Kevin Kay, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS, Clinic Director
Kevin Kay, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and the Clinic Director at MetroSportsMed Park Slope location.
He graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Biology in 2003. He continued his education at NYU and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2009 Kevin was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from The American Physical Therapy Association and in 2012 he added his verification as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Kevin is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. With special interest in both neurological and sports orthopedic conditions, Kevin participated in various neuroscience researches and is actively investigating the rehabilitation of athletes with myotomal weakness. He specializes in treating hip labral tear/impingement related conditions and works extensively with hip surgeons rehabilitating patients with arthroscopic repairs.
He is the team therapist for the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) Super League Rugby team. He also serves as a Master Clinician and guest lecturer at NYU’s physical therapy program.
Recreationally, Kevin enjoys playing volleyball in the NY Urban League, basketball and cycling.
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.
Page Baker, PT, DPT, LMT
Page Baker says she learned about the benefits of Physical Therapy the hard way.
"After an accident as a teenager, I did yoga. I learned that general flexibility isn’t healthy without joint stability," she explains.
"I strive now to affect others to learn how to heal their own bodies with specific joint stabilization and to achieve balance where needed."
When she started her training she was totally determined to go as far as possible.
"As the only person in my family with a college degree, I wanted to achieve the highest degree possible to make my parents proud."
Her first degree came in 1996: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies. In 2008 she achieved her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. In 2010, she was awarded her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Stonybrook University.
A continual learner, she also amassed an impressive list of special certifications. These include certifications in Swedish Massage Therapy – Shiatsu and Swedish Massage, New York, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Institute, NY, Reflexology, Dermal Institute, NY, Maitland Level 3, Hunter College, NY, Neural Mobilization with Mark Butler, Somerville, NJ, and Intensive Orthopedics, Hunter College, NY.
She is currently working on her certification in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in Florida and Massachusettes.
She gathered experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and rehabilitation settings in outpatient, rehabilitation and acute care hospital and children’s schools settings.
She now specializes in orthopedic physical therapy, pelvic health physical therapy and lymphedema physical therapy.
When she is not working she enjoys long-distance skating and slalom skating and skate tours, dance, biking, gym, yoga, swimming, walking, taking classes and reading.
Sam Choi, PT, DPT, CSCS
Sam recieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Prior to the completion of his Doctorate, Sam completed three clinical affiliations and various internships across the East Coast including the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, and the John H. Bradley Health Clinic (OCS) in Marine Corps Base Quantico. Sam's previous clinical experiences allow him to evaluate and treat a variety of patients and orthopedic conditions.
Sam's areas of clinical interest include running and weightlifting specific injuries, strength and conditioning, post-operative rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is currently a a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is pursuing a Board Certification in Sports through the APTA.
Michelle Chu, PT, DPT
Michelle graduated from Binghamton University in 2010 with a BA in Psychology. She decided to pursue a career in physical therapy because it allows her to have a direct and interactive role with her patients as they work together as a team to reach their goals. Michelle then went on to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy at Long Island University and graduated in 2014. She completed 4 clinical rotations in various settings including outpatient orthopedic, cardiac acute care, and subacute rehab. She has also taken various orthopedic continuing education courses and plans on pursuing an orthopedic residency in the near future.
In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, scrapbooking, and being an avid gymnastics fan.
Puneet Dhaliwal, DPT, MA
Puneet Dhaliwal received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, one of the top tertiary care centers in India.
She achieved her Master’s in Motor Control and Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and is currently pursuing her Post Professional T-DPT Program at Utica College, NY.
She is LSVT Big Certified and has completed a competency based course in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University, Susan Herdman Group, Atlanta.
She gained experience working in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (tertiary care, outpatient neurology, orthopedics, and pediatrics). She also worked in inpatient physical therapy including trauma ward, burns unit, neurology intensive care unit, neonatal surgical and medical intensive care unit for respiratory therapy.
She gathered further experience at the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai, India including pain management, orthopedic outpatient, and amputation rehabilitation.
She worked on a research project on Parkinson’s Disease at Columbia University, NY, in 2012 and was a research volunteer at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine New York, NY Motor Recovery Lab under Dr. Preeti Raghavan in September, 2010.
Her areas of specialization now include vestibular, Parkinson’s Disease, neurology, and pulmonary.
Puneet said she happened across the profession of physical therapy in India and she liked that fact that she would be able to care for individuals not just with one condition, but with a holistic concept and would be able to spend more time with patients than some other health professionals.
"I believed that physical therapists go beyond the ‘physical’ management of injury and help improve and promote health at all levels," she explained.
When she is not working, Puneet enjoys doing outdoor activities like theater and plays as well as badminton, table tennis and hiking. She loves to travel and is also fond of painting, embroidery and cooking.
James Falesto, PT, DPT
James Falesto received his DPT from New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury. He gained his experience by working as a Physical Therapy Aide for 2 years, doing 4 clinical affiliations during his Graduate school program, and working under a limited permit for 3 months in an outpatient clinic.
James knew he wanted to be a physical therapist since sophomore year in high school. Throughout his experiences playing sports he was always fascinated by how the human body allowed people to perform these high level complex movements. He also enjoys helping others and believes there is no greater satisfaction than to help someone regain and improve their level of functioning. James has 3 family members who are physical therapists that he was able to shadow and get advice from that solidified his decision to pursue a career in physical therapy.
When James is not working he likes to spend time with his loved ones, workout, play sports, and stay active.
Ethan Feder, PT, DPT, OCS
Ethan Feder graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2014 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. Prior to joining Metro SportsMed, he gained clinical experience through affiliations at sub-acute, acute, and outpatient facilities.
He is an avid sports fan and his interest in physical therapy developed based on his curiosity of how athletes were able to return to sports following injuries. Ethan is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. His treatment approach incorporates his Orthopedic training and manual therapy background within a biopsychosocial framework. When he is not working, Ethan enjoys exercising, playing sports, cooking, and traveling.
Carrie Klementowicz, PT, DPT
Carrie’s interest in Physical Therapy began after taking a sports medicine class taught by a Physical Therapist when she was 16. She attended Syracuse University where she received her BS in Health and Exercise Science. Carrie graduated from Long Island University at Brooklyn with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She gained experience through clinical rotations in cardiac acute care, acute rehab and outpatient orthopedic settings. She has also taken several continuing education courses in manual based treatment approaches. In her spare time, Carrie is interested in reading, watching football, traveling and exercising.
Mushka Engel, PT, DPT
Mushka graduated from Touro College School of Health Sciences with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. She has always fascinated by science, medicine, and the human body and found the perfect blend of all three of her passions in the field of physical therapy.
Prior to graduating with her doctorate degree, Mushka worked in 4 clinical rotations in acute hospital care, subacute rehabilitation facilities, orthopedic physical therapy specializing in foot and ankle injuries, and neurological physical therapy.
Mushka has dual interest with the care of both orthopedic and neurological conditions, and is offering her expertise to serve both populations at Metro SportsMed. In her free time not at work, Mushka enjoys reading, hiking, sports, and finding the perfect cup of coffee.
Lance Smith, PT, DPT, OCS
Lance Smith is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. He graduated from the School of Physical Therapy in Jamaica, West Indies in 1980. He later attended Long Island University and graduated with an advanced Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1981. With a commitment to live long learning he successfully completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Evidence In motion Institute of Health Professions.
Lance also attended the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where he worked as a physical therapist and took advanced courses in functional anatomy. Lance is highly committed to continuing education and professional growth in the field of Physical Therapy, of which he passionately shares with his colleagues and Physical Therapy students.
Before joining METRO SPORTSMED®, he was employed as a clinical specialist at the world-renowned Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute (HJDOI). He served as an assistant clinical coordinator for clinical education and was the primary therapist for the weekly sports medicine clinics at HJDOI.
He has been awarded the Sportsmetrics Certification from the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation. Lance’s hobbies include Reading, Cooking and Martial Arts.
Margarita Lungin, PT, DPT
Margarita Lungin graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Health Science, and a minor in Environmental Studies. She continued her education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
She knew that she wanted to be a Physical Therapist after going through therapy due to a back injury. She admired the positive environment and the ability of the profession to promote health and well-being. Her clinical affiliations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan included orthopedics, acute care, and pediatric sensory rehabilitation. Margarita is working on attaining her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification in the near future to better assist patients with improving their athletic performance.
Margarita began playing tennis at the age of four. She competed on the national level with the Stony Brook University club team, where she was the president and captain during her senior year. She currently coaches the Men's and Women's tennis teams at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. In her free time she enjoys playing table tennis, swimming, hiking, and biking around Brooklyn.
Andrew Moscatiello, PT, DPT
Andrew received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate in 2017, after a career change from the world of Biotechnology where he researched for 4 years on new diagnostic tests for influenza. Andrew gained valuable clinical experience by completing affiliations at NYU’s Tisch Hospital Emergency Department, at Mount Sinai’s traumatic brain injury unit, as well as various orthopedic outpatient clinics in New York. These experiences gave him a well-rounded education to provide treatments for a variety of conditions.
Andrew has also dedicated his knowledge and energy to giving back to the community by volunteering at the Brooklyn Free Clinic which provides free care to the underserved population of Brooklyn for 1 year. He has spent one semester as lab instructor at his alma mater, SUNY Downstate, to instruct a new generation of Physical Therapy students in a palpation skills lab.
Andrew hopes to one day pursue his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) board certification. When Andrew is not treating patients he enjoys cycling, snowboarding and weight lifting.
Kevin Migliore PT, DPT
Kevin graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology. He went on to receive his DPT from Long Island University-Brooklyn. During his time at LIU Kevin gained valuable experience in a variety of settings including inpatient pediatric rehabilitation at NYU Rusk, and adult inpatient and outpatient settings. Following his graduation from LIU Kevin worked at NYU Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center working with patients with chronic spinal pain. Kevin now works primarily with pediatric patients. He discovered this interest in pediatrics during an internship in special education classrooms while completing his undergraduate degree. Kevin is certified to treat scoliosis patients through his C1 Schroth-Barcelona Certification.
Kevin’s philosophy as a physical therapist is to look at a patient in a holistic view; treating not just the impairment, but the whole person. He values patient education as a great way to facilitate success in his patient’s therapy.
When he is not working Kevin enjoys running, biking, hiking and playing with his dog, Mello.
Fallon Levine-Vorsanger PT, DPT, CLT
Fallon graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. She then received her certification as a lymphedema specialist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy. Additionally, she is certified in the Leduc method. Fallon has dedicated her career to treating, educating and advocating for people with lymphedema. She was a speaker at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Rehabilitation Symposium on the Evaluation and Treatment Strategies for Radiation Fibrosis in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer. After spending multiple years treating patients with lymphedema in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, she is now extending her expertise to provide her excellent care to patients in Brooklyn.
David Hoke, PT, DPT
David graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. He continued his education at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine where he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During his time at USF, David gained valuable experience in acute care, outpatient orthopedic and outpatient neurological settings. Through his diverse clinical experiences, he gained knowledge to treat a broad spectrum of patients. David eventually developed a special interest in treating both neurological and orthopedic patients. David is also an active researcher contributing to two future publications focusing on improving gait symmetry and quality in patients post-stroke.
While in graduate school, David also devoted time to volunteering at various free health care clinics. Most notably, was USF’s own B.R.I.D.G.E. clinic, a student run clinic of medical, pharmacy and physical therapy students. This clinic focused on serving the uninsured population in the greater Tampa, FL areas.
When he is not working, David enjoys exercising, weight lifting, watching sports, research and fishing.
Yuliya Lagos, PTA, L.A.C.
Yuliya Lagos obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree in Applied Science from Maria College, Albany, New York in May of 1997.
She is also a trained acupuncturist, graduating with a Master of Science from Tristate college of Acupuncture in New York, N.Y., in June of 2004.
She is currently working on a comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI).
She has acquired more than a decade of clinical experience working in many different settings including nursing homes, hospitals and outpatient facilities. She has acquired specialization in trigger point release and Pilates.
She chose to be a Physical Therapist Assistant because she enjoys working with people.
"My goal is to help people improve functions of daily living and improve their well being," she says. "As a PTA, I have an opportunity to work individually with each patient to help them to achieve a better quality of life."
When she is not working, Yuliya enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.
Carlos Robles, PTA, Operations Supervisor
Physical Therapy is a fascinating career because it helps people get back on their feet, says Carolos Robles, Physical Therapist Assistant.
He graduated in 2000 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LaGuardia College, Long Island City, NY.
He then worked and continues to work on several outpatient based physical therapy clinics, working primarily with orthopedic and neurological cases.
When he is not working, he likes to spend time in nature, on the beach and in open fields. He also enjoys spending time with his family.
Eric Wolf PT, DPT
Eric worked as a business manager in the music industry for 7 years and had a career change to become a physical therapist in his pursuit to provide the best clinical care to those in need.
After excelling his advance training at Metro SportsMed, Eric joined the team after graduating with honors from Touro College School of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His extensive fitness background has helped shape his treatment approach in maximizing movement performance to his patients, and allowing him to customize his care to optimize treatment results.
Eric is passionate about his own training and has extensive experience in strength and conditioning, weightlifting, and endurance sports. His expertise in biomechanics allows him to build programs for all types of injuries ranging from general conditioning to high level athletes.
Eric is dedicated to expanding his knowledge of physical therapy and is always building on his manual techniques. He is advancing his spinal treatment techniques with NAIOMT (North American Institute of Manual Therapy) and will be specialized in manual therapy and strength and conditioning in the near future.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys exercising, snowboarding, traveling, eating, and is always open to catching a Yankees game with friends.
Joy Hyunjeong Jang, PT, PhD
Joy Hyunjeong Jang graduated from the school of physical therapy in 2003 in South Korea. She later achieved her PhD in 2014 in Physical Therapy from the University of Daejeon in South Korea and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physical Therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist in Korea and involved in teaching continuing education courses on manual therapy of pelvic girdle. She has published approximately 30 articles and presented the results of her research globally in areas such as therapeutic exercise programs for elderly women with age related hyperkyphosis, psychosocial factors related to neck pain, and pelvic floor muscle training in pregnancy women.
Prior to joining MetroSports Med, Joy has acquired experience in a variety of orthopedic conditions such as acute or chronic patients with spine and joint dysfunction, post-operative and sports injury rehabilitation. Currently she is focused on advancing her specialty with women’s and men’s pelvic floor rehab further by collaborating with pelvic pain specialists across the country. Joy is compassionate with her patient care. She is always committed to understand her patients’ difficulties fully in order to provide them with the best care possible. “I believed that everyone’s pain is different, so our role is to provide the optimal environment for healing through both science and the art,” she explained.
Joy is an international director of the Korean Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (KAOMPT, Interest Group of International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT)) and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) section on Women's Health (SOWH).
In her spare time, Joy enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and swimming.
Eugene Kravets, OTR/L
Eugene graduated from Long Island University with a BS in Exercise Science and a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy. Working in an outpatient setting and treating all types of hand and upper extremity dysfunctions has always been Eugene’s passion and reason for pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. During his time in graduate school, Eugene completed his field work in Maimonides and Coney Island Hospital, gaining valuable experience in acute care and upper extremity orthopedics. While completing his pediatric fieldwork rotation, Eugene studied sensory integration principles, and worked with children with learning disabilities.
Eugene is currently on a quest to gain a specialty certification in hand therapy. Aside from currently working with adults with upper extremity injuries, Eugene also works in NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital on the inpatient rehab unit, and works with children with sensory processing issues, and learning disabilities.
Eugene also has experience working with athletes of all ages; he worked as Sports Performance Coach at Velocity Sports Performance, NYC. Eugene is a Certified Weightlifting coach by United States weightlifting, and holds many other certifications in the field of strength and conditioning. Eugene’s hobbies include playing basketball, weightlifting, and being a cat dad.
Shih-yu (Louise) Lur, MS, OTR/L
Shih-yu (Louise) Lur, MS, OTR/L is originally from Taiwan and earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Chang Gung University. With a desire to broaden her horizons, Louise continued her education at Tufts University and received a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Louise has research experience in stroke rehabilitation and her clinical experience includes clinical affiliations in adult physical dysfunctions, pediatrics, and mental health while in Taiwan and in outpatient neurological rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Before joining STAR, Louise worked as an occupational therapist at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn treating patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions in acute rehab and outpatient rehab, where she developed an interest and passion for upper extremity rehabilitation. Louise is a Certified KinesioTape Practitioner and is excited to further her knowledge in hand therapy. In her free time Louise enjoys pilates, spinning, listening to music, movies, and exploring various restaurants in New York City.
Darya Epel OTR/L
Darya Epel, BS/MS, OTR/L earned her BS in Psychology from CUNY College of Staten Island in 2013 and then graduated from LIU Brooklyn with BS/MS in Occupational therapy. Darya gained clinical experience doing rotations in mental health, pediatrics, and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and then worked in NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital inpatient rehab. Darya also has experience tutoring groups of graduate students in neuroscience, kinesiology, and anatomy. While enjoying learning in all settings, she was particularly inspired by her experience in the outpatient clinic, where she worked alongside of several experts in the field of hand therapy. This experience made her keen on further pursuing career in outpatient rehabilitation with focus on upper extremities. Darya currently works with adults with upper extremity injuries and children with sensory processing difficulties and learning disabilities. Darya is also interested in developing a more holistic approach to patient care, which focuses on mind-body connection and integrates mindfulness and yoga into treatment sessions. Darya's hobbies include digital photography and drawing, traveling, dancing, and practicing yoga and meditation.