Dr. Michael Russo was born and raised in Hoboken. A graduate of Hoboken High School, Michael went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Richard Stockton College, a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Utica College. Michael has been in practice as a Physical Therapist since 2001, owning multiple private practice locations. Since beginning his career he has specialized in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation, becoming an expert in back pain and sciatica. He has also added vestibular rehabilitation to his resume. Certified by the American Institute of Balance, Dr. Russo founded the New Jersey Institute of Balance, a premier orthopedic & vestibular rehabilitation center.
Dr. Russo learned the importance of service to his community early in life, from his earliest days as a Boy Scout, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The drive to help others continued through his adolescence and young adulthood. His volunteer work as a PAL football coach, an assistant scoutmaster and his work as a high school summer supplemental education instructor, has given him a unique perspective on the lives of many families, and a great sense of fulfillment. Dr. Russo has provided pro bono care for athletes at all levels, including student athletes in their early childhood through high school and college. He has always volunteered his services to Hoboken High School Football and has created a comprehensive concussion management program monitoring athletes both pre-concussion and post-concussion. He also worked with Olympic athletes treating the national Israeli Ice Dance Team.
Dr. Russo is the Standard Bearer of a non-profit organization, Hoboken Pride (formally known as, The Michael Russo Civic Association) and serves on the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Through these organizations, he provides various community activities for the many residents of Hoboken and beyond. Through his non-profit, Michael was also able to raise money for many local charities through the years, and through MFL he has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for Cancer screenings for those who could not afford them, saving lives.
A natural extension of the yearning need to help others, Michael entered a career in public service as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2000. In late 2003, Michael was then elected as the Third Ward Councilman in Hoboken, where he still currently serves. He has also served as a commissioner of the Hoboken Housing Authority, where he’s been a tenant advocate and a strong supporter of youth recreation and education programs. Most recently, he has been asked to serve as a commissioner of the Hoboken Health Insurance Commission.
In his private life, Michael married Lisa Baptista in 2009. She is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. They are happily married and continue to live in Hoboken raising their beautiful daughter Lia Grace, and their son Jack Anthony.
Dr. Russo’s education and his caring nature have been the driving forces for his need to help others. However, his family has been his primary drive to serve his community and multiple charities. It has been Dr. Russo’s faith in God and his love for his family that has continued to keep him driven to help others.