Meet Our Staff

Meet South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s Team

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Catherine Hoover-Smith
Physical Therapist

Catherine Hoover-Smith, Founder

Catherine started South County Physical Therapy, Inc. in 1985 as a way to fulfill her dream of how she felt patients should be cared for. Since opening its doors, the practice has been through multiple renovations and expansions to create South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s offerings of today, with locations in Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (2), and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Catherine prides herself on being an active member of the community and often supports the Chamber of Commerce, community fundraisers, and provides internship and mentoring opportunities to high school and college students. Catherine continues to care for patients at South County Physical Therapy, Inc.’s Auburn, Westborough, and Worcester locations. She attends numerous courses each year to constantly maintain and continue to develop her skills. Catherine’s diverse clinical skills include extensive manual therapy training utilizing the methods of Cyriax, Maitland, Paris, and Mulligan; visceral mobilization; myofacial and craniosacral therapies; functional training and rehabilitation; specialized treatment techniques for the care of pelvic floor issues; and incorporating Yoga and Pilates into Physical Therapy care. She also specializes in Dance Medicine, providing a thorough assessment of a dancer.

Eric Cardin, PT, MS, CSCS
Executive Director

Eric Cardin, PT, MS, CSCS

Eric is a 1999 graduate of the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. In 2007, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. His clinical interests include the care of runners and tri-athletes. He is also involved in the rehabilitation and training of golfers who have undergone total knee, hip, and shoulder replacement surgery.

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Nancy Siegal

Anne “Nancy” B. Siegal PT, MS, graduated from Boston University Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physical Therapy. While working in Philadelphia, PA, she received a Master of Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy Professional Education from Temple University School of Allied Health Sciences. Nancy has more than 30 years of experience in physical therapy, spanning from acute care to in-patient and out-patient orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, with the vast majority of her work in the field of out-patient orthopedics for over 20 years. Her varied background in sports, outdoor adventuring and interests in integrated medicine inform her approach in creating a multi-faceted treatment program for each individual to achieve their maximal health and fitness level. Nancy is a certified oncology specialist through the S.T.A.R. Survivorship Training and Rehab program by Oncology Rehab Partners. She is a certified provider of Sole Supports (a custom-made orthotic), and is also certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, which evaluates faulty movement patterns that may cause dysfunction and pain. In addition, Nancy is working toward certifications in complete lymphedema decongestion therapy and craniosacral therapy.

Jennifer Lenkauskas
East Main Street, Westborough

Jennifer Lenkauskas graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1996. Upon graduation, she gained early experience and exposure in various areas of physical therapy practice including acute care, subacute rehabilitation, hospital based outpatient therapy, occupational health, and home care physical therapy.  Jennifer joined South County Physical Therapy in 2002 and since that time has developed her manual skills and focused her continuing education on research based treatments for orthopedic problems.  Jennifer has an interest in treating running related injuries and encouraging patients to achieve their personal goals. She is an active runner herself, having completed many races including two full marathons, seven half-marathons and multiple shorter distance fun runs. Jennifer also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2007 and demonstrates a personal commitment to fitness which she incorporates into her patient care.

Carla Faucher
Assistant Director

Carla Faucher, PTA, STS, is a 1987 graduate of Becker Junior College.   Carla’s certifications include: Certified Practitioner Sole Supports Custom Orthotics, Certified Level I Golf Fitness Professional with Titleist Performance Institute and State Certified Coach through Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.  Carla has done extensive coursework in golf enhancement, working with the foot and ankle, performing gait assessments, orthopedic rehabilitation and returning the athlete to their optimal level of function. She specializes in enhancing golf performance, returning the injured golfer back to the game, assessing lower extremity biomechanics for proper footwear prescription, the need for custom orthotics and how the foot connects to the human kinetic chain. As well as patient treatment, Carla serves as Program Director, providing educational opportunities to each of the SCPT clinics, the community, schools, health fairs, and a variety of other venues.

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Grant Pattee

Grant received his doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2009. He had previously graduated, in 2001, from Westfield State College as a double major in Sports Medicine and Physical Education. Grant also holds a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. His clinical interests include ACL treatment and prevention, strength progressions for the overhand athlete, joint replacements, and spinal mobilization.

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Jayme Protano

Jayme Protano – Director, Millbury

Jayme Protano is a 1989 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked in orthopedic outpatient physical therapy, sub-acute physical therapy, and acute care inpatient physical therapy. She joined South County Physical Therapy, Inc. in 2008. Jayme is Meeks Method trained in Osteoporosis care, Burdenko-trained in aquatic therapy, and is currently working on her STAR Program® Certification (oncology/cancer survivorship).

Jayme’s special interests include using yoga in physical therapy treatment, and working with the female athlete (particularly soccer players), as well as geriatric care. She is a passionate soccer player herself, playing on both indoor and outdoor soccer teams. She is also an avid walker and runner and teaches yoga.

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