Richard Holsman, PT, DPT, MAT, GCS
President & CEO
Dr. Richard Holsman (NJ License #40QA00978900) is the President and CEO of Holsman Physical Therapy and Wellness, a clinic group practice of Physical Therapists, Speech and Occupational Therapists specializing in the prevention, wellness, and treatment of clients and patients of all ages. They have multiple independently operated and convenient locations in New Jersey: Clifton, Cedar Grove, Caldwell, Fair Lawn, Elmwood Park, Lyndhurst, Bloomfield, Newark, Kearny, Jersey City, South Orange, Maplewood, and Rahway; and in New York City: Bronx and Brooklyn; and House Calls in Indiana. Dr. Holsman earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also received a Master’s Degree in Teaching, majoring in Health Education, and an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Perpetual Help Rizal with honors. He invented the No Fall Protocol® Balance and Falls Prevention Program for older adults.
In addition to being a licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey, New York, Indiana, and Connecticut State, Dr. Holsman is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and certified in Dry Needling. As of June 2018, there were only 94 Geriatric Certified Physical Therapists out of 12,765 licensed PTs in NJ.1 He is the President and managing director of Holsman Healthcare, a healthcare staffing and consulting services company; Home Therapy PT Physical and Occupational Therapy LLC, a provider of therapy services in New York State; and Holsman Physical Therapy & Rehab of Ind LLC, a mobile therapy/house calls in Indiana.
Dr. Holsman is actively involved in the community, providing community outreach, fall prevention, and health promotion seminars to seniors in Northern New Jersey, New York City, and Westchester County. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Section, Private Practice, and Health Policy and Administration.
Karen Delfin, Esq.
Chief Operations Officer
Karen Delfin, Esq. is a licensed attorney and a member of the New York and Philippine Bar. As the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer at Holsman Physical Therapy and Wellness, Karen brings fresh perspectives and a determination to make a positive impact. With a solid legal and organizational foundation, she will undoubtedly contribute invaluable insights and knowledge to our team.
Karen has over eight years of experience in administrative and management roles across diverse industries and two years of experience as a litigation lawyer. Before joining Holsman, she headed a medium-sized Manhattan, New York law firm's Administration, Probate, and Related Relief division. In this capacity, she assumed a leadership role overseeing and managing the legal affairs of her department, in addition to navigating the intricate world of legal disputes and representing clients in trials or alternative dispute resolution settings.
Karen holds a Juris Doctor degree from De La Salle University College of Law (now Tañada-Diokno School of Law), where she graduated among the top of her class. In 2018, she successfully passed the Philippine Bar Examinations, and three years later, she passed the New York Uniform Bar Exams.
Driven by a passion for continuous improvement, Karen is excited to embark on this journey with the Holsman Family. She firmly believes in learning from every experience and fostering cross-functional cooperation to improve operational efficiency and success. Karen places great value on collaboration and eagerly anticipates working closely with each team member to achieve shared goals and propel the company forward.
As Chief Operating Officer at Holsman Physical Therapy and Wellness, Karen is dedicated to helping steer the company toward new horizons of success by optimizing operations, fostering innovation, and leading with an unwavering commitment to excellence and quality service.
Vanessa Mejia is the Operations Manager of the Holsman family of clinics. She started as the Office Manager of the flagship clinic in Clifton, and with the company’s growth, her duties and responsibilities also expanded. Her dedication and remarkable work ethic enable her to handle day-to-day management and successfully liaise with all the clinics' operations.
Dhaval C. Talati, PT, DPT, MS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Cert. DN
Dr. Dhaval Talati is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. It is a prestigious certification awarded to physical therapists with exceptional clinical expertise in orthopedic manual therapy. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica University, a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Administration from Apollo Hospitals. He holds advanced training and specialization in manual therapy and sports injuries. He is also a certified practitioner in Dry Needling, Kinesio-Taping, and Maitland mobilization. Dr. Dhaval is a dedicated practitioner who takes a holistic approach to patient care.
Oliver Francis Rivera, PT, DPT, MSHS, Cert. DN, OCS
Dr. Francis Rivera holds an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Board Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). It is a formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a specialty area of practice and to assist consumers and the healthcare community in identifying these physical therapists. Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists are experts in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal conditions, a distinguished honor shared by very few physical therapists. As of June 2018, there were only 372 Orthopedic Certified Physical Therapists out of 12,765 licensed PTs in NJ.1 Doctor Rivera earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Univerity of Montana, a Master of Science in Health Science and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines. He is a therapeutic pain specialist and certified in Dry Needling.
Mandakini Desai, PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Mandakini Desai holds a Neurologic Clinical Specialist Board Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). It is a formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a specialty area of practice and to assist consumers and the healthcare community in identifying these physical therapists. As of June 2018, there were only 78 Neurologic Certified Physical Therapists out of 12,765 licensed PTs in NJ.1 Dr. Desai earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Temple University.
Niki Shah, PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Nikki Shah holds a Neurologic Clinical Specialist Board Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). It is a formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a specialty area of practice and to assist consumers and the healthcare community in identifying these physical therapists. As of June 2018, there were only 78 Neurologic Certified Physical Therapists out of 12,765 licensed PTs in NJ.1
Fatima Santiago, PT, DPT
Brandon Gorny, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT
Mr. Brandon Gorny is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. In addition, he is a Certified Hand Therapist. He specializes in patients and clients with Shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries and people with ADL impairments.
Ida Uri, PT
Quality Assurance Consultant
Mrs. Ida Uri is the Quality Assurance consultant at Holsman Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. She's been a resident of Passaic County for the past 25 years.
A calculated risk-taker with deep clinical knowledge and management skills, she has mentored numerous clinicians and managers in diverse single and multisite settings in the past 14 years. Her passion for achieving clinical and operational excellence is evident in her daily life.
Before joining Holsman, Ida had worked in one of the nation's largest geriatric companies for 18 years. Embracing the core values of integrity, discipline, innovation, and growth, Ida received several commendations and awards for delivering high-quality care and operational achievements.
Ida enjoys working with people. She, with her family, actively serves in 2 parishes. She has joined her husband in giving pre-cana seminars to engaged couples for ten years. She is also a catechist for confirmation and adult RCIA. Ida has served as a member of the Diocesan Commission for Catholic Filipino Ministries in the Diocese of Paterson for the past ten years.
1. Certified Specialists by State. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. American Physical Therapy Association. June 27, 2018. Retrieved on September 2, 2023. https://specialization.apta.org/contentassets/da99f358141b484c9917e342b9b2a4e3/certified-specialistsby-state-number.pdf