Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an exercise and education program that can greatly benefit those with lung disease, including those with asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and post-COVID. Whether caused by smoking, occupational, environmental, or genetic factors, these conditions leave people chronically short of breath and can be very debilitating. Routine activities, such as putting on a pair of socks, can leave a person fighting for air.

Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help such individuals return to a more active lifestyle through exercise and education. Our goal is to help these patients achieve and maintain a maximum level of independent functioning and improved quality of life.

Benefits from regular exercise and educational programs

  • Reduced hospitalizations
  • Improved well being
  • Improved exercise tolerance
  • Reduced shortness of breath

Our Program


  • Consists of up to 18 group sessions, taking about 9 weeks
  • Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
    • 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or
    • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Patient education is essential to providing patients with the tools to feel empowered and confident that they can better manage their conditions. Education topics include but are not limited to:

  • Medications
  • Travelling
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Energy conservation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Nutrition
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Stress management


Exercise programs are tailored to each individual's fitness level and capabilities and will be designed to improve flexibility, strength, and cardiopulmonary endurance by incorporating:

  • Stretching to improve muscular flexibility and range of motion.
  • Strength training to improve upper and lower body muscular strength through the use of free weights.
  • Aerobic training to improve overall fitness through a combination of treadmill, stationary cycle, NuStep, and upper body ergometer exercise.

Respiratory Therapists

  • Cristiana Lafferty, RRT
  • Brenda Rodrigues, RRT

Learn More

The key to achieving these benefits is personal motivation and a commitment to making a lifestyle change! For more information, please call 617-983-7549. Find contact and location information here.

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