Awaken your health potential

Our team of highly-skilled manual physical therapists, Pilates instructors and massage therapist inspire the development of this knowledge...

Tracey Vincel, PT, M.Phty, CBBA

Founder 

Founder of KNOSIS Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness, Tracey Vincel has over 22 years of clinical experience treating and preventing pain. She has a deep interest in the relationship between altered posturo-movement and pain and related disorders. Her practice emphasizes the mind/ body connection and how thoughts and beliefs can influence body tension affecting movement. She believes in an integrated approach to treating pain and has dedicated her 22 years of clinical practice as a physiotherapist to discovering the diagnostic tools that form the basis for mind, breath and movement therapy interventions.

 

She is passionate about sharing this knowledge and together with Patricia Ladis co-founded KIMA Center for Physiotherapy and Wellness in 2006. With the dissolution of KIMA in Aug 2020 she founded KNOSIS Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness.

 

Tracey is the chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Immersion Initiative which inspires participation in -

transformative wellness immersive experiences.  She is passionate about raising our individual and collective well-being to build our planet’s and humanity’s harmonious future. 

Educational Background: Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy (University of Maryland, 1998), Advanced Master’s Degree in Spinal Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (University of Queensland, 2003), post-graduate manual therapy certificates from The Institute of Physical Art, Hospital for Special Surgery, Integrated Manual Therapy Solutions, Kinetic Control, Performance Matrix, Neuro Orthopedic Institute, Diane Lee & Associates, Discover Physio Series/Integrative Systems Model, Neurodynamic Solutions,  Gravity Fitness and Lorimer Moseley’s and David Butler’s “Explain Pain” training. Tracey has also extensively pursued the study of Yoga, Tibetan Medicine and Ayurveda. To bridge the mind body connection through breath she has completed her certification in Educational Capnography.  

Morgan Locker, PT, DPT, MSCS, OCS

Dr. Morgan Locker received her B.S. in Kinesiology from University of Maryland and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College where she received awards for both clinical excellence and academic excellence. Her interest in movement science, fitness and wellness, as well as her past experience as a dancer led her to the field of physical therapy. Morgan has experience working with both neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Morgan has multiple certifications in physical therapy; She is a certified Kinesiotape practitioner, Multiple Sclerosis certified specialist, and LSVT BIG certified clinician.

 

Morgan is also a lab assistant at Dominican College’s Doctorate-level physical therapy program for several courses including neuromuscular assessment and treatment, spine, motor learning, and therapeutic exercise. She is currently pursuing a manual therapy certification through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).

Morgan is dedicated to providing the best treatment to her clients, so they can reach their maximum potential. This is performed through a thorough, detailed functional assessment and analysis to determine the specific cause of symptoms and/or dysfunction, followed by creation of an individualized treatment plan in order to achieve pain-free, optimal function.

Monica Vitenson, PT, MSPT, OCS, CCTT

Monica has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years. She has an outstanding reputation in the field as a manual therapist and movement re-educator. She specializes in TMJ and cranial cervical 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 with her family or in her garden.

Fara Le Breton, PT, MSc, MACP

Master of Science in Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

 

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.

Justine Ward, PT, DPT, WCS

Justine Ward graduated from Ithaca College with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. She is a board certified clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy, as deemed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Justine has completed multiple post-graduate continuing education courses through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, where she has developed advanced skills in manual therapy and become an expert in treating individuals with complex women’s and men’s health diagnoses. Much of her clinical practice is dedicated to treating individuals with pelvic dysfunction and pain, as well as prenatal and postpartum injuries.

 

Justine is a former collegiate gymnast and has a keen eye for seeing how movement influences function in all patient populations. By identifying areas of non-optimal movement,

areas of non-optimal movement, Justine is able to prescribe specific, targeted exercises to enhance movement strategies and eliminate pain. As a Reiki practitioner, certified breathing behavior analyst, and pain neuroscience educator, Justine recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection in healing. She works with every patient to design an individualized treatment plan in order to meet their goals and address the root cause of pain.

Justine is also a part-time core faculty member in the Physical Therapy Department at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. Her passion and commitment to teaching and learning allows her to stay current in the field of physical therapy and use the best available evidence in both her clinical practice and the classroom.

Derek Mansfield PT, B.Pthy, M. Pthy

Derek is an Australian-trained Sports Physiotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience, he completed his undergraduate training at the University of Melbourne in 1995, and his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Latrobe University in 2012. His international career has spanned the USA, UK and his home country.

 

He has worked with elite & recreational athletes in sports as diverse as cycling, rugby union, fencing, tennis, diving & basketball. Derek has also had a long association with the sport of Volleyball at Australian State and National levels, as a player, coach and physiotherapist. Between 2003 – 2013, he was the PT for the Australian Men’s Indoor Volleyball program, attending two World Championships, Asian Junior Championships, and Asian Men’s Cup. He experienced numerous international tours to Asia,Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Since 2017 Derek has been a guest lecturer in the DPT program at Dominican College in Rockland County. He combines advanced clinical reasoning skills with an evidence-based approach to treatment. He has a strong grounding in manual therapy techniques & exercise prescription and emphasizes education & understanding of causation with his patients. He has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of shoulder injuries, cycling biomechanics and bike fitting.

Pilates

Jenny Long, CPI 

Jenny is a Balanced Body Certified Pilates Instructor trained by Master teacher Lesley Powell of Movement’s Afoot. She also studied with Kelly Kane at Kinected, both of who are located in New York City. Jenny is a licensed Buff Bones Instructor, which is a medically endorsed full-body movement system for Bone and Joint health. She also hold certifications in Pilates Through Pregnancy to treat any and all peri-partum conditions, Pilates for Rehabilitation: Therapeutic Exercise, TRX and has a Pole Dance Level 1 and 2 instructor certification through elevatED.

Originally from Tucson Arizona, with a dance and vocal performance background, Jenny received her BFA in Musial Theater from NYU. She spent time performing in NYC, in tours and regional theater as a member of Actors’ Equity Association and assisted Radio City Rockette Summer Intensives. She also taught Pilates to Juilliard students and worked as a Pilates teacher on staff at Movements Afoot under her teacher Lesley Powell for eight years.

Jenny is in her eighth  year working at KIMA and KNOSIS and loves all the learning opportunities it has to offer. Not only does she enjoy working alongside specialized physical therapists and bodyworkers daily, but also attends many of the continued educational courses offered to employees on the latest cutting-edge research. She is passionate about teaching and truly enjoys helping people get out of pain, learn about their bodies and improve their fitness with Pilates.

Molly Phelps, CPI

Molly has been teaching Pilates in NYC since 1998. As a young pre-professional ballet dancer, Molly was taught Pilates by her ballet teachers as a way to keep herself conditioned whether she was injured or correcting muscular imbalances to achieve perfect form. After graduating SUNY at Purchase College  with her BFA in Dance, she completed her intensive private certification with David Seth Fink. She then continued her training with Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteleur-Hall at Movements Afoot.  Her pilates expertise is honed from over two decades of teaching- as pilates has also evolved. She has just as many years of study as an Iyengar yogi, and continuously searches for pearls of wisdom from physical therapists, acupuncturists, her yoga teacher Carrie Owerko, and other body gurus.  Her holistic philosophy involves specific attention to precision and detail. A bespoken session takes in the student's strengths and weaknesses by discovering the most efficient way to re-pattern their movement and encourage bodily awareness.  With simple biomechanics, corrective 

injury prevention, and playfulness- the range of Molly's experience allows her to custom design specific exercises for her clients, liberating them from their habits and pain patterns- and awakening them to their potential. She is influenced by a lifetime study of diverse movement, and strives to inspire joyful mindfulness.   

Noel MacDuffie, CPI

Noel MacDuffie is certified to teach Pilates Mat and Equipment through Balanced Body University and Physical Mind Institute. He has trained extensively in neuromuscular retraining and anatomy with anatomist Irene Dowd for the last 12 years. Pursuing his desire to help folks move with ease no matter their circumstance, he has developed a specialty in working with injuries and sensitivities. He is particularly good at adapting to daily adjustments in posture and alignment to help his clients find ease and return to their lives pain free.

 

Noel is currently a freelance theatrical director and choreographer. He was a professional dancer and choreographer with Carolyn Dorman Dance Company and the Nancy Hauser Dance Company among others.

 

Noel taught Pilates at Clay Health Club and Spa for 13 years and managed the Pilates department for the 2 years. He also teaches for Complex Fit and at New Leaf Physical Therapy.

Massage

MEGAN RENEE BACKUS, LMT

Megan's passion for bodywork has led her to develop expertise in many areas. She regularly treats patients who suffer from a wide variety of serious complaints and conditions, ranging from rehab after hip replacement to fibromyalgia to athletic recovery.

 

She is a Certified Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage®, and has successfully treated many reproductive and digestive ills in both men and women, such as period pain, infertility, prostatitis, and constipation. Her prenatal massages are a customized blend of Swedish techniques (for easing soreness and promoting relaxation) with Arvigo® prenatal work that centers the growing abdomen and aligns the pelvis for a more comfortable pregnancy and easier birth.

 

She is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and has extensive experience with pediatric massage, both at Mount Sinai in New York and with disabled and orphaned children in Vietnam and Nepal. Her touch ranges from very deep to subtle and soothing as needed, and every treatment includes a bit of Reiki energy healing.

 

She is also a Certified Aromatherapist, and loves to make tonics, potions, and salves to help her clients reach their wellness goals.

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