Adrian Ferreira, MPT/Owner
- Master of Physical Therapy
Using proven methods combined with empathy
“A positive PT experience requires a therapist to find the appropriate intervention for each individual. It’s similar to perfecting a recipe. The ingredients may need to be altered for a successful outcome, whether working with a grandparent, elite athlete, or the average Joe. Some people need a more manual therapy based approach, while others may just need to be taught corrective exercises and be given the proper guidance throughout their rehab progression. In most cases it will likely be combination of these interventions, along with the use of specific tools, medical devices, and modalities if needed. It is our job as therapists to listen carefully to each individual, then give a thorough assessment of the situation to implement the best plan of care. Adhering to evidence based PT methods helps to promote a high rate of success in the care of our patients, but understanding that each one of them is a unique individual is the key to that success.”
Turning personal experience into a career and commitment to quality therapy
“My days of playing sports at JFK Catholic in Somers gave me a good perspective on what goes through the mind of a young athlete. I hurt my knee playing football during my senior year of high school and wanted to do anything possible to get back on the field. Physical therapy was the path for my return. That is a big part of why I am a therapist today. By applying up to date scientifically proven methods and providing the same FDA approved device that pro athletes now use for training and rehab, I am confident that we offer the best chance for patients to speed up their recovery. This formula equals larger strength gains in less time and faster return to play.It is an exciting time to be involved in the world of rehab with the advanced care we can offer patients. I wish the technology was around when I needed it, but I am grateful to be in the position today to help others.”
ACL rehab and injury prevention
“I’m really proud of the work we have been able to do both in and out of our practice with the Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention program. It has proven to be critical in the rehab we provide for all knee injuries, but especially when returning to sports after ACL reconstruction. The program has given me some great opportunities to speak in front of classrooms and auditoriums to spread the word about injury prevention. We have reached countless numbers of students, parents, coaches & athletic trainers in our effort to educate as many people possible about reducing the risk of ACL and other serious knee injuries. It is important for young athletes to understand that it is possible to reduce their risk of knee injury through proper training. This is especially important with the female athletes who are more prone to knee injury. There has been great progress on this issue, but we still have a long way to go.”
Jenna Longobardi, DPT
Jenna has been a part of the Soaring Eagle team for several years. She began as an aide while completing her graduate program, and eventually transitioned to a Physical Therapist. Jenna completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at James Madison University, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mercy College. She currently works full time in the New York City schools, providing physical therapy to special needs children. Her professional interests include outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and being outdoors.
Dr. Serena N. Chryssikos, DPT
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
Turning my experiences into a fulfilling career
“There were multiple ground-breaking moments in my life that lead me to pursue a career in physical therapy. Most notably, when my younger sister underwent a highly invasive scoliosis surgery, and witnessing her go from barely able to walk to becoming a full-fledged varsity athlete, all thanks to her amazing physical therapist. Several years later, I found myself totally defeated and facing surgery in a physical therapy office after sustaining a debilitating knee injury -- the result of a 17-year soccer career. Thanks to the amazing PTs and PTAs I found myself not only back on the soccer field, but running, competing in high-level weight lifting related events and participating in Spartan races. I was told that surgery was the only option, but I never had surgery; it was the physical therapists who gave me my life back. Physical therapy taught me that there is life after injury. These events all inspired me to return to school and pursue a doctorate, all because I wanted to be that person who inspires others to make the lifestyle changes necessary to achieve wellness.”
Passion for following an evidence-based approach
“Physical therapy is always on the cutting edge of the newest techniques in healthcare, because physical therapists love research. Even before I embarked upon my physical therapy career, I sought out and implemented up-to-date research when carrying out personal training for special populations at a local gym, cases which included diagnoses such as osteoporosis, heart disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I pride myself on the fact that I implement current research on gold standard approaches to general orthopedic treatment, surgical protocols and even high-level strength and conditioning training protocols for athletic populations on a regular basis.”
Striving to make a difference in the lives of my patients
“At the end of the day, there is nothing more gratifying than hearing from my patients that I have helped them in some way. Knowing that I helped someone’s grandmother get back to knitting or that I contributed to the local teenage soccer star getting back on the field, reminds me that I’m in the right profession, and this knowledge gives me the drive to further my knowledge and expertise. I enjoy being relatable, and I love it when my patients can find some commonality while working with me. My young adult athletes especially motivate me, because they remind me of myself when I sat in that physical therapy office more than 10 years ago, and this in and of itself inspires me to keep doing what I do, and reminds me how much I love it.”
Amanda Olson, PTA, CAFS
– Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified in Applied Functional Science
Passionate about understanding the complex human body.
“Although I received physical therapy for a college rugby injury, it took me a little longer to figure out I wanted to be on the other side of the treatment table. I always had a passion for learning, but graduating in the business arena left me looking for more. While I searched for that esoteric ‘something more’ I turned my passion for fitness and sports into a job as a personal trainer. As I started reading articles and textbooks to improve my ability to help clients, I realized healthcare was where I truly wanted to be and started down the road towards PTA licensure.”
Improving function using inarguable scientific truths.
“I love working in physical therapy. Throughout my studies and career one question constantly recurred: why? Why is that treatment intervention appropriate for the injury? Why did that person get hip bursitis or knee arthritis? Why is that exercise being prescribed to that individual? To advance my understanding and ability to answer these questions I earned my certification in applied functional science through the Gray Institute. This has allowed me to more efficiently utilize scientific principles and functional movement patterns in order to help people reach their goals.”
Helping people to help themselves.
“At the end of the day the reason I keep doing what I do and striving for my best is to help everyone that walks through the door. Can I help decrease your pain? Yes. Can I help improve your mile time? Yes. Can I help you to walk better so you have more energy throughout the day? Yes. I am honored to be a part of your journey and help you succeed.”
Dr. Nantesha Chen, DPT, NSCA – CPT
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Personal Trainer
Motivated to improve daily function for people in pain
“I was hit by a car many years ago sustaining spinal injuries in my neck and back. The damage required intense physical therapy treatments for over 6 months. I had a wonderful team of physical therapists that helped me through the process of healing and to improve my function. Having the experience of pain and not being able to move as I did before the accident proved to be valuable. It allowed me to understand the importance of being able to empathize with patients, helping them to manage pain and the resulting change in function of their daily lives. My experience helps me provide patients with a unique approach in their process of healing, delivering a combination of evidence based treatments, home exercises and techniques to manage their days as we work together towards the patient’s individual goals.
Continually moving forward
“I had a career in the entertainment industry, ranging from being the youngest music-booking agent in the world to being a production manager for tv/films. After 6 years, I felt unfulfilled and was ready for a change. At that time I was overweight and a good friend introduced me to exercise and nutrition, which helped me get in the best shape of my life. After experiencing the success of losing weight, I wanted to help others do the same. I became a successful personal trainer and became known to help clients with multiple injuries. I remember a client once told me that her doctor had asked that she continue working with me because of her excellent results. That is when the idea of becoming a physical therapist moved me forward on my journey. I received my doctorate degree in physical therapy and worked with disabled kids in an outpatient setting. There was a heavy emphasis on neurodevelopmental techniques (NDT), myofascial release techniques, as well as sensory integration to improve posture and movement. I integrated my experiences working in an outpatient setting treating people with a variety of conditions and continue to move forward in my learning for one goal, which is to help people be at their best no matter what condition they present with.”
Striving for the best outcomes
“I love being a physical therapist because it is undoubtedly rewarding. I feel fulfilled knowing that I can help someone be able to do things that were once difficult. This could be as simple as putting on a belt, washing their hair, or being able to walk. I strive for the best possible outcomes and I treat the person as an individual incorporating treatments specifically tailored for them. Physical therapists are movement specialists and our job is to guide you to better function using a variety of manual techniques, modalities, guided exercise programs, and technology such as electrical stimulation. In striving for the best outcomes, it is when both the physical therapist and the patient work together that the highest level of function can be achieved.”