Physical Therapist

Function Physical Therapy

53 North Park Avenue, Suite 104A, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

(516) 660-4942

 Academic Background

I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a doctorate in 2011. I received my CSCS in 2009.  I will soon be getting certified as a Rock Doc.

Certifications and Credentials

  • DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy (2011)
  • CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (2009)
  • Key Terms: Crossfit, Strength and Conditioning, Mobility, Running

 Athletic and Training Background

 I was a multi sport athlete in high school, mainly focusing on soccer but also played varsity lacrosse as well as running varsity track and playing basketball in the winter offseason to stay fit. After high school I played Division 1 lacrosse at Binghamton University in upstate New York.  After college I continued to play competitive soccer while in graduate school until I was about 28 at which time I opened Function PT and I was no longer able to meet the time commitment. I am now training to do triathlons in hopes of one day completing an Ironman.  

I have a very strong background in weight lifting, and use it as my primary training modality. My training is primarily focused around barbell work; squats, deadlifts, hang and power cleans, jerks and presses. My workouts typically begin with a full body warmup and mobility drills, then power and strength lifts followed by accessory movements, finished by stretching and cool down. Running and biking workouts are done completely independent of lifting. 

 Current Role With Athletes as a Clinician

 We currently treat a number of current and former athletes, including a large population of crossfitters, MMA fighters, triathletes, runners, bikers, soccer, lacrosse and football players.

Currently our close relationship with Crossfit "The Rock" and Alpha Omega MMA leads to the majority of our involvement with our athletes, as well as local runners preparing for the upcoming marathon season. 

 Here are two testimonials from past patients:

 Nick Andre – Marist Football ‘09

 I am a 28 year old former Division 1 All American linebacker who is currently a high school football coach and personal trainer. As someone that constantly works with athletes, including myself, I am always looking for a competitive advantage. Mike Santo and Brian Crane at Function Physical Therapy are my competitive advantage. They understand what I’ve been through and still go through in my own training regimen. They also understand what my current athletes go through as well. What better option is there than two young physical therapists who understand your wants and needs. They don’t make you fit the mold, they make the mold fit you. I’m healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been, and so are my athletes.

 Dennis Vanella –  United States Army 2nd Lieutenant , C.W. Post Football ’08, Former Arena Football League Player

 Throughout my athletic tenure, whether it be collegiate or professionally, I have come in contact with a plethora of trainers.  Without a doubt Michael Santo is by far and away the most professional and knowledgeable clinician I have had the privilege of working with.  Dr. Santo has a deeper understanding for the athlete and the rigor their bodies endure during difficult training.  Dr. Santo has helped alleviate all pain in my lower back caused from years of ruck marching in the Army Infantry and has even corrected a hip flexor problem caused by years of football.  It is with my highest regard that I recommend any athlete to use Dr. Santo for treatment for any injuries, pain and nagging problems dealt to their body.  I have sent a majority of players to Michael and he has worked diligently with these high school athletes to get them prepared and treated for their next competition.  Dr. Santo does not just offer treatment based on years of experience and knowledge, he exercises complete professionalism and compassion for his craft and ensures each patient is fully taken care of even after their treatment session ends.  

 Professional Philosophies

 Our main goal at Function PT is to use your bodies tools to facilitate it’s ability to heal itself and achieve an optimal level of health and performance. We use a combination of manual therapy and exercise modalities, including mobility drills and stabilization exercises to restore proper movement patterns and improve functional mobility.  We believe that pain often arises from movement dysfunction, and the main goal is to eliminate these dysfunctions that lead to poor movement patterns and compensation.

We are fortunate enough to treat a large population of individuals who actively participate and take their health very seriously, so a lot of our treatment is based around soft tissue work, followed by mobility drills to improve movement patterns. We provide patients with goal oriented mobility programs as well as accessory lifting programs to help reinforce these improved movement patterns, with the main goal of not just returning to sport, but improving areas where they feel weak to increase performance.

 One of my favorite quotes: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up" - Thomas Edison

 Other info about myself: I have 5 brothers and sisters. I was a business major in undergrad and upon realizing I have no passion for that, I decided after college I would focus on what I love: Health, fitness and sports. I graduated undergrad on a Sunday and was back in school the following day. I chose to go to PT school close to my home so I could continue to train young athletes while in school. I trained several young athletes for several years, many of whom are now playing college sports. Shortly after grad school I was fortunate enough to be able to work with several high level athletes and MMA fighters, and had the opportunity to open an office that was focused around performance and lifestyle improvement. The main goal of our office is to continue to develop as professionals and provide quality care to all based on experience and knowledge