Meet the Board of Directors


Jason Harvey, President


 

Jason Harvey MSPT is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-owner of Elite Physical Therapy, Inc.   Elite Physical Therapy is a private practice with locations throughout Rhode Island.  Elite Physical Therapy was voted the Nation’s “Best PT Practice of the Year” in 2009.  They also won the Providence Business News “Business Excellence Award” for a mid-size company in 2012 and the “Best Places to Work Award” in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Jason and his business partner Michael Nula PT, DPT have built a practice that pays attention to detail while offering the highest level of expert orthopedic care through constant collaboration, mentoring, and continuing education.  In 2016, they co-authored a book titled The First Step: Pain-free living and better health through Expert Physical Therapy.   

Jason received the 40 under 40 award by the Providence Business News in 2014.  He serves as the President of the Rhode Island American Physical Therapy Association where he fought legislation targeted to take away licensure of Physical Therapist Assistants and eliminate the Independent State Board of Physical Therapy.  Prior to becoming President, Jason served as the Chapter Vice-President and Membership Chair.  Jason graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, where he also ran Track and Field.

Jason and his wife Michelle have twins (Nolan and Isabella).  Jason has also coached the Elite Physical Therapy Co-ed Softball Team to 4 consecutive Championship appearances with two titles to show for it.  He also coaches his son’s AAU, Tournament, and Recreation baseball teams as well as his winter Basketball Recreation team.  He loves all the Boston sports teams and has an unrivaled passion for his lawn.

Opening in 2002, Elite Physical Therapy has quickly become one of the largest Physical Therapy firms in New England expanding into several beautiful locations throughout Rhode Island.     

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Melissa Nassaney, Vice President

Melissa Nassaney PT, MS, DPT, WCS is a graduate of MGH IHP Doctorate 2007, MS PT URI 2004. BS on Exercise Science and minor athletic training, URI '93. Her clinical practice is in women's & men's health and she is Clinic Rehab Coordinator at RIH/EG Outpatient Rehab Services.
Board certified Clinical Specialist in Women's Health Physical therapy.
Other expericences: Certified Clinical Instructor. Research Interventionist for PFDN at W&I hosptial. Organized RI Pelvic Floor SIG 2011. Over 10 years of membership in APTA with 5 years of active service. 5 years as PTA & student member. Served in RIAPTA as Secretary, Federal Affairs Advocate 3 appointed terms and state advocacy chair 2015.
 
 

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Albert Hulley, Treasurer

Al Hulley Treasurer RIAPTA for two years, Co-chair RIAPTA education committee, Member Finance Committee Section on Pediatrics, Member Technical Advisory Board for PTA program at New England Institute of Technology, Member Board of Directors Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center.

BA Psychology, Masters Business Administration, Associate in Applied Science (PTA), PATH registered therapist.

Currently employed as Physical Therapist Assistant at Meeting Street School and Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Retired from John Crane Inc with various positions including Financial Controller, Customer Service Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President of Operations

Outside activities include racquetball, horseback riding, and grandchildren.

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Nicole Del Greco, Secretary

 Nicole graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2015 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently is working as a physical therapist on the Neuro Team at Rhode Island Hospital Adult Outpatient Services. She will be taking the Neurological Clinical Specialist exam early next year. Nicole is the current secretary of the Rhode Island APTA chapter and has held this position for the previous two years. She is also an active member of the Programming Committee on the RI APTA and led the planning of the recent Annual Meeting.

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Carol Petrie, Chief Delegate

Carol G. Petrie, PT, DPT, M.A.Ed
Board Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy 

Carol Petrie graduated with her B.S. in Physical therapy from the University of Vermont in 1992.  She has served as a staff therapist and in leadership roles in civilian and military practice settings throughout her career.  She is currently a full time clinical assistant professor and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Rhode Island Physical Therapy program.

She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996 and is an active member in the Acute Care, Geriatrics, Cardiopulmonary and Education sections.  At the state level, she has served as a Delegate for the past 4 years. 

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Wendy Fox, Delegate

Serving in the APTA on a national and local level have been a deep paasion for me for over 30 years. I have served for 12 years on a section board and over 20 in various roles for RIAPTA including 2 terms as President.

In the past 4 years I have served as Chief Delegate for RIAPTA

I am a graduate of Sargent College, Boston University and Simmons College for my DPT; I am board certified in Geriatrics with 2 re-certs and board certified in Women's Health. Currently hold an appointed position to the Board of Physical Therapy for the State of RI, DOH

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Michelle Collie, Director

Michelle is an APTA member, President of the RI Private Practice Group and serves as the chair of the National PR and Marketing committee for private practice physical therapy. Additionally, she is the president of the Rhode Island Reach Out and Read Board of Trustees, is on the Board of Governors for RI Hospital and is part of the Executive Leadership Team for the Amercian Heart Foundation Go Red Campaign. In the past, Michelle has served on the Brown/Guachipilincito Partnership Board, a subsidiary of Shoulder to Shoulder, the Children’s Museum and Multiple Sclerosis Board of Trustees.  Michelle is the CEO of Performance PT. 

In 2004, Michelle received the MGH-IHP Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence, and in 2006 she was chosen for both the RI APTA Annual Distinguished Service Award and Private Practice Service Award. In 2010, she was a Providence Business News, 40 under forty honoree and in 2012 Michelle received the Corporate Heroes Award from Reach Out and Read, Rhode Island. In November of 2012 Michelle and the team at Performance were awarded the Rhode Island Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award from the Association on Fundraising Professionals. The highlight of Michelle's career was being the recipient of the 2014 National Private Practice of the Year award. In 2014, Michelle was named a 2014 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awardee from the Rhode Island Small Business Journal.  With over 20 years of clinical experience, Michelle has provided clinical instruction and presented to physical therapists at a local and national level and residents from Brown University. She has published multiple articles in print and on-line mediums.

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Martha Vigneault, Director

Martha Vigneault is a professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Community College of Rhode Island. Her areas of expertise include Geriatrics, Pediatrics and Administration. Martha has served as an item writer for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, writing exam questions for the PTA licensing exam. She has had multiple positions within the RI APTA, including Public Relations Committee Chairperson, Vice President, Delegate and Secretary. Martha earned her master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University and her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. She is also an active member of the RI Beekeepers Association and the RI Master Gardeners Association.

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Courtney Capwell, Director

 Courtney is a URI DPT graduate practicing at Rhode Island Hospital on the Neuro Team of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department. She is a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers as well as a Partner in Care through the National  Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Courtney holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Physical Therapy School at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the Board of Directors for Accessible Rhode Island and MS Dream Center. Courtney is an active member of “Can Do MS” and speaks nationally on rehabilitation specific to Multiple Sclerosis to those with neurologic conditions, caregivers, and all facets of the healthcare community. She is a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Therapists as well as Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.

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Lisa Dowden, PTA Caucus Representative

Lisa graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2015 with her Associates Degree in Applied Science. She is currently working as a per diem PTA at Rhode Island Hospital’s Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and at Newport Hospital’s Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center.  Lisa has been a member of the APTA since 2014.

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