Lauren Sbarbaro, PT, DPT | Owner
Lauren received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey in 2000 and her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University (formerly The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ) in 2004. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, receiving the school's Award for Academic Excellence.
Lauren began her career in physical therapy at JFK Medical Center in Edison, where she worked in both the inpatient and outpatient departments. Her experiences there provided her with an in-depth understanding of a variety of diagnoses, including neurological cases such as MS and stroke, and complex orthopedic cases including post-amputation. Lauren realized her passion for orthopedics and went on to work in private practice orthopedic clinics for 10 years, and managed a busy outpatient clinic in Tenafly, NJ for several years before deciding to open Foundations Physical Therapy in 2014.
Her areas of interest include rehabilitation of spinal disorders, sports injuries and vestibular dysfunction. Her emphasis is on manual therapy, and she has taken numerous courses through the Hospital for Special Surgery, NYU School of Medicine, Great Lakes Seminars and The Institute for Physical Art. She has served as a clinical instructor to students from Rutgers Medical School, The University of Scranton and Seton Hall University. Lauren's treatment philosophy is based on the notion that no problem can be cured if the root cause is not identified; therefore, she believes in treating the whole person, not just the pain.
When not treating patients, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young boys. She loves the outdoors and never misses the opportunity to go out walking, hiking, biking and sometimes even riding ATVs with her boys!
Andrea Carty, PT, MSPT
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Women's Health, TRX Certified, Pilates Instructor
Andrea is a graduate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and brings 20 years of experience to the Foundations Physical Therapy team. Andrea spent most of her career working alongside Physiatrists to treat a varied case load, including chronic pain, neurologic, post-surgical, post-mastectomy, peri-partum and post-partum pain, and general orthopedic cases. Andrea effectively combines her knowledge of manual techniques with her background as a Pilates instructor to create programs that are highly effective and tailored to the individual. When she is not treating patients, Andrea volunteers her time at the Hi-Tor Animal Shelter in Rockland County, helping abandoned or troubled animals recover and find their forever homes. Andrea's skill, knowledge, enthusiasm and compassion make us at Foundations PT proud to have her on our team!
Dante Marchesani, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation
Dante is a graduate of Montclair State University, where he obtained a BS in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science in 1999. While obtaining his undergraduate degree, Dante was exposed to Physical Therapy while working as a PT aide in an outpatient clinic. During his experience as an aide Dante realized his deep interest for the human body and a desire to become a Physical Therapist. After graduating from Montclair State University, Dante worked full time in corporate fitness where he created individual exercise programs for clients. During that time he also obtained his American College of Sports Medicine certification and began taking prerequisite courses for a Physical Therapy graduate program. Dante entered Rutgers University (formerly The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ) in the Fall of 2004 and graduated in May 2007. Soon after graduating, Dante began working in an outpatient clinic where he treated various orthopedic diagnoses for patients of all ages. He drew on his skills from his clinical affiliations in subacute, pediatric, acute care and outpatient settings. Dante also continued to evolve his skills through various continuing education courses and through his interactions with the skilled therapists he worked with.
In November 2017 Dante accepted the offer to join the Foundations Physical Therapy team! Dante is an energetic and talented clinician who will work tirelessly to help his patients achieve their goals. He is never at a loss for innovative exercise ideas, and is thoughtful in his approach to creating customized treatment plans that are geared toward individual abilities and goals. We are so excited to have him on board!
Dante has been married to Romy for 10 years and has two young children, Lucia and Enzo. He spends his free time running, surfing, weight training, and working on home improvement projects. Dante also enjoys participating in Lucia and Enzo's various athletic endeavors and spending spare time with his wife and family at the Jersey Shore.
Heidi Martin, PT, DPT
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Sports Rehabiliation, Geriatrics
Heidi received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from UMDNJ (currently Rutgers University Medical School) in 1993 and her Doctorate in PT from Boston University in 2005. She joined Foundations Physical Therapy in January of 2019, bringing in over 25 years of experience in outpatient rehabilitation and manual therapy. She has worked in a variety of outpatient settings, where she cultivated a strong background in manual therapy, sports injuries, post-operative diagnoses, MS, TMJ, work conditioning/ hardening, aquatherapy, vestibular rehab, and balance dysfunction. Heidi has experience in managing several outpatient facilities, has been a clinical instructor for many PT students, and has served as a clinical coordinator for local PT schools and their associated clinics. Heidi has also presented on various physical therapy-related topics in local community settings.
Outside of work, Heidi is an active member of the Board of Health, has spent many years as a soccer coach & Cub Scout den leader, and continues to be involved with school and sport functions with her 2 teenage boys. She enjoys the outdoors, is an avid cyclist, hiker, kayaker, skier, and has ben playing in an adult soccer league for several years. Sports and overall physical fitness/ activity are what drew Heidi to the physical therapy field years ago. Her love of fitness, movement, and the physical therapy profession make Heidi a perfect fit for the Foundations PT Family. We are honored to have her on board!
Jessica Len-Lyberatos, PT, DPT
Jessica is a 2004 graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, where she earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy. Jessica began her career in physical therapy at Hackensack Medical Center, and ultimately went on to work in outpatient orthopedics at Madison Spine and Physical Therapy for the past 13 years. Jessica served as a site manager at MSPT's Montvale office. Jessica is an experienced therapist whose vast knowledge base and genuine care for her patients makes her an exemplary professional. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Jessica to Foundations Physical Therapy!
Garo Caparyan, PT, DPT
Garo attended Ramapo College of New Jersey where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Rutgers University in 2016. His passion for becoming a physical therapist was reaffirmed after sustaining a series of knee injuries in college requiring extensive rehab, allowing him to gain a better understanding of the patients’ perspective. Garo has had the pleasure of working at various outpatient orthopedic clinics, where he has been exposed to various orthopedic, post-operative, neurological, and sports injury cases. He believes in tailoring specific treatment programs by identifying the root cause of pain and dysfunction through functional assessments and testing. His number one goal is to restore his patients’ function, address their goals and get them back to doing what they love. His passion in physical therapy lies in sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, and post-operative cases.Garo also enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, participating in outdoor activities, rooting for the Brooklyn Nets and exploring new food destinations.