PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with the primary goal of improving movement and function; expanding movement potential; and relieving pain. Physical therapy is offered through the MCH Rehabilitation Department which provides outpatient and inpatient services to patients of all ages from infants to geriatrics.

Most common diagnoses include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Joint Replacement
  • Fractures
  • Tendon Repairs
  • Muscle/Ligament Sprains and Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • CVA
  • MS
  • Neuropathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Issues
  • Wound Care
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Women's Health Issues

Meet the Staff:

Maria Bemont, PT, Program Coordinator

Maria Bemont is a physical therapist with 17 years of experience, specializing in wound care. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of New England in 1994. She has experience with inpatient and outpatient orthopedics. She managed the Rehabilitation Department for 10 years before moving on to start up the Wound Healing Center in May of 2007. Maria has worked at MCH her entire professional career and was also born at this hospital. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and two beautiful children.

Erin Chamberlain, MS, PT, Clinical Leader

Erin received her bachelors’ degree in Exercise Physiology (1997) and her masters degree in physical therapy (1999) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has worked at MCH as a physical therapist since graduating in 1999. Erin is a clinical specialist in Cardiac, Pulmonary and Diabetes Rehabilitation directs the Medical Rehab Programs at the Bond Wellness Center. Other areas of specialty are pediatrics, vestibular and women’s health. Erin enjoys practicing across a spectrum of populations is interested in new challenges.

Steve Frechette, PT

Steve Frechette received his MS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England (1999). Steve has been working at Monadnock Community Hospital since 2002. He spent a number of years seeing patients at our Jaffrey satellite office, but Steve has been more recently working with outpatients at the Wellness Center and assisting with inpatient coverage. Steve came to MCH from Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine, where he was working primarily with orthopaedic and geriatric patients in outpatient, inpatient and nursing home settings. While at the University of New England, Steve was part of a team of four students working to correlate standardized measurement tools for balance. Their work was selected for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Shad Hansen, MPT, OCS

Shad is a 1997 graduate of Andrews University’s Master of Physical Therapy Program. He has more than ten years of experience in the treatment of outpatient orthopedic injuries and is also trained in the use of Pilates for rehabilitation. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post surgical rehabilitation, manual therapy, and injuries of the spine and extremities. Shad came to Monadnock Community Hospital in 2005, and in his free time enjoys running, cycling, skiing, and soccer.

Mary Kaye Lake, PT
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Mary Kaye is a 1995 graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BS in Allied Health and a 2004 Graduate of Quinnipiac University with a MS in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Licensed as a physical therapist in 1995, she has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings.

She initiated her training in women’s health in 2000 attending Janet Hulme’s “Beyond Kegels” and “Beyond Kegels II”. In 2005, she attended Hollis Herman’s Pregnancy and Post Partum: Clinical Highlights to have a better understanding of the scope of physical therapy and the pregnant patient. Mary Kaye has also attended McKenzie parts A, B, and C with a focus on the spine, The Burdenko Level I Certification in Aquatic Therapy, and is currently working on her certification in Geriatric Exercise through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Mary Kaye came to MCH from Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut in 2006. She carries a varied caseload enjoying geriatric clients and aquatic therapy. She is anxious to continue to promote the women’s health focus in the Rehabilitation Department. She is the mother of two beautiful girls and lives in Peterborough.

Lynne Maloney, PT, Director of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation
Lynne Maloney

Lynne is a graduate from Simmons College in 1984, with her degree in Physical Therapy.  She has completed extensive studies in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Wound Care which supports her work with the adult and geriatric population.  During her career, she has enjoyed her work in acute hospital and acute rehabilitation settings. 

Lynne has spent 13 years of her career here at MCH, and at this time is currently the Director of the Rehabilitation team including Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology on site and at our off site clinics.  Lynne is committed to supporting her department to serve the Monadnock Region with superlative clinical care, as well as maintaining cutting edge training for her staff. 

Allie Meader, DPT
Lynne Maloney

Allie Meader obtained her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Rivier College (2002), and her M.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University (2004). She has been employed by MCH since 2002 as an Exercise Physiologist, as well as the high school and college internship supervisor, in Fitness, Medical Rehabilitation and Cardiology. In March 2011, Allie graduated from Franklin Pierce University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and currently works as a Physical Therapist at MCH's Jaffrey office. She has experience evaluating and treating patients across the age spectrum in various settings, including inpatient, orthopedic, neurological, and long-term care. In addition, Allie works with Conval High School to provide job shadowing opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in rehab services.

Greg Nerz, MEd, PT, Program Coordinator

Greg Nerz has more than 30 years experience in physical therapy.  His undergraduate degree is from the University of Delaware, and he earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Temple University.  He worked in the Philadelphia area before joining MCH’s Jaffrey office in 1996. 

David Nielsen, DPT

David was an elementary school teacher for 7 years prior to graduating with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2005. He has worked in acute care as well as outpatient orthopedic environments. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post surgical rehabilitation, manual therapy, and musculoskeletal injuries. Dave has taught skiing and snowboarding for over 20 years and enjoys carpentry and landscaping in his spare time. He lives in Bedford, NH with his wife and daughter.

Paul Sicard, MS, PT, OCS

Paul Sicard obtained his M.S. in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in 1998. He has practiced in outpatient orthopedics since graduating in 1998 treating various musculoskeletal, sports, and orthopedic injuries. Paul became board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2009. His special interest lies in manual therapy including mobilization and manipulation of the spine and extremities as well as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization. He joined MCH in 2012 treating in the outpatient and inpatient physical therapy department.

 

For more information contact the Rehabilitation Department, at 924-4635.