Meet Our Expert Staff

Melanie Bieniek, DPT, OCS, CLT

Director of Rehabilitation Services
Mel has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2000. She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and has extensive experience in rehabilitative services administration, having been in leadership positions for over 17 years. Mel has exceptional orthopedic clinical skills and is board certified in orthopedics, lymphedema management, functional dry needling, and vestibular management. Mel strives to move forward Frisbie’s Rehabilitation Services program, utilizing the most evidence-based, patient focused models of care in its Outpatient and Inpatient Clinical services and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. She enjoys collaborating with Frisbie’s clinical leaders and providers on patient care and innovative initiatives / programs.

PHYSICAL THERAPY

OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY

Gerard Lanoie, PT, CCE

Outpatient Physical Therapy Manager
Jerry has been a Physical Therapist at Frisbie Memorial Hospital since 2000. He holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. In 2005, he earned certification in Vestibular competency. In 2009, Jerry became the Outpatient Clinical Supervisor and, in 2016, he was promoted to Outpatient Physical Therapy Manager. He has vast experience in treating general orthopedics and in pre- and post-surgical care.Jerry is also the Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education, supervising students and clinical instructors in the Rehabilitation Services department.

Winona Hunt, PTA

Winona has been practicing in Physical Therapy for over 30 years. She has worked with patients with multiple diagnoses and of varied age groups. She specializes in manual therapies and aquatics, with a strong focus on education to maximize patients’ functional potential. She is certified in Graston Technique, Craniosacral Therapy, and Myofascial Release. Winona is also a certified clinical instructor in Frisbie’s student program.

Brooke Cournoyer, MSPT, DPT

Brooke earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005 and, in 2007, went on to pursue a Doctorate degree all the while continuing to work as a full-time therapist. Having worked as a traveling Physical Therapist, Brooke developed vast experience in multiple fields including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, outpatient settings and schools. Brooke specializes in Pediatrics and in Women’s Health, and enjoys treating the athletic orthopedic sports population. She is also a part-time physical therapist at a NH school. In this role, she helps parents and pediatrics navigate services and integrate school-based therapy with an outpatient physical therapy plan of care.

Tracey Huppe, DPT, CS, CLT-LANA

Tracey has been practicing in Physical Therapy for over 30 years, developing expertise in multiple specialties and earning numerous certifications. Her passion is in cancer rehabilitation, lymphedema management, and working with vestibular disorders. Her care and compassion go well beyond the physical confines of our outpatient practice. She also provides inpatient care to the acute care population and leads a weekly Lebed Cancer Exercise group, which focuses on healing through exercise.

Rebecca Thurston, PT

Becky has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1987, providing services for Frisbie Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. She specializes in adult neurological rehabilitation and general orthopedics. She uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain and dysfunction, and facilitates activity and mobility to achieve positive functional outcomes for her many satisfied patients. Becky also provides care to Frisbie’s acute care population and co-teaches a wellness program designed to improve health and well-being through movement and exercise for the Frisbie Memorial Hospital community.

Frances Lipe, PT

Fran has been practicing since 1992. She specializes in the difficult-to-manage and challenging cases. She utilizes a host of highly skilled evaluation and treatment methods, including comprehensive biomechanical and kinesthetic analysis, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Unwinding, Functional Dry Needling, DOE Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and many more. Her primary goal is teaching clients about themselves and their conditions. She works with patients to establish individual home management programs, including self-awareness and personal skill acquisition, allowing for control over chronic symptoms to significantly improve functional abilities and achieve a higher quality of life.

Thomas Bulcroft, PTA

Having practiced in physical therapy for over 30 years, Tom has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and developed a strong set of skills. Since 1993, Tom’s been a fixture at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, working in its multiple rehabilitation settings. He has experience working with both acute care and outpatient populations, and his areas of specialty span the spectrum, including cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation and manual therapies. Tom has expertise in body mechanics, ergonomics, and injury prevention. As an extension of his personal Martial Arts training, he has incorporated numerous techniques including breathing and meditation. He adds teaching to his role as a rehabilitation specialist.

Laurie Martin, PT

Laurie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and activity levels. In 2017, she earned certification in Lymphedema. She has vast experience in general orthopedics, neurological diagnoses, pre- and post-surgical care, and general wellness training. Laurie utilizes a whole body approach, designed to restore mobility, strength and movement patterns to improve functional abilities.

Dennis Letourneau, PTA,  CCI

Dennis has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years, with the past 22 years in Physical Therapy. He has vast knowledge and experience in coaching and rehabilitation of athletes and patients of all abilities. He uses his humorous personality, and caring and compassion to inspire and motivate people of all ages including the general population and patients with chronic health conditions as well as those in orthopedic rehabilitation. He is certified in the Graston Technique and is active in the supervision and teaching of our student affiliates.

Joshua Vance, PT

Josh enjoys helping patients return to healthy living and to their previous functional abilities, and he looks forward to improving movement patterns so that efficient patterns can be reached again. He utilizes a hands-on approach and exercises that will work towards goals set by those seeking help in managing their own unique condition. Josh utilizes Functional Dry Needling, taping, and other evidence -based techniques to optimize performance and function.

Cindy Gallant, PTA

Cindy has been practicing since 1993. She has experience in working with a variety of populations from young children to seniors. Her experience is in general orthopedics and neurological rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning using specific techniques from certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Tai Chi. Cindy is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, which is a favorite specialty. She also teaches Tai Chi for Wellness twice a year to the Rochester community.

Sister Esther Marie Massad, DMML, PT, DPT

Sister Esther Marie has been practicing Physical Therapy for 25 years. Her experience has ranged the life span from neonatal ICU to youth to geriatrics; from athletic training for youth sports to acute inpatient care and rehabilitation to skilled nursing physical therapy. Being a generalist in practice, she enjoys working with the full scope and depth of Physical Therapy including orthopedics and sports medicine, neurology, as well as complex medical care. Her manual therapy specialties include Myofascial Release and Muscle Energy Joint Mobilization techniques. Certifications include: Craniosacral Therapy techniques CST-T, Functional Dry Needling (I,II), Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Functional Movement Screens, Graston Technique (I)

Christie Goodwin, PT

Christie has been practicing physical therapy in the Rochester community for over 10 years. She focuses on injury prevention and management through body awareness and adaptability. She loves empowering patients to be more proactive with their health through education and personalized training. She integrates functional strength training, pilates, manual techniques, and modalities to provide qualitative and long-term results for her patients.

Larry Kennard, PT, DPT

Prior to physical therapy, Larry gained a wealth of experience in Exercise Science and the application of biomechanics to performance, most recently as a member of the Sports Performance division of the US Olympic Committee working with a variety of high level athletes and coaches. He now combines his biomechanics experience with his physical therapy training to assist patients in creating efficient programs designed to help them achieve their highest achievable level of function after injury. He received a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at San Diego State University before returning home to New England.

Meg O’Keefe, PT

Meg has been practicing since 1989 with concentration in orthopedic cases. Her primary goal through the course of care is to achieve her patient’s goal and return them to their previous level of activities. In the past she was a Certified Athletic Trainer working in the college setting with a variety of teams.

Julie Evenson, PT, COMT

Julie graduated from the University of New England in 1994 and has been practicing Physical Therapy in the Rochester and Wakefield area for the majority of that time. She is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) and enjoys working with a variety of adolescent and adult orthopedic issues with a focus on getting each individual back to the lifestyle they enjoy. She also is training to help women deal with issues of incontinence.

Rehabilitation Services Office Staff

Barbara Abbott

Office Manager
Barbara has worked in the healthcare field in a variety of positions for over 26 years. Her experience includes CNA, dietary aide, cook, rehab aide in the long-term care setting, and rehab aide in brain injury. In 2001 she joined Frisbie as a unit coordinator for Rehab Services. In 2015, she was promoted to Office Manager. Barbara oversees insurance verification.

Tracie Phinney

Office Coordinator
Tracie has working in healthcare for 36 years. She started as a volunteer and from there became a CNA. She continued on the medical path to become an LNA and a rehab aide working in Geriatrics, Head Injury, and Sub Acute Rehabilitation. She joined Frisbie in 2007 as a unit coordinator responsible for scheduling occupational, physical, pulmonary, and safety evaluations as well as insurance verification.

Robin Morrison Smiley

Office Coordinator
Robin has worked at White Mountain Medical Center for nine years. She’s been at Frisbie for a total of 11 years. As unit coordinator for Physical Therapy, she manages all appointments for White Mountain Medical Center and insurance verification for both Rochester and White Mountain locations.

INPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY

Denise Osborne, PT

Inpatient Rehabilitation Manager
After graduating from Notre Dame College in 2000, Denise began her career in outpatient orthopedics with a specialty in aquatics and pediatrics. She also has experience in adult and geriatric rehabilitation in-home care as well as inpatient short-term and long-term care settings. Her main focus is acute care including cardiac rehabilitation, joint replacement and orthopedic rehabilitation in the hospital setting.

Michelle Short, PT

Michelle is a 1987 graduate of the University of Vermont. She has experience in outpatient orthopedic and neurologic treatment, has worked in the home care setting, and has specialized in outpatient women’s health care. She has been a part of our acute care department for over 12 years, specializing in acute and geriatric care and working with patients in  our joint replacement and cardiopulmonary programs.

Cynthia Dyer, PT

Cindy has been working in Frisbie’s acute care department for over 16 years with a specialty in acute and geriatric rehabilitation. She also works closely with patients in Frisbie’s Joint Replacement and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. As part of Frisbie’s ergonomics team, Cindy helps to optimize the safety and wellbeing of patients and staff throughout the hospital setting.

Jane O’Connor, PT

Jane has been a part of Frisbie’s acute care department for over 15 years, specializing in acute and geriatric care. She works with patients in Frisbie’s Joint Replacement and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. Jane has been certified as a Geriatric Specialist and Menopause educator. She is also certified in performing Functional Capacity Assessments.

Carolyn Williams, PT

Carolyn has been practicing acute care rehabilitation since 1994. She has experience in the evaluation and treatment of cardiac, pulmonary, orthopedic, neurological and medical / surgical adult and geriatric patients. Carolyn also instructs and educates patients in Frisbie’s outpatient Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. Carolyn is involved in Frisbie’s Joint Replacement program, working with patients who are undergoing elective joint replacement surgery.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

 

Lauren Feehan, MS, OTR/L

Lauren received a bachelor’s and master’s degree for Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She has gained vast knowledge of occupational therapy from pediatrics through geriatrics in a variety of practice settings. Here at Frisbie, she specializes in inpatient acute care as well as outpatient pediatrics. She has strong passion for treating neurological diagnoses from sensory processing on an outpatient basis to stroke recovery at the acute level.

Melissa Grenier, MS, OTR/L

Melissa completed her undergraduate degree in Recreation Management and Policy, working as a recreation therapist with pediatrics and adolescents before pursuing a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. Melissa has been a therapist since 2004 and enjoys working with clients across the lifespan. Her professional interests include reflex integration, sensory processing, childhood trauma / emotional dysregulation, vision difficulties, adult neurocognitive disorders (stroke, TBI/concussion, dementia), and working with caregivers and family members to enhance function. She is Certified Interactive Metronome and has specialized training in dementia care and self-regulation programs.

Molly Harrigan, OTR/L

Molly has been practicing since 1992 with experience in acute spinal rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and management. For the past 19 years, Molly has been at Frisbie Memorial Hospital assessing and treating acute care patients on CCU, ICU, Med-surgery and the Emergency Department. She provides education for Frisbie’s outpatient pulmonary rehab program, performs functional skills assessments for patients with cognitive / psych conditions through the Geropsychiatry Unit for both inpatient and outpatient clients. She is skilled at determining the level of care / support and assistance needs and carries Dementia Capable Care Therapist (DCCT) recognition. For the past 15 years, Molly has served on Frisbie’s ergonomics committee, providing training for lift equipment and transfer techniques to nursing in our hospital. She is Physical Agent Modalities (PAMS) / Electrotherapy certified.

Monica Labrie, OTR/L, CHT

Monica has been an occupational therapist for over 35 years and earned her degree at the University of New Hampshire. After working at an urban hospital in Washington D.C., she developed an interest in treating hand and upper extremity injuries. She earned her Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation in 1991. She has specialized in orthopedic hand therapy since that time and treats repetitive strain injuries, post op conditions from carpal tunnel release to traumatic hand injuries as well as fabricates custom made hand splints. In the past, she received training in myoelectric hand prostheses to assist patients who suffered traumatic hand amputation. She is also certified in physical agent modalities. Recently she had also developed an interest working with age-related low vision conditions.

Susanne Seymour, OTR/L

Susanne has been an occupational therapist since she graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1995. She has worked in a variety of settings, including acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and schools. She works with hospital inpatients on their self-care skills. She does a variety of things with outpatients, including treating pediatric patients with motor and/or sensory processing issues; seeing adults for functional performance assessments, driving screenings, caregiver training for people with dementia, and the LSVT BIG program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY

 

Fran Bodkin, M.A. CCC-SLP

Fran enjoys working with both children and adults. She earned her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maine at Orono. Fran has many professional talents and enjoys the assessment and treatment of a variety of speech, language and swallowing needs for clients of all ages.

Valerie Baker, M.S. CCC-SLP

Valerie completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from Champlain College. She want on to pursue a graduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Language Literacy Disorders at the University of New Hampshire. Valerie likes working with people of all ages. Her professional interests include pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, pediatric language and literacy assessment and intervention, and aphasia.

Christine McAuley, M.S. CCC-SLP

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Language Disabilities at Elmira College in upstate New York. After completing this degree, she returned to her hometown to complete her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree at the University of New Hampshire. Her professional interests include pediatric speech-language disorders, as well as assessment and treatment of reading and written language skills.

Yvonne Michaud, M.S. CCC-SLP

Yvonne received her graduate degree from Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals. Yvonne enjoys working with both children and adults. Her areas of interest include cognitive rehabilitation with head-injured population, adults with deteriorating cognitive abilities, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, and reading assessments and intervention.

Gena Kalampalikis, M.S. CCC-SLP

Gena earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Texas A&M University. She enjoys working with patients of all ages. Her professional interests include voice disorders, adult language therapy, and pediatric language.

Michelle Perry, M.S. CCC-SLP

Michelle received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of New Hampshire. While she works with clients across the lifespan, she particularly enjoys working with pediatric clients who have developmental and congenital disabilities. Michelle’s specific areas of interest include pediatric speech, and language and feeding disorders.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Sachin Saksena

Medical Director
Dr. Sachin Saksena is medical director of Frisbie’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services department and cardiologist at Strafford Cardiology Associates. Dr. Saksena is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, and hypertension specialist.

Jean Gruntkosky RN, BSN

Jean graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing in 1991. She spent the first 10 years of her career working in a variety of nursing positions at a Massachusetts community hospital. In 2001, she joined Frisbie’s Cardiology department and has been a member of the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation services team since that time. In 2016, Jean earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern NH University.

 

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