Midtown NYC

Opened in January of 2008 by Jim Trakis and expanded in 2010, the New York City office is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan. We offer personalized therapy in a friendly comfortable environment and make utilizing our services convenient for our patients by offering early morning, midday, and after work appointments. Our office is extremely accessible via subway and bus. The treating therapists are Evan Bracconeri, DPT and Amy Claypool, DPT both of whom keep the rehabilitative process efficient and positive. With over twenty years of combined experience, Evan and Amy 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 we work hard to 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, we perform running evaluations in house, utilizing Dartfish technology to create informative viewpoints and snapshots to improve running efficiency and prevent injury. 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. 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. Evan Bracconeri

Clinic Director & 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. 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.

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.

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.

Jane Doveala

PT Aide/Office Manager

Originally from Long Island, Jane is a recent graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx. She studied General Science and Anthropology 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, Jane enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.