Meet the Team

Dr. Stephen Rutkowski

Chiropractor

Dr. Stephen Rutkowski received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College.

He is a former Assistant Professor of Clinical Services at the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic, where he supervised students in their clinical internship program. Responsibilities included direct supervision and coordination of patient care, evaluations, grading, assessments and lectures. He also participated on the Quality Assurance and Admission committees. In addition, Dr. Rutkowski served on the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The purpose of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners is to establish and maintain uniform high standards of excellence in the chiropractic profession and chiropractic education, primarily but not exclusively by preparing and administering to qualified applicants’ examinations of superior quality.

For seven years, Dr. Steve served at the St. Joseph’s Family Life Center in Stamford, Connecticut. St. Joseph’s is an affiliate of St. Vincent’s Hospital, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There, along with MD’s and APRN’s, he served those in the local community who did not have the financial means for their health care.

After practicing in Midtown Manhattan for the past five years, Dr. Steve is excited to bring his experience back to the area where he spent his youth during the summer seasons.

Dr. Rutkowski is committed to viewing health as an interactive process that involves the whole person addressing each patient’s lifestyle and health goals. He welcomes patients of all ages.

Dr. Jessica Pesce

Chiropractor

Dr. Jessica Pesce graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College, Florida in 2012 with the high honor of The Presidential Academic Award. Upon graduating she began practicing in Pensacola, Florida where she remained until returning home to New Jersey in 2019. Dr. Pesce is excited to be back at the Jersey Shore caring for her community as a member of the Brielle Integrated Healthcare team. Dr. Pesce reports that she really started her chiropractic journey as a patient when she was diagnosed with scoliosis at a young age. After only a few weeks Dr. Pesce had noticed significant improvements in her overall health and wellbeing. “Chiropractic care allowed my body to reach its full potential and gave me a better quality of life. I am passionate about sharing this with everyone”.

Dr. Jessica’s passion and purpose is to help others feel better throughout their daily lives. Whether it is to help athletic performance, help little ones with ear aches and colic, or maintain function in the elderly, chiropractic care helps the body heal itself naturally. She utilizes multiple techniques and collaborates with all disciplines of health care practitioners to customize a care plan specific for your needs.

She looks forward to meeting you and helping you accomplish your health goals and fulfill your potential.

Dr. Laura Anastasia

Director of Physical Therapy

Dr. Laura Anastasia graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She later went on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. After graduating, Laura worked at an outpatient sports rehab setting in Westchester NY but inevitably, her love for the Jersey shore brought her back home. Laura has continued to work in outpatient orthopedic settings while honing her skills through evidence-based courses in advanced manual techniques.  She utilizes instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) as part of her treatment approach; a technique to break up scar tissue and re-initiate the healing process. Laura’s treatment philosophy focuses on looking at the patient as a whole and she tailors each treatment program specific to the individual to maximize patient recovery and outcomes.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, especially their newest addition Sienna June. Laura has a passion for travel, a love for the outdoors, including the beach, hiking the mountains, and snowboarding.

Dr. Parth Thakar

Physical Therapist

Dr. Parth Thakar earned his bachelor’s degree in Exercises Science from Rutgers University in 2012. He then went to American International College of Massachusetts where he graduated with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2015. Dr. Parth enjoys all aspects of manual physical therapy with particular skills and knowledge of clinical anatomy. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ayushi who moved to the US from India.

Fun Fact: Dr. Parth has married the same girl (Ayushi Thakar) 3 times.

Dr. Kevin Lyons

Acupuncturist

Dr. Kevin Lyons, doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine received a dual degree cum laude in his clinical studies at the East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL. He also achieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia University. As a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of New Jersey, with over ten years of experience he specializes in pain management, weight loss, facial rejuvenation, fertility issues, headaches, and everything in between.

Dr. Kevin’s professional experience is as vast as the scope of Chinese Medicine and uses a highly personalized one-on-one approach and practical real-life solutions to assist his patients in achieving their health and wellness goals.

In addition to providing exceptional care to his patients, Dr. Lyons enjoys yoga, hiking, biking, and running on the beach with his dog Jackson.

KJ Ackermann

Massage Therapist

KJ has been in the field of bodywork since 2015. She began with studying Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island, then transitioned into massage at the Cortiva Institute. She has worked in both spa and medical settings. While KJ practices many different types of modalities, she is most passionate when assisting clients with their range of motion and flexibility. KJ’s goal in her field is to improve her clients’ quality of life.

Lia Durazzo

Massage Therapist

Lia Durazzo has 10 years of massage experience. She graduated from Cortiva massage institute where she also spent time teaching after graduating. Over the years she has worked in various massage fields ranging from spa to different types of medical offices. Her modalities range from Swedish to sports massages. Lia however, specializes in deep tissue massages and main goal in her career is to help people become pain free.