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Our therapists and staff make your recovery priority number one. APN Physical Therapy is the premier physical therapy center in Ocean County for recovery of back, spine, extremity injuries, and pain. Our office offers state of the art equipment and trained personnel integral in your recovery.

Peter McHugh PT founded APN Physical Therapy in 1999 and has served as president/ director for over fifteen years. APN Physical Therapy has successfully rehabilitated thousands of satisfied patients under his guidance. Pete and his staff are dedicated to continuing a physical therapy practice that will deliver the needs of all patients.

Peter B. McHugh, PT


Peter McHugh, PT was raised in Somerset County, NJ. He attended Hillsborough High School and received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Graduate studies in physical therapy were completed at Rutgers/UMDNJ, Stratford, NJ. Following his completion of a Master’s degree, Pete was employed by Life Rehab in Point Pleasant followed by an eight year tenure at Cedar Bridge Physical Therapy in Brick, NJ. In 1999, he founded APN Physical Therapy, Inc.

Pete now resides in Toms River with his wife Cyndi and children Peter, Nicklaus, Kaylyn and Talia. He is also the proud father of the late Alyssa Rose McHugh, who died in 1998.

Laura Chmielewski, PTA


Laura started working at APN in 2003. She graduated from Atlantic Cape Community College in 1994. She has experience with orthopedic and sports medicine, skilled nursing facilities, traumatic brain injuries, and wound care. She is compassionate about helping people return to independence and regain functional goals.
Giovanna Aguiar, Office Manager


Giovanna started working at APN Physical Therapy in 2010 as a Physical Therapy Aide. She started out just being certified in personal training , which gave her the experience she needed to show patients exercises. She went to college at Brookdale Community College and Ocean County college, sticking to courses in the medical field, then decided to do courses at Ocean County Vocational school and became a certified medical assistant receptionist in 2012. Gradually as time went on she was learning a lot of background in medical office work and decided she wanted to learn more with APN. She continued to work as an aide and also helped out a lot with the office work. In 2014 she became the office manager and supervises the office.
Gabriella Aguiar, Front Desk/ PT Aide


Gabriella has been working for APN since 2016. She assists the front desk and also assists the Physical therapist with the patients needs
Genna Aguiar, Front Desk


Genna joined our team in January 2019, she is responsible for answering calls, checking patients insurance, scheduling and submitting authorization for any insurance that may need it.