Directory

 

Our Clinicians

Michael Fox, PT is a Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, a Certified Manual Therapist, a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician and an International Rugby Board Certified First Aid In Rugby Educator. Michael co-founded STAR (Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation) Physical & Occupational Therapy in 1999. He is a Team Physical Therapist for the USA Eagles Men's National Rugby Team and Head Physical Therapist for the New York Athletic Club Rugby Team, an Adjunct Professor at New York University and a Clinical Supervisor at SUNY Stony Brook. Mike was recently published in James Andrews, MD's renowned medical textbook The Athlete's Shoulder and he frequently lectures and writes for various professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association and NYU. Mike graduated Fairfield University with an Economics degree in 1986 and New York University with a Physical Therapy degree in 1991. He worked as a Senior Physical Therapist at Lenox Hill Hospital, and in 1993 became a member of their sports medicine team working at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. In 1998 Mike was awarded his certification in Manual Therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy, and in 1999 he was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association.

 

Kevin Kay, PT, DPT, returns to STAR part time having been the Clinic Director (CD) here for many years. As part of MOTION PT Group Network, Kevin is also currently the Clinic Director of Metro SportsMed in Park Slope and the Multi-Site Manager for MOTION’s Brooklyn and Manhattan clinics.

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 a Certified 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.

 

Danielle Kagan, OTR/L is a Board Certified Hand Therapist and Director of the Hand Therapy clinic at STAR, which she established in 2000. Danielle works with some of the top hand surgeons in New York, and has designed unique splints to accompany their innovative procedures. She has been the teaching assistant for specialized splinting and upper extremity anatomy classes for both the Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments at NYU. Since 2001, she has been a member of both the American Society of Hand Therapy and the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. In 1995, Danielle graduated from Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions with a degree in Occupational Therapy. In 1997, Danielle began specializing in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity, and in 1998 she continued her on-the-job training at the Hand Therapy Department at Mount Sinai Medical and Sports Therapy Centers. Danielle has been a volunteer and mentor for a few non-profit organizations as well as spends time volunteering her time with many of her children’s activities. She loves spending time with her family and participating in many outdoor activities. She also enjoys running and has run three marathons in NYC and London.

 

Robert Pritchard, PT, DPT Rob Pritchard is the Clinical Director at STAR. He was double major in History and Political Science at the University of Connecticut where he continued his education to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. His main areas of interest in school and in practice are in the treatment of movement coordination dysfunction as it pertains to athletes and the general population. As a natural leader, Rob became the captain of the rugby team and later went on to become an assistant coach of the rugby team during graduate school. Rob's decision to pursue physical therapy as a career was influenced by his personal experiences with therapists during his own knee rehabilitation. A sports and fitness enthusiast, he likes to stay on top of what types of exercises his patients are performing by taking a variety of fitness classes. In his free time, Rob likes to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways including running, swimming, cycling, and hiking.

 

Irene Lee, PT, DPT, is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Kinesio Taping practitioner, Certified in Myofascial Decompression ("cupping"), and Clinical Director at STAR. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University. Irene gained a wide variety of experience in sports/orthopedics, acute care and acute neuro rehab from several esteemed hospital and private clinic settings in NYC and in NJ. Her love and involvement in sports, such as soccer, rugby, yoga, tennis and swimming, is continued by volunteering as Medical Support for events such as the New York City Marathon, American Volleyball Professions tournament and Play Rugby USA tournaments. Irene has been invited numerous times to join the Sports Medicine staff at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO to assist Team USA athletes prepare for the summer and winter Olympics. Outside of STAR, Irene enjoys yoga/aerial yoga, cooking and baking, watching movies and being outdoors.

 

Brittany Popkin, PT, DPT is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She received her B.S. in Health Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook, then continued her education at Columbia University in NYC where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Brittany's experience includes affiliations completed at St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Port Jefferson, NY, The Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, NY as well as several outpatient physical therapy locations in Manhattan. Brittany is an accomplished Championship Irish Step Dancer who has competed at the Local, Regional, National and World Championship level. Her dance experience has required extensive travel throughout the United States, Canada and internationally in England, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. In her spare time, Brittany continues to enjoy traveling, as well as working out, attending New York Yankees games, exploring NYC, taking photographs and spending time with her family.

 

Ethan Burger, PT, DPT, ATC is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He double majored at the College of Charleston in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, attaining a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, as well as Exercise Science. After becoming a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, he continued his education at Touro College in Manhattan, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. Ethan completed his final clinical rotation at STAR and then joined the STAR Physical Therapy team. An avid athlete his whole life, he continues to participate in a variety of sports outside of work including softball, flag football, Spartan Races, weight lifting, and fitness. For the 2015 and 2016 season, Ethan dedicated himself as the primary on-field medical provider for the New York Athletic Club Rugby team undertaking multiple responsibilities such as taping ankles/thumbs/shoulders, injury management and education, and acute on-field medical care. He will continue with rugby coverage, both in and outside of the office. Ethan is a guest lecturer at Touro College on Post-Operative Physical Therapy Rehabilitation protocols.

 

Joshua Hammann, PT, DPT received his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Louisville in 1998. After a ten year journalism career, Josh returned to school and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Josh completed clinical affiliations in Harlem, Brooklyn and Manhattan, where he worked with patients with chronic neck and low back pain. He is particularly interested in human movement and biomechanics, and conducted gait research while pursuing his degree. Josh was a competitive age-group triathlete, racing from sprint to half-Ironman distances, before turning his focus to running in the last five years; and has continued to place well in his age division, from 5K to the marathon. He has run three marathons and this year qualified for the Boston Marathon. He also enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

 

Michael Erickson, PT, DPT received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from Pennsylvania State University after which he returned home to his native NYC to complete his doctorate in physical therapy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. During clinical affiliations, Michael gained experience in a large variety of settings including acute hospital care, vestibular rehabilitation, orthopedics and sports medicine, including an affiliation with STAR. While in graduate school, Michael was involved in research regarding the inclusion of Traditional Chinese Medicine in physical therapy programs across the United States. During his time at Penn State, Michael was a successful athlete as a co-captain of the rugby team receiving accolades as an All American Honorable Mention twice during his playing career. Michael is still currently active in sports, playing for the New York Athletic Club Men's rugby team.

 

Kevin Murtagh, PT, DPT joined STAR Physical Therapy in 2016. Kevin, a native of Brooklyn, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boston College and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Kevin has extensive clinical and volunteer experience, including at the Brooklyn Free Clinic, where he focused on serving patients from the borough's underserved communities. A former rugby player at Xavier High School in New York and at Boston College, where he served as team co-captain, Kevin first came to STAR as a high school student seeking treatment for sports-related injuries. In his spare time, Kevin keeps physically active by running and weightlifting.

 

Harrison Newman, PT, DPT graduated from Colgate University with a B.A in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science. At Colgate, he competed as a Division I Track and Field Athlete, scoring points in the Patriot League Championships in the high jump and triple jump four years in a row. After some adventurous pursuits in geophysics, stock picture photography, and performance go kart racing, Harrison went on to receive his Doctoral of Physical Therapy from Rutgers SHRP. Harrison gained diverse clinical experience during his time at Rutgers, including treating orthopedic patients in New York City and West New York, New Jersey, pediatric oncology patients at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and finally, traveling to New Mexico to treat patients on the Zuni reservation through the Indian Health Service initiative. At Rutgers, Harrison also had the opportunity to pursue extensive leadership opportunities including serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Gross Anatomy course, and supporting the research and design of the Rutgers Master of Healthcare Management program through a graduate assistantship. Harrison brings extensive knowledge of track and field and an interest in other sports such as motorsport racing, soccer, road biking, and cross country skiing to his passion for and practice of Physical Therapy.

 

Andy Pakter, PT, DPT is a board-certified strength and conditioning specialist who received his B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College. Andy has affiliation experience at NYU's Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, caring for inpatient post-op patients and additional orthopedic, vestibular and balance experience in Long Island. Andy has research experience with functional electric stimulation and trans-cranial magnetic stimulation with the stroke population and metronome gait training with subjects with lower limb amputations. Andy is a regular at the national and state park campgrounds and trails. He spends the rest of his free time playing hockey and biking the streets of NYC.

 

Victoria Sekely, PT, DPT, CSCS, earned her B.S. in Human Sciences from Georgetown University, and continued her education at New York University where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While completing her studies, she received her Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NCSA in 2015. Victoria's experience includes clinical affiliations in various fields including acute care, neuro rehab and sports/orthopedics at several hospitals and outpatient orthopedic clinics throughout Manhattan. During her undergraduate years, she competed on the varsity women's tennis team and was named captain her senior year. Though her tennis days are behind her, she has since trained for and competed in several half marathons and triathlons. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys attending SoulCycle classes, and exploring everything NYC has to offer.

 

Morgyne Martinez PT, DPT, earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science in her home state of California from California State University Northridge. She then chose to continue her education at Long Island University where she obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During her clinical rotations, Morgyne expanded her skills in various fields including acute hospital care, neuro and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and sports/orthopedics clinics throughout several states, one which included STAR Physical Therapy. Morgyne’s passion to pursue her career as a physical therapist was influenced by her time spent around therapists that rehabilitated her younger brother who had suffered a stroke at a young age, as well as, her own rehabilitation experience. Morgyne also has years of experience in a variety of sports including ballet/tap, basketball, golf, and track and field. In her spare time, Morgyne takes interest in participating in fitness classes, training and running half and full marathons, attending sporting events, hiking, traveling and exploring NYC.

 

Joshua Weber, PT, DPT earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from Touro College where he continued in Touro College to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Joshua’s clinical experience includes a wide variety of physical therapy settings such as Mount Sinai Hospital acute care cardiothoracic ICU as well as South Nassau Community Hospital acute orthopedic and neurology floors for patients following joint replacement surgeries and strokes or spinal cord injuries. Joshua has also spent time at various outpatient orthopedic physical therapy facilities throughout Queens and Long Island before joining the STAR team. On his free time, Joshua enjoys skiing, hiking, travelling, and exploring NYC with friends and family

 

Anthony Sacramento, PT, DPT is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, SFMA Certified, and SMART Tools Certified. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy from New York University. Anthony has various clinical affiliation experiences ranging from multiple outpatient orthopedic settings, acute care, and pediatrics. Anthony has over 20 years experience as a competitive gymnast. During his undergraduate years, he competed on the varsity men's gymnastics team and is a 3x All-American Division I athlete. He was named captain of his team which won 4 consecutive Big 10 team titles and an NCAA team title. He is a current practitioner of Taekwondo and Hapkido. Anthony is interested in the role physical therapy can play not just in rehabilitation, but also in preventative care and to enhance the skills of any persons or athletes.

 

Zachary Phanouvong, PT, DPT earned his B.S in Health sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy from Lock Haven University, and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida. Zachary’s experiences include clinical affiliations in acute care, neuro rehab, and outpatient orthopedic/sports. While at the University of St. Augustine, Zach took advanced coursework in manual therapy working towards his manual therapy certification. Zach also has an interest in sports medicine and treating athletes. He is an emergency medical respondent and plans to sit for the Sports Certified Specialist exam next year. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, working out, and traveling.

 

Costantinos (Gus) Stamboulis, MS, OTR/L is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. During clinical affiliations, Gus was able to explore various settings which included acute hospital care at North Shore - LIJ, orthopedics, mental health settings, sub-acute rehab and sports medicine, including a clinical affiliation with STAR. During his time at STAR, Gus developed a passion for upper extremity rehabilitation and treatment. Gus recently rejoined STAR and is excited to continue pursuing hand therapy. In his leisure time, Gus enjoys traveling, barbecuing, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Emma Petkofsky, MS, OTR/L is a graduate of New York University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Originally from Virginia, she attended the University of Virginia and received a B.S.Ed in Kinesiology with a concentration in sports medicine. She became interested in rehabilitation after working in recreational therapy programs including therapeutic horseback riding, adaptive swimming and tennis programs. After volunteering in a hand therapy clinic as an undergraduate student she developed a strong interest in upper extremity rehabilitation and was able to further explore this interest with a clinical affiliation at STAR. When she is not in the clinic she loves to explore NYC through two of her favorite pastimes, running and eating.

 

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.

 

Dominick Mazza, ATC is a graduate of SUNY Cortland. He is the lead Athletic Trainer in Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation's Post Rehabilitation Exercise and ACL Injury Prevention programs. Dom oversees the progression of patients in STAR's tennis and golf exercise programs and is involved with Biodex isokinetic testing. Dom is also the head athletic trainer for the Nightingale-Bamford school on the Upper East Side.