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...
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Michael Virgile is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Upper West Side – W 75th Street location. Mike earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University graduating with magna cum laude honors. His clinical experience includes orthopedics, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Michael is also a certified personal trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. During his time at Northeastern, Michael was an avid soccer player for the men’s club team for five years, and co-captained the team during his senior year. Michael has treated at several orthopedic and sports-based clinics across the country, including an 11-week affiliation with the Indiana Pacers basketball team. Michael’s clinical interests include manual therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and Maitland mobilizations. Outside of the clinic, Michael’s interests and hobbies include playing soccer, strength training, running, NFL football, and staying up-to-date on the latest health and fitness innovations. His interest in sports medicine and focus on helping others achieve their rehabilitation goals has brought him from Boston to SPEAR PT, where he is excited to help his patients improve their function and health.
Masters of Physical Therapy, Sports Certified Specialist, Titleist Performace Institue Certified Expert
Sean graduated from the University of Scranton in 2007 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. Along with improving his professional skills, he spent time volunteering with community outreach programs such as the local soup kitchen. Sean has spent 8 years working as a Physical Therapist at multiple hospital outpatient clinics. In 2016, Sean was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a Titleist Performance Institute Golf certified expert and also an HSS Rehabilitation Network Advanced Hip Clinician. His love of baseball has led him to focus on post-operative sports care as well as a wide array of orthopedic conditions. Sean grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia playing baseball, and became a rower in college. While living in the city, Sean has completed multiple races, including the NYC half marathon and enjoys playing golf on the weekends.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
A.J. received his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Studies, graduating manga cum laude. Through his clinical education he gained experience in outpatient orthopedic and acute care settings. His research project at Ithaca consisted of vestibular rehabilitation for post-concussive patients. Outside of academics, A.J. participated on the men’s varsity soccer team at Ithaca, serving as a captain during his junior and senior year. During his time as a graduate student he also had the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach with the men’s varsity team. A.J. was first drawn to the physical therapy profession while rehabbing a leg fracture in high school. As a former collegiate athlete, it’s his passion to work with athletes of all forms which led him to join SPEAR’s team. It is his goal to educate and empower his patients so they are able to eventually self-manage their conditions. His clinical interests include sports medicine, manual therapy, McKenzie method of treatment, vestibular rehabilitation, and running analysis/rehabilitation. A.J. has goals of receiving his MDT and CSCS in the future. Outside of the clinic, A.J. continues to stay active by competing in recreational soccer and basketball and he also enjoys distance running with goals of competing in half marathons in the future. He is an avid fan of Syracuse University athletics and Manchester United.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
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.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
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.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
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.
PT, DPT, CSCS
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.
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.