Michael Katz, PT

Physical Therapist / Executive Director

Michael is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at Hahnemann University, in Philadelphia, PA. Michael has held positions at several major institutions including Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Helen Hayes Hospital and The Kim Rehabilitation Institute, where he advanced into the administration area of rehabilitation. 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.

Sylbert Amil, PT

Physical Therapist

Sylbert Amil is a Physical Therapist at our Bergenfield, NJ location. He has been with First Rehab for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he worked as a traveling Physical Therapist and had the opportunity to gain experience in different areas of his profession. Sylbert works primarily with the geriatric population in an Outpatient setting. Most of the cases he encounters are chronic pain, degenerative joint cases, loss of balance, muscle weakness and difficulty with ambulation. Sylbert’s job requires a lot of patience, encouragement, motivation, building personal trust and client relations. When Sylbert is not working, he likes to spend time with his family and friends. He loves to travel, bike, snowboard and exercise. He also enjoys reading news and current events, science and technology, and astronomy.

Lorayne Castiglione, PT

Physical Therapist

With 32 years of experience as a Physical Therapist, Lorayne Castiglione brings a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge to our Elizabeth, NJ location. Lorayne graduated from Hunter College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She then went on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1990 from Long Island University and is currently pursuing her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. Lorayne has worked as a Hospital Supervisor in acute care, rehab, wound care, homecare, and pediatrics. She is an adjunct professor at the DPT program at the College of Staten Island. Some of the courses she teaches are, ethics, normal development and abnormal development. She is also a Physical Therapist for the Hillside Public School district. She is a long time member of the APTA, NEA and is a certified Crisis Prevention Intervention instructor. Lorayne has been a basketball coach for boys and girls and she enjoys fleet sailing with her daughter, Jessica.

Noreen Cruz, PT

Physical Therapist

In 1994 Noreen Cruz graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of East RMMC Philippines. She has 25 years of experience in almost all physical therapy settings, but enjoys the outpatient setting the most. Noreen is currently working at our South Amboy, NJ location helping seniors with balance issues, orthopaedic conditions and neurological disorders. In her free time Noreen enjoys spending time in Christian based community activities.

Baruch Gottleib, DPT

Physical Therapist

Baruch received his Bachelors of Science degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro School of Health Sciences in New York City. He began his career treating sports injuries while working in outpatient orthopedics at Mount Sinai Hospital – Union Square. He later served as a Rehab Director of an inpatient rehab facility, he gained extensive experience in acute and subacute injuries. Baruch developed a special interest in orthopedic injuries and pre- and post-operative patients. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and children.

Shaina Guttman, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Shaina received her Bachelor of Science degree from Touro College and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from New York University. In 2003 she took the National Board exam for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Shaina has 16 years of experience providing therapy to various populations both in a team setting or working independently. For 13 years, Shaina assisted children with developmental challenges in early intervention and pre-school programs helping them to reach their potential to perform daily activities. In recent years Shaina has been providing Occupational Therapy evaluations and services for the geriatric population. Shaina specializes in treating patients with arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and stroke (CVA) diagnosis, to help them regain their strength and perform their activities of daily living.

Chana Hellman, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Chana received her bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from KEAN University. During her more than 5 years of working as a therapist, she has treated in a variety of setting, including subacute, long-term care and outpatient. Her passion is working with seniors helping them regain strength and range of motion in order to live long meaningful lives. Chana works at our Lakewood Outpatient location and our Lakewood Assistant living facility.

Dale Iway, PT

Physical Therapist

Dale Iway is a graduate of the Cebu Doctor’s University in Cebu Philippines. He has been working as a Physical Therapist for over 15 years. Dale treats patients at our Monsey and Palisades, NY locations. At both facilities Dale has gained great popularity amongst the residence for his fun and caring nature. His popularity is not only due to his wonderful personality but also due to his skill as a therapist who helps his patients improve and return to their prior level of function. Dale lives in Connecticut with his wife and 2 children.

Chava Kahan, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Chava graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Touro College in 2014. She then graduated with honors from Eastwick College as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in February 2016. Chava completed her clinical hours at First Rehab and was subsequently hired as a staff therapist. Chava has experience working in pediatrics and orthopaedics. In her free time she enjoys walking, running, and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Sarah Klein, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah received her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Touro College in 2005. While attending Touro she was the recipient of the Maimonides Award for Academic and General Excellence. Sarah sees patients of all ages at our Lakewood Outpatient facility, as well as the senior population at the Lakewood and Toms River, NJ Assistant Living facilities. Sarah specializes in aphasia, cognitive impairments, motor speech disorders, dysphasia, and tongue thrust. She also is a student preceptor for speech language pathology students and a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Sora Schonfeld, DPT

Physical Therapist

Sora Schonfeld attended Touro College School of Health Science for her Bachelor of Science and Biology degree and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She graduated Touro College in 2014 and received an Academic Achievement award. Sora has been a practicing Physical Therapist for 4 years and enjoys helping her patients achieve their goals and regain freedom of movements. In her free time she enjoys spending time with my family, nature and physical activities.

Rubab Sheikh, PT

Physical Therapist

Rubab Sheikh is a graduate of the Mayo Hospital School of Physical Therapy. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, Botany and Chemistry. In 2000 she immigrated with her family to the United States and took her New Jersey Board Exam. Since 2001 she has been practicing as a Physical Therapist in New Jersey in multiple settings, including: home care, subacute, long term care, adult daycare and assistant living. Rubab currently works at our Jersey Shore and Toms River, NJ locations Rubab loves what she does and makes a point to attend multiple hands-on seminars so she continually learn how to improve the quality of care she gives her patients. On her free time Rubab enjoys traveling and exploring the world.

Ajay Sheth, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ajay has been practicing as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant since 1995. He has extensive experience in orthopaedics, sports physical therapy and pain management. Ajay trained at a multidisciplinary spine center for two years treating neck and back pain and is certified in DRX Traction. He then became the lead clinician in a medical daycare center for 8 years and in 2006 joined First Rehab. Ajay is a hands-on therapist who specializes in manual therapy techniques and is an integral part of the First Rehab team. Ajay lives in Somerset, NJ with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

Kelly Thacker, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist / Certified Hand therapist

Kelly comes to First Rehab with over 10 year of experience in Hand Therapy. She received her Master 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.

Karen Tinana, PT

Physical Therapist

Karen is a Physical Therapist at our Bronx, NY location. She received her bachelor’s degree at Far Eastern University in the Philippines in 2012. After graduating, she became a review lecturer for individuals who take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Karen has a passion for helping patients improve quality of life especially seniors. She is currently doing her transitional doctoral studies, so she spends her free time doing school work and reading journals related to her studies.

Karen Tischler, DPT

Physical Therapist

Karen attended Brooklyn College for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then received her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from CUNY. Since graduating Karen has experience working with orthopaedic conditions, woman’s health issues and geriatric conditions. As a member of the Kinesio Taping Association, Karen is able to utilize her taping skills to best treat her orthopaedic patients. She currently works at our Lakewood, NJ Assistant Living location, providing therapy to seniors as well as our Lakewood Outpatient facility, providing therapy to patients of all ages. Karen lives in Jackson, NJ and loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

Rena Weis, MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Rena Weis earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She has over 22 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, public schools and senior living facilities. She has supervised many students through the years and finds it rewarding to promote clinically confident and competent colleagues. Rena is First Rehab’s Occupational Therapist at our Elizabeth, NJ location. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as, reading and hiking.

Miriam Weisz, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Miriam graduated with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Kean University. She has been a practicing clinician for the past 10 years. Miriam has advanced training in wheelchair seating and training. She has a passion for working with seniors and loves to celebrate their successes as she helps them achieve their goals. These traits make her ideal for treating our patients at First Rehab’s Toms River, NJ location.

Anna Wold, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Anna is a licensed Occupational Therapist who graduated from Long Island University in 2015. Anna has taken extensive continuing education courses dealing with holistic occupational therapy. During her sessions with each client, Anna enjoys using craniosacral therapy, chair yoga, deep breathing, massage and pain management. Anna has been working at First Rehab for three years at the Berganfeild, NJ facility and Bronx, NY Assistant Living.