Dr. Michelle Tawil, DPT, MSPT is the founder and president of Tawil Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. She has a strong educational background in anatomy and human function as her undergraduate degree is in Biology. She received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ) and subsequently earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from her alma mater in 2004. Her education and clinical experience has allowed her to excel in the profession she loves. She has successfully treated thousands of patients with musculoskeletal conditions and prides herself in getting her patients feeling better and better educated about injury prevention. A life-long learner, Dr. Tawil continues to participate in continuing education courses and is trained in the following philosophies/treatment paradigms: McKenzie, Mulligan, Maitland, McConnell taping, Kinesiotaping, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and Laser remodeling, just to name a few. She also enjoys teaching/instructing young adults who aspire to become Physical Therapists by being involved in work-study programs with the area high-schools. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, exercising, and reading.



Lazarita Valdivia

Office Manager

Lazarita Valdivia is the Office Manager at Tawil PT & Sports Performance. She graduated from Emerson High School in 2007 and went on to work as a medical assistant. As an office manager, she assumes various roles from following up with patients to verifying insurance benefits. In her spare time, Lazarita likes to travel, spend time with family, and participate in Breast Cancer Awareness walks.


Michael De La Cruz

PT Tech

Michael De La Cruz is a PT Tech at Tawil PT. He is currently pursuing Physical Therapy at Kean University after suffering a wrestling injury which required PT. He is passionate in helping others and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When not working and studying, Michael enjoys body building and dancing.

Stefany Corella

PT Aide

Stefany Corella is a PT aide at Tawil Physical Therapy. She is a graduate of North Bergen High School and is currently studying Biology at Kean University. Her goal is to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has a passion for her chosen career and helping others. She is also an avid athlete who enjoys soccer and basketball. In her spare time, Stefany enjoys volunteering, cooking, sports, and watching the Discovery channel.


Katherine Mendoza

Massage & Bodywork Department

I was born and raised in California and studied massage at the Calistoga Massage Therapy School. I received my certification in 1996. In 1999, after working in a Spa in Calistoga, I moved to the Dominican Republic. There I was able to start my own business, Phoenix Health Spa. I created, with my experiences, my own personal technique of massage and bodywork. During my time in The Dominican Republic I also attended Neijing Institute where I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. I graduated in Acupuncture and Energy Massage in 2003. I have recently had the opportunity to join the group of outstanding professionals at Tawil Physical Therapy and Sports Performance and create their Massage & Bodywork Department here.