Our Staff

Sandra Cherry, PT

Founder and Co-owner of Universal Physical Therapy, Sandra is thrilled to be practicing in her hometown.  Being in Newport allows her to be close to her family and to remain active in this communinty.  She is a 1990 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Connecticut with her BS/PT degree, where she received the McMillian Scholarship.  The managing partner, chief physical therapist and Clinical coordinator roles keep her busy, but treating her patients remains her passion.  She brings years of experience combined with all of the newest training to her patients, including her continued training with the  Professional Baseball Atheltic Trainer Society.

Shane Koumrian, MPT

A graduate of the Univeristy of Lowell with a BS in Exercise Physiology, where she recieved the Commuter Academic Excellence and Clinical Excellence Awards.  She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  Shane has been working in outpatient clinics since that time and joined us in 2006.  Shane specializes in orthopaedics and also brings a foot and ankle specialty to the clinic.  Custom casted and fitted orthotics are another skill we are lucky to offer her.  Shane now lives in the area community and enjoys camping in our wonderful state with her husband and two children.

Crystal Bonin, NCCA, Certified Fitness Trainer

Crystal has made Sunapee her home for the last eight years.  Her family, including her three children, enjoy being active and living a healthy lifestyle in this beautiful area. Crystal enjoys hiking, camping and just playing with her kids.  Helping people reach their fitness goals is why she loves being a personal trainer.

Amanda Couitt, DPT

Per diem staff PT / Director of Clinical Education at RVCC

After growing up in nearby Croydon and then exploring the country, Amanda came home to join our family in 2009.  After receiving her BA in Biology (with a minor in Psychology) from Mount Holyoke College, she was awarded her Doctorate in Physical therapy in 2006 from Arcadia University.  She traveled the country, working in various settings from PA to HI.  Amanda is a certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and a "Healthy To The Bone" osteoporosis instructor, as well as the Director of Clinical Education for the PTA program at River Valley Community College.  She is very active with her two busy sons.

Lori White

As co-owner of Universal Physical Therapy, Lori has been with us since the beginning.  Lori is the Business Manager for the practice.  On a daily basis Lori is busy managing patient accounts, accounts payable, billing and insurance negotionations.  It is an ever changing tast.  Lori grew up in the area and now lives in Vermont with her family.  She graduated from Plymouth State College with her BS in Management in 1990, where she also was a Basketball and Soccer player.

Myrtle Nesin McCullagh, DPT

After receiving her Doctorate in P.T. from Husson University, Myrtle moved to New Hampshire.  She is excited to be living in a small town, similar to her childhood home in Maine.  She is a certified High School Wrestling Official, a mother, a wife and a P.T., Myrtle brings her high standards of care and her passion for helping patients reach their optimal potential to our practice.  

Brandi Hurd, ISSA, Certified Fitness Trainer

Since joining us in 1997, Brandi's hats have been many, including certified personal trainer, front officer manager and administrative assistant.  Brandi attened UNH and NH Community College after graduating from Newport High School.  Her group classes are the favorite part of her day here, as they always liven up the clinic.  She is a very invovled with area sports teams, from coaching to volunterring to routing on her daughters.  Her family, including her two girls and her husband, keep her jumping.  Brandi keeps us running smoothly!  

Mary Lyman, Receptionist and PT Aide

Physical therapy has been an integral part of Mary's life, as she is thrilled to be a part of this therapy family, helping others.  She and her husband have enjoyed working, living and raising her two daughters in the area.

Lori Flewelling, Receptionist and PT Aide

A native Newporter, Lori loves Newport.  She has made a wonderful life here, marrying her high school sweetheart, raising her three children, restoring her farmhouse, and now watching her grandchildren grow.  She brings her years of nursing experience, her love for traveling, music and family along with her smile and energy to UPT.  

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