Our Windham Physical Therapy Staff

Bob Scaccia, PT & Founder

Bob Scaccia graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1994. He graduated from UMass Lowell with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology in 1992.

He earned his Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification in 1997 from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bob worked in outpatient sports and orthopaedic clinics for 7 years before opening Scaccia PT&SC in 2001.

He has worked with a variety of physical therapy clients but has specialized in sports and orthopaedic patients throughout his career. Bob has attended multiple continuing education courses with a focus on manual treatments. He has trained college and high school athletes from all sports and specializes in training wrestlers and baseball players, with a focus on pitchers.

While at U-Lowell, Bob played football from 1988-1991 on a team that went 32-4 in that span. He was captain of the 1991 NEFC championship team, was a three year starter at defensive back, earning All-New England honors and twice earning All-Conference. He also holds the U-Lowell career record for interceptions.


Emily graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010.  Prior to attending graduate school, Emily graduated from Hesser College in 2005 with an Associates degree in Physical Therapy which enabled her to work at Scaccia Physical Therapy as a PT Assistant gaining practical experience while furthering her education. Her mix of personality, attention to detail and passion for health & wellness combine to make her an excellent therapist.  

She enjoys working a wide variety of patients especially postoperative patients, endurance athletes and weekend warriors . She believes a mix of manual therapy and exercise is essential to recovery and is happy to work for a private practice that gives her time to address both. Emily has an extensive background in synchronized swimming and continues to stay active with swimming, cycling, sprint triathlons and hiking. She loves traveling and any time spent outdoors.  

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Laura Charewicz, PTA

Laura joined the Scaccia PT staff full time in November 2011. She graduated from Hesser College with an Associate in Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2009. Prior to starting at Scaccia she worked to develop and advance her manual skills which are the aspect of the job she loves the most. Laura is thrilled to have been able to enter the field of physical therapy as a new career later in her life.

Laura has an extensive athletic background and has carried that through her life to include competing in the Master’s track and field circuit where she earned the National Champion title 3 times in her age group in the javelin. She has been an avid road cyclist and enthusiast since the late 1970’s and continues to log thousands of road miles a year. Laura has been a participant in the PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) as both a volunteer and a rider since 2012 and will continue to do so with the hope of helping to find a cure for cancer.

She is great fit with the Scaccia team because of her extensive athletic background and her enthusiasm about working with people in all aspects of physical therapy to help return them to full function.

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Ben Sherr, DPT

Ben graduated from the University of New England with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2015. Prior to completing his doctorate, he attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2012 with a degree in biochemistry. He completed a clinical rotation at Scaccia Physical Therapy in the fall of 2013 and joined the staff full time in August 2015.  

Ben grew up playing multiple sports before eventually focusing on golf, basketball, and tennis in high school.  He continues to play all three sports recreationally. He also picked up running in the past few years and has run several half marathons.  Ben enjoys treating athletes of all ages, focusing on return to sport exercises, manual therapy including joint and soft tissue mobilization, and utilizing the McKenzie approach for spine treatment.  


JOe young, DPT

Joe is a graduate of UMass Lowell's Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as his B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition. Joe has worked in a number of venues leading up to his involvement and practice of Physical Therapy that were directed at Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning. He has worked with both Division 1 and 2 athletes while a Sports Performance coach at UMass Lowell as well as professional and collegiate athletes working at Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning.


Dana Breeden, PTA

Dana attended the Hesser College PTA program and has worked primarily in outpatient therapy since his graduation in 2012. Dana also has a Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies from Ithaca College in New York.  He has worked with a wide variety of patients and has certifications in Graston Technique and Kinesiotaping. As a therapist he has organized programs in Work Conditioning, Aquatics, and Run Gait Analysis.

In his free time he enjoys Triathlons, Running, and Cycling as well as any endurance events. He has completed 2 Ironman distance triathlons as well as 7 stand alone marathons. When he isn’t competing he also works and volunteers at local endurance events to give back to the same community he enjoys so much.

Lisa DiPalermo, Office and billing Manager

Lisa DiPalermo graduated with an Associates Degree in Paralegalism in 1988 and enjoyed a career as a Paralegal before deciding to be a stay at home mom for her three children. While raising her children, she earned a Certificate in Medical Transcription and became a self-employed transcriptionist.

Lisa has been proud to be a part of the Scaccia Physical Therapy staff since it opened it's doors in 2001.  She began as a part-time receptionist and medical biller and since then, has become the Office Manager/Medical Biller for both offices. She may be hidden away in the Windham Office but is always happy to answer any questions patients may have.

During her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends.  She has volunteered extensively with her children's activities, Easter Seals, and was on the Pop Warner Football Board in her home town for a number of years. When not at work she loves attending New England sporting events, concerts, traveling, kayaking and hiking.