Physical Therapy Staff
David Wenger, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, owner
David earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology in 2003 but the roots of his interest in physical therapy as a career started years earlier.
A serious knee injury in high school that was followed by months of physical therapy and reconstructive surgery prompted David to consider PT as a career. He wanted to help other people as effectively as he had been helped.
After obtaining his doctorate, he worked for more than 10 years in an outpatient setting. David has been successfully treating patients with spinal and pelvic dysfunctions, post surgical and general orthopedic impairments, as well as TMJ and vestibular issues.
He takes pride in developing a comprehensive, efficient, and effective treatment plan for each of his clients while maintaining the utmost respect for each of his patient’s needs and goals.
David is also Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). This is considered the highest credential in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation and is currently held by less than two percent of practicing therapist in the United States.
He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
David specializes in correcting muscle imbalances, postural alignment, and body mechanics to facilitate full recovery utilizing techniques such as muscle energy, spinal mobilization/manipulation, prescriptive exercises, strain-counter-strain, and myofascial release.
He utilizes both his passion for manual therapy as well as dynamic functional training programs in the treatment of all his patients.
David also has extensive experience with sports rehabilitation and the unique ability to return athletes of all levels back to their game. He has treated a wide range of athletes ranging from the weekend warrior to the professional. He has developed sport specific training modules for the professional, collegiate, and high school athletes.
He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He believes improvement, promotion, and contribution to the profession of physical therapy are essential for its progress and development through this ever changing health care field.
David prides himself in taking extensive continuing education courses with regard to both orthopedics and manual therapy. He brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to Body In Balance and shares this knowledge with our clinical staff and patients.
In his spare time, David spends his time with his wife and four children. He enjoys cycling and participating in sprint triathlons and adventure type races. He also enjoys skiing/snowboarding in the winter and playing golf and going to the beach in the summer.
Sherry Tinio Bieber, PT, DPT
Sherry, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with a concentration of Disability Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook University.
She continued on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a majority of her clinical work has been based on working with general orthopedics and in women’s/men’s pelvic health.
Upon graduation, Sherry started her career at Body in Balance and continues to develop her clinical expertise within manual-based orthopedic services which also includes the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Patrick Gathman, PT, DPT
Patrick earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. During his time there, Patrick served as President of his class and was inducted into the Alpha Eta National Honor Society for academic excellence among allied health professionals. Throughout his clinical experiences, he gained exposure to a wide array of patient populations including inpatient and outpatient orthopedics, acute care, ICU, outpatient neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports rehabilitation, and post-operative spine, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle replacements. Currently, Patrick is a Certified Level-1 Blood Flow Restriction Training provider, LSVT BIG provider, and a Myofascial Cupping – FMT RockPods provider.
Before attending graduate school, Patrick received his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University. While there, Patrick served as the President of the Men’s Club Volleyball team and was an active member of the Men’s Club Golf team and Phi Epsilon Kappa Professional Fraternity.
Born and raised in Northport, NY, Patrick enjoys serving his local Long Island community and helping his patients and athletes return to a pain-free lifestyle. In his free time, Patrick enjoys participating in recreational sports including CrossFit, volleyball, golf, and olympic weight-lifting. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family, fishing, and traveling.
Jennifer Hajek, PT, DPT
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology and a minor in coaching science from The University of Delaware. She continued to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from New York Institute of Technology. In her clinical experience she focused on outpatient orthopedics as well as specializing in sports physical therapy. Jennifer is certified in RockTape and RockBlades and is looking forward to continuing her education in manual therapy and sports rehabilitation.
Frank Amato, PT, DPT
Frank Amato, DPT graduated from Stony Brook University Physical Therapy Program in June 2019. He spent the past 3 years in the program working with various populations including orthopedic, neurological, vestibular and pediatric patients. With 3 of his 4 clinical rotations being in the outpatient orthopedic setting, while earning the Clinical Excellence Award for work in the clinic as a student.
Frank spent his time in the program volunteering at events such as spinal cord injury Surf Day, to promote the field of physical therapy. He participated in two Physical Therapy CSM Conferences in New Orleans and Washington, DC to learn and connect with PTs from all over the country. He has an interest in orthopedics and strength/conditioning; and hopes to continue to develop his orthopedic, manual, and exercise skills through courses and continuing education classes.
Frank completed his undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University as well, majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health. He enjoys weight training, playing racquetball, and hanging out with friends at the beach and in the downtown Port Jefferson and Patchogue area.