A North Bergen man has been charged with operating an unlicensed physical therapy practice, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella.
Kim Pozharsky, a 48-year-old from North Bergen and the CEO and Founder of Personal Care Professionals sports rehabilitation and medical wellness center, was charged with the unlicensed practice of physical therapy, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Personal Care Professionals is also known as First Step Solutions, Inc. and or Kinu, Inc.
On March 14, Pozharsky was processed at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office for three counts of third-degree unlicensed practice of physical therapy. He was later released on his own recognizance pending a future Central Judicial Processing Court hearing.
Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Musella thanked the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, for its assistance in this investigation.
Not the first time disciplined
This charges are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love. According to Musella, the investigation was assisted by he New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
On Monday, April 19, 2021, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit received information that Pozharsky was treating patients as a physical therapist without a license. He was doing so at Personal Care Professionals, formerly located at 935 River Road in Edgewater, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The investigation revealed that Pozharsky performed physical therapy treatments on patients of Personal Care Professionals while unlicensed, and that he has never been licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of New Jersey.
According to the prosecutor’s office, Pozharsky has been previously disciplined by the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and barred from holding himself out to the public as a physical therapist or participating in any aspect of the care and treatment of patients.
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