Meet The Team At ABove PT
Maria-Elena has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has been practicing for 12 years. She is a certified Pilates and GYROTONIC® instructor and uses these as well as other innovative forms of exercise for rehabilitation. Maria-Elena is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute for craniosacral therapy. Maria-Elena has focused her career on obtaining knowledge in various traditional and alternative manual therapies to better serve her clients. She has extensive training in craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, Jones strain-counterstrain, and joint mobilization. In addition, she has taken courses in lympathic drainage therapy, myofascial release, as well as many aquatic therapies including WATSU (water shiatsu). In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking and other outdoor activities.
John received his Bachelor’s in health sciences and Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University and has been practicing for 12 years. John is an APTA member and has taken extensive training in joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and visceral manipulation. His specific areas of concentration are TMJ dysfunction and knee rehabilitation. John is a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute for craniosacral therapy. He has been a certified yoga instructor for five years and is also a reiki master. He played Division 1 soccer for four years and currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. John's athletic background gives him a unique knowledge of training, conditioning and rehabilitation.
Kim has been a physical therapist for 27 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, long term care, home health, nursing home, work retraining centers and outpatient clinics. For the past 20 years her area of interest has been in manual therapy. She has completed extensive continued education in different types of manual therapy including cranio-sacral, visceral manipulation, lymph drainage, muscle energy, myofascial release, strain-counterstrain, functional release therapy in addition to typical manual therapies taught in physical therapy curriculum. She enjoys integrating the physical, emotional and spiritual components of health care in addition to exercise and self help elements when appropriate.