I am a licensed and board-certified physician in sports medicine and family medicine. I completed my medical education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and my Masters in Business Administration at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. I then went on to complete my Family Medicine Residency at Valley Baptist in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, and followed my residency training with a specialty fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine in Montclair, NJ at Mountainside Sports Medicine, a clinical affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
I was formerly a team physician for the Antigua Professional Soccer Team in Antigua, Guatemala, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology Division I basketball and soccer teams, as well as several high school team sports. I have provided medical coverage for various events, including the Philadelphia Triathlon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
why i chose integrative medicine
Aside from being a Sports Medicine physician, I am also a runner, golfer, and cyclist, so I have had my own share of pain and injury. For several years, I suffered from plantar fasciitis. I tried the standard treatment modalities prescribed for such a pain – stretching, night splints, orthopedic inserts, physical therapy, even cortisone injections. Nothing worked, at least not permanently, A friend suggested I try acupuncture, and after three treatments, my pain was gone. I realized that a more holistic approach to sports medicine was warranted and necessary. I needed to focus more on the body, how it moves, how it self-corrects when there is dysfunction, and how that leads to pain.
Since then I have made it my aim to provide my clients with the tools they need to both diagnose what the problem is and fix it. I first began by studying functional movement, popularized by Gray Cook, the founder of the Functional Movement Screen and eventually become a Selective Functional Movement Assessment practitioner. In addition, I studied David Weinstock’s NeuroKinetic Therapy so I could better break down movement patterns. For the injuries that are resistant to most other therapies, I also trained in Prolotherapy and Regenerative Medicine, which involves special types of steroid-free injection therapy. I continue to hone my skills and will be adding contemporary medical acupuncture and IV vitamin infusion therapy in the next several months to our practice.
I believe that now I have the knowledge and resources to help active men and women frustrated by pain and injury, return to what they love to do so they can live and find joy in play again.
My number one favorite thing to do is spend time with my beautiful wife Mary Anne, an acupuncturist, who I practice with, and my adorable son and daughter. Other than that, I am a jock and a geek, staying active and constantly reading up on new effective treatments and techniques in my specialty.
Together with my wife, Mary Anne Matta, a licensed & board-certified acupuncturist, we opened our own integrative medical practice, MEETING POINT HEALTH.