Our Staff

Rebecca Roman: I’m writing to let you know how instrumental your team was in my well being. Starting with reception, Darlene Perreault and Sarah Coltran, always very friendly and helpful with my appointments...they both always gave 100% with big smiles. I started in the spring with Lisa Slowman for therapy to ease my pain...she gave me amazing devices to use which helped greatly. She knew I was a big gardener and even found special articles to help me utilize for less pain. Lisa’s very kind, compassionate, with great knowledge of her task at hand (no pun intended). Whittier is not close to my home in West Boylston, but because of Lisa, Darlene, and Sarah the travel was worth doing. I recommend Whittier highly because of these girls and feel an acknowledgement to them is in order with a very special “Thanks.” —Sincerely, J. Johnson


Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

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.