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Proudly providing compassionate, expert care to help you reduce and often eliminate pain, improve function, increase energy and enjoy life. Our Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Pain Management and Therapeutic Massage Healthcare Team has helped thousands of people in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties. We look forward to helping you!

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Dr. Paul Battipaglia

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Paul Battipaglia, founder of Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Edison, NJ. He graduated with honors and received his Bachelor of Science from William Patterson College, Wayne NJ. Continuing with his education and passion for health and wellness, he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia.


Dr. Battipaglia attended various post-graduate seminars and continues to attend seminars to stay abreast of new techniques and treatment options, in order to help identify and eliminate the underlying cause of pain and expediate healing. He is board-certified in both New Jersey and New York, and received certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine from the American Academy of Manual and Physical Medicine. Dr. Battipaglia is a member of:

  • ANJC (Association of NJ Chiropractors)

  • ACA (American Chiropractic Association)


In 2002, Dr. Battipaglia’s vision became a reality, opening Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation. Proudly, Dr. Paul has immersed himself into our community, and donates his time by providing educational programs for local schools, clubs and organizations. Dr. Paul supports several organizations, including Walk4Friends. To learn more or to schedule a program, please call 732-972-5900.


Dr. Battipaglia resides in Marlboro, NJ with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, fishing and coaching his son’s basketball team.

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Alka Sheladia

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Alka Sheladia, FNP-C, is a Board Certified Registered Family Nurse Practitioner and weight loss health coach. As a provider, she helps you to find the best way to care for your health. As a health coach, she helps you identify your concerns and prioritize health goals that are personally meaningful to you. She helps you build up willpower to make changes that support your wellness and overall health.

 As a passionate patient advocate, she believes in Integrative and functional medicine. Ms. Sheladia has made a high-level commitment to help patients obtain a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit by providing the highest quality of care. Whether it is through the delivery of primary care services or the provision of lifestyle modification guidance. Alka’s mission is to inspire and empower people to achieve overall wellness, well balanced healthy life, and internal beauty.

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Faiz Habashy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Faiz Habashy, DPT attended Rutgers State University in New Brunswick, NJ, earning his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Applied Kinesiology. In his quest to help others, he continued with his education, graduating with honors and receiving his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, in St. Augustine, Florida.


Faiz provides patient-centered care and designs personalized treatment programs to reduce pain, accelerate healing and restore function. This is accomplished by utilizing hands-on manual techniques, therapeutic exercise and physical modalities, such as TENS, Ultrasound, Massage, Rebuilder, Traction, Paraffin, Biofeedback… and most importantly through patient education.


In his spare time, Faiz enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as soccer, hiking, fishing and working out at the gym.

Andrea Carangelo

Licensed Massage Therapist


Valerie Peña

Occupational Therapist

My name is Valerie Peña, I am an occupational therapist and I love what I do.  I chose this profession because I enjoy helping others regain their functioning to enable them to live their lives to the fullest.

I am a married mom of 3 grown children. I am also a therapy dog handler/trainer and a published author. I enjoy living a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as helping others to do the same.

I have 35 years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of the hand, the wrist, the shoulder, the neck, the lower back, as well as conditions contributing to acute/chronic pain, limitations affecting muscle strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, and core stability.

I believe that, to effectively treat and restore function in an individual, I need to look at the entire person and how his/her condition interferes with every aspect of daily life, and not merely focus on one area of the body.

I use clinically-proven, evidence-based assessments to accurately show baseline status and progress. I am skilled in the use of manual treatment techniques, therapeutic exercise, meaningful functional activities and physical agent modalities, as appropriate, to customize my treatment plans to the individual needs of my clients. This has shown to produce positive results in those I’ve treated throughout my years of practice.

I enjoy building a good rapport with my clients, based on mutual trust and respect, as I have found this to be a vital part in my clients’ overall success. I also enjoy teaching my clients so that they may take an active role in their recovery and treatment, as this is proven to yield the best results in the long-run.

My ideal client is someone who has a strong desire to regain function, enjoys learning, and is willing to partner with me to take an active role in his or her therapy program.

If this sounds like you, call the office today so that we can get started on helping you regain function to become your very best!

Andrea Carangelo

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Donna Carollo

Office Manager,

Insurance Specialist

When you walk through the door of Manalapan Spine Care & Rehabilitation, you are warmly greeted by the Office Manager, Donna Carollo. For over 14 years, Donna has helped patients every step of the way with their recovery, as well in their quest to improve athletic performance and fitness. Patients are treated like family, as she accommodates lifestyle and scheduling requests, assists with billing and answers any questions regarding customized treatment programs. She is the, “Go-To” person, dedicated to patient care.


For the last 21 years, Donna has been a resident of Monmouth County. She practices what she preaches, living a healthy, active lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Andrea Carangelo

Licensed Massage Therapist

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Justin Ng

M.S., L.Ac

Justin Ng, M.S., L.Ac. graduated from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. While attending school, he had the opportunity to go to China, where he was able to explore his own cultural background and interest in Taoism and Chinese culture. These invaluable experiences led him to his purpose and a new perspective on life - classical Chinese medicine. 

Justin returned to the US and continued his education. He attended Tri-State College of Acupuncture in NYC, graduating with honors and earning his Master of Acupuncture. Here he was able to integrate the best of both worlds - Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine philosophies. 

As a licensed acupuncturist certified by National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in the state of NJ, Justin designs treatment programs to help identify and correct the root cause of discomfort, as well as to help maintain a state of wellness. His training and holistic focus is on musculoskeletal conditions, digestive concerns, internal disorders and emotional health.

In addition to traditional Chinese acupuncture, therapies offered at Manalapan Spine Care and Rehabilitation include:

  • Cupping

  • Acupressure

  • Trigger Point Acupuncture

  • Electro Acupuncture

Justin was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Woodbridge, NJ. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and photography.

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