ActiveCare Physical Therapists
Dr. Karena Wu
DPT, MS, COMT, CSCS, CKTP, CPI, CWcHP
Dr. Karena Wu is owner and Clinical Director of ActiveCare Physical Therapy. She is a native of Los Angeles, California and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Riverside. She has been practicing physical therapy for 16 years in New York City after she graduated from the Program In Physical Therapy at Columbia University. She received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Temple University. She has advanced training in manual therapies, specifically in the Maitland Australian Approach and Myofascial Release. Karena is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesiology Tape Practitioner and Pilates Instructor. She is also LSVT BIG, FMS and SFMA Level 1 Certified.
Karena is a dedicated practitioner who takes a holistic approach to her practice. She actively networks with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Her patient population consists of professional athletes, dancers, celebrity chefs, Broadway, TV and movie stars, Royalty, high end business professionals, and NYPD/FDNY.
Karena is used as a healthcare expert on CBS, NBC, NY1, PIX11, Verizon Fios, Fox News and Dr. Oz. She is the Director of Education for SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape and is on the Medical Board of the Association of Volleyball Professionals.
Dr. Rebecca Young
Dr. Rebecca Young, born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA with a focus in manual therapy.
Rebecca's treatment philosophy involves a holistic approach, incorporating core and postural stabilization into all exercise programs. It is always important to have a strong foundation to build from. She is dedicated to providing quality individualized care to all of her patients and is passionate about helping them get back to what they love to do.
Prior to joining the team at ActiveCare Physical Therapy, Rebecca worked for ATI Physical Therapy in Seattle, WA which specialized in work related injuries. Her treatment approach focused on manual therapy, careful selection of therapeutic exercises, and preparation for a safe return to work.
Currently, Rebecca is focusing on continuing education to sharpen her manual therapy techniques with the goal of becoming a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. She also is working towards becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Outside of the clinic Rebecca enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, music, and exploring her new home of New York City.
Dr. Kristen Rubio
Dr. Kristen Rubio is a native of Orange County, California and received a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the University of California in Irvine. She recently received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Kristen is Pilates certified through the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC and brings this specialty background into her physical therapy practice.
Kristen advocates a holistic approach to patient care by addressing the body as a whole structure that is interconnected to the presenting dysfunctions or injuries. She believes posture, strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness are all key points of focus in returning to full function.
She is dedicated to providing excellent care with focus on what is important to the patient. She believes the top priority is helping to achieve individualized patient goals.
Kristen is actively continuing her education in manual therapy through the Maitland Australian Approach and the Institute of Physical Arts.
In her free time, Kristen is a Teacher Trainer at the Kane School of Core Integration. She also enjoys traveling, aromatherapy, yoga, art and wine tasting.
Chutima Phanpho is originally from Thailand where she received a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Mahidol University. She recently graduated from New York University with a Masters degree in Pathokinesiology. Before she moved to New York City, she held several positions as a lab assistant, medical textbook illustrator and as a physical therapist in private practice in Bangkok.
Chutima has a passion for raising the quality of life of her clients. Her treatment is based on exercise and integrative manual techniques such as the Maitland Australian Approach, the Mulligan concept, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic drainage therapy, and Visceral and Neural manipulation. Her research study focuses on sports related injuries, specifically in runners. Chutima devotes her time to review cases and find different ways to improve her patients condition.
In her leisure time, Chutima enjoys learning new skills, reading, drawing and meditation. She likes to explore new places and want to experience all of the activities New York City has to offer.
Dr. Kinjal Shah
PT, DPT, COMT
Dr. Kinjal Shah completed her Bachelor of Physical Therapy at the D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy in Mumbai, India. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University, California. She is also certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.
Kinjal is licensed in New York and has taken workshops in Maitland, McKenzie and Mulligan mobilization techniques that aid in pain relief, edema control and neuromuscular activation. She also has continued education background in ergonomics.
Kinjal looks forward to enhancing her expertise and finesse with advanced taping applications and manual therapies.