Meet the Directors

Please click on the following therapist to meet the directors

Dan Rootenberg  PT, DPT, CSCS
SPEAR Co-Founder and CEO. Bachelor of Science from Binghampton University and Masters in Physical Therapy from Touro College. National guest speaker and former professional baseball player.
David Endres  PT, MS
Co-founder of SPEAR Physical Therapy. Licensed Physical Therapist. Award-winning squash professional.
Ryan Kitzen  PT, DPT
SPEAR's VP of Operations, Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Athletics 2014 Hall of Fame inductee. Former US national soccer player. 
Amir Rand  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Financial District location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from the New York Institute of Technology. Completed a challenging acute bedside clinical affiliation at NYU’s Tisch Hospital.
Lisa Yirce  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Chelsea location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook. Focused on injury prevention and rehabilitation. Medical volunteer at the NYC Marathon.
Joe Costello  PT, DPT, SCS
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Central Park South location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Played college basketball at Mount St. Mary and started its lacrosse program.
Jimmy Olayos  PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Brooklyn Heights location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Certified in Functional Movement Systems' Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) program.
Cathy Campbell  PT, DPT, SCS
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Midtown West location.  All-American gymnast and Ivy League Champion at Cornell. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist.
Jeremy B. Crow  PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Director of Clinical Education at SPEAR. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NYU, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist.
David Block  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Penn Plaza location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy with distinction from NYIT, and received both the Benjamin Morey Commitment to Excellence Award and the Alpha Eta Student Research Award.
Joe Losurdo  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Upper East Side location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Bachelor of Arts from Le Moyne College. #1 fan of the Syracuse Orange.
Lauren Carleton  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Tribeca location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario. Native Candadian and lover of Muay Thai.
Patrick Watson  PT, DPT
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Midtown East location. Licensed Physical Therapist. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Former Division I Lacrosse player.
Austin Afshar  PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Murray Hill location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NYU. Bachelor's in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Competitive and collegiate swimmer and water polo player. Swim instructor for children with special needs.
Ninia Agustin  PT, DPT
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. Summa Cum-Laude graduate from Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. Dancer and teacher at the esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC.
Bhavik Sheth  PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Hip-hop and Bollywood dancer, surfer and blogger.
Josh Rieders  PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director of SPEAR's Financial District - 70 Pine location. Doctorate in Physical Therapy from NYU and Bachelor's in Health & Exercise Science from Syracuse University. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.