KIMA Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness

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ABOUT

We believe experiencing pain—in whatever form—is an opportunity for change, to bring new understanding about yourself to light.

KIMA is a holistic physical therapy center offering innovative wellness programs. Known for comprehensive assessment of the movement of the body, mind and breath, we seek ...

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MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Monica Vitenson

PT, MSPT, OCS, CCTT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Monica has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years. She has an outstanding reputation in the field as a manual therapist and movement re-educator. She specializes in TMJ dysfunction, in which she is one of only a few New York therapists to hold an advanced certification. Monica Vitenson began her professional career as a massage therapist, graduating in 1991 from the Swedish Institute in New York City. In 1998, she earned her Master of Science in physical therapy from Columbia University. Over the years she has continued to study advanced physical therapy techniques with some of the top practitioners in the field. Including most of the courses offered with Greg Johnson through the IPA (institute of Physical Arts), Mariano Rocabado’s Craniofacial series offered through the University of St Augustine, the Comprehensive Evaluation and Management of the Cervical-Craniomandibular complex series with Myopain Seminars, and most recently the full one year intensive Discover Physio series with Diane Lee and Linda Joy Lee. In 2006, she became certified as a Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist through Polestar. That same year, Ms. Vitenson also earned her CCTT (Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist) through the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics affiliate of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She passed the prestigious PT OCS exam in 2008, which recognizes her as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). When Monica is not dedicating her time and energy towards improving her skills as a physical therapist she is spending time educating, entertaining and enjoying her twins Jason and Matthew.

Donna Goldman

MS, PT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Donna is a 1986 graduate of the School of Allied Health Professions at SUNY Stony Brook. She continued her education earning her Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from CUNY Queens College where she studied under Dr. William McArdle, author of Exercise, Nutrition, and Weight Control. After working in a variety of clinical environments, Donna’s passion led her to work with chronic pain patients. She has over 20 years experience treating a variety of chronic pain diagnoses including RSD, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain and chronic orthopedic issues. She has worked closely with a multidisciplinary approach alongside nuerology, pain management and anesthesiolgy, psychology, physiatry, massage therapy and acupuncture. Donna draws on her training in myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, and energy work to compliment her orthopedic skills. Furthermore, Donna has studied advanced bio-energy techniques. In addition, she has also studied segmental myofascial release and myofascial stretching. Donna incorporates her myofascial release and orthopedic skills to assist in wellness programs. She has been a physical therapist at the U.S. Tennis Open for over 10 years working one-on-one with top ranked tennis players. When not practicing physical therapy, Donna is an avid tennis player, swimmer and mother of 2 daughters. She understands the balance between work and play, mind and body and incorporates that into her patients’ experience.

Kristine Gneiss

PT, DPT, OCS

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Kristine earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University, where she graduated with Academic Distinction. While at Columbia, Kristine specialized in Orthopaedics and was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Orthopaedics. Prior to her academic career at Columbia, Kristine studied at the University of Delaware in the Honors Program where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. Kristine was a four-year member of the University of Delaware’s Division I Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team and served as the team’s captain during her tenure with the volleyball program. Kristine has a passion for the profession of physical therapy and rehabilitation and a love of sports and fitness. She has a background in competitive athletics, which has led her to pursue a specialty in the orthopaedic and sports setting, and to work with clients ranging from weekend warriors to competitive athletes, as well as fitness and workout novices. Her commitment to the profession and dedication to rehabilitation, sports, fitness, and wellness is evident and reflected in her care for all of her clients. She strives to deliver a comprehensive assessment in order to diagnose a wide variety of injuries. Kristine believes in designing individualized plans of care to empower and assist clients to reach their optimal function, specific mobility, and fitness goals. In addition to volleyball, Kristine enjoys running and staying fit through weight lifting and barre and pilates classes. She has participated in the NYC Marathon, several half marathons, and numerous races of shorter distances and is a member of New York Road Runners. She has experience providing gait and treadmill run analysis for her running clients. She understands the frustration of having an injury that limits one’s participation, and she works with her clients to overcome challenges in order to return to doing what they love. Kristine is Board Certified in Orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is a lab adjunct course instructor for the Physical Therapy Program at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is currently pursuing advanced certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy program. Kristine holds memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the New York Physical Therapy Chapter, and APTA Section membership in Orthopaedics and Sports.

Stephanie Caudle

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Stephanie Caudle received her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from The University of South Carolina in 2012. Prior to graduation, she studied under prominent researchers at Champion Sports Medicine and the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. Stephanie’s graduate research under Bruce A. McClenaghan, PED, PT was focused on the effects of exercise on arthritis-related balance deficit. Stephanie’s continuing education is focused in manual approaches to the treatment of pain and movement dysfunction including courses such as the Mulligan Concept for mobilization with movement, Active Release Techniques for soft tissue management as well as instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization with The Edge tool. Prior to her graduate studies in physical therapy, Stephanie attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied exercise science and developed a passion for weight-training. As an honors student, she studied endocrine biomarkers of overtraining under Anthony Hackney, PhD, DSc. Stephanie has worked extensively with athletes competing in marathon, triathlon, rugby, and CrossFit. Her own athletic background includes nearly 10 years as a competitive swimmer and runner. Weaving a strong interest in nutrition in with her love of weight-training, Stephanie competed in Figure in 2011 and currently trains as a powerlifter. She is preparing for her second competitive meet in April 2015.

Justine Ward

PT, DPT, WCS, CBBA

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Justine graduated from Ithaca College with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. While in graduate school, she completed a clinical affiliation at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL where she had the unique opportunity to practice women’s health physical therapy. This experience helped foster a passion for pelvic health, and she has since dedicated much of her clinical practice to helping women and men overcome pelvic pain, sexual pain, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Justine has completed multiple post-graduate continuing education courses through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and Brook’s Rehabilitation, where she has developed advanced manual therapy techniques and become an expert in treating individuals with complex women’s and men’s health diagnoses. Through extensive training, individual study, and coursework, Justine has earned the distinction of board certified clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy, as deemed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. As a former collegiate gymnast, Justine has a keen eye for seeing how movement influences function in all patient populations. From the high-level competitive athlete to the new mom on the go, she is able to prescribe specific, targeted exercises for all of her patients to help optimize movement patterns, decrease pain, and decrease risk for re-injury. As a Reiki practitioner, Justine also recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection, and incorporates powerful breathing and relaxation techniques into her treatments. These techniques allow the body to come to a state where it can truly heal. Justine believes in empowering individuals by giving them the tools they need to heal themselves, including self-care and stress reduction techniques, exercises, and fitness tips. She wants to get to the root of the problem, and will do everything she can to help individuals find their path to healing.

Philippe Corbanese

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Philippe recognized his passion for physical therapy at a young age, first volunteering and then working as a physical therapy aide at Beth Israel Medical Center while completing his undergraduate studies. Since receiving his Doctorate in 2006, Philippe has been practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy and holds post-graduate certificates in manual therapy from the Institute of Physical Art, University of St Augustine and Maitland. Philippe has worked in a variety of settings and has treated patients with neurological, orthopedic and sports injuries. These experiences led him to his specialty in sports and orthopedic injuries. For the past five years, he has worked extensively with professional athletes on the US Women’s Rugby team, and the Harlem Wizards as well as collegiate and recreational athletes. Philippe’s natural ability to motivate and educate his patients, combined with his excellent manual therapy and advanced clinical reasoning skills ensures optimum function while returning patients to the activities that they love. In addition to being a practicing therapist, Philippe has been an assistant teacher in the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Touro College-School of Health Sciences since 2011 in the Modalities and Anatomy classes.

Emil Euaparadorn

PT, DSc, OCS, COMT, CMPT, MSCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Dr. Euapardorn is widely recognized as a leading Physical Therapist in manipulative therapy for patients with orthopedic conditions as well as those experiencing musculoskeletal pain and modality issues. As one of the most highly credentialed PTs in New York City, he is also a well-known strength and conditioning coach, in addition to being an extraordinary therapist in the areas of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries and stroke. Emil began his clinical career at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Dominican College and a professor of Orthopedics, Spinal Cord Injury, Modalities and Musculoskeletal Modalities. He has also taught in the Physical Therapy Programs at Touro College, Columbia University and Hunter College. His research on musculoskeletal pain and modalities is at the cutting edge of this field. Dr. Euaparadorn received his Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Andrews University and his Masters In Physical Therapy, with honors, from Touro College.

Fara Le Breton

PT, MSc

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Fara’s interest in movement and rehabilitation began as a dancer and then as a student working with the athletic training team at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She went on to obtain her degree in Physical Therapy with honors at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Medical School campus. She immediately initiated her specialty working with an orthopaedic, sports medicine and performing arts population and has over 15 years of experience in this field. Realizing she wanted to advance her knowledge even further, Fara was accepted, and completed, an advanced degree in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the University College London in England. In addition to her coursework and clinical residencies in London and Edinburgh, she completed a research study and thesis examining the effects of hypermobility, and subsequently published a review on hypermobility in dancers in The Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Her high marks in this program earned her recognition as an advanced manual therapist by the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). Fara gained invaluable clinical experience at PT-owned orthopaedic practices in New York City and has worked backstage in NY and LA treating performers at numerous Broadway shows including The Lion King, Chicago, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Cats, Fosse, Aida and more. She has completed her certification in Pilates Rehabilitation with Polestar Pilates, as well as teacher training courses with Romana Kryzanowska and continuing education with Stott Pilates and Kinected. Her experience and regular post-professional coursework includes treating shoulder, cervical/thoracic/lumbar spine, ankle, knee, peri and post-partum rehabilitation, TMJ dysfunction, muscle imbalance, muscle energy techniques, rehab of the performing artist and ergonomic training. She is also certified in Fascial Movement Taping through RockTape and has completed coursework, including Back Education Training and Visceral Mobilization, through the Institute of Physical Art. Most recently, Fara has had the privilege to train extensively under LJ Lee and Diane Lee in their Integrated Systems Model (ISM) of patient care, completing the Discover Physio Series in New York City. This is a whole person integrative approach aiming to assess and treat the true “driver”, or source, of pain and dysfunction, restore total body function and help patients reach their full lifestyle and performance goals. Fara’s passion for connecting with patients to help them take part in their own journey of healing and movement inspires her to learn more every day.

Lisa Sottung

PT, CSI, CFMT, OCS

imgLisa Sottung
PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Lisa Sottung, P.T., C.F.M.T., OCS graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1985 and began her career in Physical Therapy. Lisa has since taken extensive course work in manual therapy and soft tissue mobilization, focusing mainly on the osteopathic approach to diagnosis and treatment of somatic dysfunction and most recently relating this to treatment in the field of women’s health. Lisa has received certification in Structural Integration, otherwise known as Rolfing, through the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, she has received certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art (I.P.A.) under the direction of Gregory Johnson, P.T., FFCFMT, and Vicky Johnson, P.T., FFCFMT and is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the APTA. Within the last ten years of work Lisa has combined her training in manual therapy with studies on women’s health issues and focused on a integrative systems based model for treatment of the pelvic girdle and pelvic floor dysfunctions. Lisa is a primary instructor of Lumbo-Pelvic Integration (LPI) and Cervical-Thoracic Integration (CTI) for IMTS (Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions) and currently teaches seminars around the country on evaluation and treatment of the pelvic girdle and cervical/Thoracic/Costal Cage (LPI/CTI). Previously, she has been an adjunct instructor for several of the physical therapy schools in the NY and NJ area as well as on staff and teaching for the Institute of Physical Art. Mrs. Sottung is also in practice for herself in Westfield, NJ, which she began in 2001. Lisa and her husband Karl are very blessed with two energetic young daughters, Karli and Elizabeth.

Magdalina Gofman

MSPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Magdalina Gofman, MSPT, is a physical therapist with almost 2 decades of experience. Since earning her Masters Degree in 2000, Magdalina has had hundreds of hours of ongoing education in manual therapy techniques and she enjoys being able to apply these techniques to help her patients’ recovery. These courses have included those focused on Muscle Energy Techniques, Manipulations, Taping, Tigger Point Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and others. Magdalina believes that each person is unique and that the whole body is connected, so she tailors each treatment to the individual and looks at the person head to toe. In addition to manual therapy, Magdalina has a strong background in movement training and therapeutic exercise. She worked during her college years as a martial arts instructor. She became certified as a Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor in 2013. Magdalina has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, privately owned PT clinics, hospital based PT clinics, and theaters. In 2005 she decided to become a traveling physical therapist and worked for 11 years on the west coast, including in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. She spent the last 5 years working at the Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, which housed the longest-running hospital-based athletic injury treatment program in the country, under the director Dr James Gerrick, one of the “father’s of sports medicine”. The pilates program at the Center for Sports medicine was at the forefront of using pilates in a rehabilitation setting, it was where Elizabeth Larkam (a second generation pilates teacher) worked for most of her career and developed protocols for using pilates for orthopedic patients. Working in such a clinically rich environment alongside a strong team of healthcare providers, combined with long patient treatment times, allowed Magdalina to hone her manual therapy and therapeutic exercises skills. She helped in program development at the Center for Sports Medicine by introducing the CoreAlign® and Yoga Ropes as new forms of exercise equipment to her colleagues at the Center for Sports medicine

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