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.
2019 Back to school season has already begun. The list of school items children have to bring is extensive. Their backpack should not burden them any more than the equipment and the books. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu returns to NBC News Better and Facebook Live to discuss backpacks. She also comments on parent’s purses and totes as the qualities in a bag are roughly the same! Read the clip to see what qualities to look for in a backpack or purse.
NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu writes for restaurant and health and wellness publications. She has treated celebrity chefs and bartenders who work laboriously in their craft. They have extreme conditions in their work environment, not to mention the long hours. Keeping their bodies fit can be difficult and they need to be careful when they get banged around during work outs or onsite at the job.
In this article, Dr. Wu discusses the difference between different bone injuries. Bone injuries can be so mild that you never get them checked. But sometimes, getting them checked might be the smarter thing to do. To read Dr. Wu’s article, click here.
Dr. Michael Kay, DACM, LAc
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Michael Kay is a native of Los Angeles, California, and is a licensed acupuncturist in New York State. He graduated with a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Michael practices at ActiveCare Physical Therapy in midtown Manhattan and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His practice includes orthopedic conditions, digestive, respiratory, metabolic and immunological disorders and women’s health issues. He has expertise in treating patients who suffer from Lyme Disease and other complex conditions
Michael’s approach is to consider each patient individually, so that treatments are not generic but tailored to his client’s presentation. He often includes body work like tui na or craniosacral therapy into his acupuncture sessions. Cupping and electro-stimulation are also used for enhanced results. Michael’s training includes Chinese herbs which complement the holistic aspect of his practice.
Beyond caring for his patients, Michael finds joy in giving back to the community. He has treated patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, at NYU Langone Brooklyn, and at Housing Works in Brooklyn. He volunteers annually at a clinic in Guatemala, and monthly at a clinic in the Bronx supporting people recovering from addiction.
In his spare time, Michael practices Qi Gong and swims. He lived in Argentina for 10 years and is fluent in Spanish – and grilling on the barbecue, Argentine-style!
AVP 2019 Season Halfway Mark, Medical Director Karena Wu Helps Keep The Players Fit
NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu is also the Medical Director of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament Series. She has helped athletes along the tour across the nation and helped oversee a multi-disciplinary medical tent. The professional and Olympic beach volleyball athletes rely on a team of medical providers to keep them in the game. Dr. Wu heads up the medical tent at multiple sites and collaborates the best care for the athletes. She just wrapped up the 2019 Hermosa AVP stop.
Next stop, Manhattan Beach! To hear her story, click here.
NBC News Better: How to use a foam roller to relieve neck, back and knee pain
NYC Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu knows tight muscles. On herself, her patients, her athletes, we are all prone to our tissues tightening up on us. The foam roller is an amazing at home tool to relieve tightness in your muscles to maintain your health and manage your injuries. Foam rolling can help with shoulders, low back, hip, knee and ankle injuries. To read how to use a foam roller, click here.
NYC’s Best Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu was interviewed by Authority Magazine in their Female Disruptor series. Authority Magazine partners with Thrive Global and Buzzfeed to highlight those professional females in the workplace who stand out and are stirring things up in their respective fields.
Dr. Wu has expanded her holistic practice physical therapy methodology to India with great success. Her NYC office has been practicing this type of care for over a decade and has now incorporated health and wellness services and products. It goes against the chop shops to stand out for their quality, variety and concierge level of care, providing true manual therapy and all one on one attention in a world where the chains are starting to churn out their clients. To read her story, click here.
From low energy to trouble sleeping, here are 6 signs you could be experiencing chronic fatigue
Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu knows fatigue. When you are in high demand, you can burn your system out. Dr. Wu educates her clients on taking care of themselves so that they can handle their routine or restore their quality of life. It is an important and necessary part of being in the game long term, both for the therapist and the client.
20 Non-Scale Victories That Prove You’re Making Weight Loss Progress
NYC Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu works with clients to recover physical abilities and address other physical issues. Physical therapy also incorporates training in other areas of health and wellness, to include weight loss.
ActiveCare Physical Therapy offers rehabilitation as well as Pilates training, acupuncture and massage therapies to help you achieve your goals. We have a FIT3D body scanner that can help you see what is going on inside as you start your path in recovery or wellness.
Here’s Why You Should Add a Weekly Massage to Your Existing Arthritis Treatment
ActiveCare Physical Therapy is a one-stop shop for health and wellness. On site massage and bodywork therapists complement the patients undergoing physical therapy rehabilitation. Different forms of massage therapy are available to help with injures as well as general wellness.
Best Physical Therapist in NYC Dr. Karena Wu reports on how massage works to help those with arthritic joints. To read the story, click here.
Why You Should (Finally) Stop Comparing Your Body To Others
Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu comments on the health aspect of physical states. Physical Therapists help people recover from injuries but also consider the aesthetic component of each individual. With the addition of our new FIT3D body scanner, ActiveCare PT staff can address your health and wellness therapies to better help you achieve your ideal body.
FITNESS SCAN IN 35 SECONDS
Get your FIT3D scan at ActiveCare PT NOW!
FIT3D is a 3D full body scanner that is now available at ActiveCare Physical Therapy. Track your rehabilitation or your fitness goals with this new body scan. It uses multiple cameras to take a 3-dimensional picture of your body position in space. The scanner gives you information on your body shape rating, your body fat percentage, and your fitness level. It can also give you information on your posture and your balance distribution. The scan takes 35 seconds and the information is sent to your account in the cloud within one to three minutes. It is safe for all ages. Click HERE to see Dr. Karena Wu’s video demo.
International Celebrity physical therapist Dr. Karena Wu lectured at the Global Congress of Physiotherapy in Dubai on April 22-23rd. She was honored to give two lectures: Celebrity Physical Therapist expands into India and The Use of Anti-inflammatory Modalities in Musculoskeletal Healing.
Dr. Wu educated an international crowd of peers in this important topic where physical therapists find themselves more and more in the position of discussion medications with their patients. The medication article was also published in Physiotimes, India’s first physical therapist magazine for physical therapists, from physical therapists.
To see the program details and her publication, click one of the links below:
My company, ActiveCare Physical Therapy has participated with the Walk to Cure Arthritis since 2012. We do our best to support the one in four Americans who have arthritis not just as patients, but in our community give back.
We are hosting a raffle this year of prizes to include: restaurant gift certificates, Pilates, Massage and Acupuncture sessions, celebrity signed cookbooks, Creed perfume and a professional beach volleyball VIP experience! Raffle sales start Monday, April 8th, along with our bake sale!
If you cannot attend our week of fundraising, please consider donating again by matching your last year’s donation or adding to it.
Click on the link below to make a tax deductible donation under our team name, ActiveCare Physical Therapy:
We are quoted in Insider in an article about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Celebrity Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu knows fatigue. When you are in high demand, you can burn your system out. Dr. Wu educates her clients on taking care of themselves so that they can handle their routine or restore their quality of life. It is an important and necessary part of being in the game long term.
National and World Sleep Week just passed but it’s never too late to attend to how you sleep. Sleep is a very necessary restorative process. Certain positions might be affecting your body which can cause or exacerbate injuries. Celebrity Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu discussed sleeping positions on PIX11 on March 11th. She demonstrated the different positions to help us all get a good night’s sleep. These tips can help you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day!
8 Surprising Reasons You Might Need to see a Physical Therapist
NYC’s Best PT, Dr. Karena Wu contributes to this article on the other conditions that warrant physical therapy. ActiveCare Physical Therapy specializes in manual based and Pilates rehabilitation but ActiveCare Physical Therapy also treats the jaw and dizziness (vertigo) from an inner ear condition. This article listed other surprising reasons to check out physical therapy for your best health and wellness. We also host educational workshops, like how to incorporate Cannabidiol (CBD) into a health program. To read the story on different reasons to see a physical therapist, click here.
6 Little Things That Can Motivate You To Work Out, Even In The Dead Of Winter
It is still chilly outside even though we are halfway through March. Sometimes we get into hibernation mode with the cold temperatures but spring is right around the corner. Keeping yourself motivated to work out can be a task but this article discusses six little things to do just that. NYC Celebrity Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu comments on one of the tricks to stay motivated to work out. Keeping regular in your workouts helps to stay fit and avoid injuries with yo-yo fitness. To read the article, click here.
Reader’s Digest provides a list of proven remedies for fast pain relief. Many of these techniques are for at home self management of pain. NYC’s Best Physical Therapist, Dr. Karena Wu was asked to contribute to this story as many rehabilitation patients are given instructions for how to manage their own pain as they recover from injuries. To see the list, click below:
ActiveCare Physical Therapy participates with the Arthritis Foundation to promote awareness of how to take care of your joints. Dr. Karena Wu describes some joint signs that should be a warning for you to get your joints checked. The physical therapists role in rehabilitation is to help reduce pain and inflammation in the body and recover the best quality of living. To see her comments, click here.