Pooja completed her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. She graduated from Clarkson University in 2021 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and is a registered Occupational Therapist with the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy. During her fieldwork, Pooja treated patients with various musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions, cardiac conditions, and post-surgical conditions.
Via her fieldwork experiences, Pooja can design and implement treatment plans to enhance occupational engagement for varying age groups ranging from children to older adults. Pooja considers your body, everyday habits, routines, and roles when treating any functional limitations while focusing on your unique needs to improve your quality of life. Pooja’s therapeutic skills within the occupational therapy scope of practice include but are not limited to upper extremity conditions and limitations, fine/gross motor limitations, balance training, work simplification/energy conservation, functional mobility, body ergonomics/lifting technique training, functional limitations with activities of daily living (i.e., dressing, bathing, grooming), and limitations with instrumental daily activities (i.e., home management tasks such as cooking, cleaning, driving). Pooja plans on furthering her skills through various therapeutic based courses and certifications. During her free time, Pooja enjoys traveling, watching movies and tv shows, and spending time with friends/family.
Dr. Van Eck attended Northeast College of Health Sciences where he completed his Doctorate
of Chiropractic (D.C.). Prior to attending graduate school, he attended Bloomsburg University in
Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise science with a focus on kinesiology and
exercise physiology. Dr. Van Eck is a musculoskeletal and biomechanical specialist that strives
for patient success and rehabilitation by using various techniques. In his journey he has treated
a variety of patient populations such as elite athletes, high level musicians, the average
weekend warrior, as well as the general population. He has experience with a variety of
conditions such as, migraines, parkinson's disease, disc herniations, and post-rehab care.
Dr. Van Eck was born and raised in Bergen County, where he fell in love with the idea of
building and helping the communities he belongs to. He believes a strong community builds
strong people, and that is exactly what he tries to do within the practice setting.
“When it comes to something so important, such as an individual's health, a provider
must consider all factors in a holistic approach to achieve the best outcome.”
Clifford graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science where he developed a strong interest in exercise physiology and rehabilitation. He then went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ in 2017. Throughout his clinical rotations, Clifford had the opportunity to deliver specialized care to a wide patient base seeking Physical Therapy for athletic injuries, neurological impairments, post-operative care, lower limb amputations and cardiopulmonary conditions.
As an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer, Clifford joins Maywood PT with a philosophy that fuses rehabilitation and fitness, and a focus on improving quality of life. Clifford plans on furthering his education and skills through various manual therapy and orthopedic based courses and certifications. During his free time, he enjoys running, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.
I graduated from Northeastern University in 2016 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Since then, I have worked in both outpatient and home care settings. In that time, I have managed and helped patients heal from diverse types of injuries including post surgical, chronic neck and low back pain, and acute sports injuries. My goal is to help the patient return to their desired quality of life, and provide thorough education to avoid potential for re-injury. I want to provide the best quality of care to each individual patient, so it is important to keep learning. In my free time, I love playing with dogs, trying new foods, and going to the beach.
Dr. Ian Thomson is a New Jersey native, born and raised in Bergen County. He
completed his Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology from Penn State University in 2017, with a
focus in Movement Science. He then moved on to graduate from New York Chiropractic College
in 2020, earning both his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Master’s of Science in Applied Clinical
Nutrition. Dr. Thomson employs a variety of soft tissue techniques, chiropractic manipulative
therapies, with an emphasis on functional exercise, to obtain optimal patient results. Dr.
Thomson aims to treat the entirety of the patient and he joins the Maywood Physical Therapy
team utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, treating the many factors contributing to pain.
Through his experiences in clinical rotations and a background in personal training, Dr.
Thomson has had the pleasure of working with a variety of age groups and abilities, to help them
maximize their overall function and quality of life. He works compassionately alongside each
patient, in order to create a thorough and achievable treatment plan to reach individual goals. Dr.
Thomson is an avid hockey fan, loves cooking/trying new foods, and hiking with his dog in his
Maria Diaz Castro OTR
Maria completed her undergraduate studies at Kean University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then graduated from Columbia University in 2021 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Maria has clinical experience working with adults with musculoskeletal conditions, neurological conditions, cardiac conditions, post-surgical conditions and psychological conditions. Maria also has experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
As an Occupational Therapist, Maria approaches rehabilitation via a holistic approach that uses bio-physical means to improve participation in every activity required to live an independent, productive, and satisfying life despite a certain diagnosis, injury, ailment, altered ability, and/or illness. Her goal is to further her education to be well-versed in a broad range of evidence-based treatment methodologies and modalities to help patients through their rehabilitation journey and improve their quality of life. During her free time, Maria enjoys spending time with friends/family, traveling, exercising and trying new cuisines.
Urvi completed her undergraduate in Physical therapy from Gujarat University in India in 2012. She worked for Cardio-respiratory and out-patient orthopedic rehabilitation facilities for a year. During her work, she has treated patients with various musculoskeletal conditions, post surgical rehabilitation as well as acute cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. After that, Urvi earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Midwestern State University, TX. Currently, Urvi is pursuing Doctorate degree in Physical therapy from Dominican University in Brooklyn. She strives to provide an intensive, total body approach to fitness, rehabilitation and wellness. She specializes in orthopedic, spine and sports physical therapy. In her personal time, Urvi loves to read books, take zumba classes and listen to country music.
Jonathan Diaz, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Jonathan graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. Later he completed his Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant (AAS) in May 2020. He worked for an outpatient rehabilitation facility which focused on assisting sports-related injuries. Throughout his clinical rotations, Jonathan has also had experience working with those that have suffered from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. His goal is to be well-versed in a broad range of programming, treatments, and modalities for restoring and mitigating functions in order to better support his patients. During his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his daughter (Sophia) and dog (Frankie), fishing, being a grill master and playing video games.
Dr. Leithauser graduated from The University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and concentration in nutritional studies. In 2020 he then went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Through his experiences and clinical affiliations, Kevin has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and patient populations including athletic injuries, post-operative care, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Dr. Leithauser aims to take a holistic approach to creating his patients treatment plans, and return his patients to their hobbies and activities through a combination of manual therapy and functional strengthening programs.
Kevin is a NJ native and was born and raised in Bergen County. His interest in physical therapy started when rehabbing a shoulder injury that he obtained from playing football. During his free time, he enjoys hiking with his dog, exercising, spending time with family and friends and watching sports.
Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT
Priyanka Pandya, MS, PT, is a licensed physical therapist certified in several manual therapies, including cupping, rock taping, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization along with soft-tissue mobilization. Priyanka is dedicated to helping patients of all ages and backgrounds return to a pain-free life.
Before graduating from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, with a master’s degree in exercise physiology, Priyanka earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and worked in a cardiac unit in India. After finishing her master’s degree, Priyanka moved to New York, where she gained valuable experience working in the rehabilitation department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center as well as an outpatient rehabilitation facility.
Priyanka has expertise in treating all types of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. An athlete herself, Priyanka has personal knowledge of injuries related to exercise and the nonsurgical and nonpharmacologic methods of treating them. She also works with older adults on important issues like fall prevention and managing arthritis pain.