Meet the Team

Dr. Jessica Papa

Dr. Jessica Papa, PT, DPT, Owner

In 2008, Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College. Since her childhood, she has always had compassion and desire to help others. She wasn’t sure how or where she would focus her studies, but when she discovered the field of Physical Therapy, her vision became clear.

Jessica worked in a PT clinic as an aide and exercise specialist, which then encouraged her to pursue a degree in physical therapy. Her primary focus was to obtain a Doctoral degree in physical therapy in order to help rehabilitate others and to give back to the community she grew up in.

Jessica’s psychology degree has complimented her physical therapy career, as she is able to see beyond a patient’s injury and understand key aspects of mind and body wellness. Experience has taught her that discipline and determination can play a relevant role in instilling leadership skills. Her values are deeply rooted in honesty and ethical integrity.

Since receiving her Doctoral degree at The Franklin Pierce University, Jessica has gained a well rounded approach through practicing in various physical therapy settings to include Outpatient Orthopedics, Acute Care Hospitals, and Skilled Nursing Facilities alike.

Dr. Jessica Papa is a Physical Therapist, Educator, Author, and Founder of Arancia Physical Therapy.  She is known as a leading spine and  Postpartum Women’s Health Specialist in Rhode Island. 

Prior to opening her practice in Cranston, RI, she has worked in out-patient orthopedic clinics, skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals alike as a physical therapist and consultant. She has always enjoyed fitness and working with the chronic pain population. Jess has completed Expert training through the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach which she has implemented with all of her patients from young athletes to aging geriatrics, surfers, golf pros, and the weekend warrior to enhance their chosen sport and for rehab with chronic spinal and pelvic conditions. She is highly trained in Pelvic floor rehab and has special training with the chronic pain population.  She enjoys treating spine, hip, and pelvic issues.  Jess also has a passion for postnatal care, serving as an educator to bridge the gap between labor/delivery and return to exercise. Additionally she is passionate about teaching and coaching new PT graduates who want to learn more about treating chronic pain patients. 

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire
  • Social Psychology – Rhode Island College
  • Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Practitioner All Courses 
  • Women’s Health training  through the John F. Barnes Women’s Health Course and the Herman and Wallace Institute 
  • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist
  • In addition, she assists with teaching MFR classes and continues to repeat the coursework as part of her personal and professional growth.