SPEAR Penn Plaza - 7th Ave

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Located across the street from NYC transportation hub Penn Station, and nearby world-famous landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, the Penn Plaza clinic serves a mostly commuter population from New Jersey and Long Island. An open, airy space filled with natural light, Penn Plaza features beautiful views of downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower.

Jason Ury, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Jason Ury received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Clarkson University, and his Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He also received his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. During his Doctoral Education, he was involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He was selected to participate in the New York Physical Therapy Association’s (NYPTA) Director’s Intern Program in January 2012. Jason assisted in the planning and creation of the NYPTA Regional Student Conclave in Potsdam, NY. He also assisted in the planning of fundraising efforts to assist fellow physical therapy students participating in the APTA’s National Student Conclave and for physical therapy research of the Marquette Challenge. He continues to stay actively involved in the APTA and NYPTA activities, and holds membership in the Orthopedic, Sports, and Hand Therapy sections. Jason has treated patient’s in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing and acute care at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn NY. At various locations throughout Long Island, he performed outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. He also participated in a rigorous outpatient Hand Therapy and Aquatics clinical affiliation in Baltimore County, Maryland. During his Hand Therapy affiliation, Jason had the unique opportunity to work alongside a Certified Hand Therapist. His hand therapy experience included the creation of splints, treating patients with various forearm-hand injuries, and a patient post total elbow replacement. He also completed a clinical experience in the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy concept. Jason enjoys being active and participates in various recreational activities. In his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, kickboxing, skiing, and canoeing. Jason also enjoys participating in other recreational sports and attending sporting events.

Donald Squire, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Don earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, where he also received his Bachelor’s Degree in the study of Healthcare Management, graduating magna cum laude. Don has gained clinical experience in both sports and orthopedic outpatient settings, as well as inpatient neurological and sub-acute rehabilitation. Following graduation, Don returned to his native Long Island and developed his skills in a sports/orthopedic clinic, which helped focus his interest on manual therapy, functional rehabilitation programs, and post-operative therapy; especially of the knee, shoulder, and ankle. Don’s interest in physical therapy developed from his long background of competing in athletics at the youth, high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate level. During his undergraduate studies, Don was a member of the Misericordia University Men’s Lacrosse team. He also participated in semi-professional football following his college career. Don’s years of athletics, injuries, and rehabilitation sparked his desire to become a physical therapist and help other athletes/active individuals return to their peak level of fitness and function. While finishing his Doctorate, Don’s love for teaching and developing athletes lead him to become the Varsity Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach of the local Dallas high school, helping lead the team to a second-place conference finish. His passion for learning has Don studying to obtain his certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. When not helping others maximize their recovery, Don stays active by working out, playing sports, scuba diving, and skiing. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, attend sporting events, and learn new things.

Amarinder Parmar, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Amarinder received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College and her Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. John’s University. Her interest in pursuing Physical Therapy stems from her desire to play a key role in helping people achieve their goals so they can return to safer and healthier daily lives. She is dedicated to providing attentive, high quality, and individualized care to every patient she treats. She was a platform speaker at the Combined Sections Meeting in 2017 and presented the findings of her research project with her group for the Acute Care Rehabilitation Forum. She acquired her clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation, manual techniques, functional training, aquatics, pediatrics, sub-acute, skilled nursing, and inpatient acute settings. She utilizes skills from various settings to formulate a care plan that targets all her patients’ needs and always provides encouragement to keep her patient’s confident and motivated. Amarinder enjoys spending time away from the hustle and bustle of NYC by reconnecting with nature through meditation, hiking, and biking. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with animals, skydiving, learning new art forms, and sunset chasing.

Lukasz Mroz, PT, MS, OMT, PNF

Masters in Physical Therapy, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist

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Lukasz earned his Bachelors and Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Warsaw Medical University in Poland. His clinical experience includes post-operative outpatient/inpatient orthopedics, and sports rehabilitation. During his first job in a private orthopedic clinic, he observed multiple live surgeries, which helped him attain a better understanding of anatomy and biomechanics. Lukasz’s clinical interests include manual therapy, and treating sports related injuries. He is also certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (Kaltenborn-Evjenth OMT) as well as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). During his time at Carolina Medical Center in Warsaw, Lukasz was a member of an elite team, which supported the activities of the Polish National Ballet dancers, and worked with athletes during outdoor sporting events such as running and mountain biking (MTB) marathons. He also participated in a city sponsored postural assessment program for children in elementary schools, and implemented a program of corrective exercises. During his free time, Lukasz likes to stay active with swimming, weight lifting, biking and hiking. He is also extremely passionate about travel, and visiting new countries and cities, but always makes plenty of time for his family and friends.

Man Li

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Man earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from CUNY College of Staten Island and was selected as a recipient of the award for highest academic honors as well as the physical therapy department award for outstanding service. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Buffalo. Man completed clinical experiences in outpatient orthopedics, post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, functional training, and inpatient acute settings. Through several orthopedic affiliations, Man was introduced to the Institute of Physical Art and their prestigious certification in Functional Manual Therapy which he is currently pursing. Man has taken multiple courses from the Institute of Physical Art which he incorporates into his treatment approach. Man participated in Spinal Mobility X Class, a program for people with Spinal Cord Injury. Man assessed participants and provided each with an individualized activity program consisting of resistive exercises, aerobic and breathing exercises and exercises on the mat using the Spinal Mobility technique. Man has also attended the APTA’s National Student Conclave where he volunteered in the Special Olympics. Man has traveled to Costa Rica to where he provided physical therapy services in a nursing home, pediatric clinic, and outpatient orthopedic and neurologic clinic. Man gained interest in physical therapy to find the best hands on treatments for all musculoskeletal rehabilitation patients. In his free time, Man would like to learn computer programming and coding which would allow him to facilitate the enhancement of SuperFit: Sports Fitness + Coaching App. Man also loves to play basketball and travel the world.

Jon Bernfeld, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Jon received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queens College. Jon’s clinical experience includes orthopedics, acute/sub-acute rehabilitation and adult neurological rehabilitation. Jon has a passion for both neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and enjoys integrating both aspects into all his treatments. During treatment, he employs Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Technique principles, maximal neural firing and proper muscle recruitment during functional activities. He has a history of treating patients with stroke, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and a variety of orthopedic conditions. Whatever the diagnoses, Jon sees every PT session as an empowering growth opportunity for both patient and Physical Therapist alike. Jon grew up in Brooklyn and plays basketball in the parks, football, tennis and is often biking around the city. When needing to escape the city, Jon is always looking to travel and hike the great outdoors as much as possible. But going to a concert, eating at a deli and hanging out with friends always remind him about the beauty of home. Jon’s dynamic personality, proactivity and keen curiosity have led him to create and host SPEAR’s Embrace Your Core podcast series.

Niveen Girgis, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Niveen always had interest in being in the healthcare setting. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The College of New Rochelle graduating magna cum laude. In May 2013, Niveen earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University with a focus in clinical Orthopedics and advanced coursework in sports rehabilitation, hand rehabilitation, dance rehab, performing arts, applied Pilates rehab, women’s health, and craniofacial pain of cervicogenic origin: Headaches & TMJ Disorders. Despite her specialization in Orthopedics, Niveen has gained significant clinical experience in all areas treating an array of conditions in Inpatient Neurological rehab at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, outpatient pediatrics and Orthopedic post-op rehab at NYU Langone, and both sports and orthopedics in OrthoCare Physical Therapy outpatient setting. She also carries an enhanced background in performing arts and works closely with dancers, and gymnasts. Niveen has a great passion for treating runners, and loves to analyze their running mechanics and provide appropriate modifications. Niveen is currently certified in Kinesio-tape and FMS with focus on assessing dysfunction via functional movement and is further enhancing her skills by taking manual therapy courses in order to obtain her manual therapy certification. Outside of work hours, Niveen keeps herself occupied. She stays active by working out, running, hiking and participating in yoga. Niveen spends some of her time giving back to the community engaging in community services as she feels it is important. She is also a choir leader for her church and loves to sing. She loves to travel, play bowling and most importantly spend time with her family and friends. She is always exploring new activities.

Mithun Abraham, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Mithun Abraham earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College while also completing his Masters in Public Health Policy. Prior to PT school he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College. Mithun has diverse clinical experience and has worked with a variety of patient populations including outpatient orthopedic and post-operative rehab, young athletes, geriatrics, neurological injuries and wound care cases. While in school he worked with the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to provide valuable PT services to the underserved Native American populations living in rural Arizona. Mithun is passionate about getting patients back their optimal function by utilizing a holistic approach to treatment. He is also greatly interested in the field of public health and PT advocacy which lead him to pursue his MPH degree. While at NYMC the focus of his Doctoral Project was to determine what kinds of personal and financial factors limited patients from seeking PT treatment for non-specific low back pain. While working with the USPHS he also took initiative in raising awareness of the opioid crisis as well as public education about Physical Therapy. Mithun utilizes manual therapy techniques, exercise, modalities and patient education to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions especially of the spine and shoulder which are his main interests. Mithun with born in India and immigrated to the US with his family at a very young age. Growing up on Long Island, Mithun was involved in a variety of sports throughout his high school and undergraduate years including tennis, winter track, soccer and basketball. In his free time Mithun enjoys exploring the outdoors, rock climbing, fishing, reading, drawing and spending time with his dogs.

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