Adrian Ferreira ,MPT/Owner
Using proven methods combined with empathy
"A positive PT experience requires a therapist to find the appropriate intervention for each individual. It is similar to perfecting a recipe. The ingredients for PT 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 advanced quality care
"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, which is a big part of the reason I became a therapist. By applying up to date scientifically proven methods and providing the same FDA approved devices 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, expedited recovery times 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 modern day 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.”
Dr. 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
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.”
Dr. Brendan Synan , DPT, CSCS, CAFS
From Patient to PT
Being a three-sport athlete in high school and a 4-year college lacrosse player, I have suffered many injuries. This includes multiple knee surgeries, hand and wrist fractures, ankle sprains, hamstring strains as well as countless bumps and bruises acquired along the way. As a result of this I found myself constantly in Physical Therapy rehabbing whatever my current injury was, so that I can return to the playing field. It was during my time as a patient that I fell in love the with the field of Physical Therapy and sports medicine. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be able to help people live life the way they desired, and I knew becoming a PT was the best way for me to accomplish this goal. My experience as a patient of physical therapy gives me a unique point of view. I feel that this perspective really helps me to relate to the struggles of the patients I see every day and enables me to guide them through the potentially difficult times of rehab.
Coaching Patients Through Rehab
Before becoming a PT, I was a College Lacrosse Coach. I was constantly scouting opponents and developing strategies to give my players a competitive advantage to better our chances of success. I take the same approach to treating my patients. I am constantly educating myself on advanced techniques and concepts to better my patient’s outcomes for rehabilitation. Early in my career I was treating a lot of competitive athletes who were working their way back to getting into the gym. At that time I decided to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to better understand and apply concepts these athletes need to return to a higher level of activity/sports. I have taken advanced coursework and received certificates in areas such as Applied Functional Science, Orthopedic Exam and Treatment of the Spine, Upper and Lower extremities, McKenzie Method, Vestibular/ Concussion Management and Blood Flow Restriction Training.
Alexandra Marcus , PTA, CKTP
Implementing a Holistic approach toward Rehabilitation, Healing and Optimizing function
“I have always believed in and been passionate about helping others improve and enhance their health, well being and quality of life. When assessing a patient for the appropriate rehabilitation strategy, I believe it is imperative to be able to broaden your focus. This means looking beyond the isolated condition or compromised part of the body that the patient has come to seek physical therapy. Testing the body as a whole integrated system is most effective for the best positive life long outcomes. This may include assessing for asymmetries in the body, repetitive compensation patterns, body mechanics, core stability, balance, mobility, endurance, general health, occupation and activity levels. It is importance to maintain a balance in all of these areas to prevent overuse of certain muscles and joints, arthritis and possible future tears/sprains/strains.”
Follow your Passion and you will never work a day in your life
“For as long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about health, exercise, nutrition, caring for and helping others. In retrospect, I always wish that I had knowledge of the physical therapy profession before choosing my major in college. I graduated with a bachelors in psychology but once I started working in the field, I knew that it wasn’t the right fit for me and decided to work as a Physical Therapy Aide in an outpatient setting. I fell in love with the field right away and went right back to school in NYC at Touro College to become a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. It is an infinitely growing field with new techniques, technology and a wide range of evolving research. It is a field that keeps me on my toes and motivates me to go more in depth when considering possible treatment strategies for a patient. I am constantly learning and expanding my knowledge base so that I can best assist in helping patients of all ages and conditions.”
A Multifaceted Field: helping people from all walks of life
“In my experience, I have assisted in the treatment and progression of post-surgical, neurological, pediatric, geriatric, sports related injuries, congenital and degenerative diseases. I especially love working with the geriatric population to devise fall prevention/balance training exercises and activities. Most falls occur in the home and are often easily preventable. I feel this type of preventative exercise is crucial and makes a big difference for these types of patients. Physical therapy is a field that goes beyond helping people be more functional, strong, stabile and mobile. It is the personalized treatment plans that are able to get people back to what they love to do. That may mean being able to walk more, run, go back to work, get back to their sport or hobby, not be in fear of having a fall in their home, to be more comfortable using an assistive device, improve activity level or be able to care for their families or loved ones pain free. Educating patients on how they can maintain this enhanced level of function outside of PT as well as after their course of treatment has ended is very important. I feel fulfilled knowing that I have assisted in helping so many people to reach toward a healthier more active lifestyle and achieve what they are most passionate about.”