ABOUT

Our Times Square - Center for the Performing Arts clinic is a program of The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors. Open to all patients, including NYC's talented array of Broadway performers, this Times Square clinic is smack dab in the center of Manhattan on 7th Avenue and 49th Street. It is situate...

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MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Patrick Watson

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Patrick Watson is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Midtown – East 56th Street location. Patrick received his Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Hofstra University and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Patrick focuses on the treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries. Over his career, Patrick has personally experienced a wide range of injuries, which required him to go to physical therapy, each time returning to play lacrosse. These experiences lead Patrick to realize that PT was a profession that would allow him to have a positive effect on others. This valuable experience, coupled with the personal insight of the required hard work and partnership between the patient and physical therapist, is leading to his patients’ success and excellent results. The application of his physical therapy education to patient treatment demonstrates that successful physical therapy plans consist of a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to assist patients to return to optimal levels of function and reach their goals.

Michaela Lanae Duncan, PT, DPT, CMPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

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Joseph Costello, PT, DPT, SCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Sports Certified Specialist

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Joe Costello is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Midtown – West 57th Street location. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Joe received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Business Administration from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. While at MSMC, Joe was a member of the basketball team and helped start the school’s lacrosse program. He was named captain of the Blue Knights’ inaugural season. Joe started with SPEAR at the 44th Street location as a staff therapist. He was first exposed to physical therapy when he suffered from chronic shoulder injuries in high school sports. He developed a passion for PT as he worked to return to playing. His clinical experience includes orthopedic and sports rehab, extensive spine training from a challenging clinic in South Carolina, cardiac rehabilitation, oncology, and private care. Joe utilizes an individualized approach to tailor each treatment specifically for each patient with a focus on manual therapy. Joe has also taken courses in fascial movement taping and advances for the shoulder and knee to aid his patients’ recovery. In 2016, Joe was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. In his free time, Joe enjoys playing pickup basketball, attending sporting events, traveling, hanging with friends and family, and visiting the always beautiful Seneca Lake.

Ninia Agustin, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Ninia Agustin is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’S Midtown – Plaza Hotel location. Ninia earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. During her time there, she was the fundraising chair for her class and raised money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. She received the Chair’s Award at graduation to recognize her efforts. Before attending graduate school, Ninia received her dance training and graduated Summa Cum-Laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with a minor in Business Administration. There, she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ronald K. Brown, Lar Lubovitch, and Bill T. Jones, among many other esteemed choreographers. She performed “Memoria” with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center for their 50th Anniversary Gala. She was a member of Buglisi Dance Theatre in New York City after graduating and taught Bounding Boys I, II, and III at the Ailey School. She has performed in the United States, Spain, and Mexico. Ninia has clinical experience in pediatrics, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient orthopedics, specifically working with dancers. She has an interest in furthering her manual therapy skills and focusing on dance medicine. In her spare time, Ninia enjoys dancing, yoga and baking.

Gwen Giffard, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Gwen received both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College. As a young girl she began a 14-year competitive Irish Dancing career in which she sustained numerous injuries. After several years of attending physical therapy, she decided to pursue it as a career. Gwen has clinical experience in various settings including acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She has experience treating several populations including post-surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics and high-level dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Gwen’s dance background has influenced her in pursing a career to specialize in treating dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters and other performing artists. She had the opportunity to work with dancers from Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, and The Draper Center. She also worked as a PT Aide at Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy throughout college. Gwen believes that physical therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the patient. Both need to be dedicated to working together to rehabilitate the patient to their optimal level of performance and to prevent any future injuries. After retiring from Irish dance, Gwen played intramural volleyball and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. She continues to stay active by playing recreational tennis, skiing, hiking and lifting weights.

Phil Jennette

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Kenneth Abes, PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Ken Abes earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. While studying at Rutgers, Ken served as director of the Rutgers pro-bono physical therapy clinic in Newark, NJ. As an undergraduate, Ken earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology, while serving as both performer and president of his college’s musical theatre organization. During his clinical rotations, Ken gained experience working in various clinical rehabilitation settings including inpatient, outpatient, adult, and orthopedic rehabilitation. As a clinician, Ken utilizes a tailored patient-centered approach to his practice as he recognizes each person has unique goals, experiences, and learning styles. Ken’s unique approach to therapy provided him the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients involving dancers, geriatric clients, and lower limb amputees. Ken has been involved in the performing arts for most of his life, having extensive experience in dance, chorale, violin, musical theatre performance, and production. Off of the stage, Ken enjoys hiking, weightlifting, and playing tennis.

CLINIC CONTACT INFORMATION

729 7th Ave, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10019

CANCELLATION POLICY

We kindly ask that you notify us no later than 24 hours in advance for all rescheduling and cancellations. Thank you.

THIS CLINIC OFFERS VIDEO APPOINTMENTS

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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