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One Physical Therapy – Garden City

750 Zeckendorf Blvd, Garden City NY, 11530



One Physical Therapy – Garden City

One Physical Therapy, is Long Island’s premier outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice, specializing in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sport-related injuries and spinal disorders. Our practice is classified as a “boutique” physical therapy practice, in that our approach involves one-on-one treatment and on-going evaluative techniques with a credentialed physical therapist, at all times.

What is our philosophy?

One Physical Therapy credits its success to our advanced level of postgraduate education, board certifications, continuing education, and cutting-edge clinical skills. If at any time we feel as if we can not help you, we will let you know. We strive to get you back to the activities in your life that you are presently unable to do. In doing that, we do not believe in prolonged stays in physical therapy. Our therapists will provide you with the tools and education to help you heal as soon as possible. The end result is a well educated patient with a sound understanding of his or her body and how to maintain it in the future.

Our focus is to never enter into the all-to-common “mill-like” atmosphere that is typically seen in most outpatient physical therapy clinics. Our patients are always treated by a physical therapist and never by a physical therapy aide or assistant. Our therapists emphasize independence in the management of each patient’s condition rather than dependence on costly physical therapy equipment or unproven modalities. However, we do recognize that certain patients will require a hands-on manual approach or may need to utilize pathology specific equipment prior to obtaining an independent state.

Which patients are appropriate for physical therapy?

One Physical Therapy caters to all types of orthopedic patients ranging from the “weekend warrior” to any individual suffering from spinal pain or orthopedic disorders of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle or foot. We are a primary referral source for post-operative orthopedic conditions by the top surgeons in the New York area. Additionally, our physical therapists will commonly treat elite athletes such as those at the professional and Olympic level, along with many athletes from the NFL, NHL and MLB.

Primary Medical Disciplines in Practice:

  • Physical Therapy

Other Disciplines in Practice:

  • Physical Therapy

Professional society memberships:

  • N/A

Advanced levels of training /certifications:

  • McKenzie certification
  • Physical Therapy Clinical Orthopedic Specialist
  • Published book chapters or articles in peer reviewed journals


David Lipetz, MSPT, OCS, Cert.MDT

Zachary Spero, DPT

One Physical Therapy – Garden City

David Lipetz, MSPT, OCS, Cert.MDT

David is the owner and director of rehabilitation services at One Physical Therapy.  As a Division I football player for Rutgers University, he was instantly attached to the field of Physical Therapy by experiencing first hand the intimate and rewarding nature that the profession was able to offer. After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science, David studied at New York Medical College and received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.

Upon completion of his Physical Therapy education, David specialized in the treatment of individuals that were suffering from spinal disorders and orthopedic conditions. Shortly after graduating New York Medical College, David studied with the McKenzie Institute, U.S.A. and received his credentials to practice the “Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment” of spinal disorders (Cert.MDT). Following this 2 year post graduate program, he went on for further specialization and received an “Orthopedic Clinical Specialist”(OCS) status that was issued to him by the American Physical Therapy Association.

While in Los Angeles California, David served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the orthopedic department at the nation’s top ranked Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, The University of Southern California. While at USC, he taught orthopedic manual therapy and lectured on spinal disorders.

Also while in Los Angeles, David founded Westside Spine and Joint Rehabilitation. Along with spinal disorders and orthopedic conditions, he branched out further into the treatment of foot and ankle disorders and worked closely with the highly regarded UCLA University Podiatry Group, where he served as a consultant post-operatively and as a therapist prior to and after podiatric surgery.

In early 2014, David was approached by AposTherapy to be the first physical therapist in the United States to offer this ground breaking technology to individuals suffering from chronic knee and hip pain.  AposTherapy was developed in Israel 10 years ago and has helped over 50 thousand patients in the UK, Israel and Singapore.  In addition to David’s formal training in AposTherapy methodology and clinical practice with the clinical team based out of Israel, he is presently involved with an apprenticeship program with the creator of AposTherapy, Dr. Alvi Albez.

Beyond traditional physical therapy services, David specializes in the treatment and assessment of elite athletes consisting of players in the NHL, NFL, USTA, USFSA and various Olympic and world level competitors. David has a unique interest in biomechanics and works with skilled athletes in sports such as figure skating, tennis, baseball (pitchers) and dancers.  David is an active consultant to the sports medicine division for the United States Olympic Team and is a physical therapist for the United States Figure Skating Team. David currently holds a United States patent for a training device aimed towards strengthening the lower extremity for elite figure skaters (The Off-Ice Edge) and tennis players (The Tennis Balance Board).

David often collaborates with many of the nations’ top coaches and/or trainers as a consultant for those that are seeking help for their athletes recover from orthopedic injuries or need assistance in developing athlete specific scientific strength training protocols.

Zachary Spero, DPT

Zachery Spero is a Long Island Native who was raised in a household that emphasized health and wellness from an extremely young age.  His father, Dr. Gary Spero, a chiropractor, and his mother Victoria instilled these values through their  holistic approach to life.  Zachary is a former all county wrestler and was an ocean lifeguard at our very own Tobay Beach.  His past clearly drove his interests in health, nutrition, and exercise.  It was inevitable that Zachary would pursue a profession that encompassed the values ingrained in him throughout his life.

Zachary earned his Kinesiology undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010. After completing his bachelors program Zachary deferred his admittance to Physical Therapy School to volunteer among the underserved areas of Central and South America. When he returned he began his studies at Stony Brook University and he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014.

After graduation Zachary began working at One Physical Therapy where he was given the highest quality mentor-ship and learning experiences available. He is currently in the process of becoming a McKenzie certified therapist and is on path to pursue a clinical specialist certificate in orthopedic rehabilitation.

One Physical Therapy – Garden City