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Michelle Dearwater, PT, DPT
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Michelle Dearwater, PT, DPT
Talent Acquisition Manager
DPT, PT
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 in New York City. Michelle has ...
Amir Rand, PT, DPT
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Amir Rand, PT, DPT
Talent Acquisition Director
DPT, PT
Amir Rand was the Regional Director of our Gotham region for five years before transitioning into his current role as Talent Acquisition Director. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from The New York...
Dan Rootenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS
Dan Rootenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS
CEO & Co-founder
Dan Rootenberg is the CEO of Spear, the only two-time National Practice of the Year award winner. Dan co-founded Spear in 1999, working out of a small treatment room in midtown Manhattan armed with a singular vision for combi...
Ryan Kitzen, PT, DPT
Ryan Kitzen, PT, DPT
Chief Operating Officer
DPT, PT
Ryan Kitzen is Spear’s Chief Operating Officer. He is a licensed and registered Physical Therapist with a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is a member of the Orthopedic section of the APTA. Ryan received his d...
David Endres, PT, MS
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David Endres, PT, MS
Co-founder & Physical Therapist
MS, PT
David Endres is the co-founder of Spear Physical Therapy and practicing Physical Therapist. After graduating from Touro College with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Dave worked for the NYC Board of Education treatin...
Lisa Yirce, PT, DPT
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Lisa Yirce, PT, DPT
Regional Director
DPT, PT
Lisa Yirce is the Regional Director of Spear’s Empire Region. She graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stony Brook University. Lisa has extensiv...
Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS
Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS
Regional Director
CSCS, DPT, PT
Austin Afshar is the Regional Director of Spear’s Brooklyn region. Austin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from the Indiana Univers...
Joe Costello, PT, DPT, SCS
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Joe Costello, PT, DPT, SCS
Regional Director
DPT, PT, SCS
Joe Costello is the Regional Director of our Freedom Region. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Joe received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Busine...
David Block, PT, DPT
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David Block, PT, DPT
Regional Director
DPT, PT
David Block is the Regional Director of our Liberty Region. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from the New York Institute of Technology. While at NYIT, David received the Benjamin Morey Commitment t...
Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, ART
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Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, ART
Director of Clinical Services
ART, CSCS, DPT, PT, SCS
Jeremy Crow is the Director of Clinical Services at Spear. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine emphasis from Florida State University in 2000, where he was a scholarship Student Athletic Trainer. Jer...
Lauren Carleton, PT, DPT, CHT
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Lauren Carleton, PT, DPT, CHT
Clinical Director
CHT, DPT, PT
Lauren is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Tribeca – Chambers Street location and a Certified Hand Therapist. Lauren moved to NYC in 2010, where she attended and graduated from Columbia University with a Doctorate in ...
Ninia Agustin, PT, DPT
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Ninia Agustin, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Ninia Agustin is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Times Square – Center for the Performing Arts location. Ninia earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. During her time there, she ...
Nicole Surach, PT, DPT, SFMA
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Nicole Surach, PT, DPT, SFMA
Clinical Director
DPT, PT, SFMA
Nicole is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Brooklyn – Williamsburg clinic. Nicole Surach received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami. She received her undergraduate degree from the ...
Ryan Coye, PT, DPT
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Ryan Coye, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Ryan Coye is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Midtown – Plaza Hotel location. Ryan earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. During his time there, Ryan served as Co-President of his class and ...
Joshua Rieders, PT, DPT, CSCS
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Joshua Rieders, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
CSCS, DPT, PT
Josh Rieders is the Clinical Director of Spear’s NoHo location. Josh received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Exercise Science from Syracuse ...
Benjamin Kraus, PT, DPT
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Benjamin Kraus, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Benjamin Kraus is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Flatiron location. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Nutrition Promotion from Ithaca College. Benjami...
Tom Barcia, PT, DPT, ATC
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Tom Barcia, PT, DPT, ATC
Clinical Director
ATC, DPT, PT
Thomas Barcia is the Clinical Director of our W 44th Street location. Tom earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Tom’s clinical e...
Sebastian Altomarino, PT, DPT
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Sebastian Altomarino, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Sebastian Altomarino is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Murray Hill Street location. Sebastian received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Sacred Heart University ...
Donald Squire, PT, DPT
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Donald Squire, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Donald Squire is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Brooklyn – CityPoint location. Don earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, where he also received his Bachelor’s D...
Timothy Caputo, PT, DPT, TPI L1
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Timothy Caputo, PT, DPT, TPI L1
Clinical Director
DPT, PT, TPI Level 1
Timothy Caputo is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Financial District – 70 Pine Street location. Tim earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science fro...
Ashley Rozek, PT, DPT, CSCS
Midtown NYC Physical Therapist Ashley Rozek
Ashley Rozek, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Ashley Rozek is the Clinical Director of, and Physical Therapist at, Spear’s Grand Central – 3rd Ave location. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University and her Bachelor’s degree in Human...
Michael Virgile, PT, DPT, CSCS
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Michael Virgile, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
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...
Kate Esler, PT, DPT
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Kate Esler, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Kate is a passionate, patient-centered therapist who received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and her Bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Wake Forest University. ...
Elana Jonas, OTR/L
Elana Jonas, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
OTR/L
Elana earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Seton Hall University and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from CUNY Hunter. During her time at Seton Hall, Elana served as a board member of the St...
Patrick Watson, PT, DPT
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Patrick Watson, PT, DPT
DPT, PT
Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Hofstra University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Patrick focuses on the treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries. Whi...
Jamie Golubitsky, PT, DPT, OCS
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Jamie Golubitsky, PT, DPT, OCS
Clinical Director
DPT, OCS, PT
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 o...
Michelle Rooney, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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Michelle Rooney, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Clinical Director
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Michelle is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Chelsea location. Michelle attended Utica College in New York, where she graduated from the accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She also completed her undergraduate d...
Leon Zhao, PT, DPT, TPI L1
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Leon Zhao, PT, DPT, TPI L1
Clinical Director
DPT, PT, TPI Level 1
Leon received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. He was initially on a pre-medical track and had a change of heart his ...
Alyssa Reyes, PT, DPT
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Alyssa Reyes, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Alyssa Reyes is the Clinical Director of our Upper West Side-W 92nd St location. Alyssa earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Masters in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science, and Bachelors in Exercise Science from the Univ...
Vivek Sukumaran, PT, DPT, TPI Level 1
Vivek Sukumaran, PT, DPT, TPI Level 1
Clinical Director
DPT, PT, TPI Level 1
Vivek received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College, a Master’s degree in Communication from Ioana College, and his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Connecticut. During clinical rotat...
Jeffrey Smith, PT, DPT
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Jeffrey Smith, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Jeff Smith is the Clinical Director of Spear’s FiDi clinic at 30 Broad Street. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania where he also earned a Bachelor’s of Scien...
Kevin Zheng, PT, DPT
Kevin Zheng, PT, DPT
Assistant Director
DPT, PT
Kevin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College Manhattan, as well as his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Columbia University. Kevin was inspired to pursue physical therapy as a career due to his athletic ...
Benjamin Kraus, PT, DPT
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Benjamin Kraus, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Benjamin Kraus is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Flatiron location. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Nutrition Promotion from Ithaca College. Benjami...
Andrea Kwok, PT, DPT
Andrea Kwok, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Andrea Kwok is the Clinical Director of Spear’s West 67th Street location. Andrea earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. During her time there, she completed a graduate assistantship in th...
Jason Kang, PT, DPT
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Jason Kang, PT, DPT
Pediatric Program Director
DPT, PT
Jason Kang, Director of Spear’s Pediatrics / Adolescents program, received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Scranton. Jason participated in various...
John Mackarey, PT, DPT
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John Mackarey, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
John Mackarey is Clinical Director of, and Physical Therapist at, Spear’s Long Island City – CityView clinic. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health...
Courtney Nilson, MS, OTR/L
Courtney Nilson, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Director
MS, OTR/L
Courtney Nilson is the Clinical Director of our Tribeca – Park Place location. Courtney earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University. She was a member of the Student Occupational Therapy A...
Kyle Stupi, PT, DPT, CSCS
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Kyle Stupi, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
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Kyle Stupi is the Clinical Director of our Westchester – Athlete’s Warehouse clinic. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Columbia University, MS in Exercise Physiology from Long Island University, and his Doct...
Christina Cottrell, PT, DPT
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Christina Cottrell, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Christina is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Brooklyn Heights clinic. Chris received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and graduated with honors from Columbia University. At Columbia, Chris completed the Advanced T...
Ryan Coye, PT, DPT
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Ryan Coye, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Ryan Coye is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Midtown – Plaza Hotel location. Ryan earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. During his time there, Ryan served as Co-President of his class and ...
Eli Lamberson, PT, DPT, CSCS
Eli Lamberson, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
CSCS, DPT, PT
Eli Lamberson grew up in Ohio and graduated with honors from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Eli went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston....
Eric Finkelstein, PT, DPT
Eric Finkelstein, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Eric Finkelstein earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College,  where he also received his bachelor’s degree in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Exercise Science. Eric’s clinical experience include...
Tom Anderson, PT, DPT, CSCS
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Tom Anderson, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
CSCS, DPT, PT
Tom is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Long Island – Great Neck location. Tom earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Springfield College and his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Bingha...
Derek Lee, PT, DPT
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Derek Lee, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Derek Lee is the Clinical Director of our Cobble Hill location. Derek received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Wom...
Ryan Grunseich, PT, DPT
Ryan Grunseich, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
DPT, PT
Ryan Grunseich is the Clinical Director of Spear’s Westchester Dobbs Ferry location. Ryan received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York Medical College. Prior to that, Ryan attended Colby College in Watervill...
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