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Our Team

Paul S. Bauer, PT, MSPT, OCS, FAFS, FMR, CLT

As the Practice Director, Paul S. Bauer brings advanced practice credentials working with patients in many environments. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT with Bachelor and Master Degrees and is a Board Certified Physical Therapist with advanced training.

From 2000 to 2003, he trained with the McKenzie Institute, New Zealand in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine with additional training in Manual Therapy with the University of St. Augustine from 2004 to 2008. 

In 2008, he completed a Fellowship in Applied Functional Biomechanics at the Gray Institute, Adrian, Michigan. In addition, he has received certifications in Functional Manual Therapy and Complex Lymphatic Therapy. 

Paul is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - Orthopedics. During the course of his career, he has engaged in many other professional activities and was selected to serve as a “national expert on spine physical therapy” for the development of spine care protocols.

He has worked as a physical therapist on the PGA tour; guest lectured at the University of Connecticut PT program; held positions as a clinical instructor at the University of Connecticut, Quinnipiac University and Sacred Heart University.

He regularly gives healthcare lectures to the shoreline community and to other medical professionals in association with Yale University physicians while continuing to teach educational seminars to practicing physical therapists.

His specialties include spinal rehabilitation, functional biomechanics, shoulder disorders, vestibular rehabilitation, post-mastectomy lymphedema, and custom foot orthotics.

He became a physical therapist because he has always been fascinated by the body’s ability to heal from injury and to improve its ability to perform a task, whether it be a sport, a hobby, or a routine activity.

Paul says that the field of physical therapy is unique in its position as a medical profession in that we assist people in recovery from injury or disease in a natural and conservative manner without medication or surgery.

“As a physical therapist, I have the pleasure of investigating one’s problem, diagnosing the cause, and treating it both at the symptom level and at the causative level.

When I see a patient return to the things they love to do or need to do, pain-free, I realize this profession can be a wonderful asset to our community. I feel privileged to be a part of it,” he says.

When Paul is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, golfing, skiing, hiking, and other sports, coaching youth sports, travel, volunteering at his children’s school and in the community, and serving on non-profit boards.


Eric Meoli, DPT, MTC, OCS

An urge to help others improve their lives prompted Eric Meoli to consider a career in physical therapy.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies from Quinnipiac University in 2009. He achieved his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 2012.

Additionally, he is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, has completed Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion, has trained in the Mckenzie Method for mechanical disorders of the spine, and he has advanced training in the treatment of soft tissue disorders utilizing myofascial release techniques as well as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

He acquired experience in the field as a graduate assistant at Sacred Heart University in the Human Anatomy Lab. He also completed a two-year residency program at Physical Therapy Specialists.

He joined the company in June, 2012.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and Black Lab Luna. He also loves boating, fishing, travelling and life in the outdoors.


James Heeren, DPT, CSCS

An interest in helping people return after injuries and surgeries to their full functional and recreational ability prompted James Heeren to pursue a career in physical therapy.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut.

Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

He is currently working on certifications in manual therapy from Evidence in Motion and is prepared for board certification in orthopedic physical therapy.

He joined the company in March, 2016.

Outside of the clinic, his hobbies include skiing, golf and hiking with his dogs.


Michael Oriente, DPT

Michael Oriente achieved his Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Science and Nutrition from Sacred Heart University in 2013, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the same facility in 2016.

In his final year of physical therapy school, he says he was fortunate enough to intern at Physical Therapy Specialists of Guilford and to have Paul Bauer, PT, MSPT, OCS, FAFS, FMR, CLT as his clinical instructor.

“Those 10 weeks of clinical cemented my ambitions to become an advanced practicing outpatient physical therapist,” he says.

He joined the company in June 2016.

Currently he is enrolled in the Evidence in Motion program in order to further his goals of achieving certifications in manual therapy and board certification in orthopedic physical therapy.

He says his original decision to become a physical therapist stems from the fact that, like many of his patients, he was injured doing what he loves.

“Coming from a background built around athletics, I knew when I was young that I wanted to find out the reasons why people got hurt playing sports. In my junior year at The Taft School I tore my hamstring in a soccer match and was sent to a local physical therapist.

“I was so impressed by the way that physical therapy helped to heal my mind, body and soul. I knew from that moment on that I wanted to become a physical therapist.”

Mara Dowler, PTA

After beginning a career in psychology, Mara Dowler became interested in physical therapy because she realized she enjoyed health care and clinical settings, but preferred focusing on helping people improve their physical health and regain mobility in order to return to activities they enjoyed.

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rosemont College and her Physical Therapy Assistant degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She is certified in McKenzie MDT, Parts A and B. She is currently working on certification in lymphedema management.

She joined the company in August, 2015.

When she is not working she enjoys watching her four sons’ sporting events, helping at their schools, and planning vacations and road trips.

Tracey Strand, BS

Tracey Strand received her Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.

She has a broad range of experience in office administration and management and a proven record of far exceeding individual and team performance objectives.

She has extensive experience with budgets and fiscal office management and strong interpersonal skills and superb organizational ability. She is also well versed with insurance billing and monitoring functions.

She joined the company in November, 2011.

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