Staff

Our therapists are Board-Certified and hold additional certifications for the following: Cupping Therapy, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Kinesio-Taping, and Shock Wave Therapy and Mulligan Technique.

Dr. Owen Legaspi, PT, DPT

 

Besides his private practice which began in 2004, where he treats patients on an outpatient basis, Dr. Legaspi has worked within the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System since 1998, rehabilitating patients who have been hospitalized as a result of injury or illness. A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Legaspi went on to receive post-graduate training in McKenzie techniques for cervical and lumbar spine, Mulligan techniques for spine and extremities, Paris approach to thoracolumbar spine and Travell techniques for myofascial/trigger point management. In addition, Dr. Legaspi has trained extensively in approaches to core strengthening and promoting general wellness. Dr. Legaspi has been invited to several area universities as a lecturer and guest speaker, presenting topics regarding orthopedics, medical screening, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, burn care, as well as general patient care and management. He also maintains an ongoing involvement in clinical research, focusing on the advancement of physical therapy and rehabilitation. In 2007, Dr. Legaspi received the George J. Davies James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award, which was presented by the journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). In 2008 JOSPT Authors Honored at CSM.

Dr. Abigail Brown, PT, DPT

 

Dr. Abigail Brown received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training in 2014 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017, both from Quinnipiac University. Dr. Brown is currently a Licensed and Board-Certified DPT, as well as an American Red Cross Certified Instructor for BLS providers. Dr. Brown has been practicing since 2017, originally pursuing physical therapy after witnessing her dad suffer several sports injuries, resulting in countless surgeries and an intensive recovery process. Dr. Brown saw the impact that his Physical Therapists made, and she felt inspired to help others like her dad in the same way. Ultimately, Dr. Brown loves being able to effectively improve the quality of life for her patients and educate them on how to best manage their activities of daily living in an alternative manner so that they can continue doing what they love without being forced to rely on someone else. In addition to treating patients at work, Dr. Brown enjoys horseback riding, reading, and exercising.

Nolan Panzica, PTA

 

Nolan received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science at Morris County College in 2014, and later received his Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from Essex County College in 2018, graduating with highest honors and as Class President. In 2018, Nolan joined the team at A Plus Physical Therapy Centers, and has been treating patients since. In addition to being a licensed and Board Certified PTA, Nolan is also an NASM Certified personal trainer. Nolan had always been passionate about helping others, and his athletic journey playing with baseball sparked his passion for physical therapy. In fact, Nolan is fascinated by musculoskeletal, orthopedic and neurological disorders, and he did several internships working with patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries before joining our team at A Plus. Nolan also worked with recovering outpatients, and provided inpatient hospital care in his direct practice work at physical therapy school. Outside of work, Nolan is a lifetime athlete and avid enthusiast of Ironman triathlons, snowboarding, boating and golfing. Nolan also enjoys spending time with his loved ones. Ultimately, Nolan is excited to continue practicing physical therapy, and hopes to eventually continue his education in medicine.

Joseph Yobbi, PTA

 

Joseph Yobbi received his Bachelor's degree in Behavioral NeuroScience from Fairleigh Dickinson University in, and later went on to receive his Associates degree at Essex County College, where he graduated top of his class with honors. Joseph is now a licensed and Board-Certified PTA, as well as ACE-certified. Joseph’s passion for physical therapy and injury recovery originated from his athletic experiences in early adolescence; Joseph played sports his whole life and was particularly inspired by his high school coach who was an Orthopedic Surgeon. Joseph has always loved helping people and working with the body, especially fascinated with classes in anatomy and physiology. In college, Joseph was the NCAA Lacrosse Captain, and has since remained an avid fitness enthusiast. Joseph is passionate about the importance of health and fitness in everyone’s lives, and believes both are central to ensure long term wellness. Ultimately, Joseph’s favorite part about working in physical therapy is being able to help patients each day and watch his treatments have a direct impact as patients’ feel better leaving than when they first came in after each visit.

 

Alisone McDonald, PTA

 

While Alisone originally received her Bachelor's in Theater Production and Design, she soon after experienced a devastating ACL tear and developed a newfound passion for physical therapy. Through her own experience in intensive therapy following her reconstructive surgery, Alisone became fascinated with the direct impact that therapy has on patients as well as the satisfaction she feels from helping others recover. As a result, Alisone pursued her Associates in Applied Science at Essex County College and graduated in 2016 with the Faculty Association Scholarship Award. Alisone is now a Licensed and Board-Certified PTA, and loves supporting patients and having a direct impact on their recovery. Alisone also enjoys the variability that comes with treating a new challenge every day. 

Aaron Park, PTA

 

Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University in 2011 and later received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Montclair State University in 2014. Aaron has always been fascinated by human performance through exercise, and in 2018 Aaron became a Licensed and Board-Certified PTA, after obtaining his Associates degree from Essex County College in 2018. Aaron currently treats a diverse variety of patients, ranging from athletes to older adults to patients with chronic illness and so much more. Aaron enjoys the hands on approach of physical therapy and finds satisfaction in helping his patients heal and improve their quality of life. Outside of treating patients, Aaron enjoys golfing and traveling.

Ian Lawrence, PTA

 

Ian Lawrence received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Salisbury University in 2013, pursuing his passion for injury prevention and healing through exercise. As an athlete himself, Ian was intrigued by the way in which the body works on a molecular level. Following his undergraduate education, Ian pursued an Associate degree in Physical Therapy at Essex County College, where he received his AAS. Ian is a licensed and Board-Certified PTA, as well as an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Ian looks forward to continuing to treat and support patients throughout their recovery process.

Reuben Etcubanas, PTA

 

Reuben received his Associate’s degree in Applied Science at Essex County College, and is currently Board Certified and licensed as a PTA. Reuben developed his love for physical therapy after seeing his father get injured, requiring intensive PT. Reuben has always loved helping people, and gets satisfaction out of assisting patients in their recovery process. Rueben is  incredibly compassionate and truly cares about his patient’s needs.

Allyson Reyes, CPT

 

Allyson Reyes creates personalized exercise programs for a wide age-range of clients. She provides programs for athletes of all ages to get them to be proficient at their sport(s), clients who want to keep a healthy active lifestyle, and even elderly clients to assist them in improving their activities of daily living. She focuses on one-on-one and small group training in order to focus solely on improving goals for that person(s) during each session. In addition, Allyson is experienced in training injured patients and athletes to help them reach full functionality as well as their sport-specific goals and prevent re-injury. Allyson is a fitness professional certified by The National Council of Strength and Fitness with a Bachelor's Degree in Global Fitness and Wellness from Kean University. Allyson is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is Exercise is Medicine® credentialed. Allyson’s licenses and certificates recognize her education and skills that enable her to work closely with the healthcare community, including those with common chronic disease and health conditions. In addition, she is a CDC HEADS UP! Concussion Coach who has worked with athletes diagnosed with concussion and have gotten them back to sport symptom-free. She is also certified to work with patients in Stages 3 & 4 of Cardiac Rehab. Allyson understands the importance of having to put in the time and effort to create healthy lifestyle changes and to improve overall wellness and motivates her clients to do the same.

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