Following a patella tendon injury playing basketball at Rogers High School in Newport, and spending half of his senior year receiving Physical Therapy, long-time Rhode Islander, Michael Nula realized his dream of becoming Physical Therapist.
Entrepreneurship and teaching have always been Michael’s passion. Beginning as 10-year old, he was always knocking on doors to shovel driveways, rake leaves, and mow lawns. After he graduated from the University of Rhode Island he became a Biology Teacher at Saint Raphael Academy, where he was also a Girls Basketball Coach, and taught summer school mathematics at Portsmouth Abbey School.
Michael later went back to school where he received his Master of Science degree at the University of Rhode Island, and his doctorate degree from Temple University. After working for a large healthcare group, he opened Elite Physical Therapy in 2002 and hired his first Physical Therapist, Northeastern University graduate and Blackstone, Massachusetts native, Jason Harvey. Jason was a three-sport varsity athlete at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School where he ran cross country, played basketball, and baseball.
Jason continued his athletic career in college where he ran division one cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track at Northeastern University. Jason always wanted to come back to Rhode Island, where his family is from. He quickly grew into a valuable part of Elite’s nucleus, and sometime later, became a business partner at Elite with Michael. Jason recalls the time that he realized that he wanted to become a Physical Therapist, was following an impressive personal experience as a patient with a Physical Therapist who helped him overcome a nagging, chronic knee problem that not only relieved him of his pain, but also greatly improved his athletic performance.
Together Michael and Jason have grown Elite Physical Therapy into an award-winning Physical Therapy practice that has earned several recognitions such as a Providence Journal Readers’ Choice Award for Physical Therapy, “Best Places to Work” and “Business Excellence” by Providence Business News. Jason is very active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Rhode Island Chapter, where he was the former Chapter President. Michael is on the Board of Trustees for the Providence Chamber of Commerce and the University of Rhode Island. They also work closely with the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, and Providence College. Passionate about what they do, they want to improve the health and lives of Rhode Islanders.
In their spare time they each enjoy spending time with their family. Jason resides in Attleboro with his wife and two children. He enjoys running, golfing, volunteer coaching his children’s athletics, and working in his yard to keep his grass the greenest on his street. Michael resides in East Greenwich with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys surfing with his daughters, weightlifting, and traveling; and hopes to meet Michael Jordan one day.