• Michelle Mesh, MS, RPA-C

    • Undergraduate: University of Michigan, BS Exercise Physiology, 2000
    • Graduate: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Physician Assistant Masters Program, 2004
    • Post Graduate: NYU- Hospital for Joint Disease, Physician Assistant Orthopedic Residency Program, 2005

    Michelle Pokrassa, MS, RPA-C | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)Michelle was born and raised on Long  Island, NY. She left Long Island after high school to attend the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.S. in Movement Science and graduated with distinction. She remained at the University of Michigan after  graduation to work with the physical therapy department and University of Michigan athletes. She also worked as a personal trainer and was the exercise consultant and trainer for Ms. Michigan 2001. Michelle Mesh then decided to go on to graduate school at UMDNJ, where she received a Masters Degree as a Physician Assistant. During her training at Rutgers University, she elected to work on an elective basis with the athletic department, where she provided medical treatment to the Division 1 athletes, as well as provided sideline medical coverage for the football team.

    With an interest in further combining her natural interest and acquired knowledge in biomechanics and exercise with her medical training, she went on to complete a one-year postgraduate fellowship program in orthopedic surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Disease. During her training at NYUHJD, she worked under nationally and internationally recognized authorities in the field of orthopedics.

    PA Mesh is a full time associate of Regional Orthopedics. She provides clinical consultations to patients, formulating a diagnosis and recommending the most effective treatment options. Treatment may include prescription medication, physical therapy, bracing, casting, bone stimulator application, fracture reduction and injections, all of which will be administered by PA Mesh in the office. Michelle performs preoperative evaluations in order to assess risk for certain potential surgical complications and will prescribe treatment directed to minimize any potential problems.

    In addition to office-based clinical care, Michelle Mesh is also a first assistant in the operating room during surgery. At the completion of the procedure she will close the surgical wound, apply intraoperative pain medications and accompany the patient to the recovery room. As an essential and functioning part of the surgical team, Michelle will also provide clinical care for postsurgical patients in the office.


    Janine Payson, MS, RPA-C

    • Undergraduate: Gettysburg College, BS, Biology, 1995
    • Graduate: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Physician Assistant Masters Program, 2002

    Janine Payson, MS, RPA-C | Manhattan | New York City (NYC)Janine Payson was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. She attended Notre Dame Academy High School where she was a cross country and track runner. She was part of the 4×800 meter National Championship Team and a Staten Island All-Star. After High School, she went to Gettysburg College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a focus on premedical sciences. Her bachelor’s thesis was “Time to Anaerobic Threshold is the Best Indicator of Performance in Middle-distance Runners” where she compared athletes from three different universities. She was Captain of the cross country and track teams and elected STAR (students Teaching Athletes Responsibility), whereby she was appointed to help athletes balance their athletics and academics.

    After college she went on to work as a research technician at Rockefeller Research Center in NYC as well as NYU, and then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Physicians Assistant Program with a love of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. She received her Master of Science degree in Physicians Assistant studies.

    Janine also works independently as an NCSF (National Council on Strength and Fitness) certified Personal Trainer since 2005 and a spin instructor. She has run two marathons, the first one was the NYC Marathon whereby she was invited to run in the “elite start”; the second was an automatic entry into the Boston Marathon based on a qualifying time. Currently, Janine is venturing into the world of triathlons with hopes to one day complete an Ironman. She lives with her husband and two children and continues to devote her time to her field as an Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Physicians Assistant and Personal Trainer.


    Dustin Garlock PT, DPT

    • Undergraduate: Ithaca College, BS, Clinical Health Studies, 2011
    • Graduate: Ithaca College, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2013

    Dustin Garlock PT, DPTDustin attended Ithaca College where he majored in Clinical Health Studies and minored in health. During his undergraduate years, Dustin worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility and worked summers as a Physical Therapy Aide. Dustin continued his education at Ithaca, where he graduated from the physical therapy program as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

    During his clinical affiliations Dustin’s work included acute and subacute settings, stroke/spinal cord rehabilitation in addition to outpatient orthopedic/sports physical therapy. Dustin is currently working as a physical therapist at Peak Performance/Regional Orthopedics in his pursuit of becoming a highly trained physical therapist.


    Jessica Lalicata, PTA

    • Undergraduate: Touro College, AAS, Physical Therapist Assistant, 2001

    Jessica was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Staten Island, NY. She is licensed in both New York and New Jersey. As class representative at Touro College, having earned an American Physical Therapy Association Leadership Award, Jessica graduated with honors. Throughout her 13+ years of experience,  Jessica has worked in a variety of settings including: acute, inpatient and outpatient hospitals; sub-acute care facilities; and outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine facilities.

    Jessica specializes in the treatment of vestibular disorders and orthopedic injuries and she is also a certified Nerve Conduction Velocity Technician. Jessica is a caring, empathetic professional with only the best interests of the patient in heart and mind. Her main focus when treating patients is manual therapy and therapeutic exercise with the goal of restoring patients to normal functional mobility. Jessica is currently working as a staff physical therapist assistant with Peak Performance/Regional Orthopedics.