Physical Therapists

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Clinician Profiles

Physical therapists educate patients and provide them with the tools needed to decrease pain and increase function.

Services Offered

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Hand Splint Fabrication
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pre & Post-Surgical Care
  • Treatment of Acute & Chronic Pain
  • Spinal Stabilization & Core Strengthening
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
  • Manual Therapy/Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Low Back Rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Prevention & Management

Elizabeth Conway, PT, DPT, COMT

Elizabeth Conway is a seasoned clinician in the outpatient environment who treats a broad spectrum or orthopedic injuries and post-surgical interventions. She began her career in physical therapy in 2003 learning the business from the ground up as a physical therapy aide, assistant strength coach and educational instructor in her chosen field. Always interested in health, sports and fitness, Liz is an athlete and former lifeguard captain and is well acquainted with the pathology of sports injuries and is skilled in the rehabilitation of shoulder, knee and spinal conditions.

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Richard Stockton College – 2015
  • Masters of Physical Therapy Richard Stockton College – 2006
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Continuing Education – Knee/Shoulder Update; Spinal Extremity-Joint Mobilization; Advanced Treatment of the Lower Quarter in Runners; Certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Kelly J. Halsey, PT, DPT

Kelly Halsey is a dedicated professional with a passion for excellence in patient care. While Kelly treats a myriad of orthopedic injuries and condition, she has notable success in the treatment of shoulder and knee maladies where immediate return of function is realized with the right education and training. She encourages constant feedback from her patients in order to develop the individualized treatment plan that will ensure the best outcomes towards their personal therapy goals. Kelly’s focus is to return each of her patients to all of their pre-injury function and to provide them with the education and knowledge to prevent any reoccurrences of their injuries.

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Richard Stockton College – 2015
  • Masters of Physical Therapy Richard Stockton College – 2006
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Continuing Education – Knee/Shoulder Update; Spinal Extremity-Joint Mobilization; Advanced Treatment of the Lower Quarter in Runners; Certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Gregory J. Hering, PT, DPT

Gregory Hering is the center manager and a distinguished member of the clinical team. He is proficient in treating a broad spectrum of orthopedic conditions and post-surgical interventions including spinal and sports injuries, rotator cuff repairs, and joint replacements. He is very patient-centered and his goals are straight-forward; to provide excellent patient care, to actively communicate with the physician/case manager and to obtain a successful recovery.

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy : Arcadia University – 2014
  • Masters of Physical Therapy :  Arcadia University – 1999
  • Continuing Education : Neural Mobility; Treatment of Low Back Pain; Orthopedic Sports Injuries; Lumbar Spine Injuries; Vestibular Dysfunction

Yocheved Lowinger, MSOT, OTR/L

Yocheved Lowinger has a passion for the healing art and science of occupational therapy. With her interest in biology, her intuitive creativity, and love for children, she was sure she would end up working in a pediatric setting for occupational therapy. However, during her schooling, Yocheved was exposed to hand therapy, and absolutely fell in love with it. A skilled clinician in all aspects of upper extremity rehabilitation, she is especially drawn to becoming a certified hand therapist. At the forefront of her practice, Yocheved considers herself a real people person and thoroughly enjoys getting to know each person and what motivates them so she can incorporate that knowledge into their treatment. Yocheved is dedicated to offering the highest level of clinical excellence to all her patients and takes great joy in being able to share her many treatment techniques designed to restore, rebuild and heal.

Education & Training

  • Master of Occupational Therapy Temple University – 2020
  • Bachelor of Science – Behavioral Science Mercy College – 2015

Patricia Puckhaber, PT

Patricia Puckhaber is a clinical veteran with more than 23 years of exceptional patient care to her credit. Her extensive experience ranges from acute rehabilitation to outpatient orthopedics and she has enjoyed treating patients with various diagnoses from ages six to 105 years old. These experiences as well as a wealth of continuing education courses throughout her career have given Pattie a familiarity with a multitude of conditions and create opportunities to reach successful outcomes for her patients.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy – With successful completion of the university’s co-operative education program Northeastern University – 1998
  • Continuing Education – Mulligan Concepts for the Spine and Extremities; Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty – Surgical Procedure and Evidence Informed Rehabilitation Strategies; Meniscus Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation; McKenzie Method for Lumbar Spine

Manasquan/Wall

Kim Bauernfeind, PT, DPT

Kim Bauernfeind received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Seton Hall University in 2015. After working for over 6 years in North Jersey, she returned to the Shore area and joined the Peak Performance team in August 2021. Kim has experience treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, both
conservative and surgical, across the lifespan. She is certified in Functional Movement Taping and Blood Flow Restriction Therapy, both of which she implements as needed in her treatments along with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise training. She has a passion for teaching and provides personalized patient education to empower her patients to be healthy and strong individuals in their training and everyday lives. In her free time, Kim enjoys training with kettlebells, being active outside, and going on hikes.

Leon Galante, PT, MSPT

Leon Galante was raised in West Palm Beach, FL and went to High School in Toms River, NJ. He received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Leon joined the Peak Performance Physical Therapy team in 2005. He is the Director of Rehabilitation for all Peak Performance Facilities.

Leon’s Physical Therapy training consists of orthopedics, sports medicine, neurological, and sports performance rehabilitation. Leon received certifications in Golf Performance, Blood Flow Restriction, Kinesiotaping, and Sports Performance Training. Leon worked with the AVP Tour (Association of Volleyball Professionals) since 2005. He has served as the Medical Director for the AVP Belmar and Seaside Heights NJ Volleyball Tournament in 2007 (Seaside Heights), 2008, 2010, and 2012 (Jose Cuervo Belmar Open). He also organizes the pre and post run support for participants in the Annual Turkey Run in Manasquan NJ.

He enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and golf, and watching his beloved soccer team Juventus F.C.

Chris Miller, PT, DPT

Chris Miller was born and raised in Manasquan, NJ. Chris attended Manasquan High School where he played football, hockey, and lacrosse. He continued his football career at Gettysburg College, where he was a four-year starter and Senior Captain. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in Health Sciences in 2017. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University in 2021.

While at Gettysburg College, Chris performed a summer internship at Peak Performance in the Summer of 2016. He started working as a staff-Physical Therapist in 2021.  Having multiple injuries throughout his years of playing sports, he has an understanding and passion for rehabilitating those who have been injured. Chris works in our Wall/Manasquan office. He is currently working towards obtaining his Certification in Strength and Conditioning Specialty.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys staying active playing ice hockey, tennis, golf, running, and resistance training.

Heidi Williams, PTA

Heidi Williams is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Heidi has been with The Peak Performance Sports and Occupational Therapy Team since 2005.
Heidi received her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University in 1989, her Certification in Massage Therapy from Ocean Massage Institute in 1990, her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1994 and her Certification as a Certified Personal Trainer from NASM in 2019.

Since 1994, Heidi's primary concentration and focus in Physical Therapy has been working  in outpatient, sports and orthopedic care settings advancing her clinical and manual skills by treating patients of all ages with various orthopedic presentations. Heidi has always had a passion for using both her education and years of experience to help patients reach their goals.  In her spare time, Heidi enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Toms River

Tim Hill PT, DPT, CSCS

Tim is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He was born and raised in Spokane, WA where he earned in BS in Health Science at Whitworth University and later went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at California State University Sacramento in 2018 before relocating to New Jersey in 2021.

Tim has physical therapy experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, acute critical care, and vestibular rehabilitation. He is an active individual who enjoys spending time outdoors. As a previous collegiate cross country and track runner, he continues to have a passion for running and helping endurance athletes navigate injury. He is a member of a network of clinicians and coaches who specialize in working with runners to be able to best serve these patients utilizing current evidence-based practices. In addition, he is passionate about serving his patients with a philosophy of helping people feel and move better so they are able to live their lives to the fullest. He utilizes a combination of manual therapy and exercise to help alleviate symptoms, restore function, improve performance, and help patients achieve their individual goals.

Maria Schneider, PT, DPT

Maria Schneider received her BA in English from Kean University. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, where she received the Deans Award for clinical excellence. Maria joined the Peak Performance team in April 2010 and is our Director of Physical Therapy in the Toms River location. Maria has participated at the recovery tent at the NJ Marathon,

Manasquan 5K and has led a team at the MS Walk. Maria currently holds a certificate in kinesiotaping and BFR. In her spare time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports and exercising at the gym.

Freehold

Maria Antonios, PT, DPT

Maria Antonios is a Physical Therapist who began at Peak Performance in 2017.  She is currently Clinical Director of our Freehold location. Maria earned her bachelor's degree in Biology and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University in 2016.

Maria is passionate about helping patients achieve their highest level of function. Maria's goal is to not only stop the pain, but also provide patients with the tools they need to live without pain after physical therapy. In order to provide the highest quality of care, Maria believes in evidence-based practice and is constantly attending courses to stay up to date on the most relevant research. She is certified in CPR, myofascial cupping, blood flow restriction, and kinesiology taping.

Located In:

Wall, Brick, Toms River, Freehold, Red Bank, Lacey, Edison, and Manahawkin

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Wall, New Jersey