Karn Santikul, DPT, COMT, CSCS – Director
Karn Santikul, DPT, COMT, CSCS is a graduate from Columbia University with his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Karn’s focus is in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. With his vision and desire, he opened NY Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy in Scarsdale in February 2008 and since then has added the Bronx office opened in July 2010 in the Pelham Bay area.
His approach to physical therapy is eclectic and pragmatic in that he draws from a number of different approaches to formulate the best plan of care. The result is a highly individualized course of therapy for each patient. Karn has worked previously at Summit Physical Therapy in Larchmont and Recovery Physical Therapy in the Bronx prior to starting NYSSPT. In addition, his completed clinical rotations at Columbia University have included affiliations at White Plains Hospital, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, and Australian Physiotherapy in Manhattan. His completed group research thesis on VMO Strengthening was presented in New Orleans at the annual Physical Therapy’s Combined Section Meetings in February 2005.
Karn’s has focused on the Geoffrey Maitland approach and is certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy by the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who works with Athletes on Performance Enhancement. He continues to grow as a clinician and is now practicing Kinesio Taping as a manual/hands on therapist.
Lacey Berger, DPT
Lacey Berger, DPT completed her undergraduate coursework at The University of Michigan and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Movement Science. She graduated from Columbia University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012. Lacey is excited to join the staff after completing a clinical internship with Karn at NYSSPT earlier this year. Lacey’s other clinical experience includes rotations at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, and Jamaica Hospital. While at Columbia, she took elective and advanced coursework in rehabilitation of the ankle and foot, wrist and hand, and adult neurologic conditions.
She is also an avid runner and has completed many road races including a half marathon. She will be competing in her first triathlon in September 2012.
Karl Rusch, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Karl Rusch, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC completed his undergraduate coursework from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s of science in Athletic Training/ Sport’s Medicine. Karl graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2012 with his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Karl’s focus is in sports medicine and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Karl is a full time assistant professor at Dominican College, and came to NYSSPT to continue to his desire in working with various pre and post- operative injuries.
Karl is an evidence based practitioner utilizing current research to design a plan of care that best fits the individual’s needs. Each individual’s program is designed in a cooperative effort to reach your desired goals. Karl has previously worked at Premier Physical therapy and Professional Physical therapy in Katonah, NY, and as a lab instructor at New York Medical College. Karl has also completed clinical affiliations at NYU, Beth Abraham health services in the Bronx, and Amfit Physical Therapy.
Karl is a board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist and focuses on a variety of manual therapy techniques with appropriate therapeutic exercise. Karl is also a Certified Athletic Trainer who specializes in sport specific injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Karl is married with no kids, and lives in Westchester County.
Joseph Castelli, DPT, COMT, CKTP, CEAS, C.PED, CIDN
Dr. Joseph Castelli is the clinical director of the Tuckahoe location. He is joining the team after numerous years of experience. He received his first Physical Therapy degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1998. He went on to attend the University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded his Clinical Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2011.
Dr. Castelli received an advanced certification in Manual Therapy with the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions (EIM) specializing in orthopedic manual therapy. He is also a Maitland and Mulligan Concept trained Manual Therapist.
Joe works closely with surgical and non-surgical orthopedic specialists from the Hospital for Special Surgery, Lenox Hill, Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel, St. Luke’s and NYU on a variety of cases that include but are not limited to rotator cuff, labral injuries, adult joint replacement, fractures and other musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Castelli is also skilled in the identification of occupational risk factors that contribute to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and has successfully provided practical ergonomic intervention to control risk and exposure; workstation and return to work job/ergonomic accommodations for injured and disabled persons.
When Dr. Castelli is not working, he is an avid sports enthusiast and continues to play competitive fast pitch softball, golf, cycling and power lifting.
Steven Scotton – Director of Operations
Steven Scotton is the Director of Operations of NY Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy in Scarsdale. He performs many of NYSSPT administration tasks including overseeing all operations in both the Bronx and Scarsdale offices. After completing his undergraduate degree in business administration from Iona College, Steven decided to continue his dedication in helping NYSSPT grow and reach the potential of a successful clinic. Steven has been instrumental in helping institute our billing system and training staff on the use of it. His responsibilities have included daily billing transactions, filing medical claims, and data entry to mention a few. For leisure, Steven enjoys playing softball, weightlifting, and soccer.
Adela Maldonado – Billing Specialist
Adela Maldonado is the Billing Specialist of NY Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy in Scarsdale. She specializes in physical therapy billing services and consulting. Adela has been instrumental in helping patients keep up with the ever changing climate of healthplan coverages and understanding their plan. Her responsibilities include daily billing transactions, filing medical claims, and data entry to mention a few.