Middletown Staff

Bert Reid, PT, DPT

Co-Owner OPT Physical Therapy / OPT Core Orthotics

Bert Reid received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mass. General Hospital in 2008. He received his Master’s Degree from URI in 1993. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 1987, where he was the captain of the varsity golf team and Academic All-American. He was awarded the Tulane Academic Award twice, given to a student-athlete for academic merit.  The MGH Doctoral program is strongly centered on evidence-based clinical measurement tools.  These are applied to Biomechanical Functional and Sports Rehab at OPT.  Bert’s Compendium Papers were on the topics of case study of advanced foot mechanics relating to the kinetic chain and rotator cuff pathology and rehabilitation, primarily aimed at the throwing athlete.

Bert has taken over twenty-five advanced training seminars in specialized topics ranging from foot and ankle biomechanics, functional rehabilitation, Golf fitness certification through NikeGolf, performance training, rotator cuff/shoulder and throwing mechanics, mechanical low back and neck pain, Team Physician Sports Medicine, jaw pain, advanced orthotic fabrication through traditional methods as well as the AmFit Precise model, and many more.  Bert is trained in a specialized machine called the “OptoGait” which can measure digital running analysis, power, agility and balance. He is currently involved in research analyses for running shoes and foot mechanics that allows us to prove that one product or method is better than another.  He teaches an Elective Class at URI in the P.T. Grad Program entitled “Functional Gait and Running Research”.

In 2008 Bert completed a 10 month Fellowship in Functional PT Rehab and Sports Biomechanics through the G.I.F.T. Program of the Gray Institute. In 2019, he became Certified as a Functional Golf Specialist, the newest course from the Gray Institute, the most complete and esteemed program of its kind.  He has a NikeGolf NG360 Fitness Certification.  He also passed the exam of the Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional. He conducts Golf Fitness Training seminars and classes, and he has lectured at Universities, at N.E. ACSM seminars and in health clubs and for civic groups.  He has worked directly with elite runners including Olympic Medalists, Div. 1 collegians, pro golfers and tennis players as well as Navy SEALS, Team Puma pro sailors, URI and Salve Regina Baseball pitchers and catchers and others.  Bert has also worked as the sideline medical care specialist for the Narragansett High School Football Team for over 20 years based on his training with the ACSM Team Physician courses.  In 2010 OPT and Bert were inducted into the R.I. High School Football Coach’s Hall of Fame based on the history of OPT’s involvement and donations with all of high school sports.  In 2013 he was inducted into the Providence Grid Iron Hall of Fame as well. In 2016 he was awarded the prestigious URI Distinguished Achievement Award given by the College of Human Sciences. He continues to play soccer, run, play golf, and to spend time with his wife Krista and their two kids, James and Julia.

Don Levine, DPT, FAFS

Co-Owner OPT Physical Therapy / OPT Core Orthotics

Don Levine earned his  Master of Science degree  in Physical Therapy from The University of Rhode Island in 1992 and completed a fellowship with the Gray Institute for Functional Training in Applied Functional Science in November of 2007. He further expanded his education by completing a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2010,  which included a focus in Executive Management.  He continues yearly to complete extensive continuing education in the biomechanics of sport and the business of Physical Therapy.

Don specializes in sports medicine related cases and he and the practice lead the state in the treatment and prevention of shouder and elbow injuries in the throwing athlete. He has developed baseball specific conditioning programs and preseason pitching screens for both baseball and softball athletes. Don routinely  provides medical services at local sports tournaments and competitions and has worked with youth through professional athletes in both injury prevention and conditioning programs. He provides the aquatic physical therapy services for OPT.

Don has served as a guest lecturer for the APTA, the YMCA, NUWC as well as CCRI and URI. He continues to be active at the state and national levels in his professional associations. He serves on the National level as the APTA Private Practice Section’s Committee Chair for the Marketing and Public Relations Committee. Don also serves as the Vice President of the RI Physical Therapy Private Practice Group, as the Legislative Chair for the RI APTA and on the RI Licensure Board of Physical Therapy . In 2005 Don was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the URI PT program and was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the RI Physical Therapy Association.

Don is active with his wife and three children in his community, serving on boards, assisting with strength and conditioning programs and cheering on the sidelines (occasionally too loudly).

Eric Isenberg, DPT, CSCS

Eric graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2007 with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and received the academic excellence and faculty recognition awards. Eric is the Assistant Director of the Middletown clinic. Eric recently passed his Board Exam through the APTA for Orthopedic Certified Specialist. The OCS is an achievement in learning that less than 5% of all PT’s complete. In 2005 he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2004 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from URI with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. In December of 2006, Eric traveled to Guatemala to provide therapy to disabled children at the Centro Maya School. He worked closely with a family including two identical twin sons, Amal and Juan. Eric has experience working as a strength and conditioning trainer and a strong background in functionally-based therapy.

Melissa Rosa

Office Manager, Company Controller

Melissa first began working for OPT in 2001. In 2005 she and her family moved to Florida to pursue other career choices and now we are happy to say that Melissa returned to Middletown this year as our Company Controller. Office Manager/ Company Controller does not encompass all that she does for OPT as she wears many hats within the company.

 

Outside of work Melissa, along with her daughter and husband enjoy equestrian pursuits including spending time at the barn with her  2 horses, Honey and Willow, and 2 dogs, Jesse and Dylan.

 

Kirstin Collins

Billing Manager

Kirstin Collins has been with OPT from the very beginning as she seemingly came with the building.  In August 2001, she began as an aide, climbed the ladder of success and now is the Billing Manager. She  works primarily at the Middletown branch.  Kirstin enjoys spending all of her free time keeping up to date with the ever-changing, impossible world of health-care benefits, regulations and third-party reimbursement.

Jennifer Viveiros

Billing/Benefits Department

Jennifer graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School of Business in 2000. She joined the OPT team in 2009, as the company grew so did Jennifer’s position. She began her career in the front office, answering phones and making appointments, now she works in the billing and benefits department.  The other staff members refer to Jen as “The Sunshine Girl..” as she is frequently in charge of  remembering staff birthdays, special events and because of her positive and uplifting demeanor.

 

Jennifer resides in Portsmouth with her husband and 2 children and frequently spends time outdoors; taking camping trips and roasting marshmallows.

Victor Sandman, PT, DPT, CAFS, CSCS, PES, GTS

 

Victor received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2014 after spending eight years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness manager. During that time he earned the designations of CAFS (Gray Institute), CSCS (NSCA), Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM), and certifications as a kettlebell and boxing/kickboxing instructor. In 2004, Victor graduated with honors from Boston University’s College of Communication. Currently he is working toward his GTS credential, which is a specialty in the Graston technique for soft tissue mobilization and release. For 13 years now he has enjoyed working with clients and patients of all ages and pursuits. He believes strongly in the power of an improved physical condition and works hard to achieve it.

Victor loves spending time with his wife and two young children. His interests and experiences include singing professionally for over 13 years, and being a long-time friend, member, and advocate of the Hyannis Sound, Firedrill! (both of which are vocal groups), and the FLAG Flag Football League.

 

OPT Staffer Laura in Soccer Action!! Glory Days…

Doctor of Physical Therapy Laura Reichard of OPT shown here playing Varsity Soccer for Temple U.  Now Laura is a Staff PT in the Middletown office.  She continues to study about Sports Biomechanics relating to Performance as well as injury rehab.  Laura enjoys playing on a Women’s soccer team locally.

 

 

 

Steve Warren, PTA and Personal Trainer

Steve Warren received his PTA Certificate in 2017 from the Community College of Rhode Island with Cum Laude distinction. In 2006 he received his NSCA Personal Trainer Certification. He has a strong background in sports training, geriatric conditioning and working with neurological disorders. Steve is a veteran of the United States Navy. Steve joined OPT in 2002 as a rehabilitation aide and now is a PTA. Steve’s continuing education is focused on Chain Reaction Functional Biomechanics. In addition to his personal training, he works with the local athletes at the High Schools as well as with the community various special events. He still enjoys playing basketball and weight lifting.

Laura Reichard PT, DPT

Laura Reichard received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2017. She has completed additional course work in Functional Rehabilitation and 3-Dimensional Movement Patterns from the Gray Institute. She also recently received her certification in Functional Dry Needling which is a technique used to decrease pain and trigger points in muscles, and improve functional mobility in patientsLaura has experience working with patients of all ages and levels of ability, but especially enjoys treating adults with sports related injuries. She was a member of the Temple University Women’s Soccer Team and currently plays soccer for Rhode Island Women’s Soccer league. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog and spending time with family and friends.