Did You Know?

  • Fewer than 5% of physical therapists in the U.S are board-certified in Orthopedics

  • Performance Physical Therapy has the highest number of Board-Certified clinicians in New England

  • Our residents earn a full salary and have no tuition costs!

“Performance fully supports the growth of their therapists. After personally completing a residency and earning my OCS, I approached my team with what I considered to be a somewhat crazy idea of creating our own residency program. With the support from our team, that’s exactly what we did! Together we have built a better, more personalized residency program that offers a unique pathway from student to specialist to faculty member so we can continue growing and innovating!”

- Bobby Dattilo - Residency Director

Bobby Dattilo

“At Performance, we believe in providing limitless professional development opportunities to clinicians as they grow throughout their career, whether they seek to grow into leaders as Clinic Directors or as clinical leaders, mentors, and experts. The development of our own Orthopedic Residency was a natural step to continue providing opportunities not only to residents, but for our clinician-leaders as mentors and faculty.”   -Dave Pavao – Clinical Officer.

Dave Pavao

Program Mission

Performance Physical Therapy understands the value of investing in the growth and development of our clinicians, which is why our team boasts the highest number of Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in New England. The Performance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program was developed to empower our clinicians’ pursuit of advanced post-professional growth and development for the benefit of our patients, our practice, and our profession.


Program Structure

  • A 12-month program providing advanced post-professional clinical and didactic education

  • Structured, faculty-lead online curriculum

  • 1:1 mentorship with a Board-Certified clinician

  • Multiple laboratory intensives on advanced examination and treatment techniques

  • Management seminar with a focus on refining clinical reasoning and decision making

  • Teaching opportunities

  • Post-residency OCS prep course


Program Goals

  • Acquire and maintain ABPTRFE accreditation. 

  • Implement practices to promote program sustainability. 

  • Provide and maintain quality didactic, laboratory, mentorship, and clinical learning experiences. 

  • Promote resident proficiency in orthopedic physical therapy clinical practice. 

  • Sufficiently prepare residents to become specialists in the field of orthopedic physical therapy. 

  • Assist residents in becoming leaders in their physical therapy practice. 

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Post Residency Opportunities

  • Assist in laboratory intensives

  • Lead course discussions

  • Aid in literature review

  • Contribute to lecture development

  • Resident mentor

  • New graduate mentor

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Meet Our Faculty


Please contact Residency Director Bobby Dattilo PT, DPT, OCS with inquiries.

*ABPTRFE has granted the Performance Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.