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ERWIN SEGUIA, PT DPT SCS CSCS

FOUNDER, OWNER

Erwin Seguia is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist by way of New York University and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Q&A with Erwin

What led you to Physical Therapy? 

I was a pre-Medicine student at the end of my time at Binghamton University (go Bearcats!), and ended up being unsure about why I wanted to be an MD in the first place. 

I knew my strengths lay in interacting with, understanding, and connecting with people. I love being active. The funny thing is, a suggestion by an Athletic Trainer and subsequently talking with my cousin (also a physical therapist) made me take a good hard look at the profession. Now I’m here!

What makes you unique as a physical therapist?

The small things. Dry humor (laughs). My investment in your health. I like to follow up with my patients, and I often think about what I can work on in order to help them (my patients) improve quickly.

Your favorite body part to treat?

Shoulders. They’re not just a joint - they’re a complex. There are multiple layers and that makes it  challenging for me to treat as a therapist. 

Your favorite activity outside of the clinic?

Do I have to pick one? Football (soccer). I spend most of my time playing football even now.

I also love to dance - I competed in ballroom and choreographed hip hop in a previous life. (laughs) Ha ha!

What are your favorite sports teams?

I’m pretty sure I bleed blue. Three sentences: "Come on, New York," "We'll keep the blue flag flying high," and "Oh, U-S-A...!"


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RENA ELEÁZAR, PT DPT CSCS

Co-Founder, CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Rena Eleázar is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She received her doctoral degree from New York University.

Q&A with Rena

What led you to Physical Therapy?

I started my undergraduate studies in Business Administration and quickly found that my passions lie elsewhere. I was always interested in science, was curious about how the human body works, and had a couple bouts of PT during my 15-ish year career in competitive swimming.

My brother was in an accelerated BS/DPT program at the time and was loving it, so I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed my kinesiology and musculoskeletal pathology courses, and I was lucky to have a great co-op working as an aide for a big outpatient PT group in Philadelphia. I still keep in touch with some of those PT’s today!

What makes you unique as a physical therapist?

Attention to detail, especially when watching people move. Every body tells a story!  Har har. I also get super invested in getting my patients back to what they want to do, so if they want to get back to boxing, you bet I’ll go boxing with them once they get back into it!

Your favorite body part to treat?

Hips, knees, ankles - the entire lower body! I really enjoy educating people about how a dysfunction at the hips can affect the feet, or vice versa.

When they have that 'a-ha moment' where everything makes sense, they become even more motivated to correct the source of the problem, not just to make the pain go away. I love that. I live for it. 

Your favorite activity outside of the clinic?

Sleeping! Just kidding. (giggle)

I have been doing CrossFit since 2012, and it has been the only thing I have been able to stick to consistently since I stopped swimming. It’s helped me build a lot of confidence through strength, but also allows me to empathize more with my CrossFit patients!

I was also a dancer many moons ago and love to drop into a hip-hop class every now and then.

What are your favorite sports teams?

Michigan Wolverines!!! They are my number 1. Followed by the New York Football Giants. I also get really - and I mean, [REALLY] excited about Team USA during the Olympics.