Meet Our Team
Dr. James Nussbaum
James Nussbaum, PT, PhD, SCS, EMT is the Clinical and Research Director of ProHealth & Fitness PT OT, a physical and occupational therapy organization in New York. He founded the organization in 2000 in an effort to provide skilled rehabilitation services to patients with all levels of abilities. His career was fueled by his experiences as a physical therapy patient as well as his time working for Johnson and Johnson as a health and fitness specialist. James returned to school after working at J & J and graduated from Touro College with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy, later earned a PhD in Pathokinesiology, and then received board certification as a Sports Certification Specialist. James sits on numerous clinical and academic advisory boards including the Charcot Marie Tooth Association, Touro College’s Physical Therapy Program, serves as the Co-Director of Research at TRIARQ, and is an active member of the NYS Task Force on Fall Prevention. He currently is a clinical instructor for numerous Physical Therapy schools, and teaches biomechanics and kinesiology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College. James’ clinical and research focus has been on the effects of innovative therapy interventions in medically complex patient populations. He has numerous ongoing IRB clinical trials, collaborating with many NYC physicians, hospitals, and agencies. James has lectured and presented his research around the world, and has a particular interest in finding ways to enhance and document patient improvements in activities of daily living, mobility, balance, function, and most importantly quality of life.
Dr. Ralph Garcia
Dr. Garcia has worked for ProHealth and Fitness since May 2008. He previously worked at the Rusk Institute and Presbyterian Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 1997, Dr. Garcia obtained his PhD in Pathokinesiology from New York University. Dr. Garcia is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Touro College.
Sarah Margiotta chose to pursue an education as a health and wellness professional prior to entering college at the University of Delaware where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Strength and Conditioning. Upon graduation, Sarah became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She continued her education at Seton Hall University to obtain a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, earning licensure to practice in 2009. As a new graduate, she was mentored for 2 years, by a Certified Hand Therapist at one of Kessler Rehabilitation’s outpatient sites in Linden, New Jersey, working closely with Hand Surgeons at Union County Orthopedic Group. Prior to her employment with ProHealth and Fitness, Sarah provided therapeutic intervention within various rehabilitative settings including: skilled nursing facilities; elementary schools within the New York City Board of Education; outpatient pediatric clinics; and home healthcare. Based on the last 7 years of experience, Sarah is now eligible and preparing to obtain licensure as a Certified Hand Therapist.
In addition to her exercise science and therapeutic experiences, Sarah continues to engage in training as a competitive fitness model, having earned Professional status with the World Beauty, Fitness, and Fashion, Inc. (WBFF) in 2012; and is a Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, coaching her clients toward their HEALTH, WELLNESS, and FITNESS goals.
Mr. Wurzel, has worked for ProHealth and Fitness since June 2006. He is responsible for all financial and administrative operations for the organization. Mr. Wurzel has been a CPA since 1994 and worked previously at Deloitte, as an audit manager and then as the Chief Accounting Officer of a private company based in New York City.
Mrs. Rudenko has worked for ProHealth and Fitness since 2009. As office manager, Mrs. Rudenko oversees the administrative staff at all locations and sites. Mrs. Rudenko worked previously as a cost accountant in a private company based in New York City.
Fiona Leung has been working for ProHealth and Fitness since 2012. As our front desk manager, she is responsible for the supervision of 180 West End Avenue administrative staff as well as verification and authorizations. Previously, she had worked at another physical therapy company based in Manhattan.
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