MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Our kids' programs are unique and effective because they are created and run by experienced physical therapists.
THOMAS DONOFRIO, MSPT
Tom has been a licensed physical therapist since graudating UMDNJ in 2000. He began his clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, working with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital. While there, he had the opportunity to work with the New York Rangers and professional tennis players. Over the past 8 years he has worked with the adolescent population, treating both orthopedic and neurological cases. Tom is also an instructor at the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Essex County College in Newark.
Jess is a licensed physical therapist graduating with her doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University. She currently works as a school-based physical therapist at Children's Therapy Center/Academy in Fair Lawn, NJ where she works with children with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and other medical complexities. She has experience working in the acute care, sub-acute, and outpatient settings working with patients from young children to elderly adults. Her interests include NDT (neurodevelopmental techniques), pilates-based exercises, and community-based preventative health.
Casandra L. Lambert, OTR/L
Casandra is a licensed occupational therapist and has been practicing since graduating from Kean University in 2016. Casandra has had multiple years of experience prior to becoming a licensed therapist within the pediatric population with a strong background in working with children of ages 3-21 with a variety of developmental disabilities including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, autism, and other medical complexities. Casandra has personal experience within family dynamics of living with a family member with special needs primarily as a sibling role. Her passion and motivation within the field began at the age of 10 years old when watching the benefits of the profession she witnessed within her sister’s progress. During her undergraduate time at Sacred Heart University she created and led an adaptive yoga program for ambulatory and non-ambulatory children. During the completion of her graduate degree, she completed her Master thesis in examining sensory processing, learning styles, and academic performance. She has experience working in outpatient pediatrics, mental health/substance abuse, sub-acute/ skilled nursing, and home care from young children to elderly adults. Her interests include sensory processing/integration, motor learning as well as NDT (neurodevelopment techniques), community integration and preventative health, as well as integrating a holistic approach with emphasis on integrating specific interests of individuals to provide effective therapeutic services. Her passion includes utilizing multi- professional approach including utilizing her sister’s experiences as well as collaboration of her brother who is a Functional Patterns Certified Clinician.