Norway: 207-743-5493 | Bridgton: 207-647-5493 | Poland: 207-998-5493 |

The staff at Richard Bader PT provided first -rate service for my daughter’s recovery from ACL reconstruction. Before arriving in Maine, they worked with camp ownership and our local physical therapist to replicate her rehabilitation regimen while away for the summer.

The team at Richard Bader Therapy was kind and welcoming from the start! They made it incredibly easy to get Physical Therapy set up for our son at camp. During the summer, they kept us up to date on his progress and answered any questions we had.  Our son was able to maintain and improve his mobility during the summer.  We will definitely be working with the team again this summer.

Jeff D., Chappaqua, NY

Thank you so much for all your help. I really received both physical and mental care I believe to be above normal care: physical (pain relief), mental (understanding and explanation of everything). I am seriously considering a workout membership just to keep in touch and keep fit.

A. Walker

My experience with Rick has been nothing but positive. His approach to therapy is thoughtful, thorough, and he is mindful of his patient understanding the therapeutic process. I wholeheartedly recommend RBPT to anyone who is looking for a competent therapist; I feel fortunate to have found him.


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The pain release I got after first session was amazing! And it’s getting better every time I visit. [I] will miss you when I’m healed.


Matt was very knowledgeable and had a great plan for my therapy. It was always a pleasure going to my appointments and I always left feeling better.

D. Brett

Thank you Bader Physical Therapy. After suffering with knee pain caused by what my doctor though might be a torn meniscus for 3 months, he referred me to physical therapy. Now, after completing my treatment program, I am back doing all my usual activities pain free. The staff put together a program of exercises for me to do at their facility and also provided handouts so I could do the exercises at home using what equipment I had. Their facility is conveniently located across from the hospital and provides plenty of space and equipment for patients to use. Bader PT also offers a variety of exercise classes for individuals to attend, one of which I am currently participating in to improve my physical strength. My experience had been very positive. I am thrilled with the results.

S. Craib

I was helped immensely, as I came in with a walker and am now walking on my own.

B. Cordwell

“Thanks for all the hard work and professionalism.”
“The girls have been very patient and helpful.”
“Everything and everybody was the best.”
“Very nice staff and facility.”


About Us

The Bridgton staff, left to right: Erin, Rainie, Barb, Rich, Amanda, Victoria, Shannan

The Norway staff, Back row: Rick, Jason, Rich, Amanda, Matt
Front row: Luanne, Victoria, Barb
The Poland staff, left to right: Natalie, Paul, Abbey, Jill
RICHARD BADER PHYSICAL THERAPY first opened their doors on January 1, 2000 in South Paris, Maine. Over the past several years RBPT has benefited several different communities in the surrounding areas of Western Maine.  We have grown our practice into three offices in three different communities. We currently have locations in Norway, Poland and Bridgton. Our mission is to provide exceptional, progressive and cost effective rehabilitation services through personalized care that emphasizes functional independence for you. This allows you to recover quickly and resume your normal activities faster than ever before.

We have the best staff in western Maine. All of our PTs and PTAs have credentials and certifications beyond their degrees, they actively pursue continuing education, and are committed to giving their patients the best possible care. And, as you can tell by all the smiles, they’re very friendly, ethusiastic, and encouraging!


The 35th hexagram in the I-Ching represents the sun rising above the earth, predicting easy progress in the natural order of life. Bader Physical Therapy is committed to assisting our patients in experiencing this progression on their road toward health.

Richard Bader

Physical Therapist (PT)

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Rick has been practicing PT for 25 years, after graduating from Hunter College in 1992. In January 2000 he began a quest to bring quality outpatient Physical Therapy care to Western Maine, opening a small clinic in South Paris.  His commitment to Western Maine has allowed RBPT to provide our community with the best quality of Physical Therapy available. To achieve this goal Rick has been blessed to hire the best clinicians in the area. When not performing patient care, he provides daily inspiration to a staff of 20 in three Physical Therapy clinics, as our Practice Clinical Director. Rick’s outside interests involve nature photography, hiking, kayaking and a love-hate relationship with golf.

Jason Burtchell

Clinical Director
Physical Therapist (PT, Cert. MDT)

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Jason joined RBPT in January 2018 with almost 20 years of experience in settings of outpatient, acute, and acute rehab care. He is a certified MDT practitioner (McKenzie method). Jason is well versed in the physical therapy management of acute and chronic pain cases. He enjoys treating athletes especially in the sports of soccer, basketball, weightlifting, and CrossFit backgrounds.

Jason continually studies and applies movement principles on a variety of levels which helps him tremendously in the clinic. He brings his expertise and skills as a physical therapist that will complement the level of care that is expected from Richard Bader Physical Therapy.

Jason enjoys his spare time with his wife and three children. He continues to exercise and occasionally plays his guitar.

Rainie Wiemer

Clinical Director
Physical Therapist (PT/DPT)

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Rainie graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a BS in Physical Therapy in May 2008. During her time at McGill she worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings including orthopedic, neurological, cardiac and pediatric.  She was the physical therapist for the McGill Redbirds Baseball Team for 2 years and was a part of the 2006 CIBA National Championship Team.  She is a Maine licensed Physical Therapist, a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist and a Certified Clinical Instructor.  Rainie joined the team at Richard Bader Physical Therapy in 2008 and is now the clinical director of our Bridgton office. In September 2013, Rainie also began working in the MSAD 61 school district providing in-school PT services for the Special Services Department.  Rainie is excited for this opportunity to work with the Lake Region community in addition to her work in the clinic.  Rainie has been trained in the trigger point dry needling technique that has been an integral part of her care and creating positive patient outcomes.  She is also trained in concussion management and vestibular rehab.  She enjoys working with her patients to not only improve their pain, but help them to safely return to normal activities and hobbies.  Rainie is enjoying the lake region living by spending her free time on the lakes or on the ski slopes.  She has been an active volunteer with the Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation for 7 years where she skis with individuals with physical disabilities and also provides educational seminars for the volunteers.  She may be spotted around town while running or riding her bike.  You will also find her volunteering at The Loon Echo Bike Trek, providing Physical Therapy care for the participants.  Rainie is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in physical therapy through a transitional program at UNE.

Paul Fectau

Clinical Director
Physical Therapist (PT, SCS, ATC)

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Paul is a graduate of the University of New England, class of 1996. In 2005, Paul became a Sports Clinical Specialist and is one of the only two Physical Therapist/Sports Clinical Specialists in the state of Maine. Although his background is in sports medicine, Paul enjoys treating acute injuries of all kinds, whether they are from athletics, accidents, or work-related injuries. Paul has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at South Portland High School and has per diem events at high schools through-out the region, as well as soccer tournaments, basketball camps, and free athletic screenings at Richard Bader Physical Therapy. Recently, Paul has taken courses in vestibular dysfunction and enjoys the challenges of treating BPPV, post-concussion syndrome, and other types of vestibular problems. Paul comes to Richard Bader Physical Therapy as Director of our Sports Medicine Program from the University of New England, where he treated patients in the outpatient PT clinic and assisted with teaching the musculoskeletal course for the Physical Therapy Curriculum. He is also in charge of our educational outreach program.

Jill Beaucage

Physical Therapist (PT)

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Jill graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1997.   She joined the Richard Bader Physical Therapy team in 2009.   Jill practices at our Poland office with clientele from pediatrics to our senior clients and everyone in between.  Jill also provides physical therapy services at OT to Play, a developmental pediatric center in Norway.  This facility treats children ages 8 weeks to 5 years with a variety of diagnosis including developmental delay, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and torticollis.

Prior to working at RBPT, Jill worked in a large orthopedic practice where she worked primarily with post-surgical and occupational health patients.  She also has experience working in acute care, schools and aquatics.

When not working, Jill enjoys spending time with her family skiing, hiking, traveling & being on the water.

Richard Friscia

Physical Therapist (PT, ATC, OCS)
Norway | Bridgton

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Rich comes to us after 28 years of owning a successful orthopaedic and sports medicine physical therapy practice in the Princeton area of New Jersey. He has extensive expertise, wide-ranging experience and is versatile with the physical therapy management of a very wide variety of patients with a need of orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation. He is board certified in sports medicine as an athletic trainer (ATC) and he is also a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist (OCS), a credential obtained by only 4-5% of all physical therapists nationwide.

Rich is a graduate of Columbia University and University of Virginia with Master’s Degrees from both universities. He has worked closely with nationally known orthopaedic surgeons and has worked in a variety of settings ranging from medical centers like Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center as well as various colleges and sports medicine clinics treating athletes of all levels including professional and Olympians. He is eclectic in his approach to treatment including a variety manual techniques and has attended over 120 continuing education courses.

Lori Joseph

Physical Therapist (PT/DPT)

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Lori joined the therapy staff at Richard Bader Physical Therapy in September of 2019.  She is a recent graduate of the University of New England, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  She completed her BS degree in Nutritional Science and Physiology at UC Berkeley in 2015.  

Originally from California, Lori has fallen in love with Maine and its outdoor activities. In her spare time she enjoys longboarding, basketball, playing pool, paddle-boarding, archery, and relaxing with her Maine Coon cat. 

Lori will be providing patient care in our Norway office M – F.  She looks forward to meeting you and assisting you to better health.

Barb Friscia

Patient Rep (ATC, LMT, PTA)
Norway | Bridgton

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Barb Friscia, AT, MT, PTA attended Castleton State College & Western MI University completing her Athletic Trainer requirements with BS & MA degrees respectively and Mercer County Community College for an AAS degree for Physical Therapist Assistant.  She also is a licensed Massage Therapist specializing in myofascial release and sports massage.  She has returned to her home state of Maine after a 30 year “leave of absence” while in New Jersey where her husband, Rich, owned and operated a private PT clinic specializing in Orthopaedic PT.She enjoys traveling to visit her two children and also going to visit family in her home town in Aroostook County.  Barb enjoys the outdoor activities of hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing & snowshoeing and going up north to enjoy cabin life with her husband Rich.

Heather Pullkinen

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

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Heather is a recent KVCC graduate where she earned her physical therapist assistant degree.  Upon passing her boards, she began her new journey here at Richard Bader in September.  Formerly working as a CNA for 14 years in various nursing homes before going back to school.  She has a passion for running the track and swimming.  Three boys keep her busy outside of work with full athletic schedules.

Amanda Lewis

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA, C-EP)
Norway | Bridgton

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Amanda graduated from Genesee Community College in 2016 with her A.A.S. as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Previously she graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with her B.S. in Exercise Science and earned her national certification as an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. She had the pleasure of presenting research conducted for Liberty University at a regional ACSM chapter meeting in 2015. Amanda has returned to her hometown of Bridgton to treat patients and enjoys working with athletes and post-operative patients. In her spare time she enjoys weight training, running, and snowboarding.

Heather Fanning

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Heather graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT in 2012 with a BS in Athletic Training and a minor in Nutrition.  She joined Bader Physical Therapy in December 2018. Heather has a diversity of Athletic Training expertise through a variety of settings from collegiate to youth athletics.  She also has experience working in the wellness field with corporations to help develop and implement wellness programs. She enjoys working with athletes, in particular with long term rehab and functional return to play.  Heather uses a global approach to treat orthopaedic and sports medicine injuries to obtain the best outcomes for her athletes. She is currently providing Athletic Training services to Poland Regional High School and the Wellness Coordinator at Maine Machine.  In her spare time Heather enjoys being outdoors, cooking and attending sporting events.

Poland | Norway

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If you have a physical therapy or rehabilitation question, we want to hear from you.

Whether you are a current a patient, considering using our services, or just plain curious, please send us your questions, and one of our friendly and knowldgeable staff members will respond promtly.

Norway: 207-743-5493
Poland: 207-998-5493
Bridgton: 207-647-5493