Since 1990, we've been honored to be a part of the Norwalk community helping countless patients in and around the Fairfield County area get out of pain and back to their work, family and lives. Our staff's main concern is working with our patients to get them well and keep them that way! We also work hard to make others aware of our services so that they too can become pain-free and improve their health as well. If you or someone you love is living in pain - please refer them to us to schedule a simple wellness assessment & consultation.
Who are we?
We are board-certified specialists offering a wide range of rehabilitative therapies and customized treatments to meet each patient's unique needs. As a result, many of our patients leave our practice feeling and moving better that they did before they were injured.
Our doctors, physical therapists, and licensed massage therapists provide extensive experience and deliver specialized expertise. We work in close collaboration internally and with the Norwalk areas' leading medical professionals and specialists to implement care that is truly comprehensive and customized. As a result, we have achieved excellent results for all types of patient injuries and long-term pain, including those who have undergone other treatments without success.
Dr. Robert Goldring
DOCTOR of CHIROPRACTIC
Our motto "We Care" is at the heart of all our treatment.
As an experienced health care professional, my approach toward patient care is most effective and successful when utilizing a variety of knowledge from several disciplines to find the optimal solutions and treatment options for the many patients we work with. Working together with our team of highly trained and caring experts like physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists has proven to be of tremendous value to our patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. Our ability to incorporate modalities like acupuncture, yoga, weight loss strategies and nutrition counseling into our individual patient treatment programs truly makes patient care different at AHP. We are patient-centric in every aspect of our day to day activities.
Our team mission has proven time and again the value and application of movement and motion along with function in our everyday lives, and its relevance to athletes and weekend warriors, or simply to anyone who wants to improve performance, maximize healing and learn to maintain optimal health. Our concept of developing a unique multidisciplinary health care approach that treats each patient as an individual is both successful and rewarding.
As a doctor, I am a lifelong learner with a love of science and the human condition. I received my BS in Biology/Chemistry from SUNY Albany and my Doctorate from NYCC. I have extensively studied a variety of traumatic injuries such as whiplash to best understand many of the injuries we encounter at AHP. In addition, I have completed extensive postgraduate studies in rehabilitation, acupuncture, and various hands-on techniques and assessments where we have seen proven patient improvement in both chronic pain and general movement.
Equally important in our approach to treating each patient as a whole individual involves nutrition and fitness. We have dedicated members of our team who are coaches for those who are seeking to improve and maintain overall health and wellness. We offer one on one coaching, and pride ourselves on helping those who need a little extra support to get started or to get back to their own fitness journeys.
Another significant aspect of our organization is giving back to the community. I revel in opportunities to share my learnings with professionals in industry, local higher education facilities, community organizations, and area businesses and corporate branches. Sharing knowledge helps all of us stay healthy and being a positive influence for the health of the Norwalk community is a personal passion.
On a personal note, I am an enthusiastic athlete enjoying various sports, especially tennis. I live in Fairfield CT and enjoy my family time with my wife, our four children, and two dogs.
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Dr. Richard Mullin
DOCTOR of CHIROPRACTIC
I had a terrific childhood growing up in Long Island NY. I attended Western Connecticut State University and then moved to Illinois in the early 1990’s where I graduated with multiple degrees from the National University of Health Sciences in 1994. My degrees include:
- Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Summa Cum Laude, 1992
- Doctorate of Chiropractic – Cum Laude, 1994
My professional path has been long-term relationships including:
- 1992-1995 - Associateship at Downers Grove Sports Medicine in Illinois where I was in charge of patient care and physical rehabilitation. At DGSM, I was awarded the role of “team physician” for two local high schools’ athletic departments. In that role, I supervised pre-season strengthening programs for high school to collegiate athletes as well as attended all games for triage on-site care.
- In 1996 I returned to Connecticut and joined AHP where I continue to treat patients.
- In 2004, I completed a comprehensive training program in whiplash and brain injury traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. The training emphasized biomechanics of injury mechanisms, occupant kinematics, automobile crash reconstruction methods for low-speed impacts, and the most recent knowledge of soft tissue, endocrine, bone, and nervous system disorders, advanced diagnostic methodologies, and the comprehensive case management of whiplash and related disorders.
- In 2008, I completed training in acupuncture and began utilizing acupuncture as an adjunct to my physical medicine training. I have seen many positive results utilizing acupuncture for acute pain and chronic injuries with our patients at AHP.
My treatment philosophy is to heal the body by helping to restore normal movement and function. The focus of therapy is not only on the spinal articulations and peripheral joints but on the associated musculature. Restoring normal muscle strength, tone, and length of the affected region is essential in restoring normal mechanics, whether one is treating the neck, the foot, or any region in between.
I encourage patients to participate in daily strengthening programs in order to avoid recurrence of these injuries and to teach patients how to maintain their own health. Working in tandem with AHP’s PT department as well as providing acupuncture services allows me the multi-disciplinary approach I feel is the ideal protocol for pain reduction and rehabilitation. I have always believed that a team approach offers patients the best chance of recovery.
I live with my wife and son in upper Fairfield County where we enjoy gardening, home improvement projects and I’ve even been known to whip up some pretty tasty home-brewed beers throughout the year.
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Melissa Goldring, RPT
DIRECTOR of PHYSICAL THERAPY
After graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy, I joined Advanced Health Professionals in 1999. What drew me to AHP was our multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. My goal has always been to help people recover from injury and feel better with whatever tools can maximize healing. For those that need it, our collaborative efforts, looking at a patient’s injuries from our own disciplines in Physical Therapy and Chiropractic perspectives does just that—it maximizes healing.
I have been fortunate to observe several surgeries, including multiple joint replacements and reconstruction. In 2010, I was invited into the OR to observe a complex spinal surgery with one of my own patients with Dr. Lipow, head of Neurosurgery at Bridgeport Hospital.
In the 18+ years I have been practicing at AHP, I have received numerous certificates in advanced manual therapy & rehabilitative techniques for pre/post-surgical patients, post trauma, arthritic conditions and how nutrition impacts the body during recovery to name a few. I have also received special advanced training in Pilates and Yoga techniques specific for rehab programs during Physical Therapy as well. I believe educating and giving people the tools they need to incorporate wellness into their everyday life gives more value in the long run.
Over the past several years I have expanded my passion for helping people in their general fitness and nutritional goals by also becoming a Health Coach for Beachbody. My goals include teaching people how to take better care of themselves—from the inside out! In this capacity, I have the ability to help people achieve lifelong wellness while building a community of those who support each other doing the same!
As Director of Physical Therapy at AHP, I take great pride in getting to know my patients, and helping them achieve their health and fitness goals, and have for almost 2 decades. I believe that earning my patients trust; educating them in health and wellness and creating a fun rehab environment helps enhance a patient’s experience, and encourages them to move toward their own desires to Feel Well. Live Well. Age Well.
Email Melissa Goldring HERE
Serena Keklik, RPT
Serena Keklik graduated from the Dokuz Eylul University School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 2000. She covers treatment in orthopedic, neurology, pediatric and obstetric rehabilitation. After graduating, she gained her early experiences in an outpatient orthopedic clinic and pediatric rehabilitation center in Turkey.
She moved to the U.S from Turkey in 2003 and continued her education to pursue her career. Before joining AHP, Serena practiced as a senior physical therapist in New York. In her previous role, she treated patients with orthopedic, neurologic, cardiopulmonary disorders and chronic disease. With 17 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, she has taken various continuing education courses to provide the highest quality of patient care with most current treatment techniques.
What draws Serena to physical therapy is her passion to make a positive impact in each individual’s well-being. It is important to Serena to make a difference toward helping patients improve their quality of life. She is known to collaborate with her patients to create individualized treatment plans in order to achieve their functional goals and get them back to living their life to their fullest.
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Diane Cano, PTA
PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT
Diane Cano graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2011 from Norwalk Community College earning an Associate in Science in their Physical Therapy Assistant program. She has continued her education since graduating with seminars on therapeutic exercise and myofascial release (soft tissue mobilization). Diane is working under the supervision of our Director of Physical Therapy, Melissa Goldring. Diane provides manual therapy, designs and supervises therapeutic exercise programs, and educates patients on their condition and treatments to create the optimum environment for patients to rehabilitate and improve their overall health and well-being.
Diane comes to AHP with a diverse background from her previous careers including actuarial science, computer programming and installation, applications training and technical and database support. After several years as a stay-at-home-mom, Diane took a new direction with her life and studied to become a physical therapist assistant. Diane brings fresh energy and passion to her work and is excited about helping people return to their daily lives after injuries or surgery. She enjoys teaching patients about their pain or injury and helping them fine tune their exercise routines for the best results. She also works in tandem with our chiropractic physicians to ensure our patients have the very best care.
She enjoys working in the boutique environment at AHP “where we really get to know our patients one-on-one”. Diane is also proficient in Spanish and many patients appreciate that she is able to discuss their injury and plan of care with them in their native language. If you need care, you can be sure that Diane will be compassionate and professional, and collaborate with our other providers to give you the best treatment!
Evan Bonenfant, LMT
POST REHABILITATIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST & LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
The Post Rehabilitative Exercising Program [PREP] that Evan oversees st AHP is designed for individuals with various physical limitations due to accidents, injuries, disease, weight concerns, and associated medical treatments.
As our PREP exercise specialist, Evan custom designs exercise programs based on the each person's condition and ability. He guides each individual through their unique program with the goal of improving ADL (activities of daily living) and creating a new healthy way of life!
His focus is devoted to those seeking a supportive way to get back to an active lifestyle but are at a loss of where to start and what is safe. Evan can be booked for individual, group, and family sessions.
Evan is also a fully Licensed Massage Therapist and has been practicing since 2014. He graduated Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and has had the pleasure of working with dozens of our patients over the last few years.
Some of the modalities Evan uses in his massage sessions include:
- Soft & deep tissue manipulation
- Joint mobilization, stretching, cupping,
- Deep tissue massage
- Targeted massage
- Sports massage
- Traditional relaxation massage
What makes Evan invaluable to our treatment team at AHP is his ability to work with patients that are under care at AHP for many different health issues and concerns. Evan customizes each session specifically to cater to the patient’s needs and to maximize rehabilitative impact. His ability to communicate with the patient and his attention to detail sets him apart from other specialists.
Our chiropractic and physical therapy departments refer many patients to Evan for one-on-one PREP sessions or therapeutic massage to aid in their healing process and as an active complementary service to their regular treatments at AHP.
Do not hesitate to call AHP with any questions in regards to our Massage Therapy program, we are always happy to help! You are in good hands!