Investing in People
Our culture is based on fun, empathy, and growth from the inside out. This environment is built to support our team from day one, setting the stage for success. Employees are given the tools they need to step out of their comfort zones and set their own goals. Communication is a daily practice at Spear, allowing employees the space to share and collaborate. Your needs and ideas, they matter. Offering comprehensive benefits - we know that quality of life is key. Spear CEO, Dan Rootenberg once said, "Burnout is hard work without purpose". This is why we emphasize work/life balance. Happiness is important here. Enjoying the people around you makes going to work each day a joy, which creates an amazing experience for our patients. Come experience the uniqueness of our talented community.
Supporting Your Goals
At Spear, we are committed to the career progression of our team members. This is the impetus behind our unique programs that offer the opportunity to develop clinical skills, leadership, management expertise, and teaching experience. Regardless of your professional goals, Spear has a pathway to pursue them. The Spear Future Leader Program (SFLP) is an award-winning leadership development curriculum and one of the primary reasons that Spear was named the nation's top physical therapy practice, twice. Every year, SFLP offers a group of select team members access to extensive training in Management, Leadership, Operations, Finance, Business Development, and Marketing. Responsible for nurturing superior leaders year after year, some of the most successful programs Spear has ever launched have had their genesis in the SFLP program. Spear proudly promotes from within —planting the seeds, providing opportunities to learn, and fostering growth! Want to learn more?
Clinical Education Program
At Spear, we believe in devoting time, resources, and energy toward the development of the next generation of therapists. As part of our Clinical Education program, we pair students with instructors in an open-source learning environment, providing milestones and standards based on educational and clinical progression. Our multi-layered Clinical Education program is constructed to give back to both our company and our clinicians. Awarded the prestigious Columbia Award for Leadership in Clinical Education, our Clinical Education program facilitates the growth of clinical skills and provides experienced clinicians the opportunity to grow as educators within the field.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
At Spear, we know our team is our greatest strength, which is why diversity and inclusion are at the core of our culture. Learning, growing, and tackling bias is a lifelong commitment. Therefore, we make the following pledge:
-To advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and lean into necessary conversations. We will empower the unique individuals who make up our team with transparent communication, understanding, and empathy.
-To foster an environment where differences are invited and celebrated by expanding unconscious bias education.
-We strive to create clinics that reflect the diverse communities we serve and to always aim for effective, equitable care of our patients and employees alike.
Amir Rand has worn many hats in his 13 years at Spear. Starting as Physical Therapy Aide, then a full-time treating therapist, Amir went on to open and direct our 30 Broad Clinic before becoming the Director of our Gotham Region. In January 2022, Amir transitioned into his current position as the Director of Talent Acquisition.
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 diverse types of professionals. This helped Amir to connect with the needs of his patients, and now, the needs of talented individuals. With working knowledge as a treating therapist and operational experience behind the scenes, Amir has a unique lens into what will most benefit you.
Michelle Dearwater was the Clinical Director of our W 75th Street location, but now acts as a Talent Acquisition Manager. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Michelle has a diverse background in business, graduating cum laude from San Diego State University. After returning to school to pursue her true passion, Michelle became a physical therapist in order to improve the lives of others. Michelle has extensive clinical experience in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, gait training, post-operative care, and neuro-rehabilitation.
While pursuing her doctorate, Michelle volunteered at several pro bono clinics. She also completed research to improve functional activities for individuals with spinal cord injuries using specialized training in aerobics, strength conditioning, and manually resisted balance techniques.
Christina Kingsley was the Clinical Director of Spear's Brooklyn Heights clinic but now acts as a Talent Acquisition Manager. Chris received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and graduated with honors from Columbia University. At Columbia, she completed the Advanced Track in Orthopedics and took specialized courses on sports rehabilitation and foot and ankle rehabilitation. Chris earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from the University of Miami and minored in Psychology and Public Health.
Chris has worked with a diverse patient population, including geriatric and pediatric patients, and has treated a wide range of diagnoses of orthopedic, neurologic, and vestibular origins. She is dedicated to her patients’ success and understands the importance of providing each patient with a unique and individualized experience.
Kevin comes from an extensive background in sales and recruiting. Starting his career out in sales, Kevin then transitioned into recruiting 11 years ago and hasn’t looked back. He is passionate about finding roles that are a perfect match for the candidate and the company alike. Kevin has supported the growth of individuals throughout various stages of their professional development. From business owners and longtime professionals to those just starting out – facilitating growth is his greatest passion.
Abigail completed her Pre-Registration Masters in Physiotherapy from Brunel University, London, UK. Since qualifying as a physiotherapist, Abigail gained experience working within both the National Health Service and the private sector, later specializing as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. In early 2023, Abigail relocated to New York from London and is excited to take on her new role as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Spear. Her clinical experience in rehabilitation, post-operative care, outpatients, and respiratory physiotherapy will aid her in connecting the needs of patients with the most talented individuals.