Maribeth Crupi Physical Therapy Physical Therapy for Dancers, Athletes & Others

Maribeth Crupi

Robin Taylor

Courtney Lawler

Amy Scarpa



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Mission Statement & Staff Biographies

Maribeth Crupi, PT and her staff are committed to offering both well established and emerging treatment programs that have demonstrated positive outcomes and are supported by current medical research. They are certain to fully educate their patients on the mechanism of their injury or source of their disorder. A dedication to having patients be active participants in their healing process is the cornerstone of all treatments at Maribeth Crupi Physical Therapy LLC.

As your body speaks its concerns, we will listen thoughtfully and treat it expertly.

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Maribeth Crupi, PT

About Maribeth Crupi

Maribeth Crupi has pursued specialized training in dance medicine for over a decade. This includes a full dance medicine practicum through the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in NYC, 2006. Maribeth is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Her IADMS membership assures that she is developing her treatment strategies based on the most current research and clinical wisdom of dance medicine specialists from around the world. This is further enriched by the fact that members of IADMS include dancers and dance educators as well as those in the field of science. Maribeth was a presenter in the October 2015 Annual Symposium, in Pittsburgh, PA. She continues to offer lectures to both medical and dance audiences.

Maribeth’s level of dance medicine knowledge and extensive repertoire of treatment techniques has further been fostered in her work with Boston Ballet. Maribeth has offered per diem physical therapy services for the professional company, including assisting with annual screening of the new professional company members. In addition Maribeth maintains regular contact with their physical therapists to seek peer review and offer or receive advice on treatment strategies.

Maribeth and her staff also offer backstage services to touring dance companies performing in the Boston area.

Maribeth appreciates dance from her background in the physics of human movement. This approach allows the dancer to achieve proper balance and weight shift using laws of gravity and principles of kinesiology to promote most efficient and proper use of muscles for dance. The emphasis is on working within the healthy limits of one’s body to avoid injury and promote the best artistry.

Understanding the movement of dance is imperative to assure safest return to dance following injury, or to correct poor movement patterns/technique that may result in injury. Without strong development of the basic movements of dance such as plié, relevé, tendu, passé, etc., from which essentially all choreography arises, both injury and inability to progress in artistry result. Maribeth is emphatic that forcing turnout and working outside of one’s healthy physiological limits is not only unnecessary, but likely detrimental for success in dance. In an effort to convey her knowledge to a wider audience Maribeth is currently a contributing author to a dance medicine text soon to be published. Updates on publication will be offered soon.

Maribeth offers informational lectures to area dance studios and ballet academies on a wide variety of topics ranging from pre-pointe preparation to dance technique as it relates to musculoskeletal issues, injury prevention and treatment. As the parent of a multi-discipline dancer through the collegiate level, Maribeth has spent over 20 years closely observing dance technique both in the studio and theater settings and understands implicitly the demands of dance at all levels of ability.

Maribeth combines her respect for holistic based treatments (She is a Level II Reiki Practitioner) with a solid orthopedic foundation from which she draws her treatment approaches. Maribeth's wide-ranging background in soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques also make her an excellent choice for patients with challenging diagnoses that have not responded fully to previous treatment approaches.

Maribeth is committed to keeping her skills current and expansive through her frequent attendance at professional symposiums and continuing education programs. In doing so, she has become proficient in a number of highly specialized treatment techniques. Most recently she and her staff have trained in Dry Needling therapy that has proven to be an extremely effective modality to add to their treatment skill set. While the majority of her treatment approaches are "hands on", she is equipped with all customary electrical modalities to offer full spectrum treatments. Housing an extensive library of current physical therapy and dance medicine texts, her office provides the perfect environment for patients to learn fully about their areas of need. Maribeth Crupi, PT is a recommended therapist of Children’s Hospital, Boston, Division of Sports Medicine.

Maribeth and her husband Carl (who built her beautiful treatment facility) have raised three children together, the last of whom is finishing his university studies. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was the inspiration for Maribeth’s journey into a dance medicine specialty when she developed and overuse problem rising en pointe. Maribeth enjoys taking advantage of all Boston and New England has to offer. She is a patron of the arts, and an avid recreational athlete who enjoys alpine skiing, hiking in the Lakes Region of NH, golf, kayaking and paddle boarding. She also enjoys sewing and a challenging game of Scrabble!

Robin Taylor

About Robin Taylor

Robin Taylor, DPT, was a three sport athlete in high school and went on to play both soccer and lacrosse in college. She had a record-breaking career in lacrosse at Trinity College and earned All-American designations three years. Robin began her career in rehab in the training room as a student athletic trainer. She went on to earn her physical therapy degree at MGH Institute of Health Professions in 1999 and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy at her alma mater in 2003. Robin has a diverse physical therapy background with experience in the acute care, rehab hospital, home care and outpatient orthopedic settings. She has built on her skill set with advanced study of the spine, shoulder, and knee, as well as training in the Graston Technique, Yoga and in Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) brand of Pilates.

Robin has taken her physical therapy knowledge and combined it with her love of health and fitness. She is trained as a Core Barre Instructor, a Tabata Bootcamp Coach and is certified through the American Council on Exercise as a personal trainer. She has found the fitness studio is a great environment to teach preventative medicine and provide early screening of musculoskeletal issues. 

Outside of the clinic, Robin is a mom to three, teaches fitness classes, coaches soccer and lacrosse, competes in triathlons, road races and plays platform tennis. Robin is passionate about eating clean and being active.  Whether it is seeking out adventures with her family on the slopes or paddle boarding, Robin seeks to educate others on better choices to improve wellness and maximize function.

Courtney Lawler, DPT

About Courtney Lawler

Courtney Lawler, DPT, has had a lifelong passion for both dance and physical therapy. A native of Medford, MA, she started dancing at a young age under the direction of Donna Miceli. She was fortunate enough to continue her studies through scholarships from Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance Chicago, Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, and Broadway Dance Center of New York City. In 2006 Courtney graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona.

Upon graduation she began her professional career as a world famous Radio City Rockette and remained with the line for six consecutive years. Courtney has also had the honor of performing with Boston’s own Urbanity Dance Project, Tokyo Disneyland, Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance World Congress, and has had multiple regional theatre credits from Reagle Players.

Courtney’s interest in physical therapy was sparked early in her dance career through the treatment of dance related injuries that she and fellow dancers sustained. This led her to pursue training in physical therapy, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with her DPT in 2015. She has had experience in the outpatient and inpatient settings and most recently completed a clinical internship in physical therapy with the Boston Ballet Company.

Outside of the clinic Courtney judges dance competitions around the country and teaches dance in and around the Boston area. During her free time she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy!

Amy Scarpa

About Amy Scarpa

Amy Scarpa is the Office Manager/Health Claims Specialist. Amy has been with Maribeth Crupi PT for the past four years. She completed her training in medical billing and coding at the Salter School in 2010, graduating with distinction, and was a member of the board of Advisors at Salter.

Amy handles many various tasks of our office, some of which include; greeting patients as they arrive, scheduling visits, verifying insurance coverage and billing.

Most importantly Amy is able to be both warm and friendly while dealing with the constantly changing and challenging health insurance industry.

In addition to her proficiency in handling the billing and office matters at our practice, Amy has a second profession as a singer and songwriter. She has “music in her bones.” She can often be found singing in the Tavern at Tewksbury Country Club.

Amy is married to her loving husband, Nick and has two children, David and Jade. In addition to her professional life, Amy also enjoys family time at her camp in NH, shopping for antiques and pieces of furniture she can restore.


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