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Ann Fitzpatrick-Valenti, PT


Ann first developed an interest in physical therapy when she witnessed the improvements her grandfather experienced after he received home-based care from her future boss, Carl Gargiulo, PT, DPT.  This interest in the field led her to start working at Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy in Jersey City as a physical therapy aide in 1987, and she then decided to advance her career and obtained a BS in Physical Therapy from Daemen College in 1991.

In 1992, Ann returned to Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy, where she treated patients both in the office and in home-based settings.  She joined the Greenville Hospital staff in 2000 and became director the next year until the hospital closed in 2007.  The same year, she also played an active role in helping Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy expand for the first time when it opened its second location in Bayonne.  Ann went on to become director of the Bayonne clinic in 2016, and has since been responsible for running the daily operations and ensuring a positive experience for all patients.

In her 27 years of experience as a physical therapist, Ann has provided treatment to a wide range of patients that includes all ages and activity levels.  She regularly sees a variety of conditions, but specializes in osteoporosis screenings, geriatrics, sports injuries, orthopedics, and worker’s compensation cases.  As an active member of her community, Ann also facilitates fall-prevention seminars and health fairs, and does work in several continued education fields, including geriatrics and osteoporosis.

Ann remained clinic director as Strulowitz & Gargiulo Physical Therapy and Twin Boro Physical Therapy began a partnership in 2019.  From her position, Ann will be spearheading efforts to broaden the scope of the rehabilitation services offered at Strulowitz & Gargiulo-Twin Boro Physical Therapy at Bayonne, and is helping to lead it in new directions that will serve the local patient population in a more comprehensive way.  She uses a personalized, one-on-one approach to treatment that carefully guides patients through every step of their progression, starting with impairment and eventually to full functionality.  Her management strategy closely correlates with Twin Boro’s One2FourTM Care Model to determine the “right level of health care” for each individual.  This unique approach looks at the entire continuum of care for each patient, which ranges from a relatively low level of function—such as immediately after surgery—all the way through to peak performance and return to activity.  She also strives to incorporate evidence-based practices into her treatment protocols as often as possible.


I have two children and two grandchildren, and am active in my daughter’s high school, Notre Dame School of Manhattan, where I serve on the core committee. I enjoy spending time with my family in New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan, especially at the beach.


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Bayonne, NJ - Patient Reviews

Kathy Pavalkis
When I needed physical therapy Twin Boro was strongly recommended by friends. The care I received there was effective and supportive. Dr. Matt Wells was my primary therapist and directed my activities to promote healing. He, along with several other Physical Therapy Docs, James, Matt A., and Kristen, worked with me with during my sessions there. I found them to be professional, knowledgeable and caring. In addition, they displayed just the right sense of humor on some of those really difficult days!
Eugenia Providence
Four weeks after having ankle surgery, I was referred to Twin Boro for physical therapy. Scheduling appointments was easy and the front desk attendant was very helpful and accommodating. The Director, Joe, is absolutely amazing. I feared that I would never be able to walk “normally” again and had so much trepidation about the efficacy of physical therapy. But, Joe is very good at what he does and was always super reassuring and, best of all, realistic about what it would take to get me walking well again. I am so grateful to him, Katerina, and all of the wonderful interns for their help throughout this process. 10/10 would highly recommend!
Edson Junior
Amazing crew!!! Professional and appropriate treatment for my recovery. I hardly stepped on the ground after my surgery and today in my last session I was able to run without any problems.
Tommy Karupen
This location highly recommended. Staff very friendly and caring.
Joan Arena
My hand doctor told me that Laura Lee at Twin Boro EHT was the best hand therapist in New Jersey, and she certainly lived up to her reputation with me. I fractured my wrist badly, which also made carpal tunnel surgery necessary and thought I’d never have the use of my left hand again. But after a couple months of therapy with Laura Lee I can do it all now, even open jars and use the pepper grinder. I am thrilled, and I highly recommended her!
Rola Chatila
The place is very organized and clean. The entire staff are extremely professional, helpful and showed kindness. I was improving quickly. My physical therapist is incredibly supportive and has hands of magic !!!! I really recommend this PT practice to anyone who wants to get better.
Alicia Schreck
Amazing experience!! I have only good things to say about twin boro. They were able to help me get better when no one else could. I cant express how wonderful the entire staff is. They are nothing but friendly and fun to work with. I felt like part of there family and I am going to miss them. I cant recommend them enough to everyone.
Bob Domino
Steven and the entire Twin Boro team are Excellent. They work with you through the entire process of insurance coordination, understanding your issues that are to be addressed, develop the plan and goals addressing the issues, and follow up to ensure your progress is aligning with your and your doctor’s expectations.
Patricia Jones
I recently completed rehab for a left knee replacement that I had back in January of 2023. I attended therapy 4 months prior to the surgery to strengthen the leg muscles. After the in-home therapy sessions post surgery I attended rehab therapy at Twin Boro 3 times a week for 3 months. I made steady progress under Danielle’s care. She addressed all my concerns and set up an exercise schedule that met my needs as my knee healed and strengthened. The staff is friendly , professional and eager to assist with equipment in the facility. I highly recommend Twin Boro Physical Therapy for all rehab needs.
Ammar KB
The convenience of this location perfectly accommodated my busy work schedule, allowing me to seamlessly fit my therapy sessions into my day. I had the pleasure of working with Anthony Cabrera, my highly knowledgeable physical therapist. Anthony took the time to understand my unique needs as an individual and tailored my sessions accordingly. I sincerely appreciate his hard work, as he continuously challenges me and adjusts my exercises to ensure progress and effectiveness. Thank you, Anthony, for your dedication and for consistently going above and beyond to support my therapy journey.
Eli C.
Great experience. Thanks to Karolina I had a fast recovery.
Shakara White
My therapist Mr. Yash Doshi simply the best!! He gave me the best strength training for my ankle. The whole staff here are so sweet and attentive. If you need therapy for anything this is the place! I’d give them a 1,000 stars if it were possible!!! Lol
Fortune Nwamara
I had a great experience here at Twin Boro. My occupational therapist was “Margaret” and she helped me with the recovery from a joint dislocation in my finger. She is knowledgeable, engaging and very patient. She was able to plan my sessions to accommodate my busy school and work schedule. She always changed up exercises to figure out what worked best for me. With her amazing expertise, she was able to create a splint for my finger to reach maximum improvement and I am thankful for that. I highly recommend her service for anyone in need for an occupational therapist.
Kyle Van Heest
The staff are very friendly and nice and helpful. They really do a good job with working on, whatever have I wish I can give it more stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Pamela Herforth
This is the first time I am going to PT. The physical therapists are friendly and professional. They encourage you to do your best but still understand when it is tough. Without hesitation, I would recommend the Twin Boro in Lincoln Park to anyone in need of PT.
Alexis Casiano
I had a wonderful experience with Chris and rina... I highly recommend This physical therapy place.. Thank you
Kenneth rengifo
Our daughter was injured during basketball, her favorite sport ever. It was her first major injury. She sprained 2 ligaments in her foot. Our reviewing past comments for Twin Boro, we decided to take her there for treatment. Ryan Vrindten was our physical therapist and treated our daughter with care and attention to her injury. He was dedicated to getting her back on the court. She trusted him to take care of her foot. Ryan kept us updated on her progress and had her do “homework” at home to accelerate her recovery. We believe Ryan Vrindten is a assets to Twin Boro. The staff at Twin Boro was also very supportive to our concerns.
Edith Sands
I have been in and out of physical therapy for the last 3 years. The therapists are wonderful. They were attentive to my needs and helped me push through some difficult times. Thank you all, and this time thank you Larry.
Emm Badichon
Sandi and Al helped me get better.
Jerry Lynch
My therapist is allsome on giving good care for my shoulder surgery it's coming on fine she really knows how to bring your shoulder back to life.
william watts
Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Great service!!
I had an excellent experience at Twin Boro. The knowledge, technical, expertise and compassion are what impressed me most about the therapists.Thank you Ms. Dejean and Mr. Doshi.
Gillyam Suazo
Amazing location! Sandi & Jackie are awesome. Everyone is friendly and the facility is clean.
Always willing to help with time change very understanding
Maryanne Mathis
The team here goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care! On my worst days, they somehow always managed to turn my day around. Be prepared to get an ab workout from all the laughing from how how hilarious everyone here is(patients included). I went here for low back pain and the level of care they provided has now left my pain free! Thank you!
Abby Bordeau
Devon is an absolutely wonderful physical therapist! It’s easy to see how much she cares about her patients. I’d recommend Twin Boro PT to anyone in the SB area. Super convenient!
Naya White
I’ve been here for a few years on and off and the service they provide is great! Super clean, the therapists are clearly spoken and are super helpful with exercises you might struggle with. Love it here!
Ash Khan
This was my first time in physical therapy so I can’t say for definitive that this is is the best PT spot around as I have nothing to compare it to….HOWEVER, I will highly recommend Twin Boro as everyone was friendly, professional and really helped me back to recovery and educating me about my ailment. I was very skeptical about the process when I first started because I thought those aches and pains was just what getting older was all about. Well here I am, about a month now out of PT, and I have so much more energy throughout the day. Those aches used to take so much out of me, and I still get the odd days where the ailments come back, but now I know how to better attack it before it gets too far out of hand. A big thank you to Kristen W. for her knowledge, expertise and for putting me back together again.
Ben Po
Had a great experience with my therapist Larry. He really helped strengthen both my calves after surgery. I highly recommend him and Twin Boro. The staff was helpful and professional.
Avi Chawdhry
Very welcoming place with an excellent staff. Definetly would recommend!
Radha Sankaran
Very friendly staff. Each time I went there, equipments for my exercise routine were ready. The therapists are excellent, checking your progress on a regular basis. If needed, I will go there again.
Pamela Leone
The staff here is amazing. I have had to come for different reasons and they always work to get me back to my best. Professional and caring.
Groovy Schmoops
The professional and experienced therapists at Twin Boro allowed me to regain Strength and flexibility in my recovery after surgery. Thank you !
J Frost
Did great for my hip pain post-partum.
cesar cardenas
Staff is very friendly and caring. Always with a smile and pleased to help. Never overcrowded and every therapist focuses on each of their clients and their needs. Definitely an amazing facility for therapy.
Neil Morgado
Twin boro in Newark is not like other pt places in Newark. My therapist, Anthony, actually cares. My shoulder pain is gone. If you have pain, Go Check him out!
Birge Kinne
All practitioners are awesome. Scheduling accommodate it. Great for pre-and post of recovery.
Linda Pierro
Highly recommend, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, Butler, NJ.They are so friendly and helpful. First person you meet is, Barbara. She is extremely friendly and experienced with scheduling appointments, and billing.You are then appointed a, Physical Therapist, to help with the treatment you need to heal. I was treated by, Luke ! He is a genius with focusing on the area of pain. He will show you the exercises that will quickly rehabilitate the injury.Brook was very helpful guiding me to the exercise that helped the, Tendonitis in my Rotator Cuff.I was amazed how quickly the therapy helped me to get back to, my daily work schedule and get back to my favorite exercise program, Jazzercise.You won't be disappointed in, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, butler, N.J. !Linda Pierro
Mitchell Austin
great pts and great environment
Courtney Eddington
I've had an excellent experience here! Evan was very kind, caring and professional and helped get me back to my daily activities quickly. All of the folks at S&G are very kind. They provide a warm, welcoming environment and great care to their patients. I would recommend S&G to anyone who needs PT! Thank you, Evan and staff!
Donna Lombard
Staff is friendly and caring. This is my second time receiving therapy here with a different therapist. Both experiences were good with individualized care to meet you where you are.
Nick McCaffery
Amazing staff and really helped me get back to action after a grueling knee surgery. Highly recommend
Alice Giuliano
Jaceline was awesome! Optimal care to my painful back and foot injuries. The staff was fantastic. I left pain free with knowledge of many helpful exercises. Highly recommend rwin Boro in West Orange for your physical therapy requirements!
juliet pande
Krystina and Devon did an exceptional job evaluating and executing my therapy. The office has a very friendly atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff. Thorough attention is given to cleanliness. My experience here was excellent!
Jazmin Brown
Awesome experience! I loved the therapists & staff, and they have helped me greatly. I’ve seen amazing progress post-surgery as a collegiate athlete. Couldn’t have done it without them!
Justin Funari
I was a patient here for about thirty weeks, where all of the therapists assisted me in pre-hab, nursing the existing injury I already had prior to attending TwinBoro. I owe Dr. Gargiulo and the rest of the team for getting me through my final season of athletics at my University, with them assisting me strengthen my shoulder before surgery, as well as minimize the pain and discomfort through various mediums of treatment. After my shoulder surgery, the extensive rehab program under the supervision of Dr. Gargiulo went far better than I had been expecting. I progressed at a faster pace than any of us had previously thought. Thanks to Dr. Gargiulo and TwinBoro, I am back to my original active lifestyle after months and months of pain before attending. Thank you for everything TwinBoro!
Freddy A
This place is phenomenal. From receptionists to therapists. They’ve help me get back to normal life. The therapists are all extremely knowledgeable, special thanks to Rob for coming through and assuring me step by step about me rehab.
I love going to my therapy. Sandy is amazkng !!!she is always makkng sure I conplete all my exercises. I am so tirilled by her and tiwin boro
Nancy Gonzalez
Luke was excellent!! As well as the rest of the staff, it’s a very caring ,attentive professional and most of all friendly atmosphere . I would recommend Twin Boro to anyone who needs. Thank you again for all that you did to help me recover without any issues.
I started at Twin Boro in Westwood after falling down some stairs onto a cement floor and injuring both SI joints. This happened at the beginning of the pandemic and I was in a lot of pain as I waited to see someone. When I finally got to Twin Boro, Brian examined me and knew immediately what my problem was. He worked on me successfully and gave me exercises at home to help me strengthen the muscles that needed to hold the joint into place. Initially, I had sciatica pain and couldn’t even stand on any uneven ground or flooring without pain. Through Brian’s help, and the exercise plan that I was given at Twin Boro, I am now 100% pain-free. I highly recommend Brian and the staff at Twin Boro Westwood for any injury that needs therapy.
Kathi Kathi
No hesitation in HIGHLY recommendingChaya and Lacy! My hand surgeon, dr. Smith, referred Chaya and I am forever grateful. 3x week for months and I looked forward to seeing them. Top professionals And sincerely interested in you as a person. Hope to never need therapy in the future, but if I do they are the therapists I will reach out to.Thank you both for my recovery and your kindness - forever grateful.
marie hendricks
Great staff when I was a patient there a month ago I was disappointed i didnt get my graduation gift also I would like to recommend volunteers from the local hs your staff could help teach the kids to show a direction of a trade or career they can explore high school students need volunteer time to graduate.
Tracey Jenkins
First time having physical therapy at Twin Boro, the past 4 weeks have been amazing,. The facility is very clean. The staff is very attentive and professional. A special thank you to Matt Wells, he listen to me and guided my sessions accordingly.. I am leaving this facility healthier and with the tools to take home to continue my road to recovery..T Jenkins
Gerald Guillaume
When my 4 year old son , Mason, broke his leg via a freak accident, I was horrified and so scared. I had no experience with physical therapy. All I knew was that I was referred to this place who was supposed to help him. Not only did they help, but they loved my son back to health. Mason looked forward to his biweekly sessions with Dr. Trisha. Dr. Trisha is amazing! She is the sweetest, most kind hearted, patient doctor ever. Dealing with a 4 year old is never easy but she was gentle and understanding with my son. She answered all of our questions and quieted our concerns. I felt so happy that someone with her level of expertise and kindness was in charge of nursing my son back to health. Mason recently made a full recovery and is walking back normal all due to dr. Trisha and the twin Boro team. The facility is well ran, immaculate, and very professional. We never waited longer than five minutes and receive excellent care. Overall I’d rate my experience a 10/10. Thanks again to Dr. Trisha and the whole Twinboro team for nursing Mason back to health.
Renee J
This practice is very professional. Chaya is a top notch therapist. Her techniques and advice provided me with healing in a timely fashion. In addition Mary, the secretary, made me feel welcomed at every appointment. I would, with no doubt, recommend this practice.
Janeide Borges
The best place ever.Everyone is very kind and attentive. always with a smile on their face ready to help you.I really recommend 😉
Deejay Dixon
Twin Boro physical therapy is professional and very caring. Franklin was absolutely great, he was attentive and very knowledgeable. He helped me within 2 months and I feel like I'm back to normal 100 percent!! Thanks for everything!!!
Kyle Gormley
Great team and excellent environment
d c d hung
How do you know if you're making the right choice before you walk into a physical therapy facility? Like most people, I searched the web to try and find a physical therapy facility. There are many facilities near me that provide PT services. I went into each site to check for reviews of their services. Some establishments have over 100, 300 or even 900 reviewers and still maintain high ratings. So, I visited each site to check the reviews. And I found that most of the reviews were not about PT, but about training, fitness, or some other category. The percentage of reviews related to PT is a bit low. Then, I found Twin Boro which has the highest percentage of reviewers talking about PT. So, I think this facility might be the right place.The reason I need PT is because I injured my left hip joint and can barely move my left leg. I couldn't sit for more than 10 minutes because my left thigh would cramp, and I could only walk with a limp because my left leg felt so heavy. So, I came to Twin Boro. After an initial assessment, I was put into practice by Jaceline. After the first workout, I felt my legs were lighter and the heavy drag was gone. At that moment, I knew my choice was right.
Mike Cosares
I had Terrance and Sandeep for my OT therapists and they were both awesome! Everybody who works here is great and I would recommend 100% to anybody!
Dorothy Thompson
I had a great experience at Twin Boro. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Erica Garagiola
I went to here for over two months for a knee injury, and had both Eric and Danielle as pts. Both were great and super helpful with my healing! If you’re looking for a good place to go for pt, I would recommend here!
Scott Gannon
Just wrapped up here with Ryan, and had nothing but a positive experience with him and the whole team. I came in with some nagging knee pain (patella tendinitis) and Ryan was super quick to identify the issue, explained it clearly to me and provided a very effective and challenging treatment plan. Ryan is super knowledgeable, professional and was a pleasure work with. I left feeling stronger and more informed, happy to have a great PT close by.
Sebastian D'Elia
Always the most consistent place to rehab any injuries. This latest time I had Ryan Vrindten who is among the best i've ever had. Attention to detail and after care makes him elite.
CJ Creations
Yash is very professional and the staff provides great customer service .I’m glad to be apart of Twin Boro Family
Hugo Cordova
súper bien!!!! Encatado de trabajar con el terapista Ricardo! Ya me siento mucho mejor
Angelica Hernandez
I was referred by a hand surgeon who did an amazing job repairing the injury on my hand (thumb). I was told I needed a Hand specialist and Boro physical therapy was an amazing place to recover. Chaya (Hand specialist) and her team (Dan, Lauren) were wonderful and very Knowledgeable. They focus on every detail in working with you towards your recuperation. The entire staff is great from the moment you walk in until you leave. I cannot thank you enough for my recovery success!!!!
Linda Bolesworth
Twin Boro!! I can not thank each of you enough. The care and support I received was the best I’ve ever received. After my surgery, and beforehand I was welcomed in like an old friend. It made my recovery that much easier. Also the laughter made a hard recovery fun!Thank you Matt and Mike!Renata, the care you provide for everyone is a testament to your commitment and dedication. Thank you!
Malcolm Alston
I suffered a workplace injury and started my physical therapy journey with Twin Boro in Westfield. The staff is extremely courteous and patient. Throughout my process I was placed with Ryan for the majority of my sessions. I can say that all the therapists I encountered were extremely professional. Ryan put me at ease with this being my first time needing physical therapy. I can definitely say I was skeptical at first, but it is exactly what I needed. Ryan was extremely knowledgable and honest about the recovery journey. I'm proud to say that I'm officially cleared and back at work. I would recommend them to anyone, and hopefully I don't have to go back, but if I do, I would choose them again!
Deborah M. Sanders
My experience at this location has always been positive! This year is approximately my fourth or fifth time returning to the Union TwinBoro location. The customer service is, and has always been phenomenal. The administrative staff at the front desk is accommodating when needed to resolve issues with insurance companies. The ladies are professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and understanding when sickness or emergencies arise. Most of all, they are kind and respectful!My physical therapist Valerie is in valuable. Her therapeutic massages, manipulation, movement of tissues, and muscles has helped me immensely.When I initially came for a comprehensive evaluation of my injuries I was in a lot of pain. She has assigned rigorous and appropriate exercises which is guiding me on the path of healing. We are still working at it, and the process will probably be a long one. However, I would recommend this location to anyone who is willing to put in the work to achieve a better quality of life.Kudos to all of the therapist at the Union location. I’ve watched, I’ve listened, and I’ve seen so many hurting sad faces - turn into relieved happy faces. I am extremely appreciative for all that has been done for me throughout the many times that I have had to visit this location.Side note: Please be on time for your appointments.
rocket rick
Looked at several PT places for my knee replacement therapy and am so glad I choose Twin Boro in Union. It's like one big happy family - all the patients and therapists enjoy each other's company yet at the same time, everyone works hard at healing. The sessions are well structured and supervised. The therapists, especially Val and Sandy - are highly qualified and are great motivators. Their tough love helped me recover way ahead of schedule. I walked 5 miles yesterday 3 months post surgery. You can't go wrong with Twin Boro.
James Schreck
After suffering an injury, I went to twin boro physical therapy, an absolute amazing experience all the staff was extremely professional and personable. I would and have recommended them to my family and friends.
Wonderful facility with amazing and professional staff. Highly recommend!
sumitha b
My therapist Devon and the entire team at Twin boro PT were awesome. Devon helped me overcome my neck pain by prescribing me neck strengthening exercises, massage and heat therapy. Though I went there only for a few weeks, it was a rejuvenating experience for me. I would definitely recommend Twin boro PT to my friends.
Janet Romano
I searched for a PT facility close to my home, but more importantly, a place with quality services. Twin Boro in EHT had a great rating so I gave them a try. Six weeks later, I am free of back pain. The people are wonderful and provide expert PT for every type of injury. My deepest thanks go to Eric, Jada, Christine, and Rachel.
William Davis
This place is excellent 👍
Kevin Bellizio
My primary therapist, Devon Shire, was very attentive, supportive, and caring during my pre operative and post surgical treatment of my damaged rotator cuff. Krystina, the head therapist, was also very supportive when filling in. All the staff that I dealt with during my 8 months of therapy were very helpful also. Facility is close to home and well equipped and maintained. Not as big as another local facility, but still provides excellent care. I have used the other local facility on multiple past issues, but were not able to take me for a week after my initial diagnosis. Twin Boro was in network for me and this facility was highly recommended. Many patients there that I saw in passing there are people that I have known for years. Some are repeat patients who are very satisfied with this Twin Boro facility and these 2 fine therapists. I would not hesitate to utilize them again if needed. Kevin Bellizio
Barbara Maloney
Fabulous experience! Everyone was extremely caring and attentive. Rina, Kayla and Luke are the best. They made me feel so much better in a short time. The messages were so beneficial to calming and healing my muscles. Together with the exercises, I felt better almost immediately. Brooke does a great job of anticipating your needs. Barbara was very accommodating and was able to give me appointments around my busy schedule. I would highly recommend them.
Jane B
I can say so much about this wonderful group of care providers but I'm sure I do not have enough space to type! Literally! When you come to Twin Boro Jersey City you not just get great care but you gain an entire family that loves and cares about you. The staff us amazing, professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Know if your get care from Twin Boro Jersey city your getting one of the best care around. They helped me with my injuries and because of them I am back to myself again. Highly recommend 👌
Craig Vischio
Great staff,extremely caring and helpful. Have many different therapiesTo aid in your recovery. Highly recommend
Leah Lipton
Jessica who was recommended to me by my physician in Kessler, is truly a skilled physical therapist. She is well versed in the research and with what works! AND Jess is a very nice person! I came to build strength and resilience in my knee and we worked on that and a shoulder that has ached and felt stiff for so long. She and her PT-As are on top of the details and progress. I saw real results. Greater range of motion!! My growth and positive change far exceeded my expectations. I left each session feeling good about myself and looking forward to the next session. Thank you Jessica!
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