When I was in 8th grade, I was injured in a bus accident returning from a school trip to Montreal. The bus flipped over an embankment on the NY State Thruway. I was taken to the hospital with a deep cut on the leg that came very close to severing my femoral artery. This near-death experience didn’t frighten me; rather, I was curious and fascinated by the providers who were treating me. That fascination with medicine stayed with me, and it led me to pursue my life’s goal of being a doctor so I could heal people and get them back to their lives.
I was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island, N.Y., where I graduated with distinction with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Stony Brook University. After graduation, I went on to get my medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. After completing a Family Practice residency at North Shore University Hospital, I worked as a physician and member of the busy trauma team at the Orthopedic Department at Nassau University Medical Center.
All my life I’ve been active in a variety of sports and martial arts disciplines, so I ultimately decided I wanted to specialize in Sports Medicine. I completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at North Shore University Hospital. During my fellowship I worked with two NCAA colleges and several local high schools, and I also provided medical support at major sporting events like the NYC Marathon, NYC Triathlon, Long Island Marathon and Golden Gloves Boxing.
By the time I started my own practice in NJ, I had performed well over 10,000 minimally-invasive procedures. I had worked in one of the busiest orthopedic and sports medicine practices in New York City, where I had extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections.
In August 2017, when I opened Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Tinton Falls, I was already one of the most experienced practitioners in my specialty. I am currently one of only 15 or so people in the entire country doing ultrasound-guided SX-One MicroKnife® by Sonex for carpal tunnel release, which requires only local anesthetic and greatly shortens recovery time. Another minimally invasive tool is Tenex Health TX™, which I use to treat chronic tendinopathy in the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. I make it a point to keep up with the latest technologies to provide my patients with the most effective and least invasive options available.
Typically, 90% of orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries do not require surgery. With regenerative therapies like platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells, along with cutting edge minimally invasive treatments, our goal is to get that number to as close to 100% as possible.
In my spare time, I enjoy adventure travel, spending time with my family and practicing martial arts. We all volunteer for an animal rescue and currently foster dogs in our home.
Sports Medicine is the field I love. And just because “Sports” is in the title, it’s not only for athletes – people get injured in everyday life all the time. Whatever the source of the injury, my goal as a physician is to provide the most effective treatments without surgery and get patients back to their lives, pain free, as quickly as possible.