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Meet The Staff
Dr. Stephen Jones is the founder and owner of Total Health Associates in Waldwick, New Jersey. He is a board certified, licensed Chiropractor since 1998. While classically trained as a chiropractor, early in his career, Dr. Jones developed a true appreciation for the vast array of healing disciplines, and has incorporated Physical Therapy, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy into his practice. After completing his Doctorate degree, Dr. Jones began his career in Woodbridge, Virginia. Dr. Jones joined a busy practice where he dedicated 9 years gaining valuable experience. In 2007, Dr. Jones returned to his hometown of Waldwick, NJ and opened Total Health Chiropractic. Over the past eight years, Total Health Chiropractic has experienced significant growth by combining authenticity in care and dedication to the community. In June of 2014, Dr. Jones moved his practice to a larger clinic and was finally able to honor his early vision of more comprehensive patient care. Thus, Total Health Associates was born. Total Health Associates is comprised of a hand picked team of specialists: PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, ACUPUNCTURISTS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND CHIROPRACTIC. Having trained staff in orthopedics, women's health, neurologic and sports-related injuries, Dr. Jones is able to treat his patients with his distinct-integrated wellness philosophy. Dr. Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College in 1993 and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georga in 1998. He was awarded his license from the New Jersey State Board of Examiners in 2003 and holds license in Virginia as well. Dr. Jones has advanced certification in Torque Release Technique and Graston Soft Tissue treatment. He was awarded Family Chiropractor of the year in 2008 and 2009 and is a member of the Waldwick Chamber of Commerce and the Association of New Jersey Chiropractic. He is an avid outdoorsman and exercise enthusiast. He is a father of two daughters and lives locally in Bergen County.
Dr. Stephanie Sipala is a New Jersey licensed Physical Therapist and received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2011 through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities (ABPTS). She joined Total Health Associates in March 2015. Currently, Stephanie effectively evaluates, treats and educates patients using evidence based medicine. In addition, she is trained in, but not limited to, the following: mulligan technique including mobilization, manipulation, and mobilization with movement techniques and myofascial release. Stephanie received a B.S. in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2004, graduating in 3 years. In 2007, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Franklin Pierce College. Dr. Sipala is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) since 2007. Understanding the importance of continuing education, she has attended many Physical Therapy conferences through both associations.
Jennifer Collard is a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New Jersey. She joined Total Health Associates in March 2015. With over 19 years experience in physical therapy, Jennifer specializes in Orthopedic, Post Surgical and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Jennifer also specializes in sports related injuries and is well trained in the evaluation of muscle imbalances. Jennifer stresses the importance of looking at the whole body during evaluations and treatments. As a sub-specialty, Jennifer has extensive experience in the treatment of Pre-Natal, Postpartum and Pelvic Floor conditions for women, including the use of biofeedback. She authored a healthy pregnancy book educating pregnant and postpartum women regarding changes to their body and lifestyle. While developing a Women's Health Physical Therapy Program she also held seminars for pregnant women and their partners. In addition to her work as a Physical Therapist, Jennifer has formulated knee and shoulder postoperative protocols for websites of referring orthopedic surgeons. As a respected expert in her field, she has been quoted in The Bergen Record. In 2008, readers of The Bergen Record voted Jennifer and her team as "Best Physical Therapy in Bergen County." Jennifer received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Like any professional, Jennifer knows the importance of staying current in her field and frequently attends continuing education courses. Jennifer has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2004 and a member of it's Orthopedic and Women's Health section since 2005.
Peter DeCicco is a licensed Acupuncturist in the states of New York and New Jersey. Peter received his undergraduate degree from William Patterson University and continued his studies at The Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Montclair, New Jersey. He is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Style Acupuncture and Five Element Style Acupuncture.
While completing an internship at the Eastern School, Peter studied under world renowned acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto, and treated a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. After completing his extensive training in Acupuncture, he began his career in Brooklyn, New York, specializing in pain management and trigger point acupuncture.
Knowing the tremendous benefits Acupuncture can offer, Peter treats his patients for chronic pain and conditions such as lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, fibromyalgia, seasonal allergies and infertility. Peter works hand in hand with his patients to guide them on their journey to optimal health.
Michelina Mann “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
This quote by Chinese philosopher Lao-Tau, exemplifies the core beliefs Michelina brings to her Acupuncture treatments. Having earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from William Paterson University, Michelina furthered her education at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. There she studied under world-renowned author and Acupucturist Kiiko Matsumoto, learning Matsumoto’s “Kiiko Style" Japanese Acupuncture. Michelina is also well versed in the innovative treatment modality of Electro-Acupuncture, having been schooled in, and now actively practicing this modality based on the teachings of William F. Craig.
While attending Eastern School, Michelina was also educated in the theory of Five Element Acupuncture. This modality of treatment, coupled with her background in Psychology, allows Michelina to bridge the gap between mind and body and treat her patients holistically. By studying various Acupuncture teachings, Michelina is able to offer her patients a broad range of treatments and use her skills to help patients suffering from sports related injuries, auto-immune disorders, infertility, migraines, allergies and the common cold.
Elizabeth Adamo-Vasile graduated with High Honors from the Massage for Wellness Program. She has been a certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association since 2004. Elizabeth joined Total Health Associates in July 2015. As a certified Massage Therapist she uses an integrative style of massage therapy to reduce stress, musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. Elizabeth is a firm believer in continuing education and developes her skills and knowledge by attending classes, workshops and seminars.
In addition to her training in Swedish Massage, her specialties include: Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Rehabilitation Massage, Compression Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Pre & Postnatal Massage, Geriatric Massage, Raindrop Therapy Technique and Aroma Therapy.
Elizabeth offers her patients relief from acute and chronic pain and stress. By customizing massages to specific needs, Elizabeth helps patients achieve their wellness goals. During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys yoga, tai chi, meditation, reading, hiking and the outdoors.