Meet Our Accomplished Physical Therapists

The team of physical therapists at Specialized Physical Therapy are doctorate trained and have incredible credentials. Together, we comprise a passionate, caring, and highly skilled family. We believe in the art of healing through physiotherapy, rehabilitation, massage therapy and exercise. None of us became experts over night – we have worked and studied extensively so that we can offer the very best services to our patients. We also strongly believe in continued learning, so you can be sure that our knowledge is relevant. By using the latest tools and techniques, we apply our unparalleled skills with a hands-on approach. Each therapist in the Specialized Physical Therapy family offers individualized one-to-one treatment to help patients realize their goals, relieve pain, achieve optimal health, and reach maximum functionality.

We truly are a family at Specialized Physical Therapy, which means we have the highest level of respect and care for all of our employees. We give our therapists the support and resources they need to grow. Our family of happy employees will be there to make our patients happy too! Please take a second to get to know us:

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Dr. Kathryn Flood Bacigalupo, PT, DPT, GTS – Physical Therapist

Dr. Kathryn Bacigalupuo brings an amazing mix of skills, knowledge, intuition, and passion to Specialized Physical Therapy, SPT.  At SPT Dr. Bacigalupo has delivered exceptional results to her patients over thousands of treatment sessions seeing a multitude of unique injuries; she loves to analyze and diagnose injured and painful areas, educate patients, customize personalized treatment plans, and deliver optimal recovery results for her patients.  Graduating Summa Cum Laude in her undergraduate work at Northeastern University and Magna Cum Laude in her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University, Kathryn loves academic challenges and looks forward to earning more physical therapy credentials and continuing her educational training to stay on the cutting edge of physical therapy treatments and techniques.  In addition to Dr.Bacigalupo’s accomplished work at Northeastern University, she scored in the outstanding 97th percentile on the Massachusetts State Boards for Physical Therapy in 2015, a feat that we are extremely proud of.

At Specialized Physical Therapy, Dr. Flood has trained extensively under Dr. Spencer capitalizing on more than 19+ years of experience and many thousands of successful patient recoveries.  It is this transfer of knowledge from one expert to the next that makes our company strong and well suited to excel in accelerating the recovery of our patients to optimal health.  Dr. Flood has treated hundreds of patients at Specialized Physical Therapy and is loved by all of our former and current patients for her outstanding dedication, compassion, expertise, and breadth of knowledge.

With extensive experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, Kathryn brings hands-on-skills and a passion for treating patients with neurological, orthopedic, and movement conditions. Her commitment to helping patients ‘Move Forward’ in life is unparalleled, as she delivers premium and customized care for each patient at Specialized Physical Therapy.

To keep a balanced life, Kathryn enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking; she especially loves being a competitive team player on her Ultimate Frisbee team as they continue to succeed at the domestic and international levels. In 2015, she adopted Duke, a two-year old Great Dane, from a rescue shelter which she absolutely loves.

I Highly Recommend! The office is spotless and everything seems brand new. There is plenty of parking and I get all the attention I want/need as they only see one patient at a time. Dr. Kathryn Flood is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. She really listens and makes sure she creates the right treatment plan for her patients. I highly recommend! Sincerely, M.B. September 2015

Excellent Support My 15 yr old son just starting PT with Specialized PT – and he was a little nervous, but Dr Kate Flood made him feel at ease immediately and provide exceptional support and feedback! Her patient care is world class….. and we look forward to working with her!! Very Glad we found Specialized PT and Kate! Sincerely, S.D. October 2015

Best PT around Dr. Kate has helped me to overcome two lingering pains. Neck pain that caused frequent headaches was successfully treated by Dr. Kate using PT. This has eliminated need for medication. The other pain is almost gone with PT. She is current on PT techniques that has helped me tremendously. I highly recommend her services. Sincerely, K.A. October 2015

Lucky Choice/Great Outcome
My doctor gave me a list of physical therapists to choose from & I chose SPT based strictly on location. What a great choice it turned out to be, Dr. Flood treated me for lower leg pain which was keeping me from doing many basic activities. With a combination of exercises & massage, I am almost pain free. Dr. Flood is not only a great PT, she also makes the PT appointments enjoyable. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Sincerely, Customer since October 2015

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Dr. Amy Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, CKTP: Owner and Physical Therapist

Dr. Amy Spencer has over 17 years of experience and has helped thousands of patients make astounding recoveries from sports injuries, car accidents, gymnastic injuries, low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain just to name a few; she is a foremost expert in orthopedic injuries involving tears, inflammation, and pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.  Amy earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and both a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Boston.  With an astonishing six credentials to her name, Dr. Spencer is one of the most credentialed, skilled, and dedicated physical therapists in the Northeast United States.

When Amy is not in the clinic helping patients she enjoys cycling, spinning, running, snowboarding, traveling, hiking in the White Mountains, spending time with family and friends, trying new local restaurants, and having a cup of coffee. Three of her favorite places to visit are New Zealand, Venice, and San Francisco.

Amazing! Dr. Spencer is the 3rd physical therapist I have seen in 3 years and is the most competent, thoughtful and experienced therapist I have been treated by, for my neck, back and knee pain. She coaches her patients through a manageable program of exercises and supportive treatments for home, if indicated, and uses hands-on techniques in office to relieve pain and relax muscle discomfort. She listens to patients concerns with empathy and helps patients find resources to support their healing. She focuses on one patient at a time, no time spent waiting for attention. She takes patients’ lifestyles into consideration when making recommendations so self-care is less of a burden and adjustments are more likely to be followed through with. I have made great progress in alleviating my chronic pain over the past few months, have more flexibility, stability and strength and feel better. I greatly appreciate her enthusiasm, dedication and warm personality. I highly recommend Dr Spencer to anyone with chronic pain and physical injuries. Sincerely, P.W. Lynnfield, MA

We are so lucky to have Amy in North Reading! When I first started with Amy it was painful just to get on and off the table. Having had back surgery 6 months ago I still have a ways to go but Amy has worked with me each step of the way. She really listens to me and tailors the treatment to fit the issues at hand. My pain level has been reduced significantly. Amy is very professional and knowledgeable. I feel that I am getting the best care available. I highly recommend SPT. Sincerely, J.C. June 2015

Dr. Spencer’s Accomplishments

  • Recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as an orthopedic evaluation and treatment specialist
  • Received a Manual Therapy Certification under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Paris, PhD, PT, FAPTA, Founding President and Chairman of the Board of the Directors at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • Certified as a Sports and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified as a TRX Suspension Trainer
  • Received advanced training in prenatal and postpartum exercise as well as in evaluation and treatment of prenatal and postpartum musculoskeletal conditions

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Steve Spencer: Owner and Manager

Dr. Spencer’s husband, Steve, supports her by handling non-physical therapy activities such as scheduling, billing, website design, marketing, accounting, financial analysis, and information technology. After Steve earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Muskingum University in Ohio, he worked at The Ohio State University in Gnotobiotics, Atherosclerosis, and Cancer Genetics. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, at The Ohio State University and worked for State Street Corporation in Boston for three years. At Boston Children’s Hospital, he innovated and excelled as a Financial Analyst II for eight years before retiring from that position. Now, he enthusiastically is 100% dedicated to supporting Dr. Amy Spencer and her team in providing the finest and most innovative physical therapy in the Greater Boston Area.

When Steve has free time he enjoys cycling, spinning, skiing, computer building, stock market investing, financial modeling, hiking in the White Mountains, reading about economic, environmental, educational, political, financial, and health topics, and dabbling in HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript programming.

SPT is just minutes from Andover, Reading, North Andover, and Wilmington MA

Specialized Physical Therapy is conveniently located in North Reading and also proudly serves residents in Andover, Reading, North Andover, Wilmington, Boxford, Burlington, Woburn, Stoneham, and Methuen.  We offer free and spacious parking located within a few steps away from our clinic’s door.

Schedule Your Appointment Today to Regain Freer Movement and Healthy Living!

Specialized Physical Therapy practices a comprehensive approach to total muscle, joint, and spine health. We are the preferred physical therapy clinic in Greater Boston, because we offer an extensive range of physical therapy services designed to restore your physical strength and mobility while reducing your pain. Our physical therapy clinic sets itself apart by:

  • Providing proven techniques for alleviating minor, major, acute, and chronic pain.
  • Specializing in sports medicine, manual therapy, post-surgical care, auto accidents, prenatal and postpartum conditions, orthopedic injuries and overuse injuries.
  • Maintaining a clean, comfortable, private and quiet clinic, making it ideal for private consulting, educating and performing the latest physical therapy techniques.
  • Focusing on your individual needs, not the bottom line, because we are a small, physical therapist-owned and family-oriented clinic.
  • Treating one patient at a time in our private treatment room to make sure that you get the personalized care and attention you need.
  • Completing your treatment from start to finish with only exceptional doctorate trained and fully licensed Massachusetts physical therapists that have excellent skills, breadth of knowledge, and invaluable experience to help you reach your goals and succeed.

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