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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Karena Wu on GradSchools.com and eLearners.com

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu loves what she does for her. She was asked for her input into her profession just recently. GradSchools.com and eLearners.com are two websites that are a source of information for a multitude of professions and both websites help promote education and careers. Dr. Karena Wu was asked to talk about why she became a physical therapist and her views on the profession as a whole. To see her comments on each website, click on each icon.

ActiveCare Physical Therapy NYC welcomes Dr. Kelly Picciurro as our newest PT!

Dr. Kelly Picciurro was born in New York and raised in New Jersey. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked at ActiveCare Physical Therapy for one year as a Therapy Aide, where her passion for the profession grew.

In 2017, Kelly earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, graduating with honors in both clinical excellence and community service from Rutgers University. While studying physical therapy, she gained experience with disabled children and athletes who had various orthopedic conditions in both outpatient and hospital settings.

Kelly understands that medical education is an ongoing process and, as such, continues to supplement her university education with courses in manual therapy from Maitland Australian Approach, Graston technique and myofascial decompression. She has taken several advanced courses in these fields and is eager to continue to enhance her expertise. Kelly is passionate about the physical therapy field. She prides herself on her approach to holistic and personalized treatment for every individual patient.

In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and exercising. Her goals are to pursue a specialist certification in orthopedics and to become a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist via Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars.

Can You Really Target Fat in Specific Areas of the Body?

Summer is in full swing and people are enjoying the heat. Dr. Karena Wu works with the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball athletes who are in tip top shape. Likened the ‘Gods and Goddesses of the Beach’, these athletes keep their bodies healthy by doing general and specific nutritional and training regimens. In the physical therapy world, fitness and rehabilitation are closely intertwined. NYC’s best physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu coaches her clients on all components of health. Once physical therapy is completed and your are fully healed, you change gears to emphasize the sports and fitness component. The best fitness incorporates cardiovascular exercise and spot toning. Working out the whole body is key and getting clients back to sport play incorporates all components. To read the article, click here.

Magda Vydmantas Front Desk Receptionist


Magda Vydmantas is a native of Jaroslaw, Poland. She received a Medical Doctor degree from Medical University of Lodz, which is the largest teaching hospital unit in Poland and a European research center. Magda is thrilled to join the ActiveCare team and have the opportunity to gain experience working in a faced paced environment within the medical field. She is excited to take part in the day to day activities associated with running our front desk and enjoys interacting with the patients. She welcomes new challenges and hopes to help support ActiveCare Physical Therapy’s commitment to top quality customer service. Magda has a strong interest in History and Design and enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time.  She is pursuing her international medical licensing examination to work as a physician in America. She would like to focus in oncology.


On a recent trip to Mexico, Dr. Karena Wu experienced cholorophyll water in the hotel gym for hydration. A healthy diet is important during physical rehabilitation and fitness as your body needs energy to perform and then to heal. The physical therapists at ActiveCare Physical Therapy take this into account during our evaluation and treatment. A patient’s habits, both physical and nutritional are important aspects during the rehabilitation process. Dr. Karena Wu was consulted on her views of chlorophyll as a healthy supplement. To read about it, click here.

Jump Start Your Summer Diet with These Easy 26 Weight Loss Tips

Summer has finally arrived! Dr. Karena Wu helps clients get into and stay in shape as well as recover from injuries. Her Pilates based rehabilitation clinic, ActiveCare Physical Therapy provides holistic manual therapy and sports specific therapeutic exercise. Her holistic approach incorporates the core which helps stabilize and tone the midsection. To accomplish this, ActiveCare PT incorporates Pilates and Pilates based exercises into their functional movement training. Fitness, health, wellness and recovery need to also incorporate nutritional tips and Dr. Wu is always asked to chime in on easy ideas to help in recovery as well as tone up for bikini season.

To read these weight loss tips, click here. Dr. Wu is featured on slide 16-18.

Ab Workouts Won’t Give You a Six Pack, Here’s Why

NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu works on postural correction with her clinical patients as well as athletes. She is on the medical board of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and works with professional beach volleyball athletes during the summer months. That involves strengthening and stabilizing the midsection via the abdominals and the deep spinal muscles. In addition to the ripped six pack and toned midsection of her clients, she also discusses additional benefits you might not expect when you work the abs. To read the story, click here.

Dr. Karena Wu has been working with celebrity chef Wylie Dufresne since 2004

Dr. Karena Wu has been working with celebrity chef Wylie Dufresne since 2004. As Chef Dufresne became a celebrity, he realized that his work requirements differed from those being in the kitchen. Chef Dufresne came to ActiveCare Physical Therapy to discover a different source of neck pain. Dr. Karena Wu discusses the cause of his neck pain.

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Dr. Karena Wu on the AVP Medical Board

Dr. Karena Wu works on the AVP Medical Board. She was the Medical Event Supervisor and just wrapped up AVP NYC last weekend. The medical team did a fantastic job of keeping all of the athletes in play as the weather warmed up. The team consists of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and massage therapists. AVP NYC winners were our recent  Olympians April Ross and Lauren Fendrick and Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb.

Why Millennials are Already Showing Signs of Arthritis

Dr. Karena Wu has been treating patients in NYC for over 17 years now. She has seen an increase in younger adults coming in for physical therapy. Part of the reason is the high intensity workouts and the lack of rest and recovery periods during the sports season. To see her comments, click here.