Meet the Therapist

Karen continues to take numerous continuing education courses and certifications, regarding manual therapy techniques, current and innovatgive exercise programs,  kinesio taping as well as courses on insurance to help patients achieve the maximum benefits from their insurance.  Karen is a  clinical education instructors for many universities such as Stony Brook University, Seton Hall University, NYIT, Touro and the University of Scranton. Karen is proud to be a participating member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network,  American Physical Therapy Association, and The Council of Licensed Physiotherapists.  She is  committed to being trained in the newest techniques and government issues pertaining to your treatment and insurance coverage.  Karen is a  members of the Wantagh and Bay Shore Chambers of Commerce and a member of the Bay Shore Lion’s Club.

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baxter furnoP.T., D.P.T.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from North Carolina State University in 1992. She then went on to receive her Physical Therapy degree from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam in the Netherlands during 1997. She has completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in December of 2010. Karen began her career at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she rotated through acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury units while concurrently working at night in an outpatient manual physical therapy office in Wantagh.  Karen is an adjunct professor at Utica College teaching pharmacology courses to graduate students.

Karen continues her pursuits in manual therapy taking numerous continuing education courses that have dealt with shoulder injuries, manual therapy techniques, kinesio taping as well as courses on insurance to help patients achieve the maximum benefits from their insurance. Both owners are clinical education instructors for many universities such as Stony Brook University, Seton Hall University, NYIT, and the University of Scranton. Karen is proud to be a participating member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network,  American Physical Therapy Association, and The Council of Licensed Physiotherapists.  They are committed to being trained in the newest techniques and government issues pertaining to your treatment and insurance coverage. Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy are members of the Wantagh, and Bay Shore Chambers of Commerce.  Karen is also a member of the Bay Shore Lion’s Club.

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Maureen Brady PantaleoP.T., D.P.T.

Maureen graduated from Hunter College in 1982 with her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She worked as a therapist in acute care hospital settings, and home care before deciding that her true love was working in out-patient, private practice settings. She enjoys working primarily with patients suffering from orthopedic problems including: myofacial restrictions, musculoskeletal and joint dysfunctions, pain management and postural deviations. At Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy her pregnant patients enjoy the comfort  of the maternity table during their treatment. As an advocate of prevention and wellness, she feels it is imperative to address balance disturbances, generalized weakness and obesity. Maureen specializes in ergonomic intervention and enjoys the challenges associated with this area of physical therapy. She continues to regularly attend seminars and conferences to expand her knowledge on subjects that would benefit her patients. She recently earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Utica College, graduating May 2011. She maintains her state license both in New York and in Florida.

Daniel LorentzPT, DPT, CSCS, CPT

Dr. Daniel Lorentz is a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a concentration in Healthcare Management, while taking on the role as Director of Personal Training and Education for Synergy Fitness Clubs since 2007. Upon graduating, he continued his education at Stony Brook University, earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Having a passion for sports performance/manual medicine, Daniel continued on to attend fellowship in Osteopathic Manual Medicine and Fascial Orthopedics. Dr. Lorentz has been heavily involved in the health and fitness field working with general populations, amateur and professional athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, and martial artists for over 11 years.

Daniel has a 19 year-history of studying various forms of mixed martial arts, earning his 2nd degree black belt in 2004. His competitive career was halted by a severe injury  from a major automotive accident in 2011 that left him temporarily wheelchair-bound due to a broken neck, hip, leg, and several herniated discs.  As a nationally-ranked and undefeated martial arts competitor, he opened his own martial arts dojo in 2008 in Farmingdale, NY. Many students achieved peak levels of fitness, winning competitions and even earning Championship Belts. Over the course of his career, Daniel has taught thousands of students, held women’s self-defense seminars, and worked with hundreds of military personnel. Daniel choose to practice with Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy because we are founded upon patient-centered care in a positive, friendly environment.

Kristen GoldmanPractice Manager

Kristen is the practice manager for our Wantagh and Bay Shore locations.  She has 10 years experience with all administrative tasks, communicating and corresponding with the patients, scheduling, and working with the insurance companies.  Her warm and friendly personality will always make you feel welcome and comfortable in our office.  When she isn’t hard at work, she spends time with her three children and their busy lives.  She loves to spend time with her family and friends.  She graduated from the Wood School in 1992 and worked as a legal secretary in NYC.  After raising her family, she decided to get back into the work field and found Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy!

Sandy FurnoBay Shore Office Manager

The smile at the front desk I’m called. I have four wonderful children, six grandchildren and two great grand babies. Retired sales associate of 25 years has given me the patience and understanding that patients in pain need. Working at Baxter and Walsh Physical Therapy gives me the opportunity to do just that. Twelve years of working here now and I love every minute of it. It gives me great pleasure to watch our therapists treat the patients to make them well, so a smile can go back on their faces.