Meet Our Team

Clinical Management

Dr. James Nussbaum

Dr. James Nussbaum

Clinical and Research Director, Physical Therapist

James Nussbaum, PT, PhD, SCS, EMT is the Clinical and Research Director of ProHealth & Fitness PT OT, a physical and occupational therapy organization in New York.  He founded the organization in 2000 in an effort to provide skilled rehabilitation services to patients with all levels of abilities.  His career was fueled by his experiences as a physical therapy patient as well as his time working for Johnson and Johnson as a health and fitness specialist. James returned to school after working at J & J and graduated from Touro College with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy, later earned a PhD in Pathokinesiology, and then received board certification as a Sports Certification Specialist. James sits on numerous clinical, academic, and medical advisory boards including the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation, Charcot Marie Tooth Association, Touro College’s Physical Therapy Program, and previously served as the Co-Director of Research at TRIARQ, and as a member of the NYS Task Force on Fall Prevention. He currently is a clinical instructor for numerous Physical Therapy schools, and is adjunct faculty having taught biomechanics, kinesiology, and human gait at Yeshiva University’s Stern College.  James’ clinical and research focus has been on the effects of innovative therapy interventions in medically complex patient populations. He has numerous ongoing IRB clinical trials, collaborating with many NYC physicians, hospitals, and agencies. James has lectured and presented his research throughout the US around the world at conferences of the APTA, AANEM, HNF, CMTA, PNS, FFN, AAN, ICD, NKF, and others. He has a particular interest in finding ways to enhance and document patient improvements in activities of daily living, mobility, balance, function, and most importantly quality of life.

Alex Meyerholz

Alex Meyerholz

Supervising Physical Therapist at 180 WEA

Alex Meyerholz, PT & DPT. Alex graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and from the New York Institute of Technology with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is currently pursuing to become a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) which specialize in manual techniques such as joint mobilizations and manipulations to increase active range of motion to all extremities and spinal segments as well as alleviate pain to promote optimal function. Alex is the supervising Physical Therapist at ProHealth’s 180 West End Avenue location, and treats many conditions including neurological disorders, balance/fall risk prevention, orthopedic injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation. He is well known and admired for his attention, care, and excellent rapport with all his patients, young and older. Alex’s approach to treatment focuses on patients functional mobility and strength to improve their ability to participate in activities of daily living and recreational exercise.

Supervising Physical Therapist at 150 WEA

Beremis Perez

Beremis Perez

Senior Physical Therapist

Beremis obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the City University of New York, Hunter College. He has treated patients in a variety of settings including hospital acute care, inpatient neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation, as well as outpatient based care. Beremis’ treatment approach is based on patient education and awareness followed by an individualized therapeutic program with manual techniques as necessary to achieve an optimal outcome. He is a supporting member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has completed continuing education courses, such as Maitland’s Manual Therapy-1 Basic Peripheral Techniques, and Maitland’s Manual Therapy-2 Basic Spinal Techniques. Beremis have a special interest in working with people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). He is a certified LSVT Big therapist (a program designed to address specific movement impairments/deficits that affect people living with PD via improving overall amplitude of movements) and have being able to work with many patients with PD to create a program to meet their overall needs. Beremis is working toward additional advanced neurological certifications to better serve patients with such conditions.

Shelley Hollis

Senior Physical Therapist

Shelley has worked at Prohealth since 2012. She studied physical therapy in Dunedin, New Zealand and graduated in 2003. Since then she has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Shelley began working at ProHealth in 2012. She believes strongly in ongoing education and has continued to develop her practice through formal and informal training. Due to her varied working environments and experience, Shelley has an eclectic treatment approach that she uses to enable clients to achieve their therapy goals.

Anne Chen

Anne Chen

Senior Occupational Therapist

Anne has worked at Prohealth and Fitness since 2017. She has a MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. While in school Anne conducted research to discover different treatment methods for patients with stroke. Anne was a Jonas Salk Fellow and developed a senior outreach program with a multidisciplinary team. Anne has had externships in inpatient and acute care hospital settings treating patients of various pathologies including vascular, neurological, cardiac, and orthopedic.  She has become renown for her focus on each patient’s individual needs and develops specific OT rehab programs to enhance very patient’s life.

Administrative Management

Howard Wurzel

CPA, CGMA, COO

Mr. Wurzel, has worked for ProHealth and Fitness since June 2006. He is responsible for all financial and administrative operations for the organization. Mr. Wurzel has been a CPA since 1994 and worked previously at Deloitte, as an audit manager and then as the Chief Accounting Officer of a private company based in New York City.

Nataliya Rudenko

Office Manager

Mrs. Rudenko has worked for ProHealth and Fitness since 2009. As office manager, Mrs. Rudenko oversees the administrative staff at all locations and sites. Mrs. Rudenko worked previously as a cost accountant in a private company based in New York City.

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