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SPEAR’s brand new 4,000-plus square foot Upper West Side clinic is conveniently located street level in the landmark Astor residential building and steps from the Beacon Theatre, Central Park and 72nd street subway lines. A bright, spacious location with a sleek, industrial feel, the 75th Street cli...

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MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Alyssa Reyes, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Alyssa earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Masters in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science, and Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware. Alyssa was involved in physical therapy research through both UD’s ADaPT program (Advancing Diversity in Physical Therapy) and the Peter White Fellowship as an undergraduate regarding muscle activation patterns for patients post-operative TKA. While completing her graduate coursework, Alyssa also served as the chairperson for Delaware’s SSIG (Student Special Interest Group) during the 2nd year of her studies, and took part in organizing an event in conjunction with local Girl Scout troops to promote the physical therapy profession within the community. Alyssa’s passion for the profession stems from receiving an overwhelmingly positive experience to rehab for a rotator cuff injury in high school. She has experience in outpatient sports and orthopedics, outpatient neurology and geriatrics, pediatrics, inpatient acute care, and inpatient acute rehabilitation settings. Alyssa’s overall goal is to make a lasting impact on NYC’s community by increasing self-confidence by helping patients regain function. Her clinical interests range from vestibular therapy and fall prevention to running analysis and rehabilitation. She plans to receive her vestibular certification and manual therapy certifications in the future. Alyssa was raised in the suburbs of Delaware, and is excited to make her way to NYC. She enjoys going on runs through the park, searching Yelp for the greatest food spots in the city, attending live shows, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Benjamin Kraus, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Benjamin Kraus earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Nutrition Promotion from Ithaca College. Benjamin’s clinical experience includes orthopedics, sports medicine, neurological rehabilitation and pediatrics. Currently, Ben is working towards his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. During his tenure at Ithaca College, Ben participated in several clinical research projects, including projects pertaining to Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rehabilitation and a rare variation of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). In fact, in 2017, he had the honor of presenting the GBS case report at the annual Combined Sections Meeting, the largest physical therapy conference in the country. Ben participated on the Ithaca College Men’s Club Baseball Team, worked as a Home Healthcare Aide for a teenager with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and studied abroad for a semester in Barcelona, Spain. Benjamin’s interest in the physical therapy profession began in his early teens, when he volunteered at Children’s Specialized Hospital. His interest in becoming a physical therapist peaked after his sister underwent two ACL reconstructions and several of his close family members had to endure extensive physical therapy from debilitating injuries. Ben’s clinical interests include working with athletes, of all ages and levels, pre and post-operative conditions, and musculoskeletal diagnoses utilizing manual therapy & therapeutic exercise. His rehabilitation philosophy is to empower his patients to reach their rehabilitation goals and to become increasingly independent in self-managing their conditions. Ben’s interests and hobbies, outside of the clinic, include sports, both participating and spectating, running, strength training, traveling, cooking, and nutrition.

Jamie Kinkler, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Jamie graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University after receiving her degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Applied Kinesiology from Rutgers University. She is a member of the APTA Orthopedics Section. While at Drexel, Jamie completed clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics where she treated various sport and non-sport related injuries and completed functional training with patients needing to return to physically demanding jobs. She also completed a rotation in vestibular rehabilitation, where she treated patients rehabilitating from concussions, with balance impairments, and those with differing forms of vertigo. She appreciates the ability to bring her knowledge of the vestibular system to an outpatient orthopedic setting. Jamie grew up competitively dancing and playing soccer. The combination of these activities allowed her to appreciate how a well-rounded approach to physical fitness can help prevent injuries. She was a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company in college and played intramural soccer throughout her undergraduate and graduate schooling. She continues to enjoy these activities and also stays active by running, weight-lifting, yoga, and skiing. Jamie aims to provide individualized, thorough care to all of her patients. Her goal is to help patients overcome physical and mental barriers to achieve maximal function and to return to the things they love. In addition to providing care in a clinical setting, Jamie supports individuals’ pursuits to be active by participating as a medical volunteer for events such as the NYC Marathon and the Penn Relays.

Kramer Jakubek, PT, DPT, CSCS

PT, DPT, CSCS

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Kramer earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with honors from Ithaca College, where he minored in Sport and Exercise Psychology. During his time at Ithaca College, Kramer was a member of the Men’s Swim Team where he served as Captain during his senior year. He was also a member of the Track and Field Team as a High Jumper, where he earned all-state and all-conference accolades. Kramer has extensive experience in treating a variety of conditions and patients in the outpatient and orthopedics/sports Physical Therapy setting, with special interests in treating post operative conditions such as ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic hip procedures. Kramer went on to further his clinical expertise by becoming an HSS Rehabilitation Network Advanced Hip Clinician, as well as a Level 2 Golf Medical Professional as designated by Titleist Performance Institute. Kramer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has additional specializations in Functional Movement Screening and Selective Functional Movement Assessment to further utilize a full body approach in treating his patients so they can achieve their full potential and reduce risk of future injury. In his free time, Kramer enjoys playing golf, hiking, traveling, and participating in sports leagues in NYC including softball and flag football. He is also an avid fan of the New York Mets and Minnesota Vikings.

Bianca Ambrosino, PT, DPT, CSCS

PT, DPT, CSCS

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Bianca Ambrosino earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University, where she also received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Before attending PT school, Bianca worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Bianca’s clinical experience includes acute care rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics and pelvic floor physical therapy. Bianca enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions; she is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Bianca is passionate about women’s health/pelvic floor rehabilitation, earning her Pelvic Floor 1 Certification through Herman and Wallace. Bianca has always loved stay active—growing up, she participated in dance, martial arts and was a member of the swim team. These days, she stays active by attending CrossFit workouts, yoga and hiking, and enjoys traveling, cooking and exploring the city.

Emily Griffin, PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Emily Griffin earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida, where she graduated with High Honors and completed advanced courses in manual therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Syracuse University. Born in Utica, New York and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, Emily was always involved in sports, playing volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse in high school. She was a member of the Syracuse University Women’s Club Lacrosse team, where she served as Captain and President for two years. During her time at the University of St. Augustine, Emily gained clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, and geriatrics in a skilled nursing facility. In addition to her clinical rotations, Emily collaborated with a classmate, professor, and local pediatric physical therapist to develop and implement a community educational seminar on typical gross motor development and at-home interventions for children ages 0-6. She also had the opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling to new places, working out, watching and participating in sports, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Dearwater, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Michelle Dearwater received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in New York City. Michelle has a diverse background in business, graduating Cum Laude from San Diego State University in 2005. After changing gears and going back to school to pursue her true passion, Michelle became a Physical Therapist in order to help the lives of others. Michelle has had extensive clinical experience in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, gait training, post-operative care, and neurorehabilitation. While attending PT school, Michelle volunteered at several pro bono clinics throughout the city. In addition, she completed research to improve functional activities for persons with spinal cord injuries using specialized training in aerobics, strength conditioning and manually resisted balance techniques. During her former education, Michelle lived and studied in Singapore and had the opportunity to travel throughout South East Asia. Michelle was first introduced to PT as a varsity soccer player with an ACL injury and had her own journey to recovery. Michelle lives an active lifestyle, loves to travel, be outdoors and enjoys adventure. Always a sports fan, she loves an opportunity for a good game and enjoys friendly competition.

Emma Codman, DPT

DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Emma Codman earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science, with a Psychology concentration, from Northeastern University, where she graduated with honors. While at Northeastern, she researched cardiovascular health in dancers with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and also served as part of the leadership team for “Relay for Life,” which raised funds for the American Cancer Society. She has treated patients of all ages and gained clinical experience in orthopedic rehabilitation, dance medicine rehabilitation, and pediatrics. While completing a 14-week clinical program focused on women’s health, she also gained experience treating patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and pain. She has received her Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 certification and is a member of the APTA Section on Women’s Health. Emma was a dancer while growing up and first became passionate about physical therapy via her own experiences with post-injury rehabilitation. She enjoys helping patients get back to doing what they love and aims to use physical therapy as a means of empowering them to be confident in themselves and their bodies. In her free time, Emma enjoys traveling, exploring New York City, finding new and delicious places to eat, cooking new recipes, and staying active through running, yoga, and weight training.

Michelle Troiano, PT, DPT

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Michelle Troiano earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia (currently Augusta University) after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia. Michelle has clinical experience in orthopedics, acute care, performing arts, and pediatrics. Her current interests include orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and performing arts medicine. Michelle is an active member of the APTA of which she is a member of the Orthopedics section and Performing Arts Special Interest Group. Michelle has spent the past five years practicing physical therapy in multiple outpatient clinics, Broadway, and Off Broadway shows. Her interest in physical therapy started at a young age while attending multiple therapy sessions with her younger brother and seeing the positive impact his physical therapists were making to improve his life. Michelle’s focus and passion is to help her patients achieve their goals and return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Michelle grew up in Georgia and moved to New York City in 2013. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering on her beloved Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs!) and all Atlanta sports teams, exploring the city, attending Pilates Reformer classes, and seeing Broadway shows.

Eric Finkelstein, PT

PT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Eric Finkelstein earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca Colleg, where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Exercise Science. Eric’s clinical experience includes working in orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, return-to-sport, injury prevention, and pediatrics. Toward the end of his time at Ithaca, Eric conducted research on total knee replacements, and on how various patient factors effects the rehab process. Eric invested his time well at Ithaca College in his pursuit of both clinical and extracurricular activities. He worked at the college’s physical therapy clinic with a soccer player rehabilitating from an ACL injury. He also helped an individual return to walking after the patient suffered a stroke. Eric became involved working with a group of his peers to build injury preventative programs for various club sports teams, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, equestrian, and dance. On top of his clinical experience, Eric served as a teaching assistant for Anatomy and Physiology for four years. He served as a manager for Ithaca’s Women’s varsity volleyball team, as well as a player and a coach for the Men’s Club volleyball team. Eric believes it is important to treat the whole patient; he takes a large focus on the physical aspects of a condition, taking care not to neglect any mental, emotional, or patient-specific components. He believes all of his patients deserve their own individualized care that caters to their specific needs and goals. He has a personal goal of optimizing the health and function of athletes, individuals with orthopedic injuries, and those with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury. Eric grew up on the south shore of Long Island. He loves to spend time with friends, play beach volleyball, watch TV/sports, and exercising, his favorites being hiking and running.

Anthony McNulty, PT, DPT

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Anthony earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY). While at Columbia, Anthony participated in the advance orthopedic course, gaining advanced knowledge in different manual therapy techniques, also attending special courses on the Hand and Wrist, Foot and Ankle, Women’s Health, and Sports Rehabilitation. Additionally, he had the pleasure of presenting a Master Class on Functional Stability Re-training with his fellow classmates. Throughout Anthony’s clinical experience, he has had the opportunity to treat patients of all ages presenting with various orthopedic/sports injuries and post-operative conditions. He has worked with patients following neurological injuries such as strokes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Anthony is a firm believer that each patient’s treatment session should be individualized to their goals and tailored to the demands of their daily life. Anthony’s love of health and wellness began at a young age, when he started training in the martial arts. Throughout his martial training, he has known too often what it is like to be sidelined with an injury. It was after a martial arts injury where Anthony was first exposed to physical therapy. The experience strengthened his ability to empathize with others and allowed him to appreciate the rehabilitation process enabling patients to resume pursuing their passions. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Anthony is an avid New York sports fan. He enjoys staying active through weight lifting, running, and taking various exercise classes.

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