Our Team


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. 




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 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.


Place: Block Island

Restaurant: Anything Italian

Food: Grilled Cheese

Holiday: Thanksgiving

City: New York

Film: Home Alone

Singer/Group: Celine Dion

Celebrity: Paul Walker

TV Show: The Office

Sports: Patriots!

Team: Patriots!!!

Hobbies: Running


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.


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 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


Karli specializes in helping athletes with a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and sports physical therapy. Karli is passionate about helping runners and other endurance athletes return to the sport that brings them joy, pain-free! Karli is an avid runner and RRCA certified running coach. She graduated with a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and has received numerous certifications in training and running mechanics. She truly understands runners and their needs for peak performance.
She believes that preventing injury is just as important as treatment. Her plans incorporate key elements usually missed by non- specialists, elevating her intervention to an advanced approach that includes sophisticated technology, technique and experience in sports specific customization. You can expect Karli to be your cheerleader as you achieve each goal, as you follow your individually designed prehab plan. With Karli, you’ll be in good hands. She is knowledgeable, cares tremendously about her patients’ progress and it shows by her outstanding results.


Place: Long Island at home with my dogs!

Restaurant: All Greek restaurants

Food: Anything peanut butter

Holiday: Christmas and Valentine’s Day (hard to choose!)

City: New York City

Film: A Walk to Remember

Singer/Group: Sam Hunt

Celebrity: Jennifer Aniston, Blake Lively, Emma Watson

TV Show: The Bachelor, Friends, Gilmore Girls

Book: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Sports: Running, gymnastics, hockey

Hobbies: Running, cooking/baking, reading


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.


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.



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 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.



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.


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


April joined us at the beginning of 2019 to complete our wellness team as our acupuncturist. She is passionate about delivering great care and results to her patients.  Her techniques are effective at reducing the effects of Allergies, Fatigue, Stress, Insomnia, Constipation, Digestive Disorder, Menstrual Disorder, Pain Management and Weight Loss.


Place: The Beach (preferably when it is warm)

Restaurant: David’s Brisket

Food: lobster, watermelon, my mom’s empanadas and Spanish rice

Holiday: My Birthday

City: Tokyo, Japan

Film: The Last Dragon

Singer/Group: Too many greats: Erykah Badu, Thelonious Monk, Janelle Monae and Anderson Paak

Celebrity: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Book: The Four Agreements- Miguel Ruiz

Sports: I am from Boston so: New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox

Team: changes with the seasons, now the Celtics

Hobbies: reading, watching movies/shows, dancing


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


Laura Frye specializes in helping people of all ages, from kids and teens to the avid athletes to post natal moms improve their condition, prepare for athletic activity and prevent injuries. With her advanced skills in Pilates & BARRE), BARRE & Mat Pilates, Yoga as well as Sculpt and Tone she assists people meet all their goals. Laura enjoys seeing the results in people she works with as they improve their physical condition, achieve their goals and maintain healthy lifestyles. Laura Frye has been a teacher in the fitness community for over a decade in NYC.

Laura has been certified by some of the countries leading practitioners in their field. She is an avid runner, two time Marathoner (closing in on #3 in January), as well as countless 1/2 Marathons and other race distances. This love of running has helped her create a unique blend of Pilates and running. . .(RUN)lates! With the runner in mind, (RUN)lates specifically targets key muscles groups in a runners body to build strength and endurance, as well as faster recovery. Her certifications include: Evolution Pilates Training (Mat Pilates/Pre&Post Natal), The Yoga Room NYC (Barre Specialization), Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training (specializing in Toddlers-Teens), Samba Yoga Training (Prenatal Yoga) Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby (Postnatal Yoga), Circus Yoga, Every Kids Yoga (Yoga for Special Needs), Brain Gym. Soon, Laura will be a certified running coach through USATF and RRCA.


Place: Kauai, Hawaii

Restaurant: Sushi!!

Food: Cheese Pizza. Period. No question.

Holiday: Halloween

City: Orlando

Film: Jaws

Singer/Group: The Eagles

Celebrity: Laura Dern

TV Show: The West Wing

Sports:Track and Field

Team: Chicago Cubs

Hobbies: Running/Pilates and staying active!