Reading

Aquatic Therapy will be offered at the Reading YMCA starting 6/1!
Address and Hours
Address 

281 Main Street
Reading, MA 01867
P: 781-205-2130
F: 781-205-2129
Reading@baystatept.com

Hours 

Mon: 5:30am - 8:00pm

Tues: 6:00am-8:00pm

Wed: 7:00am-8:00pm

Th: 6:00am - 8:00pm

F: 5:30am- 5:00pm

Meet Our Team 
Name 
Heather Waters
Graduate 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Credentials 
PT, DPT, CSCS

Heather is a Managing Partner and Director of our Reading and Ipswich Clinics.  Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State University in Education and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Heather's additional certifications include Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 Medical and Fitness Professional. Heather is licensed in the state of Massachusetts as a Physical Therapist and is an active member of the APTA.


As a physical therapist, Heather enjoys treating patients of all ages and orthopedic conditions; Helping patients to either avoid surgery, to strengthen pre-surgically, or to return to their highest functional level. Heather's treatment style includes manual hands on techniques, strengthening exercises, neuromuscular re-education and functional activities proven effective in the clinic as well as in research. She also believes each treatment session needs to be tailored to the individual.

Heather was inspired to become a therapist after sustaining a knee injury from sport and was unable to continue to compete.  It was her first experience with injury as well as physical therapy and she was grateful for the skill, expertise, and emotional support her therapist gave her.   This experience and others has shaped who Heather strives to be as a therapist; She is part of your team, working hard with you to reach your individual goals.

In her free time, Heather enjoys family time with her husband and four children.  She is active in the gym, and playing golf, biking and walking and enjoys traveling.

 

Name 
Bret Ferrell
Graduate 
Boston University
Credentials 
PT, MSPT, CSCS

Bret Ferrell is the managing partner and clinical director of Bay State Physical Therapy in Beverly, Salem, Swampscott and Reading.  Prior to opening the Beverly clinic in 2009, Bret was the clinical manager of Bay State Physical Therapy in Weymouth.

Bret specializes in a hands on approach to treatment of injuries to the spine and extremities.  Using spine and extremity joint mobilization techniques along with incorporating gym exercise programs has allowed Bret’s patients to achieve maximum benefit from their rehabilitation.  His experience playing soccer on the local and state levels has fueled his passion for sports medicine and helping all of his patients return to function.  Bret also enjoys giving community lectures on a wide variety of topics including: management of low back pain, ACL prevention in the adolescent athlete and shoulder rehabilitation of the throwing athlete.

Bret is married with 3 children.  Along with spending time with his family, Bret enjoys coaching his children’s sports teams, playing basketball and soccer, running in local road races and following Boston sports.

Name 
Kristen Caggiano
Graduate 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Credentials 
PT, DPT

Kristen earned her B.S. in Exercise Physiology as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UMass Lowell. She has experience working with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions in both outpatient and acute care settings. Kristen’s clinical interests include working with athletes, knee injuries, and older adults. 

As a high school athlete, Kristen sustained numerous injuries over the years. Most notably, she suffered an ACL and meniscus tear during a soccer practice and underwent ACL reconstruction surgery. This led to her passion for the rehabilitation process and helping players return to sport. 

She believes that exercise is the best medicine and the key to rehabilitation and injury prevention. Kristen works with the patient to identify their needs and goals for physical therapy, then builds an appropriate treatment plan. She focuses on individualized exercise programs, manual therapies, and neuromuscular re-education. Kristen sees patient education as a necessary tool to empower patients in caring for their bodies beyond physical therapy.  Kristen sees our aquatic patients 2x a week in the pool at the Burbank YMCA in Reading.

Kristen stays active by playing soccer, running, and strength training. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and relaxing on the beach.

 

Name 
Emmanuel (Manny) Begon
Graduate 
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Credentials 
PT, DPT

Manny received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from University of Massachusetts Lowell. He continued and completed his post graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He is licensed in the state of Massachusetts as a Physical Therapist. Manny sees our aquatic patients once a week in the pool at the Burbank YMCA in Reading

Manny enjoys working in the orthopedic outpatient setting and has years of experience working with musculoskeletal conditions. His treatment style includes individualized uncomplicated exercise coaching and home exercise prescription (aimed to improve performance/function and prevent injury), manual therapies and balance training. Manny tries to bring the inner athlete out of all his patients so they can maximize their functional lifestyle. Manny believes a successful physical therapy experience relies on effective patient education and communication so that patients are empowered after discharge. Manny developed a strong interest in physical therapy after being treated for various sports injuries.

In his free time Manny enjoys world traveling, running, playing basketball and tennis. Manny also considers himself a “foodie” so restaurant recommendations are required of all patients.

 

Name 
Andrew (Andy) Cook
Graduate 
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Credentials 
PT, DPT, OCS

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree at Chapman University, earning a BFA in Dance. From 2005-2010, he danced professionally for contemporary companies in Southern California and NYC before deciding to pursue a career in physical therapy. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. In 2018, he was named a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Andrew has extensive training in manual therapy, dance medicine, injury prevention, and vestibular rehabilitation. He is also a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

Andrew's clinical interests include orthopedics, neck injuries, working with athletes, and treating vertigo and dizziness. Because of his background, Andrew is also passionate about working with dancers, treating dance-specific injuries and implementing cross-training strategies to make the dancer stronger and more resilient to the physical demands of the sport.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and French Bulldog. He is also an avid year-round mountain biker.