Three Physical Therapists at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children's Hospitals Earn Board Certification from ABPTS

September 15, 2015

Specialization in neurology, pediatrics, and women’s health enhances physical therapy treatment plans

Three physical therapists from Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s hospitals are newly board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). Melissa Nassaney of Richmond, Catherine Chenot of Burrillville, and Meredith Lepley of Middletown each earned this credential in their area of specialty. 

Nassaney, a clinical coordinator and physical therapist, earned the women’s health clinical specialist (WCS) certification by ABPTS. She sees patients in Lifespan’s East Greenwich facility on South County Trail and her clinical focus is pelvic floor disorders. She is one of only two ABPTS board-certified women’s health clinical specialists in Rhode Island. In the U.S., only 276 clinicians have earned this certification in this specialty area. She earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007, a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2004, a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the URI in 1993, and an associate degree from the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in 1998. URI awarded her its Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012, and CCRI honored her with its 50th Annual Alumni Award in 2015.

Chenot, a physical therapist at Lifespan’s Allens Avenue facility in Providence, earned the neurology clinical specialist certification (NCS) in May. In the U.S. 1,729 physical therapists are board certified in neurology and she is one of only two ABPTS board-certified neurologic clinical specialists in Rhode Island. Her treatment focus is neurologic and vestibular physical therapy. Chenot earned a master’s degree in business administration from the URI in 1996 and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Northeastern University in 1987. She has worked at Rhode Island Hospital for 28 years.

Lepley is a pediatric physical therapist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and treats patients at Lifespan's Children's Rehabilitation Services outpatient facility on Allens Avenue in Providence. Her treatment focus is in outpatient orthopedics and developmental physical therapy. She is the eighth physical therapist in Rhode Island to become board certified in pediatrics (PCS) by ABPTS and one of only 1,485 in the U.S. Lepley earned a bachelor’s of science in health studies in 2011 and a doctorate in physical therapy in 2013, both from Boston University, as well as completing her pediatric physical therapy residency at the University of Chicago.

Nassaney, Chenot and Lepley will be honored during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California on February 17, 2016. The ABPTS is the governing body for certification and recertification of clinical specialists. After gaining at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice experience working directly with patients in the chosen specialty area, the licensed physical therapist takes the specialist certification examination, offered in eight specialty areas of physical therapy.