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Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

119 Gannett Drive
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 207-773-0040

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You live a full life, and that can lead to injury, whether you are a recreational athlete, an active senior, or a parent on the go. Anyone can sprain an ankle, dislocate their shoulder, or suffer an ACL tear.

Maine Medical Partners — Orthopedics & Sports Medicine understands that every move counts. As the expert source for individualized attention to sports injuries, we connect our experience with advanced medical technology and supportive care to return you to your busy life—quickly.

With over 20 years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. F. Lincoln Avery leads a team caring for people from all walks of life—from local athletes to U.S. Olympic skiers. From concussion management and soft tissue injections, to surgical treatment of knee, hip, and other joint injuries, our sports medicine program is the most experienced team in the state.

We treat each patient experience with a team approach, including clinical staffs who are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals, dedicated to providing you and your family with the best care in our state-of-the-art facility.

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Rehabilitation and Sports Performance is one of the many specialties that MMP Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers. Located in the same building as the physicians of this practice, the rehabilitation department offers post-operative and non-operative treatment for conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle, and spine. Whether you are returning to professional sports or weekend recreation, our state-of-the-art clinic is fully equipped with an anti-gravity treadmill, a Woodway treadmill, a TechnoBody balance and stabilization system, IASTM tools, Shuttle systems and Life Fitness resistance and cardio equipment, and much more to ensure a fast, optimal and safe recovery after an injury.

Treatments we offer:

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)—specially designed tools to increase movement in scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. Our specialty-certified clinicians utilize several IASTM tools and techniques, including the Graston method.
  • Manual Therapy—specialized area of physical therapy utilized in the management of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Dry Needling—technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a "dry" needle, without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle.
  • Kinesio Tape—flexible enough for rehabilitation, durable enough to support working muscles and strong enough for athletes at any level. The tape provides optimized stimulation which allows the body’s natural healing power to do its work.
  • Vasopneumatic Devices (cold therapy)—reduces inflammation and swelling, decreases muscle spasms and can help relieve pain without narcotics. Cold therapy can be used immediately following injury or surgery and as-needed after that.
  • Video Gait Analysis—uses slow motion video to identify abnormalities in your gait cycle while walking or running that may be contributing to pain and/or performance barriers.
  • Concussion Rehabilitation—because no two concussions are the same, a physical therapist will examine you and prescribe a routine to address your particular symptoms and day-to-day needs.
  • Biofeedback Training—helps refine movement to help you achieve your goals. This technique helps patients learn to recognize and manage their own body signs.
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFRT)—training method for the development of muscle strength and growth.
  • Return to Running—physical therapists advise runners on proper form, training methods, strategies for preventing injuries and proper shoe selection. Therapists work with patients to develop a successful running plan that is tailored to their specific needs. Physical therapists can also evaluate, diagnose and treat runners who have sustained a running-related injury.
  • Throwing Analysis—throwing, for example, baseball pitching, is one of the most intensely studied athletic motions. A physical therapist can help analyze your throwing mechanics from head to toe and develop a program to help improve any deficiencies that have been noted.
  • Golf Assessments—our golf program has been qualified as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). TPI is a PGA and LPGA approved, golf-specific training program that identifies physical limitations that may be contributing to swing flaws, injuries, and higher scores. Our providers will evaluate upper/lower body flexibility, posture, core stability, balance, and golf-specific mobility.
  • Bike Fit Analysis—we can adjust your bike to help prevent injuries, increase efficiency and comfort and improve performance.

Some of the conditions we treat, but are not limited to:

  • Knee pain, stiffness and injuries to the knee
    • ACL injuries
    • patellofemoral syndrome
    • knee ligament injuries
    • patellar subluxation
    • knee arthrofibrosis (knee stiffness)
    • knee osteoarthritis
    • meniscus injuries
    • patellar tendinitis
    • quadriceps tendinitis 
  • Hip pain
    • femoroacetabular impingement and labrum tears of the hip
    • greater trochanteric pain syndrome
    • hip sprains and strains
    • bursitis
    • athletic pubalgia (sports hernia)
    • hip osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder injuries, pain, and stiffness
    • rotator cuff injuries
    • shoulder instability
    • shoulder impingement
    • adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
    • tears of the labrum (i.e. SLAP and Bankart lesions)
    • shoulder osteoarthritis
    • scapular dyskinesis
    • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome (TOCS)
  • Elbow pain and injuries
    • tennis elbow
    • golfer’s elbow
    • pronator teres syndrome
    • UCL injuries
    • elbow osteoarthritis
  • Head and neck injuries and pain
    • concussion
    • neck pain
    • degenerative disc disease
    • herniated disc
    • nerve impingement
    • facet joint pain/dysfunction
    • Thoracic Outlet Compression Syndrome (TOCS)
    • cervicogenic headaches
  • Low back pain
    • degenerative disc disease
    • acute low back pain
    • low back strains
    • SI Joint pain and dysfunction
    • nerve entrapment
    • herniated disc
  • Foot and ankle pain and injuries
    • ankle sprains
    • Achilles tendinitis
    • sesamoiditis
    • plantar fasciitis
    • running injuries to foot
    • ankle osteoarthritis

Our staff:

Ryan BrownRyan Brown PT, FAAOMPT
Director of Sports Therapy and Performance for the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Service Line

Ryan graduated from Notre Dame College with a BS in Biology and a minor in chemistry in 2003. He went on to receive his masters in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2005. After graduating, he completed a residency program at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn and a fellowship program in 2007. Ryan is one of nine fellows recognized by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in the state of Maine. He specializes in the advanced orthopedic manual and manipulative physical therapy skills for management of spine and extremity disorders. Also, Ryan has attained numerous certifications for working with the overhead athlete. He has been an adjunct faculty member for the Physical Therapy Department at the University of New England since 2017. Ryan resides in Windham with his wife, two sons and dog “Fenway”. When not working, he enjoys coaching, wakesurfing, snowboarding, dirt biking, snowmobiling, boating and spending time with family.

Eric BouchardEric Bouchard, MPT, CMP
Staff Physical Therapist

Eric received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2000. After graduation, he returned to Maine and has worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting for the past 20 years. Eric has attended various courses in the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle. He has received training in multiple treatment and manual therapy approaches including Mulligan mobilizations, Maitland, dry needling, and the Graston Technique® in which he is certified. He has completed training in the Mulligan Concept and became a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP). In 2012 he also became a Certified Pitching Coach through the National Pitching Association. His clinical interests include treatment of the injured cyclist and both non-operative & post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder and knee. Eric currently resides in Buxton with his wife and twin daughters. In his free time he enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Collins Cara 18 Cara Collins
Staff Physical Therapist

Cara graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a BS in Health Science in 1992. She went on to receive her masters in Physical Therapy from Simmons in 1994. After graduating she returned to NH and worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic before moving to Maine in 1998. She continued to work in private practice until joining Maine Medical Partners - Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in 2016. Cara has a special interest in treatment of the lower extremity specifically patellofemoral dysfunction. She resides in Cumberland with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. When not working she enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking, gardening, reading, cooking and exploring the Maine coast by foot, boat or paddle board.

Maria CorridoreMaria Corridore 
Occupational Therapist

Maria Corridore, only one of 27 Certified Hand Therapists in the State of Maine, grew up in Upstate New York. She received her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and her Master’s Degree from Sage Graduate School. She began working as an Occupational Therapist at Adirondack Medical Center, working in acute care and treating outpatients with hand injuries. Maria became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, and then worked at a specialty Hand Rehabilitation Center in Albany, NY, where she built her skills treating hand injuries. She treated repetitive stress injuries, elective hand surgeries and trauma to the hand and arm on an outpatient basis. Maria then worked with geriatric patients in sub-acute rehab, long-term care and helped to start an outpatient hand rehabilitation program.

Maria now lives in Buxton with her boyfriend and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, skiing, hiking, kayaking and completing DIY home projects with her boyfriend. Maria is excited to help patients at MaineHealth regain function of their arms/hands after injury and/or surgery.

LaSarso Nick 18Nick Lasarso
Staff Physical Therapist

Nick is originally from Upstate New York. He attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Athletic Training. He then went on to the University of New England where he graduated in 2016 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After graduating UNE, Nick became part of the team at Maine Medical Partners - Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in 2016 and currently works with our physicians to run a concussion program. This program helps to treat patients of all ages with both acute concussions and post-concussion syndrome. He is also a certified Titleist Performance Institute clinician with a passion for golf, strength and conditioning training.

Ella MacVeaghElla MacVeagh
Rehab Aide

Ella MacVeagh graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Neuroscience and Studio Art in 2018. She hopes to eventually return to school to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her free time, Ella enjoys hiking, ice skating, snowboarding, soccer, painting, and gardening.

O'Kelly_Kristin_18Kristin O’Kelly
Staff Physical Therapist

Kristin is born and raised right here in Portland Maine. After graduating from Portland high school, Kristin attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated with a BS in kinesiology: exercise science in 2013. She then returned to Maine to complete her studies in physical therapy at the University of New England, graduating with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2016. After graduating, Kristin has worked in outpatient orthopedics, where her desire to work with active individuals has grown, drawing off her own passions for sports and activity. When not working, Kristin enjoys staying active through running, playing soccer, skiing and hiking.

Sport psychology services at Maine Medical Partners - Orthopedics & Sports Medicine focus on helping individuals get back to their optimal level of functioning, whether that’s in sports, work, or general life. Being injured, no matter how severe, can bring up a lot of emotions. Dr. Erin Hatch works closely with a team of providers at our practice to support patients in their adjustment to injury from a mental health perspective. From concussions to post-surgical recovery to chronic pain, learning how to adjust and cope with the life changes and challenges brought on by these issues can be difficult. But you don’t have to go through it alone.

Our sport psychology services also serve athletes of all ages who are not injured, but struggle with the emotional side of competition. Sports can be inherently stressful as pressure and expectations can lead to intense anxiety and negative self-judgment. Individuals are able to explore these issues in a safe, empathetic environment and learn skills related to “mental toughness” that allow them to overcome these struggles.

Areas Addressed:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Concussion-related adjustment issues
  • Post-surgery or injury-related adjustment issues
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD