Greendale PT Lecture Series

Two time Boston Marathon winner Geoff Smith will speak about his life as one of the world’s best runners, his traumatic injury, two hip replacements, and 25 years away from a sport that brought him such great success and joy.

He will delve into the story of his physical rehabilitation as well as the emotional challenges that came along with his return to running in a different way. He will explain what he currently does to satisfy his cravings to run and demonstrates how anyone can accomplish their goals and find joy in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Geoff Smith won the Boston Marathon in 1984 and 1985. His best time in the marathon was 2:09:08, when he finished second to Rod Dixon in the New York City Marathon in 1983 where he only lost by nine seconds. Smith was a senior at Providence College when he won the 1984 Boston Marathon. Both of Smith’s wins at Boston were by strong margins. His 1984 win was by over four minutes.

He competed in the Olympics for Great Britain in the 1980 10,000 meter race and the 1984 marathon. Smith worked as a firefighter for ten years in the United Kingdom after his high school graduation. He entered Providence College in 1980 at the age of 26. He ran a 3:55 mile in Wales in 1982. He was the last person to win the Boston Marathon before the race organizers began giving out prize money to the winners.

Greendale PT Lecture Series: Past Lectures

The Holidays are quickly approaching. We typically associate autumn and winter Holidays with food, and a lot of it. On Thanksgiving we find ourselves in a “food coma” on the coach watching football. Learn how to prevent that feeling from happening at upcoming festivities.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, digestion is the source of energy. The organs extract nutrients from the food and beverages consumed. Join us in an informational session and walk away with tricks for improving your digestive system, increasing energy levels, and saying goodbye to food cravings.

Margo holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) where she trained in Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, (Dipl. OM.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts by the Board of Registration in Medicine.

Margo applies Dr. Tan’s Balance Method and Master Tung’s Acupuncture Techniques in her practice.

Margo has a strong passion for nutrition. Growing up, her mother was committed to providing the family with fresh, healthy meals, which sparked Margo’s interest in nutrition. After experiencing digestive issues in college, she began to actively change her diet and become more knowledgeable about nutrition.

Margo is committed to healing the body through integrative medicine.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” —Hippocrates

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” —Thomas Edison

It is imperative that we address the underlying causes of lifestyle-related diseases rather than superficially treating symptoms. Today, one in two Americans is either overweight or obese. It is well documented that lifestyle changes not only prevent but reverse chronic diseases. These lifestyle changes include nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures. Changes in lifestyle factors could potentially prevent 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes and 36 % of all cancers.

Many adults are taking medications to manage their diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which often come with undesirable side effects. These common diagnoses respond very well to lifestyle changes that include eating healthy, moderate exercise, avoidance of tobacco and chronic stress. Unfortunately, most people do not know what changes to make or what nutrition information is reliable or valid. People are often confused by seemingly conflicting health and lifestyle recommendations conveyed through the media. This presentation will review some of the basic principals of eating and exercising to either prevent or reverse chronic disease.

Karen has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 25 years acquiring a diverse level of expertise in clinical nutrition and management. She has a BS Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, trained at Emory University School of Medicine Internship and Master of Medical Science program and completed her Master of Business Administration Degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Karen is in private practice as a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetic Educator at Westford Internal Medicine and in Boylston, MA. She has been a Regional Dietitian for Sun Healthcare Group, a Consultant for Marriott Healthcare Services and was one of the founding members of the Nutrition Support Service at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Elite athletes have easy access to the most current and effective training strategies and methods as provided by their strength coaches, team physicians, and/or athletic trainers. Such resources assure they are applying credible and effective methods to their training program.

Few recreational athletes have access to such resources, yet the demands of recreational sports competition require specific and focused training to reduce injury and/or improve performance. This presentation will elucidate the five main principles of training and conditioning and how to apply them to a training plan appropriate for the recreational athlete.

Matthew Kostek is the founder and owner of Sports & Nutrition Rx. He graduated from Springfield College in 1995 with a BS in Health/Fitness. In 2010 earned his Doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Over the past twenty years, as a personal trainer, an Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Researcher, and Health Coach he has helped hundreds of adult recreational athletes reach their goals.

Matt has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles, including professional trade journals such as ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal as well as presented at several regional and national meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition to his experience Matt is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an ACSM Certified Health/Fitness Specialist.

Dr. Peter Viteritti

Dr. Peter Viteritti has more than 25 years of clinical experience treating professional, Olympic, collegian and recreational athletes. He has been a featured speaker at both national and international multidisciplinary sports medicine symposiums.

Currently, he is a clinical instructor for physical therapy and athletic training students in the emerging paradigm of outcome based, patient centered care. He is also an advisory board member to the Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group, as well as the New England Sports Medicine Council. Dr. Viteritti is the chiropractic sports physician for Northeastern University Sports Medicine.

Jon Dooley, MSPT

Jon Dooley is the founder and principal director of Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC. Since opening in 2002, the practice has grown to include multiple locations and expanded services. Jon devotes a great deal of his time to training efforts improving patient care by optimizing not only clinical care, but also the patient’s environment and experience. Jon is particularly proud of the thousands of patients who have returned to an improved life and a higher level of function from the treatment they have received at Greendale Physical Therapy, LLC.

From elite Kenyan marathoners to 94-year-old women with osteoporosis, Jon’s professional experience has given him the exceptional opportunity to work with a broad range of clients. Jon continues to be sought out for his professional advice by independent companies and colleagues alike in hundreds of difficult physical therapy cases.

Dr. Donald Pelto is a podiatrist at Central Massachusetts Podiatry in Worcester. He also serves his patients at UMass Memorial Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital. He received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Scholl College of Podiatry Medicine and completed his surgical residency in Worcester.

His talk will cover foot conditions that afflict both athletes and the general population—such as traumatic fracture, plantar fasciitis, and hammertoe. He will also review the role of physical therapy in recovery. He is the author of Health Care Guide to Diabetes and Your Feet, available for free download at He is the author of the Foot Pain Book, available for free download at

Dr. Charles Kenny attended Cornell University and New York Medical College and trained at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a diplomat at the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. His title, Natural Flexibility, provides exercises and stretches that anyone can perform to gain increased range of motion and strength. His exercises are based on PSI, or Progressive Sequential Isometrics, a new way to stretch that combines principles of Pilates, martial arts, dance, and gymnastics. The resulting workout strengthens and increases flexibility and range of motion.