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Qualifications and Experience
I did my residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Saint Vincent Hospital and then joined their PM&R department in 2002 becoming the Associate Residency Program Director.Since Saint Vincent Hospital closed in April 2010 I opened my own practice where I focus on Sports and musculoskeletal injuries.I also continued to be the Pediatric Physiatrist at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in Yonkers. My particular interests lie in Sports Medicine, particularly dance and running medicine, as well as Pediatric Rehabilitation. I am board certified in both these specialties.I have a strong interest in nutrition and natural supplements as a way to heal the body and integrate these in my treatments.
Verified Patient Reviews
She was very helpful. Thank you!
the doctor looked at me for 5 mins, no x-ray. told me to take pain meds and go to PT when there was more extensive damage present.
My visit with Dr. Sambataro was great. She was very pleasant, extremely attentive and patient. Her front desk staff members were also very pleasant, efficient and professional. Dr. Sambataro answered all of my questions thoroughly, thoroughly examined my knee and provided me with new insights into how I can heal my knee. Dr. Sambataro, seems very knowledgeable and eased my concerns, as I feared my knee discomfort was an indication of something more serious. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Sambataro to others.
Simonetta was very kind and understanding. She really indentured my hip and knee issues and provided solutions for both the short- and long-term. I'll be going back in a couple months to check my progress - I highly recommend her.
Pros: Very short waiting time, convenient office location, and usually easy to schedule an appointment. Cons: When ordered for a scan that required pre-authorization, the entire process was messy and delayed. I wound up calling my insurance company myself everyday for over a week and then relaying to the office what information was still missing in order to obtain the authorization. Very stressful and disorganized experience that I had never encountered before.
Very thorough and excellent bedside manner
Went in for runner's knee. She was thorough and genuinely interested in understanding my problem; asked questions, listened, and wasn't rushed. I left with a better understanding of my injury and a plan. She seemed to have experience working with runners.
I went for a running related injury / pain. She is super knowledgeable and took her time to explain things. As a runner she also suggested other things to help overall training not related to the reason I came in.
The only downside to this appointment was the wait time. Not sure if this is a regular thing, but it was worth it for seeing her.
As good as it gets!
Very friendly and professional. Good followup.
Dr Sambarato was great and after explaining my symptoms, she was able to diagnoise it right away.
Very nice and pleasant
As good as it gets!
It was my first time with a sports-medicine specialist, and Dr. Sambataro was great. Really nice, plus the team at reception was very friendly and organized.
Fantastic doctor. Takes the time to explain things and makes them comprehensible to a laymanz Very thorough and attentive. I will definitely be seeing her again. 5+ stars.
She was very professional and efficient.
Dr. Sambataro did an excellent job at trying to figure out what my knee issue is and how it can best be fixed. She asked specific questions and observed my movement and standing. She offered specific instructions for next steps, as well as helpful handouts for what exercises I should do. She ably answered all my questions.
Listened addressed all my concerns and presented a realistict plan
I went on my lunch break and was in and out for the most part. The doctor shares her office with another practice, which was busy so it took a little bit longer to get checked in, but the doctor was available right away. She was very pleasant, professional and seemed to listen. I would definitely go back. She recommended a course of strengthening exercises and hopefully that will work!
Dr. Sambataro was very easy to talk to, clear in her explanations, and thorough in her examination. I have a sports injury that has been affecting me for several years and I've gone to quite a few doctors for it. She is one of the best I've had so far. I really appreciate her style of less-invasive treatments. When I went to an orthopedist a few years ago for the same problem, he not only got my diagnosis wrong and spent just 3 minutes examining me, but he also suggested much more invasive imaging and treatment. Dr. Sambataro simply wants to see you heal in safe and noninvasive ways. I'm glad I went to her.
Very pleasant atmosphere. Dr. Sambataro greeted me herself at reception. No wait, good exam, and clear instructions on what to do next. One of the more pleasant doctor's visits I've had in Manhattan
Dr. Sambataro was awesome. Would highly recommend. Receptionist was also extremely friendly and super helpful. Overall fantastic experience. Will absolutely be going back
Dr. Sambataro was professional and friendly, she was thorough in her exam, I felt cared for. She prescribed a combination of PT and natural anti-inflamitories. The receptionist is wonderful... the waiting room is like sitting in your aunt's house, chatting with the fam., waiting for dinner to be served.
I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Sambataro. She was very personable, informative and knowledgable. I highly recommend her!
It's great that we can schedule appointments online and pre-fill the documents on ZocDoc before hand. Unlike most doctors, who are still in the pre-computer era with all that paperwork, Simonetta is a modern doctor!
Great doctor. She is very thorough and very easy to talk to. I think her diagnosis is spot on.
Dr. Sambataro took her time to diagnose my problem. She is very professional and very kind and a great listener. Also, the lady at the reception is a very welcoming and nice person. I highly recommend this doctor.
Articulate and friendly. Very satisfied.
Dr. Sambataro took the time to listen to everything about my running issue and after a thorough exam, gave me a treatment plan for how to tackle it and patiently answered all of my questions and concerns. The Office Manager was also one of the friendliest and personable people I've come across! Overall great experience and would certainly recommend Dr. Sambataro!
She has a very warm and friendly manner, making you feel super comfortable.
Very helpful visit, very knowledgeable!
She was great! Took a lot of notes and was attentive to the injuries/pain.
I love Dr sambataro. She's an awesome doctor, very thorough and easy to talk to!
Very helpful and reassuring. She is a good listener.
Dr. Sambataro was very thoughtful in recommending an alternative, unconventional solution to a problem I had been treating for a long time. She took the time to clarify all my questions, and the treatment was very effective.
A professional who listens to the patient. I feel like I am finally in good hands.
Always great seeing Dr. Sambataro!
Dr. Sambataro had a kind and professional bedside manner and the front end staff was very courteous. I would recommend this practice to everyone.
She was very thorough, explained everything and made me feel part of the process at every step of the way. Will recommend to friends and family.
Dr. Sambataro took the time to figure out why my knees and hips aren't quite fixed after months of physical therapy, and started me right away on prolotherapy. I like her direct manner, and it's great to feel like I'm finally on the right track of having less pain! Hooray!
She remembered me from last time I was in her office a year ago.
As good as the first, friendly, efficient, professional!
I have been going to Dr. Sambataro for years and think she is a fantastic doctor. She has unfailingly come up with creative, effective, and nonsurgical solutions to my various joint problems. I have recommended her to various family members and they have been equally happy.
Simonetta was professional, quickly able to pinpoint exactly which muscles were bothering and then injected me for some immediate relief and then referred me to physical therapy. She told me she was going to show me some exercises to do at home but she didn't follow through and seemed a little rushed.
Great office! Receptionist was lovely! Dr. Sambataro was wonderful and informative! Great appointment!
Dr. Sambataro is thorough, careful and considerate. I waited no more than 5 minutes & that was with her pulling double duty as receptionist and Dr. She tool a detailed history, asked great questions that reminded me of a few things I had forgotten to mention and I was diagnosed and on my way in less than 20 minutes.
She was really thorough in checking my symptoms then gave me great advice and related documentation to help me get back to running again. Really appreciated how helpful my visit was. Highly recommend!
Dr. Sambataro was knowledgeable and hands on. Would highly recommend.
It went very well. She is very good.
Dr Sambararo is an amazing doctor. She is the only one I turn to.
Dr. Sambataro was very careful and professional. Will follow-up in a month. Receptionist very personable. Office does not take credit cards. Check or cash only.
The most pleasant individual to interact with!
One of the best run doctor's office with a great office manager and a great doctor!
Dr. Sambataro was very thorough in her follow up exam, and even took the time to ultrasound my knee. Great visit!
Dr. Sambataro was thoughtful and thorough in diagnosing what was ultimately a minor issue.
It was a great experience. She was very knowledgable and informative.
Careful and thorough and friendly
Dr. was very good at diagnosing and treating my knee issue. Office manager is great too.
Real nice doctor and her office manager is a delight too.
Both the Doctor and her office manager are so pleasant. I was there for 2 needles...and it all went as expected.
it was a good visit I am glad i went there.
It was great. She figured out what was wrong immediately.
office is really chill and calm and she was very thorough. Definitely will return if needed. I was seen about 5 minutes after I entered the office.
5 minute wait. She seems practical and doesn't consider surgery as the first and only option. The office can seem busy...but the wait isn't so bad. Office hours at the 23rd street office are limited though.
I liked Dr. Sambataro very much. I felt confident in her expertise. and her comprehensive approach to treating my wrist injury. I would definitely go back.
Dr. Sambataro is very knowledgeable. She listens to patient and give suggestions based on individual condition. I highly recommend her.
Was very impressed with this office and the doctor. Was actually brought in a few minutes before my official start time, the doctor gave me her full attention and provided a lot of detailed information. Highly recommend her. Enjoyed her bedside manner and made me feel comfortable asking questions. Would definitely go again.
Though our interaction was limited to an initial examination and MRI review, she had excellent bedside manner and communication, and referred me to a fantastic surgeon for my knee.
Very professional and understanding.
Wonderful doc. Great advice and help - above and beyond what you'd expect. And probably the best run office I've ever been to. Amazing efficiency and warmth.
It was an efficient, pleasant experience with the doctor and her staff.
She seemed knowledgeable and she identified the issue quickly. The only problem I had with the visit is that they don't take credit cards for the co-pay. I don't think I've been to a doctor in NYC that only takes cash/check. Kind of a pain!
this is my third or fourth visit with Dr. Sambataro. She always listens carefully and is very helpful in addressing the problem in a non-surgical way.
I liked Dr Sambataro very much. I especially appreciate that she gave me exercises to do on my own, instead of just recommending PT sessions—as a freelancer it's tough to schedule a lot of dr appointments.
Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable, friendly, accessible, answered questions, and the office was managed in an incredibly friendly and efficient manner. A revelation!
Personable and approachable. Paid attention to what I said, which was a refreshing change.
Dr. Sambataro was very friendly. She seemed knowledgeable, but I have seen doctors I was even more confident. Again, this is no indictment on her, as she did everything that was required in the visit. I would see her again if my other MD were not available.
Very helpful - gave me great insights on some workouts to improve my strength and combat the pain that had me come in.
She's awesome. Wish I'd found her years ago.
She was able to get me in the same day I called. She was very thorough in examining my injury and offered many suggestions about how I might avoid it in the future!
She was friendly and nice. She took time to answer all questions I asked. I didn't feel like she was rushing. Will go back to see her again. The receptionist was also very nice. Waiting was like 5 minutes. It went very smoothly.
She was lovely and very thorough. Recommended physical therapy.
What I greatly appreciated about Dr. Sambataro was that she was pretty knowledgeable about her craft, mostly because she was a runner and my meeting with her was sports-related. She was also very efficient and very pleasant, enough that I plan to follow up with any of my (unfortunately often) sports-related injuries.
She was straightforward and very personable. She didn't waste my time or run up my bill with unnecessary tests. Her receptionist was wonderful and even took the time to make sure my insurance would cover the visit without pre-approval before sending me in.
Outstanding, I have been to doctors before about this issue, however her examination was complete and her recommendations were beyond just medication.
I appreciate that she recommended some natural / homeopathic rememdies vs. medicines.
Great doctor, efficient, thorough, very helpful.
She is always very practical about her advice. She listens to my concerns and works with me to come to a decision. Her treatments work.
She's one of the best doctors. Very professional and supportive.
First of all the reception assistant was super nice, polite and helpful both on the phone and in the office. Dr Sambataro was really nice, listened carefully. I didn't feel rushed at all. A great first experience with this doc!
She was patient and thorough. She prescribed exercises and physical therapy both of which are more sustainable solutions relative to medication
Loved dr sambataro- I didn't have to wait long and she was very thorough with my visit. Also gave me a bunch of exercises I could do at home. She listened to everything I said and was very attentive
She was professional, took the time to take a thorough history, conduct a thorough exam, and answered all of my questions regarding her diagnosis. I'm glad to have found her! Also - all of that happened within 30 minutes, as I didnt have to wait long at all!
The office manager was very nice. The wait time was around ten minutes. Dr. Sambataro was very nice and she seemed to genuinely want to figure out my issue since it's been going on for a while without any real diagnosis or improvement.
Simonetta is very kind and honest and will listen and do her best to help in a down-to-earth manner tailored to your specific situation.
She is great, will take the time to listen to and thoroughly answer all your questions. Very responsible by phone and email as well. Only downside is that because it's an independent practice, if you need xray, scan etc you have to go to a different facility.
She was professional and straight forward. I found her advice helpful and the appointment was extremely easy to set up and quick to see her.
Thorough and attentive.
She's my favorite. It's awesome that she tries to find natural remedies before prescribing med.
Overall good visit. Not quick to jumping to any conclusions, gives physical and natural remedies before any type of medication. Very friendly.
She was thorough and efficient. I felt like she listened carefully and was thoughtful in her diagnosis. She sent me away with very helpful information not just about the main problem for which I came to see her, but also for some tangential topics I'd mentioned. She's wonderful!
I'm a Brooadway stage manager working on large scale musicals who deals with a lot of Orthopedic & Sports medicine doctors around the city. Dr. Sambataro is a great, knowledgable doctor. Great bedside manner. Very efficient. Can't say enough good things about her. I would recommend her to anyone in the industry or not.
Dr. Simonetta was very pleasant, and, most importantly, diagnosed the problem and was able to provide some much needed relief.
Very professional and concerned about my situation and injury. She wrote up the X-ray prescription with her fax number and asked tem to fax the results as soon as possible. She agreed for callback appt once she has the X-ray summary on my injury.
Dr Simonetta Sambataro, is very careing and concern about your health and welfare
Dr. Sambataro is very professional, gentle and thorough. I was very pleased to have found her. I believe she will effectively treat my knee injury.
She seemed friendly and competent. However it was disappointing to see that an orthopedic surgeon does not have an X-ray machine at her office, and that I have to make another appointment elsewhere to get that done
She is really professional and nice person.
Extremely pleasent & professional as always.
She is pragmatic in her approach and concerned that the treatment work for you.
Dr. Sambataro and her receptionist were so nice! She took her time, examined my injury and explained everything I need to do in order to heal it.
She is great, takes the time to listen to your issues, very clear on her recommendations, I highly recommend her!
Did not instill confidence or demonstrate depth of knowledge.
My first visit today. Very happy so far!
Awesometastic. Very friendly and helpful.
I liked her professionalism along with her sense of humor. The receptionist is also very welcoming. I would recommend Dr Sambataro to anyone
She was running very late and I'm not sure I agree with her diagnosis. I will be getting a second opinion.
One of the best doctor's I have ever visited. She was very nice, and very knowledgeable. She made me feel well taken care of. The office was immaculate, and the receptionist was very pleasant. A+ all around for Dr. Sambataro and staff! Thanks again!
Dr. Sambataro is great! She's a real professional in her field. She's very attentive and knowledgeable. She always makes me feel so much better. I highly recommend her.
I went to Dr. Simonetta after sustaining an running injury. The office staff couldn't be lovelier. A cheerful environment, I waited only 2 minutes before being brought in. Dr. Simonetta actually palpated the area in question (can't tell you how many docs I've been to who just look at you as if that's supposed to do something) and made me go through a series of "tests" to determine the problem. She offered suggestions for a solution, even demonstrated a few exercises herself. I have another appt. in 3 weeks. Highly highly recommended so far! Great doc!
I went for a problem with my shoulder - she diagnosed tendonitis and didn't push meds, which I appreciate.
Both Dr. Sambatero and her staff are very accommodating. It was a very pleasant visit. Dr. Sambatero is very thorough, she was asking probing questions so she can diagnose the problem well. She's not aggressive about prescribing medication and I appreciate that very much.
Thorough and very professional.
Overall a great experience. I was able to see the doctor right away when I needed her. She was knowledgeable, genuinely listened and cared. She also recommended solutions that suited me well and were practical. The office was also clean, bright and pleasant. Highly recommended.
Dr. Sambataro had an excellent bedside manner. A good balance of professional and personable. She was knowledgeable about her field, listened and I felt comfortable asking many questions without feeling rushed. The office and waiting area was clean, comfortable and the staff was very friendly and accommodating.
Good experience, very approachable via mobile/email outside office hours
The wait was only a few minutes due to filling out some forms. The visit was great, she listened to my concerns and did a thorough examination. She was able to diagnose with ease and prescribed PT with a good selection of people.
Competent and really nice!
Dr. Sambataro was patient, answered all of my questions, and was extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend her!
Great doctor, but the experience would have been better if they took something other than cash for co pays.
She was very friendly and listened to my troubles. She recommended that I take supplements for my joint injuries, as well as a list of physical therapists. Office staff was also friendly, would recommend:)
Thorough and very professional.
Dr. Simonetta was very professional and kind. Hardly any wait time.
I found Dr. Sambataro listened to my concerns and wasn't looking to rush me out of the office.
Attentive and sure of my needs.
The initial impression was good. She was attentive and listened to what I had to say. She was very patient in her diagnosis and not rushing through.
Very practical, really good bedside manner and very pleasant and personable. Called the insurance company to sign off on MRI for me, and then called to verify place I was going to. Also, gave me a sheet of other Diagnostic Imaging Offices. Very very pleased overall. Highly recommend. Also, I barely opened magazine in two office visits when I was brought in. Less than 3 mins waiting each time. Very nice receptionist.
Extremely nice, knowledgable, and best bedside manner I've had from a doctor in a long long time. She had great recommendations for my knee problems. Staff/receptionist was extremely pleasant also. Great overall experience. Also I liked that dr had natural supplement options for anti inflammatory drugs etc.
She is pleasant and knowledgeable.
Great experience, very friendly and professional, highly recommended!
Very friendly and knowledgeable! She helped me with a knee injury sustained while training for the NYC Marathon. I didn't think I was going to be able to run it but here we are about a week away and I'm now very confident that I'll be able to complete it.
She's a great doctor, and I'd recommend her to anyone.
Late review, but I'd like to give credit to Dr Sambataro for her amazing work helping me through my Marathon training issues (ITB). I finished, no record time but I credit her through managing my injury and getting me to a point that I could do it.
Doctor Sambatoro is thorough, thoughtful, and she listens to patients' concerns. No wonder she is one of the best physicians of the year. I highly recommend her. Her office is well located, easily accessible, clean and nicely decorated, and the personnel is very efficient and attentive.
She took time to listen to my symptoms before the physical exam and seemed able to pinpoint the problem immediately. I start PT this week, so we'll see how it turns out.
She was very friendly and helpful during my visit. I will definitely recommend her to someone else.
I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Sambataro! She was very knowledgeable about sports medicine and conservative treatments. I loved how she prescribed supplements and physical therapy rather than surgery and painkillers! And knowing how difficult it is to navigate healthcare in nyc, she gave many many recommendations for P.T. places to go.
Great experience -- She explained everything, was patient (and gentle) and provided a plan to manage my symptoms and fix the root of the problem. I would highly recommend Dr. Sambataro.
She was very nice and listened to me, did not rush me & did not recommend unnecessary things for my treatment. Will definitely be back!
Great visit... was the best medical experience I've had in New York.
Super professional and very gentle manner. Made me feel very comfortable.
I've had a shoulder pain for a couple of weeks. After the consultation, the doctor prescribed a set of exercises + medicine. After a week, my pain is gone. I appreciate the advice! Thank you
Dr. Sambataro strikes me as a good doctor. She's considered and thoughtful in her questions and examination, conservative in her recommendations, and compassionate in her bedside manner. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of insightful recommendations/help with orthopedic problems. A note on her new office -- she shares a floor with a dentist and another doctor. Turn right out of the elevator to find her office.
She was really nice and also helpful. Her notes prompted my physical therapist to switch up the routine. I'm hopeful that I am on the mend.
Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
listened to my problems and offered well-thought advice and diagnosis.
She was very professional, with a direct manner which I appreciated.
She was very professional and very caring.
Dr. Sambataro is a wonderful doctor. She is kind, caring, and knows her stuff. She makes me feel very comfortable and is easy to talk to. I highly recommend her.
The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr.Simonetta was patient and efficient with my examination, highly recommended.
The offices were nicely located but the were run down and ghetto. She did not take credit cards for co-payments. She did perform a through enough exam but I felt like she could have gone a bit farther than she did in examining the problem.
Very good. Gave me great info.
I was very happy with Dr. Sambataro. She was attentive and a good listener.
Dr. Sambataro is awesome. She did not keep me waiting and spent quality time with me. She was extremely knowledgeable and recommended a great plan to help me with my shoulder pain.
Just as great as last time!
She was very attentive and thorough!
Dr. Sambataro is a phenomenal physician! She is extremely easy to talk to, pays close attention to detail, and does a thorough physical exam. She is very knowledgeable, has outstanding experience in sports medicine, and explains treatment plans very well. I was very satisfied with my appointment and will continue to follow up with her on my running-related knee injuries.
Once again, she's so nice and knowledgable.
She was very helpful!
Dr. Sambataro is not only very smart and qualified, she also is really nice and patient. She spent a good 20 or more minutes with me during my consultation, answered all my questions, and thoroughly explained the muscular-skeletal conditions I'm experiencing. In short, she's Awesome, and I highly recommend her.
Very knowledgeable, caring, professional
Personally she was very cordial. Professionally she was very thorough and attentive; I did not feel rushed, and she was very helpful in providing recommended follow-up actions. she even typed them up for me! definitely plan to return for my follow-up.
Dr. Sambataro is a great listener. She took her time and listened to everything I had to say. She answered all my questions and explained everything and she made me feel welcome.
Dr. Sambataro was very friendly and gave me great advice on how to deal with my shoulder pain.
Dr. Sambataro was professional, knowedgable, kind and on time. Nice office + nice staff + nice doctor = great visit. She is highly recommended.
My pulled bicep was killing me. The Dr. suggested was I could continue to work out without damaging the muscle further and prescribed some physical therapy. I really appreciated her help.
Dr. Sambataro was very patient in dealing with my questions and concerns. She was on time and had a professional presence. I happily recommend her.