Meet our Staff

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Michael J. Katz, PT

Physical Therapist

Executive Director

Michael has been a Physical Therapist since 1984. He is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at Hahnemann University, in Philadelphia, PA. Michael has held positions at several major rehabilitation institutions including Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Helen Hayes Hospital and The Kim Rehabilitation Institute, where he advanced into the administration area of rehab. Prior to his current position, Michael was the Manager of Physical Therapy at UMDNJ – University Hospital. As the Executive Director at First Rehab, Michael is responsible for the overall clinical services, which includes Physical, Occupational, Hand and Speech Therapies. His years of experience and leadership in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine brings to First Rehab professionalism and quality service that is passed on to our patients.

Spotswood Staff

Bonnie Bonnie CohenCohen, MSPT

Physical Therapist

Bonnie has been a practicing licensed Physical Therapist for over 17 years. She graduated Ohio Wesleyan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. While attending Ohio Wesleyan, Bonnie worked as a student athletic trainer for the girls’ soccer team and track team. In 1993 Bonnie continued her education at Springfield College where she earned a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Bonnie has been with First Rehab since 2012. She has worked primarily in orthopedics and has experience in home healthcare as well as acute care in a hospital setting. She has taken a multitude of continuing education courses in topics ranging from treatment of various work and sport related injuries using joint mobilization, PNF techniques, and Myofascial techniques.

DanielDaniel Gross, DPT

Physical Therapist

Daniel graduated Touro’s School of Health Science in 2008 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  He has worked primarily with orthopedic patients in a hospital setting at North Shore LIJ Lenox Hill Hospital. Daniel’s other professional experiences include, providing Physical Therapy in a corporate setting at Johnson and Johnson’s headquarters and Ethicon campus, working at Concentra where therapy enables patients to return to work, an early intervention system helping children reach physical developmental milestones, homecare, & outpatient therapy. In 2009 his doctoral research project was selected as a poster presentation at the APTA National Combined Section Meeting. Since then Daniel has taken courses in foot and ankle (Hospital Special Surgery), back education training (Institute of Physical Art), a running course (Sport Section of APTA), and attended the APTA Orthopedic Section meeting. Daniel joined the First Rehab therapy team in 2013.

 

KellyKelly M. Thacker, MS, OTR/L, CHT 

Certified Hand & Occupational Therapist

Kelly comes to First Rehab with over 10 years experience in Hand Therapy. She received her Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Mercy College, and received her Hand Therapy Certification in 2003. Kelly has been with First Rehab since 2007.She has gained extensive experience working at therapy centers in University Hospital in Newark and Hackensack University Medical Center. Kelly has experience in upper extremity trauma, fractures, tendon and nerve repairs, tendon transfers, and replantations. She is highly skilled in the fabrication of all types of custom splints.

Lakewood Staff

Meir croppedMeyer Rotberg, MSPT

Physical Therapist,   

Lead Therapist

Meyer received his Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2007. He served as the former lead therapist at the transitional care unit of Southern Ocean County Hospital. Meyer has completed courses in strength and conditioning, health and nutrition, kinesiotaping, and balance and fall prevention. He has been with First Rehab since 2009, previously as our lead therapist at the Jersey Shore  location. He specializes in orthopeadic rehabilitation as well as post cardiac, back, hip and knee surgery rehabilitation.

eileenEileen San Juan, MSPT 

Physical Therapist

Women’s Health Department

Eileen received her Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Medicine and Dentistry in 1999. Eileen joined First Rehab with over 13 years experience in Physical Therapy. Eileen is a member of the New England Physical Therapy Foundation, an Executive Committee Member of the NY/NJ Hemophilia Services and a member of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she treats and conducts research and seminars. She formerly served as the Rehab Director at Sundance Rehabilitation for seniors. Eileen has a special interest in women’s health issues including incontinence, prenatal and postpartum issues, breast cancer recovery, and osteoporosis and leads our Women’s Health Division.

hadassahHadassa Moskovits, MSOT, OTR/L   

Occupational & Hand Therapist   

Hadassa hold a Master’s of Science Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement. She has experience working in various settings including orthopedic rehab, pediatrics, and acute care at Jersey Shore Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center. Hadassa is certified in physical agent modality use and a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is knowledgeable and experienced working with upper extremity trauma, tendon repairs, cumulative trauma disorders, neurological disorders, orthopedic injuries, burn patients and splinting.

Adina GastwirthAdina Gastwirth, MSOT, OTR/L  

Occupational Therapist

Adina received her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University in 2009. She was a recipient of The Jill Brandis Award for demonstrating academic excellence.Her experience includes evaluating and treating patients with various medical, orthopedic and neurological diagnoses including stroke, amputation, Parkinson’s Disease and brain injuries. Adina has worked with children in various settings including children ages 3-10  as well as children through the early intervention system.

Sara KlienSarah Klein, MS, CCC-SLP   

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah received her Master’s of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Touro College Speech Language Pathology Program in 2005 where she was the recipient of Maimonides Award for Academic and General Excellence. She is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. In addition to our outpatient Lakewood facility, Sarah works with an adult population in First Rehab’s Jersey Shore location and serves as a student preceptor for speech language pathology students. Sarah specializes in aphasia, cognitive impairments, motor speech disorders, dysphasia, and tongue thrust.