Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CMTPT, CCTT, FAAOMPT
Michelle Finnegan received her Master of Physical from Quinnipiac University and her doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She has worked with a variety of orthopedic and neurological patient populations over the years, however has focused her treatments in the last 6 years on those with chronic pain and orofacial pain. Dr. Finnegan is one of the few physical therapists in the country who is a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) administered by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. In addition she is a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics.
As a former ballet dancer, Dr. Finnegan had the opportunity to work with ballet dancers and she pursued additional education in dance physical therapy through the Harkness Center in New York City. In 2007, she became a distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.
In 2007, Michelle became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. A year later she was accepted to a 2-year appointment to write items for the examination process. Dr. Finnegan has completed the course program of Myopain Seminars and in 2009, she became certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Haven taken a multitude of courses in many different styles of physical therapy, Dr. Finnegan develops individualized treatments to meet each patient’s needs and return patients to their highest level of function. She enjoys working on putting “all the pieces of the puzzle together” since no two patients are the same. Although she has treated all areas of the body, Michelle has a particular interest in the treatment of the so-called upper quarter, which includes the head, neck, face, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), cervical spine, and shoulder girdle. She enjoys working with dancers as one of her sub-specialties. Dr. Finnegan continues her studies in orofacial pain, orthopedic physical therapy and performing arts physical therapy, especially dance.
Dr. Finnegan is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM-US), and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). She is a member of the Orthopedic, Sports, Home Health, and Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Finnegan serves on the membership committee of both the Orthopedic Section of the APTA and the AAOMPT and is a book reviewer for the Orthopedic Section of the APTA. Michelle is also an APTA credentialed advanced clinical instructor.
Additionally, she is actively involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), where she has helped to develop and write items for the Orthopedic Practice Review Tool and is an advanced item writer for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).
Michelle maintains licensure in all states she has previously worked in, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Georgia.
And for fun Michelle enjoys spending time with her dog Dallas, an English Mastiff.