Steven, PT, DPT, LSVT

Founder and Lead Physical Therapist

Steven is the founder and lead physical therapist at SYNAPTIC Rehabilitation. He earned a BS in Exercise Science Applied Kinesiology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and his Doctorate degree from American International College in Springfield, MA. Steven specializes in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and many other neurological disorders.

Outside of practicing physical therapy steven enjoys time with his wife, running, and staying active.


Bridget, OT, OTR

Lead Occupational Therapist

Bridget is the lead occupational therapist at SYNAPTIC Rehabilitation. She earned a BA in psychology from Widener University and her Masters Degree from Bay Path University. Bridget specializes in neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Outside of occupational therapy, she loves running marathons and spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband and dog.

Nicholas Matthes PT DPT

Nicholas, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Nicholas is a physical therapist for Synaptic Rehab. He earned his BS in exercise science from The College of New Jersey and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. His background includes training in several different settings which allows him to treat various conditions successfully. His intensity and variation in treatment results in quicker recoveries and improved outcomes.


Zach, PT, DPT

Physical therapist

Zach Is a recent graduate and Physical Therapist at Synaptic Rehabilitation. He earned a BS in Exercise Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Zach enjoys working with the geriatric population and has a keen interest in orthopedic and neurological conditions.

Beyond physical therapy, Zach enjoys exercising, spending time with his friends, and most importantly his wife and two puppies.


Arti, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Arti received her bachelors in biology from University of California, Riverside and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University. After graduating, Arti worked in an outpatient clinic setting for a few years. She has experience in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, outpatient pediatric, and acute care.

In her free time, Arti enjoys traveling, working out, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.


Angie, OT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Angela (Angie) Agnese is an occupational therapist. She received her BA in Health and Societies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a MS in occupational therapy from Columbia Univeristy. Angie has experience in various mental health and physical disabilities settings, but especially enjoys working with the geriatric population in their homes.

Outside of work, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She enjoys bike riding, kayaking, and making art.

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Elysha, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Elysha obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Elysha completed clinical rotations at JFK Medical Center (Acute Care), Hackensack Meridian Health (Vestibular/Outpatient), Concentra Urgent Care (Industrial/Outpatient), and at ProCare Rehabilitation (Outpatient Orthopedics). Elysha is currently pursuing her certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to further enhance orthopedic knowledge and skills.

She has been involved in Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts over 15 years and is currently a black belt instructor at Menlo Park Elementary School in Edison, NJ for grades K through 5. Outside of Synaptic Rehabilitation Elysha loves playing the viola and guitar, traveling, teaching karate, and spending time with family and friends!

Ann Loprimo SLP


Speech Language Pathologist

Ann is a graduate of Kean University with a B.A. in Speech Correction and a M.A. in Speech Pathology. She has over 26 years of experience in the field and has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, home based Early Intervention, school based, private practice and sub-acute settings. Ann has vast experience working with a wide age span of patients ranging from birth to geriatrics and is a firm believer in incorporating family members into the therapy process as it sets up for more optimal results for the patient. She specializes in treating dysphagia, various speech, voice and language disorders as well as cognitive rehabilitation. She has found the field of speech pathology to be extremely rewarding.

Outside of work, Ann loves spending time with her husband, two daughters and family dog. Exercising and attending concerts are a few of her hobbies that she thoroughly enjoys.

Veena Rao

Veena Rao, OT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Veena is a graduate of Mercy College with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience in a variety of settings including pediatrics, neuro rehabilitation , orthopedics, and geriatrics.

In her spare time, Veena enjoys reading, dancing, spending time with her cats, and listening to live music.

Regan Christie, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Melissa Sitrin, PT

Physical Therapist
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Ashley Dorundo, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ashley received her BA of Health Science in 2010 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012, both from Lebanon Valley College. Having a strong interest and passion for working with individuals for neuro rehabilitation, Ashley pursued opportunities for further professional development and achieved her Board Certification for Neurologic Clinical Specialty through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2017. Prior to starting with Synaptic Rehab, Ashley’s experience included working in inpatient rehab, acute care, and outpatient settings, providing care to individuals with a variety of neurologic diagnoses and individuals with lower extremity amputation. Ashley is especially passionate about working with movement disorders and is a PWR! certified therapist.

In her spare time, Ashley loves spending time with her husband and three dogs. She loves spending time outside and staying physically active.

Peter Pantalena, CCC/SLP

Speech Therapist

Misbah Shiliwala, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Katelynn Deluca, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
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