Dr. Poonam Sooknanan graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2000. She holds degrees in Bachelors of Health Science, Masters of Physical Therapy, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Poonam has gained extensive experience working in a variety of settings, ranging from Occupational Medicine, Spinal Chord Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. She has served as Director of Rehabilitation, and has been a mentor and Clinical Educator within every position she has held. Poonam greatly enjoys teaching others what she has gained from outstanding mentors, and extensive continuing education. She worked at Rutgers University, where her exceptional performance earned her a promotion from Clinical Instructor to Assistant Professor. She sincerely enjoyed serving the inner city pediatric population for nine years. Poonam also served as Teaching Assistant within the Rutgers Doctoral Physical Therapy Program. She has worked in early intervention, private and public schools, pediatric and adult outpatient centers, and with home based private clients of all ages. Poonam uses her experience to treat children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down's Syndrome, Multiple Disabilities and orthopedic related injuries. She works with procurement and management of durable medical equipment, including orthotics and wheelchairs. Poonam aims to provide each child the most superb individualized treatment with constant program development, and collaboration. Poonam lives in Essex County with her husband and two wonderful children.
Hillary Fryczynski PT attended Northeastern University and graduated in 1991. She has worked in many settings as a Physical Therapist including Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where she worked intensively one on one with spinal cord injuries, strokes, and amputees to restore them to their maximal abilities. Hillary also worked in various sports medicine/outpatient clinics where she began to understand the unique challenges of pain management, functional strengthening and work hardening. She instructed the back school program to educate patients about proper posture and lifting techniques. She worked for seven years at University Hospital in Newark as a hand therapist. Her management skills were acknowledged by assisting in the clinical coordinator program by overseeing students clinical experiences and evaluating their performance. She also served as liason between hand surgeons and the Rehabilitation Department building bridges and departmental cooperation. For the last 9 years Hillary has been working with pediatrics in a school setting. This population includes children with special needs and orthopedically impaired diagnoses. Hillary attends many courses and her interests include kinesiotaping for alignment, Cuevas Medek Exercises, and Gait/Orthotic management. She has a husband and 2 children and lives in Hudson County. It is important to her that parents can access experienced and knowledgeable therapists within this area.
Dawn Maratta-Kielb graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Her passion has always been working with the pediatric population. As a scholarship recipient, she began her career with the New York City Board of Education where she worked with and was mentored by a talented group of therapists. She worked in schools where she treated children with a variety of diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, fine and visual motor impairments as well as developmental delays. For many years, Dawn has worked in early intervention in New York and New Jersey where she evaluated and treated infants and toddlers in their homes. Dawn has worked in preschool, school-based, outpatient and private home- based services for close to 15 years. She specializes and has advanced training in sensory integration (SIPT certified), sensory diet protocols, Handwriting Without Tears, Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME) Level 1, The Listening Program, DIR Floortime and yoga for children with special needs. Dawn believes that children reach their highest developmental potential through a collaborative effort among therapists, teachers, family members and caregivers. Dawn lives with her husband and two incredible boys.