|Kenneth Pavlinec, PT, Cert MDT – Graduated Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 1997. Course work included gross anatomy at Yale. Over 20 years experience in an outpatient setting and local regional trauma center and excelled as a Senior Level I therapist for acute, outpatient, and home care environments. In 2001, became one of approximately 750 Certified MDT McKenzie specialists in the world for treatment of pain of spinal origin. Extensive continuing education focused on “hands-on” therapy utilizing mobilization techniques for all joints. Extensive athletic background consisting of baseball, football, basketball, track and field, cross-country, marathons(New Jersey 2008, New York City 2010), road races and triathlons which make these personal experiences contribute to sports specific rehabilitation that is immeasurable. Member of the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA), Orthopedic Practice Section of the APTA, Private Practice Section of the APTA, and the McKenzie Institute USA. In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time with his wife (Mrs New Jersey America 2007, Mrs New Jersey United States 2010, Mrs New Jersey International 2012), his two children Alexis and Luc, and three dogs Jasmine, Ranger, and Honeybuns, and Titan the cat. Ken@HandsOnNJ.com|
|Karen J. Schechter, PT / TMJ Specialist – Graduated from Daemen College in 1989 majoring in physical therapy with a minor in Biology and Psychology. Karen has over 27 years experience as a physical therapist, instructor and clinical coordinator in multiple clinical settings of outpatient orthopedics, home care, school based therapy, and pediatrics. Karen has obtained a specialization from UMDNJ for Orofacial and TMJ Disorders and has experience in rehabilitation of Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction. She has a focus of manual soft tissue techniques and myofascial release. Karen is a proud memeber of the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA), Orthopedic Section of the APTA and Pediatric Section of the APTA.|
|Kerry L. Walsh, PT, MS – Kerry graduated from Springfield College in 1995 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She specializes in treating children with a variety of diagnoses including Torticollis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Integration Disorders, developmental delay, and various other neurological and orthopedic conditions at our Toms River location. Kerry utilizes her 22 years of experience with a concentration in the 0-3 population. Kerry practiced in a wide variety of pediatric settings including NICU, acute care, home based Early Intervention, outpatient, and long term care rehabilitation. In addition she has worked at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River, NJ and continues to serve at a co-facilitator of their Autism Support Group. She utilizes both clinical expertise and extensive course work in NDT, MFR, Craniosacral Therapy and Sensory Integration to provide her patients with comprehensive manual care. Kerry has been the guest speaker at several conferences for early childhood educators and most recently was a co-presenter for “Evaluation and Treatment of the Child with Autism” at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Pediatrics Section of the APTA, as well as the New Jersey Physical Therapy Association. Kerry is active in her community and has served as the assistant director of Maternal Wings Charity for Expectant Mothers in 2007. In addition, she utilizes her experience as the parent of a child with autism to assist other parents embarking on the journey. She recently became a published author in 2014 of a book called “Stars – Social Skills Training and Readiness Skills” which is a FUNctional Multi-sensory Group Approach to Enhancing the Social Skills of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs. Go to Amazon.com to order your copy today. Congratulations Kerry!|
|Andrew Grando , PT, DPT, Cert MDT – Andrew completed his undergraduate education with an interdepartmental major in Biology and Psychology at Moravian College. While there, Andrew also focused on his passion for athletics, playing football and achieving All-Conference Honors and the distinction of the title of captain his senior year. After college, Andrew began to develop his career working as an aid at Hands On Physical Therapy, and graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Andrew developed a passion for research and education while at Rutgers working as a Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience teaching assistant in addition to serving as a research assistant in the Rivers Lab where he developed and conducted research projects involving mental imagery, virtual reality, and 3D imaging for stroke patients. During this time he also continued to hone his clinical skills completing affiliations in acute, sports-based outpatient, hospital-based outpatient, and pediatric care. In addition to his core course work, Andrew also focused on community outreach during his time at Rutgers participating in a free physical therapy clinic for members of the Newark community as well as Wellness for Life, an outreach program serving the physical therapy needs of the mentally ill. Andrew obtained his McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy in 2016 and hopes to become a Diplomat of the McKenzie Method in the near future.|
|Gregory O’Connor, PT, DPT, MS, ATC – Greg completed his undergraduate education at the University of Delaware, where he studied Athletic Training and went on to earn the designation of Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) in 2015. While at UD, Greg had the opportunity to work with athletes at a variety of levels ranging from high school to Division 1 collegiate athletics covering sports including football, ice hockey, baseball, women’s soccer, track and field, basketball, and men’s lacrosse. Following his undergraduate career, Greg furthered his athletic training education by earning a Master of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2016 before beginning physical therapy school. In 2019, Greg graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rutgers University. During his tenure at Rutgers, Greg was involved in multiple research projects and served as a teaching assistant for the Neuroscience course offered at the university.He also developed a passion for orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy completing four clinical affiliations including rotations at Hands On Physical Therapy as well as on the Brain Trauma Unit of the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Like many others at Hands On, Greg also has a desire to serve the community, which he has done through participation in a pro bono clinic via Rutgers University helping to rehabilitate members of the Newark community in addition to service initiatives with his local church. Finally, having been inspired by Ken and Andrew, Greg is pursuing a McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy which he plans to have completed by 2020.|
|Pia McCoy PTA – Pia L. McCoy, PTA – Pia graduated from Union County College in 1999 with a degree in Physical
Therapist Assistant Program. Pia also has her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University in
Science and Mathematics. She was a four-year starter for Rutgers University Women’s soccer team and
was an ALL-State selection her junior year. Pia has been practicing physical therapy for 22 years with an
emphasis in outpatient care, including aquatic therapy. She also spent 5 years in a school setting
working with students pre-K to 7 th grade.
|Lauren Carlino, W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer
Lauren’s passion for sports and helping others led her to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. In which she then acquired her W.I.T.S. Personal Trainer Certification, TRX Certification, and Spinning® Instructor Certification. Lauren has experience as a Fitness Specialist working for US Navy; as a fitness specialist she prompts healthy lifestyle through exercise working with clients ranging from all ages. She organizes a wide variety of fitness classes that involve cardio and strength training, such as spinning®, lower body strengthening, upper body strengthening and High intensity interval training. Through her passion for fitness she offers clients training advice and motivation to achieve their goals.