Ribbon cutting at the new rehabilitation office in Syosset

Last November, the Ivy Rehab Clinic opened in Muttontown Plaza at 224 West Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. On March 10, the Syosset Woodbury Chamber of Commerce met with Ivy Rehab staff for a ribbon-cutting and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new location.

The groundbreaking event included welcoming remarks from Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, who was in attendance along with the town’s Deputy Economic Development Commissioner James McCaffrey. Neighboring family business Mara’s Southern Kitchen hosted the event.

Dr. Nicole Sorrentino, Clinic Director and Syosset Ivy Rehab Site Physiotherapist, said the first real introductions to Syosset and Woodbury that she and her team received were at the 2021 Syosset Street Fair. at the sponsorship of Ivy Rehab and at a table for the event, community outreach was a way to introduce local residents to the basics of physiotherapy and the services provided by their center.

“With the street fair we were able to introduce ourselves to other local businesses and people from across the community – everyone in the area was so friendly and eager to learn, so many people got involved and were enthusiastic about physical activities. We offered a spinning wheel with different exercises that people could try to learn. But it was clear early on that we were working and serving a very vibrant community, as people were excited to even do the jumping jacks. It was a really warm welcome for us!” said Sorrentino.

Founded in 2003, parent company Ivy Rehab consists of a national network of more than 340 outpatient clinics specializing in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Prior to arriving at the new Syosset location, Dr. Sorrentino worked as a clinical director at the Lynbrook location of Ivy Rehab. She is now a partner at the Syosset site, treating patients there for physiotherapy and performing office management duties, managing the business side.

“Apart from my clinical work, I am responsible for a lot of administrative work and making sure we are fully stocked and everyone is scheduled – covering the management role here. I hope to reach as many people as possible in the communities of Syosset, Woodbury and Jericho and we have added an Occupational Therapist to this office which expands the range of patients we treat and help here. My goal with this place is to positively affect as many lives as possible,” she explained.

Syosset Ivy Rehab became one of the brand’s growing clinic networks along the East Coast, but it has since taken off with the local market. In an interview, Sorrentino noted that there are opportunities for Ivy Rehab to collaborate with other local businesses and put its services in front of different parts of the community.

“We joined the Chamber’s Women in Business networking group and many of them later became vendors who helped with our grand opening, including Balloons by Amanda. We have also planned an event with Encore Luxury Living in Jericho, as we will demonstrate “home ergonomics” and proper posture exercises, or possibly host a yoga class. Our goal is to provide our services to different local audiences and groups through the relationships we have established,” Sorrentino explained.

New York State offers individuals the opportunity to try physical therapy through “direct access.” According to Dr. Sorrentino, a person does not need a prescription from an orthopedist to enter physical therapy for 30 days or 10 initial sessions, whichever comes first.

“We can serve the community in this way as urgent care for any orthopedic problem. You can come see me if your back hurts or your knee hurts, and you want to be treated right away. Instead of waiting six weeks or more for an orthopedic appointment, you can get a head start and people can be treated by us,” said Dr. Sorrentino.

Ivy Rehab’s 224 Jericho Turnpike location offers extensive fitness, cardio, and physical therapy equipment. Part of the work that clients can do at Syosset Clinic includes athletic training.

“People go between equipment to work their legs, arms and torso – the equipment they use depends on their injuries. We also have the facility with tables where I perform manual physiotherapy, stretching, joint work and massage. We have most of the location dedicated to the gym with the exercise spaces, and we also have a small assessment room and a quiet room. The location itself is really convenient with plenty of parking right in front,” said Dr Sorrentino.

Ivy Rehab’s work with clients does not take place exclusively at Jericho Turnpike facilities. Sorrentino spoke about ease of access and new options with virtual telehealth services. The pandemic has become a determining factor for this type of physical health and wellness “posture” for his clinic.

“What I like about telehealth is that we show patients at home things they can use as exercise equipment – it’s really a way of encouraging them to do exercises at home more often. because household equipment is available to them. With telehealth, we show them how to adapt and learn that simple objects like their towels and soup cans can be used to build strength and flexibility. Although hands-on experience with our staff is not part of telehealth, they can perform many achievable exercises tailored to their injuries. Telehealth is awesome,” she noted.

Dr. Sorrentino grew up in Garden City South. She has the following professional acronyms after her name; PT, DPT and OCS – because OCS abbreviates its designation as an Orthopedic Physiotherapy Specialist. Sorrentino completed her orthopedic residency through Ivy Rehab/Hospital for Special Surgery, and she graduated from Ithaca College.

As a young man, Sorrentino watched his mother attend physiotherapy sessions for her rheumatoid arthritis.

“I decided to become a physiotherapist because when my mom came home from those sessions she said she ‘felt like a million bucks’ and felt like she could do anything. I was amazed and then I thought that as a physiotherapist, I could do this for someone. For me it’s been a really rewarding career area seeing multiple people at their worst and then moving them forward to bring them to their best – we take people out of a place they’ve never been before with certain types of physical pain due to injury. There are many dramatic changes when a person is hurt and there is often emotional distress. It’s a really rewarding career and I love my job! said Sorrentino.

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