Colleen Dooley

Therapist

I knew physical therapy was the career for me after a life-changing experience in the Girls Nation program with the American Legion Auxiliary while I was in high school. After meeting and talking with the servicemen and women at Walter Reed Military Medical Center during this program, I was able to hear how physical therapy was helping each patient in preparing to return to their lives and the hope it gave them for the future—and I knew that I had found my calling! This led me to Simmons University in Boston, MA, where I received both my Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

As a physical therapist, I am passionate about helping patients get back to doing the things they love to do! Each patient is unique, and I love problem solving with my patients to find the best treatment plan specifically designed for them. The team here at Orthopaedics Plus is truly committed to providing high quality patient-centered care, and fosters an environment that sets patients up for success!

In addition to my clinical practice, I am an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (ATPA) and enjoy doing advocacy work to improve patient’s access to physical therapy services! Involvement in the APTA has allowed me to meet physical therapists from all over the country, and even present my own research at a national conference.

Throughout my life, I have always been an avid skier with my family and friends! My favorite mountains are all in the White Mountains of my beautiful home state of NH. I love the variability of the mountain terrain throughout the day and the challenge of improving my form each season! Although I wish every season was ski season, I like to keep busy throughout the year by dancing. I grew up taking dance lessons, but like many people I drifted away from it when I got older. In college, I took advantage of tap dancing classes and have been tapping around ever since! I hope to find a studio soon for adult tap dance classes, but in the meantime… you can usually catch a glimpse of me tapping out my favorite moves at my computer in the clinic! I love to stay active and keep moving, but I’m always looking for balance in my life. Our family Boston Terrier, Parker, is the best couch buddy I’ve ever met and helps remind me to relax as well. He snores louder than a tractor-trailer on the highway and is always trying to trick you into sharing your food, but he’s the best teacher in enjoying the simple pleasures in life (like a good nap and a cookie!).