Dr. Bryan Carestia

A physical therapist for those suffering from more complex pain conditions

Bryan Carestia is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with nearly a decade of experience in outpatient orthopedics. He works at Activcore in Princeton, New Jersey, located just 2 miles from Princeton University. 

With an extensive clinical background and education, Bryan is uniquely qualified to handle more complex pain conditions that other practitioners could not resolve. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Behavior Management from the University of Delaware, as well as a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from New York University, ranked among the top 20 physical therapy schools in the country. He also has advanced post-graduate training in postural restoration, neuromuscular activation, and other progressive hands-on methods.

Bryan goes beyond the symptoms and looks at the whole body to help you recover from pain and injury, and safely return to a fulfilling life of sport, activity and wellness. He is among less than 1% of all physical therapists to learn from the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), making him exceptionally equipped to treat you from head to toe. Additionally, he is recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.

Bryan started his college career with aspirations to become a medical doctor. He realized while taking the MCAT entrance exam that he did not want to attend another decade of schooling, but that he still wanted to be in the medical field. A few months later he hurt his shoulder while working out, and went through a 6-week physical therapy rehab program. He instantly knew that he wanted to become a physical therapist. 

Spending the next 3 years at NYU learning physical therapy, Bryan got a rare opportunity at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, working with top athletes from the Yankees, Mets, Rangers, and Giants to name a few.  

Bryan began his career in a “high volume” clinic in Midtown Manhattan, seeing 15-20 patients per day. Determined to never stop learning, he continued to refine his skills as best he could. He felt, however, working in a quantity-over-quality setting did not yield optimal results for his patients. There simply wasn’t enough time available with each person individually to make a meaningful difference in their lives. 

Bryan came to Activcore in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. He was finally able to work with each person on a one-on-one basis throughout each and every session in order to get the best clinical outcomes possible.

More recently, Bryan has become increasingly concerned with the growing trend of desk sitting and computer work across corporations. He rightly observes postural damage done not only by the use of technology, but additionally from jobs with repetitive motions, and even the effects of pregnancy and carrying young children.

In search of methods to treat and reverse life altering postural decline, Bryan found the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). His passion and interest grew as he realized he could use the PRI approach to treat his own postural function which was declining due to previous injuries and physically intense work as a PT.

With his personal interest and passion to learn, Bryan has taken multiple courses from the Postural Restoration Institute. He has practiced, refined and grown his breadth of knowledge to be able to treat more complicated issues including those involving the head, cranial bones, and jaw. The result has been many happy clients who have been through multiple specialists, unable to find relief from various pain and health issues.

Outside of work, Bryan is most passionate about spending time with his wife and two beautiful kids. They keep him busy, hungry, and motivated to keep improving all aspects of his life. 

Credentials

PT (Physical Therapist)

DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

RAS (Redcord Active Specialist)

SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) Level 2

TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Medical Level 2

 

I have become a far smoother athlete as a result of consistent physical therapy at Activcore. I am an Olympic hopeful training to qualify for the men's javelin throw, and I have seen distinct progress as a result of working with Activcore. My therapist is Dr. Bryan Carestia. He is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled at giving helpful movement cues, and passionate about advancing his expertise. I have only ever heard positive feedback from clients at Activcore, and the positive feeling is palpable upon walking in. This is a professional organization using superior methodology, and I highly recommend them.

Jack A.

 

I highly recommend Activcore if you are committed to your recovery and looking for an excellent experience each appointment. While the cost is higher compared to other PT, it's worth it for a full one hour, one-on-one session. I cannot say enough good things about Bryan Carestia. He is extremely patient and creative in his treatment approach. I've had a very challenging surgery recovery, but Bryan has kept my rehab program on track. The Client Engagement Leaders are also super helpful and pleasant to work with.

Amanda R.

 
 

Professional, friendly and very competent staff. Bryan Carestia (my therapist) and Alison make coming to Activcore a pleasure. I am very satisfied with my results as well. Thank you Activcore!

Larry K.

 

I give Activcore 5 stars and huge appreciation and thanks to Bryan Carestia for figuring out how to make my body work again. Osteoarthritis increases with each year and makes it hard for me to exercise at all for the pain in my joints. Moving/exercising only made my pain worse. I understand now why my father would groan and complain. Even though this disability is in my genes, I now can do something about it. Redcord is a completely different approach. The harness gives my pelvis support while being lifted off the table takes away the strain of gravity. The specific ergonomic lifts, points, movements, all supervised by the trained therapist (in my case Bryan, but all the therapists are great) wake up my muscles and make my whole body strong. When I started I could barely  hold or repeat the motions. Now I am a 72 year old whizz.  Bryan is a genius at knowing how to direct me. Something else - these exercises are not boring. They never take more than an hour to do. You can count on that. We always do a "before and after" climbing the stairs test. Seeing my progress after each  hour of "work"makes is gratifying. There are people here older and much younger than I. I would say this system has potential for all!  Go for it!!!

Martha O.

 

Activcore is the only place I will now go to for Physical therapy.  I injured my hamstring badly a few months ago.  After not making any progress at another PT place, I was referred to Activcore which has helped me in only 5 sessions!  Bryan spent an entire hour with me each time, focused on specific stretches and exercises for my hamstrings - and my core and glutes, which had some strength imbalances & weren't working together as they should when my injury happened.

Anonymous

 

I am an Olympic hopeful training to qualify for the men's javelin throw, and have seen distinct progress as a result of working with Activcore. My therapist has been Bryan Carestia for training over the past year. Bryan is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled at giving helpful movement cues, and passionate about advancing his expertise. I also saw Nick Passe for one session, and was impressed with how thoroughly he had been briefed in preparation for our session; as well as impressed by how knowledgeable he was. I have heard positive feedback about Tyler, too- in fact, I have only ever heard positive feedback from clients at Activcore, and the positive feeling is clear upon walking in. This is a professional organization using superior methodology, and I highly recommend them.

Jack A.

 

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