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:

Dr. Stephen DeBay, PT, DPT: Physical Therapist

Dr. Stephen DeBay is a Massachusetts Board Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist. He received his degree in Exercise Physiology before graduating at the top of his class at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Steve understands that each patient presents with different impairments and always utilizes evidence based practice, patient  specific interventions, and manual therapy techniques. Steve’s goal is to work with each patient to restore his or her highest level of function.

Specialized Physical Therapy is honored to have Dr. DeBay on our family team of physical therapists as he brings passion, expertise, skills, breadth of knowledge, and confidence to help each patient reach optimal health while reducing pain and enhancing their lifestyle.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys hiking, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with his family, friends, and his dog Ziggy.

Good service, friendly staff
I’ve never had to do PT before so I don’t have a basis for comparison however I’ve been pleased with my decision to go with SPT after I broke my leg in April. Amy is super friendly and has been wonderful to work with for getting me back on my feet. Steve has also been a pleasure to work with from an administrative standpoint. I’d recommend them!  Sincerely, Customer since July 16, 2019

I am so Happy With SPT
SPT is the third place I have been to in the last 2 years and I am extremely happy with them. There are 3 things that stood out to me right away when I started going to SPT 1st there understanding of Insurance. I have seen night mares with other small offices working with HMO’s. Every one at SPT is really on the ball and has a great understanding of how and when to work with complex problems with my HMO. 2nd is their expertise and care they use in practicing PT. 3rd. Sincerely, Customer since May 8, 2018

This is how it should be done!
The last time I needed PT I went to the PT attached to my doctor’s practice. It was fine. Very competent, nice therapist. I didn’t know there was an alternative until I came to Specialized. Wow! Night and day. The therapists are great. What’s the biggest difference is they are not distracted serving many people at a time. It’s just me; all their attention is on my functioning; their full healing knowledge, experience, and heart is focused on me. I’ll avoid the factory approach. Well done; TY!  Sincerely, Customer since July 2018

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Dr. Amy Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, CKTP: Owner and Director of Physical Therapy

Dr. Amy Spencer is a Massachusetts Board Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist.  Amy has over 19 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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Professional Industry Affiliations

Steve Spencer: Owner and Operations Manager

Steve Spencer is the owner and operations manager of Specialized Physical Therapy.  He brings a wealth of corporate expertise, enthusiasm, passion, and innovation that keeps the business running smoothly and efficiently.   Some of the areas he focuses on includes:  accounting, financial analysis, marketing, information technology, patient scheduling, and website design. 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 graduating at the top of his class.  After graduating from OSU, Steve moved to Boston and spent three years at State Street Corporation.  While at Boston Children’s Hospital, he innovated and excelled for eight years before retiring from that position.  In 2012, he launched Specialized Physical Therapy with his wife, Dr. Amy Spencer.

When Steve has free time he enjoys cycling, camping, skiing, building computers, Linux, stock market investing and trading, financial modeling, hiking, reading, 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, MA and also proudly serves residents in Andover, Reading, North Andover, Wilmington, Boxford, Burlington, Woburn, Stoneham, and Methuen, MA. 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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