Staff

Dr. Jack Zuckerman, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Education

Dr. Jack Zuckerman, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, graduated from Long Island University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. Jack received his undergraduate bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Brooklyn College in 2008.

Since graduating, he has pursued many post-graduate and continued education training including multiple functional manual therapy courses with the Institute of Physical Art, Maitland, certifications in Kinesio Taping (RockTape), Spinal Manipulation Institute and others. Jack is certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Career

Jack has experience in a wide variety of settings from homecare with Visiting Nurse Service of NY to orthopedic settings such as NYU Hospital for Joint Disease and various orthopedic outpatient clinics. Throughout his professional career, his experience includes treating acute injuries, sports injuries, chronic pain, post-operative care and other acute and chronic conditions.

Furthermore, he specializes in injury prevention, manual therapy, performance-based Orthopedic Sports medicine, functional mobility and strength and conditioning. Jacks belief is that the patient has to be an active participant in the rehabilitation process to successfully achieve “Total Recovery”.

Other

Jack taught as an adjunct professor at William Patterson University teaching anatomy and physiology. He is always pursuing seminars and other continuing education courses to stay with the most current evidence-based practice.

Jack has studied a variety of martial arts since he was 6 years old including Tae Kwon Do, Kick Boxing, Judo and Sambo both recreationally and competitively. One of his greatest accomplishments as a teenager was competing in the Jr. Olympics and earning a gold medal. Now, in his spare time, Jack studies and trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, enjoys snowboarding, traveling, biking and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Jack Zuckerman, PT, DPT, Cert. DN


Dr. Alexandra Kratch, PT, DPT

Dr. Alexandra Kratch, PT, DPT graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. Dr. Alex received her undergraduate bachelor's degree in Biology from Seton Hall University in 2013. Her passion to help people drove her to the field of physical therapy.

Dr. Alex has treated various orthopedic and neurological conditions during her years in the Valley hospital system. Dr. Alex has become very proficient in vestibular rehabilitation treating conditions such as BPPV and other vestibular conditions such as dizziness as a result of vestibular neuronitis, labyrinthitis, and injuries followed by a concussion.

Alexandra grew up in Connecticut but moved to NJ to attend Seton Hall University in 2009. Alexandra enjoys weight-lifting and running in her free time. She also loves hiking and camping with her husband and two dogs.

Alexandra Kratch, PT, DPT

Michael Gerstley, PTA

Michael has been gaining Physical Therapy experience since 2005 when he first volunteered and found a passion for the profession. Michael received his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Temple University. He then continued on to Harcum College where he earned his PTA license.

Michael has treated a wide variety of patients ranging from pediatrics to athletes to geriatrics with various injuries, including acute and chronic conditions. He is experienced with many methods of treating individuals such as McKenzie, ART, IASTM, FMS, Kinesio Taping and many manual techniques. He enjoys establishing rapport with patients while helping them achieve their goals.

In his spare time Michael regularly weight lifts and goes running. He has interests in obstacle racing, overnight endurance events, snowboarding and playing sports. Michael is originally from the Philadelphia suburbs and now lives with his family in Bloomfield.

Michael Gerstley, PTA

Karen Sipavicius, PTA

Karen is a PTA graduate who is enthusiastic and looking forward to starting her career at Total Recovery Physical Therapy. She has completed the Physical Therapist Assistant program and obtained her Associate Degree in Applied Science in LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, New York.

Karen has acquired physical therapy clinical experience in New York during her clinical rotations in two outpatient clinics and a rehabilitation center, working with patients who had neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary impairments.

Born in Argentina, Karen moved with her family to New York at the age of 11. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career where she could help people, which led her to apply to the physical therapy program. During her free time, Karen loves to spend time with her family, travel, go to the beach, and weight train. She also loves going for walks and spending time in nature.

Karen Sipavicius PTA

Daniel Yoo, L.Ac, Acupuncturist

Dan is a nationally board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist who has built his clinical experience treating patients in multidisciplinary clinics since graduating with his Master's degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a firm believer in integrative medicine and utilizes Eastern and Western medical philosophies to develop individual treatment plans for his patients to enhance outcomes and to speed up recovery.

Dan's interest and passion for acupuncture and herbal medicine started after he visited an acupuncturist who helped him for his digestive issues while he was doing his graduate work in biotechnology and biomedical research. His experience from those treatments was the turning point in his life, and started him on a path toward learning more about traditional Eastern medicine and researching its applications for preventive health and healing.

With 8 years of experience, Dan uses traditional Korean, Japanese, and Chinese medicine and palpation-based, diagnostic approaches to get real-time feedback from his patients to guide treatment. In combination with his biomedical background, he specializes in pain management, orthopedics, and sports medicine. He also treats patients with headaches/migraines, digestive problems, insomnia, stress and anxiety, reproductive/fertility issues, and autoimmune conditions.

Dan's treatment methods include abdominal acupuncture, Japanese palpation-based acupuncture therapy, scalp acupuncture, Neurofunctional acupuncture with e-stimulation, and auricular therapy. He is certified in facial acupuncture and rejuvenation. Along with acupuncture, Dan uses adjunctive therapies such as cupping, Tui-na, and Gua-sha for treatment support.

During his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, reading, practicing Taekwondo, traveling, playing Pokemon Go, and checking out local restaurants.

Daniel Yoo LAc

Anna Volkova, L.Ac, Acupuncturist

Anna is a highly skilled National Board-Certified acupuncturist and herbalist dedicated to enhancing the well-being of her patients. With a specialized focus on pain management, sports injuries, neurological conditions, and spine injuries. Her background as a Physical Therapist Assistant enriches her approach, especially in treating myofascial pain and neurological issues.

Anna received her initial training in acupuncture at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Bloomfield, NJ and she further honed her craft at the American Auricular Training Institute in Rockville, MD, where she had the privilege of learning directly from the esteemed physician, Nader Soliman. Under Dr. Soliman's guidance, Anna mastered the art of treating and eliminating various types of allergies, including the challenging Alpha Gal Mammal Product Allergy and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.

Anna has acquired proficiency in various modalities, employing them effectively with her patients. One such approach is Neoclassical Acupuncture, which traces its roots back to the 11th century and revolves around elemental acupuncture. This method relies on body palpation diagnosis instead of traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis, providing instantaneous feedback. This facilitates guiding patients through the Meridian, Organ, Obstacles, Symptomatic, and Elemental levels of treatment.

Furthermore, Anna has delved into neuroacupuncture under the guidance of the renowned Dr. Hao. This expertise enables her to assist individuals in their recovery journey post-stroke, after traumatic brain injuries, and when dealing with other neurological conditions.

During her free time, Anna enjoys engaging in outdoor activities such as skiing,
exploring wooded trails, and taking bike rides.

Anna Volkova LAc

Dr. Larry Peters, Chiropractor

Dr. Larry Peters is originally from Queens, New York, he studied pre-med at the University of South Florida. In his sophomore year of college, Dr Peters' father suffered a serious neck injury which kept him in near constant pain for most of the following year. During his visits home Dr. Peters helplessly watched his father go from an active, vital person to someone that he barely recognized. When he returned home for summer break, Dr Peters was shocked to find how well his father's health had improved; he was returning to his old self.

Wanting to understand what was behind his father's rapid recovery, Dr. Peters contacted the chiropractor, Dr. Phillip Leon, and was invited to "shadow" him for a day. Dr. Peters was immediately impressed by how the doctor intently listened to what the patient had to say, the care with which he treated them and the feedback he received from them.

This proved to be a turning point in Dr. Peters' career. Soon after passing his boards, Dr. Peters opened an office in midtown Atlanta. In his early years of practice, Dr. Peters noticed that there appeared to be a correlation between the patient's health complaints and postural abnormalities which were noted on the exam. After researching the subject, he discovered that there was a chiropractic subspecialty that focused on the relationship between health and posture called Chiropractic Biophysics.

Dr. Peters began incorporating these principles into his treatment protocols and found that these patients had better treatment outcomes than would normally be expected. Dr. Peters has since modified his procedures to incorporate digitized postural analysis for more precise diagnosis and improved documentation of postural changes. Dr. Peters is excited to bring his experience and knowledge gleaned from treating thousands of patients during his 35 years of practice to his new practice in Little Falls, NJ.

Although Dr. Leon has long since passed, the memory of how he treated his father lives on. That is why Dr. Peters treats each patient the same as how Dr. Leon treated his dad.

Education

Dr. Larry Peters, MS, MPH, DC. graduated from Life University with a Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1983. He received his bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of South Florida and holds master's degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health Policy and Administration from Georgia State University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, respectively.

Other

Dr. Peters earned an administrative fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center and later served as the Administrative Director of Transplant Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Peters served as the Administrative Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Jersey Shore University Hospital.

Dr. Peters was an assistant professor in the Department of Chiropractic Medicine at Life University.

Dr. Peters currently is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at the County College of Morris where he teaches anatomy and physiology.

Of all the various roles that Dr. Peters has served the one he is most proud is his role as dad to 2 amazing children, Mollie and Zach.

Dr.Larry Peters, Chiropractor