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 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 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.