Who would have thought that a sport driven injury for a college athlete would lead to a life-long profession? Even though Dr. Rick was surrounded by healthcare professionals at an early age, it wasn’t until he suffered a personal injury of his own that his passion to become a clinician really sparked. After undergoing surgery for a knee injury – while playing soccer at St. John’s University – he was inspired and impressed by the results he experienced during physical therapy. He describes the memory as “life changing” and it was then that he knew he wanted to work in the rehabilitation therapy field and model his practice around what he believed therapy to should be like. A place of healing that offer compassionate, direct and consistent care.
He earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology in 2000 and a Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2004. After completing his graduate studies, he founded Healing Therapeutics and in a short time the practice grew to several locations throughout the tri-state area.
Many of his therapy clinics are affiliated with the nationwide Atria Senior Living network, however, Dr. Rick and his team of therapists provide treatment, education, and support to a large population of patients throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. Those include children in the Early Intervention program, clients at home and those in the Spanish speaking population who appreciate his bilingual ability.
Passion is the driving force behind Dr. Rick’s company, and he thrives in his service to patients of all ages. He advocates for greater public awareness of physical therapy as a form of wellness and preventive medicine to help counteract the growing rates of illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and sits on advisory boards of several healthcare groups.