Dr. Dave Pavao DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Dave Pavao DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. David Pavao, DPT, OCS, CSCS, started working with Performance Physical Therapy as a physical therapist at our Pawtucket location in 2009. After working as a physical therapist there for three years, he moved into the role of clinic director of the Smithfield clinic, and in 2013 he became Performance Physical Therapy’s, Chief Clinical Officer. In his role as Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Pavao ensures all clinical staff at all Performance location stay up to date on the current clinical standards and are providing the best, evidenced-based care to all patients. Dr. Pavao also oversees PPT’s northern region as its Regional Executive. 


Dr. Pavao earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Rhode Island, and he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In 2009, he graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, again from URI, receiving the college’s Academic Excellence Award.  He is currently an adjunct professor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at his alma mater, where he’s also been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award. 


In 2012, Dr. Pavao completed an orthopedic residency through the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions, and in 2013 he became a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He’s a member of APTA & American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. 


Dr. Pavao specializes in manual therapy, acute and chronic spine pain, headaches and sports injuries as well as TMJ and vertigo. 


Outside of work, Dr. Pavao serves on the board of the Smithfield Youth Soccer Association and loves playing soccer and tennis, and spending time with his wife Michelle, son Aiden and daughter Grace.  He loves watching any New England sports team and reports that he’ll eat just about anything. 


Dr. Pavao reminds patients that if they have any aches or pains, they can see their physical therapist before seeing a doctor. To prevent aches and pains, though, he recommends moving often (“It’s not all about perfect posture – the body wants variety!”) and finding an exercise routine or sport you enjoy doing and will, therefore, keep doing. 

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