Chiropractic Physician Joins Medical Reserve to Bolster Community COVID Vaccinations

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Dr. Barry Rizzo, chiropractic physician and founder/owner of Toms River Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Medical, joins colleagues who are helping to do their part to vaccinate the community as members of the nonprofit Ocean County Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Barry Rizzo, founder/owner of Toms River Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Medical, joins fellow members of the New Jersey Police Surgeons and Ocean County Medical Reserve Corps to help vaccinate community members against COVID-19.

The push to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to as many Ocean County residents as possible requires an all-hands-on effort involving a broad range of professionals in the medical community. And Dr. Barry Rizzo — chiropractic physician and founder/owner of Toms River Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Medical, a 20-year-old, full-service, Toms River-based practice that treats a range of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and helps patients achieve safe and lasting relief from their pain — is proud to answer the call.
As an active member of both the New Jersey Police Surgeons, a south Jersey-based panel of health care providers who deliver concierge care for law enforcement officers in emergency situations; as well as the Ocean County branch of the New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps, a group of local volunteers who help ensure that their communities are healthy, prepared and resilient, Dr. Rizzo has been excited to help support the vaccination process since late December 2020.

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Dr. Barry Rizzo, chiropractic physician and founder/owner of Toms River Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Medical, a nearly 20-year-old, full-service practice in Toms River that treats a range of musculoskeletal and sports injuries and helps patients achieve safe and lasting relief from their pain.

“We’re working in conjunction with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office to manage the need for health care providers and first responders to get vaccinated and I’ve been helping to support our vaccination team at RWJBarnabas Health Arena (Toms River North High School) every Saturday for about six weeks now,” Dr. Rizzo said of a highly efficient volunteer operation that’s vaccinated well over 15,000 members of the Ocean County community so far. “Working with the Moderna vaccine, our team is administering both the first dose and the second dose (after 28 and before 50 days later) primarily to first responders, health care workers and elderly residents.”

According to Dr. Rizzo, “I’ve been assisting the vaccination process in all capacities — from observing people for 15-30 minutes after they receive their vaccine, answering questions they may have concerning any side effects, and addressing the medical necessity of the vaccine and how the benefits greatly outweigh the risks to helping allay any fears or concerns, control patient traffic, conduct screenings and more,” he said. “We’re all just happy to be here doing our share.”

As president of the New Jersey Police Surgeons alongside esteemed colleagues Dr. Mukesh Roy, treasurer, and Dr. Glenn Zuck, secretary, Dr. Rizzo is honored to help provide medical assessments and tactical medical support to police agencies, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who work selflessly to protect and defend their communities, especially amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We provide a good resource for law enforcement and other first responders and are delighted to be part of such a positive process with medical professionals representing all specialties, including pharmacists, dental professionals and more, all of whom are champions of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Dr. Rizzo said. “Other renowned organizations have joined us as well, including the Monmouth and Ocean County Chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (MOCAAPI), and this is where we all come together toward a mutual goal and work to see this commitment through to the very end, well into the summer. We’re working with the community as a whole and are truly making a difference at the ground level.”

A Positive Process

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Dr. Mukesh Roy, back row at left; Dr. Barry Rizzo, back row at right; and Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, back row in gray shirt, pose with fellow members of the nonprofit Ocean County Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Rizzo said that he and his fellow volunteers have received an outpouring of appreciation from the law enforcement personnel, health care providers, and other community members they’ve helped to vaccinate and that their Ocean County operation has become a model of best practices and the power of community partnerships throughout the state.

“After 20 years of practice in the medical field, I feel honored to have the opportunity to offer my skills, ability and service to help my community and country,” Dr. Rizzo said. “This is the ‘Super Bowl’ of public health crises and there’s never been a more critical time for our volunteer and public health professionals and programs to shine by coming together and taking care of our law enforcement and health care providers.”

“This is our wheelhouse,” Dr. Rizzo concluded, “and while I’m just one small piece of the wheel, I feel empowered to help, share our important messages with the public, and hopefully motivate other medical professionals to volunteer their time for the cause on a Saturday or help spread the word.”

For More Information

Toms River Chiropractic, Physical Therapy and Medical is located at 438 Commons Way in Toms River. For more information or to make an appointment, call 732-797-1771 or visit tomsriverchiropractic.com.

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