Range of Motion Physical Therapy employs only Licensed Physical Therapists that have extensive “Hands-On” training in soft tissue and fascial therapy.
Maria Alfieris, PT
Maria graduated from NYU in 1985 and has been practicing for 31 years. Maria was the founder and original owner of Range of Motion Physical Therapy for 28 years, thus making a life decision to sell to Sean Waters, who graciously continues to have Range of Motion Physical Therapy practice with the original intention, which was “hands-on” quality care. Maria studied cranio-sacral, myofascial release, and visceral mobilization for over 25 years, as well as studying the body-mind complex. Together, Maria integrated the two specialities to treat the whole person from a whole perspective. Maria’s primary modality is “hands-on” treatment of the fascia. Maria also teaches a course to other physical therapists in the state of New Jersey for 14 CEUs, with the emphasis on “hands-on” fascia work. Maria loves to use manual stretching, yoga therapy, and manual strenghtening to round out complete care so each client can reach their full potential. When not working Maria thoroughly enjoys the beach, hiking, biking, skiing, and traveling all over the world.
Karen Gala, PT
Karen has worked at Range of Motion Physical Therapy since its inception in 1988. Although she treats all types of patients in out-patient clinic, her passion lies with the “older” patient. Karen has developed a specialty in soft tissue mobilization using combined techniques from Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. These skills are an integral part of her treatment in both the acute and chronic pain patient. Karen has also co-taught “Release with Fascilization”, a NJ PT approved continuing education course for the past 10 years. Prior to working at Range of Motion, Karen was the Director of Physical Therapy In-patient and Home Care Departments at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Karen graduated from SUNY Buffalo, then worked in a Rochester, NY hospital before moving to New Jersey.
Pooja Shah, PT
Pooja Shah has had Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University, NJ in 2011 and Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University, NJ in 2014. She has had work experience in acute care, sub acute care, outpatient practice focusing on orthopedic injuries.
She is an optimal choice for any customer because she is sincere, dedicated, and a responsible individual. More importantly, she genuinely cares about her patients and their overall wellbeing. She consistently attempts to use her resources and knowledge to utilize evidence based practices to optimize the patient experience. Pooja’s hobbies include travel, yoga, hiking, and music.
Pooja Patel, PT
Pooja Mehta Patel graduated from UMDNJ, Rutgers Newark in 2009 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since then, Pooja has worked in the outpatient and home care settings in NJ and PA. She incorporates comprehensive patient education into each customized treatment plan, from how the injury occurred to ways to avoid future occurrences of the same injury. Her goal is to provide evidence-based, personalized treatment to every patient in order to assure the best outcomes. Her approach to patient care is eclectic and tailored to each individual’s needs, based on her belief that treatment is inclusive of the whole and not just the diagnosis. She keeps her clinical skills fresh with her enthusiasm for her profession and her patients. In her spare time, Pooja enjoys catching up on TV, spending time with family and friends, and going on weekend trips with her husband, daughter, and her gorgeous dog, Layla!
Matthew Brenner, PT Aide & Office Administration
Matt joined Range of Motion Physical Therapy almost two years ago as an intern while studying biology at Montclair State University, before transitioning to employee status. Matt enjoys working and helping others and always does so with a smile. He is always more than happy to help out at Range of Motion in any way. He graduated from Montclair in 2015 and is currently aspiring to become a physical therapist. Some hobbies Matt enjoys while not working are basketball, lacrosse, golf, and hiking. He also loves traveling and taking walks and runs with his rescue dog, Atticus, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Claire Luma, Office Manager
Our front office would not be the same without Claire. She started out at Range of Motion as a patient in 1990 and has become our “go to” person for all things insurance and billing related. She has been a native of East Brunswick all her life and is a “staple” at her desk here at Range of Motion. Claire is a special person with a gentle spirit and caring manner that makes all our patients feel comfortable. Her expertise in insurance benefits, precerting and authorizations is beyond compare and makes everything run smoothly. She is genuinely the kindest person who is always delighted to help and will make you feel right at home here.
Janice Cicchino, Marketing
Retiring from AT&T after 25 years, Janice joined Range of Motion in 2003. Working in the office full time for 6 years, Janice totally switched gears in 2009 and became the primary marketer for Range of Motion. Now, after 13 successful years, Janice works only part time affording her the time to balance work, family, friends & traveling. Janice’s bubbly personality makes her a joy to know! But her 3 year old grandson Dominick, is the true light of her life!!
Janice Mondry, Office Administration
Janice has been a resident of East Brunswick for 30 years after moving here from Brooklyn, NY. She started working at Range of Motion in 2006 when her youngest child went off to college. Janice is an invaluable asset and the perfect complement to the Range of Motion team, with her many skills, talents, and computer expertise. She is a pleasure to work with and is always happy to help out at both the front desk and in the gym when needed. Janice loves to travel and hopes to visit every continent. With the many countries and places Janice has already traveled to, she is well on her way to achieving her goal! She has a passion for health, wellness, and pilates, which fits well with the philosophy here at Range of Motion.