Dr. Alfred Gigante

Chiropractic Physician

In 1976, Dr. Alfred Gigante graduated from Columbia Chiropractic, located in NYC. Upon graduation, Dr. Gigante was invited to practice in Los Angeles, California at a chiropractic research center called The Westside Chiropractic. There he had the privilege of working with Dr. Major Dejarnette, chiropractor & founder of Sacro occipital technique and cranial sacral techniques.

At the age of 27, after his one year internship, Dr. Gigante returned to the tristate area and began practicing with Dr. Jay Gilden, a chiropractor in Waldwick, New Jersey. Due to personal issues in Dr. Gilden’s life, he asked Dr. Gigante to take over his modest chiropractor practice.

In 1979 Dr. Gigante began his journey which would later lead to the founding of The Back Pain Center. In 1990 Dr. Gigante moved his practice to it’s present location and founded The Back Pain Center.

Today, The Back Pain Center is a multidisciplinary center consisting of chiropractic, physical therapy and pain management doctors. The Back Pain Center was the first multi-profession center to specialize in the treatment of low back pain

Dr. Gigante’s philosophy is simple—get patients out of pain as quickly as possible.

Dr. Gigante has been married to his beautiful wife Jean since 1982 and has 4 wonderful children, Alfred, Michael, Daniel and Jeanmarie.

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Physical Therapist

Stephen Decker has been a Physical Therapist at The Back Pain Center for over a decade, having celebrated his 12th year in June of 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from State University of New York: Downstate Medical in 1980 and started his career in a hospital setting rehabilitating a wide range of patients, from burn and wound care to those with neurological disabilities. He came to The Back Pain Center in 2004 and has specialized in orthopedic disorders involving shoulders, hips, and knees ever since.

Stephen continues to attend post-graduate courses to stay up-to-date on all the latest treatments and technologies constantly evolving in physical therapy. In addition to extremity training, Stephen has extensive training in spinal decompression, McKenzie techniques for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines, as well as the Hesch Method for treatment of sacroiliac, pelvic, and hip disorders.

Always an athlete growing up, he is still active in sports and loves returning his patients to their sporting passions as well. Stephen is an avid golfer with a handicap of 7 and a musician. Stephen is married to his lovely wife, Joanne, and has two sons, Stephen and Ryan.

Continuing Education and Certifications:

  • McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT), Parts A through D
  • Assessment & Treatment of Shoulder Disorders & Related Pathologies
  • Evaluation & Treatment of Shoulder Biomechanics
  • The Hesch Method: Treatment to Restore Normative Joint Function in Sacroiliac, Pelvis, Symphysis Pubis, Hip, & Lumbar Spine
  • Advanced Evaluation & Treatment for Functional Rehabilitation of the Foot & Ankle
  • Master Level Differential Diagnosis, Evaluation, & Treatment of the Foot & Ankle
  • Knee Ligament Rehabilitation: Treatment of the Unstable Knee
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Mobilization of the Cervical & Thoracic Spine & Ribs
  • Applied Techniques of Manual Therapy: Treatment of the Lumbar Complex

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Physical Therapist

Eric Flores graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College of Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and has been practicing at The Back Pain Center since 2005. He has had specialized training in McKenzie cervical and lumbar manipulation techniques, joint mobilization and gliding, as well as various physical therapy modalities, including spinal decompression. Eric is passionate about basketball, watching movies, and cheering Manny Pacquiao on as his biggest fan. Eric and his wife, Jolina, have two beautiful daughters, Noelle and Nattie.

Continuing Education & Certifications:

  • The Hip Complex: An Advanced Evidence-Based Evaluation & Treatment
  • Kinesiology Taping for Geriatrics
  • Effective Examination of the Shoulder Complex: New Advances
  • McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT), Parts A and B
  • The Hesch Method: Treatment to Restore Normative Joint Function in Sacroiliac, Pelvis,
  • Symphysis Pubis, Hip, & Lumbar Spine
  • Knee Ligament Rehabilitation: Treatment of the Unstable Knee
  • Assessment & Treatment of Shoulder Disorders & Related Pathologies

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Physical Therapist

Travis graduated from New York University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. He comes to The Back Pain Center and Joint Rehabilitation after several years of service as the director of rehabilitation of two prominent Bergen County outpatient facilities. Prior to that he was a staff therapist at the prestigious Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Saddle Brook, NJ. He also currently serves as adjunct faculty with Passaic County Community College and is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor with Rutgers University Physical Therapy Department.

Travis is married to Caitlin and they have two children, Alison and William. Outside of physical therapy he enjoys running, golf, cooking, college athletics and above all else spending time with his family.

Continuing Education & Certifications:

  • Lumbo-Pelvic Manipulation and Stabilization
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Faciliation (PNF)
  • Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT)
  • Peripheral and Sacral Mobilization
  • Foot and Ankle Assessment and Treatment
  • Advanced Ankle and Foot Assessment and Treatment
  • Kinesio Taping I and II
  • Movement Systems Impairment

Chetali Zaveri

Physical Therapist

Chetali graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 with a masters in Masters in Science with focus on musculoskeletal Physical Therapy.

Chetali has more than 15 years of experience in various out-patient rehabilitation facilities and acute care hospitals. Over the years she has specialized in various joint disorders from sports injuries to degenerative arthritis and has strong manual therapy skills including muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilization skills with specific focus on the spine, shoulders, hips, knees and the feet.

She incorporates a holistic approach and is compassionate about her patients returning to their fullest level of function.

Chetali Zaveri is married to her dear husband Chaz and has two boys Ansh and Rehaan.

Kristine Abbot

Massage Therapist

A graduate of Essex Community Collage in 1998 with an Associates Degree, Chris is a licensed Massage Therapist who was certified by Healing Hands. Chris has recently been certified in Thermal Laser which is presently the most advanced technology for joint and back pain. Her initial background has been in subacute care with specific focus on working with amputees. The transition to Joint & Spine Rehab’s approach has been a blessing, allowing all her skills with soft tissue massage to be put to work.