Exercise equipment at our Physical Therapy clinic in Braintree, MA

Physical Therapy in Braintree, MA

Our Braintree Physical Therapy Office is conveniently located at the “Braintree Split” - the crossroads of Route 3, Route 93, Route 24, and Route 95, in the Blue Hills Medical Building. It is a 4000 square foot state-of-the- art facility that is equipped to meet all of your physical therapy needs.  Ample on-site parking is available.

About Our Physical Therapy Clinic in Braintree

Blue Hills Sorts & Spine Rehabilitation, providing physical therapy in Braintree, is distinguished for the success of its unique approach to spinal rehabilitation and general orthopedics.

As we like to say, we put the “physical” in physical therapy, because our goal is to identify the cause of your injuries or painful conditions and treat them. Our experienced and skilled team puts their knowledge, compassionate approach and personalized care emphasis to work for you the minute you enter our clinic.

Opened in 2006, the Braintree facility is a member of The Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network which also operates in Boston, Weymouth and Plymouth.

We credit our success with our insistence that we are determined to address the cause of your pain, not just your symptoms. We dismiss quick-fix solutions in favor of long-term solutions that allow you to return to your normal level of activity and optimal quality of life. We don’t want you to have to compromise because of pain, and we will encourage you to keep moving as we solve the issues.

We begin by conducting a thorough biomechanical evaluation that gives us the insight we need to devise an individualized course of treatment.

Your dedicated physical therapist in Braintree will combine the latest in evidence-based physical therapy treatments with the best “tried and true” methods to help you achieve superior, lasting results. Every step of the way, we’ll provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need to become your own physical therapist and remain pain-free, long after your program has ended.

Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation - Braintree

340 Wood Road #303 Braintree, MA, 02184

Phone: (781) 535-6053

Fax: (781) 535-6056  

Clinic Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

*Special appointment times can be arranged.

Meet Our Team Members in Braintree, MA

John Jones

John Jones
Owner/Physical Therapist


John is a graduate of Springfield College where he received his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. While enrolled at Springfield, he had the opportunity to complete an inpatient orthopedics internship in Birmingham, Alabama where he worked alongside world renowned Orthopedic Surgeon James Andrews and nationally renowned Physical Therapist Kevin Wilk. Rehabilitating professional athletes immediately out of surgery was a special experience that fit nicely with John’s background as a collegiate starting pitcher and NCAA 1st team All-New England Baseball All-Star. Immediately following graduation, John was a natural selection for a full-season sports medicine fellowship with the New England Patriots football team.

John transitioned into outpatient orthopedic care following his exciting stint in the NFL. He has since spent the past several years developing specific skills to assist patients of all abilities. His unique experiences have allowed him to develop a treatment approach that combines focused manual treatment, flexibility training, core stabilization, and a progressive strengthening program to help each patient achieve their maximum functional recovery. John has also worked in an industrial work hardening center where he had the opportunity to develop extensive work conditioning programs for a variety of occupational injuries. Regardless of the source of injury, John thoroughly evaluates each and every patient and works closely with them to develop their own individual goals and expectations of treatment to maximize their recovery in a timely manner.

Andrew DeStefano

Andrew DeStefano
- PT, DPT, Cert. DN
Physical Therapist


Andrew attended Ithaca College, where he earned his Doctorate Physical Therapy (2012) and his bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Science (2010). A lifelong athlete, Andrew’s passion for sports provided an ideal foundation for his career in physical therapy. His interest in promoting overall health and wellness—he minored in nutrition during his undergraduate study, and is a current certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine, as well as a certified nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition—bolsters his approach to patient education and evidence-based practice. Andrew has also completed a certification in Dry Needling (Cert.DN) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. As the Digital Media Manager for Blue Hills Sports and Spine Rehabilitation, when he isn’t working with a patient he can often be found reading research articles, writing the monthly newsletter, or creating educational content for our social media pages. He believes that developing relationships with patients rooted in trust and effective communication is integral to effective treatment outcomes, and counts compassion and empathy as among the most important traits a physical therapist can possess. 

A strong believer in the importance of continuing education, Andrew continues to expand upon his background in sports-based orthopedics as he develops advanced skills, working toward his Diploma in  Osteopractic from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. The program includes dry needle and spinal manipulation therapy certification, and focuses on incorporating evidence-based practice with manual therapy to optimize the quality of care and patients’ lives.

In his free time, Andrew stays active through strengthening and conditioning, puts his nutrition background to use while baking and cooking, engages his mind by reading a wide range of nonfiction books, and is the grateful human companion of a photogenic cat named Penny. 

Sydney Galvin

Sydney Galvin
Physical Therapist


Sydney Galvin, PT, DPT, graduated the University of Massachusetts of Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2013. She returned to Lowell that fall to attend their doctor of physical therapy program, which she completed in 2016. Sydney has had clinical experience in orthopedics as well as in the acute care setting. She enjoys working with people of all ages. In her spare time she enjoys walking, biking, swimming and spending time with her dogs.

Heather Doyle

Heather Doyle
Physical Therapist Assistant


Heather graduated from Ithaca College in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. After coaching soccer for a number of years and working as a personal trainer Heather went back to school to receive her Associates Degree in Physical Therapy from Mass Bay Community College in 2004. She has been a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant since and has worked in both the outpatient orthopedic setting as well as long-term care. A former college soccer player and coach, Heather enjoys working with sports-related injuries and getting athletes back into game shape. In her spare time, Heather enjoys running, weight training and hiking.

DeShauna Johnson

DeShauna Johnson
Office Manager


DeShauna is a 2002 graduate of Quincy High School and graduated from Quincy College with an Associates Degree in Computer Science Applications in 2005. She began working at Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation in 2008 and became office manager in 2011. DeShauna handles all billing for the office.

Justin Harrington

Justin Harrington
Clinical Secretary


Justin joined Blue Hills Sports & Spine as a clinical secretary in 2016.  He quickly became an expert in health insurances and this has allowed him to have a critical role in the front office.  He enjoys living in the city and video gaming during his free time. 

Isabelle Buchanan

Isabelle Buchanan
Clinical Secretary/Office Clinical Tech


Isabelle is the friendly smile you often see when you first arrive at our office.   She has been dually trained as a front office receptionist and as a rehab aide.  She loves doing yoga, caring for her animals, and listening to music in her free time.  

Our Physical Therapy Services in Braintree, MA

Spinal Rehabilitation

Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation, providing physical therapy services in Braintree, MA, is distinguished for its unique and effective approach to spinal rehabilitation.

When you suffer from acute or chronic back pain, it is hard to focus on anything else. Every aspect of your quality of life is impacted. When the pain becomes chronic, it is easy to become discouraged and believe that you will never be pain-free again.

At our Braintree Physical Therapy clinic, we have given thousands of back pain sufferers a whole new perspective on life. In fact, many of our patients are surprised when we tell them this fact: The vast majority of people with neck, low back pain and/or sciatica symptoms caused by degenerative disc disease, muscle strain and other spine disorders can be managed successfully—without surgery.

Our approach to physical therapy leads to superior long-term results because we treat the causes, not just the symptoms. Our skilled physical therapists use a proven, research-based course of treatment that includes:

  • Cardiovascular exercise
  • Active and passive stretching
  • Quantitative functional strength training
  • Core stabilization
  • Manual techniques and modalities (when clinically appropriate)


Our customized program of physical therapy is successful in helping patients suffering from sprains, strains and fractures, and other orthopedic injuries, to heal faster and recover thoroughly.

Whether your pain comes from injuries incurred in your daily life, your sports and hobbies or your workplace, we will work with you to determine the underlying cause and address the whole picture to prevent injuries from recurring.

Sports Injuries

Whether you are an elite marathoner or a 10- minute miler, a major league pitcher or a weekend warrior, Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation treats all types—and all levels—of athletes with the same exceptional level of care.

We understand how hard it is for athletes to stay on the sidelines. That’s why our physical therapists focus on getting you back to your sport faster, but in a way that ensures your injury will not return.

Once we determine the cause of your injury or pain, we use a comprehensive and aggressive biomechanical approach to restore full joint mobility and strength. Because the body is a “kinematic chain,” it’s critical to consider all of the joints around your injury—including wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. By rehabilitating you from the “ground up,” your physical therapy will be more effective in the long run.

We specialize in treating:

  • Youth, adult and active senior athletes
  • Elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle injuries
  • Injuries resulting from running, jumping and throwing

Graston Technique

We believe that every patient should have access to the very best physical therapy techniques. That's why we stay up to speed with the latest clinical research and explore new ways of getting even better results for our patients.

The Graston Technique is a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables physical therapists to effectively identify and breakdown scar tissue and mechanical restrictions within soft tissues.

The technique utilizes specially designed steel instruments, combined with stretches and exercises, to achieve superior outcomes. It is used to treat a number of tendon disorders, mobilize scar tissue and reduce edema.

Pre and Post Surgical Care

Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery have been found to recover faster when they have the benefit of physical therapy both before and after their surgery.

We will help you regain your strength and flexibility without risking further damage during the healing process.

Workplace Injuries

We will work with your physician following work-related injuries to help you heal and return to work as quickly as possible. In some cases this will require a work hardening program through which your return to your tasks is gradual as your body regains strength after an injury.

What to expect on your first visit

Arrive early.

Please plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your first appointment. This will allow time for you to register and fill out a medical history form.

Be prepared.

  • Bring your Insurance card, a list of any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you take regularly, and any other necessary referral information.
  • Please expect to pay any co-pays at the time of service.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothing that will allow easy access to your injury site.

What to expect:

  • Your first visit begins with an evaluation of your entire medical history, muscle strength, flexibility, as well as other important factors related to your injury.
  • Your physical therapist will then use these findings to develop a comprehensive treatment program.
  • Based on your individually-tailored treatment program, your Physical Therapist will discuss with you how often you will need to attend physical therapy to achieve your long-term goals.

Our cancellation and rescheduling policy:

We kindly request a 24-hour appointment cancellation notice. If you need to reschedule an appointment on short notice, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.  Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special appointment times can be arranged.

Driving Directions to Braintree Clinic   

From the Waltham/Dedham Area (From Rt 95)

  1. Take I-95 South toward Providence RI/Dedham/Cape Cod
  2. I-95 South becomes I-93 North
  3. Take Exit #6/Rt 37 toward W. Quincy -0.4 mi
  4. Turn Left on Granite St (RT 37) - 0.1mi
  5. Turn Left on Wood Rd. - 0.7mi
  6. Arrive at 340 Wood Rd. Braintree, Blue Hills Medical Building
  7. Enter through the main entrance and take the elevator to the second floor.

From the South Shore (From Rt. 3)      

  1. Take Rt 3 North toward Boston
  2. Take Left fork onto I-93 South toward Dedham -1.0 mi
  3. Then follow directions from step #3 above.

From the Boston Area (From Route 93)

  1. Take Rt. 93 South  (South East Expressway)
  2. Take Right fork onto I-93 South 
  3. Then follow directions from step #3 above

From the Southeast/Brockton Area (From Route 24)

  1. Take Rt 24 North toward Boston
  2. Take exit #21A onto I-93 North toward Boston -2.8mi
  3. Then follow directions from step #3 above.

Your partner in facilitating insurance coverage.

At Blue Hills Sports and Spine Rehabilitation , we understand the complexity of health insurance. Although we verify physical therapy eligibility as a courtesy to you, however, we highly recommend you also call your insurance company to verify your benefits. While you begin your rehabilitation, we'll contact your HMO/PPO and take the necessary steps to become an authorized physical therapy provider. With Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation offices in Braintree, Boston, Weymouth and Plymouth, we are just around the corner from where you live, work and play.

We are physical therapy providers for:

  • Aetna
  • Auto Accidents (all insurances)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Corvel
  • Department of Labor
  • First Health
  • Great-West Healthcare
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Healthcare Value Management
  • MassHealth, Medicaid, Medicare
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Network Health
  • One Health Plan
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Tricare/Health Net
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation

Other Physical Therapy Locations

The Braintree physical therapy clinic of Blue Hills Sports & Spine Rehabilitation is one of four physical therapy clinics serving the Greater Boston area under The Pinnacle Rehabilitation Network.

Other physical therapy locations in Greater Boston area:


30 Lancaster Street #100, Boston MA 02114


(617) 367-4700


(616) 367-4701


45 Resnik Road #104-A Plymouth, MA, 02360


(508) 747-6600


(508) 747-6606


541 Main Street #203 Weymouth, MA, 02190


(781) 340-1480


(781) 340-1481