Physical therapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with the primary goal of improving movement and function; expanding movement potential; and relieving pain. Physical therapy is offered through the MCH Rehabilitation Department which provides outpatient and inpatient services to patients of all ages from infants to geriatrics.

Most common diagnoses include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Joint Replacement
  • Fractures
  • Tendon Repairs
  • Muscle/Ligament Sprains and Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • CVA
  • MS
  • Neuropathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Issues
  • Wound Care
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Women's Health Issues

Meet the Staff:

Maria Bemont, PT, Program Coordinator

Maria Bemont is a physical therapist with 17 years of experience, specializing in wound care. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of New England in 1994. She has experience with inpatient and outpatient orthopedics. She managed the Rehabilitation Department for 10 years before moving on to start up the Wound Healing Center in May of 2007. Maria has worked at MCH her entire professional career and was also born at this hospital. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and two beautiful children.

Allie Borges, DPT
Allie Draper

Allie Borges obtained her B.S. in Exercise Physiology from Rivier College (2002), and her M.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University (2004). She has been employed by MCH since 2002 as an Exercise Physiologist, as well as the high school and college internship supervisor, in Fitness, Medical Rehabilitation and Cardiology. In March 2011, Allie graduated from Franklin Pierce University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and currently works as a Physical Therapist at MCH's Jaffrey office. She has experience evaluating and treating patients across the age spectrum in various settings, including inpatient, orthopedic, neurological, and long-term care. In addition, Allie works with Conval High School to provide job shadowing opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in rehab services.

Erin Chamberlain, MS, PT, Clinical Leader

Erin received her bachelors’ degree in Exercise Physiology (1997) and her masters degree in physical therapy (1999) from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She has worked at MCH as a physical therapist since graduating in 1999. Erin is a clinical specialist in Cardiac, Pulmonary and Diabetes Rehabilitation directs the Medical Rehab Programs at the Bond Wellness Center. Other areas of specialty are pediatrics, vestibular and women’s health. Erin enjoys practicing across a spectrum of populations is interested in new challenges.

Deborah Forte

Deborah graduated from Quinnipiac College (now Quinnipiac University) with a BS degree in Physical Therapy. She has over 30 years experience practicing in a variety of clinical settings: acute care, acute rehab, out patient, homecare, sub acute rehab and SNF level of care. Deborah has treated patients across the age spectrum with most of her experience with the geriatric population. Deborah has obtained her certification in LSVT BIG treatment and has implemented the program at MCH.

Steve Frechette, PT

Steve Frechette received his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England (1999). Steve has been working at Monadnock Community Hospital since 2002. He spent a number of years seeing patients at our Jaffrey satellite office, but Steve has been more recently working with outpatients at the Wellness Center and assisting with inpatient coverage. Steve came to MCH from Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine, where he was working primarily with orthopaedic and geriatric patients in outpatient, inpatient and nursing home settings. While at the University of New England, Steve was part of a team of four students working to correlate standardized measurement tools for balance. Their work was selected for presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Elizabeth Greene, OT
Elizabeth Greene

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Elizabeth joined the rehabilitation team here at MCH in June, 2016. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 and her Master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2015. Elizabeth’s primary focus is in the outpatient rehabilitation department, where she treats a variety of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries and disorders. Elizabeth also works in the inpatient rehabilitation department where the focus of therapy is on helping patient’s return to their prior level of function in their activities of daily living and assessing patient’s safety to return home. Elizabeth has a strong interest in neuro-rehabilitation, working with patient’s who are post CVA and with those who have neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Ryan Griffiths, PT, DPT
Ryan Griffiths

Ryan is a combat veteran who served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, NC. He served from 2000 to 2004 and completed tours in Afghanistan and Colombia. While in the Army he attended many specialty schools, to include becoming Airborne and Air assault qualified.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science in 2008 from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He graduated with his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2012 from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, VA. He is interested in manual therapy, orthopedics and sport specific therapy, as well as spinal cord injury rehabilitation. He enjoys working with the spine and understanding its influence on other systems of the human body. Ryan is pursuing his certification in manual therapy. He lives in Peterborough and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, working on carpentry and home renovations, mechanic projects, and outdoor activities.

Christine Hansen, PTA, COTA
Christine Hansen

Chris Hansen received her degrees as a Physical and Occupational Therapy Assistant from New Hampshire Technical College in 1998. Chris is on the in-patient Rehabilitation Team at MCH and assists in the Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab group classes at the Wellness Center

Shad Hansen, MPT, OCS

Shad is a 1997 graduate of Andrews University’s Master of Physical Therapy Program. He has more than ten years of experience in the treatment of outpatient orthopedic injuries and is also trained in the use of Pilates for rehabilitation. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post surgical rehabilitation, manual therapy, and injuries of the spine and extremities. Shad came to Monadnock Community Hospital in 2005, and in his free time enjoys running, cycling, skiing, and soccer.

Lynne Maloney, PT, Director of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation
Lynne Maloney

Lynne is a graduate from Simmons College in 1984, with her degree in Physical Therapy.  She has completed extensive studies in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Wound Care which supports her work with the adult and geriatric population.  During her career, she has enjoyed her work in acute hospital and acute rehabilitation settings. 

Lynne has spent 13 years of her career here at MCH, and at this time is currently the Director of the Rehabilitation team including Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology on site and at our off site clinics.  Lynne is committed to supporting her department to serve the Monadnock Region with superlative clinical care, as well as maintaining cutting edge training for her staff. 

Greg Nerz, MEd, PT, Program Coordinator

Greg Nerz has more than 30 years experience in physical therapy.  His undergraduate degree is from the University of Delaware, and he earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Temple University.  He worked in the Philadelphia area before joining MCH’s Jaffrey office in 1996. 

David Nielsen, DPT

David was an elementary school teacher for 7 years prior to graduating with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2005. He has worked in acute care as well as outpatient orthopedic environments. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post surgical rehabilitation, manual therapy, and musculoskeletal injuries. Dave has taught skiing and snowboarding for over 20 years and enjoys carpentry and landscaping in his spare time. He lives in Bedford, NH with his wife and daughter.

Josh Paradis, DPT
Josh Paradis

Josh received his bachelors degree in Applied Exercise Science in 2007 and his Doctorate of Physical therapy in 2014 from the University of New England. He has experience in acute care and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Areas of clinical interest include sports medicine, post-surgical rehabilitation, and manual therapy. In his free time Josh enjoys spending time outdoors.

Elizabeth Warner, PTA
Elizabeth Warner, PTA

Liz received her Associates of Science degree from Hesser College in 2013. Liz interned with MCH and was able to join the team in 2014. She now works with our orthopedic outpatients, as well our Pulmonary Fitness and Heart Smart medical rehab programs. Areas of clinical interest include manual therapy, post-surgical rehabilitation, medical rehabilitation, & balance restoration. Liz is trained in the use of Graston certified soft tissue mobilization tools. She also collaborates with our fitness staff on the Bond Wellness Fall Prevention series.


For more information contact the Rehabilitation Department, at 924-4635.

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