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Our Staff

We help active adults and athletes get back to the work outs, sports and activities they love with minimal downtime.

David Stedjan, PT, MPT, OCS

Physical Therapist/Owner

David Stedjan received his Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from the University of Sciences in Philadelphia in 2001.  Since graduating, David has worked exclusively with patients with orthopedic and sport injuries, patients after surgery, and athletes returning to sports.  In 2006, David earned his Orthopedic Clinical Specialty Certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

David has lectured at various high schools, senior centers and community events on the benefits of physical therapy.  He, also, presented at the Professional Sports Medicine Symposium in 2008 on “Treatment of Low Back Pain in Athletes”

David believes that patients should be treated as a whole, and not just a diagnosis.  He attains this through the use of specific exercises, manual therapy, and activities to return to sport or previous levels of function, all designed to address each patient's specific problems and needs.

David and his family live in Clarkstown and started Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation to be a resource to his neighbors and the community as a whole. 

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About Me

  • What is your favorite activity outside of work?

                       Golf

  • Coffee or Tea?

                        Coffee—ALL DAY, EVERYDAY

  •  Where did you go to school?

                        The University of Sciences in Philadelphia

  •  Where did you grow up?

                        Fair Lawn, NJ

  •  What is your “Go-To” Snack?

                        Banana (at work) or Pretzels (at home)

  •  What is the best place that you have traveled to?

                        Hawaii

  •  Early-Bird or Night Owl

                       Early-Bird

  •  What is one thing that people don’t know about you?

                       I went to boarding school in Minnesota for 11th and 12th grade

  •  Why did you become a PT?

 I have always loved sports and just understood injuries and what it does to athletes, so I wanted to be able to help athletes get back on the field, court, etc. as quickly as possible.  Whether it’s the recreational athlete or competitive athlete, I wanted to be able to be someone they knew they could count on for help.

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About Me

  • What is your favorite food?

                     Mashed potatoes, Spanish Chicken and rice, and Korean BBQ

  • What is your favorite activity outside of work?

                     Besides playing with my baby, I enjoy being active outside (especially in the summer) and playing and watching sports .

  • Coffee or Tea?

                     Coffee

  • Where did you go to school?

                    Ithaca College-Undergrad and Grad school

  • Where did you grow up?

                    Bronx, NY and Old Forge, NY

  • What is your “Go-To” Snack?

                    White cheddar cheese-its

  • What is the best place that you have traveled to?

                     The Maldives for my honeymoon

  • Early-Bird or Night Owl

                     Night Owl

  • What is your favorite holiday?

                     Thanksgiving

  • Your Favorite part of your job?

                     Helping people recover from their injuries to achieve their goals while being able to make meaningful connections with them in more

                     ways than one.  Working in a friendly environment that encourages growth.

  •  Why did you become a PT?

                     I chose to become a PT because I myself had sustained sports injuries that required physical therapy, and I admired how they got me

                     back onto the field and rehabbed me through my injuries even when I thought I would not return to playing the sports I loved.

                     I love how I can use my knowledge and skills to help those in need recover from their injuries and achieve their goals whether it is being

                     able to navigate throughout their house safely or being able to walk their daughter down the wedding aisle after surgery.

Amanda Notley-Kim, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Amanda received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2015.  Since graduating, Amanda has worked with people with orthopedic and sport injuries, patients after surgery, and athletes returning to sports.  

Amanda helps people through the use of specific exercises, manual therapy, and activities to help athletes and active adults get back to their sports, work outs, and activities they love with minimal downtime.  She pays extra special attention to making sure the injuries the stay away with customized plans and activities that continue to help people improve...even when they have fully recovered.

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About Me

  • What is your favorite food?
                   Pot Roast and Ravioli (Not Together)

  • What is your favorite activity outside of work?
                   Entertaining family and friends

  • Coffee or Tea?
                    Coffee

  • Where did you grow up?
                   Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

  • What is your “Go-To” Snack?
                   Cheese

  • What is the best place that you have traveled to?
                   Hawaii

  • Early-Bird or Night Owl
                   Night Owl

  • What is your favorite holiday?
                   Christmas

  • Dog or Cat?
                   Dog

  • Favorite Pizza Topping
                  White pizza so ricotta

  • What is one thing that people don’t know about you?
                  I am an open book

  • What is your favorite part of your job?               

                     Talking to the patients both in person and on the phone.  Giving them hope that we have the solution to improve their physical and

                     mental quality of life.

Michelle Grande 

Patient Success Coordinator

Michelle may very well be the first person that you talk to at Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  She most definitely will be one of the smiling faces that you see when you first get into our office.

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About Me

  • What is your favorite food?

                       Sushi

  • What is your favorite activity outside of work?

                       I love cooking, but also love to draw and paint

  • Coffee or Tea?

                       Coffee

  • What is your "Go-To" Snack?

                       A granola bar (Nature's Valley:  dark chocolate and oats or peanut butter)

  • What is the best place that you have traveled to?

                        Hawaii

  • What is your favorite holiday?

                        Christmas

  • What is one thing that people don't know about you?

                         I used to sing opera in High School

  • What is your Favorite part of your Job?

                        Getting to know the patients on a personal level and seeing them progress through their rehabilitation.  When they make strides that

                         makes them happy, it is really gratifying to see.

Annamarie Stedjan

Patient Success Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Annamarie is one of the first and/or last people you talk to at Empire Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.  Annamarie works in all aspect of the business, but is highly involved in the insurance side of the business and helps navigate the insurance process whenever needed.

When not helping with our patients, you either can find Annamarie cheering on her daughter and son as they excel in their various activities or you may run into her catering a party for one of your friends or neighbors.

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