General and advanced orthopedic injury, sports injury, spinal disorders, hand therapy, work and personal injury, rheumatic disease, podiatric disorders, neurological disorders, oncology related illness
James Kalenderian, PT
President, SoundSide Physical Therapy
Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1999
Degrees in Physical Therapy and Sport & Exercise Physiology
When I became a physical therapist my goal was to provide outstanding one-on-one care. Not satisfied with the quality of care that was available, I decided to venture out on my own. I began small, visiting homes of my patients to provide the excellent one-on-one service that I believe in. The overwhelming response I received from my home care services led me to open my first clinic in September 2001.
It has been a pleasure being part of the local community which has enabled us to relocate my practice nine years later to a much larger state-of-the-art medical complex located in the heart of Locust Valley. The goal of my outpatient orthopedic facility is to continue the intense one-on-one attention while offering the best environment for rehabilitation. I have invested in new state-of-the-art equipment, including the Biodex un-weighting system and a line of Quantum & Sci-Fit exercise equipment.
As always, my primary goal when treating patients is to provide quality one-on-one physical therapy allowing our patients to progress with rehab in the most timely and efficient manner possible. SoundSide stands for quality care with a personal touch.
Michael Dagro, DPT
Michael Dagro earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with distinction from The New York Institute of Technology. His clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports-related injuries, and post-operative rehabilitation with an emphasis on manual therapy.
Prior to joining SoundSide PT, Michael was a personal trainer and amateur bodybuilder. This background in strength training and nutrition has helped Michael relate to the needs of his patients, enabling them back to life and stronger than prior to injury.
Michael continues to stay active by exercising daily, and playing sports. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Dr. Adam Johnnidis, DPT, CAFS
Adam graduated in 2012 with a doctorate in physical therapy from Long Island University, Brooklyn. After Becoming a licensed physical therapist Adam chose to start his career as a traveling P.T., gaining immense professional and life experience while working all over the country from Wyoming to Washington DC. After 2 years of traveling he settled in Hawaii for 2.5 years, working primarily with orthopedic and sports patients. After his time in Hawaii Adam returned to his home on Long Island as he always intended, to be closer to his family and provide excellent care to the community in which he grew up in.
He has since became a provider of the unique Graston technique, which is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.This technique helps the treatment of scar tissue and fascial restrictions during rehabilitation, allowing for faster rehab and proven success in restoring range of motion, eliminating pain, and restoring normal function. Dr. Johnnidis is now the Director of SoundSide Physical Therapy's new facility in Jericho. Here he provides quality, personalized P.T. in combination with the Graston Technique and our new sports-specific turf training area.
Adam Bates, DPT
SSPT welcomes Adam Bates DPT to the team as one of our new Physical Therapists. Adam did his undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton where he majored in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Nutrition.
He continued his studies at Stony Brook University where he graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017.
Adam has worked in the outpatient setting since graduation and specializes in general orthopedics, and post operative rehabilitation. He enjoys playing sports and working out in his spare time.
Vance Wernert, DPT
SSPT welcomes Vance Wernert DPT as one of our new Physical Therapists. Vance graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York in 2017.
There he studied Physical Therapy for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Vance recently received his CACS. He spends his free time outdoors and enjoys fishing. Vance is interested in orthopedic and sports medicine.
Mark C. Willenbacher, PTA
Mark graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2010. He then went on to complete his certification for Physical Therapist Assistant in 2016 from Nassau Community College. Mark has been with Soundside Physical Therapy since 2010 working as PT Aide and personal trainer.
Outside of Soundside Physical Therapy, Mark has worked as a highly regarded personal trainer within the community for all ages. His experience and background in exercise training for all ages makes him an important asset to Soundside.
Mark grew up in Bayville and has many ties to the community. He is a proud Alumni of Locust Valley High School and still bleeds Falcon Pride. He spent 4 years coaching boys lacrosse for the Oak Neck Athletic Council from 2010-2014, having been a member himself during his childhood. Mark's compassion and dedication to give back to his community make him a valuable member of the Soundside Team.
John W. Mandato, PTA
Locust Valley High School Class of 1980
BS Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh 1985
City of Glen Cove Police Department 1986-2013
NASM/AFFA Certified Personal Trainer 2015
PTA Degree Nassau Community College 2016
A life long member of the community John graduated from Locust Valley High School in 1980. He attended SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated with a BS degree in 1985. John went on to have a decorated law enforcement career with the City of Glen Cove Police Department retiring in 2013 as a Police Lieutenant. He was accepted into the highly competitive Physical Therapist Assistant program at Nassau Community College in September 2014 and graduated Magna cum laude in 2016 after having served as class president. In 2015 he earned his Personal Training certification and serves as a trainer and wellness coach at the Glen Cove YMCA. John brings to SoundSide Physical Therapy his life experiences and education to effectively communicate with his patients and provide them with the highest quality of care.
Trish LoCurto, MA, ATC/L, CKTP
Exercise and Rehabilitation Coordinator
BS in Sports Medicine / Athletic Training from Quinnipiac University 2003
MA in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care from Pace University 2006
Trish LoCurto is a Certified Athletic Trainer, licensed in New York. She has been involved with a variety of collegiate sports teams and physical therapy clinics for over 14 years, including a short time with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Trish has been an athlete her entire life, always making fitness a priority. Recognizing her passion for health and fitness, she pursued a certification to teach Pilates, Zumba and is a RYT-200 yoga teacher. She is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. Her goal is to continue to provide motivation and inspiration to her patients.
Katelyn Morrie, ATC
Katelyn is a Long Island native and proud graduate of Schreiber High School in Port Washington. She traveled out east to Stony Brook University to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. She graduated in 2017 as a member of Iota Tau Alpha- Athletic Training Honor Society, and Alpha Eta Honor Society for Allied Health Professions. She intends on returning for graduate school in order to pursue her degree in Physical Therapy.
In her free time Katelyn is a staff member at HorseAbility located in Old Westbury. She teaches therapeutic horseback riding lessons to the special needs community and earned her PATH Certification for therapeutic horseback riding instruction in 2016. She has been involved with HorseAbility for the past decade and has grown from a volunteer into a staff instructor.
Her end goal aims to blend her two passions of horses and health care by incorporating Hippotherapy into her physical therapy practice. Hippotherapy is using the horse as a treatment tool in order to facilitate functional gains in patients.
Kayla Rosario, Physical Therapist Aide
SSPT welcomes Kayla Rosario to the SSPT family as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Kayla graduated from Dominican College in 2017 with a her in Athletic Training.
Before coming to SSPT, Kayla worked as a high school athletic trainer. Within the next few years Kayla plans to return to school to further her education in Health Sciences, with a focus in Emergency Care. Kayla spends most of her free time on the volleyball court, whether playing for fun or as a coach for her local club team.
Chealsea Prichard, Office Coordinator
SSPT welcomes Chelsea Prichard as the new Office Coordinator. Born and raised in Ohio, Chelsea graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with a degree in Hospitality Management.
Shortly after graduation she moved to Long Island and worked at Nassau Country Club for 2 years. Chelsea is excited to be apart of the SSPT team. When not working, she enjoys playing soccer and staying active.