SPEAR 84th Street sits in the heart of the family-friendly neighborhood of the Upper East Side. The clinic and its close-knit team play host to a wide range of clientele, from weekend warriors to the neighborhood’s scholastic athletes; every example of the active NYC lifestyle is successfully treate...

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Joseph Losurdo, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Joe Losurdo is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Upper East Side location. Joe earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Prior to attending Temple, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double-major in Biology and Psychology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Joe’s clinical experience ranges from working with college and professional athletes to pediatric and geriatric populations in outpatient orthopedic settings. Joe is committed to maximizing his patients’ rehabilitation by utilizing a “whole person” approach and believes nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal pathologies is key in helping his patients return to a healthy, fast-paced NYC lifestyle. By combining manual therapy skills, injury prevention and current evidence-based research, Joe’s patients can expect to receive the care that will allow them to achieve their functional goals. Growing up in Syracuse, NY, Joe competed in numerous sports including football, lacrosse, and basketball. With his competitive playing days behind him, he has taken up running and now has one full marathon and several half marathons under his belt. When he’s not cheering on the New York Giants and the Syracuse Orange, Joe enjoys playing golf, traveling, and spending weekends with family and friends at the beaches of Breezy Point, NY.

Marissa Speno, PT, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist

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Marissa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with honors from Ithaca College where she attended an accelerated six year program, minoring in Sports and Exercise Psychology. Marissa has interests in treating sports-related injuries, spinal dysfunction, post-operative diagnoses and chronic pain. She practices utilizing a “total body approach” while incorporating the most current research and honoring each patient’s unique goals. Marissa is certified in the Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and is currently working towards an advanced certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In addition to clinical practice, Marissa also coordinates student affiliations company-wide, mentors students, and teaches in-house clinical education workshops. Marissa hails from Upstate New York and currently resides in Harlem. In her spare time, she can be found enjoying the great outdoors, practicing yoga, cooking, traveling and eating her way around the city.

Brooke Ficara, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Brooke earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University where she completed advanced courses in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, performing arts and applied-Pilates rehab. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University where she studied Kinesiology and Psychology, and was a member and captain of the Penn State cheerleading team. Brooke attributes her initial interest in physical therapy to her athletic background. Focusing primarily in artistic sports such as gymnastics, diving, and figure skating, Brooke developed an appreciation for how optimal movement can aid the human body in avoiding injury and performing at its best. Through several orthopedic affiliations, including one working on-site with the Washington Ballet Company, Brooke has acquired a diverse set of manual therapy skills and enjoys utilizing movement analysis to comprehensively assess her patients and identify the root of their pain. Having had the opportunity to channel her athletic abilities into coaching, Brooke also places emphasis on exercise technique and patient education to ensure that each individual understands the purpose and importance of their treatment every step of the way. Born and raised in New Jersey, Brooke has enjoyed adapting to life in the city and spends her time exploring new neighborhoods, getting inspired by local food blogs, seeking out NYC roller rinks, and planning her next travel adventure.

Leon Zhao, PT, DPT, TPI-1

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Titleist Performace Institue Certified Expert

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Leon received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. He was initially on a pre-medical track and had a change of heart his junior year, after finding his calling in physical therapy while working as an intern at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in his hometown of White Plains, NY. Leon is also a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified expert, which gives him insight into golf-related injuries and swing analysis. Following his training at the University of Pittsburgh, Leon embarked on traveling assignments for the past 3 years, working in New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina, experiencing both outpatient and inpatient aspects of Physical Therapy. Having been born in China, raised in Canada, and educated in America, Leon is well-versed in diversity and welcomes it in his clinical practice. In his free time, Leon enjoys playing golf, soccer, and exercise. Being familiar with recurrent low back pain since high school, Leon is keen on prevention of low back injuries with all these activities. On the leisure end, Leon is fond of experiencing different foods, and attempting to recreate recipes.

Lauren Donato, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Lauren earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Delaware. She also received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Disabilities Studies from the University of Delaware, graduating magna cum laude. Lauren has experience treating a diverse patient population in outpatient clinics, where she enjoys seeing a broad spectrum of orthopedic injuries. Lauren’s interest in physical therapy is rooted in her lifelong love of sports and outdoor activities. After volunteering in a PT clinic during her undergraduate years, she quickly realized physical therapy was the perfect career path for her. She has a passion for using her knowledge of the human body, exercise, and manual skills to help patients reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Lauren enjoys keeping up to date with the ever evolving field of physical therapy to bring the best treatments to her patients. Lauren grew up in Northern New Jersey and is excited to have NYC as her new home. In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She loves staying active with hobbies such as running, swimming, hiking, snowboarding, and scuba diving. She is always looking for a new adventure and is excited to explore all of what NYC has to offer.

Amanda Iger, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Amanda Iger is a Certified Hand Therapist who received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and graduated from American University with a major in Psychology and minor in Graphic Design. After college, Amanda worked as a graphic designer before working and shadowing in an OT/PT orthopedic practice, where she developed her passion for hand therapy. Amanda completed an extra fieldwork to specialize in hand therapy at Weill Cornell Medical Center after graduate school, which included experience in their splint lab. Amanda also has experience working in inpatient orthopedics, neuro-rehabilitation, and pediatric settings. Amanda continues to be interested in the intersection of art and psychology, particularly in ergonomics and how the body moves through space. She is able to employ her background in art with the principles of occupational therapy in the creation of custom orthoses. As an OT, Amanda takes a holistic, collaborative approach to treatment; she enjoys problem-solving with patients to help them regain function and return to meaningful activities. When Amanda is not thinking about occupational therapy, she is exploring the world with her toddler and husband. Amanda is a NYC native and spends her free time in Central Park or Carl Schurz Park, or at home working on art projects while cheering for the Giants.

Amy Nathan, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Amy received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University, graduating with honors. At Columbia, Amy completed advanced courses in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stern College, where she graduated summa cum laude, and enjoyed participating in intramural basketball and various community service and educational initiatives. Amy’s interest in physical therapy stems from her passion of combining her love of science and applying it to enhancing people’s recovery and improving their function. She believes in a holistic approach that focuses on analyzing and improving everyday and sports movement patterns, in addition to improving flexibility and strength. Amy has had experience in outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, and subacute settings in the New York and Chicago areas. Born and raised in Chicago, Amy has enjoyed transitioning to New York City life. In her free time, she likes playing tennis, biking, and running, as well as playing piano, taking walks outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Stephen Yanchus, PT, DPT


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Stephen earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Ithaca college in Upstate NY, where he graduated with honors, minoring in Exercise Science. A four-sport athlete in high school, Stephen played three years of baseball at Ithaca. After undergrad he completed clinical affiliations in New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and lastly in Arizona, where he worked at the Cleveland Indians Rehabilitation facility for 12 weeks, mainly with pitchers dealing with shoulder, elbow, and other arm related injuries. Stephen combines his manual skills and extensive exercise background with the best evidence-based research to help his patients return to their specific functional goals. He utilizes a “person first” approach, getting to know exactly what people wish to return to doing in their everyday lives. By getting to know the individual, he believes he can tailor his care more specifically to every patient he works with. His competitive nature not only applies to his desire to assist his clients, but also to working and playing hard, with successful results, in his recreational pursuits that include golf, tennis, baseball, basketball and more. He looks forward to continuing his healthy lifestyle in New York City as he takes advantage of the extraordinary restaurants and sports opportunities in the Big Apple.

Robert Allen, PT, DPT


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Rob earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Ithaca College’s accelerated six-year program, minoring in Health & Wellness. His clinical experience includes working in orthopedics, sports medicine, injury prevention, return-to-sport, acute care, neurological rehabilitation, and aquatic therapy. Throughout his doctorate program, Rob was enthusiastic about educating his college community about injury risk and safe training practices. Rob and his roommate created their own opportunity and co-founded a program where PT students performed injury prevention workshops for various club sports teams, including basketball and dance. He is passionate about learning and teaching, and plans on further developing his skills and knowledge through educational courses and workshops. Rob strives to empower people to take control of their condition, providing his patients with the necessary tools to make a positive change in their pain, function, and performance. He incorporates principles of strength and conditioning and pain science into his rehab process, while focusing on building resiliency and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. Rob will individualize each plan of care to help every patient achieve their unique goals. Born and raised in southern Vermont, Rob loves to get outdoors and stay active. Outside of work, he enjoys strength training, playing golf, running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Rob is looking forward to exploring new neighborhoods and taking advantage of all that NYC has to offer.

Odalisse Figueroa, PT, DPT


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Odalisse earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. She also studied Nutrition Science and Biology at Syracuse University, and earned a certificate in Physiotherapy Management in Spinal Cord Injuries. While at Stony Brook, she completed clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics, working with individuals with a variety of sport and non-sport related injuries. She has gained experience working with pediatric patients with neurological and developmental delay difficulties. Her interest in growth and development has allowed her to better apply her knowledge and skills to the adult population as well. Along with working on her professional skills, Odalisse has a passion for giving back to her community, participating in several service initiatives. She has volunteered for the NYC marathon, helping attend to injured runners, as well as a mentor and coach to children at risk for cardiovascular disease, creating wellness programs to help optimize their health. One of her biggest accomplishments was traveling to Ecuador and providing physical therapy services to those in need. Outside of the clinic, Odalisse’s hobbies include, traveling, running, yoga, bike riding and any outdoor activities.


245 E 84th St , Ground Floor
New York, NY 10028


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