Dr. Christopher Anselmi
Chiropractor and Center Director
Since his graduation from New York Chiropractic College in 1997 Dr. Christopher Anselmi has been providing quality chiropractic care to the people of Manhattan. In April of 2003, after an extensive interview process, Dr. Anselmi was asked to join the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Integrative Care Center as the first chiropractor in its 100+ year history. Since 2003 Dr. Anselmi has maintained his private practice as well as his hospital affiliation.
Today he runs the Center for Spine Care + Mobility where a team of Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists work collectively to treat patients with a wide range of musculo-skeletal issues. Dr. Anselmi is a Masters Certified Active Release Technique chiropractor. This puts him in an elite group of health care providers who specialize in sports injuries as well as overuse syndromes. He has expanded his interest in posture and ergonomics and lectures on these, as well as many other musculoskeletal subjects.
FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Denise Weaver is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in physical medicine at the Center for Spine Care + Mobility (CSC+M). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master of Science at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She holds a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Denise also works per diem in the emergency department at the New York – Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Campus in Manhattan. At CSC+M, Denise performs trigger point injections to alleviate pain and to relax muscles in patients to facilitate a speedier recovery. In addition, Denise is trained in Kinesio Taping and has taped athletes during their training for various sports, including basketball, softball, tennis, golf, triathlons, and running races including the NYC marathon.
Jinita Parikh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a Masters in Physical Therapy (PT) and is a licensed Physical Therapist. After graduation she joined the team at the Center for Spine Care + Mobility (CSC+M) where she works diligently with other medical professionals to help our patients achieve their health and wellness goals. Prior to working at CSC+M, she worked in India for Piramal Diagnostics where she treated patients for a wide array of spinal problems, arthritis related disorders, and sport injuries. Jinita also has experience formulating and implementing rehabilitation programs for pre and post-surgery patients. With a focus in manual therapies, therapeutic exercises, and balance disorders; Jinita is passionate about working with nonprofit organizations and has traveled to remote areas of India to provide medical attention to people in need.
PT, DPT, CSCS
Dr. Sunny Wong is a board certified Physical Therapist licensed in New York. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University where he completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT). Prior to his graduate studies, he attended Ithaca College and earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. At Ithaca College, he played on the school’s Rugby Club and graduated magna cum laude. Sunny gained a special interest in working with athletes and furthered this passion by earning a Strength and Conditioning and Specialist Certification (CSCS). He is currently a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Sunny is certified in the use of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), a comprehensive assessment used to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions. He enjoys treating patients with overuse injuries and correcting muscular imbalances. He believes in treating the primary source of the dysfunction in order to get a patient better faster. Prior to the Center for Spine Care and Mobility, Sunny worked in the Department of Veteran Affairs, rehabbing our nation’s veterans in an outpatient and inpatient setting.
Sunny maintains an active lifestyle, lifting weights, running and hiking. He strives to instill this passion for movement into his patients. His prior service in the U.S Marine Corps has shaped his work ethic and enable him to motivate his patients to achieve their goals. He is looking forward to furthering his clinical skills and become a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP). He is also plans to sit for his Board Certified Sport Specialist Certification (SCS) in 2017.
Kelly Flynn, LMT
Kelly has been with the Center for Spine Care + Mobility since 2001. She specializes in pre and post surgical rehabilitation and sport massage. She uses a combination of therapeutic techniques such as myofacial release, trigger point therapy and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. Kelly is also certified in pre natal massage and cranio sacral therapy. Kelly has had the opportunity to work with orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, mid wives and professional athletes.
She is a certified doula and is currently pursuing her CPT from the NASM.
Sandra Larsen graduated the Swedish Institute College in 2008, specializing in medical, sports, and prenatal massage. She provides professional and individualized therapeutic, medical massage to help alleviate symptoms of injuries and suit the needs of our clients. Sandra is also a clinical manual lymphatic drainage therapist, helping patients to reduce inflammation and edema.
Aaron R. Schuman
Aaron Schumann is a graduate of Connecticut College, New London where he lettered in soccer all four years. Dr. Schuman’s postgraduate education was at New York Chiropractic College. His post-doctoral education included achieving the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician distinction. Dr. Schuman interned at Levittown Health Center and South Shore Neurologic Associates in New York where he functioned as part of an interdisciplinary team and was trained in acute care, chronic care, and neuromuscular rehabilitation. Dr. Schuman is full body certified in Active Release Technique and Graston Technique-treatment systems of myofascial injuries such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sprain/strain injuries. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and conditioning Association. In addition, he has experience on the medical staff of sports events such as the “Boilermaker run”, the “Head of the Fish” Collegiate Regatta, the Saratoga Masters Track and Field, the Gotham Collegiate Invite, the Geneva Triathlon, and the Indoor Track and Field high school national championships. He was one of the official injury prevention and assessment providers for the Runsmart program for GLIRC. Dr. Schuman has volunteered as the ART provider for the Tobay Triathlon, D1 multisport sunrise rides, Daniel’s Run, Syosset Lacrosse, and the over 30 soccer league at the Hub indoor training facility.
Christian Villanueva is a recent graduate from Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Kinesiology. He has over 2 years of physical therapy experience as an aide in different rehabilitation settings. Christian also completed his personal fitness certification and became a personal trainer in 2013. Christian plans to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He knew he wanted to become a physical therapist when he missed a year of high school sports due to an ACL tear. Since then, he strives to help others achieve the same satisfaction he experienced as he made a 100% recovery. As a physical therapy aide at Center for Spine Care + Mobility, his vibrant and friendly personality is a motivating factor for our patients. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time to those close to him and being active in many sports.
Dr. Daniel Nagorski
Dr. Dan Nagorski graduated from Stony Brook University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Previously, Dr. Nagorski received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. After graduating, Dr. Nagorski began working at Paspa Physical Therapy, where he was exposed to a wide array of postsurgical and overuse injuries spanning the human body. He has developed a treatment approach that focuses on treating the individual as a whole, based on their unique presentation. He utilizes a wide assortment of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and neuromuscular reeducation in order to optimize your function, and allow you to achieve your goals. Dr. Nagorski enjoys staying up to date with current practice standards, and uses the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to accurately assess and diagnose the root cause of his patient’s dysfunction. Future plans include becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the end of this year. Although a fan of all sports, Dr. Nagorski played baseball at the high school and collegiate level, and continues to stay active by playing recreational softball and flagfootball in his spare time.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Agata Chalfin is a Family Nurse Practitioner who specializes in physical medicine at Center for spine care and mobility. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Concordia College of New York and earned her Master of Science at Pace University in New York at the Westchester campus. She holds a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Agata has 5 years of emergency medicine experience at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Agata performs trigger point injections to alleviate pain and to relax muscles in patients to promote a quicker recovery. Agata is also trained in Kinesio Taping and has taped athletes during their training for various sports.