Paula J. Kweder, PT

Physical Therapist




Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA

Masters of Education-Health/Family and Consumer Science – 2005

Initial Licensure Health/FCS and Health/P.E.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Bachelor of Science Degree - Physical Therapy - 1985



- Health/FCS teacher Framingham High School, Framingham, MA 2006 - to present

- Long term substitute Wellness teacher, Medfield High School, Medfield, MA October 2005 to June 2006

- Substitute teacher, Medfield Public Schools 2005

- Substitute teacher, Natick Public Schools 2004-2005

- Practicum teaching, Cambridge College 400 hours

- Catholic Religious Education Teacher, St. Patrick Parish – 1992, 1994-2004

- Back Class Instructor, Wellesley College - 5 years

- Water Aerobics Instructor - 2 years

- Swim Instructor – 20 years

- Instructor of the following Physical Therapy courses:

     "Muscle Energy Techniques of the Pelvis and Low Back" - 1996-present

     "Water Therapy for the Athletic Trainer"- September 1996

     Brown University, Providence, RI

     Boston University, Boston, MA

     "Introduction to Water Therapy"

     Brown University, Providence, RI Spring 1996

     Boston University, Boston, MA Spring 1994

     "Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunction in the Water Part 1"

     Burdenko Level 3. Lecturer - July 27, 1991

     "Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunction in the Water"

     Burdenko Levels 1-4. Primary lecturer- May 14, 1992

     "Evaluation and Treatment of Spinal Dysfunction in the Water Part 2"

     Burdenko Level 6. Lecturer - April 4, 1992

     "Introduction to Water Therapy" - October 1991

     AEA Conference, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA

     "Developing Sports Qualities in the Water" - November 1990

     CASE Center, Boston University, Boston, MA

     "Speed Training in the water" - April 14,1990

     Lane Health Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

     "Electrical Stimulation/TENS" November 1986

     Mt. Sinai Hospital, Hartford, CT



Physical Therapist/Water Therapist

- March 1993 to present

     Longfellow Health Center, Wayland, MA

     - Private practicing physical therapist subcontracting with the health center.

     - Manual techniques, modalities, water and land exercises are used to treat clients of varying ages and diagnoses.

Physical Therapist/Consultant and Exercise Teacher

- September 1991 to present

     Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

     - Instructor and treating therapist in the classroom and athletic training room

Physical Therapist/Water Therapist

- February 1990 to February 1993

     Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute, Lexington, MA and Wayside Racquet and Swim Club, Marlboro, MA

     - Physical Therapist subcontracted with the Institute.

Head Physical Therapist

- September 1988 to March 1990

     Suburban Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Inc., Natick, MA

     - Supervised physical therapy daily operations and staff.

     - Developed and implemented policies and procedures of the Fitness Suite.

     - Standardized evaluation and exercise forms.

     - Developed written treatment protocols.

Sports Therapy Coordinator

- August 1987 to August 1988

     Physical Therapy Resources, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

     - Designed screenings and provided consultations to coaches of local high school and Mission Bay Mako/Olympic athletes.

     - Organized Coaches Clinics for public and private high schools.

     - Marketed and presented Fitness Screenings, lectures, and in-services for the community.

     - Functional Capacity Evaluations.

Clinical Director/Aquatic Director

- October 1986 to July 1987

Staff Therapist

- August 1986 to October 1986

     RE-Hab Associates Inc., and Sports Medicine Center, West Springfield, MA

     - Designed layout and assisted in establishment of satellite clinic in conjunction with local YMCA.

     - Developed Therapeutic Back Care Pool Program and Back Fitness Classes.

     - Treatment pediatrics within the Springfield school system.

Staff Therapist

- July 1985 to July 1986

     Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford, CT

     - Three 4-month rotations in various units of the 350 bed general hospital.



Senior Affiliation

- January 1985 through March 1985

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

- Research - Utilized Vicon 3D Analyzer and Computer System to study the effects of orthotics on pronated feet.

- Clinical - Prosthetic and orthotic fabrication, gait analysis and training, TENS, mobilizations all as part of NIH protocols for AIDS/Arthritic/post mastectomy patients.



Health Care Pathways: Connecting Education with Careers

UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA April 11, 2008

Winning Sports Nutrition for Children and Adolescence

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA Spring 2008

Advanced Nutrition

Worcester State College, Worcester, MA spring 2008

Studying Skillful Teaching

Fitchburg State College, Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA 2007

Teaching Effective Presentation Skills

Endicott College, Framingham Schools, Framingham, MA 2007

Impact of Trauma on Children’s Learning

Framingham State College, Framingham, MA 2007

MAPHERD Conference 2006

Pilates Method Used as Therapeutic and Corrective Exercise 2005

American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meetings 2002

Orthopedic Lecture Brookline Sports Medicine May 2001

"Spiritual Identity" Pope John Seminary 2000

Watsu Training 1999

ATRI Conference Las Vegas, NV 1997

Aquatic Exercise Association Course/Certification 1997

Sports Medicine Update-Emerson Hospital 1996

Lahey Lecture Series 1992, 1991, 1990 and 1989

Myofascial Release Workshop/ Study Group -1990-1993

Burdenko Water Therapy Training - February and March 1990

John Barnes’ Myofascial Release I - 1989

Cybex Seminar – San Diego, CA 1989

Organized/ participant New England Back User’s Group 1989

Adapted Aquatics Course - 1988

Lumbosacral METS Course - 1986



Registered Physical Therapist in state of Massachusetts

Lifeguard Training Certified

First Aid and CPR Certified

US Lacrosse Coaches Certification Level I

Girls U-13 Natick Lacrosse Coach 2003-2006

Montrose JV Lacrosse Coach 2005-2007

Independent Learning Project Cambridge College student representative 2006

Girls Basketball Coach Natick Recreation Department 2003-2005

Natick Travel Basketball Coach 6th grade girls 2006-2007

Head Coach - Longfellow Summer Swim Team 2000-2005

Longfellow Masters Swim Coach 2001-2003

Natick Youth Soccer Coach 1999-2004

Soccer Coach – Certification Level 1

AEA Water Fitness Instructor and WSI Certified

Cheer Coach/Advisor 1993-1998 MIAA Certified

MAHPERD member

COHES (Coalition Organized for Health Education in Schools) Presenter

Beginner Yoga Program for 10-12-Old Girls- 2005

American Heart Association CPR Instructor

AEA Water Fitness Instructor Certified-1995



Masters Swimming (Nationals Top Ten 1998)

Running – Age group Top 5