Joanne Rivard (Malerba)

Associate Professor of Practice of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy


(617) 521-2588

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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Master of Science, Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Boston University


  • License: Physical Therapy
  • Certification: APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

About Me

I am a physical therapist with 35 years of clinical experience. While my clinical positions have varied and include acute care and rehabilitation, my area of specialization is orthopaedics. I currently practice in outpatient physical therapy with a focus in general orthopaedics and geriatrics. I developed and supervised an aquatic physical therapy program for five years, and am now interested in rehabilitation following total joint arthroplasty and fall prevention in the elderly. I have enjoyed being an instructor at Simmons University for 25 years due to the focus on small class sizes, self-directed learning and collaboration. My teaching areas include kinesiology, patient care skills and therapeutic electrophysical agents.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Membership: American Physical Therapy Association