Physical Therapy Staff
Darin McCarthy, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Orthopedic Clinical Specialist / Certified in Dry Needling
Darin currently holds his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in Virginia. He previously received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he was a recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award from the College of Health Professions. Prior to that he held a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from The University of Massachusetts-Lowell as well as becoming board certified as an Athletic Trainer. His 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. His 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 with an emphasis on TMD, spinal and sacroiliac dysfunction as well as sports injury rehabilitation. While in San Diego he was employed in outpatient orthopedics then serving as the director of outpatient services for a large multi-center orthopedic group before relocating 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 superficial and deep needle insertion for the treatment of painful musculoskeletal and myofascial conditions. Darin is a frequent guest-lecturer to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s doctor of physical therapy program. Therafit also provides on-site labs for aquatic therapy to UML students as well. He 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. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology of the University of Massachusetts. 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.
Danielle Philipp, DPT, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Certified in Dry Needling
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. She 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 superficial and deep needle insertion for the treatment of painful musculoskeletal and myofascial conditions. Danielle loves working with children of all ages. In her free time she coaches youth cheerleading and follows NHL hockey.
Courtney Myers, DPT, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Certified in Dry Needling
Courtney graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2015 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. She also received her Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012. Courtney's treatment philosophy places a heavy emphasis on individual, customized plans to meet the needs of each patient. She places a high level of focus on manual or 'hands on' interventions including soft tissue mobilization, instrument-assist soft tissue mobilization and cupping, with a combination of therapeutic activities and functional training, such as walking/running gait analysis and squat mechanics. Courtney is also certified in Functional Dry Needling through Kinetacore. Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting a very thin needle through the skin order to stimulate a trigger point and is used to release tight muscle bands associated with trigger points leading to decreased pain and improved function. Post-graduate work has also included Level 1 Cervical and Lumbopelvic Evaluation and Treatment through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) which placed a heavy emphasis on spinal evaluation and treatment.
W. David Fisher, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant
David graduated from Newbury College 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.
Daniel Hague, DPT, Cert. DN - Physical Therapist / Certified in Dry Needling
Daniel received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in southern California. Prior to that he earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Diego State University. Daniel is certified in Dry Needling through the Dry Needling Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy in the cervical spine, TMJ and upper extremity. Dry needling is a technique that involves superficial and deep needle insertion for the treatment of painful musculoskeletal and myofascial conditions. Daniel's post-graduate coursework also includes emergency medical response for athletes. Daniel is passionate about working with athletes and weekend warriors.