Meet the Staff of the Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Arlene Goodman SPUH

Dr. Arlene Goodman, MD, a board certified pediatrician and sports medicine specialist who worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, heads the Sports Medicine program. Her areas of expertise include concussion, sports medicine, knee pain, and musculoskeletal injuries. She serves on the Sports Concussion Committee of the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ.  As published in South Jersey magazine, Dr. Goodman has been recognized as a sports medicine “Top Doc for Kids in South Jersey" by her peers. Dr. Goodman is part of  Saint Peter's Physician Associates.

Meredith Rassam, PT

Meredith Rassam, PT, MSPT, MS
Assistant Director

Meredith graduated from Northeastern University in 2003 with her Master’s in Physical Therapy. Meredith also completed her Master’s degree in Nutrition in 2010. She has been working at Saint Peter’s Sports Medicine since 2004 and has enjoyed working with a wide range of orthopedic conditions and abilities. She enjoys helping people reach their goals, whether it be competing in marathons, playing high school/collegiate sports, walking their dogs or playing with children/grandchildren. She believes each person is unique and is proud of the individual attention she is able to give each client she works with. In addition to working with all orthopedic conditions, Meredith is qualified to treat all women’s health conditions. She specializes in pregnancy related pain, post-partum return to activity and urinary incontinence, various kinds of pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse. When she is not at work, Meredith enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young boys hiking, biking, doing yoga and traveling.

Alexis Greenberg - SPUH

Alexis Greenberg, PT, MPT
Staff Therapist

Alexis has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for over 18 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and earned her Master's in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Nova Southeastern University. Alexis emphasizes evaluating her patients with a holistic approach and understanding each person individually when diagnosing and choosing the appropriate treatment intervention. She enjoys getting to know her patients personally so she can get help them return to full participation their sport, hobbies and families. Through the years, she has taken courses in numerous manual therapy techniques in orthopedics as well as focused exercise prescription and yoga as a therapeutic exercise. In her off time, she enjoys staying active with her husband and 3 boys.

Julia Lee - SPUH

Julia Tompa, PT, MSPT
Staff Therapist Julia earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Julia graduated from a COMTA accredited program at the Somerset School of Massage. She has since practiced in inpatient acute care, sub-acute rehab, and hospital-based outpatient orthopedics, as well as owned a massage pain management studio. She takes an eclectic approach to her physical therapy treatment, but relies heavily on the manual techniques she has honed while working in the various areas of rehab.

George Malliaros SPUH

George Malliaros, PT, MSPT
Staff Therapist George received his both Bachelor and Master degrees in Physical Therapy from the College of Staten Island. He has taken continuing education classes in trigger point cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine therapies. He is currently working toward a certification in manual therapy from the University of Saint Augustine. George has a vast knowledge and several years experience with orthopedic and neurological dysfunctions including sport injuries and degenerative conditions.

Michael Phelan

Micahel Phelan, DPT, Michael earned his Bachelors from The College of New Jersey in music and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Rutgers School of Health Professions.  Michael’s primary experience is in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Michael is certified by the American Institute of Balance in Vestibular Rehabilitation to treat to treat patients with symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), motion sensitivity, and balance. Prior to a career change to physical therapy Michael was the owner of a construction company. As a result Michael’s philosophy towards treatment is that of building a strong foundation. Michael gained a strong affinity to sports physical therapy after suffering an ankle fracture while mountain biking 10 years ago.  Michael continues to be an avid cyclist who enjoys mountain biking and rode riding.  Michael utilizes a combination of manual therapy techniques and task-specific therapeutic exercises to help patients heal and return to their routine prior to injury.

Marc Perdomo

Marc Perdomo PT, DPT
Marc earned is Bachelors in Science degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University before earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Marc also works as a teaching assistant for the exercise physiology course for the Rutgers Physical Therapy program. Marc's experience has been primarily in outpatient orthopedics. Marc enjoys using a multifaceted approach to treatment, but has taken a particular interest in manual therapy and is currently pursuing his COMT (certified orthopedic manual therapist) through Maitland.

nicole Defonzo

Nicole DeFonzo, MSW, LSW
Social Worker
Pediatric Concussion Program

Nicole is a licensed social worker who graduated from the Boston College School of Social Work with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a clinical track concentration on children, youth and families. She also counseled children in an elementary school and as a member of a mobile response service team that helped children experiencing mental health and other crises with their families.  Beginning in 2012, Nicole volunteered time over the course of five summers at a camp for children with cancer and blood disorders.  She also worked as a volunteer intern with  bereaved children.   This internship was with a hospice organization that included a pediatric palliative care program. Nicole is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  She uses a quality of life approach focused on mental health and stress management. 

Stephanie Brennen

Stephanie Brennan, PT, DPT
Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kean University. She attended graduate school at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy and has taken continuing education courses involving manual therapy techniques, Kinesiotaping, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). She also has experience working in acute care and pediatric settings.

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