Jessica Esposito, PTA
NJ License #40QB00350800
Jess earned her physical therapy assistant degree from Union County College in 2018, after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After receiving her PTA license in July 2018, she started working at ProCare full time. She completed clinical rotations at Cornerstone Rehabilitation in Clark, Americare Physical Therapy in Garwood, and at our ProCare Rehabilitation location in Flemington, NJ. While at Moravian, Jess played for the varsity softball team and in high school, she played 4 years of varsity field hockey at Madison High School. Her interest in sports led to her career as a PTA.
When she is not treating, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, playing softball and hanging out down the shore.
Ashley Santoni, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
NJ License # 40QA01568800
Ashley has been a Physical Therapist since August of 2014. She graduated from Rutgers University (formerly UMDNJ) with her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. She is currently pursuing a certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. Ashley began her employment at ProCare in 2009 when she worked as a rehab tech during her undergraduate studies, then as front desk personnel while in graduate school. She currently coordinates all potential students/volunteers who are interested in pursuing PT.
Away from ProCare Ashley enjoys working out, shopping and hanging out with Jasmine, her puppy.
Dean Kapetanakis, MSPT, Cert. MDT
NJ License # 40QA00755100
Dean has a master’s degree in Physical Therapy with certifications from the McKenzie Institute for Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of spinal and peripheral injuries as well as from the American Physical Therapy Association for clinical instruction. Dean has trained at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, St. Vincent’s hospital, Lutheran hospital, Staten Island University Hospital, and the NYC public school system. He has over eighteen years of experience with orthopedic, sports, and neurologic injuries including vestibular and balance rehabilitation. Dean also lectures regularly at the College of Staten Island in their advanced topics course for graduate physical therapy students.
Dean started ProCare Rehabilitation, LLC in Clark NJ over 10 years ago. Since then ProCare has been involved in multiple community activities and charities including, but not limited to, ALJ & Colonia HS sports programs, Linden, Rahway & Clark Fire Departments, Fish Hospitality, Cranford Family Cares, Toys For Tots, Raphael’s Life House, Cranford Jaycees, Cranford Baseball & Softball League, St. Michael’s Wounded Warrior project and numerous charitable 5K events.
Dean resides in Cranford NJ with his family.
Lauren Mandell, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
NJ License # 40QA01451200
Lauren completed a 6 year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University in Boston in 2012. She completed clinical rotations at JML Care Center in Falmouth, MA, Kessler Rehabilitation in Bridgewater NJ, and at our ProCare Rehabilitation location in Flemington, NJ. In addition, she also completed two co-op rotations at Prescription Orthopedic Sports Therapy in Brookline, MA, and at Beantown Physio in Brookline, MA. While in school, Lauren also studied for and received her personal training certification which she used to train clients at her university’s gym.
Lauren has been involved in competitive sports for her entire life, including soccer, gymnastics, and track. Lauren continued her athletic career for part of her time at Northeastern on their track and field team. At this time, Lauren continues to train and compete in running road races of all distances; she is currently training for her second full marathon.
When not training or treating, Lauren can most likely be found spending time with her husband and two dogs, Kaiya and Bronte.
Nicole Nardone, DPT
NJ License # 40QA01632800
Nicole is a 2015 graduate from Widener University’s 6-year Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. While in school, Nicole completed clinical rotations at Rehab Connection in Barrington, NJ, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and at our own ProCare Rehabilitation in Clark NJ. She is a Graston Technique Preferred Provider and is currently pursuing a certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
Nicole has always been a competitive athlete and started her career locally at Arthur L. Johnson High School and continued as captain of her field hockey team at the collegiate level. She is also passionate about community service and while in school dedicated her time serving in both an administrative role and student clinician, providing pro-bono services to the uninsured and impoverished of the Chester Community.
Michael Palmadessa, PT, DPT
NJ License # 40QA01845400
Michael earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY in 2018. He completed clinical affiliations at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ; Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ; Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, NY; and Concentra Urgent Care in Secaucus, NJ. While in PT school, Michael presented his research poster at the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Michael has played football and baseball competitively through his high school career. Nowadays, he stays in touch with sports being a baseball and softball umpire since he was 18 years old. Michael is involved with his community being the Umpire-in-Chief for Kenilworth Little League.
When he’s not treating patients, Michael enjoys being with his girlfriend, going to the gym, going to the beach, and watching sports.