Bristol Staff

Dave Donnely

Dave Donnelly, PT, DPT

Northeastern University, Physical Therapy 2000
Evidence in Motion, Executive Management Program Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2016

Board Certifications:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Specialized Training and Advanced Certifications:
Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, KT 1, 2 & 3
Graston Technique Practitioner

Areas of Special Interest:
Shoulder and Elbow

Professional Memberships:
American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedics Chapter Member
Connecticut Physical Therapy Association

Dave graduated from Northeastern University’s Physical Therapy program magna cum laude in 2000. He has participated in extensive continuing education courses with a focus on orthopedics and sports physical therapy. In 2006, Dave began a quarterly sports medicine and orthopedic journal club to discuss current topics in our field with some of our area physicians and rehabilitation professionals. Dave has served as a part time instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the Physical Therapy Assistant program. In addition to his work as a physical therapist, Dave is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with recreational, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes to improve their sport performance through core strengthening and sport-specific flexibility, strength, and balance training.


Laura Frechette, DPT

University of Connecticut, Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2020

Professional Memberships:
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists Member

Dr. Frechette graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2017, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in May 2020. While pursuing her DPT, Laura spent time conducting research on ACL reconstruction recovery, including motor control and psychological factors affecting return-to-sport. She has also had the opportunity to take several elective courses in geriatric physical therapy, and enjoys working with individuals of all ages. Laura joined Advanced Physical Therapy in 2020 at the Bristol office.


Marisa Ferguson, DPT

Quinnipiac University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2016

Dr. Ferguson graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 2017. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford in May 2020. Marisa played Division I softball as an undergraduate at UHart, which developed her passion for treating orthopedic injuries. During her graduate studies, Marisa spent time conducting research on the effect of assistive jump training in Division I volleyball players. She has had the opportunity to work in several 3D motion analysis labs, which built her interest in lower extremity injury rehabilitation for all ages. Marisa is eager to begin her career as part of the Advanced Physical Therapy team, and she looks forward to helping patients achieve their goals.