David Vrsalovic
MS, PT, Cert MDT, L.Ac.

Director / Co-Owner / Physical Therapist

David Vrsalovic earned his Master of Science in physical therapy from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Through his years of continuing education David has become a certified provider of Active Release Techniques and the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine. His training and studies have focused on manual therapy and osteopathic techniques.  David went on to earn a second Masters degree and a board certified license in Acupuncture.  Following acupuncture school, he developed and completed an independent study with cadavers comparing acupuncture meridians to peripheral nerve distribution  and myofascial pathways.  This has allowed him to bridge the intellectual gap between manipulative medicine and acupuncture.  By superimposing the body’s anatomy with a traditional acupuncture map, he has developed a comprehensive understanding of the body’s different pathways of energy supply and function.  David practices numerous styles of acupuncture, including:  trigger point dry needling, classical Chinese, Japanese meridian, and auricular.  Through this highly specialized training, David has developed a unique and holistic approach to the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic disorders.

Cathy Stephenson

Director / Co-Owner / Physical Therapist

Cathy Stephenson received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Long Island University and began her career at the Westside Sports Physical Therapy group. Aware of the critical need to address the psychological component of the healing process, Cathy enrolled at New York University, where she completed a Master of Science in Clinical Social Work. She incorporated her psychosocial training into the development of Focus programs for patients suffering from chronic pain. Her teaching resume includes Long Island University Department of Physical Therapy, Columbia University Physical and Occupational Therapy Staff, Be Yoga and classes given at Focus Physical Therapy. Her credentials include certification in Active Release Techniques, Pilates, and Therapeutic Yoga.  Cathy recently completed a certification in Classical Homeopathy from the New England School of Homeopathy.  Her multifaceted approach of manual therapy, mind-body connection, and movement therapy addresses all aspects of healing.

Kate Horrigan, PT

Physical Therapist

Kate received her physical therapy degree from NYU.  Her continuing studies took her to California where she completed a year long residency and certification in Australian Manual Therapy.  Subsequently, she has studied craciosacral therapy, zero balancing. A.R.T and Neurodevelopmental Technique.  Kate’s specialized pediatric training includes infants with hypotonia and developmental delay, torticollis, genetic disorders, and cerebral palsy.  Her unique combination of orthopedic manual therapy and pediatric specialties brings a wonderful balance to Focus’s staff.  Her handling skills and facilitation of typical movement patterns are also influenced through her study of Pilates and Yoga.  Kate believes in looking beyond a patient’s diagnosis to see the whole person and to formulate a treatment approach accordingly.

Elly Mandarakas

Pilates Teacher

Elly Mandarakas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University. Through her years of practicing movement she began to regard the body not only as artwork but also as an essential vehicle for living a long and healthy life. Elly is certified in Pilates through Pilates Association International and holds a Dance Educators of America certification in multiple styles of dance and acro-tumbling for all levels and ages. Elly has performed with the NJ Ballet Company, Albano Ballet, MSU Repertory, and continues her performing career as a founding member of Moe-tion Dance Theater of Montclair. Elly’s diverse experiences compliment the variety of clientele who seek wellness at Focus Physical Therapy.

Alexandra Williamson

Pilates Teacher

Alexandra is a graduate of Montclair State University. A Dean’s List and Honors recipient, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Musical Theater. After recovering from a back injury, Alexandra took interest in Pilates. It was recommended to her to help keep her body healthy and injury free. Alexandra received her Pilates Certification from Steele Pilates in New York City. “Pilates is a great way to cross train for any physical activity. You relieve stress, gain flexibility, and leave class feeling taller!”. She currently dances for Moe-Tion Dance Theater and DiMauro Dance Company. She is also on staff at Union County College where she teaches Dance.

Derek Dorch

Personal Trainer

Throughout his many years of junior, varsity and collegiate sports, Derek has developed a passion for health and fitness.  He received his personal training certifications from the World Fitness Association and the National Academy of Sports and Medicine.  This education has allowed Derek to assist a variety of clients on an array of levels, from those looking to build strength and endurance to those who want to improve their overall health.  While serving as the facilities manager and physical therapy aide at Focus, Derek has developed the ability to help with injury prevention.  He is currently completing his B.A. in Exercise Science at Montclair State University.

Keshia M. Trotman

Certified Massage Therapist

Integrity and professionalism complimented by compassion is my personal formula for success. A graduate from the Cortiva Institute – School of Massage Therapy, “I specialize in a variety of massage therapy treatments such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Thai Massage. I am passionate about providing my clients customized massage treatment services that promote better health and wellness.” The combination of massage therapy and my formal education in public health with a concentration in health behavior and health education is a unique combination that I am confident will benefit all my patients.

Pat Esposito

Office Manager

As a mother of three children, Pat knows how to manage a busy home environment. This is exactly what she skillfully does at Focus. Pat will handle any insurance, billing, or schedule issues in a timely, competent, and friendly way. She will work with you at all times to make your experience here with our Focus family as user friendly and efficient as possible.