Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at 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, exercise physiologists 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. 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 once or twice weekly for up to 11 weeks. Exercise sessions and education classes are held at a variety of times.

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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

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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 her BSN from Boston College and MS in Nursing from Boston University. She has been a cardiac rehab nurse since 1996 and Director of the BWH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2010. Prior to focusing her interests on cardiac rehab, she enjoyed positions in critical care, academia and as a clinical nurse educator for 16 years. She is a member of MACVPR and AACVPR.

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Dolores Ciaccia

Practice Assistant ll CR Intake Coordinator

Dolores joined the Cardiac Rehab team in 2022 after 13 years with BWH Rehab Services in Foxboro and has over 20 years' experience in medical practice administration.

Deborah Webster

Deborah Webster

Practice Assistant ll CR Intake Coordinator

Deb joined the Cardiac Rehabilitation program as an Intake Coordinator in 2021. She is a graduate of Colby College and worked for several years as an administrative assistant in the education field prior to her employment at Mass General Brigham.

Lauren Mellett

Lauren Mellett, PT, DPT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy

Lauren received her BS in Health Science in 1998 and MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2000, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2012. She has been a Board-Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist since 2005 and has over 20 years' experience in cardiac rehabilitation. Lauren has also been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University since 2003. She is an APTA and AACVPR member.

Wylie Figliozzi, MSN, RN

Wylie Figliozzi, MSN, RN

Staff Nurse

Wylie received a BSN from Simmons College in 2007 and an MSN in Nursing Education from Framingham State University in 2017. She has been a cardiac nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2007 and a cardiac rehabilitation nurse since 2021. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing, MACVPR and AACVPR.

Lisa Porazzo, RN, BSN

Lisa Porazzo, RN, BSN

Staff Nurse

Lisa received her BS at Springfield College in 2000 and her BSN at the University of Lowell in May 2003. She has over 20 years of cardiovascular nursing experience working at MGH and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Lisa joined the Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Team in May of 2023.

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Lindsay Sonis, DNP, CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Lindsay received a DNP-AGNP from Maryville University, an MSN from the University of Phoenix, and a BSN from Fitchburg State University. Lindsay has been employed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2008 and a Cardiac Rehab Nurse at BWH since 2014. She is a member of AACN, MACVPR, AACVPR, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing. She has been an AHA instructor since 2014.

Jillian French, BSN, RN

Jillian French, BSN, RN

Staff Nurse

Jillian received her BSN from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has been a cardiac nurse since 1999 and a cardiac rehabilitation nurse since 2018. Jillian joined the Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation team in 2022. She is a member of MACVPR and AACVPR.

Michelle Young, APRN

Michelle Young, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

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 member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing.

Lucinda Zettek, BSN, RN, CCRN

Lucinda Zettek, BSN, RN, CCRN

Staff Nurse

Lucinda has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2001. She has over 20 years' experience in cardiovascular intensive care nursing. She received her BSN from Framingham State University. She is a certified critical care nurse and is a member of AACN. She joined the cardiac rehab team in 2023.

Frances Parpos

Frances Parpos, MPH, RD, LDN, CDCES

Registered Dietitian

Frances is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. She received her BS in Nutritional Science from Boston University and her MPH from UMass Amherst. Her specialties include cardiovascular disease, weight management and diabetes. Frances has been employed at Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2012. She is passionate about educating patients on simple and practical ways to follow a heart-healthy diet.

Julie Teal, RD, LDN

Julie Teal, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Julie is a registered dietitian specializing in cardiac health and wellness. She received her BS in nutritional science and dietetics from the University of Connecticut in 2014 and completed her dietetic training at BIDMC in Boston. She has served as Chair of the Central Mass Dietetic Association. Julie has been employed at Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program since 2022. Her approach is grounded in moderation for a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Jennifer Rado, MS

Jennifer Rado, MS

Exercise Physiologist

Jen received a BS in Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and received her MS in Kinesiology from URI in 2009. Jen had extensive experience in cardiac stress testing before joining the cardiac rehabilitation team at Brigham and Women's in 2023. She is an American Council of Exercise personal trainer certified in Special Populations and an ACSM member. 

Kelly DeSantis, BS

Kelly DeSantis, BS

Exercise Physiologist

Kelly is an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for cardiac health. She holds a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and certifications as a Personal Trainer and Run Coach. Before joining the cardiac rehabilitation team at Mass General Brigham in 2023, she gained valuable experience as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist in various cardiac catheterization labs. She also educated local communities on how to improve their heart health through exercise, nutrition, and blood pressure management.

Alicia Silva, MSPT, CCRP

Alicia Silva, MSPT, CCRP

Senior Physical Therapist

Alicia received her MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1998. She has worked in inpatient and ambulatory cardiac rehabilitation as well as orthopedics. She is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and AACVPR Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional. She joined Brigham and Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 2023.

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