Innovative Health and Rehabilitation

698 West ave, norwalk, ct 06850
80 Largo dr, stamford,ct 06903
203 852-9903

About Us

Why Choose Us

IHR, established in 2004, is privately owned by physical therapists.  IHR offers a high quality option to outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy services. A true alternative to the large, impersonal, corporate or chain physical therapy centers that are often found in this region, patients working with the IHR team will notice a superior quality of care in a more professional, patient friendly, and intimate rehabilitation setting.

How We Can Help You

The treatment setting at IHR includes individually focused, one-on-one service from skilled clinicians that have established their expertise through specialized academic degree programs, ongoing continuing education, and over 60 years of combined experience.

See the Difference

Above all, the clinicians at IHR seek to return their patients to the highest level of function possible using the safest and most effective methods possible.  Patient satisfaction and well being are top priorities.

Our Services

Physical Therapy Services

The Physical Therapists at IHR provide high quality solutions for all of your orthopedic needs as well as high functioning neurological disorders, gait and balance issues, and vestibular dysfunction (dizziness).  


Athletic Training

SInce 1998 members of the IHR staff have provided athletic training services to several local high schools.  Currently, IHR is proud to be contracted to provide full time athletic training services with 5 local high schools, Norwalk HS, Brien McMahon HS, Stamford HS, Westhill HS, and Trinity Catholic HS.  In addition, the IHR team provides athletic training services to recreational youth sports, charity events, and at the  collegiate, semi-professional and international levels.

Massage Therapy

Our Norwalk office offers two private massage therapy rooms.  Massage therapists Gaile and Nick offer a wide variety of massage techniques to suit your needs.

Our Team

Ralph Antonacci, Jr., MSPT, ATC/L, CSCS

 Ralph, a founding partner in IHR is a 1994 graduate of Boston University's prestegious Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences where he earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and a Board Certification in Athletic Training.  He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  

Ralph has taken extensive continuing education seminars over the years and has trained in notable techniques such as Kinesio Taping, The McKenzie Method, The Mulligan Concept, and Gary Gray's Chain Reaction for Functional Training.  

One of Ralph's proudest professional accomplishments was being selected as a Physical Therapist for the boxing venue at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Greece.

Chris Antonacci, PT, ATC/L, CSCS

JR Meehan, PT, DPT

Alex Torres, PT, DPT


Alexander Torres earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University graduating with magna cum laude honors. His clinical expertise ranges from outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and implementing various manual therapy techniques with Maitland mobilizations and Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM).

Alexander uses his background in sport biomechanics, movement quality, muscle imbalances, and manual therapy to specialize in all aspects of functional performance. He is committed to educating patients on injury prevention programs as a way to decrease future injuries and getting his patients back to return what they love doing the most.

Following post-graduation, he became an active club member of the South Central District league athletics optimizing sports performance training for high school athletes. 

Alexander competes in various adult soccer leagues around the New Haven County and participates as a soccer coach for the New Haven Youth Soccer league. Outside of academics, he enjoys staying mentally and physically active whether it is working out, hiking, or just catching up on his leisure reading at local coffee shops. Alexander's ethnicity roots stem from Puerto Rico and Peru and he is fluent in Spanish

Masayoshi Shoji, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

 Norwalk High School

 Masayoshi “Masa” Shoji graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2010. He has been with Innovative Health & Rehabilitation since 2010 and has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Norwalk High School since 2011. 

Masa specializes in Kinesio Taping and is dedicated to helping young athletes achieve their athletic goals in a healthy environment.

He is also passionate about youth sports and has been covering numerous youth camps/leagues for football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball across Fairfield county.

In his spare time he loves to play golf. 

Ali Czescik, LAT, ATC


Ali Czescik has been a member of the Innovative team since 2012 upon graduating from the University of Vermont.  While at UVM, she had the opportunity to work with Division I Men's and Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Basketball, and Men’s Lacrosse.  The Athletic Training education program gave Ali the opportunity to work with the Burlington Fire Departments Emergency Medical Services. She also did research at the only level one trauma center in the state of Vermont at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Emergency Department.  

Ali started her career with Innovative as the Athletic Trainer for Westhill High School for five years.  Now she works full time in the clinic seeing patients, works with the billing department, and covers at the contracted high schools as needed.  

In her free time Ali enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, cooking, and spending as much time in Vermont as possible. 

Jordan Napolitano, LAT, ATC

 Head Athletic Trainer

 Stamford High School

  Jordan Napolitano joined the Innovative team in 2011 has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Stamford High School for the past seven years. 

A lifelong Stamford resident and graduate of Westhill High School, Jordan traded in his purple and gold colors for black and orange after graduating from Southern Connecticut State University's Athletic Training Education Program. 

Jordan has focused his continuing education on manual therapy and rehabilitation and training techniques. Jordan enjoys being part of the Stamford High School community, and assists in teaching taping and wrapping techniques for the sports medicine classes at both Stamford and Westhill high schools. 

In his spare time, Jordan plays softball and enjoys the occasional video game.

Ashley Labrador, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

 Brien McMahon High School


Ashley Labrador is a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer and has been a member of the Innovative Team since 2012.  She began studying Athletic Training at Quinnipiac University and then transferred to Southern CT State University, where she graduated and earned a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training with Cum Laude honors.  

During her time at Southern CT, she gained clinical experience and exposure working with the Owls’ gymnastic, swimming and diving, and football teams as well as the University of New Haven’s softball team and student-athletes at Hopkins Day School.  Ashley also had the opportunity to develop her skills and knowledge within the growing industrial setting while interning with Progressive Health Services, who provided health  safety and rehabilitation for Delta Airline employees out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, GA. 

Ashley is presently the Head Athletic Trainer at Brien McMahon High School, where she is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the student-athletes.  She is no stranger to CT high school athletics, growing up in New Haven County and being a three sport athlete at Lyman Hall; a member of the Southern CT Conference League.  

She is also a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor and looks to further her repertoire in various techniques such as Active Release Therapy.  

During her off time, Ashley enjoys various activities such as hiking, bowling, golfing, and snowboarding. 

Peggy Feldt, MS, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

 Trinity Catholic High School

Jenna Rousso, LAT, ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

 Westhill High School

Gaile Ivaska, LMT

Nick Guarcello, LMT



Contact Us

Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.

Feel free to fax any documents to (203) 354-2983

Innovative Health & Rehabilitation

698 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850

(203) 852-9903


Monday - Thursday: 7am - 8pm, Friday 7am-4:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed