CO-FOUNDERS

Carrie McCulloch

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Carrie McCulloch, a graduate of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a co-founder of Kinected, teacher, author, and educator of health and movement professionals. With a background in both movement & medicine, she bridges gaps between these two worlds for patients and students alike. Her integrative pursuits began in medical school when she co-founded the FAMI Workshop, an internationally-renowned anatomy immersion course for movement professionals held in a medical school setting. As a medical student, Dr. McCulloch also created living anatoME, an award-winning program that teaches anatomy to medical students through Pilates and yoga. Dr. McCulloch holds a BS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and writes frequently on the topics of anatomy, wellness, and women’s health and she has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Pilates Style, and Well+Good. Becoming a mom to two energetic boys ignited her passion for prenatal health and she recently cofounded Nestfit, an online studio for pre- and postnatal fitness featuring a collective of instructors and women’s health experts.

Matt McCulloch

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Matt McCulloch is an educator of fitness and movement professionals, co-founder of Kinected and co-director of the Kane School as well as co-director of the FAMI and FAMI – Level Two workshops. A classically trained dancer, he began studying Pilates over 20 years ago to rehabilitate a knee injury following 4 separate knee surgeries. He is trained in both original and contemporary approaches and over the past 15 years, he has educated hundreds of fitness professionals. Matt’s passion for movement and pilates has been the resource for creating many workshops and teaching tools for movement professionals. These workshops emphasize proper biomechanics and creative progressions and modifications based on the original Pilates repertoire. The wide range of workshops he has created are designed to focus on various injuries, joint replacements, additional orthopedic injuries and special populations such as the young athlete with developmental issues as well as neurological issues.

 

Matt’s passion for education extends beyond the fitness professional to the clinical world investing in his mission to bridge the gap of movement and medicine. He lectures to clinical professionals, frequently leading workshops fusing movement and clinical information on the rehabilitative benefits of Pilates and alternative therapeutic movement to DPT students at Hunter College and physiatry residents at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and frequently presents at Pilates on Tour. Additionally, Matt incorporates pilates as well as many different modalities such as GYROKINESIS® & GYROTONIC® , CORE ALIGN and BODHI suspension straps and yoga. He is committed to utilizing several different modalities in his sessions with clients not only to extend their body education beyond Pilates, but because he also believes this approach creates more balance in their body and raises their BODY IQ.

Kelly Kane

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Kelly Kane is a world-renowned Pilates educator with over 15 years of experience. Seeking to incorporate an understanding of the human body into the classical Pilates genre, Kelly opened the Kane School in 1999 as a holistic body college founded on anatomical knowledge to improve strength and stability.

She initially studied with Romana Kryzanowska and Hila Paldi and obtained her certification through the Pilates Institute in Santa Fe, N.M. Kelly completed two years of the BodyMind Centering teacher-training program and received her massage certification at the Florida School of Massage. Her manual therapy repertoire includes Structural Integration, CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation, and she cultivated her exceptional manual perception skills at the New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Since 1993, Kelly has studied Iyengar yoga as well as anatomy and postural assessment with neuro-muscular movement specialist Irene Dowd, and her expertise also includes GYROTONIC® and Continuum Movement.

TEACHER TRAINERS

Stephanie Bittner

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Stephanie has been training privately as well as facilitating instructor certification programs in the tri-state area for nearly 20 years. Her weekly clientele include professional dancers and athletes, Broadway performers, and those recovering from chronic or major injuries. She carefully creates on-going wellness programs for those suffering from chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis as well as strokes. Stephanie is excited to bring her insight and talents to assist women during and after their pregnancy. Her vast knowledge enables her to make adjustments to any workout class or program – even for those with special needs.

Stephanie is certified in Pilates through the Kane School, and is a Level 1 GYROTONIC® Instructor. She holds her pre and postnatal certification from the Center for Women’s Fitness, and is also certified in Core Align and Bodhi Suspension Programs. She is a retired Radio City Rockette and Broadway performer, holds a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University, is an adjunct professor at New York University, and is the proud mom of Cooper.

Meghann Koppele Duffy

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Meghann Koppele Duffy is a Kane School, Pilates Method Alliance, and iM=X certified instructor as well as a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has also completed the Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries Workshop at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Meghann received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from the University of Scranton and a Master’s degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University.

After completing her Master’s degree, Meghann opened a Pilates studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she worked with clients with a variety of conditions including severe back pain, sports injuries, pre- and postnatal, and multiple sclerosis. After five years running a studio, Meghann decided to sell her business to refocus on her first love of teaching and helping others.

Over the past 16 years, Meghann has had the privilege of working closely with many clients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders (from early stage to advanced), as well as their doctors. After compiling medical research and anecdotal evidence, she created her own Pilates-based protocol to help her MS clients, which, after joining forces with Mariska Breland, led to the creation of the 3-day Pilates for MS course. Meghann has also developed courses based off her Koppele Method for physical therapists and hospital staff to learn how to better work with clients with neurological conditions.

Kristen Rizzuto

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The human body has always fascinated Kristen, who grew up dancing in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was this fascination & love of movement that led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she took courses in Anatomy, Kinesiotherapy, and Biomechanics. After moving to New York, Kristen was exposed to the superb awesomeness of Pilates as a means to work through injury, recondition the body, and improve overall posture & fitness. Kristen obtained her Pilates Mat & Apparatus Certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration and aims to provide movement experiences for clients that both challenge and empower. When Kristen isn’t dancing or Pilatesing, you’ll probably find her crouched over a bag of Haribo gummy bears, casually humming the score from Cats the Musical… for which she harbors a life-long obsession.

Michelle Spinner

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Michelle has been helping people move better, feel better, and perform better for 15 years through mind-body fitness and movement disciplines. She is a Master Trainer of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®, a senior Pilates instructor, an all-levels CoreAlign instructor, a certified MELT Hand and Foot Treatment instructor, and a Heart Rate Variability biofeedback practitioner. Michelle is the creator and official teacher of the GYROTONIC® Applications for Equestrians Course and the GYROKINESIS®</span Applications for Vocal Production Course. She is also the creator of Vocalates™ – Pilates Applications for Vocal Production.

 

A graduate of the Kane School and a “Pioneer” Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor, Michelle was a long-time student of the late “first generation” Pilates Master Teacher Kathleen Stanford Grant. She is also certified in both prenatal and postpartum Pilates and Equilates – a Pilates-based cross-training program for equestrians developed by Betsy Steiner.

 

Michelle studied Kinesthetic Anatomy and the Biomechanics of Motion, and PNF patterns with Irene Dowd, the Alexander Technique with the late Marjorie Barstow, Taijiquan with Dee Chao, Ben Lo, and Don Ahn, and Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong with Tom Bisio. She also studied yoga from the time she was in her teens. During college, Michelle was a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, teaching swimming and life saving to people of all ages. She was also assistant coach of the girls’ gymnastics team at the Y.W.C.A. in Newark, Delaware.

 

Michelle is a graduate of the Theatre department at the University of Delaware and attended the acting program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Anna Vollmar

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Anna Vollmar has been working as a professional dance teacher, choreographer, and Pilates instructor for 11 years in New York City. As a dancer, she has had the opportunity to perform and have her choreography on many stages in NYC, Dublin, and Monterrey, Mexico. Her other travels include teaching at professional studios and festivals at M.A.S. Studio, NEXUS and Florence Dance Center in Italy, and Studio Harmonic in Paris, France. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and Gibney Dance Center in NYC and on faculty for the Pushing Progress educational programs.

Anna’s passion for body awareness and biomechanics led her to study at the Kane School of Core Integration where she is fully certified in mat and equipment Pilates, and is a Teacher Trainer for the school. Her training is specialized with information in anatomy, biomechanics, touch therapy, and experience with all populations of people in addition to dancers. She has worked with a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to: osteoporosis, scoliosis, arthritis, knee/hip replacements, abdominal surgeries, ligament and labral tears, pain disorders, pre/post-natal.

She has completed multiple continuing education courses including FAMI (Functional Anatomy of Movement and Injury) held at Mt. Sinai through the Icahn School of Medicine, where movement professionals get hands on experience with cadaver prosections in the gross anatomy lab. Other education includes Advanced Biomechanics for movement professionals, various touch modalities, FAMI 2 workshop for the spine, neck pain and mechanics, and extensive dance training. Movement is healing, and Anna considers it a privilege to be a guide back to one’s body.

WORKSHOPS

Marcia Elizabeth Baker-Thompson

MS, LAc
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Marcia Elizabeth-Baker (Mel), MS, LAc holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine with a focus on holistic women’s health and injury rehabilitation. After 7 years with the off-Broadway show STOMP and now as a modern dancer, she uses Pilates to maintain and restore her own technique. She has been teaching the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning for over 15 years and has developed her own certification program that combines the wisdom of Chinese Medicine and biomechanics to integrate the physical and emotional selves. She currently teaches a wide variety of interdisciplinary workshops for movement instructors, dancers, and the general population.

Kuan Hui Chew

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Kuan Hui Chew was born and raised in Singapore. She received her Pilates teaching certification at Kane School of Core Integration in 2003 and became their expert trainer soon after graduation. Kuan Hui has studied with Kelly Kane, Renee Orona, Marie-Jose Blom-Lawrence, Eric Franklin and Liz Koch to name a few.

She has been consistently teaching continuing education workshops since 2004 for body workers at various studios, such as Kane School of Core Integration (New York), Kinected LLC. (New York), Erika Bloom Pilates Plus (New York), Pilates Garage (New York), Body Logic (Philadelphia), Indigo Pilates (New York) and so forth. Her areas of expertise include, psoas dysfunction, scoliosis, sacroilac joint dyafunction, sciatica and care for prenatal and postpartum population. Kuan Hui has guest taught dance technique and body conditioning classes at Beijing Dance Institute, Shanxi Province Performing Arts School, University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and Iona College, and has served as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College. She also teaches private clients at her studio in New York.

Besides teaching, Kuan Hui is also actively performing. She was trained at Beijing Dance Institute in China, and earned her BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. She was a recipient of the Singapore National Art Council Art Bursary (overseas). Kuan Hui has been performing with ZviDance since 2000, and has performed in The King and I (choreographed and adapted by Gemze DeLappe, directed by Paul Blake), as well as with AllNations Dance Company, Kristin Jackson Dance, Gary Vlasic, Amos Pinhasi and Catherine Mapp. Her choreography has been featured in the Singapore Arts Award Presentation Ceremony, Television Corporation of Singapore, Wu Yue Wu Xiang Studio Arts Troupe performances (Singapore), and Dancenow/Downtown Festival (New York).

Elliot Fishbein

PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT
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Elliot has more than 15 years of experience in rehabilitation and functional enhancement. After spending his early career frustrated by inconsistent success and limitations he found with traditional Physical Therapy approaches, Elliot dedicated himself to ongoing studying with the goal of trying to provide elite level care to every patient who walked in the door, no matter what the diagnosis or condition.

He then began taking courses focused on the Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) approach specializing in whole body care, integrating manual therapy, exercise, and body awareness training. Over the next 10+ years he continued his FMT studies and became one of only 25 therapists in the country to have completed fellowship level training in this area. After spending multiple years teaching in NYU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Elliot now dedicates himself full time to patient care and clinical education in the FMT approach.

In continuing with his belief in lifelong learning, Elliot continues to take classes in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Neuromeningeal Manipulation and keeps up with the latest physical therapy and medical research.

Debra Goodman

MSPT
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Debra Goodman, MSPT graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1994. She then graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1998. Currently, Debra is a licensed manual physical therapist with specialties in women’s health, dance medicine, and sports medicine. She has been a physical therapist for Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City, New York City Ballet, and School of American Ballet. Debra has had a private women’s health/orthopedic practice in New York City, and since moving to the Albany area in 2004, she has developed a private practice in the Capital District.

Debra’s professional focus is treatment of orthopedic and women’s health issues with a particular strength in dealing with chronic pain patients. Debra is one of the few physical therapists trained in internal evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles. In addition, she is specifically skilled in treatment of pregnancy and postpartum problems. Debra is a pilates instructor and part of the continuing education faculty for Kinected and The Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. She teaches multiple continuing education workshops for pilates instructors, physical therapists, and fitness trainers focusing on educating professionals on exercise during pregnancy. Debra is also an instructor for prenatal and postpartum group fitness classes. The goal of her program is to empower women by giving them the tools to stay strong and healthy during pregnancy and postpartum.

Dr. Mark Klion

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Mark Klion is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, he went on to obtain both his medical degree and residency training from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Hospital, respectively. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Chicago, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Klion is a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. He is an active educator for the medical school and the department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the Director of Orthopedics at St Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, a Level 1 trauma center. Dr. Klion performs the newest techniques for knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, regeneration, and meniscal transplantation; he has extensive experience with arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs and shoulder stabilization procedures. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Klion is a founding member and co-chief of the Medical Advisory Board of TRIARQ, a community of healthcare professionals working together to create new standards in care through education and collaboration. He is also co-creator of bodyworksMD DVD Home Rehabilitation Series, which provides active individuals, physicians, and physical therapists approved exercise programs for treatment and prevention of orthopedic injuries. His recent book, Triathalon Anatomy, published by Human Kinetics and co-authored by world-renown triathalon couch Troy Jacobson, helps triathletes maximize strength, power, speed and endurance while preventing injury. By heeding his own advice, Dr. Klion has successfully completed six marathons and eleven iron man triathlons of his own, including Hawaii Iron Man 2000 and 2001.

Meghann Koppele Duffy

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Meghann Koppele Duffy is a Kane School, Pilates Method Alliance, and iM=X certified instructor as well as a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has also completed the Functional Anatomy for Movement & Injuries Workshop at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Meghann received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from the University of Scranton and a Master’s degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University.

After completing her Master’s degree, Meghann opened a Pilates studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she worked with clients with a variety of conditions including severe back pain, sports injuries, pre- and postnatal, and multiple sclerosis. After five years running a studio, Meghann decided to sell her business to refocus on her first love of teaching and helping others.

Over the past 16 years, Meghann has had the privilege of working closely with many clients with multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders (from early stage to advanced), as well as their doctors. After compiling medical research and anecdotal evidence, she created her own Pilates-based protocol to help her MS clients, which, after joining forces with Mariska Breland, led to the creation of the 3-day Pilates for MS course. Meghann has also developed courses based off her Koppele Method for physical therapists and hospital staff to learn how to better work with clients with neurological conditions.

Laurice Nemetz

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Laurice D. Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, ERYT-500, LCAT is a certified and registered experienced-level yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Dance/Movement Therapists Registered and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is past president of the YTA (Yoga Teachers’ Association) and is also an adjunct professor at Pace University and the College of New Rochelle. She has been influenced by many teachers and traditions and is particularly grateful to Karin Stephan, David Hollander and Kim Schwartz. In addition to teaching yoga and anatomy and working as a dance/movement therapist, Lauri leads yoga and kayaking trips on the Hudson River, in Canada and Costa Rica. She is the author of “A Place of Balance: Yoga Practice for the Kayaker” (Sea Kayaker Magazine, Oct. 2010) and has also published writings on movement therapy and yoga in several books and journals.

Lauri has degrees from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College. She has deepened her anatomy work with intensive full-body dissection work with Gil Hedley, several courses in Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a 200-hour course in Body Language with anatomist Tom Myers with whom she continues to study. She is a graduate of Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Anatomy course and is a certified teacher for Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains® to bring his work to the movement world. Prior to her certification, Lauri had been working an associate teacher since 2011.

This combined study has informed her work with a number of diverse populations from scoliosis work, breast cancer survivors, neonatal and general rehab populations. In her dance/movement therapy work she has focused on several populations, including work with trauma survivors, and more recently utilizing movement and yoga with autistic children. She has published several articles in medical arts journals, and has a book chapter in Creative Arts Therapies Manual: A Guide to the History, Theoretical Approaches, Assessment, And Work With Special Populations of Art, Play, Dance, Music, Drama, And Poetry Therapies by Stephanie L. Brooke.
A well-known teacher in Westchester and beyond, she has taught at Club Fit, Pace University, and the Westchester Conservatory of Music among others, and teaches workshops and leads trips in the U.S., Canada, and Costa Rica. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York and enjoys art, music, and sea-kayaking and of course, movement!

Jinny McGivern

PT, DPT, CFM
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Jinny McGivern, PT, DPT, CFMT is thrilled to join the team at Kinected! Since receiving her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Hunter College in 2014, Jinny has dedicated herself to extensive study in the area of Functional Manual Therapy® and recently completed a two-year orthopedic residency program in Functional Manual Therapy® through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). In August 2016, she achieved the level of Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the IPA becoming one of only 300 people nationally to have reached this level of training. As a former dancer with a B.F.A in Dance Performance, Jinny brings a lifelong interest and diverse background in movement to the practice of physical therapy. In addition to her dance background and experience, Jinny has completed a 500 Hour Yoga Certification through YogaWorks and taught classes through The Ailey Extension. Jinny also treats backstage as a physical therapist with various Broadway shows, and writes research review articles for the online education platform, The Brookbush Institute. The Functional Manual Therapy® approach resonates strongly with Jinny because of its emphasis on treatment of the entire individual, rather than just an injured body part. Jinny’s goal as a physical therapist is to help her clients achieve their fullest function as quickly as possible, whether you’re somebody who just wants to be able to get out of bed without pain, or somebody who wants to return to high level dancing or sport.

Dr. Joy Reidenberg

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Joy S. Reidenberg is a Professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Reidenberg received a BA in 1983 from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her M. Phil. in 1985 and her Ph.D. in 1988 in Anatomy from Mount Sinai’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, and joined the faculty later that year. Dr. Reidenberg studies the comparative anatomy of the mammalian head and neck, and has examined a variety of animals ranging from mice to humans. Her particular fascination is with whales, especially in understanding how they produce sounds. She is the comparative anatomist in a documentary series called Inside Nature’s Giants, which won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (equivalent to an Emmy Award!). Teaching is a passion for Dr. Reidenberg, and her energies in this regard have made her one of our most respected educators. She was recently profiled in O, the Oprah magazine, and honored by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in teaching and research. Her life ambition is to never be retired, because in order to do that, she thinks you have to get “tired” first!

Christine Romani-Ruby

PT, MPT, ATC
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Christine is an experienced Pilates professional and international presenter with a strong background in physical therapy and fitness. She is the founder and director of PHI Pilates and PHI Pilates Studio based in Pittsburgh, PA, an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania. Gold certified in Pilates through the PMA and serving on the PMA certification commission, she has contributed to the Pilates community with the publication of six books, 13 DVD’s, and multiple articles, podcasts and international workshops and presentations. Chrissy holds a masters degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University and has practiced as an orthopedic and sports PT for 20 years. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both exercise science and natural science and a certificate in athletic training. Presently she is a doctoral candidate in education. Christine has incorporated Pilates into her practice as a physical therapist for over 13 years and she is known by teachers around the world for unselfishly sharing her ideas and techniques for the benefits of clients and patients. Her 4000 square foot Pilates studio in Pittsburgh is well known to clients for rehabilitation and conditioning and to teachers for continuing education.

Rebekah Rotstein

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Rebekah Rotstein is an industry leader in Pilates, bone health and movement education. She is the creator of the medically-endorsed Buff Bones® system, offered at Hartford Hospital’s Bone and Joint Institute, and with live and online certification courses that have trained instructors in more than 25 countries. She teaches courses and workshops at studios and exercise facilities throughout the U.S. and internationally, and has presented at numerous conferences including the Pilates Method Alliance and Pilates on Tour, as well as the International Osteoporosis Foundation Worldwide Conference and the Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference.

Rebekah began her anatomy training in the sports medicine department of Smith College and served as a Senior Expert Instructor at the Kane School in New York City where she was a member of the teacher training faculty. Her ongoing study of the body includes seven annual cadaver dissections with Gil Hedley at New Jersey Medical School, Fascia Research Summer School at Ulm University in Germany with Robert Schleip, the Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries Workshop at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, somatic studies with Amy Matthews, and visceral manipulation through the Barral Institute. Rebekah has been a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and is a visiting instructor at Pilates Anytime.

Dr. Emily Splichal

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As a Podiatrist, Human Movement Specialist and Global Leader in Barefoot Science and Rehabilitation, Dr Splichal has developed a keen eye for movement dysfunction and neuromuscular control during giat. With the advancement of 3D kinematics and surface EMG, Dr Splichal is able to take her assessment skills to a higher level which allows for more detailed rehabilitation programming.

Originally trained as a surgeon through Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Mt Vernon Hospital in Mt Vernon, NY Dr Splichal has a deep appreciation for the role of surgical intervention as it relates to orthopedic pathology and often offers an unbiased second opinion on the appropriateness of surgical recommendations.

Functional and regenerative medicine and the role of anti-aging science as it relates to movement longevity is where Dr Splcihal’s passion is focused. Currently enrolled in a Fellowship for Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) Dr Splichal offers prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, whole body vibration, Class IV lasers, dry needling, acupuncture and vitamin supplementation as an integral part of her treatment protocol.

Katherine Tan

PT, MS, OCS, CCT
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Katherine Tan PT, MS, OCS, CCTT, was originally drawn to physical therapy as a teenager when she sustained an injury as a competitive swimmer. This early experience with rehabilitation convinced her of the importance of an integrative approach to patient care.
For over 14 years, Katherine has been practicing physical therapy in the areas of orthopedics and manual therapy. She is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. In 2008, she became a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). By earning this advanced specialty certification, Katherine joined the small, elite group of physical therapists who have been recognized by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain for their dedication to the treatment of neck, jaw, and head pain.

Katherine has taken all of the coursework offered by the Institute of Physical Art and is working towards their certification as a functional manual therapist. Katherine completed her BS in biology in 1997, and began her physical therapy training soon afterwards. In 1999, she graduated with a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the nation’s top physical therapy programs. Since settling in New York, she has completed extensive continuing education coursework in areas including myofascial release, visceral mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, cervicogenic headache, and pelvic pain.

Kriota Willberg

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Described by one of her students as “lots of fun and freakishly knowledgeable,” Kriota Willberg teaches anatomy in the dance department of Marymount Manhattan College, pathology and massage at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, has taught at Bard College and NYU, and teaches anatomy and injury prevention classes at Kinected and the Kane School, Jivamukti Yoga School, and for training programs for yoga and Pilates in New York City and nationally. Kriota’s 20-year career in massage focused on therapeutic, sports massage, and injury rehabilitation working with everyone from patients with hip replacements to the New York Giants football team. Along with her Pilates and yoga practices and decades in dance, she has studied personal training and exercise, is an anatomical illustration hobbyist (teaching anatomy for cartoonists at the Center for Cartoon Studies), and is a choreographer/filmmaker.

FAMI FACULTY

Dr. Joy Reidenberg

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Joy S. Reidenberg is a Professor of Anatomy and Functional Morphology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Reidenberg received a BA in 1983 from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She earned her M. Phil. in 1985 and her Ph.D. in 1988 in Anatomy from Mount Sinai’s Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, and joined the faculty later that year. Dr. Reidenberg studies the comparative anatomy of the mammalian head and neck, and has examined a variety of animals ranging from mice to humans. Her particular fascination is with whales, especially in understanding how they produce sounds. She is the comparative anatomist in a documentary series called Inside Nature’s Giants, which won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (equivalent to an Emmy Award!). Teaching is a passion for Dr. Reidenberg, and her energies in this regard have made her one of our most respected educators. She was recently profiled in O, the Oprah magazine, and honored by the American Association of Anatomists for her excellence in teaching and research. Her life ambition is to never be retired, because in order to do that, she thinks you have to get “tired” first!

Dr. Jeffrey Laitman

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Dr. Jeffrey Laitman, Distinguished Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a world-renowned anatomist recognized as one of the most creative and engaging teachers of human structure and function. As the Course Director of Gross Anatomy at Mount Sinai, he has trained a generation of leading physicians and surgeons and pioneered new and dynamic ways to uncover and appreciate the structure of the human body. He has received numerous international and national recognitions for his science and teaching, including being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, being honored with the Basmajian Award of the American Association of Anatomists, and recently, The Jacobi Medallion of the Mount Sinai Alumni, the highest honor Mount Sinai bestows. Among his many other goals in the near future are to both see and touch his toes!

Dr. Mark Klion

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Mark Klion is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in sports medicine. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, he went on to obtain both his medical degree and residency training from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Hospital, respectively. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Chicago, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. Dr. Klion is a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. He is an active educator for the medical school and the department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also the Director of Orthopedics at St Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY, a Level 1 trauma center. Dr. Klion performs the newest techniques for knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, regeneration, and meniscal transplantation; he has extensive experience with arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs and shoulder stabilization procedures. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Klion is a founding member and co-chief of the Medical Advisory Board of TRIARQ, a community of healthcare professionals working together to create new standards in care through education and collaboration. He is also co-creator of bodyworksMD DVD Home Rehabilitation Series, which provides active individuals, physicians, and physical therapists approved exercise programs for treatment and prevention of orthopedic injuries. His recent book, Triathalon Anatomy, published by Human Kinetics and co-authored by world-renown triathalon couch Troy Jacobson, helps triathletes maximize strength, power, speed and endurance while preventing injury. By heeding his own advice, Dr. Klion has successfully completed six marathons and eleven iron man triathlons of his own, including Hawaii Iron Man 2000 and 2001.

Elliot Fishbein

PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT
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Elliot has more than 15 years of experience in rehabilitation and functional enhancement. After spending his early career frustrated by inconsistent success and limitations he found with traditional Physical Therapy approaches, Elliot dedicated himself to ongoing studying with the goal of trying to provide elite level care to every patient who walked in the door, no matter what the diagnosis or condition.

He then began taking courses focused on the Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) approach specializing in whole body care, integrating manual therapy, exercise, and body awareness training. Over the next 10+ years he continued his FMT studies and became one of only 25 therapists in the country to have completed fellowship level training in this area. After spending multiple years teaching in NYU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Elliot now dedicates himself full time to patient care and clinical education in the FMT approach.

In continuing with his belief in lifelong learning, Elliot continues to take classes in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Neuromeningeal Manipulation and keeps up with the latest physical therapy and medical research.

Dr. Edmond Cleeman

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Dr. Cleeman is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and is an active member of the shoulder and sports medicine service. He performs the newest techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder instability repair and shoulder replacement. Dr. Cleeman has participated in the development of some of the most advanced instruments for arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder.

Dr. Cleeman also has expertise in the treatment of complex knee disorders including ACL reconstruction, Cartilage repair and meniscus surgery.

Dr. Andrew Rosen

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Dr. Andrew Rosen received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He then returned to his home state for medical school at East Tennessee State University College of Medicine. He completed general surgery internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Rosen became a Sports Medicine and Knee Reconstruction fellow at the Insall-Scott-Kelly Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center, finishing in 2002.

Dr. Rosen is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has attained Subspeciality Board Certification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. Dr. Rosen has given talks and presented papers at medical educational conferences.

Dr. Rosen himself is an active runner, participating in numerous races including marathons. He uses his personal knowledge of training and racing to provide treatment to professional elite runners and athletes of all levels with running-related injuries and training problems. Dr. Rosen is a member of the New York Road Runners medical staff and functions as the Medical Team Leader for the Professional Elite Runners for the TCS New York City Marathon. He volunteers on the medical event teams for many NYRR races annually. He also lectures regularly to numerous groups on running-related injuries and their management.

Dr. Rosen is a specialist in performing advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures of the knee and shoulder. Using arthroscopic techniques, Dr. Rosen completes operations through tiny cuts on an outpatient basis that once required large incisions and hospital stays. He also teaches as a Clinical Instructor in the Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Adam Bender

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Adam Bender is a Board Certified Neurologist and an Associate Clinical Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount where he has been a faculty member since 1975. He is also an attending neurologist at the Lenox Hill Hospital. After receiving his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he did an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Columbia University service at the Harlem Hospital Center followed by residency training in neurology at the Columbia University New York Neurological Institute. He then was a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Medical Neurology Branch. His clinical interests include general neurology, neuromuscular diseases, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. He is a strong proponent of using exercise to prevent and treat many musculoskeletal injuries.

Stephanie Marango

MD, RYT
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Stephanie Marango, MD, RYT, a graduate of Stanford University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a physician, educator, and leader in bio-energy medicine. Dr. Stephanie has been featured throughout media like Fitness, Well+Good, SiriusXM, and WABC radio. She also lectures to health practitioners, movement professionals and students nationwide at venues like medical centers, health centers, and industry conferences. She has authored a variety of works from peer-reviewed research featured in Anatomical Sciences Education, to popular books such as Your Body and The Stars (featured twice on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’) and The Wisdom of Your Body, as well as a new Netter’s anatomy text with Carrie McCulloch (publication 2018). Learn more at StephanieMarangoMD.com.

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