Thomas R. Dandrea, D.C. – President/CEO
Dr. Thomas R. Dandrea, D.C. is the owner of Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. Before beginning his career, Dr. Dandrea attended Rutgers University, graduating with a Bachelors’s degree of Arts in Philosophy in May of 1992. Dr. Dandrea went on to study at Life University, School of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia and graduated in June of 1997 as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Thanks to Dr. Dandrea’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique vision, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has become the elite center for rehabilitation and pain management in the state of New Jersey. Dr. Dandrea opened Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation in March of 1998 as a one-room chiropractic office. Even then, his vision was to create the type of multi-disciplinary pain management facility that would offer patients every opportunity to find real solutions for pain and disability.
Today, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation provides Medical Care for Pain Management (our Medical Director is a specialist in the management of pain and rehabilitation of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions); Interventional Pain Management Procedures; Physical Therapy; Acupuncture; and Chiropractic.
Click here to read the full story of how Dr. Dandrea turned a tiny chiropractic office into one of New Jersey’s premier centers for Pain Management and Rehabilitation.
“To run a cutting edge facility, it is imperative that you stay on top of the industry. Understanding the latest treatment techniques and constantly educating yourself is the only way to ensure that you are offering your patients the utmost care” – Thomas R. Dandrea, D.C..
Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation’s continued success is largely due to Dr. Dandrea’s insistence on continued education and affiliations. Following are some of his Highlight Certifications, Affiliations, Licenses, and Publications:
Professional Appointments and Recent Certifications
January 2009 President – Brielle Education Foundation
June 2007 Board Certified – NJ State Board of Chiropractic
Examiners – Department of Consumer Affairs
December 2006 Certification in Somato-Evoked Potential Nerve Testing
November 2006 Certification in Manipulation under AnesthesiaOctober
October 2004 Fellowship in Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) Successful Completion of 8 Levels of Post-Graduate Study as well as
successful accomplishment Certification Examination/
January 2003 – September 2003 President Navesink Networking Association
Not for profit professional organization dedicated to the
growth of business within the community
March 1999 Post Graduate Faculty
Department of Continuing Education
New York Chiropractic College
• International Chiropractic Association
• Garden State Chiropractic Society
• Monmouth-Ocean Chiropractic Society
• Association of New Jersey Chiropractors
• Member National Vaccine Information Center
Certificates and Licenses
• New Jersey State Chiropractic License MC5166
• National Boards Part I, II, III Certification 1997
• Physiological Therapeutics Certification 1997
• Chiropractic Biophysics Fellowship 2004
• Manipulation Under Anesthesia Certification 2006
• Somato Evoked Potential Certification 2006
Dandrea, Thomas. Resolution of MS Symptoms Associated With CBP Restoration of the Lordotic Cervical Curve: A Case Series. (Submitted for Publication)
Dandrea, Thomas. Video: Chiropractic and Multiple Sclerosis,
Nunya Productions, 2001.
Dandrea, Thomas. Video: Central Nervous System,
Dandrea, Thomas., National Boards Review Manual,
Contributing author. Publisher/editor Guy Annunziatta DC, 1997.
Dandrea, Thomas. Central Nervous System: Made Simple,
Dandrea, Thomas. Clinic: How to Attain Clinical Success,
Our team of chiropractors in Shrewsbury, Wall, and Forked River uses many established techniques to treat spinal misalignments including Chiropractic Biophysics, Activator, Cranio-sacral, Webster Baby Turning Technique, the Palmer Method, Upper Cervical Specific and general diversified to name a few. Learn more about our chiropractic services.
Keith F. Murray, D.C.
Dr. Murray graduated from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia, and completed his undergraduate studies at Akron University in Ohio.
Postgraduate Studies: Manipulation Under Anesthesia from Texas Chiropractic College, Certified Independent Chiropractic Examiner from American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
Dr. Murray believes that prevention and a healthy lifestyle are the keys to long-term health and happiness. Through his treatment techniques, his goal is to help his patients feel great naturally.
Alyssa Caprara, D.C.
Dr. Alyssa Caprara’s passion for chiropractic began when she took a bad fall off a horse while riding for a local team. A family friend suggested that she go see a chiropractor. After a few weeks of care, Alyssa was not only able to ride horses again, she was back in the show ring. This was when she fell in love with the craft.
Dr. Alyssa received a B.S. at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania. From there, she continued her education at Palmer College of Chiropractic. After graduation she moved back to New Jersey to be closer to family and friends.
In her spare time, Dr. Alyssa enjoys outdoor activities including hiking, running, and riding her horse. Dr. Alyssa is dedicated to serving the people of New Jersey by delivering quality chiropractic care.
Mindy Drake, D.C.
Dr. Mindy Drake grew up near Des Moines, Iowa. She was very active in sports growing up, and played basketball, softball and tennis. She attended the University of Iowa, where she received her B.S. degree in Integrative Physiology in 2003. After graduation, she briefly researched the physiology of aging, and then decided to pursue a career in health care as a chiropractor after she spent time shadowing her uncle, who is also a chiropractor. She attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and graduated in 2008.
She practiced in Santa Monica, California for several years in a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic practice, and then eventually moved into an integrative medicine facility in Brentwood, CA where she learned about the applications of laser therapy for accelerated healing, and also began to incorporate nutrition into her wellness practice model.
Dr. Drake moved to New Jersey in 2015 and has been working with the Monmouth Pain and Rehab team since the beginning of 2018. She enjoys reading, hiking, travel, and volunteering for the non-profit, Spring Reins of Life.
Michael Failla, D.C.
After graduating Villanova University, Dr. Failla received his Doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose California, in 1990. Furthering his post graduate education, Dr. Failla completed 300 hours of chiropractic rehabilitation at Northwestern College of Chiropractic. He also completed and is certified in Manipulation under Anesthesia from Texas College of Chiropractic. During his years at Palmer, Dr. Failla had the opportunity to intern with The San Francisco 49ers Chiropractor. Also while attending school, he dedicated time with Los Medicos Voladores (The Flying Doctors), traveling and administering care in Central America to the less fortunate.
Studying under many doctors who specialized in headache and TMJ disorders, Dr. Failla has developed a headache protocol that greatly helps headache and migraine pain, when traditional treatments fail. “Even with decades of treating patients, when I relieve someone of chronic, debilitating pain and return them to a more normal life, the feeling I get is like when I did it for the first time. Nothing is more rewarding (with the exception of my family), than to help someone be rid of their pain that they otherwise thought they would have to live with.”
Practicing for 25+ years, Dr. Failla is a champion of the multi-discipline approach to health. “When you have different health care providers treating the same patient, there is an increased ability to correct their problem and not just treat their symptoms. In the end, the patient wins!”
Dr. Failla educates his community with outside lectures on many health and nutritional topics. “I will go to any company, school, or other learning centers to speak. If I help one person in the audience to better their health or reduce their pain, it’s well worth the time!”
Frank Fuscaldo, Jr., D.C.
Dr. Frank Fuscaldo, Jr. attended Rutgers University-Newark before attending Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia. Dr. Frank graduated from Life Chiropractic College in December 1993 and has been a licensed Chiropractor in New Jersey since 1994.
In September of 2006, Dr. Frank began a 2 year Master of Science (MS) program for Applied Clinical Nutrition. He graduated in 2008 with a Master of Science Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. In 2008, Dr. Frank also successfully passed the national examination given by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists and became a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.). He is also a Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (D.C.B.C.N.), and Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist. Dr. Frank successfully completed a training program in 2015 to become a Science-Based Nutrition ™ affiliated practitioner. He has been a member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) since 2014 and a Professional Member of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) since 2015.
Dr. Frank is committed to maintaining the highest level of proficiency in the specialty fields of Chiropractic and Nutrition and attends multiple continuing education seminars annually and reviews journals to stay current on the latest scientific findings. He makes every effort to keep his patients informed of these findings, and incorporates the best options into each patient’s treatment plan. Dr. Frank has attended many continuing education seminars and conferences in the following areas:
- Chiropractic BioPhysics
- Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies (Neuromuscular Applications and Spinal Cord)
- Chiropractic Use of Diagnostic Imaging & Special Studies
- Earhardt X-ray Seminars
- Functional Endocrinology
- Neurotransmitters and Brain
- Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
- Mastering the Thyroid
- The Brain’s Regulatory Systems
- Gluten & Leaky Gut
- The Brain-Gut-Immune Axis
- The Development and Aging of the Brain
- Neuroendocrine and Immune Response to Toxic Exposure
- Nutritional Neurology
- Nutrition and the Immune System
- Science Based Nutrition
Stephanie DeGroat, D.C.
Scott Hyppolite, D.C.
Johnathan Mendez, D.C.
The Physiatrists at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation focus on the non-surgical treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, disc problems, sciatica, and the numbness or tingling that can result from these conditions. To learn more about our holistic pain management services available in Forked River, Wall, and Shrewsbury, click here.
Michael Dobrow, D.O.
Dr. Dobrow has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Medicine and he is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dobrow completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University. He earned his D.O. degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency program was affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He performs interventional pain management procedures under fluoroscopy. Dr. Dobrow performs procedures such as epidural injections, facet joint injections, medical branch block injections, sacroiliac joint injections, discograms, various joint injections and trigger point injections.
In his spare time he enjoys running and Brazilian jiu Jitsu.
Ron Ben-Meir, D.O.
Dr. Dmitry Gorelik
The physical therapy team at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation works one-on-one with patients to work with them to achieve their treatment goals. They focus on the four main spheres of physical therapy which include promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. To learn more about our physical therapy program, click here.
Marci D’Argenio, DPT
Dr. Marci D’Argenio is a PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science (Magna Cum Laude). She then went on to study at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she majored in Neurological Rehabilitation. Dr. Marci has over 8 years of experience having worked in cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, inpatient rehab, and she specializes in orthopedic rehab.
Along with being a physical therapist she is also a PIA Certified Pilates reformer instructor and a Certified TRX instructor. Dr. Marci worked as a personal trainer and an exercise physiologist prior to attending graduate school for Physical Therapy. During her free time she enjoys running with her dogs, exercising, working on her new home and spending time with family.
Dr. Marci became a physical therapist because she always had a passion for health and fitness and enjoys helping people recover function and resuming the activities they love. She enjoys the multi-faceted approach to wellness that MPR provides and feels that rehabilitation is more successful in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Lindsay Peters, DPT
Dr. Lindsay Peters is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. She attended Stony Brook University for her undergraduate studies as well, graduating with a B.S. in Health Science and a minor in Disabilities. She was also a division one athlete for the university’s women’s swim team. During her graduate studies in physical therapy, Dr. Lindsay developed an interest in orthopedic rehabilitation and wishes to receive her certificate in this specialty in the near future.
Dr. Lindsay’s desire to become a physical therapist began in high school after a swimming injury required therapy. This allowed her to witness first hand the success and rehabilitation physical therapy can provide. After participating in physical therapy as a patient, she then volunteered at a variety of outpatient orthopedic clinics and hospital settings. Her most memorable experience was at Stony Brook University, where she volunteered for a program called Adaptive Aquatics. In the Adaptive Aquatics program she worked with children with physical and cognitive disabilities for over four years. After seeing the improvement in their quality of life, she knew she wanted to bring that excellence of patient care to all ages.
During her free time, Dr. Lindsay enjoys an active lifestyle by working out at the gym, participating in spin class, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to begin her career here at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation and she believes their passion for wellness and focus on 5 star service is truly like no other.
Dana Shea, DPT
Dr. Dana Shea is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. She attended Ramapo College of New Jersey for her undergraduate schooling and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology. She was also a NCAA Division III athlete for the Ramapo College Field Hockey Team. Dr. Dana has an avid interest in working with athletes and hopes to become a Sports Certified Specialist during her career. She is currently certified in Rock Taping and hopes to become certified in Kinesio Taping as well; she completed her research project in PT school on the effects KT Tape can have on athletes’ rehabilitation.
Dr. Dana became interested in Physical Therapy after participating in sports all throughout high school and middle school and having to attend PT herself as a patient. Being not only a practitioner, but also a patient herself, Dr. Dana has developed a unique view of how to work with those in need of physical therapy.
Dr. Dana always puts her patients’ best interests first and strives to motivate her patients to come to love exercising and staying active in order to promote not only reducing pain but improving their enjoyment of life.
When Dr. Dana is not at Monmouth Pain and Rehab, she volunteers her time as an assistant coach for the Colts Neck High School Field Hockey Team. She also enjoys staying active and going hiking, playing pick-up field hockey and soccer with her friends, lifting, watching college football and spending time with her family here in New Jersey.
Thomas Berg, DPT
Jerome J. Ortega, DPT
Dr. Jerome (Jerry) Ortega is a PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy. He graduated from The University of the East: Quezon City, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. He went on to study at the College of Saint Scholastica: Duluth Minnesota where he received his Doctorate. He is an Orthopaedic Specialist: Diplomate, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute USA and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor.
He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association: Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the New Jersey Physical Therapy Association. He has a great passion for tennis, is a member of the USTA, and is currently involved in two local tennis leagues one of which runs charity events to raise money and supplies for their local food bank. Also, in his spare time, he loves cooking and gardening.
An experienced physical therapist with over 25 years of practice primarily in an outpatient setting and with some clinical and academic instruction, Dr. Jerry provides an outstanding and specialized treatment approach with a delightful bedside manner, cheerful disposition, and a bright friendly smile.
Rovy Samson, PT
Rovy grew up in Pampanga, Philippines. He attended Far Eastern University and Fatima College of Medicine, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 2000. In the Philippines he began practicing in an outpatient clinic, and as well had several home care patients. He relocated to New York in 2003. While in New York, Rovy worked in both outpatient offices and nursing homes. In June of 2006 he relocated to New Jersey and joined Range of Motion Spine and Sports Care. Rovy has extensive experience working with patients of all ages, and enjoys treating the variety of injuries and ailments that bring patients into our office. He is also certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy, treating patients with vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders.
Our team of Licensed Acupuncturists at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation are highly skilled, New Jersey Certified Acupuncturists with years of experience and training. Our Shrewsbury, Wall, and Forked River acupuncture programs treat a wide range of conditions using a number of techniques and approaches. To learn more about our acupuncture treatments, click here.
Nicole Heuschkel, L.Ac
Nicole Heuschkel L.Ac, is board certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.) She has received a Master’s level degree from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Montlcair, NJ. Nicole has been extensively trained in various styles of acupuncture, including TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Japanese and Five Element. Prior to her endeavor in acupuncture, Nicole received a BS in Biochemistry from Seton Hall University, graduating with honors.
Nicole has always been a firm believer of alternative remedies, but her travels abroad sparked an interest in Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. Her passion for travel, coupled with her gravitation towards teaching, led her to China in 2007, where she taught English to children at Huizhen Academy. Nicole’s adventurous side continues to lead her all over the world, most recently finding herself living in Costa Rica. Nicole enjoys exploring other countries views and approaches to health. She believes that health is an everyday practice and is fully achieved through the balance of the mind, body and spirit. Nicole specializes in pain management, detox, and emotional wellness, and will be expanding her knowledge in the sports medicine and infertility fields.
Hugh Kim, L.Ac
Hugh Kim is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist (NCCAOM) licensed acupuncturist and certified Chinese herbalist. Having his grandfather as an oriental medicine doctor in Korea he grew up in the family clinic and was inspired to become an acupuncturist. Following his interest, he received his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s college: Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. He has been practicing since 2003 and he specializes in women’s health, pain management, digestive issues, neuropathy, spine and joint related conditions and stress management utilizing acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, and auriculotherapy.
Aaron Park, L.Ac
Our Licensed Acupuncturist in Lacey Township, Aaron Park, earned a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He practices both acupuncture and herbology. Comprehensively trained and highly motivated, he uses his in-depth knowledge of Korean Sa’am (Four Needle) acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture and Trigger point Release Techniques.
Aaron believes in and exercises a very practical approach to improve musculoskeletal pain by applying both traditional acupuncture methods as well as the electro-acupuncture techniques, which use electro-stimulations to break the stagnations in affected muscles to improve the condition. Aaron treats all types of musculoskeletal pain and also specializes in digestive issues, headaches, gynecological disorders, and psychological disorders. Aaron especially emphasizes the fact that in order to bring wellness to the body, it is imperative to first have peacefulness and a balanced mental state. Therefore, in his treatments he values the communication with patients to achieve his holistic view of wellness.
Lisa Crane L.Ac
Lisa Crane L.Ac, is board certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. She received a Master’s level degree from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, FL. Her focus is on providing her patients with thorough, individualized, and comprehensive care. More than just treating the patient’s symptoms, Lisa promotes preventive health, wellness, and patient empowerment. She is very committed to helping people feel their best through Chinese Medicine. Lisa specializes in pain management, emotional wellness, and stress management using acupuncture, herbs, moxabustion, cupping, auriculotherapy, scalp acupuncture. She will be expanding her knowledge in women’s health and sports related injuries.
At Monmouth Pain, our Occupational Therapy Department is here to help you find relief from pain, injury, illness, or a disability that makes it hard for you to do your job or schoolwork, care for yourself, complete household chores, move around, or take part in activities. Learn more about our Occupational Therapy Services.
Patricia Deutsch, M.O.T.
Patricia graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2015. She completed her undergraduate studies at Sacred Heart as well, graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. During her time studying at Sacred Heart, Patricia was a member of the University’s NCAA Division I Women’s Track and Field team, where she specialized in throwing the javelin. It is this relationship of sport and her passion for health promotion that influences her individualized treatment approach in order to instill prolonged success and quality of life.
Patricia’s interest in Occupational Therapy began while in high school when she suffered a track and field injury that required therapy. Her first-hand account as a patient fostered her value in the collaborative relationship between patient and therapist necessary for success. It was this positive experience and individualized approach that inspires Patricia’s eagerness to return clients to the activities they value most. Her work experience in an array of settings across the lifespan, from pediatrics to geriatrics, has developed her appreciation for meeting each client at their performance level and tailoring creative and relatable treatment plans based on patient interests and goals. Her goal as a practitioner is not only to achieve patients’ objective therapeutic goals but to foster an enjoyable experience for long term carryover of physical activity.
Patricia is an avid sport and fitness enthusiast and can be found playing basketball or working out at the gym when not at Monmouth Pain. Patricia enjoys spending her time outdoors being active with friends, going to the beach, attending sporting events, and spending time with family. She is excited to join such a positive and collaborative team at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation driven by passion and purpose.
With well-planned, compassionate, and effective programs of care, we treat the whole patient— addressing physical, emotional, and social needs—in order to put an end to pain and disability and restore the body to normal or improved movement. Even better, we offer all of these healthcare options in one location, making it easier for you to find relief and for us to provide the best in cooperative care. Let our office be your first and last stop in the quest to end pain and disability—without surgery or drugs. Contact our office to get started.