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 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.
Kristine Gneiss, PT, DPT, OCS
Kristine earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University, 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-yearmember 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 warrior
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.
Stephen Rodriguez,PT, DPT, MPS, OCS,CMPT, COMT
Othopaedic Certified Specialist
Certified Orthopeadic Manipulative Therapist
Certified Manual Physical Therapist
Stephen has over 10 years experience treating in the area of manual orthopedic physical therapy. He has had the privilege of working closely with therapists with a variety of specialty backgrounds including yoga, strength and conditioning (CSCS), orthopedic specialists (OCS), manual therapy fellowship and other manual therapy certification/ training. Integrating a variety of perspectives, Stephen believes in an evidenced based and clinically relevant approach to therapy. In addition to treating, Stephen is adjunct faculty in doctorate level physical therapy programs at Touro College and Mercy College.
Stephen works with a variety of diagnoses including low back pain (disc herniations, nerve impingement, spondylolithesis, segmental instability/laxity, sciatica, other radicular symptoms, facet arthritis/arthrosis), thoracic dysfunctions (facet dysfunction, disc herniation, rib dysfunction), cervical dysfunctions (disc herniation, whiplash, facet arthrosis, headache, facial and upper extremity radiating pain), TMJ disorder, upper extremity injuries and dysfunctions (s/p dislocation/separation, tendonitis/tendonosis, labral tears), hip injuries (impingement, labral tears, tendonitis).
Stephen achieved his black belt in Goju Karate and participated in a critical inquiry of the effects of the Feldenkrais Method for his Masters degree. This rich background in movement training and education has enabled Stephen to analyze and retrain biomechanical function. Through mobilizations, manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, neurological inhibition, and facilitation techniques, Stephen is able to assist his patients to create the potential to move with optimal biomechanics. By applying movement reeducation and activation, his patients are able coordinate movement and develop load transfer strategies to reinforce efficient patterns for the facilitation of pain free function.
Stephen Rodriguez received his Masters degree in physical therapy from Upstate Medical University at Syracuse in 2000, where he graduated with distinction. In pursue of post-graduate higher education Stephen also earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Upstate Medical University. Stephen is a board certified specialist of orthopedic physical therapy (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Stephen has taken post graduate coursework in the areas of manual therapy, movement awareness & education, biomechanical analysis, differential diagnosis, and exercises training. Stephen has pursued post graduate manual therapy training, at Andrew’s University in Michigan, through the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He is a certified manual physical therapist (CMPT) and a certified orthopedic manipulative therapist (COMT) through NAIOMT where he passed both with distinction.
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.
Lisa Sottung,PT, CSI, CFMT, OCS
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.
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.
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.
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.