Boston Marathon Competitor Getting Ready Again

“Thanks to the OPT Team for getting me through the Boston Marathon 2018”, Danielle Kennedy, NBC10, Providence.  Danielle is training now for 2019 Boston.

Former Patriot, now NY Giants Nate Solder Gets on Track at OPT

Off-Season was tough on friend NATE SOLDER of the NY Giants, formerly of the Patriots.  But, he spent some his Summer days at OPT in Middletown.  He’s back in action playing on Sundays.  Best of Luck to Nate.

URI Grad Kyle Regnault; NY Mets, OPT

Kyle Regnault; NY Mets, URI

Golf in Sunny Florida, Thanks to OPT!

A week ago this Toronto resident was in Newport with a back that wasn’t going to hold up for a golf trip the following day to Florida. Thankfully I found Bert and OPT! Below is a picture of me two days later on the course.
I’ve never had a more thorough assessment and treatment than the one Bert gave me. Two thumbs up. This guy knows his stuff! I wish I could move him to Toronto.

Shane, Newport Fireman, …”It’s unbelievable…”

“It’s unbelieveable…I was out of work for six weeks. I couldn’t walk. I put in the inserts on a Tuesday and I felt so good I went for a run on Thursday. Thanks for the help. I need two more pairs”.Shane

Salve Regina Baseball’s Jimmy Fitzgerald at OPT

Jimmy Fitz
Salve Regina Baseball player Jimmy Fitzgerald shown doing his baseball specific functional Ther Ex. Jimmy’s message was, “Thanks, OPT…I feel great now. No pain now and for the first time ever I touched 90 on the gun (90 mph). I can’t wait to get to Florida…”. SRU travels to sunny FLA for their first Spring games. Go Jimmy, and go SRU. We’re rooting for you!!

OptoGait, Digital Running Analysis, Newest Addition

The OptoGait, a digital gait analysis device, is the newest technology added to the OPT runner’s and athlete’s assessment.  “No one else in Rhode Island has one…”, says Bert Reid, DPT and co-owner.  “We’re thrilled.  This machine is fascinating.  It has so much power to analyze,… we’re learning new things every day”.  Victor Ricci


“We can see real-time measures of step length, contact time, flight time, drift…tons of stuff.  We’re looking for inefficiencies and asymmetries.  Once we find asymmetry, and it takes about 30 seconds, we can structure a retraining and rehabilitation program to work on exactly what is holding the runner or athlete back”.  The OptoGait can be used for comparing several different pairs of running shoes to see which is precisely the most efficient for that particular runner, compare left to right legs in case of injury, the drift inefficiency of running, stride angle, how effective and insert or orthotic truly is and more.   “Everything we need to know to make someone a better, more efficient and powerful runner.  This is why they say ‘Train Smarter’, …now we know how”.

“All the guess work is gone.  When choosing the proper shoe or testing the athlete, for generations it has been a guessing game.  Even the best of other running specialty stores operate from a ‘Give this a try…’ standpoint.  We can tell within a few seconds if it is working efficiently.  Then, if needed we can modify the insert, and then re-test.  It’s a biomechanically perfect set up”, says Reid.  “It’s a powerful technology here at OPT”.

Shown in the picture is a collegiate Division I runner from Seton Hall University, Victor Ricci.  Victor has a 5 mile PR of 26:34 and a PR of 4:15 for the Mile Run.  Last weekend a group of Ultra-Marathoners came down from New Hampshire to get on the OptoGait and to buy running shoes and get their orthotics.  “People come from all over because of the combination we offer of the injury knowledge, the way we make orthotics and can prove they are effective and to choose the right running shoe through research and with the OptoGait”.

An OptoGait session, offered in the Wakefield office, is roughly the same cost as a self-pay Evaluation, and it is out-of-pocket.  Currently $75, the evaluation takes about 30 minutes.  “People say it is well worth the price as they save on wasting money on shoes, on orthotics and the cost of being injured.  being injured means co-pays and down time…both things a runner hates.  By the way…they also run better.  It can be done for basketball shoes, golf shoes, cleats, tennis shoes and many others”.

One other important feature is the ability to do Fall Risk Analysis.  For our Senior Citizens, the direct costs of falls, according to the CDC is $30 Billion per year.  To predict and prevent falls, the OptoGait can be used to measure the older Adults drift, marching, gait pattern and ultimately their safety.  Once tested, the Senior can go through balance training and gait training, then can be post-tested to determine their exact capability in an effort to prevent falls.

OPT Friend Kyle Phelps Wins RI Golf Teacher of the Year Award

OPT long time friend and patient KYLE PHELPS, Head Pro at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, was recently named the 2013 Golf Digest RI Golf Teacher of the Year. Presented to one person in each state, Kyle was recognized for his teaching expertise and professionalism with running his shop at RICC. Kyle runs RI’s best Junior pogram, and is the Assistant to the Barrington HS Golf Team (State Champs). Kyle is getting ready to run the 2014 Disney World Marathon. He completed the Newport Half, and has many marathons under his belt. Congratulations Kyle from all of us at OPT.

Heather Abbott: Profile in Courage; Newport Strong

Heather Abbott of Newport, RI, a victim in the Boston Bombing, is making a strong comeback. Heather’s left ankle was too badly injured in the bombing on April 15.  She underwent an amputation a few days later.  Since then she has been to Sapulding Rehab and now is a patient at OPT in Middletown.  Her progress has been unbelievably swift and steady.  She is well ahead of schedule, and has since returned to work.  The last bit of rehab for Heather at OPT will involve plyometrics and return to running as she is anxious to begin to get back to the activities she loves.  We wish her continued strength and progress to go along with her great, positive attitude.

Heather Abbott Takes First Steps with New Prosthesis

Heather Abbott of Newport gave permission to OPT to announce that she has taken her first steps with her new prosthetic limb.  Heather was a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombing and doctors were unable to save her foot.  She spent weeks at Spaulding Rehab in Boston and then after several weeks at OPT she now has her new limb.  Today she took her first steps at OPT.  Look for Heather on the cover of People Magazine on newsstands today!.  We all wish Heather the best of health and happiness as she begins the next chapters of her full recovery.

Back Riding Again After PT at OPT

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and Ali for all you both did in rehabbing my elbow after surgery in April.
I just got back from NC where I was able to mountain bike EVERY DAY I was down there (Dupont, Pisgah, Tsail …) – pain-free, with no loss of strength or flexibility!
Amazing riding; if you have never gone there, it’s worth the trip!!!
Anyway, I’ve got about 95% flexion and extention, and zero site sensitivity!  I am still doing my PT on my own, and feel like I’m just about there.
I’m sorry I did not get the opportunity to thank you both in person; figured this would be the next best thing.
Maybe I’ll see you on the trails.  J
Thanks again.
Corinne Hughes
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Salve Regina University

Ralph Caruso Jr: Barrington High Varsity Baseball Coach

Don, Although my late mother would be very put out with me for waiting so long,  I wanted to thank you and Matthew for the time you spent with my pitchers and  catchers this past Wednesday afternoon. I know how busy you are with your  practice. The instructions you provided for stretching exercises and flexibility  have already been implemented. The boys certainly gained a better appreciation  of how they can improve their performance with better conditioning. You have  certainly helped me to improve the level of instruction these young men deserve,  and for that I am very grateful. I will be in touch with you again soon, and  please know you have a box seat waiting for you for any Barrington High baseball  game.
Ralph Caruso, Jr.
Varsity Coach

Univ. of Maryland Star Charlie White

Charlie White, a star-player at the University of Maryland, Centerfielder and student-athlete, shows off his leadoff-hitter prowess.  Charlie also starred on the Newport Gulls in the Summer of 2012, helping the Gulls to the Perfect Game’s honor of National Champions.  Charlie led the Terp’s in hitting as a Freshman and Sophomore, and had a .475 average as a high school senior.  The Gull’s director stated, “We had big trouble losing Charlie to injury, but you guys brought him all the way back even after the doctors had given up on him for the Summer”.

“No comparison to any other physical therapy center I have been”!, M. Yahia

No comparison to any other physical therapy center I have been!

Because I live in Massachusetts when I have a problem that requires physical therapy I attempt to fix it at places near me in the Boston area where each time they address one small portion of the problem. They take a myopic and dated view of the problem. Frankly, it was waste of time going elsewhere because when I come down here to OPT Therapy, Bert and his team get it right away every time  and create the perfect exercises to help  get me right back into my natural state of wellness. I am continually amazed how quickly and accurately I am diagnosed, how clearly and respectfully it is explained to me, and how every member of the team (and there are many) is flowing in sync to guide me through the exercises. In an era where doctors barely look patients in the eye, this facility is so refreshing because of the many ways they listen to their clients. Sitting in a chair my neck began to ache and in that second Bert intuitively picked up on it before I moved or said a word and then proceeded to work on the area. I’d like to say I have been looking for a place like this but truly I didn’t know it existed before I came here. I now tell my doctors that all physical therapy places are not created equal. There is one that is exceptional and surprisingly fun!  Heating and cooling pads, electrical massaging, helpful explanations, individualized, thorough and thoughtful exercise plans customized for you, and lots of smiles! This is the model for the perfect physical therapy center!

Melissa Yahia/Harvard MA

PGA Golf Tour Star Brett Quigley: “Thank You, OPT PT…”

Following three YEARS of leg pain, PGA Tour Golfer Brett Quigley is now headed back in the right direction.  Treatments of P.T. as well as custom orthotics have helped relieve the nagging nerve compression that caused him to sit out from the PGA Tour.  Using intensified specialized manual therapies and functional therapeutic golf-related exercises learned from National experts, including gurus Howard Dananberg, DPM, and David Tiberio, Ph.D., P.T., Brett’s P.T. visits were very effective…but not easy.  His injury required deep and sometimes excruciating release to the trapped nerve.  Years of trouble led to an immobile joint which traps a leg nerve pathway.  Brett gritted his teeth and charged his way through the exercises and the manual mobilizations.  The team at OPT PT “tried everything, including the tough ones”.  “A lot of people wouldn’t put up with what he had to fight for in treatments…he’s a monster.  He’s a tough guy.  You can sense his desire to get back to the top”, says Bert Reid, D.P.T.  “For a few years he has been in pain, struggling through as best he could, and favoring that limb.  The nerve was being crushed, and he kept on playing.  We’ve tried a combination of shoe inserts that had immediate benefit the day he tried them in his golf shoe and sneakers, and we did P.T. treatments everyday he wasn’t playing in tournaments”.

“Three years of pain, five visits to the Mayo Clinic and no results!   Four weeks with your orthotics and physical therapy and I’m on the road to playing the PGA tour again.   You guys are the first to help me get feeling healthy again for life and golf!  Thank you”!
Brett Quigley
PGA Tour
Brett, of Barrington, RI, and an All-American at the University of South Carolina, is a 2 time Champion on the Web.com Tour and has finished in 2nd place five times on the PGA tour.  He has made over $11 million in career earnings.  He also won the prestigious Northeast Amateur in 1988, and has played in the Master’s, the British Open and the U.S. Open.
“There was an improvement after the second treatment…and that was after three years of pain”.