Annette Abbate PT, DPT, CKTP, FMS, Clinic Director
Annette Abbate PT, DPT, CKTP, FMS received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and is licensed to practice physical therapy in New York. She has over 6 years of clinical experience specializing in outpatient orthopedics / sport injuries and outpatient pediatrics.
Annette has always been fascinated by anatomy and physiology since she was a small child. Her mother, Marilyn, a Speech Language Pathologist working in pediatrics, had exposed Annette to therapy services at an early age. A lifetime athlete, Annette was always into sports and thus exposed to injuries shared among teammates. By high school, she knew she wanted to be involved in sports, pediatrics, and helping those with movement disorders.
Annette completed clinical affiliations treating a variety of patients with conditions ranging from simple orthopedic to medically complex in the pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Annette has been part of the multidisciplinary management of patients in the acute, sub-acute, and outpatient pediatric & adult orthopaedic settings. While at USP, she also participated in a Pro-Bono Experiential Learning Experience at Mercy Wellness Center. This experience provided underserved residents of West Philadelphia with access to physical therapy services while hands on learning occurred through faculty mentorship.
While attending the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, she played NCAA Division II Softball for 4 years and developed expertise in the treatment of orthopaedics, sports injuries, post surgical patients, yoga, and wellness. She also specializes in pediatrics, both orthopaedic injuries and well as treating children with special needs using a sensory integration framework. Annette truly enjoys working with children with developmental delay, low tone, and those on the autism spectrum disorder. She is a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner and certified in the functional movement screen. She holds a 200 hour RYT certification from YogaFit.
She truly believes in performing quality physical therapy and motivating patients with positive energy, knowledge, empathy, and dedication. She absolutely loves what she does and could not picture her life without helping others reach their goals. When Annette is not hard at work helping her patients achieve their rehabilitation goals, she can be found spending time with her family, friends, practicing yoga, exercising, travelling, and enjoying the fruits of living in New York City.
Tara Losquadro Liddle MPT, NDT, Regional Director of Pediatrics
Tara received a BS in Physical Therapy from New York University along with a MS in Developmental Disabilities. Licensed to practice in New York for over thirty years, Tara is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) and has gained extensive experience various settings; including hospitals, private practice, early intervention and consulting.
Volunteering as a teenager with children with special needs sealed my fate as a physical therapist. I was enamored with the emotional and physical care implemented by the physical therapists working with the children. She has been working with children and their families since 1983.
Drawing from her experience working with the adolescent population, Tara is the author of Why Motor Skills Matter: Improve your child's physical development to enhance learning and self-esteem.
Tara often references Tscharnuter Akademie for Movement Organization (TAMO) and the Connecticut Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment from Yale and is an expert in pediatric and family communications, quality care, team training, supervision and lecturing on neonatal, pediatric, and adolescent patients care.
When Tara is not hard at work helping her patients achieve their rehabilitation goals, she can be found cycling, skiing and running; having last completed the NYC marathon in 2007. She is also an avid traveler, reader and museum goer.
Tziona Schmell, PT, DPT
Tziona attended Touro College in New York where she earned her Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014. With a background in pediatrics and geriatrics, her patient population extends the lifespan.
Since her teenage years, Tziona has been very active in her community, volunteering for organizations in which she cared for youngsters and teenagers with physical limitations due to chronic illnesses. Becoming a physical therapist was a natural choice as the next step in her professional life.
In 2009 Tziona earned certification as a Personal Trainer from the American Academy of Personal Training where she introduced clients to the world of body awareness, power lifting and self-care in the pursuit of strength and aerobic training. She now works to incorporate that training into her treatment style, believing that people can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
She currently specializes in Pelvic Floor Rehab and Women's Health, hoping to raise awareness regarding the number of disorders that people often don't even tell their doctors about, and to let them know that there is hope and that they are not alone.
Tziona welcomes the ongoing process of medical education and continues to supplement her education with courses that include NAIOMT and Herman & Wallace. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Therapy as well as the Section of Women’s Health.
Tanya Kaloustian, PTA
Former athlete Tanya Kaloustian used her interest in sports and how the body mends to trigger a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant.
She graduated from La Guardia Community College, Long Island City, NY, as a Physical Therapist Assistant, and also attended medical college in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where she achieved her training as a rehabilitation therapist.
Her certifications include Comprehensive Manual Therapy Approach for Shoulder-Elbow-Hand Pathology; Myofascial, Trigger Point and Proprioceptive Therapy.
She gained experience working in outpatient clinics and now works as an adult outpatient clinician.
When she is not working she enjoys travelling, cooking, hiking, walking her dog and bicycling.