Michael Russonella, DO

Dr. Michael Russonella is an orthopedic surgeon in Clifton, New Jersey and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Clara Maass Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years.

Our physicians at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, are specialists in orthopaedics, pain management, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and total body wellness.  Addressing your pain is where we start, but maximizing your wellness and function is our goal. Our approach is individualized to each patient based on their unique goals, and our treatment plans are logical. We treat our patients with compassion, integrity, and thoughtfulness and provide care that is safe and evidence-based.

We specialize in treating painful conditions of the neck, back, and joints, as well as other parts of the body. Our approach goes beyond symptom relief and includes diagnosing and eliminating the root cause of pain when possible. For all patients, we focus on improving wellness, energy, and function, even if there is no quick fix. Ultimately, your participation in life events and being able to function is what matters most.

We strive to work with your referring physician and other health care professionals you are already working with to manage your pain. We pride ourselves on shared decision making between the physician and patient. We want our patients to have a say in how their conditions are managed. To have the ability to choose among options is in itself therapeutic. Our goal is to do what is necessary to help patients to manage their pain and to live functional and vigorous lives.


Kaitlyn Clegg
Athletic Trainer

Kaitlyn Clegg is a graduate of King’s College and East Stroudsburg University where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Athletic Training. Before joining North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Kaitlyn was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Madison.

Kevin Shea:
Physical Therapist

Kevin Shea PT has been a Physical Therapist in New Jersey for over Forty years.  He graduated from Quinnipiac University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy in 1978.  He then went on to graduate from New York University in 1981 with a Masters Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.  Over the the years, he has been trained and practiced the most advanced manual and rehabilitation techniques in PT and is certified in functional dry needling and the use of the Thor Laser. 

Kevin’s special interests include Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy and all post-surgical rehabilitation.


Experts in Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

It’s All about How We Treat You

At North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute Dr. Russonella is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and comfort of athletes of all ages, including patients with non-related sports injuries.  To provide efficient and excellent care he focuses on personal interactions and individualized care for each and every patient. He is committed to improving the overall condition of the patient as well as their quality of life by offering various treatment options to minimize downtime and maximize recovery.

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