About US

Bodywise is an independent outpatient physical therapy office without any financial connections to Doctor or Hospital Groups. We’re able to treat patients from all physician groups and accept most insurances. We are proud to provide private, professional, 1-to-1 care by licensed physical therapists only.

Karen Poplaski received her Bachelor of Science from University of New England in 2000 and followed on for her Master of Physical Therapy in 2001. She has spent her whole career as an outpatient physicaltherapist. She has been owner of Bodywise Physical Therapy since 2007.


Karen treats patients of all ages and orthopedic conditions. Her treatment focuses on advanced orthopedic manual skills, functional exercise, and patient education. Karen has been certified in dry-needling since 2016 and uses this treatment technique for numerous acute and chronic conditions. Karen’s dedication to patient care is evident through the personal care and attention she provides her patients.

Karen Poplaski, MPT


Justin attended the University of Massachusetts- Lowell, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2012.  Justin then continued his graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts- Lowell earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  His main focus has been on manual outpatient orthopedic settings.  In addition he spent 12 weeks in Illinois with a focus on chronic pain and pain management using “Pain Science Education.”  He currently utilizes these concepts while creating treatment plans and educating clients as well as colleagues.


Justin believes in treating the whole person with a focus on improving quality of life using movement as medicine.  In addition to practicing “Pain Science,” Justin received his certification in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment- THINK BIG (LSVT-THINK BIG) to treat Parkinson’s patients to address his interest with neurological disorders.  He also enjoys treating vestibular/ balance disorders.  Since starting his professional career he has received several certifications in spinal manipulation as well as functional dry needling allowing him to become very skilled at treating spinal disorders as well as headaches.  He is passionate about learning new manual techniques which helps improve overall patient outcomes.


When not in the clinic Justin can be found creating delicious culinary creations in the kitchen, hiking, target shooting/ throwing, kayaking or just relaxing with close friends and family.

Justin Lemieux


Ryan Poplaski received his BS from University of New England in 2000 and Master of Physical Therapy in 2001. Ryan has been owner of Bodywise Physical Therapy since 2007. He has spent most of his career working in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine.


Ryan’s extensive knowledge allows him to work with patients from acute injury and post-operative care returning them to pre-injury status. Ryan focuses on a combination of manual therapy, patient

education, and functional exercise to get patients back to their optimal level. Ryan has received advanced training in the foot, spine, and more recently SI joint dysfunction. Ryan’s dedication to the

field of physical therapy is evident in his desire to return his patients to their previous activities.

Ryan Poplaski, MPT


Carmela Schaefer graduated with her Masters in Microbiology and Environmental Health in 1989. She has spent 25+ years working in all areas of the medical field including trauma units as a Paramedic.  After she went on to become the Program Director for the medical assistant program at two different colleges in Florida.


She was born and raised in Germany to Italian parents and moved to Florida in 1991.  Carmela moved to New Hampshire in 2016 and she and her husband currently reside in Brentwood. She is loving their new life in New England.


Carmela is a mother of three and Grandma to 5.  She is also a dog mom to her three Yorkshire Terriers.  On her free time, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends as well as hiking, crafting, and photography.

Carmela Schaefer


Bodywise is a privately owned clinic allowing the clinicians to provide patients with the highest quality of care available and do it in a cost-effective manner.  At Bodywise you will receive very individualized one on one care unlike the large clinics. Bodywise takes pride in a very professional, friendly, forward thinking atmosphere.


Bodywise opened in 2007 and spent five years at 629 Calef Highway in Epping. In 2011 Bodywise moved to 285 Calef Highway Epping. Our current office has two private treatment rooms, an open gym, and a private waiting room.

Because this is the area where Karen and Ryan live as well as work, involvement in the community is foremost for them. Bodywise Physical Therapy sponsors local youth sports teams, participates in local events and visits area nursing and rehab facilities to help their friends and neighbors get the most out of every day.


Specializing in Spine & Orthopedic Rehab

603-679-8100  •  Fax: 603-679-8177  •  info@bodywisenh.com  •  285 Calef Hwy #11 Epping, NH 03042  •  Monday-Friday 7AM-7PM