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.

Alison Griffin

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Alison Griffin, RN, MSN, NP-C completed her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, earning a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science. Alison practiced as a Registered Nurse, while earning her Masters in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner from Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY. She was awarded her NP-C in 2014 and has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) since that time.


Alison spent her time as an RN practicing general and emergency medicine. After earning her Masters, she then transitioned into her role as an NP. Since that time, Alison’s goal has been to provide uncompromising, passionate, holistic care to assist her patients in identifying their healthcare needs and achieve their healthcare goals.


Alison has spent her early years as a NP gaining valuable experience in Primary Medicine. “I have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants and I have gained so much valuable experience working in both the outpatient and inpatient environments. However, with all that I have learned, I have unfortunately, also identified many gaps in our current medical environment.” Through her experience, Alison has seen that ever-increasing demands placed on the primary care provider leaves both the patient and the provider yearning for more. “My hope here is to practice medicine as it was meant to be practiced. I would like to get to know each of my patients and create that special connection that will allow me to provide the kind of care that is necessary to make true, positive, long lasting changes and allow the patient to experience both improved mental and physical health.”


Alison provides a variety of options for holistic pain control and overall improved quality of life. “My hope is that each client we encounter can gain the confidence they need to take back control over their health and make the positive changes necessary to experience their best reality.”


In addition to growing her career over the past 10 years, Alison has also simultaneously grown her family. Alison lives in Marlboro, NJ and stays busy with her husband, four young children and two Goldendoodles!

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

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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.

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!