SPEAR Financial District - 30 Broad

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ABOUT

30 Broad Street makes its home next door to the world-famous New York Stock Exchange, in a building that used to house part of the Exchange itself. SPEAR has another connection with the NYSE; in 2016, it was one of very few small businesses recognized for its success with the opportunity to ring the opening bell! Sleek, modern art and lofted ceilings adorn the newly renovated building, creating an open and energizing environment.

MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Amir Rand, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Amir Rand is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Financial District – 30 Broad Street location. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from The New York Institute of Technology. His clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports-related injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation. While at NYIT, Amir completed a challenging acute bedside clinical affiliation at NYU’s Tisch Hospital. His experience at NYU gave Amir a greater appreciation for the rehabilitation experience. Growing up on Long Island, Amir played Division I soccer, lacrosse, and football. Amir is also trained in mixed martial arts, having practiced Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu for 10 years and counting. Amir’s experience with his own orthopedic injuries during his training sparked his passion for physical therapy. Prior to joining SPEAR, Amir was a divisional director for a Fortune 500 staffing firm, helping New Yorkers achieve their career goals. Through his work, Amir was exposed to a variety of industries and gained valuable insight into the daily routines of different types of business professionals. This has helped Amir to quickly relate to the needs of his patients, enabling him to get them back to life and back to work stronger than prior to injury. Amir continues to stay active by teaching kickboxing, playing soccer, and skiing. In his free time, Amir enjoys spending time with his family, attending football games, concerts, traveling, and relaxing on the beach.

Caitlin Murphy, PT, DPT, ATC

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer

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Caitlin received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. Caitlin also attended Ithaca College for her undergraduate studies where she received a dual Bachelors of Science degree in Clinical Health Studies and Athletic Training, graduating Cum Laude. In addition to her Doctorate, she is also a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. Caitlin has a well-rounded clinical background. She has had extensive experience working with athletes in sport rehabilitation including the Philadelphia 76ers organization, as well as, orthopedics and inpatient brain injury rehabilitation for strokes and TBI’s. She recently completed the requirements in order to become a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. Caitlin incorporates a multi-dimensional approach to individualize and personalize each treatment in order to help her patients return back to the activities they love pain free. Outside of her professional endeavors, Caitlin has always been an athlete competing in softball, basketball, and volleyball growing up. While at Ithaca College, Caitlin continued to pursue her passion for softball as President of their club team. She also enjoyed spending her free time taking advantage of the acclaimed Finger Lake wineries- and turned her enthusiasm for the region into a job at one of the vineyards. Caitlin continues to remain active through running, hiking, and Soul Cycle. She has competed in various half and full marathons and is eager to participate for her first time in the NYC marathon this November. Also this fall, Caitlin hopes to watch her beloved NY Giants return to winning form.

Sarah Rodriguez, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Sarah earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University, with advanced coursework in clinical orthopedics. Sarah attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate studies, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Maryland, Sarah served as the President of Phi Alpha Epsilon, the School of Public Health’s honor society for academic and professional achievement. Sarah enjoys treating a diverse patient population and has multiple interests including sports medicine, post-operative conditions, biomechanics and movement dysfunctions, manual therapy, injury prevention, health and wellness, and functional training. She incorporates the most current evidence-based research into unique, individualized treatments in order to promote optimal function and recovery. Sarah has played numerous competitive sports including field hockey, softball and basketball. Currently, she stays active by running and is an avid yogi and tennis enthusiast. She has raced in four half marathons and completed the New York City Marathon in 2013. In her free time you can find her traveling, running in and around the city, practicing yoga, listening to music, venturing out to restaurants of all types, and usually nose deep in a good book.

Nicole Savarese, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Nicole Savarese received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the CUNY Graduate Center – College of Staten Island. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York. Her clinical experience includes orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, pediatrics, and both acute and sub-acute care. While at CSI, Nicole completed an acute bedside clinical affiliation at the Hospital for Special Surgery which greatly assisted her in understanding and appreciating the complexity of the rehabilitation process. During her time at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and College of Staten Island, Nicole participated in intramural basketball, soccer, charity events, and interned at a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine clinics. Nicole has always had a passion for sports and sports rehabilitation which has led her to a career in Physical Therapy. Nicole continues to stay active by kickboxing, spinning, running and participating in recreational sports. Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering for numerous charities and organizations, attending concerts, sporting events and traveling.

Rachelle Nguyen, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Rachelle received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, with advanced coursework in clinical orthopedics. She completed challenging internships in outpatient settings for competitive and professional sports, marathon running, and performing arts, and at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s neurological acute care and medical/surgical ICU. She attended the University of Southern California, where she was a recipient of student research funding with the USC Dornsife Biomechanics lab. She combined video joint angle and force plate analysis on USC dance athletes’ leaps and turns to create prehabilitation recommendations. Rachelle contributes her initial and continued love of physical therapy to her love of dance. She dislocated her shoulder as a high school dancer, and required a surgery with extensive physical therapy rehabilitation pre- and post-op. She was surprised and inspired that physical therapy could help her return to a high level of activity, and she strives to guide each patient in achieving and surpassing their own personal goals. She uses her trained eye for dance movement combined with a wide body of evidence-based research to find the root of each patient’s dysfunctions, and utilize the whole body to promote healing. Professionally, Rachelle is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She educates herself with a biopsychosocial model of pain perception and functional disability, so she can educate her patients to take an active role in their health care. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachelle has a love for big culture and unusual food. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys exploring the rich culture and restaurants of New York with her husband Brandon. She continues to keep active by teaching her friends to dance, and learning Beyonce choreography from internet videos.

Marc Jacobchick, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Marc earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mercy College. He began his education at Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Marc’s clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, acute rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Marc is passionate about helping each patient achieve their highest functional level. He places emphasis on thorough evaluation to identify biomechanical deviations. His treatment approach combines manual therapy techniques, exercise, and patient education to achieve individualized functional goals. In the past, he worked primarily in the outpatient setting where he gained experience with a variety of cases ranging from young athletes to post-operative patients. He attributes his interest in physical therapy and injury rehabilitation to personal injuries sustained due to his active lifestyle. Growing up, he played lacrosse, baseball, and participated in martial arts. He continues to stay active by snowboarding, hiking, resistance training, and practicing yoga. Outside of the clinic, Marc enjoys exploring the city, traveling, cooking, spending time with family, and following the Giants and Penn State athletics.

Dean Romine

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Dean earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in Missoula. He has clinical experience in orthopedic and sports outpatient settings as well as neurological sub-acute rehabilitation, with a focus on a manual and exercise-based approach to treatment. Dean has particular interest in working with athletes all across the lifespan, and hearing every patient’s story. Dean has a history of participation in sport at the high school, collegiate club and post-graduate levels. Growing up in Alaska, he earned varsity letters in Nordic skiing and all-conference honors in baseball. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Dean was a member of the Cycling club and Nordic ski club as well as a 3-year captain of the Montana State Ultimate team. These athletic pursuits give Dean a unique perspective into the physical requirements of a wide variety of sports, allowing him to better serve his patients. When not helping others reach their goals in the clinic, Dean stays active by continuing to compete at the highest level of club Ultimate, working out, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his significant other Laura exploring the sights and sounds (and foods) of NYC.

Joseph Kim, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Joseph Kim earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. Prior to attending Stony Brook, he completed his undergraduate studies at Boston College, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice. His clinical experiences include working with patients and clients recovering from sports-related injuries, general orthopedic dysfunction, chronic pain conditions and post-surgical procedures. Joe’s treatment approach is holistic, centered on the patients’ values and functional goals. It starts with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the true source of one’s pain and functional limitations. Joe utilizes his proven manual therapy skills, individualized therapeutic exercise prescription, and clinical reasoning to eliminate pain, restore optimal mobility and to help prevent injury in the future. Having dealt with persistent pain and running-related injuries himself, he is especially interested in the analysis of Running Biomechanics as well as chronic low back pain. Outside of the clinic, Joe loves watching and playing basketball, being outdoors and camping, and is currently pursuing a Starting Strength coach certification.

Jessica Weinberg, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Jessica “Jessie” Weinberg earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University. Jessie attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her undergraduate studies, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and graduated with high honors from the College of Applied Health Sciences. Jessie was a research assistant in the Exercise Psychophysiology Laboratory and served as Human Relations Chair of her dance troupe. Jessie enjoys treating a diverse patient population and her interests include women’s health/pelvic floor rehabilitation, sports related injuries, and post-operative conditions. Jessie is Pelvic Floor 1 Certified through Herman and Wallace as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Jessie has been a personal trainer for over 5 years and is passionate about incorporating exercise and wellness into an individualized treatment plan to help her patients reach their goals. Jessie has always been active. Growing up, she participated in several sports including volleyball, track and dance. She now enjoys staying active by spinning, running, yoga, hiking and taking dance classes. During her leisurely time, Jessie enjoys cooking, exploring the city and spending time with family and friends.

Stefanie David, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Stefanie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University, where she graduated with honors and became a member of The Alpha Eta National Honor Society of Allied Health Professionals. Her undergraduate studies were also completed at Stony Brook University, where she received her Bachelor of Science with cum laude in Psychology with a minor in Biology. During her time in graduate school, Stefanie attended numerous physical therapy conferences and volunteered her time with certain organizations, including being a medical volunteer for the NYC Marathon. Stefanie has had experience in outpatient orthopedic, inpatient skilled nursing, pediatric and aquatic therapy settings. Stefanie’s clinical experiences have been diverse, allowing her to treat a wide variety of patients, which has enabled her well-rounded patient approach. Stefanie believes in creating individualized treatment programs and placing patient’s goals and values as top priorities. During Stefanie’s free time, she enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, cooking, and spending time with family, friends and her dog. She also loves biking, hiking, the outdoors, playing sports and doing anything active.

Simone Floyd, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Simone graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, with coursework in advanced orthopedics. For undergraduate, Simone attended Clemson University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish Language. Her clinical experiences include helping patients recover from orthopedic surgery, general orthopedic dysfunction, sports related injuries, and neurological conditions. While at Columbia, Simone additionally volunteered with pediatric, spinal cord, and geriatric patients in her local community. Simone’s well-rounded experiences haven given her the ability treat a diverse patient population. Simone strives to help each of her patients to get back to the activities they need to and love to do. With each evaluation, she determines the proper physical therapy diagnosis and ultimately creates a plan of care emphasizing patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises to correct the individual’s dysfunction. Outside of clinic, Simone has many hobbies. She loves to run all over Manhattan, take almost any workout class, swim, paint, travel, read, and spend time with her family, friends, and dog.

Katie Schmitt, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Katie Schmitt received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University Medical Center in 2018. Katie has her Bachelor of the Arts degree in theater and communications from Western Connecticut State University, living her previous life as an actor in NYC and LA. While at CUMC, Katie completed clinical affiliations in dance medicine, outpatient orthopedics, in-patient orthopedic based sub acute care, outpatient cardiopulmonary departments and working backstage with Broadway dancers. Katie is the winner of the 2017 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Private Practice Section, Student Business Concept Contest, along with Jenna Kantor, for their creation of Fairytale Physical Therapy, which brings PT to kids in the form of dance set to popular movie musicals. Katie is driven by her theatre background, striving to help little kids with breathing difficulties learn to function better, and fighting cancer and the effects of chemotherapy through physical therapy. When not at SPEAR, you can find Katie either in a ballet class or cycling around NYC and across the country with her husband Jesse.

Christine Lee, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Christine received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, with advanced coursework in Neurological Rehabilitation. While at Columbia University, Christine was an inaugural member of Columbia RunLab, where she performed running analysis for runners of all levels. Prior to her doctoral studies, she completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Davis where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Biology. Christine’s passion for helping others return to a healthy and happy life stemmed from her athletic background as a gymnast. After 17 years of being a competitive gymnast, Christine understood the importance of optimizing body movement as a means for injury prevention and staying at the “top of the game” on a very personal level. Although, she has a strong interest in helping athletes return to sport, Christine enjoys treating a diverse patient population. In addition to completing her orthopedic affiliation at Stanford University, Christine has experience in working with patients who have neurological diagnoses including: stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and spinal cord injury. Christine loves to bake all kinds of sweet treats and more importantly she loves to host dinner parties so she can share her baked goods with her friends and family! In her free time, Christine is likely hitting the gym, going on NYC foodie adventures, Skyping with friends and family in California or doing handstands in the outdoors.

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