Matt O’Connor, PT, DPT, ATC

Matt O’Connor

Matt O’Connor, PT, DPT, ATC earned a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training/Exercise Science from Ithaca College. He worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the high school and collegiate levels. He then earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2008. 

Matt has taken continuing education courses in joint mobilization/manipulation techniques, muscle energy techniques, and sound-assisted soft tissue mobilization. His areas of interest include manual therapy techniques, evidence-based interventions, athletic injury prevention/rehabilitation, and post-surgical rehabilitation. 

He joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2010.



Emily Nelson, PT, MS

Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson, PT, MS graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

Emily began her career working in post-acute care and rehabilitation. Presently, Emily specializes in total joint replacement, gait and balance re-education, post-acute therapy, elder care and general orthopedics.  

Emily joined the Coastal Ortho team in January 2010.



Patrick Nelson, PT, MS, CSCS

Patrick Nelson

Patrick Nelson, PT, MS, SCS, CSCS is the Physical Therapy and Coastal Performance Center Director. He earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree with honors from Northeastern University in 2004, where he specialized in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He then received his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA in 2006.

In 2009, Patrick launched our first sports medicine specialty clinic at Universe Gym in Bath, Maine, and in 2010 he developed the Coastal Performance Program to serve local athletes. 

Since then he has been working in the clinic, on the field, and in the gym with local high school, college, and club teams for injury prevention and evidence-based performance training. In 2016, Patrick earned his board certification in Sports Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is one of only four board certified sports specialists in the state of Maine. Patrick has lectured locally and throughout the northeast to teams, fitness professionals, students, and healthcare providers on functional movement and assessment in fitness and rehabilitation.

Patrick has been with Coastal Ortho since 2004.



Dan Doherty, PT, MS, TPI

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty, PT, MS, TPI obtained his Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 1998 with a 13 month internship at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. He has worked in a variety of settings including orthopedics, chronic pain management, onsite industrial rehabilitation, and has been published in several studies regarding functional recovery after strokes.

Dan joined Coastal Ortho in 2007 and is currently the Clinical Manager of our orthopedic department. 

His interests include management of the unstable shoulder, joint replacements, as well as manual therapy interventions to assist with peripheral joint pain. He is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education managing and assigning students within our physical therapy department. 

Dan’s treatment approaches include components stemming from continuing education topics such as Kinesiotaping, Mulligan mobilizations, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and the Postural Restoration Institute. He is also TPI certified through the Titleist Performance Institute and utilizes this knowledge to assist patients in returning to and improving their golf game.


Brian Bisson, PT, DPT, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

Brian Bisson

Brian Bisson, PT, DPT, CSCS, NSCA-CPT is a licensed physical therapist with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Brian obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2013. 

Brian is certified in Dry Needling (Cert-DN) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. His clinical interests include non-operative and post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder and treatment of the overhead throwing athlete. Brian’s treatment approach focuses on concepts of postural movement dysfunctions taught by the Postural Restoration Institute to treat a wide variety of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Brian joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2013.



Shawn Paquette, PT, DPT, CSCS

Shawn Paquette

Shawn Paquette, PT, DPT, CSCS received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Exercise Science from the University of New England in 2009 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2012. He also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2009. 

Shawn treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, though he has special clinical interests in non-operative and post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder as well as rehabilitation after total joint replacement. Shawn also leads our cancer survivorship program at Coastal Ortho.

Shawn joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2012.



Lisa Burdick, PTA

Lisa Burdick

Lisa Burdick, PTA is a licensed physical therapy assistant with an Associate’s degree from Kennebec Valley Community College, graduating in 2000 with the highest academic honors in her class. 

She has attended several continuing education classes including Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Certified Functional Strength Coach, Mulligan Mobilization with Movement, and Postural Respiration from the Postural Restoration Institute, along with several other evidence-based orthopedic courses. 

Lisa’s treatment approach integrates techniques from functional movement patterning and postural respiration concepts with special interests in postural dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, and the elder care population. She worked in the acute care and skilled nursing facility settings before joining the Coastal Ortho team in 2003. 



Amy Farrell, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS

Amy Farrell

Amy Farrell, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS graduated with a BS in Exercise Physiology in 1996 while participating in the Athletic Training Internship program from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She went on to receive her MS in Physical Therapy in 1998.

She has spent the majority of her career working in outpatient settings, focusing on orthopedics, sports medicine, concussion management, and vestibular therapy. Since joining Coastal Orthopedics in 2013, Amy has been working with local physicians and athletic trainers to develop a concussion management program for those patients dealing with residual symptoms of concussion, including cervical dysfunction, headaches, visual disturbance, balance deficits, and dizziness. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and with varying diagnoses.

Amy joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2013.


Katie McCarthy, PT, DPT

Katie McCarthy

Katie McCarthy, PT, DPT graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 2014 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. During her time at Simmons, Katie was captain of the women’s soccer team. 

As a student physical therapist, Katie held clinical affiliations in orthopedics and sports medicine, and in acute rehabilitation treating a variety of patients with neurological disorders and orthopedic polytraumas. Since then she has become a Certified Functional Strength Coach, working with athletes of all ages to alleviate pain and maximize performance. Her clinical approach and educational interests include concepts of postural movement dysfunction taught by the Postural Restoration Institute. 

Katie joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2016. 



Claudia Burns, PT, DPT

Claudia Burns

Claudia Burns, PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist who has been practicing in Maine since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2010 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2014.

Claudia has spent her career diagnosing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on non-specific chronic low back pain and cervical dysfunction. She has attended many Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy seminars to refine manual therapy techniques. She is also certified in Functional Dry Needling and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment and focuses on identifying and addressing faulty movement patterns to restore quality, pain-free movement.

Claudia joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2018.



Amanda Balch, PTA, LMT

Amanda Cleaves

Amanda Cleaves, PTA graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kennebec Valley Community College in 2013. Amanda’s internships focused mostly on outpatient care as well as skilled nursing. Prior to receiving her degree as a PTA, Amanda became a certified Massage Therapist in 2006. Amanda owned her own massage therapy practice and worked locally with clients focusing on a variety of skills such as relaxation, headaches, but primarily chronic musculoskeletal issues.

Amanda has continued to take continuing education courses including TMJ, shoulder, knee, and ankle specific courses, as well as courses focusing on postural dysfunction and respiration. Currently, Amanda has taken a specific interest in vestibular therapy, balance, and concussion rehabilitation. She treats a variety of patients including post-operative care, chronic pain, and arthritic conditions and she also helps assist the clinic’s balance program.

Amanda joined the Coastal Ortho team in 2013.