New Jersey Institute of Balance - December 2018

DEC 2018


This month, we’re taking over the commentary from Dr. Russo for a very special reason. As the new employees at NJIB’s Bayonne location, we’ve been cultivating the passion we have for helping others. We’ve spent months learning about you, so now, we want to formally introduce ourselves! Malia Kamai and Carol Sangi Begin at Our Bayonne Location I’ve been fortunate enough to work in many fields of physical therapy since I graduated from New York University in 1982. I’ve used play to help children feel normal, I’ve helped the elderly find pain relief, and I’ve rehabilitated patients with devastating injuries. I was even responsible for the management of a clinic’s procedures and policies. But what I enjoy most about this career is the opportunity to work with people, regardless of their age or injury. Having a hand in their recovery gives me a feeling of satisfaction that managing a clinic never could. This passion only spurred me to take on a new position as a staff physical therapist at NJIB’s Bayonne location. As a local resident, I’ve always felt a pull toward helping others in my community. I’m an active member in a local women’s group that does fundraising and volunteering at local organizations, I crochet for local charity groups, and my home is always open to any person in need. We’ve welcomed in friends, family, and our children’s friends, even after our two kids moved out. The love in our home also extends to our numerous animals, including the gaggle of pugs, birds, rodents, and fish we’ve loved and our current pet, Kitty. Caring for others isn’t just something I do for my day job. It’s a passion I have 24/7. I’m so grateful that I now get to extend that compassion to my community with the help of a dedicated team. Introducing New Dedicated Experts Caring For Pets and Patients: Carol Sangi

for wellness with helping others, because every day, I educate patients about their body and its intricacies.

I’ve been a licensed physical therapy assistant for the past 10 years, and I’d like to earn my master’s degree one day. I also hope to earn my cupping and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization certificate, so I can continue to help as many patients as possible. My patients continually amaze me, and they encourage me to be the best version of myself. I even began running four years ago because of a patient. He came to my clinic with the goal of bouncing back to run a half marathon. We knew we could make it happen, and I’m proud to say we got that patient running again. I was so inspired by his persistence that I ran a half marathon for his charity group. Since then, I’ve ran multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. I even ran in the New York City Marathon two years ago! What started as a way to connect with this patient turned into a personal hobby. When I’m not assisting my patients, running all over town, or pushing myself in CrossFit, I’m usually connecting with my friends and their children. I love watching my friends become parents, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us this holiday season. Thank you to all of our patients for the opportunity to serve my community, and I can’t wait to see how Carol, Dr. Russo, myself, and our dedicated staff can help you. If you are living with pain, we’d love to help. Physical therapy isn’t just the job we chose to do; it’s a calling we’re proud to be dedicated to. Let us show you!

Maternal Passion Turns Into Career: Malia Kamai

–Carol Sangi and Malia Kamai

I’ve always been drawn to helping others, so physical therapy felt like a natural transition. It was a way that I could combine an enthusiasm


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