Puja Agarwal, PT, DPT, Manager, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is Early Intervention certified, LSVT certified, vestibular certified (Emory, 2011): A 1994 Physical Therapy graduate from Delhi University, India, Puja has been employed in the US since 1995 and at Phelps since July of 2007. She has more than two decades of experience as a physical therapist in hospital-based settings, including balance and vestibular rehabilitation, pediatrics, neurology and aquatherapy. Puja speaks English, Hindi and Spanish.
Matt Landfield, PT, Manager, Acute Rehab, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: A 1997 graduate in PT from CUNY/SUNY Hunter College, Summa Cum Laude, Matt spent the first eight years of his career at Phelps, moving from Staff PT to Supervisor. He then spent three years as the first Director of Rehab Services (PT, OT, and Speech Therapy) at Kendal on Hudson, the continuing care retirement community located on the Phelps campus. Returning to Phelps in 2008 as Manager and Coordinator of Clinical Education, Matt also serves as staff orientation and community presenter on back care and body mechanics, a primary Acute Rehab Intake Coordinator, and enjoys treating both acute care and outpatients as time allows. His experience spans geriatrics and fall prevention, craniosacral, myofascial release, and visceral manipulation manual therapies.
Ava Loresca Dela Cruz, PT, DPT, Supervisor: Ava received her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2011, having previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in PT from the University of the Philippines, Manila in 2000. Ava has worked in acute care, homecare, and outpatient settings and as a team therapist for rugby teams in Dubai and Pakistan. She is experienced in orthopedics and sports rehab, aquatherapy and pediatrics.
Deborah McCallion, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Deborah has been employed at Phelps since 1993, specializing in and leading the Acute and Orthopedic Inpatient Physical Therapy team. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, 1973. Deborah is NDT certified and a dementia specialist. Her experience spans orthopedics, acute care and geriatrics.
Joanne Gelsi, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: A member of the Phelps Rehab team since 1994, Joanne specializes in general orthopedic outpatient physical therapy treatment. She graduated in PT from The University of Connecticut in 1982. Her experience is in pelvic floor, aquatherapy and orthopedics.
Michelle Imperato, MSPT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Graduating with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2003, Michelle has been employed at Phelps since 2004. She has been a vital part of building and implementing the hospital-wide computer documentation system and is a multilingual therapist (Spanish, Portuguese and English). Her experience spans vestibular rehabilitation, orthopedics, pediatrics and aquatherapy.
Leslie Sims, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I, LSVT certifed: After graduating from the University of Miami in December 1998 with a Master’s Degree in PT, Leslie started her career Phelps. She practiced in New York City for several years then rejoined the Phelps family. Leslie earned certification in LSVT for Parkinson’s disease treatment. She also has experience in orthopedics and balance.
Kara Turturro, MSPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Kara graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master’s degree in PT in 2007 and began her career at Phelps. She enjoys working with a diverse caseload of patients, both inpatients and outpatients. Her experience lies in orthopedic manual therapy, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and aquatherapy.
Julie Lee, PT, CLT-LANA, Senior Therapist, Level II: Julie graduated from New York University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy in 1991 and earned an advanced Masters in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 1997. Julie joined the Phelps Rehab team in 2009. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA), and has vast experience in pelvic floor therapy and orthopedics.
Christina Ronco, MPT, CCCE, Senior Therapist, Level II: Graduating with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from of Hunter College in 2005, Christina has extensive experience with orthopedic and sports medicine patients, utilizing various treatment techniques including kinesiotaping and Graston technique. Christina is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and acts as the center coordinator of clinical education for the physical therapy department. Employed at Phelps since February 2008, Christina is fluent in Spanish and English. Her experience spans manual orthopedic therapy, aquatherapy, neurology and amputees.
Alfred Banan, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Alfred graduated with a Physical Therapy degree from EAC Manila, Philippines, 1992. He has been employed at Phelps since 2008, working extensively with acute rehab and medical inpatients requiring aggressive rehabilitation from post-surgical procedures and medical conditions. Alfred is also experienced in outpatient care and returned to it in the Spring of 2015 with experience in geriatrics, manual therapy, wound care, and lymphedema.
Aaron Frazier, MSPT, ATP, Senior Physical Therapist, Level I: Aaron earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2002. He holds a certification as an Assistive Technology Professional, evaluating patient needs for wheelchair and assistive communication devices. Aaron is experienced in working with patients with multiple handicaps (including congenital) and developing adaptive seating and positioning equipment. His experience includes Army Master’s Fitness Trainer for developing soldier readiness, orthopedics, aquatherapy, neurology, amputees and wheelchair evaluations.
Jimmy Nunez, DPT: Jimmy is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at New York Medical College and has a B.S in Biology from Bucknell University. He has been a member of the Phelps family since September 2011. Jimmy has rotated through outpatient, acute rehabilitation and for the past 2 years has been lead physical therapist for Phelps inpatients, seeing a wide variety of acute medical diagnoses and facilitating appropriate and safe discharges. Jimmy is fluent in English and Spanish.
Rachel Friedman, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: A graduate of Russell Sage College, 1991 in Physical Therapy, Rachel joined Phelps in October 2011. She has worked as a traveling therapist throughout the country in sub-acute, homecare, and inpatient rehabilitation settings, and outpatient orthopedics. She has trained in the Alexander Technique (popular among artists to improve posture, prevent overuse injuries) and is a Certified Kripalu-style Yoga instructor.
Michael T. Sullivan, DPT, CLT, Senior Therapist, Level I: A graduate of Columbia University where he earned a Masters Degree and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2004), Michael brings to Phelps seven years of inpatient experience at White Plains Hospital, where he was exposed to a wide variety of acute medical diagnoses. He has experience with wound care, acute orthopedics and aquatherapy. He holds certification in lymphedema.
Maritza Caldwell, PT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Maritza brings more than two decades of Physical Therapy experience in the U.S. and her home country of Colombia to Phelps. She received her MA in Exercise Science from Montclair State University in 2003 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UMDNJ in 2011. Specializing in neurology and manual therapy, Maritza was a Professor of Physical Therapy in Colombia before coming to the US. She was the Chief PT at Bronx Lebanon Hospital prior to joining Phelps. Maritza holds certification in manual therapy and motor control techniques.
Ron Lynch, PT, Senior Therapist, Level II: Ron graduated from Hunter College in 1991 with a degree in Physical therapy. He joined Phelps after more than 20 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers as Chief Physical Therapist, treating inpatients and outpatients. His experience and expertise lie in orthopedics, aquatherapy and acute inpatient care.
Joseph Mordus, PT, DPT, MPH, EMR, Senior Physical Therapist, Level II:A graduate of SUNY Oneonta in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, Joseph also has national certification in personal fitness training (2005) and is a trained emergency medical responder with advanced CPR and life preservation training. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 and a concurrent Masters of Public Health specializing in Health policy and Management in 2012, both from New York Medical College. Joe has been working as an outpatient physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, and joined the Phelps Rehab team in 2014.
Rachel Berliner, PT, DPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Rachel joined the Phelps Physical Medicine team in March 2015. She enjoys working with a diverse patient population and brings experience from various neurological and orthopedic outpatient physical therapy clinics in NYC. In 2009, Rachel earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy following her Bachelor Degree of Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University. She received an APTA sponsored certification from Emory University in vestibular rehabilitation in 2014.
Jane Jacob, DPT, Senior Therapist, Level I: Jane graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. She worked for more than five years in private outpatient practice where she earned her certification in lymphedema therapy. Jane joined Phelps in October 2015 and treats orthopedic and oncology/lymphedema-related outpatients as well as medical and acute rehab inpatients.
George Eastmond, PTA: George earned an AAS at Laguardia community college in 1992, and carries more than 20 years of experience in multiple settings including long-term care, hospice, home care, and hospitals. He has been employed at Phelps since 1993, working in acute care, the outpatient department, and aquatherapy.