Louis Coiro, PT

Louis Coiro is the founder of Tewksbury Physical Therapy and Drum Hill Physical and Sports Therapy. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in Physical Therapy from UMass Lowell. Prior to staring his private practice, Louis worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. While there he treated traumatic brain injury and pediatric patients. He also worked in their outpatient orthopedic center and pain management program. Louis remains an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He has lectured nationally for the Private Practice Section of the APTA.

“My goal with all my patients is to stay actively involved in all aspects of their care. I achieve this by providing hands on skilled therapeutic techniques, appropriate restorative exercises, and ongoing education at each visit. I not only want to see you recover, but also gain a sound understanding of your condition along with having the tools necessary to self-manage once your therapy is completed. I enjoy working with surgical and non-surgical orthopedic patients, spine conditions, neurological patients including MS and stroke rehab, pediatrics and infantile torticollis patients.”

Louis considers on going professional education a necessity, as health care practices and procedures are continually evolving. He has attended numerous courses in orthopedic surgical and non-surgical rehabilitation principles. Locally, he serves on two advisory boards at UMass Lowell: Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology. He is also the current President of the New England Physical Therapy Network.

Outside of the clinic he enjoys spending time with his family and friends and gardening. He stays physical fit through outdoor activities in every season.

Denise Farnsworth, PT

Denise is a physical therapist who has served patients in our practice for over 30 years. She graduated in 1984 from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions. Starting her career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Denise had the opportunity to gain experience treating patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team in general medical, general surgical, orthopedic, neurological, and acute-rehab services.

Applying the PT skills she has honed over the years, Denise helps patients of all ages, with various orthopedic and neurological issues. With her vast experience and knowledge base she helps patients achieve their therapy goals and return to function. Her particular areas of interest are the treatment of the SI joint and core stability training.

When she is not working, she enjoys the outdoors staying active with hiking, running and scuba diving.

Michael Bove, PT

Michael received a degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 1989. We have been proud to count him as a member of our physical therapy team since 1998. Michael applies more than 20 years of experience as a physical therapist in order to evaluate and treat patients with diverse orthopedic injuries.

He has attended numerous continuing education courses to increase his knowledge base for treatment of the shoulder, back, and upper and lower extremities. Michael is a member of the APTA’s Sports Therapy Section, the Athletic Trainers Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Michael proudly boasts a black belt in karate, and is also a qualified karate instructor.

David Thomas, MSPT

Dave is a physical therapy who enjoys working with various orthopedic and post-surgical patients.  He has been working at Tewksbury Physical Therapy since 2007.  Previously he worked for 5 years at a private outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in 2002.  He decided to become a physical therapist after tearing his ACL in high school which required reconstructive surgery.  Going through the rehabilitation process, Dave came to understand the benefits of physical therapy. In his career he enjoys helping people return to sports and active lifestyles.

Dave has taken various continued educational courses related to neck, shoulder, hip, knee and back.  These include the Mulligan Concept of Mobilizations with Movement, Advances in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder and Knee, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Management, Advances in MRI and Orthopedic Management, Kinesiology Taping, Graston Technique and the Hesch Method for Effective Treatment for the SI, Pelvis and Spine.

Dave lives with his wife and two children in Tewksbury. He enjoys watching sports, golfing and fishing. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2000.

Max Shippen, DPT

Maxwell earned his BS in Exercise Physiology from University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2013 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UML in 2016. 

Max completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including hospital in-patient, sports medicine orthopedics, and post-surgical rehab. He gained experience working with patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions including musculoskeletal injury, concussion/vestibular conditions, post-operative treatment, and sports medicine rehabilitation. 

Max incorporates the use of manual techniques, injury specific exercises, and patient education to create unique treatment plans to help his patients to achieve their goals. Max aims to establish a pragmatic and positive environment for his patients and encourages open communication.

Max enjoys many hobbies including carpentry, fishing, running, and spending time with his wife Shelagh and his dog Jackson. 

Brittany Cox, DPT

Brittany joined the practice in 2018. She graduated from the University of Hartford graduate program in 2014 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She played Division 1 soccer at the University of Hartford. Brittany has been practicing since 2015 and has worked mainly in outpatient orthopedics. She also has experience in outpatient neurological pediatrics.

Brittany enjoys working with orthopedic patients. Her interests include achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, total joint care, all shoulder injuries, ACL knee injuries and balance/vertigo issues. She has advanced her education with shoulder courses, gait/running specific courses, Biosynchronistic training as well as symposiums discussing broad areas and topics of physical therapy and world health.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising with running and outdoor activity. She loves spending time with friends, family and her dog Vinny. 

Judi Frost, PTA

Judi graduated from UMASS Amherst in 1995 with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. After graduating she found an interest working in an outpatient clinic as a Physical Therapy Aide.  In 1999, she graduated with an AS in Physical Therapy from North Shore Community College.

She has experience working in a variety of physical therapy settings including outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation clinics as well as sub-acute and long term facilities. Judi joined our practice in 2007 and enjoys working with spinal injuries, joint replacements and pre/post surgical orthopedic injuries.  She is skilled in manual therapy for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. She has attended various continuing education courses and is a Graston certified provider.

In her free time Judi likes to play golf, travel and spend time with friends. 

Lori Tyler, PTA

Lori graduated from Newbury College in 1992 with an associates degree in AS in PT.  She has worked in various settings throughout her career such as long term care, rehab settings and homecare, but always had an interest in the outpatient  PT setting.   She has been with our practice since July of 2005.  She came to our practice when her boys were babies, now one is a Sophomore in high school and her other son will begin his Sophomore year at college in the Fall.  Lori enjoys treating pre and post-op orthopedic injuries, neck and low back injuries with the main focus on getting people back to their previous level of function.  She has taken continuing education courses and is a Graston provider.