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    Janine Payson, MS, RPA-C
    Ivan Candelaria, ATC
    Jessica Lalicata, PTA


    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.



    Ivan Candelaria, ATC


    • Undergraduate: University of Connecticut, 2000

    Ivan Candelaria, ATC, CSCS | Manhattan | New York City | Staten Island

    Ivan Candelaria ATC is presently the Director of Sports Rehabilitation at Peak Performance Rehabilitation in Staten Island NY. Ivan is also the Owner/Founder of RAD Radical Athletic Development consulting. He received his professional degrees at the University of Connecticut. At UCONN, he was the assistant trainer of the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Team. He later went on to complete a competitive internship with the New Jersey Nets. Ivan has worked with a number of our country’s finest professional athletes who currently play in the NFL, NBA, WNBA and MLS.

    He is also currently the Director of Sports Performance at Xtreme Fitness in Edison NJ, where he focuses his attention to high school, college athletes and NFL combine training. Ivan has recently enjoyed traveling the country in his role as a rehabilitation consultant for a number of elite Division I Universities. His efforts have developed and enhanced performance in hundreds of athletes nationwide.

    Ivan’s success in the treatment of various injuries is based on his unique approach. He is thorough in recognizing dysfunction in movement which he then corrects with pain-free corrective exercise. Ivan focuses on the elimination of dysfunction that is the root of pain in addition to treating the painful symptoms. His best work is rehabilitation of the post surgical patient including treatment of the “itis’s”, or chronic inflammations. Over 14 years, Ivan has offered professional rehabilitation in addition to athletic training services.

    Ivan uses tools such as kenisiotaping, functional movement screening, manual therapy, nerve flossing and corrective exercise techniques to eliminate pain and enhance performance. Ivan is also called upon yearly by NFL agents to perform client visits at Athletes Performance in Carson CA, and IMG Academies in Bradenton FL, to assist his college football players who are training for the NFL Combine. Ivan mentors NCAA college football player entering the NFL draft with the process of selecting a training facility, agent, and financial advisor. He is currently consulting and rehabbing injured high school athletes at Tottenville H.S. in Staten Island, NY., St Joseph’s by the Sea H.S. Staten Island, NY, and Pope John H.S.in Sparta NJ. Ivan also enjoys mentoring high school athletes through the recruiting process at these schools.

    Ivan has  also been instrumental in preparing Rutgers finest football players to train for the NFL combine and pro day. He has also lectured to the Rutgers University Medical staff on the practice of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). A major highlight to his career has been the ability to work with the most respected people in his field such as Dr. James Andrews, Todd Durkin, Travelle Gains, and Grey Cook.

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    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.


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