Dr. Joseph P. and Olivia A. Caruso are a married couple who have been friends since Reynolds Middle School, and have always had a passion for wellness and fitness, eating healthfully and working out. This belief has led to their vision of opening a clinic where they could practice what they preach and guide others in establishing and achieving their own personal goals. Their extensive experience and education in Physical Therapy and Nutrition inspired them to establish a new clinic in this growing area.
Physical therapy and nutrition services are not offered in the area separately, nor are they offered together in a single practice. So not only are both needed by patients, but they are needed in the same business to provide the unique support necessary to meet their goals to succeed and heal. The Caruso’s combined experience in Physical Therapy and Nutrition allows them the advantage of providing Physical Therapy and Registered Dietitians in the same clinic.
Dr. Joseph Paul Caruso MSPT, DPT, CMT, CSCS
Joseph holds both a Doctorate of Physical Therapy as well as a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Neumann University; and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology as well as a minor in Nutrition from West Chester University. Joseph is an active member of the Orthopaedic/Private Practice section of the APTA since 2003. Dr. Caruso is also a Certified Myoskeletal Therapist under Erik Dalton. Joseph is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) along with a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) since 2000.
Joseph has experience in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in manual based Physical Therapy, including proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, and muscle energy techniques. Dr. Joseph P. Caruso PT has experience with group sports/exercise performance, and patient/client education. Prior to physical therapy school, he worked as the head Exercise Physiologist at Johnson & Johnson and Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness.
He also has an interest in health and fitness along with nutrition and weight management.
Olivia Ann Caruso, M.A., R.D., L.D.N.
Olivia is on a mission to win the war on obesity. Olivia provides nutritional counseling for those who are interested in weight loss, correcting current metabolic disorders such as obesity, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. She counsels patients who are interested in achieving their personal health and fitness goals and improving their lifestyle with healthy eating habits and physical activity. Olivia takes an individualized approach to nutrition and is available to address a variety of issues including weight loss, weight gain, sports nutrition, disease processes, and medical nutrition therapy.
Olivia has worked as a public health nutritionist, clinical nutrition specialist, nutrition consultant, gastric bypass nutrition educator, weight management counselor, wrote nutrition education materials and works with pre and post natal, infants and children.
Olivia Ann Caruso is a Registered Dietitian certified by the American Dietetic Association and a Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist in Pennsylvania. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Minor in Biology. She completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics with St. Joseph’s College while completing her Bachelor’s. She completed the Dietetic internship and earned a Masters in Nutrition Education from Immaculata University with honors. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association. She is also a certified Adult Weight Management Dietitian through the American Dietetic Association. Olivia also is a Certified Pilates Instructor.
Dr. Joseph P. and Olivia A. Caruso live in Hamilton NJ with their daughter Noiella Ann and son Joseph James.
Michele Wroblewski, RDN, Zumba Basic I, Zumba Toning, & Zumba Kids Instructor
Michele’s passion in life is to help people help themselves. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist granted by the Commission of Dietetic Registration, and is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University in 2014, where she received the Norman T. Shaffer Medal for Nutrition upon graduation. Michele graduated from the Coordinated Program at Marywood University, where she completed her Dietetic Internship at various locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania. She is a member of both the honor society of her graduating class, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and the National Dietetic Honor’s Society, Kappa Omicron Nu. Michele provides medical nutrition therapy for chronic and acute disease states and weight loss counseling for all ages. Michele has worked as a public health nutritionist, with concentrations in maternal, child, and infant nutrition, clinical nutrition, as well as general wellness, fitness, and sports nutrition. She believes in an individualized approach to achieving wellness goals and feels it is a combination of body, mind, and spirit that creates overall health.
In addition, Michele Wroblewski is a Zumba Basic I, Zumba Toning, and Zumbatomic Instructor, and a ZIN Network Member since 2011. She is the youngest columnist for an online women’s inspirational magazine, “Identity Magazine”, where she proposed and self created the column “Healing Through Poetry”. In addition to performing for local yoga classes, town fairs, and charity events, she has performed original speeches with poetry/music at the “Bold Her Conference” Summer 2014, and at “Biz 360 Conference” in Fairfield, NJ Fall 2014. Further performance in May 2016 to follow.
Michele feels it is with hard work, dedication, and passion that one can overcome any obstacle in life. She aims to show people that although painstaking to endure, challenges faced in life should be received in gratitude, for they produce the powerful product of a strong, independent, and self confident individual that is prepared to face the world.
Michele currently resides with her family and black lab, Mitzy, in Old Bridge.
Dr Richard C Irace, PT, DPT
Ricky’s curiosity with physical therapy and the field of health care as a whole began in his early teenage years and since that moment, it was his single minded goal to pursue the profession himself. Originally hailing from Long Island in Greenlawn, New York, Ricky attended University of Scranton where he earned his B.S. in Biology in 2012. Shortly afterwards, he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Touro College of Health Sciences in 2016, where he took part in an experimental study to analyze the effects of a portable metronome on gait symmetry in patients with lower extremity amputations.
Throughout his schooling and post-graduate career, Ricky has gained experience working in acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, neurological specialty clinics, and general outpatient practices. He is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) diagnostic system.
Outside of the clinic, Ricky is also an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor with over eleven years experience under his belt. He currently resides in Laurel Springs, NJ always within close proximity to his ever expanding family.
Medical Receptionist Brianna Comforte, AAS
Brianna is currently studying to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration for health professions at Kean University. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Science and studied for a year in the Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing. Brianna plans to pursue a career in healthcare and has always had a passion for the field, and loves furthering her education under this spectrum both academically and through experience working at this clinic. After working for several years in customer service roles, she feels comfortable in understanding how to connect with others and provide individualized help no matter the setting.
In her spare time, Brianna likes to travel, spend time with her dogs, and do lots of homework. She aims to continue her studies by attending graduate school upon the completion of her B.S. next year.
Physical Therapy AIDE- Katie Smith
Katie has been a lifelong resident of Allentown NJ and recent 2017 graduate of Allentown High School. Katie was a four-year member of the award-winning Allentown marching band and an Advisory Officer in the FFA. While in High School Katie worked as a teacher’s assistant for the summer program, helping special needs children. In 2018 she became certified as a Physical Therapist Aide from Brookdale Community College. Since April of 2018, she has been working at Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition as the Medical Receptionist and is now the Physical Therapist Aide.
Katie is currently taking classes at Mercer County College to pursue an associate degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Katie is passionate about helping others, building Lego’s, fishing, traveling, and caring for her menagerie of pets.