SPEAR’s original, flagship location is centrally located with easy access by subway or bus, and proximity to east side hospitals and the doctors in midtown and the Upper East Side. Many of our 56th Street patients either work or live in the area.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy
Patrick Watson is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Midtown – East 56th Street location. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Hofstra University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Patrick focuses on the treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries. Over his career, Patrick has personally experienced a wide range of injuries, which required him to go to physical therapy, each time returning to play lacrosse. These experiences lead Patrick to realize that PT was a profession that would allow him to have a positive effect on others. This valuable experience, coupled with the personal insight of the required hard work and partnership between the patient and physical therapist, is leading to his patients’ success and excellent results. The application of his physical therapy education to patient treatment demonstrates that successful physical therapy plans consist of a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to assist patients to return to optimal levels of function and reach their goals.
Masters in Physical Therapy
David Endres is the co-founder of SPEAR Physical Therapy, Head of SPEAR Project Management and is the Chief Clinical Compliance Officer. After graduating from Touro College with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Dave worked for the NYC Board of Education treating children with severe physical disabilities and gaining extensive experience in an outpatient physical therapy setting. He now concentrates his practice in orthopedics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and the treatment of sports injury. Dave has varied experience in competitive sports on a recreational, inter-collegiate and professional level. Before starting his physical therapy graduate studies, Dave played numerous professional squash tournaments throughout the Northeast and worked as a teaching pro in NYC. He now continues to play squash recreationally and has coupled his knowledge of technique with expertise in biomechanics to effectively treat and prevent injury in the players of all levels. He has worked with the Squash Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal and treats local and visiting PSA/SDA players on a regular basis. Dave has a strong passion for family, the outdoors and life. He spends most of his free time surfing, skiing, bike riding and attending his sons sporting events.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Emily Ward graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi after receiving her degree in Exercise Science of Kinesiology from Mississippi College. As Captain and MVP, she played four years of college tennis and was certified as a tennis teaching professional. Emily has experience working in a level one trauma center in the outpatient setting, treating primarily ortho-trauma cases and sports related injuries. She has also worked internationally in the British West Indies. In Anguilla, BWI, she implemented injury prevention and training programs to athletes, worked with local clientele, and volunteered in the PT realm with several nonprofit foundations. She then moved to NYC to work as head physical therapist and performance coach for Sportime (John McEnroe Tennis Academy). Emily has experience working with Adidas and top players from the WTA and ATP tour. Emily, a southern girl, born and raised in Mississippi, is an adventure seeker with a passion for exploring the world. In her free time, she enjoys working out, playing tennis, eating, and spending time with her friends and family.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Justin Aquino became interested in physical therapy during his senior year of high school when his brother required rehabilitation for his knee. His goal of becoming a physical therapist grew during his junior year of college when he fractured his ankle that required surgery. He experienced firsthand the effects of PT and the type of relationship a patient has with a therapist, which he wanted to provide to others as a career. Justin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at New York Medical College (NYMC) and his BS in Applied Kinesiology from Rutgers University. During his time at NYMC, Justin has had exposure to outpatient orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, and inpatient rehab on a brain injury unit. Justin’s clinical interests involve orthopedics, sport-specific training, vestibular rehabilitation, and injury prevention. With a focus on working with athletes at all levels, he strives to assist individuals to perform at the highest level possible in all sports. Being a runner himself and having participated in a running analysis project during his graduate education, Justin hopes to make an impact in the running community for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Justin was born and raised in New Jersey. When Justin is not in the clinic or classroom, he enjoys playing basketball, exploring for new and popular food spots, playing guitar or cajon, or simply relaxing with his friends and family. He is always eager to try new activities to reach new personal goals.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Helen earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Medical College and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, specializing in Physiology. Helen gained her exposure to physical therapy through her mother, who required rehabilitation from a chronic hip injury she sustained more than 20 years ago. Helen’s clinical experiences include a variety of inpatient hospital and outpatient private clinic settings. She has primarily worked with patients with orthopedic and neurological pathologies, but also has experience in areas such as rehab for cardiac and oncology patients. During the course of her education and practice, she has developed a profound interest in the area of Women’s Health, and more specifically injuries related to the pre- and post-pregnancy periods. Helen hopes to develop her clinical specialty in this area, and also hopes to contribute to the spread of knowledge related to women’s health to the general public. Born in China, Helen grew up in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada, and moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue her graduate degree. She loves to travel and enjoys all types of cultural exchanges. In her free time, Helen loves to sing, cook and is also an experienced wedding makeup artist. She stays active through running, hiking and enjoys any activity that is not sitting!
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Aleksandra earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009 from Hunter College in NYC. She came to the United States with her family from Poland when she was 13 years old. In high school, she enjoyed playing soccer and tennis, eventually injuring her knee, which led to her discovery of physical therapy. She soon became fascinated by the human body and pursued her passion of becoming a physical therapist. Aleksandra has experience in outpatient sports therapy, as well as inpatient acute care and acute rehabilitation spinal cord injury. In addition, Aleksandra has experience in home care which she still enjoys. Aleksandra has taken extensive continuing education courses geared towards outpatient manual therapy and continues to seek out learning opportunities whenever she can. In her free time, Aleksandra enjoys working out, playing tennis and traveling the world.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Kathy earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. Kathy was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she began her athletic career at the young age of 2. She began training as a gymnast and later added track and field to her repertoire. After finishing her undergraduate studies, she moved to Chicago to pursue a job in pharmaceutical and biomedical advertising. A few years later, she realized something was missing from her career. She then returned to her passion of helping people and the love of human movement by pursuing a career as a physical therapist. Kathy’s clinical experience includes orthopedics, neuromuscular and subacute rehabilitation, athletic injury treatment and prevention, and return to sport. She enjoys working with people of all ages from young adults to the geriatric population. Her future career goals include expanding her training in pelvic floor and women’s health physical therapy. Her passion as a physical therapy clinician is deeply rooted in her desire to help patients reach their personal goals and provide them with education on how the body moves. Kathy believes that education is an integral part of the healing process. In her free time, Kathy enjoys baking, being outdoors, hiking, boating, traveling, and wanting to rescue every puppy she sees.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Tom earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Springfield College and his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Binghamton University. Throughout his clinical experiences he gained exposure to a wide variety of patient populations, including ICU, cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro, and orthopedic/sports. During his clinical experience, Tom developed a passion for providing the highest quality evidence-based care. He believes in a holistic treatment approach and that patient education is the most powerful tool that physical therapists possess. Tom’s clinical interests include orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and loves promoting health and wellness to everyone around him. In his free time, Tom enjoys biking, hiking, playing recreational sports, and spending time with his friends and family. Tom also frequently participates in competitive powerlifting, with personal records of 580 lbs. squat, 330 lbs. bench press, and 667 lbs. deadlift.
Sebastian received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science & his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. During his academic experience, Sebastian worked in a myriad of facilities & rehab centers. He completed his final rotation at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS with a focus on tactile military orthopedic conditions & inpatient rehabilitation. Sebastian is a native of Queens. Prior to playing Division I Soccer at Sacred Heart University, Sebastian played for Archbishop Molloy High School & was a player for the New York Cosmos Development Academy. Sebastian’s exposure to the melting pot of NYC led to his interest in a profession with a common “language” – that common language was exercise & movement. Sebastian’s involvement in volunteering, sports, & academia guided him to pursue a career in health. He explored different physical therapy settings & was instantly attracted to a career in which individuals start living a better life.
Shaun earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University & his Bachelor of Arts in music education & performance from California State University – Dominguez Hills. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Shaun was a professional musician in Los Angeles. Shaun was first introduced to physical therapy while recovering from a hand injury. The process of healing from a difficult injury led him to pursue physical therapy as a career in order to help others regain function & lifestyle. Shaun has worked with patients of many backgrounds, including high-level athletes, musicians, & children. He is currently becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. Having been an educator for over a decade, Shaun ensures his patients fully understand their injuries. Shaun was born & raised in Los Angeles & still enjoys the beach. He loves hiking, bicycling, weight lifting, skiing, performing & composing music, wine tasting, traveling, & discovering new foods with his wife.
Matt earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago and his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Matt began the first three years of his clinical practice in Chicago, treating a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical orthopedic conditions. He practiced physical therapy for five years in Los Angeles before eventually moving to New York City. Matt’s clinical interests include orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, and gait analysis for runners. He has extensive experience treating patients who have undergone arthroscopic procedures for the spine and the joints of the arms and legs. Matt has a passion for helping patients reach their goals and improve their overall health and wellness. In his free time, Matt enjoys long-distance running, weightlifting, snowboarding, hiking, playing team sports and spending time with his friends and family. Matt is a fan of Chicago’s sports teams, including the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs/White Sox and Bulls.
PT, DPT, MS
Brooke earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Master’s degree in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science from the University of Delaware. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Miami. Brooke’s interest in physical therapy began when she was young; she always had a passion for science and a desire to apply this interest to helping others. She views the relationship between a physical therapist and a patient to be much like a team. Every individual is different and requires a unique exercise prescription in order to improve their quality of life. Brooke takes the time to truly listen to her patients and develop an appropriate plan that addresses each person’s concerns, goals, and aspirations for the future.Brooke is originally from Bucks County, PA. She recently moved to New York from Phoenix, AZ, where she was working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic treating a wide range of diagnoses. Her clinical experience includes working in the areas of geriatrics, post-operative rehabilitation, orthopedic injuries, low back pain, total joint replacement, sports medicine, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. Additionally, Brooke is certified with LSVT BIG, a program that utilizes evidence-based research and is specifically designed to work with patients who have a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her friends and family, going to the beach, traveling the world, and hiking. She has a passion for exercise, nature, and animals.