Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Brigham Health and Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Centers

Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Foxborough is a medical program designed to assist you in making heart healthy lifestyle choices to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Under the direction of cardiologists, our staff includes cardiac nurses, physical therapists, and registered dietitians.

Our program is developed specifically for patients recovering from:

  • Heart attack
  • Coronary bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Angioplasty/stent
  • Angina
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart transplant
  • Ventricular assist device implantation

We provide supervised exercise sessions but also emphasize education and a sustainable heart-healthy lifestyle - including risk factor reduction, nutrition, and strategies for stress management. Cardiac patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation have been demonstrated to live longer and with a better quality of life than those who do not. The program is designed to achieve exercise, behavioral and educational goals, accommodating patients of all ages and capacities.

Most insurance plans cover the costs for this therapy. The BWH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

Patients attend sessions twice weekly for up to 12 weeks. Exercise sessions and education classes are held at a variety of times.

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Brigham Health and Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Centers in Foxborough
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
20 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035
(508) 718-4661

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Team

Donna Polk, MD, MPH

Medical Director

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Hicham Skali Lami, MD, MSc

Associate Medical Director

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Jonathan Burdick

Jonathan Burdick, MM, CNMT

Administrative Director

Gisele Bousquet

Gisele Bousquet, MS, RN

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director

Gisele received an MS in nursing from Boston University and a BSN from Boston College. She has been a cardiac rehab nurse since 1996 and director of the Brigham's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2010. Prior to focusing her interests in cardiac rehab, she enjoyed positions in academia and as a clinical nurse educator for 16 years. She is a member of MACVPR and AACVPR.

Lauren Mellett

Lauren Mellett, PT, DPT, CCS

Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Clinical Specialist

Lauren received her MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2000 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2012. She has been a cardiovascular/pulmonary specialist since 2005. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University since 2003. She is an APTA and AACVPR member.

Frances Parpos

Frances Parpos, RD, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian

Frances is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She received her BS in nutritional science from Boston University. Her specialties include cardiovascular disease, weight management and diabetes. Frances has been employed at Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2012.

Lexie Cabral

Lexie Cabral, EP, BS

Exercise Physiologist

Lexie received a BS in human sciences - kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island in 2017. She has been employed as an exercise physiologist and EKG technician since 2017 in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Lexie has been working at Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2018. She is a member of MACVPR and AACVPR.

Linsday Sonis

Linsday Sonis MSN, RN

Staff Nurse

Lindsay received a BSN from Fitchburg State University in 2008 and an MSN from the University of Phoenix in 2011. She is currently enrolled in a DNP-AGNP at Maryville University. She is a member of AACN, MACVPR, AACVPR, and Alpha Sigma Tau. She has been an AHA instructor since 2014.

Christine Lutfy

Christine Lutfy, BSN, RN

Staff Nurse

Christine received her BS in nursing from Framingham State College. She is currently pursuing her MSN as an adult/geriatric NP from Regis College. She has been a cardiac nurse since 2000 and a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at the Brigham since 2014. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, MACVPR and AACVPR.

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Michelle Young, APRN

Staff Nurse

Michelle is an advanced heart failure nurse practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in cardiovascular nursing. She received an BSN from Northeastern University and an MSN from Boston College. She is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. Michelle joined the cardiac rehab team in 2017. She is a certified heart failure nurse and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing.

Tanya Noonan

Tanya Noonan

Intake Coordinator

Tanya is the intake coordinator for Cardiac Rehabilitation. She is a graduate of Clark University and has over 20 years’ experience in administrative assistance in both the private and public sectors. Tanya joined the cardiac rehab team in 2013.

Monica Perez

Monica Perez

Intake Coordinator

Monica graduated from Baystate College as a medical assistant in 2016 and is a certified medical assistant by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Monica joined the cardiac rehabilitation team in 2018 as an intake coordinator.

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