This facility, originally located in Lakewood on Route 9 and opened in 2003, was relocated in 2008 to a new professional building. Now boasting 2000 square feet, this facility has updated equipment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pediatric physical therapy, personal training, and nutrition ...

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Andrew Grando


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Andrew completed his undergraduate education with an interdepartmental major in Biology and Psychology at Moravian College. While there, Andrew also focused on his passion for athletics, playing football and achieving All-Conference Honors and the distinction of the title of captain his senior year. After college, Andrew began to develop his career working as an aid at Hands On Physical Therapy, and graduated from Rutgers University in 2014 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Andrew developed a passion for research and education while at Rutgers working as a Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience teaching assistant in addition to serving as a research assistant in the Rivers Lab where he developed and conducted research projects involving mental imagery, virtual reality, and 3D imaging for stroke patients. During this time he also continued to hone his clinical skills completing affiliations in acute, sports-based outpatient, hospital-based outpatient, and pediatric care. In addition to his core course work, Andrew also focused on community outreach during his time at Rutgers participating in a free physical therapy clinic for members of the Newark community as well as Wellness for Life, an outreach program serving the physical therapy needs of the mentally ill. Andrew obtained his McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy in 2016 and hopes to become a Diplomat of the McKenzie Method in the near future.

Gregory O'Connor


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Greg completed his undergraduate education at the University of Delaware, where he studied Athletic Training and went on to earn the designation of Athletic Trainer Certified (ATC) in 2015. While at UD, Greg had the opportunity to work with athletes at a variety of levels ranging from high school to Division I collegiate athletics covering sports including football, ice hockey, baseball, women’s soccer, track and field, basketball, and men’s lacrosse. Following his undergraduate career, Greg furthered his athletic training education by earning a Master of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2016 before beginning physical therapy school. In 2019, Greg graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rutgers University. During his tenure at Rutgers, Greg was involved in multiple research projects and served as a teaching assistant for the Neuroscience course offered at the university. He also developed a passion for orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy completing four clinical affiliations including rotations at Hands On Physical Therapy as well as on the Brain Trauma Unit of the JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Like many others at Hands On, Greg also has a desire to serve the community, which he has done through participation in a pro bono clinic via Rutgers University helping to rehabilitate members of the Newark community in addition to service initiatives with his local church. Finally, having been inspired by Ken and Andrew, Greg is pursuing a McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy which he plans to have completed by 2020.

Kenneth Pavlinec

PT, Cert MDT

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Graduated Cum Laude from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 1997. Course work included gross anatomy at Yale. Over 20 years experience in an outpatient setting and local regional trauma center and excelled as a Senior Level I therapist for acute, outpatient, and home care environments. In 2001, became one of approximately 750 Certified MDT McKenzie specialists in the world for treatment of pain of spinal origin. Extensive continuing education focused on “hands-on” therapy utilizing mobilization techniques for all joints. Extensive athletic background consisting of baseball, football, basketball, track and field, cross-country, marathons(New Jersey 2008, New York City 2010), road races and triathlons which make these personal experiences contribute to sports specific rehabilitation that is immeasurable. Member of the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA), Orthopedic Practice Section of the APTA, Private Practice Section of the APTA, and the McKenzie Institute USA. In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time with his wife (Mrs New Jersey America 2007, Mrs New Jersey United States 2010, Mrs New Jersey International 2012), his two children Alexis and Luc, and two dogs Jasmine and Ranger.


780 Route 37 West, Suite 210
Toms River, NJ 08755


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If you're not sure you can make it into the physical therapy clinic for an in-person appointment, you may be interested in requesting a TelePT video appointment. A session with a certified telehealth physical therapist could help you receive treatment from virtually anywhere.


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