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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

Jeremy Laverdure, PT, DPT, PMA®-CPT

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

Jesse Green, PT, DPT, LMT, CSCS

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Licensed Massage Therapist

A long-term resident of the East Village, Jesse graduated from New York University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. With over 13 years experience as a licensed massage therapist, Jesse brings with her a strong manual therapy focus to patient rehabilitation, centered on reducing pain and calming the nervous system. Jesse believes that by reducing anxiety through manually based calming techniques her patients are more open to healing. It is this guiding principle that she embraces in her practice as a physical therapist at Shift. Jesse enjoys bringing awareness to her patients by tailoring their rehabilitation with the use of both individualized treatment programs based on traditional western PT methods and therapeutic manual therapy including sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and lymphatic drainage and has worked with a variety of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Jesse is passionate about empowering her patients to discover their natural ability to self-heal for long-lasting change and optimum healing.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, New York University

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

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

Mukta Chauhan, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

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

Rachel Schneiderman Parrotta, PT, DPT, ATC

Women's Health Specialist, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer

Rachel utilizes a personalized treatment approach that weaves together each client’s unique health journey with her own experience and knowledge of the human body to deliver care that is both caring and compassionate.

With an extensive physical therapy background Rachel has spent the past 7 years focusing her treatment on supporting 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. Combining hands-on techniques, soft-tissue mobilization and targeted exercise, Rachel works with her clients to create individualized treatment programs to treat a wide range of conditions including pelvic pain and dysfunction, incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, sexual pain, mastitis and pain during pregnancy.

Rachel is deeply passionate about providing support to new (and not so new) moms, empowering them to reconnect with their physical bodies. By incorporating integrative techniques and breath work Rachel helps her clients to decrease their stress, providing a space for relaxation and healing. It is through her own experience as a mom that she has solidified this passion and dedication to women’s health.

Rachel believes that the body has an innate ability to heal and through integrative approaches she helps her clients to rediscover the primal foundations of thriving health to develop practices for long-term wellness.

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

Sarah Bogorad Mintz, PT, DPT, RYT

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Registered Yoga Teacher

Sarah works with clients of all ages, and with a broad range of orthopedic and neurological conditions, creating targeted and multidisciplinary treatment programs that integrate strength and conditioning with yoga and Pilates practices. Her approach to physical therapy is informed by her background as a dancer and choreographer, yoga and Pilates instructor, and personal trainer. Sarah brings an energetic component to her treatments, having studied meditation, Reiki, and aromatherapy during her six years abroad in Brussels, Belgium, and is passionate about the benefits of these techniques when combined with physical therapy. Sarah enjoys partnering with clients and supporting them on their rehabilitation journey, helping them to find the tools they need to achieve and maintain their long-term health and wellness goals.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hunter College
BA Dance and Arts Management, Oberlin College
Certified Pilates Instructor, Kane School Certified
Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance

Alli Cost, OTR-L

Occupational Therapist

Alli Cost is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for postural care and integrating healthy habits into daily life. With over 8 years of experience Alli coaches her clients on proper movement patterns and breathing techniques by incorporating a series of Foundation Training exercises. These techniques focus on decompression of the spine and lengthening of the muscles, helping to relieve pain and improve overall performance.

A certified lymphedema therapist, Alli is experienced in massage, taping/wrapping, and exercise to reduce edema. Alli gained her kinesiology taping certification to reduce pain and promote healthy function in adults and children.

Alli is a strong advocate of healthcare that is individualized and empowering to patients. Drawing on her knowledge as a health coach Alli understands that an injury to one part of the body impacts the whole body, just as each element of our life (diet, nutrition, sleep, mental health, relationships, career, and hobbies) impacts our wellbeing.

MS IN Occupational Therapy, Columbia University
BS Psychology, Texas Tech University
Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Certified Lymphedema Therapist, KLOSE Institute
Certified Foundation Training Instructor
Certified NKT Level 1

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 a wide variety of experience, treating clients for specific medical conditions and injuries, including: sciatica, frozen shoulder, back pain and repetitive 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

Catherine Foley

Reiki Practitioner

Catherine Foley is a practitioner of traditional Usui Reiki, a Japanese form of hands-on energy healing that focuses and increases vitality so the body is supported in its natural healing process. Catherine is an intuitive empath and is skilled at reading and listening to the body to provide the support of Reiki exactly where it is needed, reducing pain and discomfort and enhancing your natural ease and flow. She believes physical challenges bring us in closer relationship to ourselves, and by way of that, we learn how to care for our body and being in more authentic and meaningful ways. Catherine holds a gentle and compassionate space for your whole self to be seen and attended to so the true nature of the imbalance is addressed, guiding you back to health and well-being on all levels.
Catherine was attuned to Reiki Levels I & II with Lisa Levine at Maha Rose in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and completed her Reiki Master training with Joanna Crespo at the New York Open Center School for Holistic and Professional Learning. She currently is continuing her studies with Joanna in a year-long Reiki Master Teacher training.

Reiki Master, New York Open Center School for Holistic and Professional Learning

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