Staff

Physical Therapists

NEGIN JALAYER, PT

Degrees:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2007
Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, 2004
Bachelor’s of Science in Rehab Science, 2003

Specialties:
Orthopedics, Chronic Pain, Balance and Falls, Arthritis, Joint Replacements

Negin Jalayer is a New York State licensed physical therapist with over 16 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy. She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in 2004 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. In 2007, she completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Northeastern University.

In 2008, Dr. Jalayer became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in physical therapy, a designation held only by 5% of licensed physical therapists in New York State.

Dr. Jalayer has a vast amount of knowledge and experience treating the most common conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, disc herniation, pinched nerve, headaches, total knee/hip replacements, and knee/shoulder injuries. She promotes a healthy lifestyle and physical wellness. Dr. Jalayer’s treatment philosophy focuses on treating the cause of a person’s physical problem, and not just the symptoms. Her treatments focus on using her manual skills to alleviate pain, restore strength and flexibility, and to better her patients’ conditions.

KEVIN ZEMANA, PT

Degrees:
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2015
Bachelor’s in Science in Physical Therapy, 2009

Specialties:
Orthopedics, Sports and Martial Arts Injuries, Chronic Pain, Pediatrics

Kevin Zemana is a New York State licensed physical therapist who has been practicing physical therapy for 8 years. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines in 2009, where he also holds a license to practice. Dr. Zemana graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Dominican College of Blauvelt in January 2015.

Dr. Zemana has vast physical therapy experience and knowledge in a variety of settings. He also has had the privilege of working in orthopedic, neurology and sports specialized clinics during the more recent years, and has worked on professional athletes and martial artists alike. Dr. Zemana specializes in treating musculoskeletal related ailments, ranging from post-operative care to sports injuries. He incorporates a combination of current evidence-based manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and a great bedside manner in making physical therapy sessions both effective and pleasant.

In his spare time, Dr. Zemana enjoys playing the guitar, spending time with his two kids, and boxing.

Christine Rizzacasa, PT, DPT

Degrees:
Bachelors in Life Science, 2018
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2020

Christine Rizzacasa graduated in 2020 from New York Institute of Technology with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Christine completed the 3+3 Bachelors in Life Sciences/Doctorate of Physical therapy program while playing softball at NYIT. Christine has been exposed to many different areas of physical therapy including orthopedics, pediatrics, and neuromuscular conditions. Christine prides herself in always thinking of the patient as a whole, and not just his/her injury to give the best care possible to her patients.

In her spare time, Christine coaches a youth travel softball team, enjoys exercising, going to country concerts, the beach and spending time with family and friends.

MICHAEL W. BERNARDO, PT

Bio Coming Soon…

Physical Therapist Assistant

ANDREW CHO, PTA

Degree:
Associate’s in Physical Therapy Assistant, 2012

Specialties:
Sports Injury, Fitness Competitions, Crossfit Injuries, Pediatrics, Personal Training

Andrew Cho is a physical therapy assistant who graduated at the top of his class from Nassau Community College in 2012.

Andrew also holds a personal training certification and is very knowledgeable in treating sports injuries and providing the latest in fitness consultation. He is passionate about good health, exercise, and staying fit. Andrew uses various manual therapy techniques to alleviate pain and to improve his patients’ fitness performance. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys partaking in various fitness obstacle course races including Spartan, Tough Mudder, and Battlefrog. He also participates in various charity runs such as the Long Island Half Marathon and enjoys playing beach volleyball and tennis.

Physical Therapy Aide

JOE G., PT AIDE

Joe has been a part of our Marathon Physical Therapy family since 2014. He is loved by all and an integral part of each patient’s experience and success.

Joe grew up in Ozone Park, Queens, right by JFK Airport and Rockaway Beach. He loves sports, especially baseball. Joe has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old. He loves being active and competing. In fact, his hobbies include hiking, outdoor bike riding, and listening to music.

Joe is currently studying to apply to a Physical Therapist Assistant Program. He became interested in physical therapy after tearing a ligament in his elbow while pitching. He had to undergo surgery for his elbow injury and was first introduced to physical therapy first hand as a patient. Joe states that it was the rehabilitation that he went through to recover from his injury that inspired him to study physical therapy.

Here are some fun facts about Joe—his favorite food is chicken cutlets, his favorite color is blue, his favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees, and his favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.