Mark Nagel, PT
Mark is the founder of Belle Mead Physical Therapy. He graduated from Daemen College in 1984, and has been practicing sports and orthopedic rehabilitation for over 36 years. Mark opened Belle Mead Physical Therapy with a vision to provide a comfortable and encouraging environment for outpatient physical therapy services. Mark and his highly skilled staff are dedicated to providing their patients with top quality physical therapy care.
Michael A. Mitacchione, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CSC
Dr. Mitacchione graduated from the combined program at Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1999. He has worked exclusively in orthopedic and sports physical therapy since he started his career as a physical therapist. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). This is considered the highest clinical credential attainable by an orthopaedic therapist and is only held by less than 2% of practicing therapists in the United States. Dr. Mitacchione is also certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (Cert. MDT) by the renowned McKenzie Institute of New Zealand and United States. This is a specialized credential dealing with the evaluation and treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. Mitacchione is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Susan Pristas, OT, CHT
Susan Pristas, OT, CHT, graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1984. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1993. Susan has worked in a wide range of settings, including acute care, home care and inpatient rehabilitation. Since 1991, she has been a hand therapist at several outpatient hand rehabilitation centers both in California and New Jersey. Susan has worked closely with hand surgeons to rehabilitate people with a variety of upper extremity injuries, including traumatic injuries, arthritis and repetitive stress injuries. She has participated in patient rounds, journal club meetings and anatomy labs with physicians. Susan has had the opportunity to observe numerous surgeries and present two workshops to beginning hand therapists. She enjoys fabricating custom splints and learning more about specific treatment techniques through continuing education courses.
Robin Fanizzi, PT, DPT
Robin has been a therapist at Belle Mead Physical Therapy since 2005. She graduated from Russell Sage College’s Physical Therapy program in 1993 and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Stockton University in 2012. In addition to providing orthopedic physical therapy, Robin has additional training in Women’s Health. She treats incontinence, pelvic pain and post mastectomy patients.
Steve Pickell, PTA
Steve received his Physical Therapy Assistant degree in 1996 from Newbury College in Massachusetts and has been with Belle Mead Physical Therapy since graduation. Steve works in all areas of physical therapy with a concentration in sports and orthopedic therapy for all age groups. Steve’s specialty is returning athletes to their fullest function and has been able to translate that skill into all areas of orthopedics.
Julie Real, PT
Julie Real graduated from the University of Utah’s Physical Therapy program in 1982. She is a Diplomat Level, Certified Craniosacral Therapist and Certified Teaching Assistant through the Upledger Institute. She is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP). Julie has specialized in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) beginning in 1993. This gentle hands-on technique assists in the alleviation of pain, increases mobility, enhances the relaxation response, bolsters the immune system and is utilized for overall health promotion.
Claudia L. Wohl, PT
Claudia L. Wohl, PT has practiced physical therapy since 1989, having earned her BS in PT from Temple University. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Claudia was a professional dancer with Philadanco, Philadelphia Dance Company. She studied with Marika Molnar of West Side PT for the New York City Ballet and has been a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and the American Physical Therapy Association. Claudia has worked in all areas of physical therapy including: acute care, home care, rehabilitation, orthopedics, and wound care throughout an individual’s life span.