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Chiropractic Staff

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. To learn more about our chiropractic services, click here.

Thomas R. Dandrea, D.C.

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 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.

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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
Electrodiagnostics License
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/
Practicum.

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

Professional Affiliations

• 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

Writing/Publishing

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,
Self-published, 1997.

Dandrea, Thomas., National Boards Review Manual,
Contributing author. Publisher/editor Guy Annunziatta DC, 1997.

Dandrea, Thomas. Central Nervous System: Made Simple,
Self-published, 1994.

Dandrea, Thomas. Clinic: How to Attain Clinical Success,
Self-published, 1996.

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.”

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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!”

Madison Kelly, D.C.

Dr. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She continued her academic career at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, FL where she received her Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree.

Throughout her life, she has been dedicated to the art of dance. Her dance career spanned over the course of 18 years. She began when she was 2 years old and competed for 12 years with Dance Specialties in Belmont, NC. In addition, she was a captain and founding member of her high school dance team. She continued her dance education in college on a performance dance team. Today, Dr. Kelly continues her love of art, health, and movement by participating in hot yoga classes and personal training sessions.

Dr. 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.

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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

Pain Management Staff

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.

Dr. Joseph Mejia, D.O.

Dr. Mejia is board certified in Physiatry, a medical specialty also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). He is fellowship-trained in interventional pain management. After completing his residency at New York University/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, he received fellowship training in Interventional Pain/Musculoskeletal Medicine at UMDNJ/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

He works under the paradigm that ‘less is more’; this conservative methodology allows him to help patients reduce symptoms with as little pharmaceutical and/or surgical intervention as possible.

He uses Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound — imaging techniques that allow physicians to assess and treat musculoskeletal conditions and perform injection techniques such as Epidural Steroid Injections, Facet Injections, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, Radiofrequency Ablation, and Peripheral Joint Injections (shoulders, hips, knees, etc). Injections are used only when necessary to reduce pain and inflammation so that patients may reap the benefits of rehabilitation.

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Education and Credentials

Dr. Mejia completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received a B.S. in Biology. He then earned his D.O. degree (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and fellowship-trained in Interventional Pain/Musculoskeletal Medicine. He holds medical licenses in the state of New Jersey as well as New York.

Dr. Mejia is also deeply committed to continuing education, and regularly attends and completes courses and workshops to remain current in the field. He is also quite active in the community, participating whenever possible as a medical volunteer.

He is married with three children and resides in Clifton, NJ. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, playing basketball, and spending time with his family.

Physical Therapy Staff

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.

Rob Burbella, MSPT

Rob Burbella moved to Monmouth County in 2014 and began practicing Physical Therapy at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation in early 2017. He graduated from the City University of New York College of Staten Island Physical Therapy program in 1998 and went on to specialize in Orthopedics by earning a Certified Integrated Manual Therapy from Great Lakes Seminars and earned a Certification in Spinal Manipulative Therapy from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He has spent 19 years treating patients in outpatient orthopedics and home care settings.

He was first introduced to Physical Therapy as a 1st lieutenant in the NJ Army National Guard while watching a soldier learn to walk with a prosthesis on his leg for the first time. “I saw the Physical Therapist train the soldier to walk with his new leg. I was very impressed by the therapist’s ability to encourage and empower the young amputee. I was very inspired by the therapist’s knowledge and by his measure of caring.”

Rob enjoys an active lifestyle including bicycling, SCUBA diving, and playing music with his band.

Director: Marci D’Argenio PT, 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.

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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.

Angie Mohamed, PTA

Angie is a Physical Therapist Assistant here at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Kinesiology. Since then, she has continued her education towards becoming a health care provider and graduated from Essex County College in 2014 with her Associates in Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

In addition to being a PTA, Angie enjoys teaching Zumba, interior design, and gardening. She spends her free time with family and friends and prides herself on always trying something new at least once! In doing so she has gotten over her fear of heights by going rock climbing, cliff diving, and ziplining (in moderation of course!).

In healthcare, Angie takes a family approach to getting to know her patients, while giving them the expert and personalized care that they need and deserve.

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In healthcare, Angie takes a family approach to getting to know her patients, while giving them the expert and personalized care that they need and deserve. It has been said, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Angie explains that this quote could not be truer when it comes to her experience working with the MPR team and treating amazing patients from all walks of life.

Lindsay Peters, PT, 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.

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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.

Chris Thomas, PT, DPT

Dr. Chris Thomas is a PT, Doctor of Physical Therapy. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a B.S in Health Sciences in 2014. He then graduated with honors distinction from the University of Saint Mary in Kansas with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018. Dr. Chris’ clinical experience includes a variety of orthopedic, and sports conditions, as well as post-op rehab. He has a special interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, and manual therapy and plans on furthering his education and knowledge in these areas. Dr. Chris hopes to expand his skill-set and treatment techniques by obtaining a Clinical Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) in the near future, and in time, become a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).

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Dr. Chris believes in empowering patients towards their own goals with active treatment, allowing patients to improve their functional mobility and quality of life. He is devoted to serving others, and finds that excellence and success are achieved together through dedication, hard work, dreaming big and setting goals.

In his free time, Dr. Chris enjoys playing and watching sports such as basketball, football, and baseball and enjoys the company of his family and friends. He is a hometown sports fan of the NY Giants, NY Knicks, and NY Mets. Dr. Chris is a Staten Island native but recently moved to Monmouth County in 2018. He is excited to begin his new journey in Monmouth County by helping the community through service. He believes wholeheartedly in MPR’s philosophy of delivering 5-star service, and being driven by passion and purpose, which allows him to leave a positive influence on our society. 

Dana Shea, PT, 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.

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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.

Acupuncture Staff

The 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.

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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.

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.

 

Call us at (732) 365-0301 to schedule your appointment.