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Our Occupational & Industrial Orthopedic Center Team

The team members at NYU Langone Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center hold advanced degrees and board certification in their fields, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and lecture extensively worldwide. Our researchers have participated in task force and guideline panels and are known internationally for their expertise in musculoskeletal disorders.

Marco Campello, PhD, PT, Director

Dr. Campello is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone. He received his doctoral degree in ergonomics and biomechanics from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU and also holds a New York State physical therapy license. Dr. Campello’s research interest is in the prevention and treatment of work-related musculoskeletal disability, with a special interest in multidisciplinary intervention and work-related health outcomes. Dr. Campello is a member of the North American Spine Society and the EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe. Learn more about Dr. Campello.

Jeffrey Perry, DO, Medical Advisor

Dr. Perry is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is a specialist in the nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal disorders and work-related injuries. Dr. Perry is a clinical instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone. Learn more about Dr. Perry.

Sherri Weiser-Horwitz, PhD, Director of Clinical Services and Research

Dr. Weiser-Horwitz is a licensed health psychologist with more than 25 years of research and clinical experience in the field of musculoskeletal disorders. She is an expert on the biopsychosocial model of health and illness. She provides education and cognitive behavioral pain management to patients and trains health providers in psychological treatments. She is the recipient of federal research grant funding, has written numerous articles and chapters, and lectures extensively on this topic. Dr. Weiser-Horwitz is a member of the North American Spine Society and a consultant for their Allied Health Committee. She is also a research associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone. Learn more about Dr. Weiser-Horwitz.

Ali Sheikhzadeh, PhD, Director of Research and Education

Dr. Sheikhzadeh is a research associate professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone. He received his doctoral degree in ergonomics and biomechanics from the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. He is the program director of the graduate program of ergonomics and biomechanics in the Department of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Sheikhzadeh is also the director and principle investigator for government funding grants for the Educational Research Center at NYU Langone, which is a part of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health–sponsored New York and New Jersey Education and Research Center. Dr. Sheikhzadeh has conducted research extensively, focusing on ergonomics and biomechanics, with an interest in product evaluation and human performance assessment. He is a certified industrial ergonomist at the Oxford Research Institute, and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Learn more about Dr. Sheikhzadeh.

Carlo de Castro, MS, PT, Physical Therapist Supervisor

Mr. Castro has been a member of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center for more than a decade and is currently a clinical specialist. He completed his physical therapy studies at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, in 1997 and completed his master’s degree in ergonomics and biomechanics at NYU in 2007. He also achieved specialist certification in orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2009 and is an associate member of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, where he is actively involved in licensure examination development and issues pertaining to licensure and regulation of physical therapists. Mr. De Castro holds a New York State license in physical therapy.

Jessica Craig, DPT, PT, Senior Physical Therapist

Dr. Craig is a New York State licensed physical therapist whose clinical skills focus on the management of spine disorders, work-related injuries, and varied orthopedic injuries. She is a certified functional capacity evaluator who utilizes an evidence-based analysis of a person’s health status and performance of job-related functions to identify the person’s capacity to perform work activities. Dr. Craig’s clinical doctoral project included updating and revising the evidence-based “Backs to Work” training program at the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center. She has since returned as a clinician and is involved with chronic pain management, ergonomics, and body mechanics training. Dr. Craig has a bachelor's degree in health science and a doctoral degree in physical therapy from Touro College. She is also credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a clinical instructor.

Dina Shah, PT, Clinical Specialist

Ms. Shah graduated from Daemen College in 2001 with a bachelor of science in physical therapy. Ms. Shah has more than 12 years of clinical orthopedic experience and is a licensed physical therapist in New York, New Jersey, and Canada. Ms. Shah is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Ka Hing Chow, DPT, PT, Staff Physical Therapist

Dr. Hing Chow is a staff physical therapist. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Long Island University in 2010. The year before she was an intern in our clinic, where she was trained in interdisciplinary care and the biopsychosocial approach to prevent chronicity and disability. She is a New York State licensed physical therapist.

Danielle Southerst, DC

Dr. Southerst is a doctor of chiropractic with clinical and research experience in the area of disability and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. She provides evidence-based chiropractic care with a focus on combining manual therapy with therapeutic exercise, education, self-management strategies, and lifestyle modification in a biopsychosocial approach to rehabilitation. Dr. Southerst has contributed to dozens of systematic reviews and two clinical practice guidelines on the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders. She is licensed to practice in New York State and holds a fellowship in chiropractic clinical sciences from the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada).

Cindy Ozuna, Departmental Secretary

Cindy is the front desk supervisor and is highly knowledgeable in the service standards of NYU Langone.

Cynthia Reyes, Secretary I

Cynthia assists patients at the front desk and has worked at NYU Langone for more than 23 years.

Justin Ayala, Rehabilitation Attendant

As a rehabilitation attendant, Justin assists in the safety of our patients and the maintenance of the gym and gym equipment.