Our Team

Alex

Over the last ten years, thousands of people (or hundreds on a weekly basis) have consulted Dr. Alex Gometz looking for answers to questions about a quick end to running-related injuries and limitations to their athletic performance. Alex is now a trusted health advisor and lecturer at local universities, hospitals, and businesses. He is a mentor to other clinicians and an active researcher of injury prevention with publications in “Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery” and “The Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine.”

On a daily basis, Dr. Gometz works mostly with highly motivated people who care about their health and want to do something about it. At Prehab, people with back, joint pains, and sports injuries, successfully meet their expectations due to excellence in care, the latest in rehabilitation technology, a research guided approach and an exceptional team.

His patients vary from teachers to stay-at-home moms, law enforcers, firefighters runners at all levels and stage performers. He specializes in treating patients whose current conditions are limiting. He helps patients find solutions to the cause of their pain, dysfunction, their lack of strength, and he helps them restore their enjoyable, flexible and active bodies.  Dr. Gometz also specializes in Concussion Management and runs Concussion Management of NY.  He is an avid triathlete and father of 4. 

 

 

Favorites:

Place: Mountains

Restaurant: La Mela

Food: Italian

Holiday: Thanksgiving

City: Park City, Utah

Film: Gladiator

Singer/Group: Fish

Celebrity: Robin Williams

Book: The Hobbit

Sports: Cycling, Football

Team: Jets

Hobbies: Triathlons

Raechel

Raechel is passionate about helping people who want to stay active, and enjoy life outdoors. With a background in Athletic Training, one of her specialties is helping clients make the proper corrections to posture and form while performing prescribed exercises to maximize benefit and effect. Raechel is a NYS licensed Athletic Trainer who earned her degree at Keene State College. Her clinical experience includes patient care during their rehabilitation process as well as on-field coverage for a variety of sports. She also participates in sports injury research and continues to research better standards for testing, diagnosing, and effective treatments.

As an avid runner herself, she enjoys helping all active individuals prevent injury, maintain healthy habits, and reach their personal goals. Raechel also has a growing interest in Pilates and Yoga as part of patients’ improvement to their condition, including concussion management.

Favorites:

Place: Block Island

Restaurant: Anything Italian

Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Holiday: Thanksgiving

City: New York

Film: Home Alone

Singer/Group: Celine Dion

Celebrity: Paul Walker (RIP 🙁 )

TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Sports: Patriots!

Team: Patriots!!!

Hobbies: Running

Marisa

Marisa holds a passion for helping people develop a healthy and active lifestyle no matter what they have experienced. She strongly believes in the mind-body experience as a whole. She strives to aid people in staying physically and mentally healthy through the practice of yoga, meditation, relaxation, aromatherapy and acupressure. She completed her Yoga Certification at Wilmington Yoga Center and holds a B.S. in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University. She continues to stay active through exercise such as the practice of yoga and long distance running. She has recently completed her first half marathon and plans to complete another one in the near future. Her clinical experience includes assisting the rehabilitation process of individuals based on their needs, interests and goals. She will continue to educate people on coping mechanisms and help lead them toward an active lifestyle.

Favorites:

Place: The beach/ by a source of water

Restaurant: The Butchers Daughter

Food: I love peanut butter

Holiday: Christmas

City: NYC

Film: Elf

Singer/Group: can’t choose!

Celebrity: Blake Lively

Book: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Sports: Track, Cross Country

Team: Giants

Hobbies: yoga, marathons/running, reading, writing, spending time with friends/ family, photography

Annie

Annie is excited to join the Prehab family as Office Manager.  She has spent the last almost ten years as a yoga and Pilates teacher specializing in working with children, pregnant women, and new moms and their babies.  She is also a certified DONA birth doula and has had the honor of attending thirteen births, and is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through the Lotus Palm Institute.

Annie not only loves connecting with the patients at Prehab, but she is one!  After suffering a torn labrum last spring, she is lucky to be experiencing the expertise of all the Prehab practitioners first hand so she can get her running shoes back on.  She is passionate about using her unique experience as both manager and patient to relate to and empathize with everyone who walks through our doors.

 

Place: Casa de la Roca in Ojochal, Costa Rica

Restaurant: Tartine in the West Village

Food: Chocolate lava cake

Holiday: Thanksgiving

City: New York, New York

Film: HBO’s adaptation of Angels in America 

Singer/Group: Bob Dylan

Celebrity: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Laura Linney, Matthew McConaughey…the fangirl list goes on.

TV Show: Parks & Recreation, Breaking Bad

Book: The Stand and It by Stephen King

Sports: Football & Olympic swimming, gymnastics, track, & figure skating

Hobbies: Running, yoga, reading, writing, playing with my nephews & niece, and watching movies with my husband

Lauren

Lauren found her strengths as a physical therapist have been enhanced since she started at Prehab. She delivers the best results working with the most active individuals in the community. Her approach to treatment is holistic, not only addressing the main complaint, but also movement of the body as a whole. This resonates well with our signature approach at Prehab and so with us, she found the perfect platform to practice her passion! Lauren believes constant growth is necessary to provide optimal and up-to-date care for her clients and it shows, as she helps every patient reduce pain and return to the free movement they enjoy. She finds that her passion for helping people, her experience as an athlete, and her education in biology all come together at Prehab.

Lauren earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in Brooklyn. She played collegiate lacrosse and studied biology at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Her clinical education and experience includes concentration on outpatient orthopedics, sports related injuries, and soft tissue related conditions that require a hands-on approach to healing. She specializes in reducing pain and assisting clients in meeting their performance goals with the latest techniques and results oriented attitude.

Lauren continues to pursue improvement in all her skills and constant education with special interest in the Institute of Physical Art techniques and continuing education trajectory.

Favorites:

Place: Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Restaurant: Guadalupe Inn 

Food: pierogis 

Holiday: Halloween

City: Brooklyn

Film: Forrest Gump

Singer/Group: Steel Pulse, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac

Celebrity: Dave Grohl

Book: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Sports: lacrosse and basketball

Team: no favorites!

Hobbies: dancing, bike riding, attending concerts, trying new restaurants 

James

His cool, humorous, and laid back approach makes James a patient favorite, while his attention to detail and thorough evaluations establish him as one of the best clinicians for Prehab. James is a specialist who cares about returning people to their peak performance and enjoyment of life. He has more than 17 years of clinical experience and works hand in hand with Dr. Gometz in providing excellent care and delivering results.

Education:

James San Pedro attended the University of Santo Tomas for Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation Institute for Physical Therapy, Philippines.

His background in physical therapy, continued education in sports related injury and his experience, make him an expert diagnostician. When he is not at the office he is working as a first responder and an athletic trainer for an elite Prep school in the Upper Eastside, polishing his experience in dealing with sports injuries and devising methods of injury prevention. He has an uncanny and ingenious way of adapting and customizing treatment specifically for his patient’s needs and functionality. His patients praise him as “a gem at Prehab.”

Special interests:

Functional Movement Assessment based approach to Prehabilitation and post injury treatment.

He is married and has three daughters.

 

Favorites:

Place: Galápagos Islands

Restaurant: Shuko in NYC

Food: Sashimi

Holiday: Christmas

City: New York City

Film: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Singer/Group: The Carpenters/Back Street Boys

Celebrity: Elon Musk

Book: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Sports: Boxing, NFL, MMA, EPL, PGA, MLB, NBA

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Nature Trekking

Arsen

Arsen specializes in helping active adults and athletes who are looking to maximize their health and performance with a customized Prehab program. At Prehab, Arsen found the perfect environment to inspire his patients with a platform of abundant tools. He is a strong advocate for an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare, collaborating with the patients’ current doctor, our athletic trainer, yoga instructor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, and massage therapist, to improve outcomes.

His patients constantly compliment his ability to use manual techniques, restorative releases and customized skills to accelerate healing.

Education:

 

Dr. Arsen Virobyan, DPT completed his doctorate in physical therapy at Touro College with high honors and is now on track towards a certification in Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art.

At Prehab, you will frequently catch Arsen using instrument assisted techniques for mobilizations as well as the TRX suspension trainer to build functional strength and stability. He believes that a comprehensive full body assessment and treatment system that is founded on automatic core engagement and functional movement patterns is the best approach to returning you back to optimal physical performance without pain.

He has experience working with runners, basketball players, golfers, mixed martial arts fighters, and adults training in crossfit, kettlebells, weightlifting, bootcamp, yoga, pilates, barre class, and other group exercise classes.

Arsen is in fact an inspiration, not only to his patients but also his co-workers. He is a great team member, dedicated and passionate representative of Prehab.

Personal Goals and Interests:

Continue specialist education through the Institute of Physical Art, use of Instrumented assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, yoga and mastering theory of regional interdependence for cervical/thoracic/shoulder injuries, and strain counter strain.

He is actively developing conservative methods to help patients avoid surgery.

Favorites:

Place: McCarren Park, Williamsburg Brooklyn

Restaurant: Tacuba Cantina Mexicana in Astoria Queens

Food: Bar burger with rosemary fries

Holiday: Halloween

City: Brooklyn, New York

Film: The Matrix

Singer/Group: DMX

Celebrity: Joe Rogan

TV Show: Game of Thrones

Book: Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers

Sports: MMA/UFC; Favorite Fighter: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

Hobbies: Hiking, basketball, drawing/painting

Andrew

Andrew joined us at the beginning of our operation in 2001 and reunited in January 2017 to complete our wellness team. He is passionate about delivering great care and results and is well known in our community. Andrew works with patients who want to reduce dependency on drugs and who want to enjoy natural approaches to health. His techniques are effective at reducing the effects of Allergies, treating Infertility, Fatigue, Stress, Insomnia, Constipation, Enlarged Prostate, Digestive Disorder, Menstrual Disorder, Pain Management and Weight Loss.

MK Park (Andrew) is board certified by the National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a distinguished Acupuncturist.

He attended New York College of Health Profession in Syosset, NY and received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture.

Prior to attaining his master’s degree in Acupuncture, he graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL with a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.

He has been practicing Acupuncture since 2001.

Favorites:

Singer/Group: Eagles

Sport: Baseball

Team: Dodgers

Film: The Pianist

Hobby: Watching movies

Rebecca

Rebecca specializes in personalized care to help clients lose weight and manage diseases while still enjoying foods they love! She has experience in weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and maternal and infant nutrition. Rebecca is passionate about teaching people that eating healthy does not have to be difficult or expensive. A registered dietitian, Rebecca also holds an MPH from Hunter College, a BS in Nutrition from Cornell University, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. In her free time, you can find Rebecca creating in the kitchen and taking many pictures of her food for her Instagram account (follow her @onemealahead), sweating it out at the gym, or walking the city searching for the best new ice cream spot.

Place: Belvedere Castle, Central Park

Restaurant: River Park

Food: Eggplant Parmesan

Holiday: Thanksgiving

City: Florence, Italy
Film: Father of the Bride

Singer/Group: Bruce Springsteen

Celebrity: Sarah Jessica Parker

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Sports: Basketball, football, hockey

Team: Los Angeles Lakers, USC Trojans, New York Islanders

Hobbies: cooking, working out, traveling