Meet Your Therapist



James Kalenderian, PT
President, SoundSide Physical Therapy

Graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1999
Bachelors of Science 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 well as, the Phoenix Thera-Lase system, which is a class four, cold laser that is used by professional NFL & NBA teams and athletes for rehabilitation.

We are now happy to bring our superior hands-on skills to my hometown of the Syosset/Jericho community. We are committed to excellence in our new 8,000 sq. ft. faculty that is tailored to maximize results.

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.


Adam Bates, DPT

Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science, with a Concentration in Nutrition from University of Scranton in 2014

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2017

Adam specializes in orthopedics and post operative rehabilitation. He comes to SoundSide after working hand in hand with Dr. Charles Goodwin, of the Hospital for Special Surgery, for two years. Adams attention to detail maximizes his patients return to function.  When not working, he enjoys playing golf, skiing and surfing.


John W. Mandato, PTA

Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1985
Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Nassau Community College in 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. John specializes in treating geriatrics, gait/balance and generalized strength training patients. He enjoys playing golf, going to the gym and spending the weekends watching his son and daughter play College Hockey at Fairfield University and Field Hockey at Providence College.  


Laura Strieber, DPT

Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Adelphi University in 2020

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology in 2023

Laura always knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others, but wasn't sure how. She entered college with this desire, ultimately deciding to pursue a degree in Exercise Science which combined her love of athletics and the sciences. While at Adelphi she became fascinated with kinesiology, the study of human movement and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. She graduated from New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2023 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and currently serves as an adjunct professor in NYIT's DPT program. She thoroughly enjoys being a physical therapist, as it allows her to help people live longer and healthier lives and supports them on their journey towards achieving lifelong goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends preferably outdoors, hiking, waterskiing or kayaking.


Melissa Olman, PTA 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Molloy College in 2014

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Nassau Community College in 2018

Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Nassau Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program.  Melissa's clinical experience includes orthopedics, pediatrics, acute care, and various outpatient settings. She has a special interest in treating sports related injuries and post operative orthopedic rehab cases. She approaches her patients with hands-on manual therapy and individualized rehab programs.

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys staying active and promoting a healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys playing golf and supporting her alma mater, Molloy University, women's rugby team where she played and coached at the NCAA Division II level for 5 years.


Vincent D'Acunto, DPT ATC

Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Towson University in 2016

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Dominican University in 2023

Coming from an athletic background, Vin always knew he wanted to pursue a career that would enable him to get people back to doing the things they loved. Since graduating with his Athletic Training Degree in 2016, Vin has clinical experience working with a number of high school and collegiate level athletes in various PT facilities, and also served as the head athletic trainer at Plainedge High School. Throughout his time in PT school, he gained valuable experience working with the active-adult and geriatric populations in both out-patient and sub-acute settings. His clinical interests include fall prevention, orthopedic post-operative rehab, and sports rehab for injuries sustained and pain experienced by athletes of all ages. Vin believes in supplementing physical rehab with skilled manual therapy and continues to enhance his skills while being a member of the Institute of Orthopedic & Sports Manual Therapy. 

In his spare time, Vin enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running and working out, and unfortunately rooting on the New York Mets and Jets.


Alfred Cascio, DPT

Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences from New York Institute of Technology in 2011

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology in 2014

Al has completed numerous Physiotherapy Seminars on the Maitland-Australian approach, which is a diagnostic technique for treatment of both spinal and peripheral conditions, that uses primarily the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs and symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan. He also is certified in Kinesio Taping, which is a rehabilitative taping technique that provides support and stability without restricting the body’s range of motion. When not working, Al enjoys spending time with his family and working on house projects.