Our Staff

Every once in a while we are truly validated for the work that we do. This letter is one of those validations and I wanted to share. I am very proud of Nemasket and the work we do, and that is a reflection of the company that provides the daily management and support to allow us to do it well. Thank you. —Stacy Grass, Administrator, Nemasket Healthcare Center Dear Director: Under your guidance the Nemasket Healthcare Center is efficient, immaculately clean, homey and staffed by professionals. There are so many people to thank for the care, attention and kindness my Father received at the end of his life. For the six months of his residence, everyone was professional, patient, thoughtful, respectful and generous at every level of service. It is our hope you will convey this message to all your staff that they are indeed, a special group of people. Thank you for a job well done. The family of Manuel C.


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Joan C. Breen, MD, Director of Day Rehabilitation Program

Director of Day Rehabilitation Program

Specialty: Neurology

Bradford, MA - Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Breen’s main focus is on improving the functional outcomes of neurologic patients living in the community.  Return to driving and employment are goals for many stroke survivors. Few outpatient programs report results of: return to driving, employment, functional outcomes, and blood pressure control. Dr. Breen’s recent study, which spans three years, followed 81 stroke patients and quantified their improvement using Whittier’s interdisciplinary outpatient program that addresses risk factors, physical, psychosocial, cognitive, communicative and vocational issues.

Their Community Based Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program achieved excellent outcomes including return to work, driving, improved blood pressure control, and other rehabilitation outcomes. 
Outcome data showed that their community-based team rehabilitation program successfully combined blood pressure, cardiovascular risk factor education and treatment with rehabilitation to maximize return to work, driving, community re-entry, blood pressure control, endurance, mood, and overall stroke recovery. 
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Dr. Breen graduated Cum Laude in Biology, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA and Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her Internship in Internal Medicine at Miriam Hospital, Brown University, her Neurology Residency and a fellowship in Cerebrovascular Disease at Tufts New England Medical Center. Dr. Breen has recently been active as Medical Director of the Neurology Day Rehabilitation Program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital as well as Medical Director for the Seacoast Visiting Nurse Home Health Agency in North Hampton, NH. Dr. Breen has led Whittier’s Stroke Rehabilitation Program since 2007.

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Our Staff

Our professionals work 24-hours a day to provide the highest quality care. The staff represents a wide range of specialties, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and nutritionists. Together they create a restorative program suited to individual needs and then work to maximize the potential of their patients each day of their stay.

Your physician, in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, will develop an individual program of restorative care for you. It is our goal to provide all of our residents with an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

We have built our reputation on our quality nursing, medical and therapeutic team. The care and services they provide not only meet, but surpass state and federal guidelines.

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