Rockstar of the Month: Melissa Soquite

Loves to swim, play volleyball and was a track star for two years at Velez College. Yes, MaxWell Medical has another athletic staff member and her name is Melissa Soquite.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Melissa has been an avid swimmer since the age of 6 and learned to play volleyball in grade school. But it wasn’t until sophomore year of college when she realized her “lightening” speed and her love of the track.

In a matter of ten years, Melissa moved to the U.S., back to the Philippines and returned back to the U.S., received her degree in Physical Therapy, and is now engaged to her fiancé Russell.

With a wedding set for next year in their homeland of the Philippines and working at MaxWell Medical, Melissa was able to take some time out of her busy day to answer a few questions for us.


1. Who is your favorite super hero?

I would have to say the “Invisible Woman” in Fantastic Four. But I think more so of her abilities than the character herself. It would be nice to be able to go anywhere and do anything without restrictions.

2. Which song best fits your image and why?

I would have to say any song that fits the mood at the moment. But for life in general, I like the lyrics for the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. It makes me think of living for the moment, learning from my mistakes and keeping an open mind!

3. What is the one thing that you have done in your life that you would want to undo?

All the experiences I have encountered in life are equally important in helping me grow, so I don’t want to undo any of them.

4. Which is the trait you love the most and least about yourself?

I think my being shy holds me back from a lot of things and I am constantly trying to work on getting over it (Like this very personal interview!). But I do appreciate my persistence and perseverance getting me through tough situations.

5. Why did you become a Physical Therapist?

Growing up, I idolized my mother who was a strong hardworking nurse. I always knew I would be in the healthcare field as well. During my junior year of high school, I began receiving more information regarding the physical therapy program and once I started college, I followed my dreams.

Would you like to find out more about Melissa Soquite? Post your questions on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

Rock Star of the Month: Dr. Ron Nathanson

Whether he’s hiking in Harriman State Park, Skiing in Vermont, running half marathons in New York and New Jersey, increasing his flexibility with yoga, coaching little league baseball, or salsa dancing the night away with his wife, Dr. Ron Nathanson always finds a way to stay active. Oh yea, and did we forget to mention that he has 3 kids? Wow!

You’re probably wondering with family time, work and all these activities, how does he manage it all? Well he’s doing a pretty good job and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys his busy schedule especially the time he spends vacationing with his family, helping patients with their overall quality of life and connecting with his kids while coaching little league baseball.

Even with his busy schedule, our staff member of the month, Dr. Ron Nathanson took some time out to answer some personal questions to help his patients get to know a little more about him.


1.       What’s the most interesting food you’ve ever eaten?

I’ve eaten  Alligator, Ostrich and Buffalo. I am willing to eat anything just as long as it doesn’t bite back.

2.       What are three things most people don’t know about you?

The first thing people don’t know about me is that I was once the Mascot for the Northeastern University Huskies and I won All-American Mascot three years in a row. The second thing would be that I did mission work in Panama and adjusted thousands of people in just 10 days of being there. And the last would be that I love to hike and be outdoors.

3.       Do you have any regrets?

Yes, the one regret I have is not pursuing acting. I think I would have made a great actor. I would be a Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Nicholson all tied in one.

4.       What made you want to become a chiropractor?

I was working as a cab driver at Deluxe Taxi and taking classes at Nassau Community College when I was struck by a car while cycling. It caused numbness to my right hand arm and partial facial paralysis. It was a chiropractor who healed me. I was amazed and that’s when I found my calling. I didn’t choose it, it chose me!

5.       You’re a father, husband, son, coach, what does each title mean to you?

  • Father- Being loving, nurturing and having plenty of responsibility.
  • Husband- Being a partner and being a loving companion to help each other grow. That’s the whole purpose of life.
  • Son- Continue bringing them joy, being a great son, and helping them just as much as they helped me through life.
  • Coach- It means to be a good teacher. I can help these kids find their inner strength and help them develop as people. Push them past their comfort zone.

Want to know more about Dr. Ron Nathanson? You can post a question on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Dr. Ron is also available at our 40th Street office. Call to set up an appointment to find out how he can help you!

Rock Star of the Month: Christopher Lee


We love our staff. That’s why we wanna talk about them. Each month, we will feature a different staffy we think is cool (they all are, by the way) so you can see what really makes MaxWell Medical so unique.

This month, the hot spot goes to Christopher Lee, our Director of Physical Therapy. Marathon runner, biker, snowboarder, and…  Salsa dancer?  Chris Lees personal experiences have made him passionate about caring for and educating his patients on how to maintain strength and flexibility as well as minimize recurrence of injury. But there is more to this man then just strength bands and knee braces.

So then who really is Chris Lee? Who is the man behind the white polo shirt, and green crocs that we all know and love? Well we sat down with him and asked him a few questions to see if we could learn some fun facts about our head of Physical Therapy.

1. What are some interests or hobbies you have when you’re not at work?

I love staying active, so running, biking, golf, dancing and traveling are all a huge part of my life. I recently completed the New York marathon in 2007, and I have traveled as far as Australia which was amazing place to see.

2. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try for fun that you haven’t had the time for yet?

There are many things but if I had to narrow it down to one, then I would like to compete in the iron man triathlon. It really seems like the ultimate physical challenge.

3. What was the worst injury you ever received and how did it happen?

I completely dislocated my shoulder while snowboarding. That was really intense!! And it took 4 months to completely heal.

4. What is one piece of advice you would give to the average New Yorker about keeping their bodies healthy and injury free?

Many people now are stretching now but very few remember to warm up prior to stretching, don’t stretch a cold muscle! You can end up doing more harm than good. And always remember to stay hydrated, with around 10 – 12 glasses of water a day. Believe it or not this will keep your muscles more flexible and increase your performance and energy level throughout the day!

5. Finally, you have been many places, what’s next on your list if you could go anywhere with no strings attached?

Actually I would love to visit Asia if I ever get the chance. Especially China, It would be great to get in touch with my roots a little bit.

If you have any questions for Chris, please comment on this blog post. Or you can post a question on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Chris wants to hear from you!