Physical Therapists

Christie Hudson, PT, DPTChristie Hudson, PT, DPT

Christie Hudson has been a licensed physical therapist since 1996.  She received her Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Certificate from Emory University in 2004 and her professional doctorate from Arcadia University in 2011.  She developed a Vestibular Rehabilitation program for Exeter Hospital, and provided care to patients in acute, sub-acute, home and outpatient therapy settings.  Her clinical experience intervening at all phases of care gives Christie a unique and extensive perspective of the scope of dizziness and imbalance dysfunction on the physical, psychological, and functional aspects of a person’s life.

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Kristen White, PTKristen White, PT

Kristen graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. Kristen is a specially trained therapist who has been dedicated to treating patients with neck/back pain and headaches for over 10 years. She utilizes manual therapy skills that include joint mobilization, myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy, and muscle energy, as well incorporating postural education and core stabilization exercises. Kristen takes a holistic approach to assessing and treating  spine patients as these injuries can impact all aspects of an individual’s life.  Kristen enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, boating, hiking, yoga, and walking her black lab.

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Andrea Hrynchuk, PTAndrea Hrynchuk, PT

Andrea graduated from University of Vermont in 1984, and has worked in various concentrations including Spine and Head Trauma Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Occupational Medicine, and general Inpatient and Outpatient care.  She has been at Access specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine since its inception in 1998.  She enjoys treating shoulder, knee, hip and ankle injuries with a special interest in running injuries. Certifications include Personal Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Graston technique. Andrea enjoys a full gamut of outdoor activities including hiking, backcountry, downhill and Nordic skiing, kayaking, cycling, snowboarding and running.

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Jennifer Halstead, MS, PTJennifer Halstead, MS, PT

Jen completed both her undergraduate and graduate training at Northeastern University in Boston. She earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. Jen has been a therapist with the Access team since 2001. In addition to working in sports medicine, Jen has brought her knowledge and experience from working as a part-time homecare Physical Therapist since 2004 to our clinic. Her background working with cancer, heart surgery, stroke, transplant, and total joint replacement patients greatly vary her knowledge base. Jen’s experience makes her a very well rounded PT; however she does have a special interest in treating shoulders, knees, and correcting deviations in gait. She particularly enjoys working with runners and athletes returning to sport. In her free time, Jen stays busy traveling, boating, snowmobiling, and running.

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Rick Madden, PTARick Madden, PTA

Rick is a graduate from Becker College. He assisted in the development of our Work Conditioning program, and our Back School and teaches the class the 4th Wednesday of every month where educates patients on the anatomy of the spine, proper body mechanics and corrective posture.  He is educated and experienced with Myofascial release, Cranio-Sacral therapy, kenesio taping, Mcconnell taping, and Graston STT technique, along with other treatment techniques. He has 12+ years experience here at Access treating post-operative and sports related injuries.

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Michelle Higgins, PTA, CPTMichelle R Higgins, PTA, CPT

Michelle graduated from Becker College in 1994 as a Physical Therapy Assistant & has worked in a wide range of settings. She has experience in pediatrics, aquatics, neurological rehabilitation, and specializes in general orthopaedics and sports medicine. Michelle earned a Personal Trainer Certification through ACE in 1999 & obtained her Graston Technique Certification in 2010. Her hobbies include triathlons, mountain biking, downhill skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and roller-blading.

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Tyler Swett, ATCTyler Swett, ATC

Tyler graduated from Plymouth State University in 2006 where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. While at Plymouth, Tyler had the opportunity to work with a variety of athletic teams including football, wrestling, field hockey, and lacrosse. Tyler has experience working with a wide range of physical therapy patients and was trained in the use of the Graston Technique in 2010.  He also has two years experience working in a high school setting with numerous high school athletes.

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Russell Wheeler, DPT

Russ graduated from Columbia University in 2010, receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy with his clinical specialty in Orthopedics. During his graduate education, Russ received supplementary training in the areas of Mulligan manual techniques, cervicogenic pain, rehabilitation of sport injuries, and management of foot & ankle disorders. As a student, he performed extensive research in the areas of lateral epicondylalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy and adhesive capsulitis. Russ completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2006 with his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology. During his time there, he participated in several internships for strength and conditioning, sport performance and cardiac rehabilitation. In his personal time, Russ enjoys weightlifting, racquetball, football and ultimate frisbee.

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Andrea Murray, PT, DPTAndrea Murray, PT, DPT

Andrea graduated from the Physical Therapy Doctorate program at Husson University in Bangor, Maine in 2008. Prior to working at Access Sports Medicine she worked in a small hospital setting located in Maine where she gained experience in orthopaedics, neurological rehabilitation, sports medicine and wound care.  Andrea has a special interest in treating shoulder, knee  and ankle  injuries.  During her free time Andrea is a volunteer firefighter and enjoys playing soccer, running, fishing and spending time outdoors.

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Kendra MacBride, DPT

Kendra MacBride, DPT graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  She went on to attend the University of New England and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2012.  During her graduate studies, Kendra researched the profession of physical therapy’s role in wellness and primary prevention of diseases and injuries at all ages.  Kendra has a particular interest in treating shoulder disorders and sports related injuries.  Outside of work, Kendra enjoys spending time outdoors, working out at the gym, playing soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and disc golf.

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Liz Hoyt, PTA

Liz graduated from Hesser College in 2010 as a Physical Therapy Assistant.  In the spring of 2013 she will graduate from Ashford University with a BA in Health and Wellness.  She has experience in a variety of physical therapy  settings.  Her passion is orthopedics and sports medicine.  In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, boating, camping, hiking, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Kirstin Dodge, DPT

Kirstin graduated from the University of New England with her masters in physical therapy in 2002.  As an elite gymnast, skier and multisport scholar athlete she fell easily into the field of physical therapy.  In 2008, Kirstin graduated from University of Southern California with her post-professional doctor of physical therapy.  Kirstin is a skilled manual therapist and utilizes multiple tools and approaches in treating all patients including multiple core stabilization techniques, taping methods and motor control exercises.   To further her learning and skill set Kirstin is currently pursuing her orthopedic specialty certification.

In 2012, Kirstin returned to her hometown of Barrington, New Hampshire where she lives with her husband.  In her free time Kirstin enjoys dance, alpine skiing, hiking, pilates and photography.

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Brian Rhuland, PTABrian Rhuland, PTA

Brian is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with more than five years of experience in an orthopaedic and sports medicine setting.  He is also certified as both a massage therapist and a personal trainer, is certified in CPR and as a first responder.  Brian enjoys working with athletes of all ages and specializes in treatment of injuries of the shoulder and knee.  His interests include playing soccer, powerlifting, hiking, skiing and spending time with his three boys.

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Heather Patterson, PTHeather Patterson, PT

Heather graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in physical therapy from the University of New England.  Originally from Maine, Heather has practiced in outpatient orthopedic clinics, VA systems and hospitals in Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska.  She uses multiple manual skills in therapy including muscle energy and active release and takes a biomechanical approach to rehabilitation.  She is currently preparing for her specialization in orthopedics exam.   Heather comes to Access after returning to New England with her family.   During her free time she enjoys alpine skiing, hiking, fly fishing and cycling.

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Katelyn Provencher, DPTKatelyn Provencher, DPT

Katelyn Provencher, DPT is a Physical Therapist who earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from the University of New England in Portland, ME.  She brings her training and experience to the comprehensive team of physical therapists and athletic trainers at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics.  During her education Katelyn has had the opportunity to work with patients of all ages and across the spectrum of orthopedic conditions.  She has a particular interest in sports and musculoskeletal injuries and rehabbing post-surgical knee and shoulder injuries.  During her free time Katelyn enjoys playing tennis, hiking and reading.

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Jennifer Courossi, DPTJennifer Courossi, DPT

Jennifer Courossi, DPT is a physical therapist with extensive training and research experience in the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.  While at Springfield College, Jennifer received an award as an Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.  Jennifer’s background has provided her with the opportunity to work with both surgical and non-surgical knee patients. Her clinical interests are in comprehensive injury management of sports medicine and orthopedic diseases and conditions.  During her free time, Jennifer enjoys soccer and running, and spending time with friends and family.

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Annie Ruffus, PT, DPT, CSCS

Annie graduated from the Physical Therapy Doctorate program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2007. Prior to her PT education, Annie completed MS coursework in exercise physiology at Springfield College and received her BS from Tufts University. In addition, Annie is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American College of Sports Medicine. Her interests in physical therapy lie in shoulder and knee rehabilitation and research. Outside of the clinic Annie is a passionate skier, cyclist, windsurfer and runner who understands the important role that sports play in people’s lives and is dedicated to returning athletes of all ages back to their game.

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