Presidents Committee

Join us at The New Jersey Centers of Physical Therapy, where you become part of a legacy built on excellence. Dr. Benjamin Burton founded and leads our practice, supported by a profound leadership team, distinguishing our practice through a commitment to cutting-edge care and an inclusive environment. We prioritize career development, fostering a nurturing and collaborative team where our dedication to your success truly matters. Discover unparalleled personal and professional growth opportunities that await you at our practice.

Presidents Committee

Join us at The New Jersey Centers of Physical Therapy, where you become part of a legacy built on excellence. Dr. Benjamin Burton founded and leads our practice, supported by a profound leadership team, distinguishing our practice through a commitment to cutting-edge care and an inclusive environment. We prioritize career development, fostering a nurturing and collaborative team where our dedication to your success truly matters. Discover unparalleled personal and professional growth opportunities that await you at our practice.

Message From Dr. Benjamin Burton,
our Founder and President Emeritus

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to train with and be mentored by some of the country’s most accomplished doctors of physical therapy and medicine. At one time, I was one of the most credentialed doctors in my profession in New Jersey, becoming the first quadruple board-certified physical therapist by the APTA, the NATA, and the NSCA. 

Upon graduation, and after completing a year-long residency in orthopedics and sports, I decided to open my practice, The New Jersey Centers of Physical Therapy. Without marketing, the practice grew, and I needed to expand. 

Two of our past presidents were the first two teammates to join our practice 20 years ago: Dr. Gary Struble and Alicia Handel. Soon after, we expanded again, adding Dr. Phil Lombardo, President-Designate; Dr. Ryan Skripak, Vice President; Lisa Mild, HR Manager and past President; and Dr. Heather LaManno, Vice President.  

With our current President, Dr. Michael Klejmont, we have continued our tradition of being the largest privately-owned physical therapy clinic owned by a physical therapist in New Jersey.

Our commitment to our founding principles, including unparalleled one-on-one care and a holistic approach combined with the latest evidence-based treatments, has been pivotal to our success. Moreover, our emphasis on hiring top-tier teammates and fostering a culture of emotional intelligence enables us to maintain a relentless focus on continuous improvement across all facets of our practice.

Presidents Committee

Dr. Gary Struble, Physical Therapist

Dr. Gary Struble

President Emeritus

21 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Gary Struble, Physical Therapist

Dr. Gary Struble

PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

President Emeritus, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Director of Clinical Mentorship and Instruction, Home Care Operations Team Lead

Dr. Gary Struble, a distinguished founding member of our clinical team, is well-respected across the entire North Jersey area for his exemplary expertise as a spinal and orthopedic specialist. With a tenure of over two decades within our organization, he has positively impacted the lives of thousands of patients, facilitating their journeys back to health and the attainment of their goals. Beyond his remarkable patient-centered care, Dr. Struble assumes the role of Director of Clinical Mentoring, sharing his extensive 20+ years of experience to ensure our Doctors of Physical Therapy consistently practice at the pinnacle of expertise. Dr. Struble’s impressive contributions have also earned him a Senior Executive position within our esteemed company leadership team.

Gary has been recognized by The McKenzie Institute International as a Specialist in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine Injuries (MDT) and is further recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). His specialist certifications in both Orthopedics and Spinal treatment distinguish him as part of the most highly credentialed 1% of all providers in the nation. As a former high school and collegiate athlete himself, Gary has a special interest in working with athletes of all ages and helping them get back in the game, while occasionally reliving some of his “glory days.” He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of both the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions and Kean University.

Contact Gary:

Alicia Handle, President Emeritus

Alicia Handel

President Emeritus

21 Years at NJCPT

Alicia Handel, President Emeritus

Alicia Handel

Organizational Office Manager & Administrative Team Leader, President Emeritus, Home Care Administrative Team Lead

With a charismatic and energetic personality, Alicia Handel expertly leads our team of compassionate Client Care Specialists as the Organizational Office Manager for our four clinics. Alicia is a driving force of solutions, tackling insurance claims, taking the burden off our patients so that they can focus on full recovery. Her best day is providing stellar support to our Doctors of Physical Therapy, so every patient leaves our clinic confidently returning to a life they love. Alicia plays a vital role in our organization on the Senior Executive Team; as President Emeritus, she goes the extra mile for every patient. 

Graduating from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Alicia discovered her passion for turning injured athletes back into champions. While attending Hofstra, following a comprehensive interview process, Alicia achieved a prestigious internship as an Athletic Trainer with the New York Dragon’s Football Team. She began her dream career within our organization shortly after college, realizing the importance of connecting injured athletes with the highest quality care.

When Alicia takes a break from supporting our clinics, she recharges with her family in the open air of Lake George. And, she loves planning family vacations, discovering new and exciting destinations around the United States. Alicia stays connected to her zeal for sports playing on a women’s and co-ed softball team, introducing her children to new athletics, and cheering on the 49ers during football season.

Contact Alicia:

Dr. Philip N. Lombardo, Physical Therapist

Dr. Philip N. Lombardo

President-Designate

20 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Philip N. Lombardo, Physical Therapist

Dr. Phil Lombardo

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

President-Designate, 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:

Lisa Mild

President Emeritus

18 Years at NJCPT

Lisa Mild, President Emeritus

Lisa Mild

President of Operations & Associate Resources, President Emeritus, Home Care Business Liaison Team Lead

Lisa has an extensive foundation that propels her leadership positions within our organization as the Associate Resources and Operations Manager. Always focused on our patients’ positive experiences, she supports our organization, so our Doctors can focus on the highest level of expert, compassionate care. With her brilliance in finance, human resources, operations, and communication, Lisa has a natural balance of empowerment and grace that emphasizes team morale. Her best day is celebrating with our clinics when patients achieve full recovery and mentoring team members in fulfilling their goals.

Lisa is an accomplished business professional, having earned her Bachelor’s in Management from Dominican College, graduating with Honors. While working for IBM, she was a three-time award-winning recipient of the highest recognition, the IBM Means Service Award. After running her own business, Lisa found her dream career leading our Human Resources Department. Whether she is evaluating benefits packages or negotiating with vendors, Lisa is determined to produce unmatched outcomes for our teams. She is a member of our prestigious Senior Leadership Team and has earned the title of President Emeritus.

Lisa recharges by taking weekend adventures with her lifelong friends, actively volunteers on her parish’s finance council and Relay for Life. Mostly, she savors being at home with her three adult children, loving husband, and her rescue dog, catching up on living life to the fullest.

Contact Lisa:

Dr. Michael Klejmont, Current President a NJCPT

Dr. Michael Klejmont

Current President

13 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Michael Klejmont, Physical Therapist

Dr. Michael Klejmont

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, USAW

President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Site Clinic Manager

Dr. Mike Klejmont is a dedicated provider who gives exceptional care to patients of all ages, focusing on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular rehabilitation. Patients quickly discover that Mike is a highly sought-after Doctor who restores proper function and efficiency between the brain and body, utilizing the latest neuroscience research and consistently promoting physical healing by treating the whole person. Mike goes out of his way to support each patient and makes the goals of his patients his own, meticulously supporting each step in the recovery process. His dynamic combination of modern medical techniques and devoted personal care make him the standard for all Doctors to follow.

In addition to his role as Site Clinic Manager (MWF), Mike continues to grow with precise recognition as the President of 2023 to our organization and a valued Executive Team Member. Mike is professionally distinguished as one of the top 1% of all providers in the nation with an APTA Board Certification as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Through the USA Weightlifting Association, Mike became a Certified Sports Performance Coach and has expert knowledge in injury prevention, sports psychology, and guiding athletes to a higher performance level. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (CKTP).
 

Dr. Klejmont has served on the Board of Directors for IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Jacob’s Get In The Ring Foundation. As the head of the Medical and Fitness Committee, Mike provided guidance and care for children, teenagers, and families working through the challenges associated with childhood cancer.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Exercise Science, Mike went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (formerly UMDNJ). Working on a study to determine risk factors for ankle sprains in intercollegiate soccer players, he won awards for Outstanding Academic Performance and Outstanding Research Performance.

Mike’s foray into health and fitness is nothing short of inspiring. He has gained invaluable experience from personal training sessions with industry icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, a 7-time Mr. Olympia and 4-time Mr. Universe, as well as Bill Grant, a former Mr. World and Mr. America. His interactions with these mentors have profoundly shaped his approachability and expertise.

Furthermore, Mike has also made significant contributions to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Pump Club newsletter, authoring several insightful articles. Mike’s expertise was also prominently featured in the fourth episode of Schwarzenegger’s renowned podcast. Central to Mike’s work is his innovative concept of integrating empathy and compassion into healthcare practices and daily routines, aiming to optimize health and fitness outcomes. This unique approach not only underscores the importance but also demonstrates the effectiveness of a holistic perspective in achieving peak physical and mental wellness.

Contact Michael:

Dr. Gary Struble, Physical Therapist

Dr. Gary Struble

PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

President Emeritus, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Director of Clinical Mentorship and Instruction, Home Care Operations Team Lead

Dr. Gary Struble, a distinguished founding member of our clinical team, is well-respected across the entire North Jersey area for his exemplary expertise as a spinal and orthopedic specialist. With a tenure of over two decades within our organization, he has positively impacted the lives of thousands of patients, facilitating their journeys back to health and the attainment of their goals. Beyond his remarkable patient-centered care, Dr. Struble assumes the role of Director of Clinical Mentoring, sharing his extensive 20+ years of experience to ensure our Doctors of Physical Therapy consistently practice at the pinnacle of expertise. Dr. Struble’s impressive contributions have also earned him a Senior Executive position within our esteemed company leadership team.

Gary has been recognized by The McKenzie Institute International as a Specialist in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine Injuries (MDT) and is further recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). His specialist certifications in both Orthopedics and Spinal treatment distinguish him as part of the most highly credentialed 1% of all providers in the nation. As a former high school and collegiate athlete himself, Gary has a special interest in working with athletes of all ages and helping them get back in the game, while occasionally reliving some of his “glory days.” He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of both the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions and Kean University.

Contact Gary:

Alicia Handel, President Emeritus

Alicia Handel

Organizational Office Manager & Administrative Team Leader, President Emeritus, Home Care Administrative Team Lead

With a charismatic and energetic personality, Alicia Handel expertly leads our team of compassionate Client Care Specialists as the Organizational Office Manager for our four clinics. Alicia is a driving force of solutions, tackling insurance claims, taking the burden off our patients so that they can focus on full recovery. Her best day is providing stellar support to our Doctors of Physical Therapy, so every patient leaves our clinic confidently returning to a life they love. Alicia plays a vital role in our organization on the Senior Executive Team; as President Emeritus, she goes the extra mile for every patient. 

Graduating from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Alicia discovered her passion for turning injured athletes back into champions. While attending Hofstra, following a comprehensive interview process, Alicia achieved a prestigious internship as an Athletic Trainer with the New York Dragon’s Football Team. She began her dream career within our organization shortly after college, realizing the importance of connecting injured athletes with the highest quality care.

When Alicia takes a break from supporting our clinics, she recharges with her family in the open air of Lake George. And, she loves planning family vacations, discovering new and exciting destinations around the United States. Alicia stays connected to her zeal for sports playing on a women’s and co-ed softball team, introducing her children to new athletics, and cheering on the 49ers during football season.

Contact Alicia:

Dr. Philip N. Lombardo, Physical Therapist

Dr. Phil Lombardo

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

President-Designate, 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:

Lisa Mild, President Emeritus

Lisa Mild

President of Operations & Associate Resources, President Emeritus, Home Care Business Liaison Team Lead

Lisa has an extensive foundation that propels her leadership positions within our organization as the Associate Resources and Operations Manager. Always focused on our patients’ positive experiences, she supports our organization, so our Doctors can focus on the highest level of expert, compassionate care. With her brilliance in finance, human resources, operations, and communication, Lisa has a natural balance of empowerment and grace that emphasizes team morale. Her best day is celebrating with our clinics when patients achieve full recovery and mentoring team members in fulfilling their goals.

Lisa is an accomplished business professional, having earned her Bachelor’s in Management from Dominican College, graduating with Honors. While working for IBM, she was a three-time award-winning recipient of the highest recognition, the IBM Means Service Award. After running her own business, Lisa found her dream career leading our Human Resources Department. Whether she is evaluating benefits packages or negotiating with vendors, Lisa is determined to produce unmatched outcomes for our teams. She is a member of our prestigious Senior Leadership Team and has earned the title of President Emeritus.

Lisa recharges by taking weekend adventures with her lifelong friends, actively volunteers on her parish’s finance council and Relay for Life. Mostly, she savors being at home with her three adult children, loving husband, and her rescue dog, catching up on living life to the fullest.

Contact Lisa:

Dr. Michael Klejmont, Physical Therapist

Dr. Michael Klejmont

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, USAW

President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Site Clinic Manager

Dr. Mike Klejmont is a dedicated provider who gives exceptional care to patients of all ages, focusing on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular rehabilitation. Patients quickly discover that Mike is a highly sought-after Doctor who restores proper function and efficiency between the brain and body, utilizing the latest neuroscience research and consistently promoting physical healing by treating the whole person. Mike goes out of his way to support each patient and makes the goals of his patients his own, meticulously supporting each step in the recovery process. His dynamic combination of modern medical techniques and devoted personal care make him the standard for all Doctors to follow.

In addition to his role as Site Clinic Manager (MWF), Mike continues to grow with precise recognition as the President of 2023 to our organization and a valued Executive Team Member. Mike is professionally distinguished as one of the top 1% of all providers in the nation with an APTA Board Certification as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Through the USA Weightlifting Association, Mike became a Certified Sports Performance Coach and has expert knowledge in injury prevention, sports psychology, and guiding athletes to a higher performance level. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner (CKTP).
 

Dr. Klejmont has served on the Board of Directors for IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel Jacob’s Get In The Ring Foundation. As the head of the Medical and Fitness Committee, Mike provided guidance and care for children, teenagers, and families working through the challenges associated with childhood cancer.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Exercise Science, Mike went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (formerly UMDNJ). Working on a study to determine risk factors for ankle sprains in intercollegiate soccer players, he won awards for Outstanding Academic Performance and Outstanding Research Performance.

Mike’s foray into health and fitness is nothing short of inspiring. He has gained invaluable experience from personal training sessions with industry icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, a 7-time Mr. Olympia and 4-time Mr. Universe, as well as Bill Grant, a former Mr. World and Mr. America. His interactions with these mentors have profoundly shaped his approachability and expertise.

Furthermore, Mike has also made significant contributions to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Pump Club newsletter, authoring several insightful articles. Mike’s expertise was also prominently featured in the fourth episode of Schwarzenegger’s renowned podcast. Central to Mike’s work is his innovative concept of integrating empathy and compassion into healthcare practices and daily routines, aiming to optimize health and fitness outcomes. This unique approach not only underscores the importance but also demonstrates the effectiveness of a holistic perspective in achieving peak physical and mental wellness.

Contact Michael:

Vice Presidents

Dr. Ryan Skripag, Lead Vice President ​

Dr. Ryan P. Skripak

Lead Vice President

19 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Ryan Skripag, Lead Vice President ​

Dr. Ryan P. Skripak

PT, DPT, OCS, PES, APTA Credentialed CI

Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Director of Clinical Instruction

Dr. Ryan Skripak, one of the founders of Montville Physical Therapy, is a sought-after specialist in orthopedics. He is one of our Clinic Managers and has achieved an Executive designation on our leadership team. Throughout his career, he has helped thousands of patients regain the ability to participate in their favorite activities. He has worked with a variety of patients, including athletes, grandparents, and children. using his keen ability to fix any type of musculoskeletal condition. Ryan has been certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and has distinguished himself as a provider of choice, improving athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury for all his athletes. Additionally, Ryan is of the top 1% of all practitioners in the state to have achieved both his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and his Board-Certified Specialist distinction in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

As a graduate of Seton Hall University, he achieved academic excellence, earning both his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. It was there that he became known as “The Sponge,” for his ability to soak in all types of information, without the need for notes or study guides. Here at MPT, Ryan puts that brainpower to work and enjoys coming up with out-of-the-box ways to help our patients live free from discomfort and achieve their goals. With Ryan’s passion for helping people and his expertise, no condition is too much for him to handle. He takes recovery seriously, giving each of his patients nothing less than his absolute best, having you leave feeling like you are made of iron.

Ryan is an avid runner and a marathon champion of the Stockholm 2001 and New York City 2002 marathons, and by “champion” we mean he successfully crossed the finish line on two feet! He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his wife, JoAnna, sons Jakub and Gregory, and daughter Ellie. He may be spotted at home games of the New York Football Giants and while many have tried to break his Giants allegiance, a loyal captain always goes down with his ship.

Contact Ryan:

Dr. Heather LaManno, Physical Therapist

Dr. Heather LaManno

Lead Vice President

17 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Heather LaManno, Physical Therapist

Dr. Heather LaManno

PT, DPT, OCS, PES

Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Director of Clinical Communications

Dr. Heather LaManno is a sought-after expert in all areas of patient care, who is actively involved in evidence-based practice and research. She has authored and co-authored several publications regarding numerous areas of physical therapy. Heather excels at treating both neurological and orthopedic patients of all ages and is one of the top 1% of all practitioners in the state who has achieved both a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Board-Certified Specialist distinction in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In addition to her athletic recognition as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), she is working toward her Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Heather’s top priority is always the care for her patients. She approaches their therapy with compassion and understanding, making their comfort and recovery her top goal. Being at the top of her game, Heather knows exactly what she is doing and is eager in answering any questions patients have.

Having graduated at the top of her class with high honors from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Heather established extensive experience in both orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation settings. During this time, she developed a particular interest in complementary and alternative medicine and has contributed to a number of publications regarding the effects of yoga on physical rehabilitation. Most recently, in the ”Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity” textbook, Dr. LaManno co-authored a chapter called “The Use of Yoga Therapy in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation.”

Contact Heather:

Alisa Esser, Lead Vice President

Alisa Esser

Lead Vice President

16 Years at NJCPT

Alisa Esser, Lead Vice President

Alisa Esser

Director of Finance and Reimbursement, Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive

With her committed expertise in the ever-changing health insurance industry, Alisa creates the highest level of trust and confidence for our patients, ensuring they entirely focus on their healing without feeling the burden of medical insurance and billing. She is dedicated to making our patients her utmost priority. With her extensive knowledge, Alisa deciphers complex insurance policies and helps patients understand their choices so they can make the best decision with their coverage options.

Her education from Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology and a Specialization in Public Health, provided a solid foundation for her career, which has spanned both the home health care and outpatient physical therapy fields. Alisa has also earned the designation of Senior Executive on our prestigious Leadership Team.

Alisa brings her dedication to the community, as well. She is actively involved with: Habitat for Humanity, feeding the hungry with home-cooked meals, providing school supplies to students in need, and gifting teddy bears to children undergoing medical care. She celebrates life with excitement in decorating her home during the holidays and spends time at cooking classes with friends and family.

Contact Alisa:

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

Lead Vice President

15 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

PT, DPT, PES, CKTP

Lead 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. With his top priority to continually advance athletes to higher levels, he achieved his certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Patients quickly discover that Jason stops at nothing, successfully eliminating the root cause of any issue.

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:

Regina Milazzo

Vice President

15 Years at NJCPT

Regina Milazzo

Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Vice President, Head of Administrative Advancement

Regina, our esteemed Client Care Manager, is a pivotal leader in our organization.  Her profound dedication to client care elevates every interaction, ensuring that all aspects of a patient’s experience are both warm and efficient. Regina’s adept management of insurance inquiries, oversight of the clinic’s administrative operations, and coordination of patient schedules all contribute to a seamless rehabilitation journey, echoing the quality care provided by our Doctors. 

Regina’s career began while earning a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from Montclair State University. She discovered her commitment to our organization by working part-time during her academic years when she intuitively knew our organization was the perfect place for her. Regina’s steadfast dedication has propelled her to the executive role of Vice President, where she meticulously refines each patient’s journey, setting it apart from typical office visits. As Head of Administrative Advancement, Regina’s commitment extends to nurturing her team members from the start of their careers, fostering outstanding outcomes, and creating five-star customer service for each patient, a testament to her inspiring career progression.

Outside of work, Regina’s life is just as vibrant. An avid traveler, she loves exploring new destinations, whether staying in a loft over an Alpaca Farm or delving into the culture of a different country. At home, she cherishes the time spent with her beloved rescue dog, Chauncey, a testament to her compassionate nature.

Contact Regina:

Dr. Ryan Skripag, Lead Vice President ​

Dr. Ryan P. Skripak

PT, DPT, OCS, PES, APTA Credentialed CI

Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Director of Clinical Instruction

Dr. Ryan Skripak, one of the founders of Montville Physical Therapy, is a sought-after specialist in orthopedics. He is one of our Clinic Managers and has achieved an Executive designation on our leadership team. Throughout his career, he has helped thousands of patients regain the ability to participate in their favorite activities. He has worked with a variety of patients, including athletes, grandparents, and children. using his keen ability to fix any type of musculoskeletal condition. Ryan has been certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and has distinguished himself as a provider of choice, improving athletic performance and reducing the risk of injury for all his athletes. Additionally, Ryan is of the top 1% of all practitioners in the state to have achieved both his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and his Board-Certified Specialist distinction in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

As a graduate of Seton Hall University, he achieved academic excellence, earning both his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. It was there that he became known as “The Sponge,” for his ability to soak in all types of information, without the need for notes or study guides. Here at MPT, Ryan puts that brainpower to work and enjoys coming up with out-of-the-box ways to help our patients live free from discomfort and achieve their goals. With Ryan’s passion for helping people and his expertise, no condition is too much for him to handle. He takes recovery seriously, giving each of his patients nothing less than his absolute best, having you leave feeling like you are made of iron.

Ryan is an avid runner and a marathon champion of the Stockholm 2001 and New York City 2002 marathons, and by “champion” we mean he successfully crossed the finish line on two feet! He currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his wife, JoAnna, sons Jakub and Gregory, and daughter Ellie. He may be spotted at home games of the New York Football Giants and while many have tried to break his Giants allegiance, a loyal captain always goes down with his ship.

Contact Ryan:

Dr. Heather LaManno, Physical Therapist

Dr. Heather LaManno

PT, DPT, OCS, PES

Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Director of Clinical Communications

Dr. Heather LaManno is a sought-after expert in all areas of patient care, who is actively involved in evidence-based practice and research. She has authored and co-authored several publications regarding numerous areas of physical therapy. Heather excels at treating both neurological and orthopedic patients of all ages and is one of the top 1% of all practitioners in the state who has achieved both a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Board-Certified Specialist distinction in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In addition to her athletic recognition as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), she is working toward her Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification. Heather’s top priority is always the care for her patients. She approaches their therapy with compassion and understanding, making their comfort and recovery her top goal. Being at the top of her game, Heather knows exactly what she is doing and is eager in answering any questions patients have.

Having graduated at the top of her class with high honors from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Heather established extensive experience in both orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation settings. During this time, she developed a particular interest in complementary and alternative medicine and has contributed to a number of publications regarding the effects of yoga on physical rehabilitation. Most recently, in the ”Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity” textbook, Dr. LaManno co-authored a chapter called “The Use of Yoga Therapy in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation.”

Contact Heather:

Alisa Esser, Lead Vice President

Alisa Esser

Director of Finance and Reimbursement, Lead Vice President, Leadership Team Senior Executive

With her committed expertise in the ever-changing health insurance industry, Alisa creates the highest level of trust and confidence for our patients, ensuring they entirely focus on their healing without feeling the burden of medical insurance and billing. She is dedicated to making our patients her utmost priority. With her extensive knowledge, Alisa deciphers complex insurance policies and helps patients understand their choices so they can make the best decision with their coverage options.

Her education from Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Human Ecology and a Specialization in Public Health, provided a solid foundation for her career, which has spanned both the home health care and outpatient physical therapy fields. Alisa has also earned the designation of Senior Executive on our prestigious Leadership Team.

Alisa brings her dedication to the community, as well. She is actively involved with: Habitat for Humanity, feeding the hungry with home-cooked meals, providing school supplies to students in need, and gifting teddy bears to children undergoing medical care. She celebrates life with excitement in decorating her home during the holidays and spends time at cooking classes with friends and family.

Contact Alisa:

Dr. Jason de la Bruyere

PT, DPT, PES, CKTP

Lead 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. With his top priority to continually advance athletes to higher levels, he achieved his certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Patients quickly discover that Jason stops at nothing, successfully eliminating the root cause of any issue.

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:

Regina Milazzo

Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Vice President, Head of Administrative Advancement

Regina, our esteemed Client Care Manager, is a pivotal leader in our organization.  Her profound dedication to client care elevates every interaction, ensuring that all aspects of a patient’s experience are both warm and efficient. Regina’s adept management of insurance inquiries, oversight of the clinic’s administrative operations, and coordination of patient schedules all contribute to a seamless rehabilitation journey, echoing the quality care provided by our Doctors. 

Regina’s career began while earning a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from Montclair State University. She discovered her commitment to our organization by working part-time during her academic years when she intuitively knew our organization was the perfect place for her. Regina’s steadfast dedication has propelled her to the executive role of Vice President, where she meticulously refines each patient’s journey, setting it apart from typical office visits. As Head of Administrative Advancement, Regina’s commitment extends to nurturing her team members from the start of their careers, fostering outstanding outcomes, and creating five-star customer service for each patient, a testament to her inspiring career progression.

Outside of work, Regina’s life is just as vibrant. An avid traveler, she loves exploring new destinations, whether staying in a loft over an Alpaca Farm or delving into the culture of a different country. At home, she cherishes the time spent with her beloved rescue dog, Chauncey, a testament to her compassionate nature.

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Lead Senior Executives

Kristina Mercer, Organizational Office Manager

Kristina Mercer

16 Years at NJCPT

Kristina Mercer, Organizational Office Manager

Kristina Mercer

Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive

Kristina, a guiding light for our team and patients, holds a dual role as our Organizational Office Manager as well the Client Care Manager of our MWF team in Riverdale. She attended the esteemed Rowan University where she graduated with high honors with a B.A. in Education and American Studies. While at Rowan she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society of Education. Kristina is also a thriving member of our esteemed Executive Leadership Team.

Kristina’s passion for education has led her to serve as a mentor to all of our Client Care Specialists. Her love for people combined with her desire to serve our patient population has facilitated deep connections with hundreds to thousands of patients, over the years. Her goals are to make sure all patients leave our office feeling confident in their care and have a thorough understanding of their insurance benefits.

In her free time, Kristina enjoys traveling. Some of her favorite spots have been Colorado to hike the Rocky Mountains and Key West to enjoy the beautiful beaches and clear water. She is setting her eyes on Iceland and other European countries next. While traveling, she loves to experience new cultures and taste the local cuisine. Lucky for her, she is married to a professional chef who helps her to enjoy many of these new cuisines right in her own kitchen!

Contact Kristina:

Tracy Golding

14 Years at NJCPT

Tracy Golding

Client Care Manager, Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive

As soon as you walk through the doors of MPT, you’ll be warmly greeted by Tracy Golding, our bright and friendly Client Care Manager. You can come to Tracy with any questions about your appointment schedule, your insurance, and certainly for some friendly conversation! She loves getting to know each of our patients and their families, and making sure they enjoy every moment of their visit. From your first phone call to your graduation day, Tracy will be there to help make your PT experience a positive one! Tracy ensures your needs are met and expectations exceeded!

Tracy, a Riverdale native, returned to New Jersey in December 2009 after living in South Carolina for nine years where she attended Winthrop University and studied Journalism and Graphic Design. Tracy’s love for writing and literature has given her the gift of being both an outstanding listener and an excellent conversationalist! When not at MPT, Tracy can be found enjoying time with her family and friends, taking pleasure in the great outdoors or reading a good book! With her zeal for life and adventure, she loves to conquer her own fears and will try anything at least once!

Contact Tracy:

Dr. Catherine Andrasko

11 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Catherine Andrasko

PT, DPT, PCS, SCS, EMRT

Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Catherine Andrasko is a highly-qualified and intuitive Doctor of Physical therapy who is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in the fields of pediatrics and sports. Catherine is one of only two double board-certified specialists in sports and pediatrics in the entire country and is the only provider who specializes in both on the East Coast. As a former national swimmer who overcame a shoulder injury of her own, Catherine understands the mindset of an athlete. She knows what it takes to turn injured athletes back into champions. The passions, goals, and needs of Catherine’s patients are her top priorities. Drawing upon a dynamic combination of proven scientific evidence, skilled manual therapy, and her wide-ranging experience, Dr. Andrasko uses her creative mindset to build each of her patients an individualized program. Catherine expertly treats patients with various conditions and has special interests, including pediatrics, youth sports, endurance athletes, and injury prevention. Dr. Andrasko loves a challenge and is committed to seeing patients crush their goals.​

After graduating with her BA in Health Science from Gettysburg College, Catherine went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Stratford Campus of the Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions. While working diligently towards her Doctorate, she was selected to present her noteworthy research on using manual therapy to heal shoulder injuries in athletes at the American Physical Therapy Association’s prestigious Combined Sections Meeting. Additionally, she was only one of two students nationwide to be selected to complete a competitive internship in the field of pediatrics.

When she’s not treating her patients, Catherine enjoys doing DIY projects around her home and staying active by swimming or training for her next running race. Catherine is also an enthusiastic traveler and enjoys exploring new places, both overseas and throughout the USA. In fact, she has been to all continents except Antarctica. Additionally, she is a die-hard Alabama football fan who can be found cheering on the Crimson Tide every Saturday in the fall!

Contact Catherine:

Kristina Mercer, Organizational Office Manager

Kristina Mercer

Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive

Kristina, a guiding light for our team and patients, holds a dual role as our Organizational Office Manager as well the Client Care Manager of our MWF team in Riverdale. She attended the esteemed Rowan University where she graduated with high honors with a B.A. in Education and American Studies. While at Rowan she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society of Education. Kristina is also a thriving member of our esteemed Executive Leadership Team.

Kristina’s passion for education has led her to serve as a mentor to all of our Client Care Specialists. Her love for people combined with her desire to serve our patient population has facilitated deep connections with hundreds to thousands of patients, over the years. Her goals are to make sure all patients leave our office feeling confident in their care and have a thorough understanding of their insurance benefits.

In her free time, Kristina enjoys traveling. Some of her favorite spots have been Colorado to hike the Rocky Mountains and Key West to enjoy the beautiful beaches and clear water. She is setting her eyes on Iceland and other European countries next. While traveling, she loves to experience new cultures and taste the local cuisine. Lucky for her, she is married to a professional chef who helps her to enjoy many of these new cuisines right in her own kitchen!

Contact Kristina:

Tracy Golding

Client Care Manager, Organizational Office Manager, Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive

As soon as you walk through the doors of MPT, you’ll be warmly greeted by Tracy Golding, our bright and friendly Client Care Manager. You can come to Tracy with any questions about your appointment schedule, your insurance, and certainly for some friendly conversation! She loves getting to know each of our patients and their families, and making sure they enjoy every moment of their visit. From your first phone call to your graduation day, Tracy will be there to help make your PT experience a positive one! Tracy ensures your needs are met and expectations exceeded!

Tracy, a Riverdale native, returned to New Jersey in December 2009 after living in South Carolina for nine years where she attended Winthrop University and studied Journalism and Graphic Design. Tracy’s love for writing and literature has given her the gift of being both an outstanding listener and an excellent conversationalist! When not at MPT, Tracy can be found enjoying time with her family and friends, taking pleasure in the great outdoors or reading a good book! With her zeal for life and adventure, she loves to conquer her own fears and will try anything at least once!

Contact Tracy:

Dr. Catherine Andrasko

PT, DPT, PCS, SCS, EMRT

Leadership Team Lead Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Catherine Andrasko is a highly-qualified and intuitive Doctor of Physical therapy who is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in the fields of pediatrics and sports. Catherine is one of only two double board-certified specialists in sports and pediatrics in the entire country and is the only provider who specializes in both on the East Coast. As a former national swimmer who overcame a shoulder injury of her own, Catherine understands the mindset of an athlete. She knows what it takes to turn injured athletes back into champions. The passions, goals, and needs of Catherine’s patients are her top priorities. Drawing upon a dynamic combination of proven scientific evidence, skilled manual therapy, and her wide-ranging experience, Dr. Andrasko uses her creative mindset to build each of her patients an individualized program. Catherine expertly treats patients with various conditions and has special interests, including pediatrics, youth sports, endurance athletes, and injury prevention. Dr. Andrasko loves a challenge and is committed to seeing patients crush their goals.​

After graduating with her BA in Health Science from Gettysburg College, Catherine went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Stratford Campus of the Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions. While working diligently towards her Doctorate, she was selected to present her noteworthy research on using manual therapy to heal shoulder injuries in athletes at the American Physical Therapy Association’s prestigious Combined Sections Meeting. Additionally, she was only one of two students nationwide to be selected to complete a competitive internship in the field of pediatrics.

When she’s not treating her patients, Catherine enjoys doing DIY projects around her home and staying active by swimming or training for her next running race. Catherine is also an enthusiastic traveler and enjoys exploring new places, both overseas and throughout the USA. In fact, she has been to all continents except Antarctica. Additionally, she is a die-hard Alabama football fan who can be found cheering on the Crimson Tide every Saturday in the fall!

Contact Catherine:

Senior Executives

Dr. Bryan A. Barker

10 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Bryan A. Barker

PT, DPT, FMSC, TPI

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Bryan Barker has a dual focus in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. His strong background in treating orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions is enhanced by his deep consideration that each person is much more than just an injury or ailment. He utilizes individually-built, evidence-based treatment techniques to create lasting results for each of his patients. In addition to his orthopedic skill with all types of conditions, Dr. Barker’s strongest passion is helping athletes stay in the game and on the field injury-free. To enhance his expertise, Dr. Barker is actively pursuing an advanced certification in Strength and Conditioning, and currently holds a certification in Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen (FMSC).

With his wealth of knowledge, Bryan is the perfect doctor for an injured athlete. He won’t rest until they are back in the game and dominating the competition. As he mixes his passion with well-known science, the path to recovery goes from simply getting back to full strength to becoming better than they were.

Bryan is a true Scarlet Knight, having completed both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions. He graduated as Salutatorian of his class and received awards for excellence in both Academics and Research. Dr. Barker is currently continuing his work with Rutgers as a co-investigator for a groundbreaking study on the Nintendo Wii. He and his fellow researchers are studying the addition of the Wii to therapeutic exercise programs and determining how it affects energy expenditure in patients with various types of conditions.

On his days off, Bryan is a serious saltwater fisherman and an avid golfer. A competitor at heart, he plays in local basketball leagues as well as the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League. You’ve probably experienced Bryan’s love of friendly competition firsthand at the office, as he challenges his fellow associates to take over his self-proclaimed title as “the best laundry-basket basketball shooter this side of the Mississippi!” He is forever thankful for his family and his wife, Stephanie, and credits his success to her love and support.

Contact Bryan:

Caitlin Feis, Organizational Assistant Office Manager

Caitlin Feis

10 Years at NJCPT

Caitlin Feis, Organizational Assistant Office Manager

Caitlin Feis

Organizational Assistant Office Manager, Leadership Team Senior Executive

At each appointment on our Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday team, you will be welcomed by our Client Care Manager, Caitlin. She is here to ensure that your time with NJCPT is effortless so that you can focus on what is most important – achieving your physical therapy goals! In her role as your Reimbursement Liaison, Caitlin works alongside our Reimbursement Department to personally communicate with your insurance company and advocate for the care that you need. She puts her insurance expertise to use helping you navigate the insurance world and get every question you may have answered with confidence. Caitlin also loves learning about all of the families who come through our doors, and she is excited to get to know you!

Caitlin graduated from Drew University with a double major in French and Sociology. She also had the extraordinary opportunity of studying at the Sorbonne during a semester abroad in Paris. With work to be completed in two languages, Caitlin learned exceptional time management skills that translated to six Dean’s list awards, acceptance into the Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, and now to her role in our organization. With her passion for learning about other societies and cultures, Caitlin feels fulfilled to have an opportunity to help people every day here at NJCPT. She is a firm believer in taking every step she can, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in your day.

When she isn’t brightening the office with her friendly smile, you can find Caitlin at Fort Lee High School, where she is the color guard director and for the school’s marching band. She enjoys performing herself with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. During her free time, Caitlin finds relaxation in playing music, either on the guitar or the cello.

Contact Caitlin:

Dr. Adefemi Betiku, Physical Therapist

Dr. Adefemi A. Betiku

8 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Adefemi Betiku, Physical Therapist

Dr. Adefemi A. Betiku

PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Femi Betiku is a highly adept Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Femi is dedicated to building a strong rapport with his patients to help each of them reach their goals by developing an individualized plan and employing the most up to date evidence-based approaches. He is passionate about both alleviating every patient’s symptoms and eradicating the underlying cause. Each patient is treated with compassion and understanding as Femi guides them through every step of the therapy process. He utilizes targeted manual therapy techniques and neuromuscular re-education to optimize success, so his patients can return to doing what they love. Dr. Betiku is also actively preparing for both his orthopedic board and manual therapy certifications.

Femi completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Rutgers University and went on to earn his Doctorate from New York University. While at NYU, Dr. Betiku broadened his skill sets working with St. John’s University Division 1 athletic teams and with children at a sensory integration pediatric practice. Through his experiences, Dr. Betiku has developed a deep passion for treating the most complex of musculoskeletal cases. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), as well as a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates teacher (PMA-CPT) with an emphasis in rehabilitative Pilates.

Contact Adefemi:

Dr. Bryan A. Barker

PT, DPT, FMSC, TPI

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Bryan Barker has a dual focus in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. His strong background in treating orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions is enhanced by his deep consideration that each person is much more than just an injury or ailment. He utilizes individually-built, evidence-based treatment techniques to create lasting results for each of his patients. In addition to his orthopedic skill with all types of conditions, Dr. Barker’s strongest passion is helping athletes stay in the game and on the field injury-free. To enhance his expertise, Dr. Barker is actively pursuing an advanced certification in Strength and Conditioning, and currently holds a certification in Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen (FMSC).

With his wealth of knowledge, Bryan is the perfect doctor for an injured athlete. He won’t rest until they are back in the game and dominating the competition. As he mixes his passion with well-known science, the path to recovery goes from simply getting back to full strength to becoming better than they were.

Bryan is a true Scarlet Knight, having completed both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and Rutgers School of Health-Related Professions. He graduated as Salutatorian of his class and received awards for excellence in both Academics and Research. Dr. Barker is currently continuing his work with Rutgers as a co-investigator for a groundbreaking study on the Nintendo Wii. He and his fellow researchers are studying the addition of the Wii to therapeutic exercise programs and determining how it affects energy expenditure in patients with various types of conditions.

On his days off, Bryan is a serious saltwater fisherman and an avid golfer. A competitor at heart, he plays in local basketball leagues as well as the New Jersey Amateur Baseball League. You’ve probably experienced Bryan’s love of friendly competition firsthand at the office, as he challenges his fellow associates to take over his self-proclaimed title as “the best laundry-basket basketball shooter this side of the Mississippi!” He is forever thankful for his family and his wife, Stephanie, and credits his success to her love and support.

Contact Bryan:

Caitlin Feis, Organizational Assistant Office Manager

Caitlin Feis

Organizational Assistant Office Manager, Leadership Team Senior Executive

At each appointment on our Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday team, you will be welcomed by our Client Care Manager, Caitlin. She is here to ensure that your time with NJCPT is effortless so that you can focus on what is most important – achieving your physical therapy goals! In her role as your Reimbursement Liaison, Caitlin works alongside our Reimbursement Department to personally communicate with your insurance company and advocate for the care that you need. She puts her insurance expertise to use helping you navigate the insurance world and get every question you may have answered with confidence. Caitlin also loves learning about all of the families who come through our doors, and she is excited to get to know you!

Caitlin graduated from Drew University with a double major in French and Sociology. She also had the extraordinary opportunity of studying at the Sorbonne during a semester abroad in Paris. With work to be completed in two languages, Caitlin learned exceptional time management skills that translated to six Dean’s list awards, acceptance into the Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, and now to her role in our organization. With her passion for learning about other societies and cultures, Caitlin feels fulfilled to have an opportunity to help people every day here at NJCPT. She is a firm believer in taking every step she can, no matter how small, to make a positive difference in your day.

When she isn’t brightening the office with her friendly smile, you can find Caitlin at Fort Lee High School, where she is the color guard director and for the school’s marching band. She enjoys performing herself with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. During her free time, Caitlin finds relaxation in playing music, either on the guitar or the cello.

Contact Caitlin:

Dr. Adefemi Betiku, Physical Therapist

Dr. Adefemi A. Betiku

PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Femi Betiku is a highly adept Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Femi is dedicated to building a strong rapport with his patients to help each of them reach their goals by developing an individualized plan and employing the most up to date evidence-based approaches. He is passionate about both alleviating every patient’s symptoms and eradicating the underlying cause. Each patient is treated with compassion and understanding as Femi guides them through every step of the therapy process. He utilizes targeted manual therapy techniques and neuromuscular re-education to optimize success, so his patients can return to doing what they love. Dr. Betiku is also actively preparing for both his orthopedic board and manual therapy certifications.

Femi completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Rutgers University and went on to earn his Doctorate from New York University. While at NYU, Dr. Betiku broadened his skill sets working with St. John’s University Division 1 athletic teams and with children at a sensory integration pediatric practice. Through his experiences, Dr. Betiku has developed a deep passion for treating the most complex of musculoskeletal cases. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), as well as a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates teacher (PMA-CPT) with an emphasis in rehabilitative Pilates.

Contact Adefemi:

Dr. Christopher Rago, Physical Therapist

Dr. Christopher Rago

8 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Christopher Rago, Physical Therapist

Dr. Christopher Rago

PT, DPT

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Chris Rago brings multifaceted physical therapy expertise to our skilled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday team. He is avidly sought after for his extensive knowledge and passion in both orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Rago’s approach to patient care aligns with NJCPT’s philosophy because he delves into understanding each of his patients needs to provide individualized treatment plans to create better outcomes. Chris is actively preparing for his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences before continuing on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac. There, he was selected as the graduate assistant for the motion analysis lab, where he furthered his knowledge of the biomechanical model and its application to physical therapy. Specifically, Chris researched the effects of fatigue on lower extremity biomechanical control in athletes and was chosen to present his research at four nationally recognized conferences, including a trip out to San Diego to present at American College of Sports Medicine.

Contact Christopher:

Dr. Nick DiSomma 7 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Nick DiSomma

7 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Nick DiSomma 7 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Nick DiSomma

PT, DPT, CSCS

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Home Care Manager of Daily Operations

Dr. Nick DiSomma is a highly sought-after Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. Nick is a firm believer that functional movement is paramount to a patient exceeding their physical therapy goals, making it his quest in life to meticulously connect with each patient. Nick consistently exemplifies his expertise as a dedicated provider by utilizing the most up-to-date scientific research, cutting-edge medical techniques, and a hands-on healing approach unique to patient needs. Nick’s competitive stride is evident today, as he conquers challenges, turns injured athletes into champions, and stops at nothing for a solution throughout the rehabilitation process. With meticulous attention to detail, Nick knows what it takes to successfully run a top-notch team, executing leadership in his Clinic and Home Care Manager roles, each patient is successfully brought to full recovery.

Nick powered through his prestigious education, earning his Bachelor’s in Biology and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from well-respected Duquesne University. In addition, he was the recipient of the highly selective Atlantic 10 Post-Graduate Scholarship, which propelled his foundation for a profound, compassionate practice. Patients quickly discover that Nick makes each of their passions and goals his own. As a former athlete and the captain of his college soccer team, Dr. DiSomma understands the mindset of injured athletes and focuses intensely on neuromuscular re-education and strength training to achieve goals. Drawing upon a dynamic combination of integrative physical therapy to treat the whole person, Nick produces significant long-lasting results for all his patients.

Nick has earned his distinction within our organization, holding roles that elevate his professionalism as Clinic Manager, Home Care Manager, and is an active member of our Executive Leadership Team. Still an advocate for injury prevention, Dr. DiSomma coaches soccer leading The Montclair Kimberley team, and is a regular presenter at KIPP New Jersey, supporting athletics and academics for charter schools. On his off-days, you can find Nick always up for a sports debate and ready for game-time.

Contact Nick:

Dr. Melanie Eskin

7 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Melanie Eskin

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, SFMA, FMSC

Leadership Team Senior Executive,
Clinic Manager

Dr. Melanie Eskin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in sports and orthopedic physical therapy, including vestibular rehabilitation with a focus on concussions. She is a firm believer in the power of movement and its contribution to healing! Patients quickly discover that Melanie passionately leads her team as Clinic Manager, ensuring that patient care is her top priority and that each patient is individually receiving expert care.

Melanie graduated Summa Cum Lauda from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy in the accelerated 6-year program. While at Ramapo, she was an outfielder for her softball team. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University, where she was an active member of the student board for The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic, a student-run clinic for the community of Newark, NJ. While at Rutgers, Dr. Eskin was part of a team who developed a systematic review, titled, “For individuals with non-contact ACL rupture, is there evidence of hip rotation range of motion limitations?” She personally presented the research at one of the largest APTA conferences, Combined Sections Meeting, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Eskin is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Sports Physical Therapy Section.

Dr. Eskin successfully treats patients with orthopedic, sports, and neuromuscular conditions. Her success has been built on her years of experience using an individualized approach which draws from her personal athletic background, her dedicated work ethic, and meticulous patient examinations. These components have allowed Dr. Eskin to produce significant results for her patients. Melanie is able to connect and empathize with her patients as she herself has had to persevere after sustaining a collegiate softball career-ending injury during her senior year. Her passion for sports and orthopedics has led her to become certified in Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen as well as pursue her specialty in vestibular rehabilitation, double board certification in sports and orthopedic physical therapy, and various manual therapy certifications. These certifications are a testament to her tireless pursuit of excellence in the field of orthopedics!

Contact Melanie:

Dr. Christopher Rago, Physical Therapist

Dr. Christopher Rago

PT, DPT

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager

Dr. Chris Rago brings multifaceted physical therapy expertise to our skilled Monday, Wednesday, and Friday team. He is avidly sought after for his extensive knowledge and passion in both orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Rago’s approach to patient care aligns with NJCPT’s philosophy because he delves into understanding each of his patients needs to provide individualized treatment plans to create better outcomes. Chris is actively preparing for his Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences before continuing on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac. There, he was selected as the graduate assistant for the motion analysis lab, where he furthered his knowledge of the biomechanical model and its application to physical therapy. Specifically, Chris researched the effects of fatigue on lower extremity biomechanical control in athletes and was chosen to present his research at four nationally recognized conferences, including a trip out to San Diego to present at American College of Sports Medicine.

Contact Christopher:

Dr. Nick DiSomma 7 Years at NJCPT

Dr. Nick DiSomma

PT, DPT, CSCS

Leadership Team Senior Executive, Clinic Manager, Home Care Manager of Daily Operations

Dr. Nick DiSomma is a highly sought-after Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. Nick is a firm believer that functional movement is paramount to a patient exceeding their physical therapy goals, making it his quest in life to meticulously connect with each patient. Nick consistently exemplifies his expertise as a dedicated provider by utilizing the most up-to-date scientific research, cutting-edge medical techniques, and a hands-on healing approach unique to patient needs. Nick’s competitive stride is evident today, as he conquers challenges, turns injured athletes into champions, and stops at nothing for a solution throughout the rehabilitation process. With meticulous attention to detail, Nick knows what it takes to successfully run a top-notch team, executing leadership in his Clinic and Home Care Manager roles, each patient is successfully brought to full recovery.

Nick powered through his prestigious education, earning his Bachelor’s in Biology and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from well-respected Duquesne University. In addition, he was the recipient of the highly selective Atlantic 10 Post-Graduate Scholarship, which propelled his foundation for a profound, compassionate practice. Patients quickly discover that Nick makes each of their passions and goals his own. As a former athlete and the captain of his college soccer team, Dr. DiSomma understands the mindset of injured athletes and focuses intensely on neuromuscular re-education and strength training to achieve goals. Drawing upon a dynamic combination of integrative physical therapy to treat the whole person, Nick produces significant long-lasting results for all his patients.

Nick has earned his distinction within our organization, holding roles that elevate his professionalism as Clinic Manager, Home Care Manager, and is an active member of our Executive Leadership Team. Still an advocate for injury prevention, Dr. DiSomma coaches soccer leading The Montclair Kimberley team, and is a regular presenter at KIPP New Jersey, supporting athletics and academics for charter schools. On his off-days, you can find Nick always up for a sports debate and ready for game-time.

Contact Nick:

Dr. Melanie Eskin

PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, SFMA, FMSC

Leadership Team Senior Executive,
Clinic Manager

Dr. Melanie Eskin is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a dual focus in sports and orthopedic physical therapy, including vestibular rehabilitation with a focus on concussions. She is a firm believer in the power of movement and its contribution to healing! Patients quickly discover that Melanie passionately leads her team as Clinic Manager, ensuring that patient care is her top priority and that each patient is individually receiving expert care.

Melanie graduated Summa Cum Lauda from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy in the accelerated 6-year program. While at Ramapo, she was an outfielder for her softball team. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University, where she was an active member of the student board for The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic, a student-run clinic for the community of Newark, NJ. While at Rutgers, Dr. Eskin was part of a team who developed a systematic review, titled, “For individuals with non-contact ACL rupture, is there evidence of hip rotation range of motion limitations?” She personally presented the research at one of the largest APTA conferences, Combined Sections Meeting, in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Eskin is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Sports Physical Therapy Section.

Dr. Eskin successfully treats patients with orthopedic, sports, and neuromuscular conditions. Her success has been built on her years of experience using an individualized approach which draws from her personal athletic background, her dedicated work ethic, and meticulous patient examinations. These components have allowed Dr. Eskin to produce significant results for her patients. Melanie is able to connect and empathize with her patients as she herself has had to persevere after sustaining a collegiate softball career-ending injury during her senior year. Her passion for sports and orthopedics has led her to become certified in Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen as well as pursue her specialty in vestibular rehabilitation, double board certification in sports and orthopedic physical therapy, and various manual therapy certifications. These certifications are a testament to her tireless pursuit of excellence in the field of orthopedics!

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