A caring staff dedicated to your success.

From your first visit with us, you'll find people who are committed to making your care as pleasant as possible. We offer early morning, lunchtime and evening appointments to fit your schedule. We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare and Workers’ Compensation, and even file the paperwork for you. We accept most major credit cards. For the latest technology, hands-on healing and personalized, compassionate care from experienced physical therapists dedicated to your success call us today.

Rick Rutkowski, PT, DPT, ACSM-CPT, MTC, BOC Ped

Founder, Optimum Performance Physical Therapy, PLLC.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Licensed Physical Therapist
Certified Manual Therapist
Certified Pedorthist
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Education: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Physical Therapy Program, Brooklyn, NY; Graduate studies at Columbia University; Doctorate Degree from Dominican College, NY; Pedorthic Certification Program through Eneslow Pedorthic Institute; Manual Therapy Certification, Saint Augustine, FL; personal training certification program through the American College of Sports Medicine

Fellow: American Sports Medicine Institute

Membership: American Physical Therapy Association, American Association of Manipulative Physical Therapy, American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength & Conditioning Association

Continuing Education: Training in a variety of advanced manual & spinal therapy techniques & sports medicine concepts, including a four-month full-time fellowship program & over 500 hours of athletic training experience through HealthSouth's Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.


Director Sports Performance and Medical Fitness at Optimum Performance Physical Therapy and The Body Lab

Responsibilities: Sports performance testing including VO² max and lactate threshold for athletes from novice to professional, to enhance mechanical efficiency and economical energetics to improve performance and optimize training zones. Develop and implement health and fitness programs for clients, and design injury prevention programs for at risk athletes and sports teams.

Specialty Area if applicable: Exercise Tolerance Testing, Strength and Conditioning, Bariatric, Cardiology, Track and Field Training and Conditioning, Golf Fitness and Conditioning, Sports Recovery.


2016 Faculty Achievement Award – AEFPUR
<2016 Inductee VB Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame – Tennis
2013-14 named by the Rockland Journal and the Elite Performance Group as top ten Clinical Exercise Physiologist Rockland County
2009 – present, clinical physiologist consultant for the Long Distance Puerto Rico Olympic Team.
2012 – present, clinical physiologist consultant for the Long Distance Olympic Team. USA Team


Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor School of Medicine, Tufts University
Editorial board and reviewer for Bariatric Surgical Nursing/Patient Care and Bariatric Times
Consultant for the Olympic Long Distance Team Caribbean Region
Consultant for the Aruba National Team – Middle/Long Distance


Certified USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach(USATF), Level two pending(Long distance)
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Featured on ABC News Medical Unit 2016 – “Dan Child Hitting The Wall” and “The Limits”
Featured on Shape Magazine 5/2016
ANGTV with Rob Fletcher (Local Broadcast)
Associate Professional Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS)
Board Certified by The American Society of Exercise Physiology(ASEP) # 00232
Professional Member of the American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM)
Published Peer Reviewed articles in the Bariatric Surgical Nursing and Patient Care, Bariatric Times Journals. Research interest includes sport performance testing, muscle depletion and weight loss.

Kristin Mullen

Biography:Kristin Mullen, a lifetime resident of Warwick, NY, grew up and attended the Warwick schools. Kristin attended the esteemed SUNY Orange Physical Therapist Assistant program and graduated in 2012. Kristin worked at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in the Stroke Program.

Her focus was in neuro re-education, teaching stroke patients to take their first steps and eventually walk again. Kristin came to Optimum performance in May of 2013 and has proven to be an integral part of the Optimum Performance team. Her neurologic background has been invaluable to the patients who have come to Optimum Performance Physical Therapy. Her knowledge has helped patients improve independence and quality of life through therapy.

Mulligan Upper Quadrant 2014
Mulligan Lower Quadrant 2014

Samantha Dziuba, DPT

Education: DPT from New York Medical College 2012

Biography:Samantha, originally from Orange County, was an athletic female participating in basketball and softball growing up. Due to personal experiences, Samantha decided that Physical Therapy was the profession to pursue. Pt graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BS in December 2008, continuing onto New York Medical College to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. In the future, Samantha hopes to further her skills by participating in multiple continuing education courses and will hopefully obtain a certification in Sports Physical Therapy. In her down time, Samantha enjoys watching hockey, baseball, and football in addition to playing with her dog Scout.