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Angelo Scarpati, MSPT, Cert. MDT, CSCS

angelo scarpati

Angelo Scarpati is the founder of Optimal Physical Therapy & Performance Institute. He is a Physical Therapist and Strength Conditioning Specialist. His clinical expertise is on orthopedic & sports injuries. Mr. Scarpati has been credentialed by the McKenzie Institute, as a Mechanical Diagnostic Therapist, a method on evaluating and treating back disorders. He has significant post-graduate training in manual therapy and orthopedics sports medicine influenced by many pioneers including James Cyriax, M.D., Geoff Maitland, PT, Stanley Paris, PT, Brian Mulligan, PT, Mark Laslett, PT, Kevin Wilk, PT, Shirley Sahrmann, PT, Gray Cook, PT.

What distinguishes Angelo Scarpati from other clinicians, is his knowledge and experience as a conditioning/sports performance specialists. Mr. Scarpati began his career in 1994 at Parisi Speed School. He had the pleasure of working with his mentor Bill Parisi for five years, who is the founder of one of the most successful Sports Performance Training entities in the world. As a sports performance coach, he was part of the team that consulted athletes representing many high schools, colleges & professional sports. Angelo continues to specialize in speed and sports performance development, as well, is a Medical Practitioner & Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute.

Mr. Scarpati is a guest speaker @ various sports medicine panels, presenting topics on ACL Injuries & Preventions. Developing the Junior Athlete with Fundamental Movement Skills and Fit For Golf.
 
Cortney Bozack, DPT, CSCS



Cortney C. Bozackhas her BA in Biology from Drew University and her doctorate of Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Since graduation Cortney has worked predominantly in out-patient orthopedics and sports medicine. Her philosophy for physical therapy treatment is to assist patients/clients in reaching their goals through active participation in treatment by hands on manual therapy and by giving them the tools they need to recover from injury as well as prevent further injury.
 
Chris Campbell, PT, ATC, CSCS



Chris graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in phyiscal therapy. In additon to being a physical therapist, Chris also holds certifications as an athletic trainer, a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning specialist, and a nutrition specialist. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionalists (AASDN). Chris has worked in the American Hockey League (Florida Panthers/Carolina Hurricanes), Major League Soccer (New York Red Bulls) and the United Soccer League (Sky Blue FC) as an athletic trainer, in additon to many outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics. He has also served as Assistant Director of Sports Medicine for the Sports Medicine Institute in the St. Barnabas Healthcare System. When not working, Chris enjoys travelling, playing sports, and studying archeology and ancient cultures.
 
Rich Branning, PT, ATC



Rich has devoted over 23 years of his career to working with injured athletes. His desire to work closely with athletes encouraged him to become a certified Athletic Trainer in 1995. During his career he has rehabilitated numerous professional, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes. He has had the privilege of treating athletes from the New York Yankees, Jets and Giants, as well as the New Jersey Nets and Devils.

His career as a high school and collegiate athlete has given him first hands experience in dealing with injuries. Rich played football at East Carolina University before a career ending injury. During the last 22 years Rich has served as Team Physical Therapist for the Morris Knolls High School Football Team.
 
Bryon Garcia, CPT


Certified by the National Endurance Sports Trainers Association, Bryon was influenced by several coaches and trainers from the age of 16 when he seriously began working out for high school and college sports. In high school Bryon excelled in football, wrestling and lacrosse. His hard work and dedication earned him coaches' awards in all 3 sports as well as All Conference honors. Throughout his college years he was a standout two sport varsity athlete, competing in football and lacrosse. Bryon specializes in Strength and Conditioning for High School and College level athletes as well as those with personal goals. Whether you need to work on speed and agility or explosive power, Bryon has the knowledge and experience to give you the edge over your competitors.

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Nutrition Corner

Carbohydrate consumption can alter energy dynamics and disease progression in the body.
All carbohydrates we consume are digested into monosaccharides or simple sugars before they’re absorbed by the body, regardless of whether the food source is a simple sugar cube or a high-fibre, low glycemic index bowl of oatmeal. It’s just that the “healthier carbs” are digested and absorbed much slower while the “non-healthy” carbs are digested very quickly.
* A slower carbohydrate breakdown from lower glycemic carbohydrates is better for satiety, blood sugar, and body composition. These carbohydrates are found in vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
* Rapid digestion of simpler, higher-glycemic carbohydrates is beneficial during the pre- and post-workout periods.
The average person’s minimum carbohydrate intake should be 130 grams per day, with a majority coming from vegetables and fruits. Higher amounts of carbohydrates are needed with increased muscle mass and increased physical activity levels. However, excessive carbohydrate consumption will be stored for future use (as fat or glycogen).
Consume at least 25 grams of fibre per day from vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains to ensure optimal health and body composition.