Why Mana Physical Therapy?

Our practice provides outstanding service to our patients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, quality and results.


By combining experience, expertise and energy, each patient receives the close personal attention they need from all of our staff.

All Appointment times start as scheduled. We value your time.


Quality is the standard of something as measured against other things.

We accomplish a higher standard by requiring all therapists to be trained in or training for an advanced manual therapy certification.

We feel it is important for patients to know they are being treated by professionals who possess exceptional clinical skills.


At the end of the day, what really matters is the success of reaching your goals.

We use technology to analyze our outcomes data and patient satisfaction to continuously improve our ability to reach our patients’ goals in the shortest amount of time. 

Our Therapists

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Dr. James Coomber, PT, DPT, COMT, CES

Active Release Technique Practitioner (full body)

Certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Dr. Coomber is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with special certification in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT) and corrective exercise (CES). He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2010. He completed his affiliation training at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan where he worked in the outpatient and acute rehab departments.

After graduating, he began working in outpatient private practice where he discovered there was a need for improving quality of care in a patient focused setting. He has trained in the most advanced techniques in the field, which has resulted in a very high success rate in his patients reaching their therapeutic goals.

Dr. Coomber is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT). This designation of distinction is given to Manual / Manipulative Physical Therapists around the world who have completed post-graduate specialization in the field of musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular disorders. The technique used, the Maitland Approach, is a world-renowned, highly effective, gentle hands-on approach to the management of these conditions. 

By utilizing this approach, Dr. Coomber believes most painful conditions can be cured non-surgically if the right assessments and treatments are provided. He is one of only 20 COMTs in the state of New Jersey.

Dr. Coomber has been recognized as a Top Doctor in New Jersey by Healthy Living Magazine on numerous occasions, most recently in 2013. 

Dr. Coomber's personal interests include skiing, weight-lifting (fitness training), hiking and running (former collegiate track athlete).

Dr. Coomber currently treats in East Brunswick on Mondays & Wednesdays, and in Belmar on Tuesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.



Dr. Nick Cifelli, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Cifelli is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in May 2017.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Cifelli attended The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and received a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Nick was a collegiate baseball player during his time at TCNJ, and also worked in the athletic training room. Upon graduating from undergrad in 2013, he began personal training and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, which is a certification that allows him to design and implement strength and conditioning programs, to achieve functional and performance goals. Nick uses his CSCS to train all age groups, with a special interest in training higher-level athletes.

While Nick’s passion is dealing with athletes, he does enjoy working with individuals of all ages and functional abilities. Dr. Cifelli believes that every patient deserves the highest quality of care during their time in therapy.

Nick is also currently working towards attaining a certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and advancing his manual therapy techniques through the Maitland Approach.

His personal interests include weight lifting, golfing, skiing, playing soccer, and going to the beach.

Dr. Cifelli treats in East Brunswick Monday through Friday.

No Prescription Required

We offer you direct access to our services. You do not need a physician referral to be evaluated and treated by Mana Physical Therapy. Every state allows for evaluation and some form of treatment without physician referral. This allows patients to start physical therapy as soon as their symptoms begin without having to wait days or weeks to see their physician first.

Your physical therapist will decide at the first session, or after the first few sessions, if physical therapy is appropriate for you. If necessary, you will be referred to another provider such as your primary care doctor, the emergency room, urgent care or surgeon.

What you can expect:

At your first visit, you will be greeted by a member of our staff and fill out a few forms including your medical history. If you have a prescription from your doctor and have imaging results that is helpful but not always necessary. Your therapist will then review your medical history and ask more questions regarding your condition to help guide the physical exam. The physical exam will be extensive and the primary source of symptoms will be identified. Based on the results of your exam and other information provided, your therapist will create a customized plan of care for you. This will include manual therapy (hands-on care) and/or corrective exercise and other modalities. Your plan of care will be continuously reviewed, evaluated and changed as your condition improves to help you meet your long term goals. Long term goals are patient specific and can include being able to enjoy a mile walk without knee pain as well as someone who needs to get back to sports without pain and more efficient movements.