Park Slope Staff

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.

Emily Wulwick, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Emily Wulwik, MS, OTR/L was always interested in science and medicine and she knew from an early age she wanted to have a career in rehabilitation.

She achieved her Master of Science degree at Touro College, New York, NY, her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, and is currently working on specialty certification in hand therapy.

She gained experience doing fieldwork in mental health, pediatrics, and both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Currently her areas of specialization are upper extremities and hand therapy.

When she is not working she is an avid cyclist, runner and snowboarder.

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.


Marcin Lisowski, PT, MPT

Marcin Stanislaw Lisowski received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland.

He is also a certified swimming instructor, lifeguard, sailor and masseur.

Marcin is currently working towards his doctorate degree in physical therapy.

He gained experience working in outpatient clinics in Warsaw, Poland starting in 2001, and then in outpatient clinics in New York City from 2006 until recently.

His area of specialization is orthopedics.

Marcin says he chose a career in physical therapy because it combines medicine with physical activity, both fields in which he has a great interest.

When he is not working he likes to travel to other cities and internationally, to go fishing and enjoy exercise and fitness. He also like to do photography and cook new meals.


Catherine Johnson, PTA, BA, CLT

Catherine Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State, making the Dean’s List in 1991.

She returned to school recently to earn a Physical Therapist Assistant Certification at Nassau Community College (2010).

She is a certified lymphedema therapist who specializes in lymphedema treatment and women’s health issues.

Catherine is a breast cancer survivor who is dedicated to promoting health for fellow survivors.


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.


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.


Fady Khalil , PTA

Fady received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Misr University for Science and Technology Cairo, Egypt in 2006. He moved to New York in 2012 and currently practices as Physical Therapist Assistant in Brooklyn, NY. He is studying to sit for his Physical Therapy license.

Fady has clinical experience in orthopedic settings and Acute care hospitals. He has experience treating patients with shoulder, hip, knee, spine and foot injuries as well as post surgical patients and patients with neurological disorders. He performs manual therapy techniques as well as instructs patients on individualized therapeutic exercise programs. In Egypt, he also had experience as a Diabetic Patient Educator for Sanofi Aventis (Multinational pharmaceutical company).

His main focus is to work with patients on an individual level to help them reach their goals and maximize their function. In his leisure time, Fady enjoys reading ,cooking, drawing, traveling, working out and spending time with friends.


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.


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.


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.


Ethan Feder, PT, DPT

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. His current areas of interest include orthopedics and manual based treatment approaches. He hopes to pursue a board certification as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. When he is not working, Ethan enjoys exercising, playing sports, cooking, and traveling.


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.

Annette Abbate, PT, DPT

Dr. Annette Abbate is a licensed physical therapist in New York. She is a member of the APTA and NYPTA.

She attended the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where she played NCAA Division II Softball for 4 years. While there, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is a certified kinesiotape practitioner and certified in the functional movement screen. She holds a 200 hour RYT certification from YogaFit. She is currently working on becoming certified in Manual Therapy (COMT) and sitting for the OCS/SCS exams.

Annette has developed into a very well rounded therapist as she has gained experience in Outpatient Orthopaedics and Sports Physical Therapy Clinics, Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Centers, Acute Care Hospitals, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. She has attended multiple continuing education courses and attended multiple national conferences. With all the knowledge acquired from these experiences, she believes that Physical Therapists should be seen as the movement experts throughout the lifespan.

She specializes in 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.

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.

When not treating patients in the clinic, Annette is spending time with her family, friends, practicing yoga, exercising, travelling, and enjoying the fruits of living in New York City.

Danny Heng, PT, DPT

Danny Heng received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hunter College of The City University of New York and received his B.S in Biochemistry from Syracuse University. After completing clinical affiliations in various settings at well-respected hospitals in New York City, Danny has gained extensive clinical experience and specializes in neurological, orthopedic, and pulmonary Physical Therapy. He has an avid interest for working with patients with neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, and Peripheral Neuropathy. Danny is also certified in the specialized Parkinson’s treatment LSVT BIG. Danny brings creativity and enthusiasm to his sessions and creates individualized treatment approaches to help his patients achieve greater functional independence.

Jamie McRoberts, PT, DPT, CSCS

Jamie McRoberts received her B.S. in Biopsych from Loyola University of Maryland, then continued her studies at New York University where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In 2011, she received her Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NCSA. Jamie’s experience in the orthopedic field has been quite varied, including internships with Kernan Rehabilitation the University of Maryland Medical System, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and working at STAR throughout graduate school as well as other outpatient rehabilitation facilities. During her undergraduate years, Jamie competed at the club level in tennis and continued to teach children with disabilities tennis at the Prospect Park Tennis Bubble. She has a specialty in running over-use injuries. In her free time she enjoys running and has completed half marathons.

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.

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.

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.

Autumn Neuharth, PT, DPT

Autumn Neuharth graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Movement Science and moved to New York for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University – Brooklyn. Throughout the course of her education, Autumn gained experience in a variety of settings, ranging from outpatient orthopedic clinics with a focus on manual therapy and athletic injuries to Mt. Sinai’s Brain Injury inpatient rehabilitation center.

Autumn is fascinated by the human neuromuscular system and physical therapy’s complex marriage of science and art. Autumn’s continuing education includes courses on manual therapy and chronic pain from the Institute of Physical Art, assisting research studying the effects of exercise on people with Parkinson’s disease, and nearly a decade of personal experience with strength and conditioning including CrossFit and sport-specific fitness.

When Autumn’s not working, you can find her playing rugby (or training for it). Autumn played rugby at the University of Michigan and continues to compete with the New York Rugby Club.

Teymur Mirzoyev, PT, DPT

Teymur received his doctorate in physical therapy degree in 2014 from Long Island University. During his studies he completed clinical affiliations in outpatient orthopedic, acute, and sub-acute facilities including Memorial Regional Hospital, south Florida’s largest provider of physical rehabilitation services.

After obtaining his license he began his career in outpatient orthopedics at Tri Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY working along side pain management specialists and sports medicine doctors. He has completed continuing education courses in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and will pursue FMS certification and Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) board certification.

Rachel Mendoza MS, OTR/L

Rachel received her bachelors degree in science and her masters degree in occupational Therapy  at York College- CUNY. She decided to purse a career in occupational therapy because she wanted to be apart of someone’s recovery and help her patients return to what is important to them such as working, parenting, or leisure activities as best as they can. Rachel has done her rotations in  mental health, long term living, aquatic therapy, various out patient hand clinics, neurology, and pediatric clinics. When she is not working she volunteers and fundraiser with non for profit organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy Association. Some of her hobbies are dancing watching sporting events and traveling. She one day hopes to work with veterans and their families.