Our team includes internists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and chiropractors. Allow us to introduce ourselves.
David H. Zelefsky, M.D.
President and principal practitioner here at NY Rehab, Dr. David H. Zelefsky has been practicing medicine in the five boroughs since 1987. He is board certified by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is a member of both the American Medical Association and the Richmond County Medical Society. Dr. Zelefsky has presented research on such varied topics as quadriparesis, burn injuries, hemiplegia, hypertonicity, and delivered lecture series' on stroke rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital. Today, Dr. Zelefsky serves patients at NY Rehab, and remains affiliated with both Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital. A native New Yorker, he attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University, where he attained Cum Laude standing as well as a position on the Dean's List.
Dr. Zelefsky says the thing he loves most about NY Rehab is feeling like a part of a team that is united under one common goal: to apply rigorous attention to detailed treatment and cutting-edge technology to treat the problems of people who once thought their conditions untreatable. Seeing smiles on the faces of those who have found hope through natural remedies at NY Rehab is a reward he enjoys daily.
Lauren Stimler-Levy, M.D.
Dr. Stimler-Levy serves as a physiatrist at NY Rehab's Valley Stream practice, and focuses on chronic pain management, treatment of acute work-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, as well as tendon, joint, and trigger point injections. As of 1999, Dr. Stimler-Levy is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Stimler-Levy has served previously as Medical Director for an Article 28 physical medicine and rehabilitation facility in Franklin Square, NY, and worked in private practice in Rockville Center, NY and Patchogue, NY. She completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency as well as 3 years of a General Surgery residency at Nassau University Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center. She has worked as a surgical house physician at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Queens. She has experience testifying in court cases, as well as in performing Peer Reviews and IME's, and has voluntary hospital privileges as a lecturer at Nassau University Medical Center where she lectures residents. Dr. Stimler-Levy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree, and subsequently completed her M.D. at the State University of New York's Stony Brook Medical School in 1986.
Dr. Stimler-Levy says that NY Rehab is a perfect mix for her, given her extensive experience working in general surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation at a Level I Trauma Center. Over the past 20+ years, she has seen and treated patients with injuries and pain from their initial presentation in a surgical emergency room and is intimately familiar with all stages of injury and rehabilitation.
Nelson Castro, D.C.
As one of NY Rehab's brilliant team of chiropractors, Dr. Castro has been at NY Rehab since his graduation from New York Chiropractic College in 1994, where he served as class president all four years and was honored with the Alumni Award, Clinic Award, and Distinguished Service Award upon graduation. He is a member of the New York State Chiropractic Association and the World Chiropractic Association, and is a major advocate of spinal decompression therapy, which he describes as "revolutionary, like nothing in the history of disc herniation treatment."
Dr. Castro donates time to his community through the Doctor's Speaker Group by lecturing civic groups on the topics of Fibromyalgia, Health & Stress, Asthma, and other health related issues. In a previous life, Dr. Castro was a professional musician, recording an album and performing on television for Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. He is adept with the guitar, drums, and keyboard, but his talents are not limited to the world of music; he enjoys basketball, lacrosse, football, and wrestling. A family man as well, Dr. Castro beams when mentioning his young daughter Samantha, and says of his wife Kathy, "We've been married for more than 20 years, and every day I love her more than the last."
Filippo S. Ragone, D.C.
Dr. Ragone practices chiropractic care at NY Rehab's Valley Stream office, treating patients with severe back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, and a litany of other musculoskeletal ailments. A New York native, Dr. Ragone is a 1995 graduate of Hofstra University, and a graduated Manga Cum Laude in 1998 from New York Chiropractic College. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the New York State Chiropractic Association, and is certified in Nimmo Myofascial Technique and Cox Flexion-Distraction. Dr. Ragone speaks English and Italian fluently.
Dr. Ragone says that the most amazing thing about being part of the NY Rehab team is the opportunity to develop such close personal relationships with patients he treats. A dedicated husband and father, he spends as much of his free time as possible with his family. He adores his beautiful daughter Ashley, and his wife Heather, who he refers to as his soul mate. Dr. Ragone loves sports and is a passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Dr. Sady Ribeiro
Dr. Sady Ribeiro joined the NY Rehab team in 2010 as our Interventional Pain Management Specialist. Dr. Ribeiro is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Board of Pain Medicine, American Academy of Pain Management, American of Interventional Pain Management, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medcine. He is certified in Headache Medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties and he is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice by the World Institue of Pain. Dr. Ribeiro received his Doctor of Medicine in 1973 from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil. He has completed various fellowships and trainings in pain management, headache and oro-facial pain both here in New York City and in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ribeiro provides some of the most advanced diagnostic, rehabilitative and preventative treatments to assist patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries, with a focus on long lasting solutions his patients healthcare needs. Dr. Ribeiro has utilized his vast experience and knowledge to help patients that have not responded to traditional methods of treating their pain. He has had great success in treating and helping patients with chronic and difficult to treat pain.
Dr. Ribeiro considers himself to be a student for life, he spends his free time attending courses, reading various medical journals and studying new and cutting edge methods to managing pain for patients. In addition to his studies Dr. Ribeiro loves to travel and spend time catching up with is family in Braz.