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 more than 23 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.

Allie Borges, PT, 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, vestibular and long-term care.

Erin Chamberlain, PT, MS

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. Erin spends most of her free time on a basketball court with her two daughters.

Jessica Chattin, PT, DPT

Jessie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2016. She has experience in outpatient orthopedics, post-surgical rehab and acute care. She recently relocated to the Monadnock region from Boston and currently works at both MCH and MCH Jaffrey Physical Therapy office. Her areas of clinical interest include orthopedic injuries, sports medicine and manual therapy. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog, wakeboarding and skiing.

Deborah Forte, PT

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 oversees 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.

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 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

Colleen Kelly, PT, DPT

Colleen is a recent graduate from University of New England where she received her bachelors in Applied Exercise Science in 2014 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. She has experience in acute rehabilitiation and orthopedic settings. She enjoys spending time outdoors, with family, playing soccer, and reading.

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 is the Director of the Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Services, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology at MCH and Jaffrey Physical Therapy. Lynne has spent almost 20 years of her career here at MCH. Lynne is committed to supporting her department to serve the Monadnock Region with expert clinical care, as well as supporting advanced training for the Rehabiliation staff.

In her role as a PT, Lynne thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with patients and has a clincial interest in providing Vestibular Rehabiliation.

Greg Nerz, PT, MEd, 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, PT, DPT

David was a teacher 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.

Josh Paradis, PT, 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 musculoskeletal injuries. He is pursuing a certification in orthopedic 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.


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

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