Dr. Sean, owner and founder of Health and Fitness Professionals, received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), now Rutgers, in Newark, NJ in 2009.
Dr. Sean has the utmost experience working with outpatient orthopedics, sports-related injuries, post-operative conditions, and geriatric rehabilitation. Dr. Sean has worked with members of our U.S. Olympic Team, world record holders, and semi-professional athletes.
Dr. Sean has enjoyed, and still currently enjoys, playing both ice and roller hockey for the past 20+ years. He is currently married with two boys and enjoys sports, fitness, and spending time with his family and friends.
As a highly regarded board-certified physician, Kevin McElroy, DO, is a leader in modern pain-relieving therapies and overall wellness.
After earning his Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Dr. McElroy went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Stratford, New Jersey, where he graduated as valedictorian.
Dr. McElroy serves as an attending physician at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in the department of orthopedics. He’s also an attending physician at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, where he cares for patients in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Throughout his career, Dr. McElroy has been published in several peer-reviewed publications on the subject of pain management and joint replacements. Dr. McElroy was instrumental in developing the interventional pain medicine fellowship program at JFK Medical Center. This highly competitive program provides comprehensive pain medicine training to selected physician candidates.
While Dr. McElroy treats a variety of acute and chronic conditions, he focuses on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disabling medical conditions and joint pain. Patients of Dr. McElroy commend his dedication to patient-centric care and his willingness to improve the lives of his patients.
In 1992, Dr. Tulsyan entered the accelerated combined B.S. – M.D. program at Stevens Institute of Technology & NJ Medical School. While matriculating at Stevens Institute, he was awarded the Chemical Quarter Century Club scholarship, Edwin A. Stevens Scholarship, and Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholarship. Dr. Tulsyan graduated valedictorian from Steven’s Institute, Summa Cum Laude, receiving his B.S. degree in 1995. He entered the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 1995 where he was awarded the Dean’s commendation for scholastic achievement and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1999. He then graduated from his general surgical residency at Morristown Medical Center in 2004. During his surgical residency, he was awarded the A. Lester Granet Humanitarian award and twice awarded the Ames L. Filipone Jr., MD. Award. Furthermore Dr. Tulsyan performed his vascular surgical specialization at the prestigious Cleveland clinic foundation from 2004 -2007.
Dr. Nirman Tulsyan is a board-certified vascular surgeon with 15+ years of experience. Dr. Tulsyan has been a practicing attending vascular surgeon since 2007. He has vast experience in complex aortic reconstruction, carotid artery disease, lower extremity arterial and venous pathology and management of dialysis access for patients with end-stage renal disease. He is also a prolific writer, having authored over 20 research articles published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 2 individual book chapters on vascular surgery. Among his many service awards include “Patient’s Choice”, “Compassionate Doctor”, and “On-Time Doctor”.
Marissa Yasgur, FNP-BC is a nurse practitioner practicing in our Scotch Plains and Woodbridge locations. Marissa is board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She attended Simmons University, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. Her clinical interests include the treatment of sports-related injuries, spine conditions, and pain management. Marissa found her passion for physical medicine through injuries she sustained during her former career as a modern dancer. She enjoys teaching others about their bodies and maximally improving one’s quality of life.
Dr. Katie Cocilovo is a Physical Therapist at the Health and Fitness Professional office located in Woodbridge, NJ. She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including post-surgical orthopedic care, athletes of all ages and geriatrics. In addition, she completed one of her clinical internships in a specialized neurological outpatient clinic treating various neurological conditions such as post-stroke, post-concussion management, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Katie received her Bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science from The College of New Jersey prior to attending The University of Delaware, where she received a Master’s in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, with friends and family, or hiking with her dog, Riley. Dr. Katie utilizes a hands on approach to create personalized therapy plans to help patients return to their desired level of function while also having fun!
While achieving his Bachelors in Health Sciences at Drexel, Jon spent time working with the rehabilitation department at Hahnemann Hospital. This department was comprised of physical and occupational therapists where Dr. Jon was exposed to a multitude of different patients and personalities. This aided Dr. Jon in the development of passion and dedication for patient’s and their recovery. After sustaining a serious training injury, Jon was first exposed to chiropractic care and ultimately became the driving factor for Jon to switch from his former career path and pursue a career as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
As a former athlete Dr. Jon has always had a deep rooted passion for sports. This helped him make an easy transition into aiding athletes to achieve their full potential through chiropractic treatment. During his tenure at Palmer Chiropractic College in Daytona Beach Florida, Jon served as a member of the sports council and was highly sought after by local youth athletes in the Palmer Clinic. There, the majority of his patients consisted of football, volleyball, weightlifting, swimming and track athletes in high school and collegiate levels. This allowed him the opportunity to grow his versatility and expand his dynamic chiropractic portfolio. The exposure during this short period helped develop a craft that Dr. Jon hopes to carry far into his doctorate career and provide benefit to all in need.
Sam graduated from Northwestern Health and Sciences University with a Master’s of Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2016 and has been practicing in New Jersey for the past three years. He specializes in acupuncture, tuina, rock taping, and fire cupping.
Growing up in a Chinese medicine saturated culture, Sam knows how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help patients to improve their quality of life. He has extensive experience in treating, from kids to seniors, and from external trauma to internal medicine. If you have any questions about acupuncture or are wondering if it can help your pain, feel free to schedule an appointment. He is always available to serve the community!
When Sam is free, he enjoys traveling, watching sports, exploring museums and restaurants. He is a big Minnesota Gophers fan!
Physical Therapist Assistant
Mitch Nielsen, Physical Therapist Assistant at Health and Fitness Professionals, has extensive experience working with a variety of patients, from youth athletes to geriatrics. Mitch graduated, with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2012. In addition to practicing physical therapy, Mitch is also a Personal Trainer and has certifications in Strength & Conditioning and Sports Nutrition. In his spare time, Mitch enjoys spending time with friends, surfing, and working out. Mitch specializes in improving strength and mobility while maximizing function for his patients, so they can get back to the activities they love.
Dr. Brian Kennedy is a Physical Therapist at the Health and Fitness Professional office located in Woodbridge, NJ. He has been working for multiple years in outpatient clinics, specializing in the treatment of sports injuries, post-surgical care, migraines, back and neck pain. Dr. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University, but after working in his field, decided that he wanted a direct effect on his client’s care and returned to school to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University. Dr. Brian has been working to improve his abilities within orthopedics in order to acquire higher specialties within the field. Brian enjoys spending his free time with his wife (Jackie), two dogs (Buster and Lena) and new baby daughter. Dr. Brian likes to employ a well-rounded holistic treatment approach to ensure a full and long-lasting effect!
Physical Therapist Assistant
FMS Certified, CSST, Graston Certified
Jim graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2008 and completed his training to become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Union County College in 2011.
Jim enjoys working in the outpatient setting where he believes in an integrative, progressive, hands-on approach towards patient care, focusing on the individual needs and personalized goals of each patient. He has a strong interest and background in sport-specific rehab and recovery, utilizing his certification in Functional Movement Screening to address poor and restricted movement patterns to improve mobility.
Outside of work, Jim loves spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog. He is an avid football fan (go Buccaneers!) and will happily share his fantasy football pro tips. With interests ranging from technology to grilling to shoes, Jim is always learning about new things and loves finding new hobbies.
With a strong background in Strength & Conditioning, nutrition, and rehabilitation, Dr. Jeremy brings a unique approach to Chiropractic. With the perspective and empathy from an athletes standpoint, he understands what it takes to go from injury to maximum performance. He wants to continue the paradigm shift happening with Chiropractic in this new era of patient centered, evidence based care that empowers and educates each patient, utilizing an intelligent approach to treatment. Dr. Jeremy graduated from the University of Southern California Health Sciences in December 2018. In his spare time, Dr. Jeremy loves to train in the weight room, surf, eat at new food places (fancies himself a donut connoisseur), and travel around the world. He enjoys reading and listening to podcasts, listening to music and watching sports of all kinds. He is extremely proud of his Croatian heritage and loves to be there in the summertime.
Kristina’s study of the Chinese healing arts began shortly after completion of her undergraduate education at Rutgers University when she took tai chi classes. Her casual practice of this internal martial art grew more serious and eventually she was given the honor of representing her school, teaching tai chi classes at Middlesex County College, for Marlboro Senior Center and for the local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When faced with a personal health issue, Kristina decided to try acupuncture. Her very first treatment, quite literally, was life changing. She soon enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City to study acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In 1999, when the school became Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Kristina was awarded a Bachelor of Professional Studies, Acupuncture and a Master of Science, Acupuncture. That same year she was also certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Acupuncture.
Kristina prides herself on having a sold comprehension of the principles of both Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as osteopathic (‘western”) medicine which has prepared her to treat all sorts of conditions. Throughout her career she has successfully implemented protocols designed to support cancer patients as well as patients receiving ART/IVF treatments. She has treated patients to restore function and alleviate pain following injury and during orthopedic rehabilitation often working with other health care providers such as physical therapists and chiropractors. Above all, Kristina considers herself a compassionate guide called upon to help reignite the body’s limitless self-healing powers and start each patient on the infinite path to health.
A bona fide Jersey girl, Kristina lives with her husband in Monmouth county.
Dr. Una is a Chiropractor who believes that functional movement is the key to health and wellness. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and Bachelor’s in Applied Kinesiology from Rutgers The State University. Una is currently providing quality and personalized chiropractic care at the Health and Fitness Professionals in Scotch Plains, NJ. Growing up in India, she has learned to enjoy small things in life. She has devoted her time serving the community via her volunteering services at various health facilities, as putting the needs of others first is her priority. Dr. Una was selected by the Miami, FL VA hospital to partake in their honors clinical program where she gained experience by working alongside orthopedic surgeons, neurologist, neurosurgeon and physical medicine and rehab doctors for the betterment of her patients.
Una uses variety of different techniques to meet the diverse needs of her patients which results in precise and personalized treatment plans. Her treatment approach uses combination of Chiropractic Manipulation, active muscle release, electrical modalities, manual and instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization and corrective exercises. During her course of time at NYCC she also received additional training and management of pregnant and pediatric patients. In her free time Una enjoys kickboxing, reading, painting/drawing and spending time with her husband and family. Una brings in passion along with her care as she believes passion translates into results. Additionally, Una is also fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi.
Dr. Igor Katsnelson PT, DPT has nearly 10 years of experience in the Physical Therapy field spanning from home care to outpatient. Since graduating from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 2010 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he has been excelling in all avenues of health including mind, body, and spirit. Utilizing a multifaceted mode of healing, he has found, improves longevity and efficacy of treatment. Aside from his beloved occupation, Dr. Igor continues to play soccer and volleyball, as he did during his undergraduate education, representing the Ramapo College of NJ while majoring in Biology. To learn more about Dr. Igor, call for an appointment! Sincerely, Igor Katsnelson PT, DPT
Is a physical therapist located in the Scotch Plains office. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech prior to attending Rutgers University, Camden, where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. Dr. Seth has experience in the treatment of chronic pain and nerve damage as well as a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and post-surgical rehabilitation for athletes and populations of all ages. His treatment philosophy is to maximize empathy and create a collaborative treatment plan to return each patient to their respective goals. He enjoys accompanying his wife and two dogs, Roshi and Turtle, to various dog-sports competitions and hiking adventures, spending time in the gym practicing what he preaches, and exploring the back roads of New Jersey on his motorcycle.