Meet Our Staff
Henry Sisun, RPH, MSPT - President
Henry is the founder of the Rhode Island Rehabilitation Institute, the parent company of Back on Track. He received his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and he holds a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. Henry holds two patents in the area of drug delivery and electrode technology. In addition to his management responsibilities, Henry uses his extensive experience in manual therapy, aquatic therapy, surface electromyography and functional capacity evaluations to treat all types of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
Paul Salvi, PT - Clinic Director
Treating at Waltham & Bedford (186 Great Rd)
Paul received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. While working through the co-op programs at Northeastern, Paul was exposed to practicing all facets of rehabilitation at some of New England's best medical centers: Beth Israel Hospital, U-MASS Medical Center and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital. This experience, combined with intense training in the Burdenko Method of Water and Sports Therapy, has provided Paul with the necessary skills to treat numerous orthopedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
Irfan Ibrahim, PT - Assistant Clinical Director
Treating at Brookline (1180 Beacon St) & Newton
Irfan Ibrahim graduated in 2005 from the Physical Therapy Program at Rajiv Gandhi University in India. Prior to joining Back On Track, Irfan worked as a physical therapist in Indiana at Integrity Rehab Group and in Chicago at St. Mary’s and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC). He has a strong interest in Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy focusing on back pain, knee and hip replacements, ankle injuries, and shoulder replacements. Irfan is passionate about his patients’ achieving their goals and incorporates his manual skills, aquatic training, and custom exercise programs to continually achieve optimum results.
In addition to being licensed in IL, IN, MI, and Massachusetts, he is also a member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association), and was voted for the Quality Focus Council Committee at SMEMC.
Irfan enjoys photography, golf, traveling, cricket, volleyball, and soccer.
Treating at Newton
Gina has been a physical therapist since 2001, when she graduated from Mercy College with a master's degree in PT. Gina has over 16 years experience as a PTA / PT in the subspecialties of Neuro, Chest PT, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Aquatic Therapy. Gina has been committed to continuing education seminars throughout her career taking several classes a year in soft tissue mobilization and manual therapy (Mulligan, Mc Kenzie, et al). She is currently studying to be certified as a clinical strength and conditioning specialist. She has been at BOT since August 2008.
Joshua Fayer, DPT
Treating at Cambridge (Wellbridge)
Josh earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Stony Brook University in 2013 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 2003. During his clinical education Josh had an opportunity to work in various setting including orthopedics, pediatrics, intensive care and sub-acute care units. While in school, Josh participated in Fit Kids for Life program where he helped kids learn the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, volunteered at the 2011 NYC marathon and worked with Empower SCI, a program helping individuals with spinal cord injuries. During his free time Josh enjoys boxing, CrossFit, staying active and spending time with family and friends.
Elena Halstrom, DPT
Treating at Bedford (186 Great Rd & Doubletree)
Elena graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Physical Education from National State University of Physical Education, Sport, and Health in St. Petersburg, Russia. Elena's experience and clinical interests are in treating clients of different ages and various orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on maximizing their functional potential either in sports or in life. She also takes an interest in vestibular disorders, balance and gait analysis. Elena will use a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, aqua therapy, and functional training in her treatments to help clients to achieve their goals. Elena puts a special emphasis on education in ergonomics and body mechanics for best rehabilitation outcomes and long term injury prevention.
Natasha Heitman, DPT
Treating at Waltham & Bedford (186 Great Rd & Doubletree)
Natasha has experience treating a wide variety of physical therapy needs in both hospital and rehabilitation settings. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master's in Physical Therapy in 2009 and worked at a Nationally top-10 ranked hospital treating a variety of acute conditions. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011, also through Saint Louis University. Natasha and her husband moved to the greater Boston area in 2011 where she took a position providing outpatient rehab and geriatric therapy. Natasha has a passion for working with people to understand their needs and craft customized therapy plans to reach their goals and restore function. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, yoga, playing violin/viola, exploring, and doing craft projects.
Sarah Herschberger, DPT
Treating at Brookline (1180 Beacon St) & Cambridge (Atlantis
Sarah earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Belmont University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2009. She is a proud member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). Due to her thorough clinical education, Sarah has experience in a variety of settings including sports medicine, orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, oncology and the surgical intensive care unit. She has a passion for utilizing her therapy skills to promote positive outcomes with a special interest in sports, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. During her physical therapy education, she served as the fundraising chair of her class. Outside of the clinic, Sarah enjoys staying active with running, hiking, ice hockey and soccer.
Luke Montrose, MSPT, FAAOMPT
Treating at Brookline (1180 Beacon St) & Cambridge (Wellbridge)
Luke graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2006 with his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. For the past five years he has been working towards advancing his manual therapy skills first becoming a certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist in 2010. He then went on complete his fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy in April of 2012, becoming the 1,113 national fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has been practicing for the last six years primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings that service patients from diverse backgrounds (i.e., socioeconomic, gender, race). He has effectively treated a variety of diagnosis ranging from spine and extremities pathology, post-surgical patients to geriatric fall risk patients.
Lindsay Opdyke, MSPT
Treating at Newton
Lindsay received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and her Bachelor degree in Biology from Villanova University. She is trained in the Burdenko Method of Water and Sports Therapy and has experience in several areas of physical therapy including both out patient and acute orthopedics. Lindsay integrates her manual skills, knowledge of aquatic therapy and custom designed exercise programs in order to promote long-term healthy living for her patients.
Anthony Percoco, MSPT, MAOM, Lic. Ac, CST
Treating at Danvers
Anthony Percoco received his BS in 1998 and MS in 1999 in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. He continued his education at the New England School of Acupuncture completing a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in addition to completing a 200+ hour training of Cranial Sacral Therapy. In the spring of 2010, he completed a 300+ hour Yoga Training program and a 300-hour advanced herbal/nutritional training program. Anthony has a passion for a multifaceted approach to healing. For the past 10 years, he has been integrating holistic modalities with traditional therapy in the outpatient clinical setting. Anthony also teaches holistic principles at Northeastern University as well as conducting meditation presentations to health care professionals in hospitals throughout the greater Boston area.
Cynthia Philips, MA. OTR/L CHT
Treating at Brookline (1269 Beacon St)
Cynthia is a Certified Hand Therapist with over twenty years of experience. Cindy is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a founding charter member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has lectured both nationally and internationally on hand therapy techniques. Cindy has published several articles and chapters in hand therapy and co-authored a book on hand splinting.
Treating at Brookline (1180 Beacon St)
Lynne is a 1978 graduate of the Sargent School of Allied Health at Boston University. In addition to her degree in Physical Therapy, Lynne has taken numerous continuing education courses and been awarded certificates in visceral manipulation (the Barral Institute), craniosacral therapy (The Upledger Institute), and myofascial release (John Barnes). She is currently a teaching assistant for the Barral Institute. Lynne brings over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist and has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, home care and out-patient clinics. Lynne is also Nautilus certified in weight training and has been published. With regard to her current techniques, Lynne believes in utilizing a variety of manual therapies including visceral manipulation, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, massage and exercise. An individual exercise program is designed for each patient and proper nutrition is also emphasized in order to create optimum health. Lynne has experience in treating most of the major general orthopedic conditions. She has a special interest in helping patients with neck and back pain and has achieved excellent results. Lynne is an avid hiker and enjoys the outdoors.
Treating at Newton
Originally from New York, Karin graduated from SUNY in Cortland, NY with a Bachelor's degree in education, competed in and later coached gymnastics and track and field. As an athlete and coach, Karin became interested in the rehabilitation of sports related injuries. In 1988, Karin earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in physical therapy from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. After working for 4 years in an orthopedic hospital, Karin went on to specialize in out-patient orthopedics. Always interested in hands-on care, Karin became certified as a manual therapist, proficient in joint mobilization, myofascial release and deep tissue massage. With 18 years of experience in out-patient orthopedics, Karin is familiar with most pre-op and post-op conditions such as rotator cuff / meniscal injury / repair, joint replacements and disc injuries of the cervical and lumbar spine. As an avid tennis player, Karin has a special interest in tennis injuries. In practice, Karin likes to use Tai Chi and ballroom dance as a means to improve balance and help reduce the risk of falls in geriatric patients.
Treating at Bedford (186 Great Rd & Doubletree)
Cynde is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Physical Therapy. Her interests include fitness, nutrition and self-care. Cynde has over 20 years experience as a physical therapist in settings including skilled rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, and private practice. She uses manual therapy techniques in addition to instruction in therapeutic exercise, posture and self-care to empower clients to achieve their goals of recovery and well-being.
Alexa Shea, DC - Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Treating at Brookline (1180 Beacon St)
Dr. Shea earned her B.S. from Brandeis University and her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College where she graduated with honors. Her interest in sports has led her to further her post doctorate education through the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program. She has attended seminars on the chiropractic management of pregnancy and birth trauma and has experience working with pregnant women, infants and children. She is a Graston Technique practitioner and uses Graston, as well as myofascial release techniques, to treat musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Shea uses Diversified adjustive techniques combined with soft tissue manipulation to treat conditions of the spine and the extremities. She is an avid runner and hiker and enjoys working with athletes of all levels to help them reach their health, wellness, and performance goals.