New York Physical Therapists
When it comes to rehabilitative health care, your therapist can make all the difference in the world.
At NY Physical Therapy & Wellness, our physical therapists have the knowledge, skills, and compassion to help each of our patients achieve their therapy goals. Just as important, our providers strive for a personal connection with each patient that can make your recovery not only effective but enjoyable as well. Patients tell us all the time how NYPT therapists have made them feel at home during their visits.
Our care teams are led by dedicated clinical directors at each of our 10 locations throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Queens, New York. We welcome you to take a moment to learn more about each of them.
Dr. Kimberly McDonnell joined the team at NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2016 and was invited to participate in our leadership program shortly thereafter. She is currently the clinical director of our Bohemia office.
Kim obtained her doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 2013. Since then, she has received special training in myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, and pelvic/core stability.
Kim treats her patients with compassion and consideration using the best and latest therapeutic approaches in physical therapy.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kim is a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. She is married to her college sweetheart and they welcomed a daughter to their family in September 2018.
Contact the Bohemia clinic.
Jose Gamarra joined the NY Physical Therapy & Wellness team in 2013. His dedication to providing attentive, high quality, and individualized care to every patient earned him a promotion to clinical director of our East Meadow location in September 2017.
Jose received his associate of applied science from Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, in 2013.
Jose has always had an interest in health care and believes in the importance of continued education. He has received special training in a variety of areas, including core stabilization, sports medicine, and joint dysfunction. He has experience treating patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, scoliosis, herniated spinal discs, and other orthopedic conditions.
He has treated patients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric, athletes and nonathletes with a variety of needs, including outpatient orthopedic, post-operative rehabilitation, and sports therapy. Jose utilizes a variety of techniques, including manual therapy and Kinesio taping to address joint and soft tissue restrictions, functional movement to assess dysfunction, and exercises to restore range of motion and strength.
When he's not at the office, Jose likes to spend time with his son, family, and friends exploring new activities. He is also extremely passionate about travel, and always makes time to stay active by enjoying the outdoors, working out, and cycling with the MBC bicycle club.
Contact the East Meadow clinic.
Dr. Michael Kuzniewski joined NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2015 and was promoted to clinical director of our Elmhurst office in 2017.
Michael graduated with a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from the New York Institute of Technology in 2015. He received his bachelor of science degree in exercise science and nutrition from Queens College in 2010.
Michael enjoys treating a variety of clinical cases but finds his niche in sports therapy and post-surgical rehabilitation. He also has experience in an outpatient orthopedic practice. He is currently pursuing an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) certification to further his physical therapy skills.
He is a published physical therapist with an article in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, “The Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Kinesio Tape® on Balance and Functional Performance.”
The care Michael provides is patient-driven and he constantly strives to become a better PT.
Contact the Elmhurst clinic.
Dr. Ray Alam’s passion for orthopedics lead him to NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2011, where he has been the clinical director at our Franklin Square location since 2016.
Ray received his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from the New York Institute of Technology in 2012. Prior to that, he received his master of science in physiology and a bachelor of science in biology from St. John’s University in Queens.
Ray specializes in sports injury and post-operative care for procedures such as thumb CMC (basal joint) replacement and treatment of neurological deficits and orthopedic pathology. Ray’s work includes modifications to the Missouri Home Care’s health assessment tool to evaluate balance deficiency among geriatric patients.
In his spare time, Ray enjoys spending time with his family and friends and various hobbies that allow him to be active such as plyometric exercises and soccer.
Contact the Franklin Square clinic.
Dr. Eric Lawler joined NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2013 and soon became clinical director of our Levittown location.
Eric received his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) from the New York Institute of Technology in 2013. His passion for orthopedics led him to a residency program shortly upon completion of his DPT. Eric went on to become a certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) in 2015 and has continued to specialize in orthopedics since that time.
Over the years, Eric has continued his education to improve his hands-on skills and techniques including spinal manipulation, Kinesio taping, specialized joint mobilization, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching techniques. He also enjoys participating in prevention programs for ACL and UCL tears.
Eric has an extensive background in advanced specialized therapeutic exercises for the throwing athlete. He is committed to keeping athletes healthy and decreasing downtime from sports injuries.
Contact the Levittown clinic.
Dr. Robert Fazio joined NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2016 and has been the clinical director at our Smithtown location since it opened in 2018.
Rob received his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) at SUNY Stony Brook, and his bachelor of science in physical education/athletic training from Long Island University, CW Post campus.
A native of Long Island, Rob has more than 20 years of experience rehabilitating sports and orthopedic injuries.
Rob lives in Huntington with his wife and four sons. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family and cheering on his boys either on a baseball field or hockey rink.
Contact the Smithtown clinic.
Dr. Alan Wittert joined NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2016 and became clinical director of our Valley Stream location when it opened in 2018.
Alan is a graduate of the physical therapy program at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He has experience treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions in both the hospital and private practice settings.
Alan’s practice style draws influence from the Mulligan and McKenzie methods, with a background in active release technique. He is certified in the McKenzie method (Part A-Lumbar Spine and Part B-Cervical/Thoracic Spine).
An avid weightlifter with a passion for orthopedic physical therapy, Alan incorporates strength training principles, pain science education, and hands-on manual therapy techniques to help facilitate each patient’s recovery.
Contact the Valley Stream clinic.