PARAMUS ORTHOPEDIC
PHYSICAL THERAPY

PARAMUS ORTHOPEDIC
PHYSICAL THERAPY

BOARD CERTIFIED | PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Dr. Phil Lombardo

PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, PES, CES, NFHS, USATF, MCT, EMRT

Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Phil Lombardo, a superior physical therapist, has extensive experience in the care of both sports injuries and general musculoskeletal injuries for patients of all ages. He is our Clinic Manager on the Monday / Wednesday / Friday team and has achieved the prestigious position of Senior Executive on our leadership team. In 2007, Phil joined the top one percent of the Doctor of Physical Therapy in the country by becoming an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports (SCS). Dr. Lombardo has distinguished himself as a provider of choice in Sports Medicine and is recognized by the National Federation of State High School Association as a Certified Coach specializing in Track and Field (NFHS). His expert knowledge as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) guarantee his patients the highest quality of care.

Phil approaches each case individually and makes sure to know exactly what his patients want. He doesn’t just stop at working with a patient in the office, he ensures they are able to live the best life they can. Exceptionally qualified and driven means that Phil won’t rest until each patient is back to full strength.

Phil earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from New York University. It was also there that he received the department’s Service Award for Excellence in giving to others. Phil truly enjoys every opportunity to connect to our local community, his expertise, both eclectic and focused, has been an asset to countless local athletes and orthopedic patients! Giving back is important to Phil, it is his main philosophy for his care. His unmatchable level of determination throughout the day helps him give excellent one-on-one care to each of his patients.

It brings Phil great joy as he shares MovNat, a physical education system for developing real-world capability through natural movement with his patients and now to the public. His journey led him to becoming a MovNat certified instructor, hosting the first-ever MovNat Elements Workshop in NJ and then becoming the first-ever licensed MovNat facility in NJ.

As a devoted fitness enthusiast, Phil loves to constantly learn about and train in all areas, including strength training, running, hiking, and kayaking. He grew up in Leonia and now resides in Butler with his wife and sons. Around the clinic, in addition to his passion for physical therapy, Phil is also known for his love of and expertise in chocolate, especially dark — 86% cacao, to be precise!

Contact Phil:

Dr. Philip N. Lombardo

Physical Therapist

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

PT, DPT, OCS, PES, CKTP

Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Jason De La Bruyere adds a high level of clinical expertise and skill to our Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday Team at POPT. He started his career with us as a clinical intern in his senior year of college and has worked his way up to become a Clinic Manager, Clinical Team Leader, and a company Executive. Jason has a passion for orthopedic and sports physical therapy, as well as a special interest in hand therapy. As part of his dedication to learn and advance as a physical therapist, he has earned additional credentials as a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS), a rigorously challenging certification. He also guides athletes to higher levels of performance as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).​

Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from James Madison University before going on to earn his DPT from Columbia University. While in school, Jason volunteered with a team of doctors, therapists, and nurses and went to Guatemala with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, where he helped in rehabilitating both children and adults after hand surgery. He has also presented his research on the abdominal muscles and their effect on low-back conditions at the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association. ​

When Jason isn’t at POPT, you can usually find him down the shore no matter what the season! While there, he enjoys sketching the shoreline, relaxing, and exploring the hidden wonders of the beach. Jason loves to be active, and as a longtime soccer player and swimmer, he can really relate to our student-athletes. There is nothing more fun for him than a cold December day at Giants Stadium, even when he can’t feel his toes!

Contact Jason:

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

Physical Therapist

Dr. Joana Cardoso

PT, DPT

Assistant Clinical Manager

Dr. Joana Cardoso is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who loves working with sports and orthopedic patients of all ages. Joana is intuitive and incredibly supportive as she employs the most current evidence-based treatments to help her patients achieve and exceed their goals. Using skilled manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education, Joana restores functional movement to each person she treats. She is a firm believer that expert care in a compassionate environment provides the necessary mind-body connection to healing.

As an accomplished athlete and after experiencing many soccer injuries, Joana discovered her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. Graduating Cum Laude from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor’s in Community Health Education, she then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Kean University. Dr. Joana has been a leader of academics since mentoring first-year aspiring clinicians at Kean. During her graduate coursework, Joana further honed her expertise in Kinesio taping, muscle energy, and presented her mobility research at a leading hospital.

With a passion for staying physically active, she spends free time hiking through the mountainsides of NY and NJ. Her love of sports lives on when she volunteers as a coach for the NJ Special Olympics and youth soccer teams. And, you’ll often find her on the sidelines cheering for her favorite US Women’s National Soccer Team and the NJ Devils.

Contact Joana:

Dr. Joana Cardoso

Physical Therapist

Alexa Schaefer

PT, DPT

Dr. Alexa Schaefer is a dynamic, highly intuitive Doctor of Physical Therapy with focuses in Orthopedics, Sports Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. Alexa customizes detail-oriented treatment plans to exceed her patient’s physical therapy goals. Profound experiences working with stroke patients at Valley Hospital and volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Association set a strong foundation for her devoted, patient-centered practice. Patients of all ages quickly discover that Dr. Schaefer works with steadfast determination to find the root cause of injury. She believes proper functional movement is essential for patients to return to the activities they love. Alexa compassionately and thoroughly explains each step of the recovery process utilizing the most up-to-date scientific research as she delivers expert, one-on-one care.

Growing up a competitive dancer and volleyball player, experiencing years of physical therapy, Alexa set her goals to become an accomplished Doctor of Physical Therapy. Flourishing at the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology, she earned membership into the prestigious Delta Epsilon Mu, a highly distinguished Pre-Health Fraternity. Alexa quickly rose to the top of her class when achieving her Doctorate from Kean University. With unwavering fortitude serving as a dedicated Vice President, she organized her class’s inaugural white coat ceremony and earned recognition as Teacher’s Assistant, providing astute mentorship to first-year students.

When Alexa is not celebrating her patients’ accomplishments, she enjoys furthering her fitness journey and challenging new gym routines. She enjoys catching up with friends on beach trips, experiencing New York City, and diving into plot-twisting novels.

Contact Shannon:

Dr. Alexa Schaefer

Physical Therapist

Dr. Phil Lombardo

PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, PES, CES, NFHS, USATF, MCT, EMRT

Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Phil Lombardo, a superior physical therapist, has extensive experience in the care of both sports injuries and general musculoskeletal injuries for patients of all ages. He is our Clinic Manager on the Monday / Wednesday / Friday team and has achieved the prestigious position of Senior Executive on our leadership team. In 2007, Phil joined the top one percent of the Doctor of Physical Therapy in the country by becoming an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports (SCS). Dr. Lombardo has distinguished himself as a provider of choice in Sports Medicine and is recognized by the National Federation of State High School Association as a Certified Coach specializing in Track and Field (NFHS). His expert knowledge as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) guarantee his patients the highest quality of care.

Phil approaches each case individually and makes sure to know exactly what his patients want. He doesn’t just stop at working with a patient in the office, he ensures they are able to live the best life they can. Exceptionally qualified and driven means that Phil won’t rest until each patient is back to full strength.

Phil earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from New York University. It was also there that he received the department’s Service Award for Excellence in giving to others. Phil truly enjoys every opportunity to connect to our local community, his expertise, both eclectic and focused, has been an asset to countless local athletes and orthopedic patients! Giving back is important to Phil, it is his main philosophy for his care. His unmatchable level of determination throughout the day helps him give excellent one-on-one care to each of his patients.

It brings Phil great joy as he shares MovNat, a physical education system for developing real-world capability through natural movement with his patients and now to the public. His journey led him to becoming a MovNat certified instructor, hosting the first-ever MovNat Elements Workshop in NJ and then becoming the first-ever licensed MovNat facility in NJ.

As a devoted fitness enthusiast, Phil loves to constantly learn about and train in all areas, including strength training, running, hiking, and kayaking. He grew up in Leonia and now resides in Butler with his wife and sons. Around the clinic, in addition to his passion for physical therapy, Phil is also known for his love of and expertise in chocolate, especially dark — 86% cacao, to be precise!

Contact Phil:

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

PT, DPT, OCS, PES, CKTP

Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Jason De La Bruyere adds a high level of clinical expertise and skill to our Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday Team at POPT. He started his career with us as a clinical intern in his senior year of college and has worked his way up to become a Clinic Manager, Clinical Team Leader, and a company Executive. Jason has a passion for orthopedic and sports physical therapy, as well as a special interest in hand therapy. As part of his dedication to learn and advance as a physical therapist, he has earned additional credentials as a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS), a rigorously challenging certification. He also guides athletes to higher levels of performance as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).​

Jason received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from James Madison University before going on to earn his DPT from Columbia University. While in school, Jason volunteered with a team of doctors, therapists, and nurses and went to Guatemala with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation, where he helped in rehabilitating both children and adults after hand surgery. He has also presented his research on the abdominal muscles and their effect on low-back conditions at the Combined Sections Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association. ​

When Jason isn’t at POPT, you can usually find him down the shore no matter what the season! While there, he enjoys sketching the shoreline, relaxing, and exploring the hidden wonders of the beach. Jason loves to be active, and as a longtime soccer player and swimmer, he can really relate to our student-athletes. There is nothing more fun for him than a cold December day at Giants Stadium, even when he can’t feel his toes!

Contact Jason:

Dr. Joana Cardoso

PT, DPT

Assistant Clinical Manager

Dr. Joana Cardoso is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who loves working with sports and orthopedic patients of all ages. Joana is intuitive and incredibly supportive as she employs the most current evidence-based treatments to help her patients achieve and exceed their goals. Using skilled manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education, Joana restores functional movement to each person she treats. She is a firm believer that expert care in a compassionate environment provides the necessary mind-body connection to healing.

As an accomplished athlete and after experiencing many soccer injuries, Joana discovered her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. Graduating Cum Laude from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor’s in Community Health Education, she then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Kean University. Dr. Joana has been a leader of academics since mentoring first-year aspiring clinicians at Kean. During her graduate coursework, Joana further honed her expertise in Kinesio taping, muscle energy, and presented her mobility research at a leading hospital.

With a passion for staying physically active, she spends free time hiking through the mountainsides of NY and NJ. Her love of sports lives on when she volunteers as a coach for the NJ Special Olympics and youth soccer teams. And, you’ll often find her on the sidelines cheering for her favorite US Women’s National Soccer Team and the NJ Devils.

Contact Joana:

Alexa Schaefer

PT, DPT

Dr. Alexa Schaefer is a dynamic, highly intuitive Doctor of Physical Therapy with focuses in Orthopedics, Sports Rehabilitation, and Pediatrics. Alexa customizes detail-oriented treatment plans to exceed her patient’s physical therapy goals. Profound experiences working with stroke patients at Valley Hospital and volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Association set a strong foundation for her devoted, patient-centered practice. Patients of all ages quickly discover that Dr. Schaefer works with steadfast determination to find the root cause of injury. She believes proper functional movement is essential for patients to return to the activities they love. Alexa compassionately and thoroughly explains each step of the recovery process utilizing the most up-to-date scientific research as she delivers expert, one-on-one care.

Growing up a competitive dancer and volleyball player, experiencing years of physical therapy, Alexa set her goals to become an accomplished Doctor of Physical Therapy. Flourishing at the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology, she earned membership into the prestigious Delta Epsilon Mu, a highly distinguished Pre-Health Fraternity. Alexa quickly rose to the top of her class when achieving her Doctorate from Kean University. With unwavering fortitude serving as a dedicated Vice President, she organized her class’s inaugural white coat ceremony and earned recognition as Teacher’s Assistant, providing astute mentorship to first-year students.

When Alexa is not celebrating her patients’ accomplishments, she enjoys furthering her fitness journey and challenging new gym routines. She enjoys catching up with friends on beach trips, experiencing New York City, and diving into plot-twisting novels.

Contact Shannon:

SUPPORT TEAM

Sabrina Vizuete-Valverde

Lead Clinic Coordinator

Sabrina is the full-time Clinic Coordinator on our Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday team. Her official role is to make sure the clinic runs smoothly, whether she is preparing for your arrival so you don’t have to wait to be seen, offering you a snack or a refreshing beverage, or supplying the Doctors of Physical Therapy with the tools they need to provide you with the best possible care. Sabrina’s favorite part of working at POPT is getting to know each and every patient through their amazing stories!

Sabrina graduated from Passaic Community College with an associate degree in Natural Science before pursuing her bachelor’s at Montclair State University. She later became an MSU Sigma Alpha Lambda graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.

In her free time, Sabrina enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite place to go is down to the shore when the weather is nice enough!

Contact Sabrina:

Sabrina Vizuete-Valverde

Lead Clinic Coordinator

Inalia Roberty

Client Care Specialist

Inalia brings excitement, compassion, and smiles to each patient’s appointment from the moment they walk in the door. In her role as a Client Care Specialist, Inalia creates an atmosphere of ease, finding ways to fulfill our patients’ scheduling needs so that each person can focus on the success of their recovery. She also works meticulously on finding solutions to answer all insurance questions. Her best day is celebrating with patients as they reach their goals.

Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion Studies with a focus in Community Health from Western Connecticut State University, Inalia knew she wanted to be part of an organization that fulfills her compassionate personality. Each day Inalia loves listening intently about new stories in every patient’s life and takes every step she can to bring positivity to someone. With a passion for helping others, Inalia spends time volunteering at her local YMCA and enhances her leadership skills supporting the non-profit People to People.

When she’s not assisting our patients or volunteering, Inalia continues connection by spending quality time with friends and neighbors. In warm weather, you can find Inalia hiking through the Appalachian Trails of The Hudson Valley. Each new hike fills Inalia’s quest for adventure!

Contact Inalia:

Inalia Roberty

Client Care Specialist

Alyssa Anderson

Client Care Specialist

Alyssa, our Organizational Administrative Assistant (OAA), is committed to delivering an outstanding experience for every patient the moment they walk in the door. Deeply insightful and boundlessly supportive, Alyssa takes every opportunity to put the needs of our patients first, effortlessly creating comfort and ease for them. Alyssa enthusiastically supports our Client Care Specialist Team with their coverage needs and leads the Homecare scheduling for our Board Certified Doctors of Physical Therapy and patients.

As a former athlete in cross country, track, and soccer, Alyssa has firsthand experience with Physical Therapy being a patient herself. She meticulously implements scheduling solutions to accommodate our patients’ needs and continuously deepens her knowledge of the myriad of insurance complexities. Her best day is creating an environment where patients can focus on recovery and celebrate their successes.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, taking her dogs to the park, and winding down with a new series on Netflix. Alyssa strives to make new, warm memories with loved ones and those around her daily.

Contact Alyssa:

Alyssa Anderson

Client Care Specialist

Sabrina Vizuete-Valverde

Lead Clinic Coordinator

Sabrina is the full-time Clinic Coordinator on our Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday team. Her official role is to make sure the clinic runs smoothly, whether she is preparing for your arrival so you don’t have to wait to be seen, offering you a snack or a refreshing beverage, or supplying the Doctors of Physical Therapy with the tools they need to provide you with the best possible care. Sabrina’s favorite part of working at POPT is getting to know each and every patient through their amazing stories!

Sabrina graduated from Passaic Community College with an associate degree in Natural Science before pursuing her bachelor’s at Montclair State University. She later became an MSU Sigma Alpha Lambda graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry.

In her free time, Sabrina enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite place to go is down to the shore when the weather is nice enough!

Contact Sabrina:

Inalia Roberty

Client Care Specialist

Inalia brings excitement, compassion, and smiles to each patient’s appointment from the moment they walk in the door. In her role as a Client Care Specialist, Inalia creates an atmosphere of ease, finding ways to fulfill our patients’ scheduling needs so that each person can focus on the success of their recovery. She also works meticulously on finding solutions to answer all insurance questions. Her best day is celebrating with patients as they reach their goals.

Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion Studies with a focus in Community Health from Western Connecticut State University, Inalia knew she wanted to be part of an organization that fulfills her compassionate personality. Each day Inalia loves listening intently about new stories in every patient’s life and takes every step she can to bring positivity to someone. With a passion for helping others, Inalia spends time volunteering at her local YMCA and enhances her leadership skills supporting the non-profit People to People.

When she’s not assisting our patients or volunteering, Inalia continues connection by spending quality time with friends and neighbors. In warm weather, you can find Inalia hiking through the Appalachian Trails of The Hudson Valley. Each new hike fills Inalia’s quest for adventure!

Contact Inalia:

Alyssa Anderson

Client Care Specialist

Alyssa, our Organizational Administrative Assistant (OAA), is committed to delivering an outstanding experience for every patient the moment they walk in the door. Deeply insightful and boundlessly supportive, Alyssa takes every opportunity to put the needs of our patients first, effortlessly creating comfort and ease for them. Alyssa enthusiastically supports our Client Care Specialist Team with their coverage needs and leads the Homecare scheduling for our Board Certified Doctors of Physical Therapy and patients.

As a former athlete in cross country, track, and soccer, Alyssa has firsthand experience with Physical Therapy being a patient herself. She meticulously implements scheduling solutions to accommodate our patients’ needs and continuously deepens her knowledge of the myriad of insurance complexities. Her best day is creating an environment where patients can focus on recovery and celebrate their successes.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, taking her dogs to the park, and winding down with a new series on Netflix. Alyssa strives to make new, warm memories with loved ones and those around her daily.

Contact Alyssa:

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Columbia University

Designated Site of Clinical Excellence

Rutgers School of Health Related Professions

Alumni Award Winner

Montclair State University

Sports Medicine Center named in our Founder's Honor

Hospital For Special Surgery

Provider Certification