Temple University: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
UMDNJ: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Temple University: Orthopedic Residency
Regis University: Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Dr. Brandon Cruz is the owner and founder of Pursue PT. After completion of his DPT, he continued his pursuit of excellence, enrolling in a residency program to sharpen and fine-tune his orthopedic skills at Temple University’s highly respected Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program. Dr. Cruz since then has obtained an elite distinction holding dual board certifications in Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation (OCS), (SCS) putting him in the top 1% of all practitioners in the country. Brandon has completed his fellowship training in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at Regis University becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Dr.Cruz was fortunate enough to work side-by-side with the Temple University’s top physical therapists and strength coaches to help facilitate rehab programs for their Division 1 athletes. Another experience to note is his time spent at The University of Florida’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute. It was here where he had the opportunity to work with rising NFL, NBA, and MLB prospects.
Dr. Cruz is published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and has presented multiple times at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (AAOMPT) Conference on the treatment of chronic low back pain, spinal manipulation, upper and lower extremity manipulation. Brandon is also an active member and advocate for the APTA sports, orthopedic sections, and AAOMPT. Dr. Cruz was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s physical therapy program. He now devotes his time being an APTA-Certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students, residents and fellows in training in over 15 schools to mentor the future of tomorrow. When Dr.Cruz isn’t working in the clinic he’s often found teaching current physical therapists and athletic trainers courses on management of injuries, neurodynamics, and manipulations.
Additionally, Dr. Cruz is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and certified in Integrative Dry Needling. Dr. Cruz has turned his hobby of playing golf into an avenue where he is able to combine his love of golf and his passion for physical therapy into one place. As a fitness and healthcare professional Dr.Cruz puts his TPI certification to practice. Dr. Cruz draws upon his own experience as an injured collegiate basketball player to relate to his patients and formulate the most favorable rehab protocols to return to sport.
Director of Operations
University of Scranton: Bachelors in Exercise Science Minor in Nutrition
As our company’s office manager if you have a question, Asheley is the woman for you. As the office manager, Asheley is knowledgeable in insurance benefits, verifications, authorizations, scheduling and much much more. Before your first visit you will have at least one interaction with Asheley. Graduating with honors from Scranton, Ashley was captain of the rugby team. Not only does she have the educational and work background but she is a fitness fanatic. Asheley spends her free time waking up early to work out, plays tennis, and is a Level 1 in Kettlebell Sport. Her weekends are spent coaching swim for Morristown club swimming team.
Dr. Marta Topor PT, DPT
Montclair State University: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Minor in Psychology
Vermont University: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Dr. Topor is no stranger to the world of athletics. She participated in MSU’s Division III Volleyball team, where she earned All-Conference honors and served as a captain for three years. Dr. Topor has spent over 7 years coaching volleyball for the Girl’s Club for teenagers ages 12-18. She spent her time working closely with the athletic department in both grad school and undergrad. Dr. Topor has spent valuable time preparing professional VB athletes and prospective NFL players for their game debut. She uses her upbringing as an additional bonus since she has the ability to communicate efficiently with clients who only speak Polish. Marta continues to enhance her skills and knowledge through The Institute of Orthopedic & Sports Manual Therapy, IOSMT, Manual Therapy Program.
Dr. Topor is excited to make real connections with her patients while alleviating pain and improving function through manual therapy. She is also looking forward to working with younger athletes and eventually attaining the goal of becoming an orthopedic clinical specialist. In her time off she enjoys hiking with her dog and downhill skiing. She also has a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures.
Dr. Allan Trinidad PT, DPT
o Essex County College: Associates in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
o Mercy College: Bachelor of Science in Health Science
o Dominican College: Doctorate of Physical Therapy
· Dr. Allan Trinidad is a dedicated provider who delivers exceptional care to patients of all ages with a focus on musculoskeletal rehabilitation. He has numerous years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic setting previously working as a Physical Therapist Assistant and continued the arduous journey of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He utilizes advanced hands-on manual techniques with corrective exercises to help his patients regain function and return to their activities of daily living.
· Dr. Trinidad is an active member of The Institute of Orthopedic & Sports Manual Therapy where he continues to advance his hands on manual therapy and clinical reasoning skills. He is also an APTA member which provides evidence-based resources and opportunities that aids in developing the best plan of care for various patient populations. In addition, Dr. Trinidad holds a LSVT BIG certification which specializes in treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. He plans to continue his education by becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
· When away from the clinic, Allan enjoys playing basketball, traveling the world, and spending time with family and friends. He is set to marry the love of his life in May 2022.
Dr. Emmit Rojo
o Seton Hall University:
Bachelor of Science in Biology (2019)
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2021)
- Dr. Rojo was an avid baseball and basketball player throughout his childhood and into college, but now focuses his athletic prowess on the game of golf. His academic and clinical experience has lead him to treat patients with manual therapy skills while emphasizing motor control and exercise training in order to
relieve pain and return his patients to their prior level of function.
- Dr. Rojo aspires to own his own sports orthopedic clinic in the future and is currently
pursuing his Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). Emmit plans to continue his
education to earn his Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) as well. He is a current member of
The Institute of Orthopedic and Sports Manual Therapy to broaden his expertise and
learn high-level critical thinking skills and manual therapy techniques. Emmit has a close relationship with his twin, who is current member of United State Marine Corp, and aspires to help improve chronic pain and treat injuries for military members and is also excited to treat and train athletic and sports populations.
- Dr. Rojo spends his free time traveling, attending sporting events, and cutting strokes
off his golf game.
Dr. Carlos Donue PT, DPT
Saint Peter’s University- Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education
Rutgers University- Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Dr. Carlos Donou is a passionate and well-rounded physical therapist who enjoys working with patients of all ages. He is a former Division I Track and Field athlete who competed in the long jump and triple jump and has earned All Academic Honors throughout his years competing at Saint Peter’s. Carlos aspires to use his experience as an athlete to better relate to his patients. After completing his Bachelors of Science at SPU, Carlos further pursued his dreams of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University. Dr. Donou was later accepted to present research on the rehabilitation of ACL deficient individuals at APTA combined sections meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He now uses his time enhancing his clinical knowledge and manual therapy skills as a member of The Institute of Orthopedic and Sports Manual Therapy.Dr. Donou Plans to further his knowledge and expertise by first becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and later achieving the goal of becoming a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
In his free time, Carlos enjoys the thrill of destroying his opponents in Madden, watching sports, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Michael De La Cruz PT, DPT, CNMT, CSCS
Kean University - Bachelor of Science in Biology: Health Professions Option
Dominican University of New York - Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Dr. Michael De La Cruz endured the rigors of rehabilitation after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2014. The process grabbed his attention, and directly influenced him to pursue physical therapy as a career. He has always been interested in the complexities of the human body and how physical therapy could be so critical for people of all ages.
As a former wrestler, powerlifter and nationally ranked Olympic weightlifter, the strength and conditioning aspects of rehab is of particular importance to Dr. Michael De La Cruz. This led him to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certification obtained through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. It is his sincere desire to blend the disciplines of strength, conditioning, and physical therapy to provide the best experiences possible to all of his patients.
Dr. MIchael De La Cruz is a major advocate of evidence based practice and stands ready to present his research investigating shoulder manipulation, a novel technique at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy conference in October 2022.
As a member of the Institute of Orthopedic and Sports Manual Therapy (IOSMT), Dr. Michael De La Cruzcontinues to work diligently to improve his clinical knowledge to provide the best treatment to his patients and clients. He is committed to completing both the Certified Neuromusculoskeletal Manual Therapist certification via IOSMT and the Certified Manual Physical Therapist certification via the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy within the next year. Within the coming years, he plans on furthering his knowledge with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and then pursuing a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy.
When he is not actively treating, Dr. Michael De La Cruz spends time refining his clinical skills, reading articles, weight training, or spending time with friends and family.
Patient Care Coordinator
Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science minor in Geriatric Health
Shannon played Division I Soccer at SHU for two years where she developed her leadership skills. Growing up in a Latina family she became fluent in Spanish. In her free time she enjoys coaching youth soccer players, working out, and hanging out with her dog Cooper. Shannon hopes to continue her career in the healthcare field in the near future.