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Cornelius Asare

Cornelius Asare

PT

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy: I always had an interest in sports and exercise. Physical therapy allows me to use my background in both areas to help people. Physical therapy also gives me the opportunity to use manual therapy skills and patient education to help people return to their prior level of function.

Share a memorable moment about a patient recovery: A memorable moment of a patient's recovery would be treating a man who presented with low back pain and a cane to assist with walking. Before his injury, this patient lived an active lifestyle. After one week of physical therapy, he told me he does research regarding other treatment options, medications, and supplements because he wants to recover quickly. I told him to continue to be patient with physical therapy treatment as it is helping to improve his symptoms and doing online research would just confuse and discourage himself. The patient was discharged from therapy with reduced low back pain and no longer uses a cane to walk. We keep in touch from time to time as we built a friendship outside of the clinic.

Interesting hobbies outside of work: I enjoy watching sports, playing basketball, and weightlifting. I love food and trying out new restaurants and cuisines. I would like to travel the world especially visiting my home country.

What’s the one question patients ask you most?: Are there other tall people in your family?

Harrison Dunayer

Harrison Dunayer

PTA

Hometown: Freehold, NJ

School: Towson University 2017 and Mercer County Community College 2020

Reason for getting into PT: I sustained multiple injuries in High School and College with playing golf ranging from low back pain to rotator cuff injuries.  I was able to avoid surgery and still play golf at a high level.  This got me into PT because I can help others go back to their normal life without making changes while avoiding surgery.

Memorable Moment:  It was during one of my clinical rotations and my patient is a professional wrestler coming off of ACL surgery and we started working on jumping and cutting.  I tied in some of his moves into the exercise program and to see the excitement on his face and really enjoying the PT sessions was one of the best moments I had in my career.

Interests and Hobbies:  I love to play golf.  I also like watching other sports and going to sporting events.  I also love auto detailing and working on cars.

One question I get asked the most:  How old are you?  You look so young.

Mansi Shah

Mansi Shah

PT

Mansi is a graduate of RGUHS and joined the Arrow team in 2021. She specializes in Dry Needling, Cupping, Women’s Health, Vertigo and more; But she loves treating all patients. Her advice to patients starting physical therapy is. “If you want a slow and steady recovery without any side effects, physical therapy treatment can help you do the activities you love without any discomfort.

Marjorie Galema

Marjorie Galema

Clinic Director Woodbridge), PT, DPT Read More
Marjorie Galema

Marjorie Galema

Clinic Director Woodbridge), PT, DPT

Hometown:
Union, NJ

Education:
Kean University B.A. Biology, Rutgers University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy:
To restore and revitalize lives of the people in the community.

Share a memorable moment about a patient recovery:
A young girl I treated suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that left her unable to stand and ambulate. It was her goal to be able to stand again so my clinical instructor and I trialed the use of an AFO to provide her with stability when standing. As tough as it was to just stand up the first day, she kept pushing herself and with each day it became easier and easier, allowing her to get closer to her goal.

Interesting hobbies outside of work:
Snowboarding, attending concerts, macramé, hiking, visiting national parks.

What’s the one question patients ask you most?
What is your ethnicity?

Jenny Mathew

Jenny Mathew

PT, DPT

Jenny is a graduate of University of the Sciences In Philadelphia and joined the Arrow team in 2021. The reason she loves physical therapy is because she loves working with others and helping them get back to doing the things that they love! It makes her really happy being able to help get people back to walking or running or being able to pick their kids up again and seeing those smiles on their faces when they reach and surpass little milestones along their journey.

Dr. Arthur Shevardnadze

Dr. Arthur Shevardnadze

Group Director, PT

Hometown:
Odessa, Ukraine

Education:
B.S. in Biology – Seton Hall University
Doctorate in Physical Therapy – Seton Hall University

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy:
While playing high school football, I injured my knee during a game. My physical therapist got me back to playing significantly quicker than originally anticipated, and I thought to myself – I’d love to be the one responsible for getting people back to what they love do be doing in life.

Share a memorable moment about a patient:
Share a memorable moment about a patient recovery:
A memorable moment for me recently would be when I was able to help an elderly woman with her chronic low back pain for several years to be able to lift and play with her grandchildren without any pain. It was an activity that she strived to be able to do, that had significant meaning to her and provided her with a sense of purpose. It was extremely fulfilling to have her so excited that she was able to accomplish this goal of hers.

Interesting hobbies outside of work:
I love anything sports related, and I also enjoy weight lifting. I am a die-hard New York Giant football fan through thick and thin. Outside of work, I often am reading evidence-based publications to research various alternative ways to better serve my patients. I also like to continue my education by taking Physical Therapy related courses, as it is my personal goal to achieve as many certifications as I can. I currently have my SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) certification, and am working towards my COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist). I plan to also study for the OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) exam.

What’s the one question patients ask you most?
How to pronounce my last name.

Salma Elsayed

Salma Elsayed

Clinic Director, PT, DPT Read More
Salma Elsayed

Salma Elsayed

Clinic Director, PT, DPT

Hometown:
North Brunswick, NJ

Education:
Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science and Sports Studies (Rutgers 2016)
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology (Rutgers 2016)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (Rutgers 2019)

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy:
I wanted to find a career that allowed me to use exercise, functional activities, patient education and manual therapy as tools to make a difference in people’s lives and get them back to doing what they love. A career in physical therapy has allowed me to spend quality time with my patients and gain a better understanding of their values, in order to develop a comprehensive plan of care that best fits their needs.

Share a memorable moment about a patient:
Share a memorable moment about a patient recovery:
A memorable moment I have was working with a patient who had a spinal cord injury and watching him transition from not being able to walk to watching him walk for the first time in 6 months!

Interesting hobbies outside of work:
Photography, hiking, soccer, and street art. I am also a food fanatic and love traveling to new places to try different cuisine!

“What’s the one question patients ask you most?”
What is your ethnicity?

Martha Maldonado

Martha Maldonado

Front Office Coordinator (FOC) Read More
Martha Maldonado

Martha Maldonado

Front Office Coordinator (FOC)

I love physical therapy because as the patient undergoes the rehabilitation and recovery process, I get to witness a level of perseverance and will power rarely seen in every day life. There is a great personal reward and joy in knowing I had a role in seeing the patients quality of life and function restored.

Michelle Restrepo

Michelle Restrepo

PT | PT, DPT

Hometown:
Roselle Park, NJ

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Biology — Kean University, 2015
Doctor of Physical Therapy — Rutgers, 2019

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy:
Growing up, I was always very active and enjoyed participating in sports. Competitive cheerleading was my first love and longest sport, and realizing the injuries that some of my teammates were being hindered by, I grew up thinking “I want to be able to help my teammates perform their best.” Moving on to running track, playing tennis, and weight training on my free time, I knew I had a love for leading an active lifestyle and wanted to not only coach others, but help those at even more highly involved levels of injury. This is where my interest and passion for the field of physical therapy began.

Share a memorable moment about a patient:
Having a patient finish his plan of care after having met all goals, and come back into the clinic a week later to personally thank me. He told me how happy he was that he could perform all of his routine daily activities and beyond. When starting PT, he told me that being able to run again would be a dream because of his arthritic knee pain and a nagging calf strain. We decided together to make running a goal, and were able to achieve it. Seeing my patients achieve their baseline goals and even surpass them makes me proud to do what I do.

Interesting hobbies outside of work:
PI enjoy running outdoors, exploring new hiking trails, exploring new cuisines, and most importantly, spending time with my family. I also love to slackline and practice yoga, and hope to do them both more often!

“What’s the one question patients ask you most?”
Hablas español? (By the way, the answer is, si!)

Karen Sharma

Karen Sharma

OT

Karen went to the University of Toronto, faculty of medicine and graduated with a Bsc.(Hons) in Occupational Therapy in 2000. She completed a 4 month internship in Hand Therapy during her OT program and has been practicing in Hand Therapy for the last 18 years. She is NBCOT certified and has taken scads of continuing education courses with a special emphasis on traumatic injuries of the hand/wrist, joint mobilization of the hand/wrist/shoulder, as well as wound care and splinting/orthotic fabrication. She has also been a mentor for students who are in the OT program or who are interested in the field. Karen moved to New Jersey from Canada in 2004. She has 2 boys and enjoys playing the piano, reading and classical dance.

Paramjit Popli

Paramjit Popli

PT, OCS

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy
To make a difference in people’s life by healing them

Share a Memorable event regarding Patient recovery
During the treatment process while helping patient to regain her ability to walk and carry out daily Life . Patient stated, “You are real hero as you have healed me mentally and physically and changed me into new person.“ This statement gave a great feeling of satisfaction!

Interesting hobbies outside of work:
Swimming , Reading , Playing chess and sky diving

What’s one question patients ask you most:
How old are you?