Why Mana Physical Therapy?
each of our physical therapists has an advanced orthopedic certification
Our practice provides outstanding service to our patients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, quality and results.
By combining experience, expertise and energy, each patient receives the close personal attention they need from all of our staff.
All Appointment times start as scheduled. We value your time.
We accomplish a higher standard by requiring all therapists to be trained in or training for an Advanced Orthopedic Therapy certification.
We feel it is important for patients to know they are being treated by professionals who possess exceptional clinical skills.
At the end of the day, what really matters is the success of reaching your goals.
We use technology to analyze our outcomes data and patient satisfaction to continuously improve our ability to reach our patients’ goals in the shortest amount of time.
Dr. James Coomber, PT, DPT, COMT, CES, FMT-C, ART, SFMA, LSVT BIG
Certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT)
Active Release Technique Practitioner (full body)
Certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Certified in Functional Movement Technique (Rock-Tape and Rock-Blades)
Certified in LSVT BIG Parkinson disease treatment
Dr. Coomber is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with special certification in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) and corrective exercise (CES). He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2010. At the end of his formal training, he completed his affiliation at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan where he worked in the outpatient and acute rehab departments.
After graduating, he began working in outpatient private practice where he discovered there was a need for improving quality of care in a patient focused setting. He has trained in the most advanced techniques in the field, which has resulted in a very high success rate in his patients reaching their therapeutic goals.
Dr. Coomber is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). This designation of distinction is given to Manual / Manipulative Physical Therapists around the world who have completed post-graduate specialization in the field of musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular disorders. The technique used, the Maitland Approach, is a world-renowned, highly effective, gentle hands-on approach to the management of these conditions.
Dr. Coomber is also certified in LSVT BIG Parkinson's Disease Treatment & Protocol.
By utilizing this approach, Dr. Coomber believes most painful conditions can be cured non-surgically if the right assessments and treatments are provided. He is one of only 20 COMTs in the state of New Jersey.
Dr. Coomber has been recognized as a Top Doctor in New Jersey by Healthy Living Magazine on numerous occasions, most recently in 2013.
Dr. Coomber's personal interests include skiing, weight-lifting (fitness training), hiking and running (former collegiate track athlete).
Danielle Mendez, PT, MSPT, OCS
Certified orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS)
Certified Concussion Management Professional
Certified in Functional Movement Technique (Rock-Tape)
Danielle MItko earned her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy from the CAPTE-accredited program at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Danielle returned to the States for her last clinical placement in 2013 and received her license in early 2014. Prior to studying abroad Danielle attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where she earned her bachelor’s in biological sciences. Danielle became a board certified specialist in Orthopedics in 2018.
Danielle takes an individualized approach to management of her patients and believes the best patient care comes from tailoring treatment to the person not the diagnosis. Danielle has taken courses such as Maitland, Mulligan and Spinal Manipulation, to progress her manual skills, as well as Functional Movement Taping, Pilates and Runner’s Rehab to further expand her skillset. She is also a Certified Concussion Specialist by The American Institute of Balance.
In addition to her passion for physical therapy, Danielle has coached gymnastics for 15+ years and volunteers on the high school level from time to time. This experience has provided her a unique insight into working with athletes, including but not limited to dancers, gymnasts, football and soccer players.
In her free time, she enjoys working out, whether it be running, weight lifting, snowboarding or playing with her dog. Most importantly she loves anything which involves spending time with her family.
No Prescription Required
We offer you direct access to our services. You do not need a physician referral to be evaluated and treated by Mana Physical Therapy. Every state allows for evaluation and some form of treatment without physician referral. This allows patients to start physical therapy as soon as their symptoms begin without having to wait days or weeks to see their physician first.
Your physical therapist will decide at the first session, or after the first few sessions, if physical therapy is appropriate for you. If necessary, you will be referred to another provider such as your primary care doctor, the emergency room, urgent care or surgeon.
What you can expect:
At your first visit, you will be greeted by a member of our staff and fill out a few forms including your medical history. If you have a prescription from your doctor and have imaging results that is helpful but not always necessary. Your therapist will then review your medical history and ask more questions regarding your condition to help guide the physical exam. The physical exam will be extensive and the primary source of symptoms will be identified. Based on the results of your exam and other information provided, your therapist will create a customized plan of care for you. This will include manual therapy (hands-on care) and/or corrective exercise and other modalities. Your plan of care will be continuously reviewed, evaluated and changed as your condition improves to help you meet your long term goals. Long term goals are patient specific and can include being able to enjoy a mile walk without knee pain as well as someone who needs to get back to sports without pain and more efficient movements.