Course Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

Dr. Michael Masaracchio

Michael Masaracchio

Dr. Michael Masaracchio has been a practicing physical therapist for over 10 years. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Anatomy Lab at Long Island University’s Department of Physical Therapy. Clinically, Dr. Masaracchio is the senior staff physical therapist at Masefield Cavallaro Physical Therapy, where he specializes in the examination and treatment of orthopedic and sports related pathologies. He is board certified in orthopedics and sports from the American Physical Therapy Specialization Council and has recently been appointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the sports physical therapy examination.

Dr. Masaracchio has recently co-authored two articles. The first is entitled “The Use of Patellar Taping in the Management of a Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: A Case Report” and was published in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in 2009. The second paper, entitled “Injuries in the Pediatric Athlete: Etiologies and Strategies for Prevention,” was published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice in 2008. Currently, Dr. Masaracchio is co-authoring a book titled “Musculoskeletal Surface Palpation: A Clinical Guide, as well as his dissertation titled “Short-Term Combined Effects of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation and Cervical Spine Non-Thrust Manipulation in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Over the past 5 years, Dr. Masaracchio has presented at local and national conferences on the examination and treatment of various orthopedic and sports pathologies. He recently has begun his Fellowship in Manual Therapy from Regis University.

Dr. Stephen Caronia

Stephen Caronia

Dr. Stephen Caronia graduated from Long Island University in 2007 with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Francis College in 2004. He received a board certification in orthopedics from the American Physical Therapy Specialization Council in 2012.

Dr. Caronia was the assistant to the editor and contributor to the fifth edition of Physical Rehabilitation, a leading textbook in the field of physical therapy. He has lectured at Long Island University on the topic of training and rehabilitating athletes. His continuing education experience includes functional training for athletes, exercise for rehabilitation in orthopedics, and manual therapy training in the Maitland Approach. As an undergraduate, Stephen worked alongside the strength and conditioning coach, assisting in program design and training for the Division I school’s athletes. He became the assistant coach of the college’s powerlifting team, which competed on the state and national levels in the USAPL and ADAU. As a competitor, Dr. Caronia was the American Record holder for the bench press while lifting in Anti-Drug Athletes United, a drug-tested and raw powerlifting organization.

Dr. Caronia practices at New York Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness in New York City. He primarily deals with post-operative rehabilitation and non-operative treatment of orthopedic pathologies. He receives referrals from many of the top surgeons in New York from hospitals such as Lennox Hill, NYU Hospital for Joint Disease, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Wendy Winn

Wendy Winn

Wendy Winn is the director of New York Custom Physical Therapy and has been practicing physical therapy for more than 10 years. She holds a BS in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She earned a board certification in orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Her other credentials include: ACSM HFi, USATF Coach, and ART Practitioner. She has led several wellness programs and continues to speak nationally on running-related topics. She serves as an expert contributor to a number of leading fitness magazines and teaches at Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Wendy believes in a combination of hands-on care, treatments fueled by the latest medical research, and patient empowerment, helping runners of all abilities achieve their goals.

Dr. Cat Fitzgerald

Cat Fitzgerald

Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald is a physical therapist and running consultant at New York Custom Physical Therapy. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2013. She went on to pursue further specialization in outpatient orthopedic and sports care, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), obtaining a certification in administering the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and a Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS). She is currently in the process of earning certifications from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Dr. Fitzgerald believes in a hands on approach, utilizing current manual techniques and functional corrective exercise.

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