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Our Mission

Transforming physical therapy to better transform you.

Our Values


Develop leading-edge physical therapists who deliver life-changing outcomes – to empower people to feel better, move freely, and live fully.


We see a day when physical therapists are the first call when pain or discomfort is limiting a person’s life or when they want to perform better. Patients will have hope and confidence that they’ll recover while feeling empowered to feel better and live a happier and healthier life.

Michelle Collie, Highbar

Dr. michelle Collie, CEO

“I envision a day when physical therapists will be a normal part of everyone's healthcare team, so that anytime they find themselves experiencing limitations to their daily life, they will first contact their physical therapist."
Learn more about Michelle

Dr. Michelle Collie PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michelle Collie serves as the CEO of Highbar. Born and raised on a sheep farm in New Zealand, she was drawn to physical therapy after her life-changing experience as a 15-year-old basketball player with a devastating injury. Her experience as a patient of an inspirational physical therapist became the catalyst to a career in physical therapy. As owner and CEO, she has led Highbar for more than 20 years.

Her passion for helping people is matched only by her drive for igniting industry-wide changes. As President of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Rhode Island chapter, she regularly advocates for alternative payment models focused on clinical outcomes and higher standards of care. Michelle leads with passion, courage and authenticity. She believes in embracing change every day to ensure the team at Highbar is continually evolving to provide the very best care.

​In her spare time, you will find Michelle participating in just about any activity that involves water, snow or running. She lives in Providence with her husband and two teenagers, as well as their two dogs and two cats!

Sports Injuries

Physical Therapy Degree:
University of Otago, New Zealand

Post Graduate Education:
Advanced Masters, MGH-IHP, Boston, Massachusetts
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, MGH-IHP, Boston, Massachusetts

Board-Certified Orthopedics Clinical Specialist
Dry Needling Certified

Professional Affiliations:
President American Physical Therapy Association, Rhode Island
PR and Marketing Committee Chair for APTA, Private Practice Section
President Emeritus Rhode Island Reach Out and Read
Board of Governors for the RI Hospital
In the past Michelle has served on the Brown/Guachipilincito, Shoulder to Shoulder Board, Providence Children’s Museum Board of Trustees and the Multiple Sclerosis Board of Trustees.

Awards and Achievements:
2019: APTA Board of Directors Service Award
2019: Providence After School Alliance (PASA) Loyalty Award.
2014: Jane L. Snyder National Private Practice of the Year award by the American Physical Therapy Association.
2014: Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awardee by the Rhode Island Small Business Journal
2012: Rhode Island Outstanding Philanthropic Business Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals
2012: Corporate Heroes Award from Reach Out and Read in Rhode Island
2010: 40 under 40 honorees by Providence Business News
2006: Distinguished Service Award and Private Practice Service Award from the Rhode Island APTA
2004: MGH-IHP Ionta Award for Clinical Excellence


Invested in your health and your community.

Highbar is led by local physical therapists. That means we’re invested in not only your health, but your community as well. We make decisions and provide services that empower our communities to lead healthy, fulfilling, and happy lives.


Giving back to our community.

As local community members, it is important to us to support our communities in meaningful ways. Connect with Highbar on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the ways we support our local communities.


Practicing at the top of the license.

We came up with the term "PATTOTL" (practice at the top of the license) as a way to capture the expert level at which our clinicians provide care to their patients and the unmatched opportunities we provide our team members to learn and grow.


Find the right therapist and
discover new heights.