About MOVE Athletics

About MOVE Athletics

Who Gets the Best Results:

Athletes

From CrossFit to tennis to triathlons, although the sport of choice may vary, the frustration and agony of limited mobility, injury, and pain are the same. As athletes ourselves, we understand and are committed to getting you back to your peak performance as soon and as safely as possible. Using cutting-edge therapy, collaboration with local gyms/boxes, and individualized plans, we work towards stronger more resilient bodies.

Youth Athletes

Kids today train hard. There's no doubt that the physical demands put on youth athletes today is rigorous. And as youth athletes go through their athletic development, they need a coach and medical practitioner that understands what they are going through. They need someone who understands how to reduce the risk of injury and start building resilience and strength so they can perform at their best and recover like a professional athletes.

Active Lifestlye

You may not necessarily identify with being an athlete persay, but you are active! At least you were before limited mobility or injury slowed you down. Whether it’s taking the dogs for their evening walk, keeping up with kiddos, going to the gym, or getting in a round of golf on the weekends, you deserve to do them pain-free. You were made to move, and we are here to help you get back to that active lifestyle you love.

Dr. Roger St. Onge

Dr. Roger St. Onge is an educator, coach, physical therapist, and the founder of MOVE Athletics. He spent four years enlisted as active duty in the United States Marine Corps right out of high school.


While active in the Marine Corps, he stumbled upon CrossFit. This started his journey to becoming a physical therapist. While he was still on active duty, he began to use his love of the CrossFit methodology to motivate and help his fellow Marines meet and exceed their physical fitness standards. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to his home state and immediately began coaching CrossFit at a local box.​


He has experience competing on a team at the CrossFit Games regional level for several years, as well as competitive Olympic Weightlifting. Here his interest in physical therapy began to pique, as he noticed most medical professionals (many of which did not live an active lifestyle) advising athletes to stop their active lifestyle in order to avoid their pain, rather than addressing the underlying dysfunction that is the cause of their pain. He developed a unique interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation through movement quality.

We are told too often by medical practitioners of our limitations and the things we can’t do. Dr. Roger is on a mission to change that. He believes that everyone should be able to perform basic human maintenance on themselves, and that taking an active role in your rehabilitation and performance enhancement is key to success. He has a knack for peeling away the layers of an injury or nagging issue, and finding the root cause of the issue. This allows him to not only help guide you through resolving your pain, but improving your movement quality and resolving dysfunction, so that you can have an understanding of how to take care of yourself and remain pain free long term.


The world of passive treatments, pills, arbitrary surgeries, and useless cortisone shots is over. Get ready to MOVE!

Education and Credentials

Doctorate in Physical Therapy from American International College in Springfield, MA

1 year Residency Program at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA

1 year Fellowship Program at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA

1 year Fellowship of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Boston University in Boston, MA

Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Certified

Dry Needling Trained

Champion Performance Specialist

CrossFit Level 1

CrossFit Striking Certified

CrossFit Weightlifting Certified

CrossFit Kettlebell Certified

Dr. Alex Fontaine

Dr. Alex Fontaine is a lifelong athlete who spent the majority of his life as a high level hockey player.


In his final high school season, during the college recruitment process, he sustained an injury that altered the course of his life forever…


This sparked his interest in pursuing a career in physical therapy. Dr. Alex’s main passion is not only helping athletes (especially hockey athletes) stay pain free and active in their sports and activities of choice, but also optimizing their performance.


Dr. Alex completed a clinical internship at MOVE and MOVE’s unique approach and specialization in athletes, immediately resonated with him. After working 1:1 with motivated athletes each and every visit, he couldn’t imagine going back to the traditional physical therapy model.


He is passionate about putting his patients in the drivers seat, empowering each and every patient he sees with the tools and knowledge they need to optimize their performance, stay in the game, and be pain free long term without surgery, drugs, or arbitrary injections.

Education and Credentials

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from American International College in Springfield MA

Dr. Miguel Santiago

Dr. Miguel Santiago is strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, and lifelong learner. Miguel is a former collegiate basketball player for Skidmore College where he earned is BS in Health and exercise science then continued his education in Boston, MA earning his doctorate in physical therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions.


Through his journey in becoming a collegiate basketball player, Miguel fell in love with all things strength and conditioning and sport specific training. His passion for movement led him to work as a strength and conditioning coach in various gyms in the both in the Western, MA area and in Boston. Frustrations with lack of knowledge over injury reduction and exercise modification, Miguel pursued his doctorate in physical therapy with a goal of gaining a better understanding of human movement and performance to help clients/patients reach their athletic potential.



Miguel comes to Move after working in various outpatient orthopedic clinics growing frustrated with the current health care model and lack of quality patient care in traditional insurance-based clinics. Move’s dedication to a full body approach to rehab and unique 1:1 treatment style resonated with Miguel ultimately leading to him joining the team in an effort to help patients get the quality care they deserve.



Miguel’s mission is to help navigate patients through their rehab journey, gain a better understanding of their bodies, and provide realistic/effective techniques to get out and remain out of pain in order to return to all desired activities without limitations.

Education and Credentials

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, MA


NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


RockTape Functional Movement Technique (FMT 1 & 2)


RockTape Functional Movement Technique Blades


Functional Movement Systems Level 1 (FMS)


Myopain Level 1 Trigger Point Dry Needling


Owens Recovery Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Certified


DBC Level 1 Certified Trainer

Matthias Maaloee, PTA, Strength Coach

Matthias is our Strength & Conditioning Coach. Growing up in Denmark he was like many northern Europeans, playing soccer around the same age he started walking. Moving to America he continued to play soccer through high school, until an untreated injury forced him to stop. It was around this time he discovered Powerlifting and has been competing since then. Competing in the 181 lbs weight class Matthias has squatted 565 lbs, bench presses 325 lbs, and deadlifted 675 lbs.


Outside of being strong, Matthias is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, graduate of STCC. Prior to Move, he worked in outpatient facilities working primarily with getting athletes back to their sport. Matthias is currently pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine at Westfield State University to further his ever-growing knowledge.


Move Athletics' focus on athletes, 1:1 treatment, and ability to truly discover the root cause symptoms and resolve it to keep people active and pain free long term is what originally caught Matthias' attention.


Working in a typical outpatient setting, he was frustrated with having to see so many clients everyday, and with the divide between therapy and performance that insurance doesn't care about. Matthias’ philosophy is that performance and therapy are closely related....his values of rehab being modified training fit perfectly within Move's values and philosophy.


He found that many patients did not know what to do once they finished therapy, and as a result they often ended up defaulting back to poor movement patterns and poorly thought out fitness regimens when they didn't have a coach helping them...many times re-injured themselves in the process and starting right back at the beginning.


His mission is to change this by providing safe and effective programs to keep his clients to keep them active and pain free for life as they transition from rehab back to training without modifications or limitations.

Jess Wiles, Manager

Jess is our Office Manager. She is a longtime fitness enthusiast, and fitness educator. Growing up, her parents both worked in the fitness industry, and she practically grew up in various fitness centers, sports clubs, and campgrounds.


She has always played sports, and it was rare that she wasn't involved in some after-school program. She played volleyball for seven years, and was involved with Junior Olympic volleyball as a coach for two winters during college. Thanks to that exposure to the coaching environment, she became interested in the field of health and fitness for athletes. In addition to managing the office, she coaches at her local CrossFit box. Her goal is to help people lead active lives while maintaining safety and sound body mechanics, ensuring they can live their lives without pain.


She was drawn to MOVE because of their mission of uncovering the root cause of discomfort: it hit very close to home. She suffered chronic pain for many years, and saw multiple doctors about the source of her pain before uncovering the reason behind it. When she attended a MOVE clinic, she was impressed by the philosophy and dedication of the staff to helping patients live pain-free without ceasing to be active.


She loves Olympic lifting, boxing, and playing board games. But mostly she loves being home reading a good book. It's probably about fitness.

The MOVE Athletics Difference

Founded by a physical therapist with knowledge and experience in CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, and Strength and Conditioning; we MOVE beyond just the quick fix, taking the time to perform a thorough evaluation and movement assessment to determine the underlying dysfunctions that lead to injury- not just what structure is causing you pain.


This allows us to give you the tools to enhance your bodies performance and correct the issue so it never returns.


At MOVE Athletics, you will always spend 100% of your time with your Doctor of Physical Therapy. Our standard is a 1:1 ratio of patients to doctors, with highly individualized patient care, unlike the traditional insurance based model, where it is typically a 4:1 (or more!) ratio.


Due to the nature of the healthcare industry, which has begun to reimburse less and less, we are out of network with all insurance companies. This model allows our practitioners to focus on quality patient care and YOUR needs and goals without being dictated by insurance rules and regulations. This also allows for transparency of pricing. You will never receive a bill from us weeks or months after a treatment session.


Here at MOVE, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This means that we would much rather focus on pre-screening, prevention, and diagnosis of impairments as well as maintenance of general health and wellness, rather than be reactive to injury.


Our goal is to make physical therapy accessible and approachable to the community by becoming the leading providers of choice by bridging the gap between injury prevention, movement optimization, rehabilitative and wellness services, and athletics.


Whether you are an athlete progressing towards peak performance, or simply want to eliminate a nagging pain so that you can enjoy an active lifestyle once again, MOVE is here to help you return to pain-free movement, optimize your body’s movement and performance, and smash your goals!


Humans are designed to MOVE, and MOVE well – as a team, we can make that happen.

Are you ready to get back to the life you love?

MOVE Athletics Promise

At MOVE we promise...

To value your time

You'll be seen on time, every time.


To be 100% transparent

You will never get a surprise bill from us 3 months later, as is very common with other physical therapy practices.


To provide one-on-one care for the full visit, every visit.

You will be taken through your unique, individualized plan of care directly by your doctor, not a rehab tech in college or front desk personnel.


To educate you

Our experts give you the knowledge to take an active role in your health and life.

MOVE Athletics Mission and Vision

“IF YOU HAVE A BODY, YOU’RE AN ATHLETE.”

- Bill Bowerman

MOVE Athletics was founded on the belief that time is the most valuable resource that we have. You’ll never get the time spent dealing with pain, missing out on activities back. You won’t get the countless hours needlessly spent at a healthcare practitioner’s office back either. Healthcare quality is at an all time low. You deserve more than an overloaded doctor with 3+ other patients in an hour.


Our MISSION is to empower our community with the tools and knowledge they need to live a high performance, pain free life. If you like to do CrossFit, we'll help you stay healthy while you train. If you love golf, we'll get you back on the course, keep you there, AND help you improve your performance. If you're a runner and have aspirations of doing your first half marathon, we'll help you accomplish that goal!


Our VISION is to bridge the gap between rehab and athletics, to be a resource for our community, as well as coaches, athletes, and trainers around the globe

MOVE Athletics Core Values

GRIT

We are committed to delivering the highest quality care, advocating for our patients, and accomplishing our goals no matter what obstacles maybe present, nor how daunting the task may seem.

INTEGRITY

We value doing the right thing, being honest, and having strong moral principle in every situation.

HONESTY

We will always be open, honest, and communicate clearly in all aspects of our interactions.

LEADERSHIP

We practice what we preach, and lead by example. We regularly participate in our preferred style of exercise and physical activity.

What to Expect At Your First Appointment

What to Expect At Your First Appointment

Fantastic, you’re ready to schedule an appointment with us! We are already looking forward to meeting you and helping you get back to life! Here at MOVE, we are committed to 100% transparency and clear communication, so here is what you can expect from your first consultation with us.


We highly recommend coming in (or changing into upon your arrival) activewear or something you are comfortable stretching and moving around in because, well, you will be moving. We also may need to expose the body part for which you are coming. Think shorts for easy access to the knee and movement of the hip. LADIES, if you’re coming in for shoulder pain or mobility, or issues with reaching overhead, a sports bra and or tank/top would be an excellent idea to allow us to best evaluate your movement. Close-toed shoes are ideal, however, be prepared to take them off if needed.


You will be greeted by your MOVE Doctor of Physical Therapy. You can expect personalized one on one care from you doctor, for the entire duration of your appointment, every appointment. At no point will you be left to pedal aimlessly on a stationary bike or to your own devices with stretchy bands, wondering if you’re doing something correctly, or if your therapist is going to come back.


We like to start these consultations with some good, old fashioned conversation – we want to get to know you, what motivates you, your performance/medical history, what impact this injury has had on your life. We will discuss all of your questions or concerns, and, most importantly, your goals.


From there, we will segue into your evaluation in which your MOVE doctor will gently move through diagnostics – keeping open dialogue the entire time so you understand what’s happening and why. If there are any services we can perform that day to relieve your pain and discomfort, such as dry needling or soft tissue mobilization, rest assured we will do so during that appointment. Your appointment will end with a unique, individualized plan of care for getting you back to peak performance.


If you decide to continue working with MOVE, you will understand exactly what that will entail regarding timeline and cost. Again, we value transparency and communication. Especially when it comes to your care. If you have any questions before your appointment, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Are you ready to get back to the life you love?

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