Lauren Bennett is a board-certified Physical Therapist and recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lauren joined AEPT in the summer 2020 and has been a part of the AE family for 7 years prior (as an athlete, intern, strength coach, and PT student). She values an environment based on patient connection, open communication, and patient autonomy. She emphasizes patient education in order to empower patients to better themselves and give them the tools to manage and prevent future injuries.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition at UMass Lowell in 2017. During this time, she competed in Women’s Volleyball at the Division 1 level. Lauren has accrued 7 years of experience in weightlifting, conditioning, and health and wellness habits which she enjoys bringing into the PT clinic. She has gained experience in the outpatient as well as inpatient physical therapy settings and was trained under Julianne Hubbard – a renowned therapist for ACL reconstruction rehabilitation and tear prevention. Her special interests lie in sports PT, return to sport, and shoulder rehab.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys being outdoors with her new Labrador puppy, reading, writing, hiking, and playing volleyball. She has continued to play volleyball post-college, travelling nationally and competing in local tournaments and leagues.
Before completing her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University, she earned her respective Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Allied Health Science and Sport Management from the University of Connecticut. Due to extensive injury, she was able to compete in six seasons of NCAA Division I women’s soccer for both the Penn State Nittany Lions and UConn Huskies.
Through injury and athletics, Julie has learned to embody qualities of cooperation, coachability, leadership, resilience, and empathy. It is her goal to now bring these qualities to the professional setting as a clinician at Athletic Evolution Physical Therapy. Julie believes in empowering her patients with the self-efficacy needed to facilitate recovery. While she enjoys implementing manual therapies like soft tissue mobilization, active release techniques, joint mobilization, and spinal manipulation, she particularly values the utilization of therapeutic and corrective exercise. She also appreciates staying current with the literature and applies evidence-based techniques to practice daily.
Julie aims to help people of all ages and abilities reach their rehabilitation and sport performance goals, but is particularly passionate about helping injured athletes return to sport after ACL reconstruction. She is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has acquired her certifications in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sport Performance, as well as Blood Flow Restriction Training. She currently owns and operates Just4Kicks Boston, LLC headquartered out of Athletic Evolution. Whether it be for mere pain relief or performance enhancement, come in and see Julie to make yourself a better you.
Maureen completed her Associate of Science (AS) in Physical Therapy at Baystate College in Boston in 2006. She then decided to attend Salem State College for another 3 years where she earned her Bachelors of Science (BS) in Athletic Training in 2010. Maureen has over 12 years of Physical Therapy experience in the orthopedic field.
Maureen grew up a dancer, and loved ballet, tap and lyrical dance. Her love for dance sparked her interest in the human body and ultimately lead her into the Physical Therapy field. Her clinical interests include Orthopedics, evidence based treatment approaches, and hands on manual therapy.
When not in the clinic, Maureen enjoys chases after her two young children, spending time with her family and friends, working out and baking.
Shannon Walton PT graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1995 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Shannon brings over 20 years of experience treating orthopedic injuries through manual therapy, functional exercise, and patient education, including 12 years as owner of his own practice in Woburn.
Shannon completed a year long manual therapy residency program at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy with Martin Langaas. Shannon is also McKenzie and Graston certified. He also completed the lumbar and cervical MedX certification at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Shannon’s experience allows him to treat a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, working with children to the geriatric population, serious athletes to the weekend warrior. He has coached youth sports in soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Outside of work Shannon enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding.