ProCare Rehabilitation

4505 Route 9 North
Howell, NJ 07731

Phone: (732) 901-5553

Fax: (732) 901-1131

M/T/W/Th/F 7:30am – 8:00pm

Howell Staff

Nicole Pallante, PT, DPT, CSCS

NJ License # 40QA02139500

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2019 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2022 from Stockton University. She has experience in both outpatient and acute care settings treating patients of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, and has special interest in treating orthopedic and sports injuries. She has a strong emphasis on therapeutic exercise-focused treatment due to her background as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and sports performance coach, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2021. She plans on becoming certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) via the McKenzie Institute USA and in the treatment of concussions. Nicole was goalkeeper and captain of the women’s soccer team at Stockton and now enjoys playing in adult soccer leagues when she can, strength training, and training for marathons. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching youth soccer at Twin County Soccer Association, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michael Messina, PT, DPT

NJ License # 40QA01890300

Mike grew up in Middletown, NJ and is a 2019 graduate from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Stockton University. His clinical experience includes acute care and outpatient settings with orthopedic and neurological caseloads. Mike has worked with a wide variety of diagnoses and looks to tailor treatment plans to suit patients’ individual needs to achieve their goals. Mike has his certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. In the future, Mike plans on pursuing further education and certification in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Mike is excited to be a part of the ProCare team and about getting patients back to the activities they love.

Steve Friedeman, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSCS

NJ License # 40QA00720800

Steve received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1995 & 1997, respectively. After several years of practice, he furthered his education and obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. He has received the prestigious Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine and Extremities by the McKenzie Institute. He is a Credentialed Clinical Education Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. Steve has advanced certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Youth Sports Coach from the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA).

Dr. Friedeman also has been a:

  • Member, Advisory council of the New Jersey Chapter of the NSCA
  • National Educator of Strength & Conditioning for the NSCA & HealthSouth Corporation
  • Medical Director, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Open, Jersey Shore
  • Guest Lecturer, Exercise Science Program, Rowan University
  • Organizer, Physical Therapy Community Events for races, basketball tournaments and health expositions.
  • Dr. Friedeman is currently a Clinical Director and Physical Therapist at ProCare Rehabilitation, LLC. He takes pride in developing a comprehensive, efficient and effective treatment plan for each of his clients while maintaining the utmost respect for each individual’s needs and goals.

In his spare time, Steve spends time with his wife and children, is an avid softball player, plays golf, and works out. He has coached youth sports, including baseball, basketball, soccer and football.

Kaitlin Gardner, PT, DPT

NJ License # 40QA02092100

Katie completed her Bachelor’s in Health Science in 2018 at Stockton University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 2022. She has extensive experience with working with the military and their families, patients with neurological conditions in the acute care setting, and strength and conditioning via her personal training background. Her professional interests include working with a variety of orthopedic/sports medicine patient populations of all ages with a special interest in strength and conditioning. She is pursuing specialty certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) via the McKenzie Institute USA and Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) via the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Katie hails locally from Point Pleasant, NJ and enjoys workouts at the gym, spending time with her family, and enjoying the great outdoors.