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Mukta Chauhan, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

I have been practicing Physical Therapy for 8 years and have worked in a gamut of settings from acute care hospitals to sub acute facilities and outpatient practices, treating a variety of orthopedic, vestibular and cardiac cases.  My passion for movement science and body awareness was stimulated while taking continued education courses at Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and when I decided to get formally trained in Functional Manual therapy (FMT). FMT integrates not just the musculo-skelatal system, but neuro-fascial and the visceral organ system into the body’s unique intelligence. This results in optimum alignment and a state of equilibrium. I leverage FMT to understand my patient’s condition holistically and look beyond their dysfunction(s) to enable them to reach their maximum potential.

I believe in IPA’s philosophy that all tissues of the body are interconnected and that efficient function requires a dynamic interaction between mechanical, neuro muscular and motor control system. I enjoy bringing this awareness to my patients by using carefully tailored exercises and empowering them to take charge of their lives for optimum healing.

I am also a Certified Mulligun’s practitioner and Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Utica College

Lindsay Grobman, PT, DPT, RYT, HHC

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Registered Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Coach

Lindsay is a physical therapist who has worked in an outpatient setting for 11 years. Lindsay helps her patients by using traditional physical therapy methods including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular reeducation while incorporating the breath into all treatment plans. Lindsay has a passion for using therapeutic yoga techniques to heal the body from the inside out while connecting the mind and the body. She also uses the Associative Awareness Technique (A.A.T.) to help bring the nervous system into balance. This treatment is highly effective for chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety, as well as all nervous system and orthopedic conditions. Lindsay is also passionate about health coaching, where she supports and guides people toward achieving their diet and lifestyle goals to help create balance in their life.

Masters and Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Columbia University
BS in Psychology, The University of Albany
Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Maya Hakami, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Maya has worked in the orthopedic setting for several years, treating conditions that result from chronic overuse; women’s health including pre and post-natal care; acute trauma and sports related injuries. She uses an approach to assessment that is based on optimal biomechanics and efficient movement. As treatment, she will incorporate the use of manual therapy techniques and target specific exercise prescription, emphasizing importance of proper posture and core stability. She utilizes clinical Pilates in order to optimally strengthen the core and pelvic floor musculature while incorporating the breath.

Maya recently returned to New York after living in Hong Kong for a couple of years. While abroad, Maya obtained certification in Shanghanese Tui Na massage and studied therapeutic yoga practices which compliment her holistic approach in treatment of patients.

When not working, Maya enjoys traveling, yoga, running and cooking.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hunter College
Bachelor of Arts, Binghamton University

Jeremy Laverdure, PT, DPT, CI

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Pilates Instructor

Jeremy brings his 15 years of Pilates teaching experience to the physical therapy environment, creating personalized treatment programs to help each patient reach their movement goals. He has found Pilates to be a wonderful complement to traditional physical therapy in treating acute and chronic injuries, and believes that it provides patients with tools they can take with them to maintain their long-term health. Jeremy’s approach to manual therapy is informed by his studies of Ortho-Bionomy®, an osteopathically-based system in which gentle movement stimulates the nervous system to self-correct difficult or painful movement patterns.

Jeremy has worked with patients of all ages and with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. He also enjoys working on strength, conditioning, and balance training for patients with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to practicing as a PT at Shift, Jeremy conducts continuing education workshops for Pilates instructors throughout the country, sharing his passion for movement as a healing practice.

 

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hunter College
BA in Dance, Naropa University
Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Instructor

Matt Leve, PT, MSPT, GCFP

Physical Therapy, Master's of Physical Therapy, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Feldenkrais stated that “if you don’t know what you are doing, you can’t do what you want.”  In other words, if you go through life acting in an unconscious manner, why expect a positive result.  He understood the intrinsic value of developing internal awareness.  Both Feldenkrais and Tai Chi involve the development and refinement of kinesthetic awareness through the practice of various movement patterns.  Combined with the traditional methods of physical therapy such as manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, this approach can be very effective in optimizing self organization, speeding the healing process, and reducing injury recurrence.  It is also tremendously empowering to learn that one has the innate potential to improve and cope with any challenges that life may present us.  Whether your goal is to improve walking, posture and balance, rehabilitate after a surgery, or to improve any other habitual movement pattern that seems to be a problem, I am happy to be your coach.  Everyone can benefit from awareness.

I completed my physical therapy training at the University of Montana in 2000 and have been working with Patrick at Shift since moving to NYC in 2003.  With more than 15 years in practice as a physical therapist, 20 years of experience in the martial arts, and my training in the Feldenkrais® method I consider myself a movement enthusiast and a movement specialist.  I am also an avid cook and enjoy movies and the outdoors.  I have an extensive background in orthopedic rehabilitation and treating clients with chronic pain and a wide range of neurological conditions.  I also offer private sessions for clients who are looking to improve overall fitness and I teach weekly small group or private Tai Chi classes.

Master's of Physical Therapy, University of Montana

Heather Mims, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Heather’s 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, 11 years teaching Pilates, and 10 years of yoga practice have enabled her to develop a unique approach to incorporating breath, core strength, and somatic awareness into her patients’ rehabilitation. She is particularly interested in the role of posture, proximal hip, and core strength for prevention of injury in runners, dancers, yogis, and athletes.

Heather offers a Pilates-based approach to physical therapy rehabilitation and wellness that is also informed by her many years of teaching dance and creative movement. She blends the mind-body awareness, conscious control, and focus that are emphasized in the Pilates Method with hands-on manual therapy techniques for release of myofascial and joint restrictions to allow each patient to discover freedom of movement, healthier biomechanics, and functional stability.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hunter College
MFA Dance, Ohio State University
BFA Dance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Certified Pilates Instructor, PhysicalMind Institute

Rachel Schneiderman Parrotta, PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer

Rachel utilizes a personalized treatment approach that weaves together each patient’s unique health journey with her own experience and knowledge of the human body. Combining hands-on techniques, visceral manipulation and targeted exercise, Rachel works in partnership with her patients to uncover and correct the root causes of their physical symptoms.

Rachel has an extensive physical therapy background in treating women during pregnancy and in the post-partum period, as well as treating men and women who experience pain or dysfunction related to the pelvic floor. As an Athletic Trainer, Rachel spent many of her early years rehabilitating athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level.

As a Reiki practitioner, Rachel understands that very limited healing occurs when the body is in a state of constant stress or fight-or-flight response. Reiki can be used during physical therapy sessions to decrease stress and induce a state of relaxation and healing.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Touro College
BS in Athletic Training, Boston University

Jenny Lin, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

Jenny is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), focusing on non operative/post surgical recovery and independent function of the upper extremity. She is also a Certified Office Ergonomics Evaluator (COEE) and offers techniques and postural re-education for those suffering from poor work stations or repetitive stress.A native from California, Jenny loves the integrative approach and recognizes holistic care truly benefits the mind, body and heart. When Jenny is not working with patients, she is often found on the tennis court working on her tennis game.

MS in Occupational Therapy, Columbia University
BA in Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara
Certified Hand Therapist

Elizabeth Bragg, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Elizabeth provides nurturing, therapeutic massage combining medical, Swedish, and deep tissue techniques tailored to address each client’s needs. Massage can be used in conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture to support your healing process.

She uses Swedish, medical, deep tissue, and prenatal massage to address specific medical needs and/or to assist with stress reduction. Energy work can also be incorporated to the enhance mind-body connection. “Energy work” is an open-ended concept, and depending on each client’s needs or preferences it may be performed as part of a physical massage treatment, or as a stand-alone session.

Elizabeth has two years of massage therapy experience, treating clients for specific medical conditions or injuries, including: sciatica, frozen shoulder, back pain and repetative use syndromes. If you have any questions about the work, please feel free to email me at elizabeth@shift.nyc prior to booking your appointment.

AOS in Massage Therapy, Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
MA in English, University of Virginia
BA in English, Loyola University Chicago

Leslie Gravel, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

My approach to body work comes from my belief that our bodies can tell us everything we need to know, it’s just a matter of learning how to listen. Am I clenching my jaw, are my hips tight, am I holding my breath? With this awareness we can begin to heal. Through integrative massage which combines: Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Reiki and stretching I seek to bring new awareness to my clients. I am interested in building relationships and providing a safe space to heal, whether it be from an injury, stress or an emotional struggle.

Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca, NY