Our Staff

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation at the JCC Metrowest

  • Puja Desai, PT, DPT, is the Supervising Physical Therapist and Certified Musculoskeletal Specialist at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation at the JCC Metrowest. Puja has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Health Sciences from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. To continue to grow as a skilled clinician, Puja pursed a postdoctoral residency program in Orthopedics. She completed her Orthopedic Residency in 2018 at Arcadia University receiving her Musculoskeletal Certification. The residency provided an opportunity to conduct research, work in academia, observe surgeries and be trained by multiple Orthopedic Certified Specialists to excel her skill set. Although her primary interest is in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, she kept her inpatient skills to date by working per diem at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Upon transitioning to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Puja has been working with both Orthopedic, Sports Medicine and Post-concussive populations. She is a passionate therapist committed to her patients’ recovery. Outside of Physical Therapy, Puja enjoys traveling, music, spending time with family, creating new recipes and reading.

  • Dustin Baldwin, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapist, Certified Titleist Performance Institute Specialist (TPI) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Dustin has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University and a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Hofstra University. Through his extensive training and professional experience, Dustin became a youth athlete specialist at his first job as a Physical Therapist in Manhattan. To expand his experience and continue to cultivate knowledge in the profession, Dustin has joined the Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation team. To ensure he strives in evidence-based practice, he participates in continued education designed to improve the quality of care for all individuals who need PT. His main hobby is golf, which led him to pursue his Titleist Performance Institute Certification to help improve the physical ability of individuals of all ages and skill levels who participate in the game of golf. Dustin also enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, playing basketball, and playing flag football.

  • Nick Unger, PTA, is a Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM CES) at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Rehabilitation at the JCC Metrowest. Nick received his associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Essex County College and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University. Nick has experience in inpatient, outpatient and subacute settings through his clinical rotations while attending Essex County College. He began his career as a clinician working for an outpatient orthopedic facility in River Edge, NJ. While working in River Edge, Nick assisted patients of all age groups rehabilitating from surgeries, musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries. He stays up to date on current research through continuing education courses and reading new journal articles regularly. In his spare time, Nick enjoys attending sporting events, going down the shore, exercising and spend time with his friends and family.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.

Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

In physical therapy, trained professionals evaluate and treat abnormal physical function related to, for example, an injury, disability, disease or condition.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a physical therapist is a trained and licensed medical professional with experience in diagnosing physical abnormalities, restoring physical function and mobility, maintaining physical function, and promoting physical activity and proper function.

Licensed physical therapists can be found in a range of healthcare settings including outpatient offices, private practices, hospitals, rehab centers, nursing homes, home health, sports and fitness settings, schools, hospices, occupational settings, government agencies, and research centers.

Services offered by our physical therapists:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunctions
  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Concussion Injuries
  • Golf Rehab
  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Joint Replacement Therapy
  • Gait/running dysfunction
  • Biodex Testing
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training

Golf Rehabilitation

If you have injured yourself playing golf or have an injury that is preventing you from playing golf, you should be rehabbing with a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) specialist. The TPI method was designed to return you to golf and get you playing at a higher level then you were before the injury. We analyze 16 different physical tests that are specific to the golf swing. These physical test results combined with your specific swing characteristics help to build your body-swing connection. If you have been working on improving your swing and have not had your body evaluated, you are missing a key piece to the puzzle.

Bidoex Testing

When it comes to returning to a sport or labor-intensive job after an injury it is important to ensure your body is ready. Most re-injuries occur because the person was not strong enough to return. The Biodex is the most accurate tool to assess force production in physical rehabilitation. At the end of your testing, you will receive an easy to read graph highlighting your physical capacities and limitations. This will help give you the confidence that you are ready to get back to your life.

Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)

After injury or surgery, improving strength and muscle growth is a high priority. However, after injury, most individuals are unable to lift heavy weights to induce muscle adaptation. BFRT allows the strength and hypertrophy phases of rehabilitation to begin earlier. With BFRT, a pneumatic cuff is applied at the top part of the muscle that is being trained. The cuff is inflated to a specific pressure to decrease the blood flow to that muscle. This creates an environment that allows for increased muscle growth.