Dr. Frank J. Ruggiero received his doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2004. Upon graduation, Dr. Ruggiero honed his physical therapy skills working in a variety of settings including outpatient care, acute care, rehabilitation and home care. Dr. Ruggiero has attended various postgraduate courses with McKenzie, and NYU postgraduate continuing education in orthopedics and manual therapy.
Dr. Ruggiero began working with Dr. Willner in 2007 at his private practice in midtown Manhattan. Under the direction of Dr. Willner, Dr. Ruggiero fine-tuned his skills as a manual therapist and quickly adapted to Dr. Willner’s model of care. It is an approach that is patient centered and manually focused physical therapy in the areas of spinal, orthopedic and sports related injuries. Due to Dr. Ruggiero’s varied experience in the field of physical therapy over the first few years of his career he was able to experience other outpatient settings, many of which he found lacking in manual therapy and quality care; Dr. Ruggiero knew that he wanted to tailor his own practice to the patient centered and manual approach focused on by Dr. Willner.
Dr. Ruggiero enjoys staying active and maintains a healthy workout routine which involves a lot of running. He has run the 2009 and 2013 NYC marathons. He takes his own experiences of working out to help better guide his patients with training and rehabilitation. Dr. Ruggiero is also a member of the FDNY and is stationed at Engine 24 in the West Village. When he is not working as a physical therapist or fireman he is spending time with his wife and daughters.