Moorestown, NJ

Opened in January of 2015, come check out our Moorestown, NJ practice!  We offer personalized therapy in a friendly and comfortable environment in our Moorestown office.  We try to make utilizing our services convenient for our patients as we offer hours early morning, midday, and after work.  We are conveniently located on Marter avenue, halfway between Main Street and Wegman’s.  We are within a half mile of the intersection of I-295 and route 38.  Jim Trakis is the therapist at our Moorestown location.  He keeps the rehabilitative process efficient and positive.  With over twelve years of experience, Jim is committed to providing the highest quality of patient first care.  Our support staff is enthusiastic about making your experience at Fortius hassle free.  They take care of everything from making sure you understand your insurance benefits to making you a vitamin drink and playing your favorite song (come in on Friday’s if you like 80’s music!).

In addition to physical therapy we offer one on one sports conditioning and injury prevention programs for athletes at the Moorestown location.  We provide gait evaluations for runners at our Moorestown location and falls prevention evaluations for individuals with balance impairments, as well.  We are also proud to coordinate off-season conditioning/ injury prevention programs for baseball players at the Moorestown Friends School and on individual basis for overhead athletes in the area.  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.

Andrea Bickford, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Dr. Andrea Bickford is a board-certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2004 with a BS in Biology; in 2008 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a Masters in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in athletic training; and in 2016 from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

After graduating UNCG, Andrea worked as a certified athletic trainer at the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, SC for three years. She then worked for two years in the Physical Therapy Department of the Barquist Army Health Clinic at Fort Detrick, MD.
She worked part-time as an athletic trainer for USC recreational athletics while completing her physical therapy doctoral degree from USC.

Andrea married and moved to Miami, FL following graduation from USC and was accepted as a resident at the University of Miami (UM) where she received a year of specialty training as an orthopedic physical therapist. As part of her training, she developed extensive manual orthopedic skills and advanced education in pain science. She remained at UM and worked for the next year at UM ‘s Institute for Advanced Pain Management, Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, gaining experience working with patients who have complicated cases of chronic pain and disability.

Andrea’s athletic training and physical therapy work experience — focusing on rehabilitation and patient care in orthopedics and sports medicine — spans ten years. She loves working with people of all ages and physical abilities. She believes strongly in open communication with patients, incorporating patients’ goals into their individual therapy plans, and integrating patient education throughout the rehabilitation process to promote independence with a home exercise plan when the patient is released.

Andrea utilizes a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, taping techniques, and modalities to optimally care for her patients. She also incorporates movement analysis into patient evaluation and throughout the course of treatment to improve movement patterns for reduced pain and improved function. She often uses video analysis software in this process, allowing her to provide patient feedback and more closely observe activity-specific movements required for daily living (walking, squatting, reaching, lifting) and sport-specific movements required for injury prevention and optimal sport performance (running, throwing, jumping, and cutting analysis).

Andrea just relocated to Moorestown with her husband. They are excited to become a part of the Moorestown community and explore the greater-Philadelphia area.

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.

 

Sean Gault

Office Manager

Sean originally began as an intern for Fortius Physical Therapy’s Moorestown location. He officially joined the staff in June of 2016, contributing to office management as well s assistance with patients. He is currently a senior Kinesiology major at Temple University and is exploring the many potential career options that his education may provide. Sean is a passionate sports fan, especially when it comes to ice hockey. He played ice hockey for two seasons as a captain at Rutgers Camden before transferring, and playing one season with Temple. Sean is also a huge fan of seeing live music and traveling as much as possible.

 

Jessica Kearns

Office Manager

Jessica Kearns recently graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school and receive her DPT. She grew up in South Jersey and has worked with children most her life at her mothers’ daycare. She loves to be able to work at Fortius and assist their hardworking patients.

Quinn Mehigan

Office Manager/Aide

Quinn Joined Fortius in February 2017. Currently Quinn is completing his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick where he will will graduate in May and pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the future. Quinn played club lacrosse at Rutgers and will be coaching Marlton’s Rec program in the Spring. His favorite part of the job is all the planks he gets to do with all of the awesome patients of Fortius.