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Debra Band, PTContact Debra

Debra is one of the original owners of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates/Advanced Sports Therapy. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Sports and Orthopedic sections. Debra is also an assistant clinical instructor of orthopedics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Debra assists Orthopedic Surgeons in designing post-operative protocols and works closely with orthopedic residents and staff. Also, Deb is a co-author of "Physical Therapy Management of Knee Osteoarthritis in the Middle-Aged Athlete" in the Sports Medicine Arthroscopic Review research journal. Debra is an avid runner and enjoys outdoor sports.


Nick Mitropoulos, PT, ATCContact Nick

Nick has been co-owner of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates since 1984. Nick strives each day to treat the patient with qualified professional care. Nick splits his time between the Boston clinic and the Medford clinic. Nick is also the Director of Sports Medicine at Tufts University, coordinating medical coverage for 31 varsity sports. He has held that position for 10 years. Along with the daily duties of the Director of Sports Medicine, Nick also treats the Tufts Marathon team.

Nick is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Nick is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Nick sits on the Board of Directors for New England Physical Therapy Network, having served for over 12 years. He is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) respectively.


Kanella Karatasakis, PT, MSContact Kanella

Kanella graduated from Northeastern University with a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and splits her time between Advanced Sports Therapy in Wellesley and Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy in Boston. She is a licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kanella has 12 years experience and likes to treat patients of all ages. She enjoys helping patients recover from their injuries and assisting them in returning to sport whether it is recreational or competitive. She enjoys treating patients with shoulder pathology and works closely with orthopedic surgeons to rehab post-surgical patients. In her free time, Kanella enjoys pilates, conditioning classes, and running.


Erin Ward, PT, DPT
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Erin received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and is a licensed physical therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Erin often attends monthly special interest groups related to the shoulder, manual therapy, and neurology. While completing one of her clinical education rotations at Hospital for Special Surgery's Joint Mobility Center in New York, she had the opportunity to see a variety of orthopedic and rheumatologic conditions. Erin has a strong interest in the neuromuscular system and the role motor control principles play in the rehabilitation process. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, and going to comedy shows. Erin sees patients in our Boston office Monday through Friday.


Joshua Blatt, PT, DPT, ATCContact Joshua

Josh graduated from the University of Vermont with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and bachelors degree in Athletic Training. Josh is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Josh’s clinical experiences provided him with exposure to a wide range of patients, needs, and treatments. Josh has treated clients ranging from adolescents and college students to adults and pre-professional athletes.

Through Josh's affiliation with KneeBinding of Stowe, Vermont, a company that pioneered a revolutionary ski binding designed to significantly reduce knee injuries when skiing, he gained tremendous insight and experience with ski-related rehab. Josh's experience includes extensive Athletic Training, academic and practical experience with D-1 hockey, ski, and track and field teams, as well as D-2 and high school teams.

In Josh’s spare time he enjoys skiing, cycling, sailing, hiking and all things New England. Patients can see Josh 5 days a week in the Boston Clinic.


Maureen MitropoulosContact Maureen

Maureen is the Office Manager and Billing Coordinator at OSPT. She is responsible for many aspects of patient registration, insurance information, billing procedures and office management.



Nick Mitropoulos, PT, ATC (see Boston)


Ryan Birchall, PT, DPT, ATCContact Ryan

Ryan graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training; he then graduated in 2016 from Boston University with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and is licensed in Massachusetts as both an Athletic Trainer and a Physical Therapist. Ryan currently also works as an athletic trainer for Tufts University Sports Medicine. Ryan has experience working in collegiate sports medicine with a focus on manual therapy and functional rehabilitative exercise. He has had clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient orthopedic, neurologic, and pediatric physical therapy. Ryan's physical therapy practicum project consisted of developing an examination and treatment practice model for BPPV, which is currently in use in Boston University's Physical Therapy program. Ryan was born and raised in upstate New York, but now calls Boston home. In his free time Ryan enjoys running, cooking (eating), and creative writing.


Maureen Mitropoulos (see Boston)