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Sports Medicine at Chelsea

Primary Care Physicians & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Chelsea, New York, NY

Sports Medicine at Chelsea is a unique multispecialty medical practice that merges primary care with sports medicine, offering many subspecialty services within primary care for truly comprehensive medical care. Our goal is to provide the highest level of individualized care that addresses most, if not all, of your healthcare concerns, to help you achieve optimal health.

We try our best to accommodate your work schedule; we offer same-day and next-day appointments and regular evening hours.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Sports Medicine at Chelsea is in-network with the plans listed below. If you do not see your plan listed, contact us to find out if we accept your plan.

If we do not participate with your particular insurance plan, you still may have coverage subject to the availability of your plan’s out-of-network benefits.

We bill your insurance provider for each visit, while you cover your copayment/coinsurance and deductible. The amount you will owe depends on your specific plan and the services you receive. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards. Payment plans are available.

As a courtesy we will do our best to verify your eligibility and benefits, however it is your responsibility to know your plan’s requirements. Please call your insurance provider to confirm (1) that your provider is in network with your specific plan; (2) whether a referral is required to see your provider; (3) if prior authorization is required for any services; (4) your co-pay, deductible, co-insurance or any other amount due.


Our Team

Aran Degenhardt, MD, MPH & TM, CAC

Aran Degenhardt, MD, MPH & TM, CAC

Medical Director, Integrative Family Medicine
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Specialist in Travel and Integrative Medicine

Dr. Degenhardt is board certified in Family Medicine with further certification in medical acupuncture. His training and practice couple traditional medicine with tested and effective alternative therapies. This allows him to deeply and fully understand the nature of a patients’ illnesses and employ out-of-the-box thinking to establish effective, comprehensive and personalized treatment plans.

He has practiced medicine internationally, including tropical medicine in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Chinese medicine in Guangxi, China; and family medicine/natural healing at the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Dr. Degenhardt has also worked extensively with the diverse cultural communities of NYC, including the Japanese and Chinese communities (Dr. Degenhardt is fluent in both Japanese and Mandarin), and Manhattan’s underserved communities in the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

Dr. Degenhardt is a member of the teaching faculty at both NYU School of Medicineand Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He is also an attending physician at NYU Langone Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Bellevue Medical Center.

Dr. Degenhardt’s interest in sports medicine stems from his former competitive swimming career in which he was All-American (semi-finalist) at the NCAA Division III men’s swimming national championships. He has also been active in water polo, boxing, capoeria and triathlons. He has a passion for music and dance, and together he and his wife enjoy salsa dancing and the Argentine tango.

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Clifford Stark, DO, FAOASM

Clifford Stark, DO, FAOASM

Medical Director, Sports Medicine at Chelsea
Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine

Dr. Clifford Stark is dual board certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine, holding certification for each with both the ACGME (allopathic) and AOA (osteopathic) boards. Since 2011, he has been the Program Director for the Northwell Plainview Sports Medicine Fellowship and a member of the teaching faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center. Prior to this, Dr. Stark served on faculty at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital as the Director of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for the Family Medicine Residency for 6 years.

Dr. Stark currently serves as the team physician for Berkeley College, also providing medical care for various national sports teams, as well as many world-class athletes across the nation and around the world. He has also worked on-site providing coverage at top facilities and events such as the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, The US Open Tennis Tournament, and many others.

Dr. Stark is one of only a select few physicians in the nation (and merely a handful in NY) specifically trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine, along with further specialization in state-of-the-art nonsurgical treatments for musculoskeletal injuries, such as prolotherapy, PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cell injections, regenerative medicine, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound/ultrasound guided injections, and osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Stark is frequently cited in international media publications such as Daily Mail, Runners World, Men’s Health, and SELF, among others, and has been interviewed on television for Fox News, PIX 11, and other networks. His book, Living with Sports Injuries, has educated student athletes nationwide on the causes and types of sports injuries, treatment and prevention, and more. He has also authored two chapters in Principles of Manual Sports Medicine, the first complete how-to guide to the use of manual medicine techniques for sports injuries.

Dr. Stark has first-hand experience of athletic participation at all levels, having traveled the nation for over ten years as both a competitive tennis player and teaching professional. He is also passionate about skiing, kitesurfing, and sailing.

Dr. Stark is committed to the art of understanding every patient in depth and as a whole, including past and present activity levels, as well as their athletic/activity/competitive goals. He uses a multidimensional approach, customized specifically for every patient to help them not only heal their injuries but also aggressively yet safely attain these goals.

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Naresh Rao, DO, FAOASM

Naresh Rao, DO, FAOASM

Director of Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine at Chelsea
Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine

Dr. Naresh Rao is board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He was the Olympic Team USA Water Polo Physician for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and continues to serve as a team physician for USA Water Polo.

His critically acclaimed book, Step Up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health was published in 2016. Being touted as a playbook by which one can assemble his or her own "inner wellness dream team", the book sheds light on performance secrets elite athletes use and how to apply them to everyday life. The book has recently been the subject of medical research investigating its potential to create meaningful lifestyle change for not only athletes but for patients in general who wish to live health lives and prevent disease. He is passionate about speaking on the topic, having delivered several keynote speeches nationwide. Learn more at www.stepupyourgame.nyc.

Dr. Rao had been practicing Sports and Wellness Medicine for 10 years in San Diego, California before relocating back to his roots in New York in 2011. He had been on faculty as an instructor at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and Western University of Health Sciences. He currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as clinical faculty at NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency, and Northwell Plainview Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Rao is the Chairman of the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program, a sports program that has taught the Olympic tradition to children for over 122 years. He played club water polo at Colgate University, is a competitive tennis player, and had completed the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in 2006.

Dr. Rao’s love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional and personal life. He donates his time to educate children on health and wellness and has a strong belief in giving back to the community though philanthropy. He is happily married to his wife of over 17 years, and has two children and a dog.

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