MEET THE TEAM
DR. PUJA DESAI, PT, DPT
Graduated from university of the sciences in Philadelphia with a B.S. in health sciences and minor in health and fitness management. Then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Puja started her career in Northern New Jersey as an outpatient staff physical therapist at Kessler rehabilitation. There she continued her passion for outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation with gaining experience in specialized manual therapy. Puja was then selected to be the center manager for Kessler rehabilitation where she developed and implemented various health & wellness programs. Puja and her husband decided to move to Branchburg, NJ where she accepted a position as a Director of Rehabilitation. As a physical therapist, Puja has primarily worked with outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on patient-centered manual therapy & treatment. To empower patient centered physical therapy and effectively maintaining a patient's well-being, Puja opened Align Physical Therapy & Wellness.
On a personal note, when Puja is not helping her patients and clients return back to their best self; Puja loves to spend time with her husband and her beautiful daughter. Born & raised in the Philadelphia region, Puja is always cheering on the Eagles & Phillies!
DR. TULSI SHAH, PT, DPT, MPH, MBS
Graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A in Psychology and Minor in Biology in 2010. Shortly after she pursued a dual Masters in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and in Public Health (MPH). While completing her Master's Thesis in Public Health, Tulsi entered and completed the final phase of her educational career, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2016. Since graduation, Tulsi has worked in many different facilities- from subacute/long-term care, assisted care facilities and Continue care Retirement communities (CCRC's) and outpatient facilities providing care to children, adults and geriatrics. Although Tulsi has worked in various settings,age groups and populations, her focus has always been to provide direct, patient centered quality care to her patients.
Outside of work, Tulsi loves spending time with her husband, daughter and family-cooking and traveling.
ALICIA RIVERA, LPTA
Alícia Rivera is a graduate of Essex County Community College and has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for 26 years.
She firmly believes in educating her patients towards a healthier and pain free lifestyle. She specializes in Cupping and deep tissue massage. She has practiced in various physical therapy settings but Orthopedics is her strong suit. Alicia is a native from NJ but holds strong roots in Puerto Rico. She is is fluent in Spanish and firmly believes in family first. She is a wife and a Mom of 3 boys. 4 if you include her Redtick Coon hound. Outside of work she enjoys time with her family, cooking, the beach, running and hiking.