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Joseph D. Spallone
PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT
Joseph D. Spallone, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT
Mr. Spallone is the founder and owner of Function First Physical Therapy, P.C., since June of 2001. He graduated from The University of Connecticut in 1987, with a B.A. in Athletic Training. Upon returning for his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, received in 1990, he was the Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Basketball team at University of Connecticut.
He relocated to New York City, and worked for three years at New York Hospital, and rotated to various services. He then left to focus on out-patient orthopedics, where he worked for seven years in a physical therapy owned private practice in NYC. During this time he was committed to enhancing his expertise in orthopedic dysfunction and rehabilitation by taking numerous continuing education courses.
He received his Board Certification in Orthopedics in 1998, from the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of PT Specialties. That same year he was certified as a Functional Manual Therapist, from The Institute of Physical Art, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
He and Function First Physical Therapy, P.C., are members of the Hospital for Special Surgeries’ Rehabilitation Network, and attends the weekly sports medicine grand rounds to stay abreast of current orthopedic research, both operative and conservative management procedures. He has recently completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) offered by Evidence in Motion, which was established in 2004 and has grown to become the largest provider of post-professional educational programs in the PT industry. He can be reached at joe@ functionfirstpt.com.
Joe is married to Melina Mackall and they reside in Brooklyn, NY with their two young sons, Jackson and Spencer.
PT, DPT, OCS
Karen Kubicina, PT, DPT, OCS
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Jessi Patz, PT, DPT
Jessi is delighted to join the expert team at Function First! As a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher for over 20 years, Jessi brings a diverse background in movement to her practice as a physical therapist, treating a wide variety of injuries both at the clinic and backstage for numerous Broadway shows.
While earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from College of Staten Island, Jessi became certified as a Pilates Mat Instructor and dedicated herself to a lifelong study of Pilates and Rehab, in addition to pursuing a certification as a Functional Manual Therapist® through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). Her training in holistic manual bodywork began in massage therapy school while receiving a BFA in Dance from Florida State University and later was further mentored while working at Physioarts.
Jessi focuses on the entire body and movement patterns in order to guide her patients’ recovery and achieve their fullest potential. Jessi is an active member of International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and APTA orthopedic and NY chapter.
When not working, Jessi is performing/teaching contemporary-modern dance, ballroom, or lindy hop around NYC and at home with her baby, toddler, and husband.
Melina Mackall, LMT, NCTMB
Ms. Mackall received a BA in dance from Bard College in 1994. Upon graduation, she received a Don Parker scholarship for developing most as a performer and went on to pursue a professional career as a dancer and choreographer. Ms. Mackall has taught ballet and in 1997 received a certification to teach Pilates.
In 2002 she received her Gyrotonic certification, her New York State license to practice Massage Therapy and her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She has been on staff at the Swedish Institute.
Ms. Mackall has taken numerous continuing education classes in order to expand her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology. Most recently she has taken courses in Gait Training, Osteoporosis, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage and Sport and Spine Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity. She also holds a certificate in Prenatal Massage and works closely with women during and after pregnancy.
Ms. Mackall will proved the highest quality of individualized care in order to help you achieve optimal fitness and health. She can be reached at melinamackall@ mac.com.
Sandy Shariff Office Manager
Miss Shariff is a graduate of TCI College in Business Administration and Accounting. Sandy is the intake coordinator and administrator for Function First Physical Therapy since the summer of 2006. She’s worked as a Customer Service Rep for seven years, providing quality service to customers and demonstrating a talent for communicating and listening attentively to customer’s needs.
Sandy has been working in the medical field for over thirteen years; she’s worked with patients from a diverse background, ensuring they are satisfied with every part of their therapy experience from the initial greeting through their discharge date. She can be reached administration@ functionfirstpt.com.
Dorixa Gonzalez Administrator
Miss Gonzalez is a graduate of Morris High School in the Bronx. She has been working in the physical therapy field for 10 years. The first 3 years she worked as a PT technician and has worked at FFPT the past 7 years as an administrator. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She can be reached at email@example.com.