Our Staff

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center in Millburn

  • Michael Heitzman, PT, DPT – Supervisor, general Orthopedic, Sports, Concussion and Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Benjamin Akaezuwa, PT, DPT - General Orthopedics, Geriatrics

  • Anne McDonald PT, DPT, OCS - Orthopedic Certified Specialist (per diem)

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.

Conditions addressed by Physical therapist:

  • Cardiopulmonary conditions
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunctions
  • Neurological dysfunctions
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical issues
  • Sports medicine injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Joint Replacements Therapy
  • Gait/running dysfunction
  • Foot pathology