Burlington Staff

Melinda Manganello, PT, DPT

Melinda Manganello, PT, DPT


Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Simmons College, Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2005

Specialized Training and Advanced Certifications:
Certified Level 1 in Functional Dry Needling 
Certified SFMA level 1+2

Areas of Special Interests:
Shoulder, Hip, Vestibular Disorders/Vertigo

Dr. Manganello graduated from Simmons College with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2005.  She has worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics for her career and has been teaching a continuing education course around the country for kinesiology taping technique and movement assessment since 2011.  She has worked with 2 USA swim teams working on injury prevention.  Dr. Manganello’s expertise includes exercise and movement therapy and manual techniques with a special focus on restoring function and mitigating disability for injured clients.

Tara Donnelly

Tara Donnelly, PT, DPT, OCS


University of Hartford, Masters of Physical Therapy 2004
Temple University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2007

Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Institute of Rehabilitation and Training Montgomery, AL 2005

Board Certifications:
American Boards of Physical Therapy Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics

Honors and Awards:
Mary McMillan Award, American Physical Therapy Association

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

Areas of Special Interest:
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

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

Dr. Donnelly graduated from the University of Hartford summa cum laude, valedictorian in 2004 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She was awarded the University’s Regents Award, the Physical Therapy Department’s academic award and the faculty leadership award. Tara graduated with a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007. She was awarded the prestigious Mary McMillan Award by the American Physical Therapy Association. Her extensive post-graduate training includes a year long Orthopedic Manual Therapy course with an emphasis on spine care in 2005 at the Institute of Rehabilitation and Training in Montgomery, AL. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Tara has lectured on both the state and national level regarding bio-mechanics and overuse injuries of the lower extremity. Tara has been actively involved in both the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Tara has extensive knowledge and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic patients. 

Chris Blake

Chris Blake, MA, LATC, PTA 


Keene State College; Bachelors of Science: Athletic Training 1995. UCONN; MA: Sports Biomechanics 1998. 
Kent State University; AD: Physical Therapist Assistant 2013 

Specialized Training and Advanced Certifications:
Titleist Performance Institute: Medical Level 2 
Titleist Performance Institute: Fitness Level 2 

Areas of Special Interests:
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation 
Golf-related injuries 

Certified SFMA: Level 1 

Over the course of his 26+ year career, Chris has worked with professional soccer, baseball, and football athletes as well as numerous youth, high school, collegiate, and professional sports programs throughout Connecticut and the Northeast. Chris utilizes muscle activation and muscle energy techniques to help restore movement and function for all athletes and non-athletes alike.