SPEAR’s W. 67th Street location is the best of both worlds—a cozy PT clinic and a world-class La Palestra fitness facility. Just a half block from Central Park and a block from Lincoln Center, 67th Street’s Upper West Side/Upper Midtown location attracts a blend of those who love art and love being active. Situated in the La Palestra facility in the former ballroom of the Hotel Des Artistes, the building is a unique combination of landmark architecture, exercise technology, and modern comfort.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Bhavik Sheth is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Upper West Side – West 67th Street location. Bhavik earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College and his Bachelors in Health Science with a concentration in Emergency and Critical Care from Stony Brook University. Bhavik is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His clinical experience includes orthopedics, acute rehabilitation, and sports rehabilitation. As an undergraduate, Bhavik was a member of a modern hip hop dance team and a Bollywood fusion dance team that competed nationally. In his senior year, Bhavik injured his ACL playing basketball. Going through physical therapy in order to compete in a national dance competition sparked his interest to become a Physical Therapist. During PT school, Bhavik created a website to educate people about different topics about health, fitness, and physical therapy. He continues to write articles about medical research and case reports, and blog posts about sports injuries. During his free time, Bhavik stays active by playing sports, surfing, and attempting gymnastics. He also enjoys playing board games with friends and cooking.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer
Nick Dragonetti received both his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. During his undergraduate education, Nick worked with a variety of athletes ranging from high school football players to Division I hockey players at Harvard University. When he was a teenager, Nick injured his back playing baseball, and undergoing Physical Therapy helped him return to competitive athletics and inspired him to pursue a career in PT. During his post-graduate studies, Nick completed clinical rotations in New York City, New Jersey and northern Massachusetts. While in New York, Nick had the opportunity to work in the Neurological ICU and step down unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital. While in New Jersey, Nick was able to work with a clinical instructor who was proficient in multiple stages of the Maitland Manual Therapy approach. At the end of his tenure at Boston University, Nick conducted a yearlong thesis project on how to lower the recurrence rate of low back pain in patients in order to lessen the burden both physically and financially in this population. Nick grew up in Freehold, New Jersey. In high school he played baseball and was captain of the football team. In college he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, which he credits to broadening his cultural horizons as he made close friends with young men from all over the world. He enjoys exercising, watching movies and writing in his spare time. He is a diehard New York Mets and Jets fan. His favorite band is the Dave Matthews band and he even plays a bit of guitar himself (he admits he is average at best).
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Ben Ayzenberg’s passion for physical therapy stems from his desire to help others achieve their goals. He believes that with the help of a PT, patients can overcome setbacks and continue on their journey to success. Ben earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Upon graduation, Ben was inducted into the Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society and was awarded the All-Around Student Award by his faculty. Ben has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, acute inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, and in amputee care. His treatment philosophy involves holistic, personalized interventions with the patients’ goals at the forefront of the plan of care. Currently, Ben is a per diem Physical Therapist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ, where he evaluates and treats patients throughout all units of the hospital. Ben’s goals include furthering his manual therapy techniques and expanding the creativity of his therapeutic exercises in order to provide the best possible care for his patients. Ben spent his childhood in NJ and NY. He grew up playing several sports, but his main focus was football. In his spare time, Ben enjoys lifting, biking, running, and hiking to stay active. He loves to cook by trying new recipes and experimenting on his own. Ben is also an avid reader. He welcomes all recommendations for food and books.
Lauren graduated from Columbia University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Dance from Skidmore College. During her graduate education, she presented a master class to her peers and professors that explored Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in Dancers, with an emphasis on current research and differentiating between pain and dysfunction. She has experience working with a variety of populations, including geriatrics, pediatric orthopedics, post-op patients (in both an outpatient and a sub-acute setting), and Broadway performers. Dance has always been a part of Lauren’s life, beginning at the age of 2 and continuing through graduate school. She has professional dance experience, performing in NYC with Alaine Handa Dance Company, as well as performing with Disney Cruiselines. In addition, she has leadership experience as co-president of Dance Haven, an all-inclusive, student-run club at Columbia University Medical Campus.
Stefanie Cuttita earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter College after earning her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Binghamton University, minoring in health and wellness studies. Stefanie is passionate about total mind and body wellness, and approaches patients as a whole person–not just an illness. She is focused on individualized care and enjoys facilitating patients in reclaiming their lives through physical movement. Stefanie has taken continuing education courses including Core First Strategies, MT-1: Basic Peripheral, and Multiple Sclerosis Management for Physical Therapists. Stefanie is also certified in Pilates mat, and plans to become certified in yoga. In her free time, Stefanie enjoys working out, running, and taking improv comedy classes.