Meet the Board of Directors

Michelle Collie, President

Michelle Collie PT, DPT, MS, OCS serves as Performance Physical Therapy’s CEO, a multi-clinic private practice with locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

Michelle attended Otago University in New Zealand, earning a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy in 1995. In 2005 she earned her Master of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MGH-IHP and was the recipient of the Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence. In 2005 Michelle became a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. 

Michelle has been an APTA member for 20 years. In 2006 she received the APTA Distinguished Service Award. In 2014 Performance Physical Therapy was the recent of the Jane L. Snyder APTA, Private Practice of the Year award and in 2019 Michelle received a APTA-PPS Board Service award. In the past Michelle has held positions of RIAPTA vice president and director, chair of the Private Practice Special Interest Group and continues to serve as the chair of the APTA Private Practice Section PR and Marketing committee.   

Michelle is active in many community organizations and non-profits in RI: She is the president emeritus of the RI Reach Out and Read Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of Governors for the RI Hospital and serves on the states Coastal Resource Management Council. Michelle has also served on the Brown/Guachipilincito, Shoulder to Shoulder board, the Providence Children’s Museum and Multiple Sclerosis board of trustees. In 2012, in light of all the philanthropic work Performance Physical Therapy does, her team was awarded the RI Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Michelle lives on the East Side of Providence with her husband and two children, two dogs and two cats!

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Joseph Russolello, Vice President

Dr. Joe Russolello PT, DPT, OCS, MBA has worked with Performance Physical Therapy since 2013 and currently serves as a Physical Therapist and VP of Clinical Operations. He received his Bachelors in Health Science Studies from Quinnipiac University in 2008, his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2012, and earned a Masters of Business Administration through the University of Massachusetts.   

Dr. Russolello has clinical expertise in general and post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation, manual therapy, function dry needling, and sports fitness and injury prevention with an emphasis on golf. Dr. Russolello is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and completed a residency in orthopedics through Evidence in Motion.   

In his free time, you can catch Dr. Russolello cheering on the New York Yankees and New Your Giants, or spending his day at the golf course. 

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Paul Ullucci, Treasurer

Paul is the Associate Dean for the College of Health & Wellness and an Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University. Previously he was an Associate Professor, SARS-COV2 Surveillance Program Administrator and Program Director for Bryant University's School of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Program.  Prior to working at Bryant, Paul acted as the Semester 1 Coordinator and Director of the Human Anatomy Lab at Sacred Heart University. His research interests focus on the evaluation and treatment of concussion, whiplash injuries, chronic headache, TMJ, spine, manual therapy, injury prevention and reducing workers compensation costs for businesses.

Paul currently serves on the American Physical Therapy Association’s Workgroup revising the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and is the Treasurer of the RIAPTA Association where he is also a member of their Legislative Affairs Committee. He has previously served APTA as the Director of the San Joaquin Valley District of the California Physical Therapy Association, the Treasurer of the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association. Paul was appointed by the Governor of Rhode Island to the RI Physical Therapy Licensure Board in 2020. Paul is currently National Athletic Trainers Association’s (NATA) liaison to the US Bone and Joint Initiative and currently acts as its Treasurer. Paul became NATA District 1 Director in 2010 and was appointed NATA Secretary Treasurer in 2012. Paul has previously served as District 1 Treasurer and President of the Easter Athletic Trainers Association (EATA). He has received the EATA’s Cramer Award in 2009 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame the “49’ers club”. In 2015 he was recognized by the NATA as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and received the NATA’s Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2010. Paul was inducted into the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Michael Pappas, Secretary

 Michael Pappas is the owner and CEO of Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy. Michael graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1998 with a BS in Physical Therapy.  He attained is Masters in Orthopedics from Quinnipiac University in 2005 and his transitional DPT in 2012.  Michael’s been a member of the APTA since 2001.  He has worked in a variety of settings but has spent the majority of his career in outpatient orthopedics.  In 2007 Michael along with his wife, Jacalyn, founded Pappas Physical and Hand Therapy which has grown to 7 clinics throughout Rhode Island.  Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his 12 and 13 year old boys and is involved in the many activities that they participate in. 

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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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Al Hulley, Director

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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Don Levine, Director

Don earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Rhode Island. He also completed a fellowship with the Gray Institute for Functional Training in Applied Functional Science. Don was the recipient of the RI Physical Therapy Association’s Distinguished Service Award and has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the URI PT program.

Active at the state and national levels in professional associations, Don has served as National APTA Private Practice Section’s Committee Chair for the Marketing and Public Relations Committee, as thePresident of the RI Physical Therapy Private Practice Group, the Legislative Chair for the RI APTA and is on the RI Physical Therapy Licensure Board.  He is often a guest lecturer for the APTA, the YMCA, NUWC as well as CCRI and URI. Don routinely provides medical services at local sports tournaments and competitions. He, his wife and three children are all active in their community, serving on boards, assisting with strength and conditioning programs and cheering on the sidelines (occasionally too loudly).  Don also enjoys music and is a member of a trio “Group Therapy” which performs at venues across Aquidneck Island.

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Kyle Anderson, Director

Kyle Anderson PT, OCS, MBA has worked for Orthopedics Rhode Island since 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Ancillary Services. He earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy from
Springfield College, and his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts. Kyle specializes in the treatments of orthopedic and sport related rehabilitation, specifically post-operative care. His clinical training includes the performance of dry needling, and spinal manipulation. Outside of working, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Nicole Rawnsley, Delegate


Nicole Rawnsley, PT, DPT
Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist

Dr. Rawnsley earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Sacred Heart University in May of 2015. She earned her Board Certification as a Neurological Clinical Specialist in June of 2018 becoming the fourth Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist in the state of Rhode Island. She currently works as a Clinical Specialist on the Outpatient Neurology Team at Rhode Island Hospital in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island.

She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2013 and is an active member in the Neurology section.  At the state level, she has served two terms as a Secretary for the Board of Directors and is currently serving her third elected term as a Delegate. 

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 Vanderbilt Rehabilitation at Newport Hospital. and part-time at Cranston Adult Daycare Center.  Lisa has been a member of the APTA since 2014.

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