Balance Physical Therapy - Where Care Is Customized
While working together at Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy for five years, Chris Pierce and Pete Olson shared the belief that physical therapy integrating the highest standard of clinical care with a fun, whole-life approach was the key to finding strength and balance. In 2006, Chris and Pete opened Balance Physical Therapy, a rehabilitation center that's therapist-owned and therapist-operated.
Since then, Balance has recognized, celebrated, and tailored its services to treat the individual. By evaluating our patients' needs and goals before treatment, we are able to customize the best physical therapy routine for each patient. Our physical rehabilitation center has worked with thousands of unique patients over the years, and with our second location in Goffstown now established, our therapists look forward to sharing many more years with you!
Meet Our Therapists
Chris Pierce, MSPT, CSCS
Chris Pierce, Balance co-founder, earned his bachelor's in Clinical Science at Ithaca College along with his master's in Physical Therapy. By completing a residency at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (an affiliate of Mass General and Boston University), Chris learned effective management of musculoskeletal disorders based on the Norwegian National Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Chris also completed an internship in Athletic Training at Montana State University.
Working as a physical therapist in Montana for several years, Chris served as Assistant Coach and Strength & Conditioning Specialist at Montana State University (for the men’s and women’s soccer teams). At Saint Vincent Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Billings, Montana, Chris treated athletes from Rocky Mountain College’s football, basketball, skiing, and soccer programs. As one of two physical therapists providing transitional living and outpatient care via Saint Vincent’s specialized rehabilitation program, Chris also treated patients with brain injuries.
At Balance, Chris works with a variety of people, including children with physical challenges, competitive athletes who have experienced injuries, and healthy adults seeking to enhance their strength and conditioning. His goal is to help every client perform at his or her highest ability, both in sports and in their overall lives. Chris is currently working on his certification in trigger point dry needling.
While at Ithaca, Chris met his wife Tanya, began his rugby career, and wrestled to 2 all-state honors and academic All-American honors. In 2006, Chris represented the United States of America as the team physical therapist for the under-19 national rugby team at the world championships in Durban, South Africa. Today, Chris is still a competitive rugby player with the Amoskeag Rugby Football Club and enjoys spending time with his family (Tanya, his daughter Kaya and son Will), especially outdoors.
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Peter Olson, MPT, OMT, ATC
Pete Olson, Balance co-founder, is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. With his master’s in Physical Therapy from Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, and his bachelor’s in Kinesiology with a specialization in Athletic Training from the University of New Hampshire, Pete completed a residency and two-year fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, an affiliate of Mass General and Boston University. Based on the Norwegian National Program in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, the institute revolutionized Pete’s approach to evaluation, manual therapy, exercise therapy, and overall patient care.
In addition to working at Merrimack Valley Physical Therapy with Chris for five years, Pete also worked as a traveling physical therapist for Sunbelt Staffing, Inc., and as an athletic trainer at Physiotherapy Associates in San Francisco.
At St. Mary’s Medical Center, Pete worked with cardiac, pulmonary, and neurologically involved patients and post-surgical clients. At HealthSouth, Pete worked with elite athletes at the collegiate level from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Additionally, Pete volunteered with the Adaptive Ski program at Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, helping people with special needs enjoy outdoor recreational sports.
Pete works with a broad spectrum of patients, including children with muscular dystrophy, seniors with gait problems, competitive athletes, and everyone in between. Pete partners with every patient to achieve success. He encourages patients to be active participants in the process, teaching them how their bodies work and how they can be involved in every aspect of therapy and training. Pete’s a great listener, problem-solver and family man who enjoys kayaking, skiing, and sailing.
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Nancy Manchester, MSPT
Nancy completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at Boston University in 1997. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Mass, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Nancy has completed internships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Sports Conditioning Center in Brookline, Promina Kennestone Hospital in Georgia, and Everett Rehabilitation Services in Everett, Massachusetts.
Nancy’s clinical experiences while at Parkland Rehabilitation Services included working with patients with orthopedic concerns, those recuperating from total or partial knee and hip replacements, those recovering from shoulder, back, and ankle surgery, and those with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. At Massachusetts General Hospital, Nancy worked in orthopedic, medical, chest, and surgical settings. During her three years with the Brockton Visiting Nurse Association, she worked with patients in home care settings, evaluating and treating those with pulmonary, cardiac, neurological, medical, surgical, and orthopedic issues. Nancy also provided home safety training to patients and their families.
At Balance Physical Therapy, Nancy works with the full spectrum of patients. Her ongoing interests include manual therapy and women’s health. Through her continuous education, Nancy has enhanced her expertise in treating shoulder injuries, as well as treatment of the spine and core stabilization. Nancy loves having a hands-on role in helping patients recover from pain and injuries. She enjoys helping patients improve their functionality and showing patients how to reclaim their independence and overall lives. She believes that an important part of her role as a physical therapist is to educate her patients about their bodies so that they are empowered to further their own healing.
When Nancy isn’t working with patients, she enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, walking, hiking, yoga, weight training, group classes, and spending time with her husband and three children in Windham, NH. Nancy has been part of the Balance family since 2008.
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Cathy Schilling, PT
A graduate of Northeastern University Boston Bouve College with a degree in Physical Therapy since 1980, Cathy Schilling has spent her professional career developing a specialty in orthopedics. With extensive coursework and practice in treatment of the musculoskeletal system, she enjoys helping people with injuries, pain, and disabilities return to their optimum level of functionality and independence. Cathy excels at head and neck pain treatments (including TMJ dysfunction), sprain and strain treatments, joint replacement rehabilitation and is also certified in the Graston Technique.
Cathy has made Goffstown her home since 1987, and she and her husband raised three boys who were active in all that Goffstown sports had to offer. Currently, Cathy enjoys walking, hiking, biking, and painting with watercolors. She especially favors a walk into the village, photographing the bridge during Pumpkin Regatta and memorializing the scene with her brushes.
Kathy Courtelyou, PT, SCS
Kathy Courtelyou has known she wanted to pursue a career in physical therapy since fifth grade. Earning her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1998, Kathy loves working with a variety of patients - young and old. At Northeastern, Kathy completed 18 months of a work-study co-op, all in outpatient orthopedic settings. Her clinical affiliations include SUNY Stony Brook Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Grapevine, Texas. Kathy became certified as a personal trainer in 2001 and worked part-time as a trainer for ten years, enabling her to continue to work with her patients once they were discharged from therapy.
Over the past 18 years, Kathy has concentrated in the orthopedic and sports setting of physical therapy. She sat for the Sports Specialty exam and was certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2006. She also worked at Kennedy Brothers Physical Therapy in Boston for 13 years, treating various preoperative and postoperative patients. She also worked for New England Baptist Hospital for four years in one of their outpatient settings in Dedham, MA.
With a team approach to treating her patients at Balance, Kathy enjoys working with cases of post-concussion syndrome, running injuries, and shoulder instability. She loves helping her patients return to the lifestyle they love to live. Outside of Balance and local to Windham, NH, Kathy likes to cook, run, hike, paddle board, and spend time with her husband and four-year-old daughter.
Dr. Lorrie Coupal, DPT, MSPT, BS, CCI
Since earning her doctorate and master’s in Physical Therapy along with her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from UMass Lowell, Lorrie has been a manual therapist who designs an individualized treatment program for each client and their specific needs. Before joining Balance Physical Therapy in 2014, Lorrie worked as a manual therapist in an outpatient setting at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for ten years and Parkland Rehabilitation for five years.
An orthopedic physical therapist, Lorrie’s specialized areas of practice include SI joint dysfunction, shoulder injuries, balance and gait disorders, vestibular rehabilitation, and concussion management and treatment for all ages. Lorrie also has extensive experience working with post-operative patients with multiple diagnoses (shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow, and the spine), sports specific injuries at all levels, and general strains and sprains throughout the body.
Lorrie is involved in the community and with the local senior centers and has done multiple balance screens and lectures to promote awareness to prevent falls and prevent future injuries. She continues to enhance her manual therapy skills with annual courses and by reading the latest research to stay current with updated techniques and procedures.
To make an appointment with one or more of our above therapists, please call us at 603-890-8844. We look forward to working with you soon!
Left to Right: Cathy Schilling, Nancy Manchester, Janet Crudden, Kathy Cortelyou, Chris Pierce, Pete Olson, Tina Tempia, Lorrie Coupal & Jason Massa.