Dr. Michael S Russo, DPT
Dr. Michael Russo is a Hoboken native. A proud product of the Hoboken public school system and graduate of Hoboken High School, Michael went on to earn multiple post-graduate degrees in Physical Therapy. Dr. Russo founded NJIB, a premier orthopedic & vestibular rehabilitation clinic. 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 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 volunteered his services since the beginning of his career to various high schools in New Jersey, but most notably his hometown and alma mater, Hoboken High School's Football program. He also worked with Olympic athletes treating the national Israeli Ice Dance Team.
His service continues volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations like the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation, where he serves as a member of the board of trustees. raising money to provide cancer screenings for those without access to these lifesaving procedures. Through these non-profit organizations, Michael is able to help the many residents of Hudson County and raise money for other local charities. 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. As an avid tenant advocate, he was elected to serve as a commissioner of the Hoboken Housing Authority, by his council colleagues, again having the privilege to serve his neighbors.
With his unique expertise in health care, Dr. Russo was also asked to serve on the City of Hoboken's Health Insurance Commission. In his private life, Michael married Lisa Baptista in 2009. She is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in pediatric nutrition. Although now she has the most important job of all…being a mom. Happily married and living in Hoboken, Michael and Lisa are raising their four (4) beautiful children Lia Grace, Jack Anthony and their twins Michele Stella and Michael Dean. 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. It has been Dr. Russo's faith in God and his love for his family that has continued to keep him in service of others.
Kellie joined our staff as a PTA in the fall of 2019. She brought with her 26 years of experience in numerous settings and states. Her experience consists of out-patient services, acute hospital settings/home-visits, skilled nursing, and providing therapy services in the school system. She has management experience working with families, nurses, doctors, and working with durable medical equipment providers. Kellie not only focuses on the current complaints, but approaches the patients holistically, educating them on improving their personal health and wellness. She enjoys teaching community yoga, volunteering with the Women's Club, and spending time with her family.
Alejandro Santana, Patient Care Coordinator
Alejandro Santana, AJ, as he likes to be called, is a 2016 graduate from Rutgers University who earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sport Studies. AJ joined the NJIB team as an intern in June of 2016 and has since been hired as a full-time staff member. After working as one of our Physical Therapy Aides, AJ has now become our Patient Care Coordinator. Before starting at NJIB, AJ did volunteer work at Kessler Rehabilitation doing aide work and other tasks.
Alicyn is new to the NJIB team, but she has been a member of the Bayonne business community for nearly 20 years. She came on board this summer to apply her many years of business management experience in managing the practice. Alicyn also brings with her a wealth of knowledge from major insurance companies, giving her a unique perspective when it comes to advocating on behalf of our patients to make sure they receive all of the benefits they are entitled to. Alicyn, who was born in Bayonne, and played soccer in BYSA and then for Bayonne High School, currently lives here in town with her husband, George Perry, and his young son. She enjoys showing her hometown love by serving her community. Alicyn is a founding board member of the Bayonne Hometown Fair Association where she currently serves as Vice President, serves on the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation for Cancer Prevention's Board of Trustees, and actively represents NJIB with the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce. Alicyn is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Bayonne and a former member of the Bayonne Irish Festival Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and crocheting.