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Meet the staff

We have very experienced physical therapists on staff who specialize in treating a wide range of diagnoses. Our therapists are compassionate and eager to help you achieve your physical therapy goals and return you to a pain free and healthy lifestyle.

Enrique Arencibia, PT

Enrique Arencibia has been a physical therapist since 1995. At the beginning of his professional career, he worked for Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. During this time he worked with patients suffering from a multitude of disorders: Strokes, Cystic Fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart/Lung Transplants, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and various Orthopedic conditions. Additionally, Enrique assisted teaching neurology classes and participated with gait analysis studies at Columbia.

For the past ten years Enrique has been working in outpatient orthopedic settings. In 2005 he opened Mile Square Physical Therapy with his business partner, Shelley. During this time, he continued to advance his manual skills by taking various courses such as McKenzie, Maitland and Functional Orthopedics. These courses and his experience have enabled him to have a greater number of treatment approaches when creating a personalized plan of care for his patients.

Over the past decade, Enrique has been incorporating his love for Yoga with physical therapy, as a way to modify his own posture and movement patterns, as well as his patients. He finds himself frequently turning to Yoga postures in combination with his manual skills to help his patients achieve their goals. Enrique was a Yoga student of the Bright Spirit Teacher Training school here in Hoboken and has a very holistic hands-on approach with his patients. Today, a typical treatment with him may involve looking at movement pattern dysfunctions in the low back and hip in order to resolve a shoulder injury. He may choose from a number of manual techniques or handpicked yoga postures to release tension or re-educate the body's movement patterns.

Education:
Quinnipiac University

Continuing Education Courses:

Maitland (neck and back)

McKenzie (neck and back)

Mulligans (neck and back)

 

Dr. Shelley Palumbo, PT, DPT

Dr. Shelley Palumbo, PT, DPT is co-owner of Mile Square Physical Therapy. She has been a physical therapist since 1999. Her experience and continuing education enable her to effectively diagnose and treat all types of patient injuries. She is passionate about learning and growing as a physical therapist and takes advantage of courses that fine tune her skills. Most recently she has completed coursework in full body Active Release Technique (ART) and treatment of the multisport athlete.

Shelley is an avid surfer and triathlete. She is a member of the Gold Coast Triathlon Club in Hoboken. Her training program has given her a lot of insight to the treatment of athletic injuries. Being an athlete herself, her goal is to get her patients back to their active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. She understands how important it is to not only treat injuries effectively, but prevent them as well. She uses a whole body approach to her evaluation. She not only looks at the injured area, but other possible muscle imbalances, or postural weaknesses that could have contributed to the injury, or be affecting the healing time.

In addition to treating sport related injuries, Shelley enjoys a diverse patient population. This includes anything from pediatric patients with torticollus, ergonomic related strains of the neck and back, as well as balance and gait issues in the elderly.

Education:

Undergraduate:
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Beaver College, Glenside, PA

Post-Graduate:Masters:

Beaver College, Glenside, PA

Doctorate:
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ

Continuing Education Courses:

Full Body ART

Current Concepts of the Knee and Shoulder

Maitland (neck and back)

McKenzie (neck and back)

Mulligans (neck and back)

Advanced Concepts in Orthopedics

Pilates for Rehabilitation

Treatment of Multisport & Endurance Athletes

Analyzing the Runner

Return to Golf for the Rehab Specialist

 

Dr. Tim Abraham, PT, DPT

Tim graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University where he was the Vice President of his class and completed internships all around the country, including one with the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team. While at Columbia, Tim served as a teacher’s assistant for several courses including Gross Anatomy, Examination and Evaluation, and Kinesiology & Biomechanics. He was also a vital member of a study published in The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy that analyzed the effects of a manual therapy technique known as strain-counterstrain on pain.

Tim is currently seeking certifications as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Tim Abraham has a keen eye for faulty movement patterns and body mechanics. A firm believer that injuries are often the direct result of poor habits with respect to movement, he strives to discover, correct, and then educate a patient on the true cause of an injury.

Tim is an avid sports fan who will watch, play, or talk about any sport imaginable. His favorite teams include the Green Bay Packers, New York Yankees, New Jersey Devils, and North Carolina Tar Heels. 

Continuing Education Courses

Science of Running Medicine

 

Dr. William Ayers, PT, DPT

 

Dr. Will Ayers, PT, DPT has experience in a variety of settings and enjoys working with patients of all ages and impairments. He practices with compassion for his patients and formulates an individualized treatment plan based on their needs and goals. Will spends maximum hands-on time with his patients and requires an open line of communication to facilitate a quick and enjoyable recovery.

Will also is a Certified Yoga Instructor.

Education:

Post-Graduate:

UMDNJ, Doctorate of Physical Therapy 

Continuing Education:

Kinesiotaping University, KT1

ACL Tear Prevention and Rehabilitation

 

Dr. Shane Connors, PT, DPT

Dr. Shane Connors, PT, DPT has been an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist practicing in NY and NJ since his graduation from Ithaca College in 2010. Shane has come across a wide variety of patients with various musculoskeletal impairments in his time as a physical therapist and strongly believes that no matter how large or small the problem area is all injuries and patients deserve the best quality care.

Shane received his doctorate in physical therapy following his research on posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction and continues to emphasize researched based therapy in his daily interventions for his patients. Shane will educate his patients on their current injury and will progress them towards full recovery and how to properly train their bodies to prevent aggravation injuries associate with premature return to play.

In his free time Shane enjoys staying active through running, hiking, working out, playing basketball and baseball.

Education:

Undergraduate and Graduate programs

Ithaca college, Ithaca, NY

Continuing Education

Great Lakes mayofacial release

Maitland Spine 

Great Lakes mobilizations of the cervical and thoracic spine and ribs

David Butler: Chronic and Phantom Pain

HVLA mobilizations and manipulations  

 

Dr. Benjamin Gertzog, PT, DPT

 

Dr. Benjamin Gertzog, PT, DPT is outgoing and energetic, and will help make your physical therapy experience a good one.  Ben has been involved in multiple aspects of physical therapy and strives to utilize all of his knowledge and techniques in order to provide comprehensive treatment.  While performing his post-graduate clinical affiliations, he treated high school and college athletes with concussions to help return them to full participation.  Ben also gained experience with Schroth based postural assessment techniques which are used to treat scoliosis.  He utilizes this method to assist in treating individuals with all types of postural issues.  This includes people who have poor posture from sitting at a desk too long to those who were born with specific postural deviations.  Ben has recently added cupping to his list of services that he provides, which was very popular with Olympic athletes in Rio's 2016 Summer Olympics.  

Education: 

Graduate:

Rutgers University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 

 

 

Dr. Caroline Hickey, PT, DPT, CSCS

 

Dr. Caroline Hickey, PT, DPT, CSCS is a recent graduate of the Rutgers University (formerly The University of Medicine and Dentistry) Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Newark, NJ.  Her experience includes acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and her favorite- outpatient orthopedics.  Additionally, she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist giving her an edge in helping patients improve athletic performance.  

Caroline gives patients the confidence, reassurance, education, and laughs required to have an enjoyable and effective physical therapy experience.  Manual, hands-on therapy and precise exercise form are two things she emphasizes. Caroline is a former lacrosse and soccer player, and strives to learn about the physical demands of all of her patients' interesting hobbies.  When not at work, Caroline leads an active lifestyle at the gym, at the barre, at the beach, and or, listening to Adele in the car. 

Education:

Undergraduate:

James Madison University, 2012, Magna Cum Laude

Graduate:

Rutgers University, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Continuing Education:

Great Lakes Comprehensive Treatment of the Shoulder

Certifications / Memberships:

American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedics Section

National Strength and Conditioning Association

Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) (AHA)

Volunteer Experiences:

Special Olympics

Girls on the Run Coach, Montclair, NJ

 

Dr. Jessica Swisher, PT, DPT

Dr. Jessica Swisher, PT, DPT has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2009. She has treated all ages in a wide variety of settings including hospital based outpatient, home health, and acute care. Additionally, she has worked as a traveling PT and has licensure in many states including New York, Utah, and California proving a well versed physical therapist. Jessica believes it is important to establish a unique treatment plan utilizing her manual skills in combination with developing a professional rapport with patients. Her energetic and friendly personality positively affect patient's treatment and outcomes. In her spare time, she enjoys running, skiing, singing karaoke and watching sports. 

Education:

Undergraduate and Graduate:
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Continuing Education Courses:

Kinesiotaping Fundamentals & Advanced Treatment

Optimum Balance Training for Vestibular Rehabilitation

Kessler Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Optimizing Recovery

Hands on Seminars Manual Therapy Approach for Lumbar spine Pathology

North American Sports Medicine Institute Selective Functional Movement Assessment

 

 

 

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