About ActiveCare PT:

  • Our therapists are licensed in New York State and active members in the American Physical Therapy Association. We have advanced training in joint mobilization and myofascial release techniques.
  • We are dedicated practitioners with a passion for the profession and a comprehensive, holistic approach to treatment and healing. We treat each patient as an individual and treat the whole person, with a plan of care designed to meet the patient’s set goals for health, functionality and a return to work, tasks and activities. We network with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists in order to provide guidance to other modalities that may be effective in the patients’ care.
  • Physical Therapist and owner Karena Wu is a graduate of the Program in Physical Therapy at Columbia University and is affiliated with several healthcare organizations in New York City. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Pilates Instructor, and uses SpiderTech Taping.
  • ActiveCare is primarily an out-of-network facility. We accept all insurance with out-of-network benefits and file for most major insurance plans. We work with all prospective patients to create workable payment plans regardless of insurance coverage.
  • ActiveCare accepts Medicare, No-Fault and Workers’ Compensation patients depending on schedule availability.
  • ActiveCare’s administrators provide seamless and efficient concierge-style client service to all of our patients. And the whole ActiveCare team makes sure your time with us is a beneficial, productive and enjoyable experience.


ActiveCare Physical Therapy, Inc.

FMS AND SFMA Certified
12 W 37th St. Ste. 1202
New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374


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Cupping Workshop Video with Rebecca Young

ActiveCare PT hosted its first workshop on the hottest new trend, ‘Cupping’. Cupping, or Myofascial Decompression (MFD) is a type of soft tissue treatment that works quickly on tight or stiff muscles and joints, painful areas and areas that have poor circulation. Rebecca Young, DPT educated our attendees on the benefits of this treatment and demonstrated how quickly it can work to help reduce your pain.

To learn more about this type of therapy, call our office at 212.777.4374 or email us at staff@bestptnyc.com.

Cupping Workshop NYC


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12 West 37th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
Room 1202
New York, NY 10018
(212) 777-4374

When:      Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Time:        2:00-2:30pm


You’ve seen those red spots on Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps. Many are now asking what is this new technique and what can it do for you? By now you’ve probably learned it’s called ‘cupping’ (in the medical world we call it myofascial decompression). Learn what conditions benefit from this non-invasive therapy, how quickly it works and how easy it is to get. Dr. Karena Wu and Dr. Rebecca Young will discuss and demonstrate the hottest rage in physical therapy. To register for a seat, please call us at 212-777-4374 or email us at staff@bestptnyc.com. Seats are limited.



Olympic Style ‘Cupping’ procedure in NYC

Karena was featured in Total Food Service as an expert on cupping. See her new article entitled “Olympic Style ‘Cupping’ Treatment for Chefs and Servers” Click picture below.

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Karena Wu Featured on PopSugar.com

“Who better to tell us about creating a strong, sculpted midsection than an ab aficionado? Said expert, NYC physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu, gave us her five favorite core workouts to doright after cardio.

Cardio will burn the calories and fat, but core exercises will create abs, strength, and definition. So when the fat burns away, you’ll reveal a tightened, lean middle. “The core is king,” Dr. Wu said, and “very important for bodily strength, preservation, and ability.”

These instructions are straight from the physical therapist herself, so get ready for a little tough love for your abs. With a bit of cardio and these moves as a cooldown, a stronger, leaner core is waiting for you!”

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ActiveCare Physical Therapy Patient Testimonials

We are happy to see that our patient (and friend) Roz is doing great after two knee replacements. Roz had a lot of wonderful things to say on Facebook about the physical therapy she received from our Dr. Karena Wu. Check out her testimonial:

roz_Active_Care_PT_PatientThank you for the great P.T. that I received pre- and post-op for my total knee replacements on both knees! You contributed mightily to my successful rehab. It was quick and (almost) painless! I am back to 100% – walking an average of 5 miles and climbing 10-20 flights every day. I made a quality of life decision to have the surgeries – and my quality of life couldn’t be better! I’ve been to two other places for P.T. in the past; yours is by far the best and you are the best therapist ever! You are very smart, knowledgeable, dedicated and run a terrific practice. Your facility is open, sunny, clean and cheerful. I never minded coming for therapy. Your staff is well-trained and well-directed. – Roz P.

And as a follow-up, Roz also had this incredible news to share:

Normally I wouldn’t show (let alone share) a photo of me in a bathing suit with anybody; however, since I was able to get up and down BY MYSELF from this low-in-the-sand beach chair is on point. After two knee replacements and your P.T., I walk several miles a day on any surface and climb up and down stairs (8-20 flights/day) with no pain.

Click here to read more testimonials from real ActiveCare patients. And if you have received exceptional care from our physical therapists, then tell us your story!

Welcome New Physical Therapy Aide Kelly Picciuro!

Kelly-Picciuro-PT-ActiveCareKelly Picciurro was born in Marlboro, NJ and lived there until she entered college in the fall of 2009. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in psychology. She will enter a physical therapy program in the fall of 2014 in order to fulfill her wish to become a physical therapist. Kelly realized she wanted to go into the field of physical therapy after working in a PT clinic in Maryland and two hospitals, one in New York City and one in Washington, DC. Kelly also enjoys working out and staying fit, going to the beach, and traveling around the world with her family. She plans to open her own practice once she graduates from school. She is very excited to be part of the ActiveCare PT team and knows that she will gain great knowledge from this experience, preparing her for school and what will come after she graduates.


Kelly returns to the ActiveCare Physical Therapy staff working again as a PT aide. She has just finished her 2nd year at Rutgers School of Health Professions, Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She will spend her summer working alongside Dr. Wu to further add to her academic knowledge. At the end of the summer, Kelly returns to school to finish the program in clinic.

Please join us in welcoming Kelly to the team!

Welcome New Physical Therapist Kristen Rubio!

Kristen Rubio Physical TherapistDr. Kristen Rubio is a native of Orange County, California and received a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the University of California in Irvine. She recently received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Kristen is a certified Pilates Instructor through the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC, and used to get referrals from ActiveCare Physical Therapy prior to her completion of PT school. She brings this specialty background into her physical therapy practice.


Kristen advocates a holistic approach to patient care by addressing the body as a whole structure that is interconnected to the presenting dysfunctions or injuries. She believes posture, strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness are all key points of focus in returning to full function.


She is dedicated to providing excellent care with focus on what is important to the patient. She believes the top priority is helping to achieve individualized patient goals.


Kristen is actively continuing her education in manual therapy through the Maitland Australian Approach and the Institute of Physical Arts.


In her free time, Kristen is a Teacher Trainer at the Kane School of Core Integration. She also enjoys traveling, aromatherapy, yoga, art and wine tasting.


Please join us in welcoming Kristen to the ActiveCare PT team!

People Love ActiveCare PT on Yelp!


ActiveCare Physical Therapy is a proud recipient of the People Love Us on Yelp Award! See what some of our happy patients have said about the great care they have received:

“I’ve done PT before but I have to say the therapists and staff at ActiveCare are really best in class.”


“What a wonderful and effective experience. Rave reviews for the office team, my totally competent therapist and her assistant.”


“Karena is the best therapist I’ve ever worked with and she is an excellent coach and teacher. She surrounds herself with warm and fun staff and there is a great atmosphere in the office – this is key because you will want to show up and not blow off your come-back.”

Thank you to all of our patients for the positive reviews! If you would like to share your experience, leave us a review on Yelp!