Education: University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, 1990, Nichols College, 1997
Kim started her career as a customer service representative with New England Telephone before shifting to the mutual fund accounting division of 440 Financial where she quickly moved from an entry level accountant to a management position. When her children came along, she made the decision to put her career on hold to be a full-time mother.
While raising her family, Kim held a number of part time jobs including working in the elementary schools for many years, in retail management, and most recently in the accounting department of a manufacturing company. At the same time, she worked on a horse farm caring for the animals while reaping the benefits of physical activity and working outside.
In addition to raising her children and working part time, Kim held numerous leadership positions with the parent organizations in the Oxford Public Schools. At every level of education, she gave her time, led volunteers, organized activities and raised much needed funds for the schools.
Kim is a member of the Blackstone Valley Art Association. She leads a book club and belongs to a creative writing group. She enjoys reading, creative writing, photography, hiking, camping, snowmobiling and most especially spending time with her family and friends.
Laura Nejame, PT
Education: BS, PT Boston University, 1987
Laura joins Flaherty Physical Therapy in 2019 after spending the past 21 years at Emerson Hospital. She was Emerson Hospital’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Supervisor. Over the past 21 years she was instrumental in the success and growth of Emerson Hospital’s Westford Outpatient Facility. This clinic grew from 4 Physical Therapists into a multi-disciplinary Clinical Team of 25 Clinicians.
Prior to working at Emerson Hospital Laura was the Manager for the Celtics Trainer at his facility in Wellesley for 4 years.
Laura has special interest in all Sports Medicine injuries, shoulder injuries, post-op care, treatment of adolescents, and treatment of both neck and back pain patients.
Laura played Division 1 soccer at Boston University.
Outside of the clinic Laura loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, golfing, and working out.
“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you”
Director of First Impressions
Education: Worcester State University, Class of 2017
Imani is a recent graduate from Worcester State University. She has a bachelors of science in Psychology and a minor in communication, sciences and disorders. She has worked in the Worcester public school system through the Latino Education Institute, helping to promote literacy and creativity through their theatre program. She also participated in CLEWS, a community leadership education program.
In her free time she enjoys creating many types of art, from traditional painting styles to digital collage. She also enjoys traveling with friends and spending time with her family and dog.
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community."
Assistant Director of First Impressions
Education: Quinsigamond Community College
Certifications: OSHA Certified
Ally is a recent graduate from Quinsigamond Community College. She has an associate degree in Business Administration and will be going back to get her bachelor’s degree. Ally attended Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School where she studied Welding. She plans on working in the business/medical field for a while and then opening her own welding company down the road. Before she began working at Flaherty Physical Therapy as Assistant Director of First Impressions, she was a waitress for 7 years at I hop and a 5-star restaurant.
In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and Zen coloring to relax."
“Your Limitation, its only your Imagination!”
Christine Awdycki, PT, MSPT, CSCS
Education: BS, MSPT Boston University, 2001
Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Graston Certified
Chris joins Flaherty Physical Therapy after spending the past 10 years as founder, owner and lead therapist at Live Free Physical Therapy in Groton, Mass., before selling her successful practice to new ownership in early 2019. This brought Chris closer to her home in Northborough, where she not only gives her patients outstanding care at Flaherty Physical Therapy, but also continues to grow the Rock Steady Boxing Central Mass. program she started in Northborough. Rock Steady is a non-contact boxing exercise program for people with Parkinson's Disease. She absolutely loves sharing her passion for boxing and strength and conditioning through this empowering program and seeing the positive results it brings to those with Parkinson's Disease. Whether as a physical therapist or a Rock Steady Boxing coach, Chris always makes her patient's/client's well-being her top priority. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the field, rapport with people and dedicated, caring nature, allow her to provide everyone with the highest quality of care.
Chris has a varied background in the outpatient orthopedic field, which includes geriatrics, pediatrics, sports medicine and aquatic therapy. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a previous NCAA Division I athlete in Women's Lacrosse at Boston University. Chris is also certified in the Graston Technique.
Chris enjoys spending time with her family (including her energetic identical twin boys), being outdoors, playing/watching sports, exercising and boxing.
Elena Barresi, PT, MSPT
Education: Boston University, Class of 1996
Certifications: STOTT Pilates Certification
Elena Barresi, a native of NJ, initially began her PT career in acute care orthopedics/trauma. She transitioned into outpatient orthopedics and has been practicing in this setting for the last nineteen years with interests including post-operative cases, athletics, dance and functional training. Elena’s strong passion for movement and dance lead her to become interested in Pilates in 2006. She obtained her STOTT PILATES© certification through the advanced level in mat, reformer, and all equipment in 2008. She is also certified in Zumba, Total Barre and TRX and currently teaches all of these fitness approaches at The Core Connection in Northborough.
Elena heavily emphasizes the mind body connection and integrates the STOTT Pilates© principles in treating all of her patients. She is passionate in educating patients how to connect with their bodies, recover from their dysfunction, prevent injury through proper alignment and movement and advocate a healthy balanced lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking, dancing, and cooking.
Michelle Caty, PT, CSCI
Education: Boston University
Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Instructor
Michelle joined our staff in December of 2017 and she is currently working for us full-time.She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including: Orthopedic, Sports Medicine, Neurological Rehabilitation as well as Home Health Care. Michelle has provided Physical Therapy services in trauma centers in Orlando, Florida at Orlando regional Medical Center and in Worcester, MA at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
While working in Orlando, Michelle managed and also provided patient care in a Physical Therapy Group for a large Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic. She was a guest lecturer presenting on shoulder and spine anatomy in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida. After relocating to Massachusetts, Michelle also organized running clinics and injury prevention lectures in the local community.
Michelle has coached Youth Soccer and most recently spent several years on the Algonquin Regional High School Track and Field coaching staff in Northborough. Michelle is dedicated to educating her clients regarding the importance and benefits of exercise while rehabilitating them back to peak performance levels after injury.
Michelle resides in Northborough and enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Lynne Espino, PT
Education: University of Hartford, Class of 2001
Certifications: Graston Certification, Sole Support Certification
Lynne’s first experience with physical therapy as a high school athlete sparked her interest in the profession and motivated her to learn more as a volunteer at Marlboro Hospital. After graduating with her degree, Lynne began her career at Metrowest Medical Center, which allowed her to work in both acute inpatient and outpatient settings. She treated post-operative, neurological, pulmonary, vestibular and general orthopedic patients. She was also trained by a board certified vestibular PT to treat patients with dizziness and imbalance. In addition, she led the pulmonary rehab program to treat patients with lung dysfunction. Lynne has spent the last several years working in a private outpatient clinic treating children, athletes, the elderly and all ages in between. This included orthopedic/sports injuries, balance, vestibular and post-operative patients.
Lynne places a strong emphasis on the importance of proper posture, breathing and body mechanics to prevent re-injury. She has a strong interest in foot and ankle biomechanics and injuries, along with an interest in patients who suffer from dizziness/vestibular dysfunction. She enjoys the challenge of working with athletes and training them to get back to their respective sports, though also finds it rewarding to see patients of all ages return to their optimal activity level.
Lynne played soccer throughout her childhood on several teams and in tournaments throughout New England. She played Division 1 soccer in college and into her adult life. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys being outdoors, running and spending time with her family.
Michelle Laramee, PT, DPT, ATC
Center Coordinator of Clinical Education
Education: Mass College of Pharmacy, Class of 2017
Certifications: Certified Functional Strength Coach
Michelle is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. She graduated from MCPHS University with her doctorate in physical therapy. Michelle attended Merrimack college where she received her Bachelor's in Athletic Training. She was a member of the Merrimack Women's Varsity soccer team and played four years as a midfield/defender. She is particularly passionate about working with athletes to get them back to their respective sports. Michelle has played organized soccer at many levels including national tournaments.
Michelle is a long-time resident of Shrewsbury where she graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 2010. She enjoys being outdoors, running, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Lauren Porcaro, PT, DPT
Education: Mass College of Pharmacy, Class of 2018
Lauren is a licensed Physical Therapist. She graduated from MCPHS University with her doctorate in physical therapy. Lauren attended Brandeis University where she received her Bachelor’s in Public Health. She was a member of the Brandeis Varsity softball team and played four years as a centerfielder with an appearance in the 2010 NCAA div. III championship tournament. She later went on to become assistant coach of the Brandeis Judges, helping them to achieve the 2015 ECAC championship.
Lauren also has experience in an acute care setting and is currently working at St. Vincent Hospital, specifically with cardiac, neuro and geriatric patient populations.
Lauren is a long-time resident of Shrewsbury where she graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 2008. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, working out and spending time with her family.
Kevin Flaherty, PT, CSCS
Owner, Flaherty Physical Therapy
Chief Mojo Officer
Education: Northeastern University, Class of 1991
Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
Kevin has had a varied work experience but has spent the majority of his career working primarily in the sports medicine field treating a wide variety of patients while running physical therapy practices. Kevin has worked with many types of athletes, from children to professionals. Kevin was a former spring training consultant to the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2000.
Kevin has been very active in coaching many youth sports including hockey, baseball and lacrosse. He was formerly on the board of directors of Shrewsbury Youth Hockey and is currently on the board of the Shrewsbury High School Athletic Boosters. He is also active in the APTA of MA at the state and national levels. He is the former chair of the private practice special interest group of the APTA of Massachusetts and the former co-chair of the payment and policy committee. He currently sits on many advisory panels.
Kevin has presented on many physical therapy topics both at the state and national levels on a wide variety of clinical and or administrative topics. Kevin lives in Shrewsbury with his wife and two sons. Kevin enjoys golfing, working out and spending time with his family.