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UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Facility Directors: Lawrence County

Bill Dean

William Dean, PT, DPT, MPT, OCS

Location: New Castle-North

William Dean, PT, DPT, MPT, OCS, is facility director and physical therapist at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services' New Castle-North location. He received his bachelors of science in biology from Grove City College, his masters of physical therapy from Slippery Rock University, and his doctorate in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University. He is a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy (OCS) by the APTA Board of Physical Therapy Specalists. He has 23 years of experience working in orthopaedic and industrial physical therapy in the Lawrence County area. He is also a part-time faculty member at Penn State Shenango in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. 

Melissa Johnson, MPT

Location: Neshannock

Melissa Johnson, MPT, is the facility director and a physical therapist at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services’ Neshannock location. She received her master’s degree from Slippery Rock University. Melissa specializes in pediatric rehabilitation, adult orthopaedics, sports rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, neurorehabilitation, vestibular therapy, and concussion treatment. She works with orthotists to fabricate pediatric splints and braces, and participates in the Linkage Clinic with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to treat babies with torticollis.

Erik Peterson, DPT

Location: New Wilmington

Erik Peterson, DPT, is facility director and physical therapist at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services’ New Wilmington location. He received a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Youngstown State University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Erik holds a Direct Access License in Pennsylvania, and specializes in orthopaedic therapy, manual physical therapy, spine rehabilitation, foot and ankle therapy, and comprehensive musculoskeletal care.


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