Meet The Team

We are committed to helping you rid yourself of pain and discomfort in a responsible way, an opioid-free way, and an individualized way – through a modern, integrated approach to medicine.

Medical Department

Medical Director: Kevin Dunn, M.D.

Angela Carney, APN at Peak Medical Centers
Advanced Practice Nurse

Angela Carney, APN

Alison Barria, APN at Peak Medical Centers
Advanced Practice Nurse

Alison Barria, APN

A New Jersey native, Alison Barria, MSN, APRN, A-GNP-C was raised in Bergen County, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Fairfield University in Connecticut - where she graduated with honors. She received her Master’s degree in Nursing from Rutgers University - Newark, specializing as an Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Alison has over six years of experience working as a Registered Nurse in Orthopedics at Hackensack University Medical Center, and over five years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Internal Medicine. She also spent time as a Home Health Nurse Practitioner before joining the founding medical team here at Peak Medical Centers.

She is bilingual; fluent in both English and Spanish. And in her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and running.

Tracey Gaetano

Certified Medical Assistant

Kathy Gomez

Case Manager

Physical Therapy Department

Parshav Desai, DPT at Peak Medical Centers
Physical Therapist

Parshav Desai, DPT

Dr. Parshav Desai received his doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree in 2016 from Loma Linda University in California. He joined Peak Medical Centers with an interest in and knowledge of the most effective and innovative physical therapy techniques.

Dr. Desai recently completed the prestigious Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification and is now one of only a handful of OCS-certified PT's in the area. He is also certified as an MWM (mobilization with movement) therapist and a Graston Technique Specialist (GST).

Before arriving to the U.S., Dr. Desai earned his bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy and an MBA in pharmaceuticals management. His prior experience includes work as a physical therapist in government and private hospitals, and he also spent a year in pharmaceuticals management. In the U.S., he has worked as a physical therapist in a skilled nursing facility as well as an outpatient facility in Scarsdale and Brooklyn, New York.

All of his studies and work to date have helped Dr. Desai realize his deep, abiding interest in focusing on patients and helping them through their rehabilitative journey. Because he has always been active in sports – including during college – he understands firsthand the unique needs of an athlete when it comes to their physical rehabilitation.

Physical Therapist

Klejdja Albert, DPT

Klejdja Albert is internationally educated with a Masters’ of Science degree in Physical Rehabilitation, and then recently completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Montana. She is an energetic, passionate provider who brings her diagnostic and clinical judging skills into the practice. She has been in the field for over 6 years and has experience in diagnosing and treating orthopedic, post-surgical, neurological and sports injury conditions, with extensive knowledge of the shoulder joint – specifically rotator cuff programs - and knee, ACL and meniscus reconstructions.

To further her education, Klejdja just took the ABPTS board exam to be an Orthopedic Board Specialist in order to improve her clinical reasoning, provide a thorough assessment and custom tailored treatment for her patients. She believes in a well-rounded treatment approach which includes advanced manual therapy techniques, therapeutic exercises and, most importantly, patient education.

Her approach emphasizes the importance of modifying - but not eliminating - physical activities based on your personal needs. She encourages her patients to push their limitations and progress towards returning to previous activities and sports. With her approach, Klejdja provides objective measurements, orthopedic tests and clinical examination in order to provide a personalized plan of care with achievable goals and a wide variety of exercise programs which are up to date with latest research on the field.

Fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Albanian, she is an asset to Peak and our patients.

David Madera, PTA at Peak Medical Centers
Physical Therapist Assistant

David Madera, PTA

David Madera is a physical therapist assistant at Peak Medical Centers. He practiced for several years in skilled nursing facilities in New York and New Jersey before joining the Paramus team. David received his associate's degree in applied sciences from LaGuardia Community College in 2016.

Since joining our team, David has become known for his strong manual therapy skills and charisma. David is well-versed in all modalities and is experienced working with patients who have difficulty with neurological and cardiovascular conditions. David is also certified in rock taping.

In addition to helping patients at Peak Medical Centers, David also helps keep the country and its citizen safe and secure in his role as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

David is a lifelong Jets and Mets fan, which means he has yet to see his team win a World Series or Super Bowl!

Rebecca Berridge, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Rebecca Berridge, PTA

Rebecca Berridge is a New Jersey licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at Peak Medical Centers with an extensive background in the workings of the human body.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Applied Kinesiology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, before moving on to earn her Applied Science PTA degree from Essex County College, graduating with the highest honors.

She has always been interested in the medical field, and through her clinical rotations, Becca has experience working with a wide range of individuals in multiple settings, with a focus on the outpatient orthopedic setting - perfect preparation for joining the team at Peak Medical Centers.

When Becca is not at work helping patients, you can find her working out, cycling, playing tennis, spending time with her friends and family and soaking up the sun at her family beach house down the shore.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ashley Kirschner, PTA

Ashley Kirschner graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with honors in 2000 and became a licensed physical therapist assistant (PTA). From an early age, she has been interested in medicine and was motivated to enter the field of physical therapy after working for a family friend who is a chiropractic physician and physical therapist.

The majority of Ashley’s 17 years as a PTA has been in an outpatient orthopedic setting, treating various sports-related injuries as well as rehabilitation following orthopedic surgeries. She loves to learn and has picked up many techniques from highly skilled therapists and doctors as well as continuing education classes she’s taken through the years. Ashley is always searching in her "bag of tricks" for the right intervention for each individual patient – and loves to see the results produced.

In her spare time, Ashley loves animals, being outdoors, camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Maria Duardo, PTA

Maria Duardo is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant at Peak Medical Centers.

Maria has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and she has experience working in outpatient and acute rehab settings - treating various orthopedic, neurological and neuromuscular conditions during her career.

Maria's philosophy is to look beyond the injury, with a strong emphasis on body mechanics, and she is also certified in Myofascial Release with Functional Integration, and has a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation!

Acupunture Department

Bo Jung Choi, LAc
Acupuncturist

Bo Jung Choi, LAc

Bo Jung Choi is a licensed acupuncturist in New Jersey and New York. He is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Binghamton University, and his master’s degree in acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City.

Bo practices three distinctive styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) style, which focuses on finding and balancing the underlying root cause of an ailment; Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) style, which targets and relieves specific muscle trigger points or tight tender points; and Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS), which painlessly and precisely reduces stress on the body and regulates bodily functions.

Bo aims to provide the highest quality of care for each patient by using an integrative approach and creating a patient-specific treatment tailored to effectively assist patients in reaching their wellness goals and optimal health. He passionately believes in prioritizing patient care and paying attention to each patient’s specific ailments. Bo is committed to researching techniques, practices, and principles – old and new – to further aid his patients in maximizing their wellness goals.

Peak Medical Centers

Dr. Konstandina Gialalidis

Acupuncturist

Chiropractic Department

Dr. Brandon Picchierri - Chiropractic Physician at Peak Medical Centers
Chiropractic Physician and Managing Partner

Dr. Brandon Picchierri

Dr. Brandon Picchierri is one of our managing partners and a second-generation Chiropractic Physician.

Born and raised in Bergen County, he earned his Doctorate from Life University in Atlanta, GA and Bachelor's Degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ.

A former NCAA athlete, Dr. Picchierri knows first-hand how devastating an injury can be – as a significant one cost him his collegiate lacrosse career. Through a drug-free, integrated medical plan, he’s been able to fully recover and avoid surgery.

One of just 3% of US Chiropractors who are Cox-certified, Dr. Picchierri also incorporates Full Spine, Thompson, SOT and Gonstead analysis and techniques into his treatments. He is also certified by the Titleist Performance Institute to assess and correct golfers with their "Body-Swing Connection," and is a certified ergonomics specialist. He has been named a "Healthcare Provider To Watch" by Bergen Magazine, and one of New Jersey's Top Doctors by USA Top Docs.

He proudly serves on the boards of several local groups, including the New Jersey Police Honor Legion - a nonpolitical association that fosters and encourages many fraternal and charitable causes - and the 4C's of Passaic County – a non-profit child care resource and referral organization. He is also a member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, the Bergen County 200 Club, the American Chiropractic Association and the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association. He was recently named an "Honored Citizen" as well.

When he’s not in the office, Dr. Picchierri can be found enjoying life with his wife, his two children and his dog. He’s also an avid golfer, and die-hard Yankees and Giants fan.

Dr. Alyssa Bachner - Chiropractic Physician at Peak Medical Centers
Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Alyssa Bachner

Dr. Alyssa Bachner graduated from New York Chiropractic College, where she was the first student at the Levittown Health Center to be recognized for the senior clerk honors position and, at graduation, was granted the Libero A. Violini Health Center Award. She is also an alumna of State University of New York at Binghamton, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Bachner loves working with patients to optimize their health and wellness. She enjoys treating a diverse range of patients at various stages of life such as athletic, pediatric, adolescent, pregnant, postpartum, geriatric, and wellness patients. Dr. Bachner believes that working with her patients as a team is instrumental to achieving wellness. She continues to further her knowledge in the field through educational opportunities, such as a recent Doctors-as-Teachers course where she learned how healthcare providers can use their knowledge to help patients incorporate healthy habits into their everyday lives. She is also certified in whole food nutrition, working with patients to devise daily nutritional plans to achieve individual goals. Dr. Bachner enjoys providing guidance in occupational ergonomics because proper body mechanics and posture are vital to alleviating pain and other symptoms.

Dr. Bachner is skilled in the Cox technique, diversified technique, activator method, sacro-occipital technique, Graston technique, myofascial release, ConnecTX instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, and exercise rehabilitation.

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Dawn Klose

Dr. Dawn Klose brings decades of experience to Peak Medical Centers. A 1994 graduate of Rutgers University, she attended New York Chiropractic College and graduated magna cum laude in 1998.

On top of being a certified chiropractic sports physician, Dr. Klose also treats common conditions like low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. She has also worked with expecting mothers, young children, and infants.

Dr. Klose is certified by the American Academy of Manual Medicine to perform manipulation under anesthesia, and she takes continuing education classes annually to keep up on the latest advancements in chiropractic care and sports medicine. She is also a Cox Technic and a Webster technique certified doctor.

Dr. Anthony Blake - Chiropractic Physician at Peak Medical Centers
Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Anthony Blake

Dr. Blake has been practicing for more than 30 years and is a licensed doctor of chiropractic in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Blake graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science in public and community health. It was during his senior year of college that he decided he wanted to pursue chiropractic as a career. He then continued his education at the New York Chiropractic College where he earned the title doctor of chiropractic in 1987.

Dr. Blake is also a member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors. He has taken many postgraduate courses in sports injuries, patient care, and spinal techniques.

Administrative Department

Dr. Marc Picchierri
Managing Partner

Dr. Marc A. Picchierri

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Marc Picchierri is an early advocate of integrated medicine, and has been a proponent of the model for over twenty years. He is a published author with two books to his name. The idea of alternatives to dangerous drugs and surgeries is one he has believed in for the entirety of his 40+ year career.

Dr. Picchierri is a proud member and honored citizen of the Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of New Jersey. He was an active member in the Bergen County SPCA, serving as Chief of Law Enforcement and Animal Cruelty Investigator for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office until retiring in 2014. He is also a proud member of the Bergen County 200 Club, Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, and New Jersey State Police Chiefs Association, as well as PBA Local 394 and PBA Local 600.

In his free time, Dr. Picchierri can often be found on the golf course or traveling with his wife, Sandra.

Melissa Gregorio

Front Desk Manager

David Bangura

Office Administrator

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