A caring staff dedicated to your success.
From your first visit with us, you'll find people who are committed to making your care as pleasant as possible. We offer early morning, lunchtime and evening appointments to fit your schedule. We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Workers’ Compensation, and even file the paperwork for you. We accept most major credit cards. For the latest technology, hands-on healing and personalized, compassionate care from experienced physical therapists dedicated to your success call us today.
Rick Rutkowski, PT, DPT, ACSM-CPT, MTC, BOC Ped
Founder, Optimum Performance Physical Therapy, PLLC.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified Manual Therapist
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Education: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physical Therapy Program, Brooklyn, NY; Graduate studies at Columbia University; Doctorate Degree from Dominican College, NY; Pedorthic Certification Program through Eneslow Pedorthic Institute; Manual Therapy Certification, Saint Augustine, FL; personal training certification program through the American College of Sports Medicine
Fellow: American Sports Medicine Institute
Membership: American Physical Therapy Association, American Association of Manipulative Physical Therapy, American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength & Conditioning Association
Continuing Education: Training in a variety of advanced manual & spinal therapy techniques & sports medicine concepts, including a four-month full-time fellowship program & over 500 hours of athletic training experience through HealthSouth's Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Michaela Hess, PTA, ATC
Education: Roanoke College, BS in Athletic Training, 2007; Bay State College, AS in Physical Therapy Assistant, 2009
Membership: American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers Association
Continuing Education: "Biomechanics of the Foot, Knee and Hip"; "Diagnosis & Management of Cervico-thoracic Disorders: A Hands-on Evidence-based Manual Therapy Approach"; "Advances in Examination, Evaluation, and Treatment of Patients with Selected Shoulder Conditions: Emphasis on Evidence-based Practice"
Biography: Michaela, originally from NH, grew up playing soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey. Deciding to follow her passion for playing sports and being active, Michaela received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Roanoke College in Virginia where she worked with a variety of Division III athletic teams. Michaela then went on to receive her Associate of Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant from Bay State College in Massachusetts.
In the future, Michaela aspires to specialize in Sports Medicine rehabilitation and Post Operative Orthopedic rehabilitation. In her free time, Michaela enjoys staying active, exploring the Hudson Valley with her husband, spending time with family and friends and keeping up with her New England sports teams.
Biography:Kristin Mullen, a lifetime resident of Warwick, NY, grew up and attended the Warwick schools. Kristin attended the esteemed SUNY Orange Physical Therapist Assistant program and graduated in 2012. Kristin worked at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in the Stroke Program.
Her focus was in neuro re-education, teaching stroke patients to take their first steps and eventually walk again. Kristin came to Optimum performance in May of 2013 and has proven to be an integral part of the Optimum Performance team. Her neurologic background has been invaluable to the patients who have come to Optimum Performance Physical Therapy. Her knowledge has helped patients improve independence and quality of life through therapy.
Mulligan Upper Quadrant 2014
Mulligan Lower Quadrant 2014
Samantha Dziuba, DPT
Education: DPT from New York Medical College 2012
Biography:Samantha, originally from Orange County, was an athletic female participating in basketball and softball growing up. Due to personal experiences, Samantha decided that Physical Therapy was the profession to pursue. Pt graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BS in December 2008, continuing onto New York Medical College to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. In the future, Samantha hopes to further her skills by participating in multiple continuing education courses and will hopefully obtain a certification in Sports Physical Therapy. In her down time, Samantha enjoys watching hockey, baseball, and football in addition to playing with her dog Scout.