Meet Your Physical Therapists

Dr. Scafidi

Dr. Scafidi

Dr. John P. Scafidi has been practicing physical therapy for nearly 10 years. John is extremely passionate about helping all of his patients where they can enjoy more active and productive lifestyles. This will help them to function pain-free; recovering as much of their abilities as possible after an injury, illness, or other chronic condition. He couldn't imagine a more personally rewarding profession than physical therapy.

In 2012, Dr. Scafidi was accepted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT), in the field of Physical Therapy. He is 1 of only 13 Physical Therapists in New Jersey and the only Physical Therapist in Monmouth County that is a full fellow of the AAOMPT.

Over the years, John has worked very hard as an outpatient physical therapist, with advanced training in orthopedics and manual therapy, to earn a widespread reputation for excellence, integrity, knowledge and his ability to focus on the well being and needs of his patients.


Dr. Leonard J Somarriba

Dr. Somarriba

Dr. Leonard J Somarriba received his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2006. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2008. Dr. Somarriba also did his Fellowship training in manual therapy at the prestigious Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA. He has extensive training and experience in the management and treatment of orthopedic injuries and ailments including spinal pathology, joint related dysfunction, and muscle/tendon disrepair.

Dr. Somarriba is a co-owner of ProFysio Physical Therapy. His vision for ProFysio was one that included unmatched customer service and unparalleled clinical excellence to deliver an optimal rehabilitation experience to it’s patients. ProFysio opened its doors in 2013. Today, ProFysio is recognized as one of the best outpatient physical therapy centers in Monmouth County.

When he is not in the office Dr. Somarriba enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys exercising, playing basketball, snowboarding, and reading.


Dr. Sarah Turetzkin

Dr. Turetzkin

Dr. Sarah Turetzkin received both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Stockton University in New Jersey. Following graduation, she began her career in outpatient orthopedics at ProFysio Physical Therapy. She joins the team with extensive experience in sports rehabilitation as well as general orthopedics.

Sarah has extensive experience working treating orthopedic conditions and post-operative rehabilitation. Early in her career, Sarah has also successfully treated elite athletes with a special focus on throwing injuries and the overhead athlete. Sarah will soon parlay her experience in treating athletes into FMS and SFMA certifications, a well-deserved recognition and designation for Sarah as a budding elite clinician. Sarah’s passion for physical therapy comes from her own experiences as a patient due to injuries during high school basketball. In her free time, Sarah continues to enjoy being active in hiking, skiing, and running. She also enjoys going to the beach and surf fishing.


Dr. Liliane

Dr. Liliane

Dr. Liliane B Scafidi received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy, in 1999, from ACE Faculdade de Ciencias da Saude de Joinville, Brasil. She graduated with a specialization in orthopedics and trauma.In 2001, Lili completed specialty training in rehabilitation of hand injuries at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Ronaldo Carneiro.

Dr. Lili then completed a one year clinical fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, which is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Lili went on to attend the University of Montana where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. She practices as an outpatient Physical Therapist, with advanced training in orthopedics and manual therapy. Lili enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.


Dr. Chaviano

Dr. Chaviano

Dr. Nichole Chaviano earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology & Strength + Conditioning from the University of Delaware,she then went on to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2015.

Since graduation, she has become passionate about providing personalized care for each patient to maximize their quality of life, and achieve their individual goals while reducing the risk of reinjury. She has received a certification as an ImPact Concussion Specialist, as well as is working towards a full certification in Integrative Dry Needling and Manual Therapy through Maitland Seminars.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Nichole enjoys spending time at the beach, playing recreational sports and volunteering with the Special Olympics.


Dr. Kara Perkins

Dr. Perkins

Dr. Kara Perkins earned her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now known as Rutgers Medical School) in 2013. After graduation Kara immediately began working in the outpatient setting and has continued to do so since.

She has experience working with a variety of patients including those with orthopedic conditions, post-surgical cases, sports injuries, balance difficulties, and much more.

Kara has a passion for helping others achieve their goals through manual therapy techniques, functional exercises and education.

She stays active with exercise and outdoor activities and enjoys spending time relaxing on the beach and hanging out with friends and family.


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Dr. Shithil

Dr. Mir Shithil earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at The College of New Jersey. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at New York University. While at NYU, he developed expertise in the fields of wound care, lymphedema, and sports rehabilitation.

Dr. Shithil has cared for a diverse group of patients including those whose occupation depends on superior musculoskeletal health such as broadway performers and professional athletes, at the esteemed institutions of NYU Langone Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, he is an expert in exercise rehabilitation and treating athletic injuries and conditions.


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Dr. Eskander

Dr. George Eskander earned Bachelor Degrees in Exercise Kinesiology and Psychology from Rutgers University. He went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida. George has advanced training in orthopedics and manual therapy which he utilizes to deliver life changing results for his patients. George draws from his advanced manual therapy training to apply highly skilled manual and manipulative procedures to correct his patients physical impairments and functional limitations. Additionally, George has further experience working with patients with post-operative injuries, high school, and college athletes. His experience with college athletes has included division on collegiate athletes from a variety of universities, including Duke. During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.


Dr. Benjamin

Dr. Anthony Benjamin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The College of Staten Island.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Benjamin worked in orthopedic, pediatric and neurological rehabilitation treating a wide variety of conditions. He has also participated in research utilizing transpinal and transcortical stimulation in rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Benjamin has a strong belief in treating the person and not the diagnosis. He understands the importance of building rapport with his patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible. He also understands how complicated pain can be and that’s why he approaches pain from many different angles and perspectives utilizing a variety of different treatments. Dr. Benjamin utilizes a variety of manual therapy techniques including joint and soft tissue mobilizations, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, cupping and muscle energy techniques. Dr. Benjamin also has a unique expertise in treating pediatric patients specifically newborns and infants diagnosed with torticollis. In his spare time, Dr. Benjamin enjoys serving as a Youth meeting teacher at his church and playing basketball with his friends.


DR. SAMANTHA PICO

Dr. Samantha Pico graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010 from Providence College in Rhode Island, where she competed as a D1 track & field athlete. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2015. She then completed extensive residency and fellowship training with The Ola Grimsby Institute in Seattle, WA to hone her skills as an orthopedic manual physical therapist. Dr. Samantha is amongst an elite group of Doctors of Physical Therapy in the state of New Jersey that hold the credential of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Samantha Pico’s athletic background and professional experience have shaped her clinical style. She integrates hands-on assessment and treatment with specific, individualized exercise prescriptions to facilitate healthy movement, build functional strength, and strike a balance between mobility and stability.


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Thomas Horvath

Thomas Horvath uses his passion for the field of physical therapy and dedicates himself to helping patients achieve their best possible treatment outcomes, while constantly challenging himself to improve as both a clinician and as an individual. As a former track and field athlete, he learned the value of hard work and physical wellness before carrying these virtues into his college years to pursue a degree in exercise science at Rutgers University.


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Christian Blake

Christian Blake is a highly motivated, skilled Physical Therapist Assistant whose caring nature contributes to his role as a successful and dedicated clinician. He understands the importance of exercise in the promotion of overall good health and wellness. Christian began his path as a licensed clinician after reflecting on the great experiences he had as a patient with his own orthopedic injuries as a lifelong basketball player. Christian continued his studies and earned his Associates Degree in Allied Sciences at Essex County College.

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