Midtown NYC

Opened in January of 2008 and expanded in 2010, the New York City office is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan.  We offer personalized therapy in a friendly and comfortable environment in our New York City office.  We try to make utilizing our services convenient for our patients as we offer hours early morning, midday, and after work.  Our office is extremely accessible via subway and bus.  Jim Trakis, DPT and Evan Bracconeri, DPT are the therapists at our NYC location and keep the rehabilitative process efficient and positive.  With over fifteen years of combined experience, Jim and Evan are committed to providing the highest quality of patient first therapy.  Our support staff is enthusiastic about making your experience at Fortius hassle free and take care of everything from making sure you understand your insurance benefits to making you a vitamin drink and playing your favorite song!

In addition to physical therapy services, the NYC office serves as the hub for our Run Club and we perform running evaluations in house at the NYC office.  One on one sports conditioning programs are also offered in the NYC office, while team ACL injury prevention training and other conditioning programs are held on site at the New York Athletic Club and at the New York Shamrocks training facility.  We are here to make you rehabilitative process as awesome as possible so give us a call!

Our Staff

Our physical therapists offer you a wealth of experiences, as well as personal experience just like yours.

Dr. Jim Trakis

Owner/Physical Therapist

Dr. Jim Trakis has been in the physical therapy/ sports medicine field since 2003. He graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Biology in 2000, and completed his doctoral degree in physical therapy at Drexel University thereafter. As part of his training, he completed an extended clinical internship specializing in the application of manual physical therapy techniques. Jim has since garnered over 13 years of experience treating orthopedic and sports medicine related injuries. He specializes in understanding how your injury affects your life and generating the most specific rehabilitative program for you. He utilizes an eclectic combination of manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises, taping techniques, and modalities to help restore function. He is also a Graston trained clinician and routinely uses video analysis software to help diagnose movement dysfunction in patients as part of his repertoire.

Jim opened Fortius Physical Therapy, in New York City in 2008 and opened a second office in Moorestown, New Jersey, in January of 2015. He currently manages both locations. In addition to providing physical therapy services, Jim helps coordinate sports medicine coverage and off-season conditioning/ ACL injury prevention programs for the New York Athletic Club. Injury prevention has always been an interest of Jim’s. In 2006-2008 he carried out a study to gain further understanding of the association of muscle strength imbalances and throwing related injuries in pitchers. He subsequently published the results as the lead author in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. He is currently working with the local baseball players to integrate this these principles in an effort to maintain health and performance throughout the year. Jim is a certified sportsmetrics trainer as well. Sportsmetrics is an ACL injury prevention regime geared at keeping athletes in running and cutting sports healthy. He enjoys working with motivated individuals across the lifespan in an effort to help them achieve their goals!

Jim, his wife, and three children live in Moorestown New Jersey. He enjoys being involved in his children’s activities and watching them grow up! Jim is active with his children as a travel baseball coach, soccer coach, and flag football coach. He stays busy himself in local adult basketball and softball leagues and enjoys running.

Dr. Evan Bracconeri

Physical Therapist

Dr. Evan Bracconeri graduated with honors from the University at Buffalo in 2008 and went on to attend Columbia University, where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.   During his time at Columbia, Evan completed rotations in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, with special emphasis on the endurance athlete.  Evan completed his final internship experience learning under Dr. Jim Trakis at Fortius Physical Therapy.  Since graduating, Evan has enjoyed expanding his knowledge and expertise, treating a wide variety of orthopedic, neurological and sports injuries throughout the New York City and Westchester area.  He likes to employ a hands on approach to therapy, utilizing different manual therapy concepts to help his patients recover as fast as possible and has focused post-graduate studies on mastering new techniques. He is a provider of Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted soft tissue technique used to break down scar tissue and improve mobility to facilitate recovery. His treatments are always goal oriented, helping patients return to everything from pain free walking to marathon racing.

Evan has a special interest in spinal conditions and overuse injuries.  He treats a wide variety of neck and back conditions and helps patients adapt work place setups, home arrangements and gym routines to eliminate their pain and prevent future complications. He also helps run Fortius’ gait analysis program, utilizing slow motion video to break down walking and running style and help pinpoint possible causes of their current injury or find ways to prevent future overuse injuries.

Evan has served as a clinical instructor for both Columbia University and Drexel doctoral physical therapy students since 2014 and continues to do so today. He also has assisted with directing injury prevention and conditioning programs for the New York Athletic Club and New York Shamrocks soccer clubs.

Dr. Bracconeri has been with Fortius since 2013.  He is a native of the NYC area and currently resides in River Vale, NJ.  He is an avid runner and has competed in numerous distance races, including the New York City Marathon and Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.  

Dr. Lauren Walczewski

Physical Therapist

Dr. Lauren Walczewski graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2013 and continued her education at Columbia University, where she graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017. While at Columbia, Lauren participated in research that explored the connection between lower back and hip stability as it relates to upper extremity injuries in elite overhead athletes. Lauren completed her final internship while in PT school with the Cleveland Indians, where she expanded her knowledge of treating baseball players with shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries.
Lauren enjoys taking care of athletes of all ages, and in addition to caring for baseball players, she worked as a student athletic trainer for Fordham University’s football team for 3 years.
Lauren has held almost every position at Fortius, where she began her journey into Physical Therapy as a volunteer in 2013. She was later a patient and office manager, and is very happy to return “home” to Fortius as a Physical Therapist. Lauren is a Westchester county native, and in her spare time enjoys riding horses, working out, and taking her dog out for walks.

 

Dr. Amy Claypool

Physical Therapist

Dr. Amy Claypool received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in the City of New York. At Columbia, she completed the advanced orthopedic specialty track and presented a master class on the manual therapy technique, “Mobilization With Movement.” In 2012, she also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Additionally, she holds certifications as an Emergency Medical Responder and in Integrative Dry Needling. Dr. Claypool was competitively selected for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Traveling Fellowship, which she completed in April 2018.

Dr. Claypool has worked in all stages of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation, from acute post-surgical to sports performance. She has also volunteered for the Columbia University Division I football team, with the Sports Medicine Department. Most recently, Amy served as a performance physical therapist for elite U.S. military forces. She collaborated with the human performance team to provide care beyond injury recovery to optimize physical and mental performance. In addition to her expertise in orthopedic rehab and sports performance, Dr. Claypool has a special interest in female athletic performance optimization.

Outside the clinic, Amy loves outdoor activities with her family—hiking the national parks, downhill skiing, campfires and cooking out. She’s also a 6-time marathon finisher and completed her first half Ironman triathlon in 2017.

Shelby Cheever

Office Manager

Shelby is a recent graduate of Fordham University pursuing a career in medicine. She is originally from a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts but now calls New York her home. Shelby’s favorite part of working at Fortius is getting to know so many great people and seeing them improve. When she’s not in the office, Shelby loves to stay busy by reading, practicing yoga, and cheering on Boston sports teams.

Angela Castaldi-Berger

Billing Manager

Angela Castaldi Berger has been the billing manager at Fortius Physical Therapy since the opening day in 2008. She and Jim worked together previously, and when he started the new practice she was the first member of the new team. She handles all of the bills and claims, and is available to answer questions that patients may have. She aims to help make the medical claims process as seamless as possible.

Adam Gallob

Office Manager

Adam, a New Jersey native, began his career at Fortius PT as a patient and was recruited from the treatment table to become an office manager, a position he has held for more than 2 years.  As office manager, he has worked hard to give patients the highest quality of service and keep the office running smoothly.  When not working at Fortius PT, Adam works as a professional freelance classical musician. He was recently appointed to the second clarinet position with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Kasey Harrington

PT Aide/Office Manager

Originally from Long Island, Kasey is currently a student at Fordham University, She is studying Biology and Spanish in hopes of attending graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. Her favorite part of working at Fortius is getting to know patients and watching them succeed. Outside of Fortius, Kasey enjoys walking her dog and playing softball and tennis with friends.