SPEAR Murray Hill - E 34th St

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ABOUT

Our Murray Hill clinic, located in the ground-floor retail space at 143 W. 34th Street near Lexington Avenue, is the best of two worlds; it has the friendly feel of a residential neighborhood with a sprinkle of “can-do” commercial midtown. The storefront property offers easy access from the street; inside, vaulted ceilings, clean lines, crisp wood tones, and a cement finish to the gym floor round out a modern, industrial vibe. After a productive therapy session, patients can jump into a shower and change in one of the private changing rooms before hitting the city streets.

Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Austin Afshar is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Murray Hill location. Austin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Austin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. At a young age, Austin began training and competing in both short and long course swimming, as well as open water swimming. He continued his knack for the sport during his time at IUP where he participated as a member of the club swim team and water polo team. Austin has swam competitively throughout his life, but it was during his undergraduate years where he provided private lessons for children with special needs that fueled his passion to pursue a profession in Physical Therapy. Austin has treated an extremely diverse population, including post-operative and sports related injuries as well as neurological disorders. He previously worked at world renowned Moss Rehabilitation where he treated patients with neurological disorders ranging from cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, as well as treated patients in the intensive care unit. His work experience also consists of both outpatient orthopedic as well as outpatient neurological physical therapy. Austin believes in treating his patients through evidence based practice, as well as through utilization of education, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. He hopes to help his patients obtain the best quality of life possible through improving their strength and functional mobility, allowing them to stay active and to continue to pursue the life they desire through meeting their personal goals. Austin continues to stay active through swimming, spinning, weight lifting, and running. He is adventurous in both trying unique foods and in his travels; he enjoys exploring new local restaurants and adding new destinations to his travel list.

Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Sports Certified Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Jeremy Crow is the Director of Clinical Education at SPEAR. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine emphasis from Florida State University in 2000, where he was a scholarship Student Athletic Trainer. Jeremy interned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and went on to New York University to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2009, Jeremy was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. Jeremy is also a personal trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider. Jeremy served as a field of play medical volunteer physical therapist for the volleyball venue (Maracanãzinho) at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Jeremy has contributed to the Reader’s Digest- Managing Pain book and has authored various articles on hip rehabilitation. Jeremy is also very active in the APTA and New York Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Board of Directors and as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. When not helping others achieve their best, Jeremy enjoys working out, running, hiking and traveling the world. Jeremy also holds a 1st degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Mohit Birdi, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Mohit received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and was a personal trainer at OSU’s main campus facility. While in school, he spent time completing rotations through various hospitals and clinics, including a very rewarding experience at Mount Sinai’s brain injury unit focusing on neurological rehabilitation. Working in outpatient orthopedics, Mohit has been exposed to treating a wide variety of operative and non-operative cases. He enjoys working with patients to develop individualized goals, whether it is simply returning to walking, or completing a marathon. Mohit has treated patients with various vestibular conditions and neck-related headaches and has pursued continued education and coursework in manual therapy. Mohit places emphasis on patient education and ergonomic analysis whenever possible to facilitate return to function. Mohit enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle by playing tennis and loves traveling and cooking.

Louisa Powers, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Louisa Powers received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from the University of Rhode Island. Before attending graduate school, Louisa worked with MediFit Corporate Services who went in for Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. There she performed health and fitness assessments, determined exercise prescriptions and designed workout programs for a diverse population including high-risk clientele. Louisa has treated patients in multiple orthopedic settings around NYC. It is her goal to create a positive healing experience for patients by taking time to understand each patient as an individual. She uses her knowledge of exercise to modify and progress patients, tailored to their unique needs to reach their optimal potential. Louisa has always been active. She was a competitive swimmer for almost 10 years, including coaching in her last year of high school. Upon entering college she received certification to teach group fitness classes through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFFA, and Spin through Mad-Dog Athletics. Group fitness quickly became a hobby of passion. In her last year of college, Louisa supervised the group exercise department; training new instructors, managing class schedules and some marketing as well. Louisa continues teaching in multiple gyms in RI, CT and NY. Her favorite classes include HIIT (high intensity interval training), strength training, and Spin. She now teaches group classes at Crunch fitness locations around NYC.

Meghan King, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Meghan earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Redlands. At Redlands, Meghan was captain of the varsity soccer team and also played various intramural sports. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports-related rehabilitation, and working with populations from pediatrics to geriatrics. Meghan’s athletic background influenced her strong interest in the orthopedic and sports populations. She believes in a personalized approach to treatment, helping patients to reach their goals and to live their fullest lives. While at Columbia, she completed advanced orthopedic coursework. She also dedicated time to community service involvement such as traveling to underserved regions of Guatemala to provide physical therapy to elders, individuals using prosthetic limbs, and people with spinal cord injury. She continues to stay active through running half marathons, taking spin classes, and lifting weights. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she enjoys returning to the Great Northwest from time to time to see family and friends, spend time at the coast, and enjoy the evergreen trees.

Kathryn Maykish, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Kathryn Maykish earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2017. As the daughter of two PT’s, you might say this profession is in her blood! Before following in her parent’s footsteps, Kathryn received her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked as an actress and dancer throughout the country. It was during this time that Kathryn became a certified yoga teacher and learned first-hand the power of exercise to heal. She has been a senior teacher in over two dozen yoga teach trainings in New York City and has traveled to teach in Las Vegas, Seattle, and San Francisco. While working on her degree, Kathryn became certified in Level 1 Pelvic Floor Rehab by the Herman and Wallace Institute. She helps women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction including pain with intercourse, frequent urination, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and more. As a therapist, Kathryn draws from her experiences as a performer and a mind-body practitioner to understand the unique needs of her patients and help them to maximize their given potential. In her spare time, Kathryn can be found hiking, watching theater and dance, and traveling the world with her fiancée.

Amanda Sachdeva, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Amanda Sachdeva earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from New York University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from The University of Kansas. During her time at NYU, Amanda served for two years as a graduate teaching assistant in the human anatomy lab. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. As a former athlete and competitive dancer, Amanda became interested in physical therapy and human movement at a young age. Her clinical experiences include adult neurological rehabilitation, operative and non-operative orthopedics, and sports rehabilitation with an emphasis on injury prevention. Amanda is passionate about getting her patients back to doing what they love and strives to provide individualized treatments for each patient to help them reach their goals. Born and raised in Kansas, Amanda loves exploring her new home in New York City and all that it has to offer. She enjoys staying active by playing volleyball, weightlifting, hiking, and practicing yoga. Although she is far from home, Amanda is a strong supporter of her home teams: The Kansas City Royals and her Alma Mater, the Kansas Jayhawks.

Gwen Giffard, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Gwen received both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College. As a young girl she began a 14-year competitive Irish Dancing career in which she sustained numerous injuries. After several years of attending physical therapy, she decided to pursue it as a career. Gwen has clinical experience in various settings including acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She has experience treating several populations including post-surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics and high-level dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Gwen’s dance background has influenced her in pursing a career to specialize in treating dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters and other performing artists. She had the opportunity to work with dancers from Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, and The Draper Center. She also worked as a PT Aide at Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy throughout college. Gwen believes that physical therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the patient. Both need to be dedicated to working together to rehabilitate the patient to their optimal level of performance and to prevent any future injuries. After retiring from Irish dance, Gwen played intramural volleyball and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. She continues to stay active by playing recreational tennis, skiing, hiking and lifting weights.

Derek Lee, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Derek received his Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. During both his undergraduate and doctoral education, Derek worked as a teaching assistant in the human anatomy lab. While at TWU he gained experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient sports and orthopedics. During his clinical education he has treated patients of all ages with a variety of operative and non-operative orthopedic conditions. He also had the opportunity to work with overhead athletes at every experience level return to their respective sport. Derek has a passion for working with his patients to create a personalized exercise program and empowering them to achieve their goals. He has interests in pain neuroscience education, functional strengthening, as well as falls and sports injury prevention. Derek’s hobbies include weightlifting, basketball, skiing, meditation, traveling and cooking. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Derek is ecstatic about exploring NYC and eating all the food that this amazing city has to offer.

Terence Crossan, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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