David Ettinger, PT, DPT, GCS
Owner, Forward Physical Therapy
David was introduced to the field of Physical Therapy after experiencing a serious knee injury, having surgery and spending 9 months in physical therapy. He went on to study at Columbia University and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. David has extensive experience with orthopedics and geriatrics in both the outpatient and homecare setting. In 2011 David founded Forward Physical Therapy. In 2013 he earned board certification in geriatric physical therapy. When he is not working he enjoys listening to and playing music with his children.
Michelle “Malkie” Cizma-Fridman, PT, DPT
Malkie received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2007. Her love of exercise and medicine led her to Physical Therapy. In 2010 Malkie earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Malkie administers high quality personalized treatment to each patient with her upbeat, cheerful attitude. She has experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, total hip and knee replacements, and neuromuscular disorders. Malkie is passionate about women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction. Seeing a need for more specialists in this field she began the long journey toward clinical specialization in women’s health. She has taken countless continuing education courses and has built a loyal base of patients who see amazing results and refer their friends and family.
Faigy Sperber, MS, OTR/L
Faigy earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Touro College in 2016. During her clinical education she completed clinical affiliations in both hospital and private practice settings. Prior to working at Forward Therapy, Faigy completed an internship specializing in hand therapy. Faigy has an interest in hand therapy and upper extremity orthopedics and plans on pursuing a CHT certification in the future. Faigy has always been fascinated by anatomy and loves how occupational therapy allows her to integrate science and creativity to help people regain function.
Eleanor O’Connel, PTA, LMT
Physical Therapist Assistant
Eleanor grew up in Brooklyn and joined the swim team while in school. Along with being physically active she believes in treating the body naturally. She studied at The Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy where she received a license in Massage Therapy. She then attended NYU where she received a degree in Physical Therapy Assistant, and the Sivananda Yoga Institute in upstate NY to become certified as a Hatha Yoga Instructor.
She is a seasoned therapist, combining thirty years of experience in these fields. When she is not working she enjoys spending time catching up with family and friends, cooking a meal together or going on a hike. She also enjoys doing yoga or reading a good book.
Chantel Bermejo, BS, CF1
Chantel has a passion for fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It began after joining Team and Training, an organization that brings awareness to and helps fund the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. Chantel loves to share this passion to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle. After graduating from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, Chantel continued honing her skills at a high-end fitness company. Chantel loves to challenge herself. Whether it’s lifting something heavy overhead, or backpacking along Australia’s coastline. Chantel has a background in dance, triathlons, long distance running, weightlifting, and Crossfit. She hopes to complete a full Ironman in the future.
Otis Collier Jr, MS
Brooklyn born and raised in Brooklyn, Otis has always been into the physical activity lifestyle but truly pursued fitness for his own health to help fight off obesity. Otis has turned his passion and discipline to helping others discover their true fitness potential. A lifelong learner, Otis pursued an education in fitness and earned a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. Otis has the rare ability to take the complexity of the human body and exercise and deliver the information in an understandable and useful manner. He has helped over 100 clients achieve their goals by merging post-rehabilitation and strength training concepts into effective and fun programs using pain-free exercise. Otis believes in the idea of helping others achieve their goals more than leading them. He passionately designs every clients exercise program with their goals as his guidance (despite the cost to his sleep!)