ActiveCare Physical Therapists
PT, MS, CSCS, CPI, CWcHP
Karena Wu is owner and Clinical Director of ActiveCare Physical Therapy. She is a native of Los Angeles, California and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California at Riverside. She has been practicing Physical Therapy for 15 years in New York City after she graduated from the Program In Physical Therapy at Columbia University. She has advanced training in manual therapies, specifically in Maitland Joint Mobilization and Myofascial Release. Karena is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Kinesiology Tape Practitioner and Pilates Instructor. She is also certified as a LSVT BIG Practitioner.
Karena is a dedicated practitioner who takes a holistic approach to her practice. She actively networks with a team of physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists. Her patient population consists of professional athletes, dancers, celebrity chefs, TV media stars, high end business professionals, and NYPD/FDNY.
Karena is used as a healthcare expert on CBS, NY1, Fox News and Dr. Oz. She is the Director of Education for SpiderTech Kinesiology Tape and is on the Medical Board of the Association of Volleyball Professionals.
Ruchi Thakkar earned her Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Mumbai, India. She is currently pursuing her Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.
Ruchi is committed to providing quality care that is customized for each patient, with an emphasis on manual therapy. Ruchi has taken advanced manual therapy courses in Maitland joint mobilizations from Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars, which emphasize evidence-based techniques for the assessment and treatment of spinal and peripheral conditions.
Ruchi has treated patients with musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and practices Selective Functional Movement assessment for patients with motor control deficits. She uses Functional Movement screening to determine whether patients are ready to return to their particular sports.
Ruchi is licensed with New York State and is an American Physical Therapy Association member. She has taken workshops in sports taping, Theraband exercise and Pilates.
Ruchi is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati, and enjoys traditional Indian dance forms. She has trained for nine years and is certified in Bharatnatyam, a classical dance style that emphasizes hand gestures (mudras) to portray traditional stories and myths.
Monique Dupree is a New Jersey native who earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
Monique believes in using a holistic approach when treating patients by integrating postural education and core exercise with selective strengthening. She utilizes carefully-selected exercises to not only target the area being treated but also to enhance overall movement and quality of life for her patients.
Prior to joining ActiveCare, Monique worked in a clinic that specialized in diagnoses of the low back and neck, integrating functional movement to prepare patients for safe discharge.
Monique is licensed in New York and New Jersey and is looking forward to taking courses to further develop her manual skills in the areas of sports taping and peripheral joint and spinal mobilizations.
In her free time, Monique enjoys spending time in the city, dining and taking in the arts.