Monroe's Top Physical Therapy Team
Our Monroe, NJ Center of Excellence for Balance and Movement Disorders provides the highest level rehabilitation, sports medicine & physical therapy with a concierge-style approach to customer service.
Monroe, NJ 08831
Meet the Staff
Natalie graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She then obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in 2021. Natalie spent her final clinical rotation at Strive in Washington Township where she had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients with orthopedic diagnoses and conditions. While at Jefferson, she developed an interest in working with patients with Parkinson’s Disease and obtained her LSVT BIG certification in 2020. In the future, she plans on becoming either an orthopedic clinical specialist or a neurological clinical specialist.
Outside of work Natalie enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, and traveling!
Julia graduated from the University of Dallas in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While at UD, she also played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team. She continued her education at Temple University, graduating with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2021. As a PT student, Julia served as the Marketing and Communications Director for the North Broad Physical Therapy Center, a student run pro bono physical therapy clinic in North Philadelphia. She also has volunteered with the Special Olympics for several years.
Julia has clinical experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She completed her second clinical affiliation at Strive’s Robbinsville office, where she worked with patients with a variety of orthopedic and neurologic conditions. She also completed an acute-care rotation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Julia has a strong interest in neurologic and vestibular conditions, as well as movement and balance disorders. She is particularly interested in concussion rehabilitation in the pediatric and adolescent population. Julia plans to obtain both her LVST and Certified Vestibular Therapist certifications, as well as either a Neurologic Clinical Specialty or Orthopedic Clinical Specialty.
Julia is a distance runner and recently ran the Philadelphia Marathon. She plans to run more marathons in the future! Julia also enjoys spending time with family and friends and going to the beach.
Tom graduated from West Chester University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine and obtained his Athletic Training Certification. Also, during that time, he was a student athlete and ran cross country competitively for 2 years. He continued his education at West Chester University and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2008 while also working as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University. Tom then attended Physical Therapy School at Drexel University and achieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. While in PT school, Tom’s second clinical affiliation was at Strive Physical Therapy at the Moorestown location. Also, while in PT school, Tom and five of his fellow classmates contributed to a textbook chapter involving upper extremity sports injuries in the 6th edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity. Tom is currently a Board-Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and has also obtained certifications in Graston Technique for treating muscle/tendon/ligament injuries and McKenzie-Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for treating the spine and extremities. He is also certified in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation through The American Institute of Balance and LSVT BIG certified to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Tom began as Area Director of the Northern Region in 2018 and currently is the Clinical Director for the Monroe and Balance Center clinics. Tom and his wife reside in Manalapan, NJ.
Leanne graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2004 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Minor in Biology, where she also played Varsity Soccer. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2006. After moving to New Jersey in 2015, she continued her education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.
Leanne has gained 13 years of clinical experience working mostly in an Orthopedics/Private Practice setting, treating patients with a broad scope of musculoskeletal injuries including neck and back pain, post-op knee arthroscopy and ACL Reconstructions. She worked for 2 years in Canada and then moved to Bermuda, where she continued her career working for two of the island’s orthopedic surgeons for 7 years. She has travelled with national level women’s soccer teams for Bermuda and Guyana for World Cup Qualifiers in Haiti, Mexico and Guyana as their team Physical Therapist. She also was a member of the Bermuda Women’s National Soccer team who won a gold medal at the 2013 NatWest Island Games. She has taken post graduate courses in manual therapy, myofascial release, vestibular rehabilitation, and kinesiotaping, earning her designation as a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner in 2013. She is currently working on obtaining her certification in LSVT BIG and looking to expand her knowledge in other areas of neurological rehabilitation.
Linda is a staff Physical Therapist Assistant at Strive Physical Therapy. She is a graduate of Maria College, located in Albany NY and has been practicing as a physical therapist assistant since May of 1985. Linda enjoys working with patients who have a variety of orthopedic issues. In addition to treating adults, Linda has over 20 years of experience treating school aged children with developmental delays. Linda grew up in a small town, 15 minutes from Saratoga, which is close to the Adirondack region in New York State. She enjoys hiking the Adirondack mountains, successfully completing 18 of the 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in elevation. Aside from hiking in the Adirondacks, Linda remains active locally through cycling, yoga and downhill skiing in the Pocono mountains when the opportunity arises. Linda is the proud mother of two grown daughters, and in July 2018 she became Grandmother to a darling baby girl.
Hear what other Strive patients have to say.
The professional atmosphere, cleanliness, and attentiveness of the staff I came in contact with at Strive provided a wonderful experience.
The time I spent with Tom and other members of the staff was great. The therapy that was provided cured me! I’m thankful to Dr. Paz who recommended that I come here. Again the staff here at STRIVE have been great. I could come here just for the workout. Again, I say thanks for your…
Mark knew what he was doing; in all my years of therapy Mark was the best. He gave me Physical Therapy that worked for me. He knows his career very well. He knows what the patient needs to get better. Thank you so much!