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Darin McCarthy, MSPT, OCS, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Orthopedic Clinical Specialist / Certified in Dry Needling

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Darin graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1996 where he was a recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award from the College of Health Professions.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from The University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1994 as well as becoming board certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1994.  His over 20 years of training in orthopedics includes the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Ohio State University Medical Center and as an intern with the New England Patriots Football Team.  Experience includes being a physical therapist in San Diego, California, where, for several years, he completed the majority of his extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute with an emphasis on spinal and sacroiliac dysfunction as well as sports injury rehabilitation.  While there he was employed at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics and then served as the director of outpatient services for a large multi-center orthopedic group in California before moving back to Massachusetts.   Darin is currently a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).  The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.  He is also certified in Dry Needling through the Dry Needling Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.  Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting a very thin needle through the skin in order to stimulate a trigger point.  Dry needling is used to release tight muscle bands associated with trigger points leading to decreased pain and improved function.  Darin is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association in the orthopedic, private practice and aquatic therapy sections.  


Erica Compagnone, DPT – Physical Therapist / Aquatic Therapy Director

Erica graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2003.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology of the University of Massachusetts in 2000.  Since her graduation, Erica has been part of the Therafit staff and is the director of aquatic therapy.  Erica’s post-graduate coursework has been specialized in aquatic physical therapy and she is certified in the Burdenko Method levels 1-6.  In her spare time Erica is a gymnastics coach.



John Dao-Tran, DPT, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Certified in Dry Needling

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John graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree.  John also received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Northeastern University.  He is an expert in treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions, particularly those affecting runners and triathletes.  John joined the Therafit staff in 2009 and is also very passionate about, as well as participated in numerous advanced training on the spine.  John is currently completing his post-graduate training through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy on his way to becoming a certified spinal manipulative therapist.  He is also certified in Dry Needling through the Dry Needling Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.  Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting a very thin needle through the skin in order to stimulate a trigger point.  Dry needling is used to release tight muscle bands associated with trigger points leading to decreased pain and improved function.  He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountaineering, endurances races and competes in triathlons. 


Danielle Philipp, DPT - Physical Therapist

Danielle earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2013.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from UMass Lowell in 2010.  Danielle loves the spine and enjoys treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.  Danielle is currently taking post-graduate training through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.  She has had extensive post-graduate training in foot and ankle injuries.  Danielle applies her background in manual therapy skills as well as exercise into her treatments.  Danielle loves working with children of all ages.  In her free time she coaches youth cheerleading and follows NHL hockey.    

W. David Fisher, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant

David graduated from Newbury College in 1985 with an Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  He has had over 30 years direct clinical experience in orthopedics and sports and has been employed with Therafit since 1989.  David has taken significant coursework in manual therapy including spinal mobilization, muscle energy techniques, gait analysis, aquatic therapy and orthotics fabrication.

Deb LaPan, DPT, ATC - Physical Therapist / Certified Athletic Trainer

Deb graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2015.  She is also a Certified Athletic Trainer after having received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire in 2011.  For the past 4 years Deb has worked with local high schools and college sports teams as an athletic trainer.  Since her employment began at Therafit, Deb has completed additional training in Aquatic Therapy through the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute as well as extensive training on the shoulder and shoulder injuries.  Deb also has an interest in pediatrics and has volunteered at Ironstone Farm in Andover working with children.  Pulling from her athletic background she enjoys playing and coaching lacrosse.