Executive Team

Dan Rootenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS
President & CEO
Dan Rootenberg is the President and CEO of SPEAR Physical Therapy, the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2017 Practice of the Year. Dan co-founded SPEAR in 1999 working out of a small treatment room. SPEAR has since g...
Ryan Kitzen, PT, DPT
VP of Operations
Ryan Kitzen is SPEAR Physical Therapy’s VP of Operations. 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 rece...
David Endres, PT, MS
Co-Founder & Project Management
David Endres is the co-founder of SPEAR Physical Therapy, Head of SPEAR Project Management and is the Chief Clinical Compliance Officer. After graduating from Touro College with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Dave ...
Lisa Yirce, PT, DPT
Regional Director
Lisa Yirce is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Chelsea location. 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 exten...
Amir Rand, PT, DPT
Regional Director
Amir Rand is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Financial District – 30 Broad Street location. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from The New York Institute of Technology. His clinical exp...
Joe Costello, PT, DPT, SCS
Regional Director
Joe Costello is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Midtown – West 57th Street location. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Joe received his undergraduate degree ...
Jimmy Olayos, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA
Regional Director
Jimmy Olayos is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Brooklyn Heights location. Jimmy received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce University in Manchester, NH. Prior to enrollment at Franklin Pierce,...
Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Director of Clinical Education
Jeremy Crow is the Director of Clinical Education 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. Je...
Cathy Campbell, PT, DPT, SCS
Clinical Director
Cathy Campbell, Clinical Director at SPEAR’s Midtown – West 44th Street location, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Cath...
David Block, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
David Block is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Penn Plaza location. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from the New York Institute of Technology. While at NYIT, David received the Benjamin Mor...
Joe Losurdo, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
Joe Losurdo is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Upper East Side location. Joe earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University. Prior to attending Temple, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with...
Lauren Carleton, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
Lauren is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Tribeca location. Lauren moved to NYC in 2010, where she attended and graduated from Columbia University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. At Columbia, Lauren was the APTA ...
Patrick Watson, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
Patrick Watson is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Midtown – East 56th Street location. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Hofstra University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy fr...
Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
Austin Afshar is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Murray Hill location. Austin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Indiana Un...
Ninia Agustin, PT, DPT
Clinical Director
Ninia Agustin is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’S Midtown – Plaza Hotel location. Ninia earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. During her time there, she was the fundraising chai...
Bhavik Sheth, PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA
Clinical Director
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 ...
Joshua Rieders, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
Josh Rieders is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Financial District – 70 Pine Street location. Josh received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Hea...
Michael Virgile, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director
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 Unive...
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