon College
    D.P.T. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University

    Areas of Special Interest: Cervical Spine and Sports Rehab
    Hobbies: Basketball, baseball, football, fishing and Chipotle.
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy the dedication that each staff member shows to ensure that every patient has a good experience. It is an enjoyable environment for both staff and patients.

    Started with the practice in 2015

  • Kelly Feener, PTA
    Kelly Feener, PTA Physical Therapy Assistant

    B.S. Exercise Science, Colby Sawyer College
    A.S. Physical Therapy Assistant, North Shore Community College

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and joint replacement
    Hobbies: Soccer, reading, spending time with my friends and family
    Why do you like working at HPT? I love coming to work everyday because of the great environment created by such a caring staff.

    Started with the practice in 2015

  • Melissa Brown, PTA
    Melissa Brown, PTA Physical Therapy Assistant

    B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    A.S. Physical Therapy Assistant, North Shore Community College

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, joint replacements, gait and balance
    Hobbies: spending time with my husband and son, cooking and baking, shopping, crafts, going to concerts
    Why do you like working at HPT? I like working in such an easy going environment with a great staff and patients. I also enjoy how HPT is always willing to accept and teach students from local colleges.

    Started with the practice in 2016

  • Ambar Cerrud, PTA
    Ambar Cerrud, PTA Physical Therapy Assistant

    B.S. Kinesiology -Concentration in Human Movement, Louisiana State University
    A.S. Physical Therapy, Bay State College

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, women’s health, ACL rehab, sports medicine
    Hobbies: Flag football, softball, home improvement, sports, traveling
    Why do you like working at HPT? It is a fun group of coworkers and great environment to work in. It is great to work for a company that makes a difference in the community both inside and outside of the clinic.

    Started with the practice in 2016

     

  • Kaycie Clark, PTA
    Kaycie Clark, PTA

    Physical Therapy Assistant

    A.S Physical Therapy Assistant NE Institute of Technology
    Currently working towards B.S of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University
    Areas of Special Interest:  Sports rehab, Knee replacements and gait and balance
    Hobbies: paddle boarding with my dog, running, lacrosse and snowboarding
    Why do you like working at HPT?  I love the environment and the great relationships that are built between the patients and the therapists, along with the rest of the fun and supportive staff.
    Started with the practice 2017

     

  • Nicole Bergeron, PTA
    Nicole Bergeron, PTA

    Physical Therapy Assistant

    B.S. Psychology, Salem State University
    A.S. Physical Therapy Assistant, North Shore Community College

    Areas of Special Interest: Knee, back, shoulder, neck, joint replacements.
    Hobbies: Being active, time outdoors, concerts, photography and spending time with my family and friends.
    Why do you like working at HPT? I love building great relationships with patients and watching their progress in getting back to their prior level of functioning. I also enjoy working with such a kind, helpful, fun staff!

    Started with the practice in 2016

  • Rebecca Hardy Chambers, PT, DPT
    Rebecca Hardy Chambers, PT, DPT Physical Therapist

    Bachelors of Health Science-American International College
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy-American International College

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, Sports medicine, knees, ergonomics, Kinesiology taping, pelvic floor & women’s health
    Hobbies: Going to Disney as often as I can, spending time with family, Crossfit, gardening, watching movies
    Why do you like working at HPT?  Team environment, supportive staff and always an opportunity to learn something new!

    Started with the practice in 2018

  • Shelagh Brice, PT, DPT
    Shelagh Brice, PT, DPT Physical Therapist
    B.S. Sports Medicine, Merrimack College
    Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Areas of Special Interest: Gait analysis, lower extremity injury, balance, body mechanics and functional rehabilitation
    Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, spinning, and spending time with friends and family
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy working with the excellent staff that reinforces the overall positive and fun work environment that emphasizes patient centered care!
    Started with the practice in 2015
  • Nicholas Kupchaunis, PT, DPT
    Nicholas Kupchaunis, PT, DPT Physical Therapist

    B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Areas of Special Interest: Orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, low back pain, joint replacements

    Hobbies: Fitness, snowboarding, going to the beach, traveling, watching Boston sports

    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy working with such a great staff with a reputation for excellent patient care and professionalism. The HPT team approach helps facilitate patient recovery and success, in an enjoyable environment.

    Started with the practice in 2019

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