Spagnoli Physical Therapy is a privately owned physical therapy practice established in 1994 by Robert Spagnoli with the first location in Centereach, New York. A second location was opened in Mastic, New York in 2004 and is co-owned with Justin Bonacci. Spagnoli Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. This is accomplished through an eclectic approach that includes a combination of hands on manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic exercise and a strong emphasis on patient education as well as a home program that will optimize and maintain your increased level of function. Our goal is to alleviate pain, return patients to their previous activity levels and prevent future injury through extensive postural re-training and body mechanic awareness.
The highly trained therapists at Spagnoli Physical Therapy embrace a continuum of training in specialized fields and are consistently pursuing advanced education in order to maintain the most current treatment approach and provide the highest quality of care to our patients. This training encompasses a combination of techniques including Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art, Osteopathic techniques, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), Yoga, Selective Functional Movement Assessment and Neurokinetic Therapy.
Each patient receives a thorough evaluation by a licensed Physical Therapist. The patient-therapist relationship begins with this comprehensive evaluation, in which the individual’s biomechanical and structural dysfunctions are identified and the appropriate individualized treatment plan is established. The patient is educated regarding these objective findings and the plan that will be utilized to achieve their goals. Spagnoli Physical Therapy also emphasizes the importance of a team approach that includes the Therapist, Doctor, patient and other health care professionals who may be involved with the care of the patient.
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PT, MS, CFMT, MTC
Robert Spagnoli graduated from Upstate Medical Center Physical Therapy Program in Syracuse, NY with high honors and completed his Masters Degree in Health, Management and Technology in 2001 at Stony Brook University. He also received his Baccalaureate Degree from Albany University prior to this while majoring in biology and chemistry. Robert has completed extensive continuing education in the area of orthopedics, manual therapy, and sports injuries. He has earned two specialty certifications including Manual Therapy Certification in 1990 through the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences and Certified Functional Manual Therapist in 1997 through the Institute of Physical Art. He has also been a primary instructor since 1990 for two orthopedic spinal courses- Cervical Thoracic Integration and Lumbo-Pelvic Integration. These are advanced courses taught to physical therapists on the national level for continuing education credit. Robert has also been an Adjunct Professor in the Stony Brook University Physical Therapy program teaching spinal orthopedics. In his years of experience he has developed a treatment approach that is eclectic and includes manual therapy, muscle re-education, functional retraining, exercise, and patient education. His goals of treatment are to restore movement to the injured region, educate the patient to mange their injury and prevent future injury. This philosophy of treatment is consistent throughout both of his physical therapy offices and has provided a formula for success. He is owner of Spagnoli Physical Therapy with locations in Centereach and Mastic. Robert is active in the community and enjoys lecturing on various topics regarding injury and injury prevention to local organizations and sports teams. He enjoys the outdoors and has many hobbies including golf, cycling, hiking, skiing, and mountaineering.
PT, DPT, CFMT
essica graduated from Stony Brook University in 2012 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her doctoral training, Jessica completed clinical internships in Acute care, pediatrics and out patient orthopedic clinics. Jessica has been a full time employee at the Centereach location since graduating as well as an adjunct faculty member in Stony Brook Physical Therapy Program for Wellness and Advanced Therapeutic Exercise. Jessica has taken extensive coursework advancing her manual therapy skills through the Institute of Physical Art and passed the Certified Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) exam in August of 2017. She has also enjoyed being a Lab Assistant for several courses with the Institute of Physical Art in 2017 and she has been a member of the APTA since 2009.
PT, MS, DPT, CFMT
Susan received her Baccalaureate degree with Honors in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University after earning her first Baccalaureate degree at Albany University while majoring in Biology and Chemistry. She continued on with her education to receive her Masters of Science in Health Care Technology and Management at Stony Brook University and then a post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy at SUNY Stony Brook in 2005. Susan’s interest in manual therapy led her to her coursework with the Institute of Physical Art and passing the Certified Functional Manual Therapist (C.F.M.T.) exam with Honors in 2002. She has taken an extensive amount of continuing education with particular interest in manual therapy, the spine, orthopedics and sports. She treats her patients looking at the “whole person” while pulling on her vast experience incorporating an array of treatment strategies including manual therapy, correcting muscle imbalances and postural alignment, back education and training, muscle energy and mobilization techniques, dynamic functional retraining, prescriptive exercises and yoga. Susan has over 20 years experience working in an outpatient setting successfully treating patients with orthopedic and post-surgical conditions, TMJ, spinal and pelvic dysfunction. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program teaching Advanced Therapeutic Exercise from 2006 -2016. To further expand her approach to wellness, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Instructor Certification in May 2015 through Yoga Alliance. For recreation, Susan enjoys yoga and tennis throughout the year and participating in outdoor activities including cycling and hiking.
MSPT, CSCS, NKT
Kerry earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at Touro College in 1999. She is trained in manual therapy from the Institute of Physical Art. She is dedicated in taking continuing education to advance her manual therapy skills and patient assessments with her recent work in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).
Nicole graduated from Stony Brook University in 2016 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her doctoral training, Nicole completed clinical internships in sub-acute rehab, acute rehab, outpatient pediatric and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Nicole completed her orthopedic clinic at the Centereach location under Jessica’s supervision and has been a full time employee since graduating. Nicole has been working to further her manual skills through courses by the Institute of Physical Arts and plans to one day become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist. In addition to working full time as a Physical therapist, Nicole also works as a soccer trainer, which has allowed her to carry over sport specific exercises from the field to the clinic. Her love for soccer and own experiences with injury has led to her strong interest in injury prevention and recovery from ACL reconstruction.
Katrina graduated from Binghamton University in 2011 with a BS degree majoring in Integrative Neuroscience. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in 2014. She began her career working in acute care at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, but soon transitioned to outpatient orthopedic therapy and began with Spagnoli PT in September 2015. Her continuing education work has focused mainly on manual therapy, taking classes through the Institute of Physical Art. She has been a member of the APTA since 2012. When she is not working, Katrina likes to spend her free time outdoors running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and traveling.
Ashley graduated from Stony Brook University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has clinical experience in multiple settings including skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedics, and neurological rehabilitation. During her clinical internships, she received training working specifically with the traumatic brain injury and stroke population. She also developed a strong interest in utilizing manual therapy to treat spinal dysfunctions, sports-related injuries, and post-operative conditions. Her interests outside of work include cooking, running, hiking, and fitness.
Justin graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with specialization in Neuroscience, continuing on to achieve a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has gained experience in a multitude of unique environments, including skilled nursing facilities, preschool pediatrics, and outpatient orthopedic offices. Justin has interest in orthopedic conditions, sportspecific rehabilitation, and injury prevention programs.