Jason Furia OTR, CHT
Dr. Jason Furia OTD, CHT, is the owner of ARS Hand and Physical Therapy. Dr. Furia’s professional calling started as a volunteer at various local hospitals where he discovered the profound impact Occupational Therapy can have on one's life. Upon graduating from Kean University in 1997, he immediately began his career working with hand and upper extremity patients. A two-year mentorship position at the Hand Rehab center of Northern New Jersey afforded Dr. Furia a unique in-depth knowledge of all aspects of hand and upper extremity therapy. He continued to pursue his education and expertise by becoming a certified hand therapist in 2003. In 2007, he opened ARS Hand and physical therapy which was driven by a singular goal…… to provide superior personalized one-on-one care combined with an unparalleled therapeutic relationship. Dr. Furia returned to school and completed his Doctoral education at the EIM institute for Health Professions in 2017. He is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. Furia enjoys an array of outdoor activities including: mountain biking, wakeboarding, snowboarding and trail running to name a few. These activities not only serve as a great source of entertainment but provide firsthand knowledge of the injuries Dr. Furia treats every day in his practice.
Matthew Dudek, DPT
Matt Dudek is a physical therapist at ARS Hand and Physical Therapy. He graduated from the Seton Hall University dual-degree program with a B.S. in Biology, Minor in Music Performance and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. As a physical therapist, Matt is dedicated to providing the finest individualized care for his patients guided by the most up-to-date research.
Matt grew up in Union, NJ. He has a twin brother, an older brother, and an older sister. He currently lives nearby with his wonderful girlfriend. Matt has a numerous and diverse range of interests. He enjoys reading, writing, cooking, baking, fitness, music, and politics. Matt participates in a monthly book club with a group of friends that has been going strong for over a year now. In high school, Matt taught himself to play guitar with some instruction from his father. He then took formal lessons throughout college with a focus on jazz performance and music theory.
Amanda McGrath, DPT
Amanda, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, also holds an undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Vermont. While there, she gained valuable experience throughout her internships at St. Mark’s Hospital and Garden Terrace Rehab in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Throughout college, she was a member of the basketball and soccer teams and was a member of the physical therapy club.
Amanda is committed to collaborating with her patients utilizing the most current and empirically proven approaches to treatment, with a focus that promotes rapid recovery and long-term health. She received extensive training in techniques including the Mulligan technique, orthopaedic rehabilitation protocols, and the McKenzie method. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
In her leisure time, Amanda enjoys snowboarding, biking and paddle-boarding.
Sally Goncalves, Office Manager
Our office manager, Sally Goncalves, resides in Nutley with her husband Mark. They have three children, ages 28, 26 and 17. For many years she worked in the healthcare field before taking a hiatus to become a professional faux house painter, but ultimately returning to healthcare and ARS in 2007. In 2014, at the age of 50 she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bloomfield College. While there she wrote an article that was published in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research entitled Obstacles to Success for the Nontraditional Student in Higher Education (Goncalves & Trunk, 2014). Currently she is studying at Fairleigh Dickinson University working toward a Master’s degree in mental health counseling. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and riding what she likes to refer to as “the coolest bike on the planet.”
Derek Wood, Physical Therapy Aide
Derek Wood is from Scotch Plains, NJ and has been a physical therapy aide at ARS for 4 years. Derek started pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy when he was first introduced to a local hand therapist in 2007. He completed his B.A. in Psychology in 2009 at Maryland University and is currently studying towards his M.S. in Occupational Therapy at Alvernia University. Once he receives his masters in occupational therapy he will continue to focus on expanding his knowledge of the latest upper extremity rehabilitation treatments.
Some of Derek’s hobbies and interests include running, hiking, and video editing. His running has progressed from a light interest to a passion. To date he has participated multiple races including two half marathons with a personal best time of 1:33.02 or 7:06 minutes per mile over a 13.1 mile course. He’s a very big proponent of traveling. His travels have taken him to London, Israel, Mexico, Aruba, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica, Canada, as well as extensive travel within the United States. Some of his adventures while traveling include skydiving in Aruba, climbing to the top of an active volcano in Costa Rica, and backpacking trips in the Colorado Rockies at an elevation of 10,000 feet.
Norma Armijo, Physical Therapy Aide
As a physical therapist aide and receptionist at ARS Hand & Physical Therapy, Norma provides support for the physical therapists. She received an Associate’s Degree in graphic design and is currently studying Psychology/Pre-Physical Therapy at Kean University.
Norma is a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but was raised in Elizabeth, NJ. Growing up Norma participated in sports varying from karate, kickboxing, and track. She holds a first degree black belt in shindo ryu and is a practitioner of jujutsu and aiki-jujutsu. While actively participating in martial arts she ran a dojo and participated in countless tournaments at locations like Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, Connecticut, and Madison Square Garden in New York. Her next fight will be against novice competitor and ARS teammate Matthew Dudek. Other than martial arts, in her leisure time she enjoys drawing and challenging jigsaw puzzles.