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Dr. Blood graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Science in 2010. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care, inpatient oncology, and home care. Dr. Blood also holds a part time faculty position in the Northeastern University physical therapy department where she teaches Integumentary Science with a Wound Care specialization, Foundations of Physical Therapy, and Advanced Modalities. Dr. Blood recently had the honor of presenting within the cardiopulmonary and acute care sections at the national American Physical Therapy Association conference and looks forward to presenting at future conferences. She is proficient in an array of physical therapy practice areas and specializes in geriatric care, wound care and lymphedema, and oncological diagnoses. She maintains a per diem relationship with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she had been a full-time staff physical therapist and lead oncology PT for more than three years prior to joining PCT full-time.
Dr. Blood is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is looking to complete a specialized training in Complete Decongestive Training for Lymphedema (DLT) treatment and management within the next year.
Dr. Blood lives with her husband in Attleboro and enjoys traveling to see her niece in California, reading, road trips, and the beach.
Dr. Foley is the owner of Private Care Therapies (PCT) and has been working in the private home care field for over seven years. She attended an accelerated six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy as well as graduated Magna Cum Laude with her B.S. in Rehabilitation Sciences. She holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialty (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America (NSCA), through which she has worked with professional athletes and a Winter Olympian for injury rehabilitation during and between competitive seasons.
In addition to her full-time position at PCT, Dr. Foley is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in the Physical Therapy Department (She teaches Foundations of Physical Therapy, Integumentary Science and Advanced Modalities, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Introduction to Healthcare Systems). Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, outpatient and inpatient neurological rehabilitation (at Boston Medical Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation), long term acute care, and home care interventions. Dr. Foley specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation, stroke/neuro/vestibular rehabilitation, cardiac and pulmonary therapies, as well as pre-surgical training and home safety adaptations. She is a certified Wheelchair Classifier for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) and participates in Classifier training for physical therapists through Boston University and Northeastern University. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and holds additional memberships with the subsections of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Section of MA Chapter of the APTA, the Private Practice section, and the Home Care Section.
Dr. Foley formed PCT to provide outcome driven treatment that was not limited by insurance restrictions or time frames after seeing patients fail to reach their maximum potential due to limitations of the care their insurance would cover. She found that patients were more motivated and dedicated to their rehabilitation plans when it could be adapted to their existing lifestyle and when it incorporated their favorite activities. Some of her most successful sessions have happened on the golf course, in the gym, on the sand at the beach, or at the workplace. By adapting the program to the preferred environment of the patient, she found she was able to improve patient compliance and independence with home exercise maintenance. She has found that customized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis is the most successful approach for rehabilitating the whole person, not just the impairment. Dr. Foley uses the “pre-habilitation” mindset to work with each client individually on their unique and life centered goals.
Dr. Foley is married and lives in Jamaica Plain. She enjoys traveling, learning to cook new foods, reading, teaching, and jogging around Jamaica Pond.
Per Diem Doctors
Dr. Melissa Foley, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Mary J. Hickey PT, DPT, MHP- clinical professor at Northeastern University with a specialization in Differential Diagnosis, Orthopedics, and Back Pain; she has recently published an article regarding back pain in children related to back pack use of which the Boston Globe did a feature on her. Dr. Hickey specializes in pre- and post-surgical replacement rehabilitation and athletics.
Dr. Diane F. Fitzpatrick, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CEEAA- clinical professor at Northeastern University with a specialization in Administration/Policy, Musculoskeletal Geriatrics, and is a Certified Expert with Aging Adults (CEEAA). Dr. Fitzpatrick lives on the Northshore with her husband and usually treats clients on her “off” season of teaching.
Dr. Karen J. Hutchinson, PhD, PT, DPT- associate clinical professor at College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College at Boston University. Dr. Hutchinson hold a Doctor of Philosophy for Neuroscience and has multiple peer reviewed publications, presentations, and grant sponsorships for the research with spinal cord injury and neuro rehabilitation. Dr. Hutchinson frequently consults on complex neuro cases and has been invaluable in helping to find aide and assistance to clients in need.
Dr. Laura Blood, PT, DPT