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.
Julia Leblanc, PT, DPT, RYT
Clinical Manager – Northborough
Registered Yoga Teacher
Education: DPT, Simons College, 2005
Certifications: Certified Yoga Teacher/Instructor, Graston, Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling Certified
Julia is a native of Shrewsbury and completed her physical therapy degree from Simons College in Boston in 2005. She has been practicing physical therapy for the past 15 years in a few local clinics and is well known in the community. She has experience in working with athletes of all ages from recreational to professional, including dancers. Julia has a strong dance background, previously working with the Boston Ballet while she worked at Boston Sports Medicine. She helped to develop a dance medicine program there and has continued to develop similar dance rehab programs in the area.
She enjoys working with patients with spinal dysfunction as well as helping post-surgery patients recover to their full function. She has strong focus on manual therapy and holds certifications in dry needling, spinal manipulation and the Graston technique.
She is also a certified Yoga instructor who teaches locally at Metrowest Yoga as well as has her own company, Arise Yoga and Wellness. Julia has experience as a bodybuilding competitor and competed 5 times in 2011-2012. She has a background in dance and gymnastics.
She enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, cooking and doing outdoor activities.
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 Jara, PT, MSPT
Education: Boston University, Class of 1996
Certifications: STOTT Pilates Certification
Elena Jara, 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.
Katherine Ghyzel, PT, DPT
Education:University of Virginia, Class of 2020
Katherine is a Physical Therapist who graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology at Arcadia University where she was a pitcher for the softball team. Katherine has had prior clinical experience in the fields of neurology and orthopedics. She is excited to be continuing work in the orthopedics physical therapy field and is especially interested in treating patients with vestibular issues or who have suffered from a concussion.
Katherine is a Rochester, NY, native, who enjoys various outdoor activities and exploring new places, particular hiking with her dog, Murphy. She is also is interested in learning more about gardening & learning how to throw on a pottery wheel.
Kinjal Patel, PT, MSc (PT)
Education:McMaster University, 2011
Certifications: Certified Mulligan practitioner and McKenzie Method Part A Certification
Kinjal is a licensed physical therapist. She graduated from S.N.D.T Women’s University, India with a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy. She earned her Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada. There she had the opportunity to be part of a research team and authored a Cochrane review on the effects of massage therapy on neck pain. Kinjal has 10 years of experience practicing in various multidisciplinary hospitals, private practices and skilled nursing facilities in India, Canada and USA.
Kinjal is a compassionate and outcomes-driven physical therapist who helps her patients achieve their health goals by incorporating hands-on manual skills, evidence based physical therapy practices, home exercise programs, and self-management strategies.
Kinjal lives in Northborough with her husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling, Bollywood dancing, crafting and cooking.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rebecca McVay, PT, DPT
Functional Dry Needling
Education: DPT, Boston University, 2012
Rebecca graduated from Boston University in 2012 and began working for an Orthopedic Sports Medicine company. While there for 8 years, she was able to work with a variety of patient population, including pediatrics, college level athletes, older adults and many post-operative patients. She also managed a clinic location and is excited about bring her experience to FPT.
She has special interests in soccer athletes, as she played competitively for many years, including at the collegiate level. Her interests includes concussion rehab, ACL surgery/rehab and injury prevention. She uses various manual therapy techniques and integrating the latest evidence-based techniques to maximize patient recovery.
Rebecca lives in Franklin with her husband, two young children and dog, and enjoys exploring New England’s nature and hiking trails, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
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.