Rachel Williams
 


     Rachel Williams’ goal as a physical therapist is to provide empathetic, personalized, hands-on physical therapy to help return her patients to their optimal state of wellness and function. Rachel is experienced in treating patients with a variety of diagnoses and dysfunctions of the upper and lower extremities including orthopedic, post-surgical, vocational, geriatric, pediatric, cervical and spinal dysfunction, postural related dysfunction, complex pain syndromes, and sports related injuries. Rachel has a manually based, functional style to physical therapy utilizing a variety of treatment approaches that include Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Maitland, McKenzie, Mulligan, patient education, soft tissue, myofascial and joint mobilization. She studies the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach on an ongoing basis to provide a dynamic,hands on, mind-body-energy therapy to evaluate and treat and heal each patient as a unique, whole being.

     Rachel values continuing education, and has taken courses including PNF utilizing a Thera-Band approach to treatment, Brain Gym, Institute of Physical Art Functional Orthopedics I (FO I), Lumbopelvic Assessment and Treatment, Advanced Techniques in Iontophoresis, Assessment and Treatment of the Cervical Spine, Mulligan Concept Upper Quadrant Mobilizations with Movement, Mulligan Mobilization with movement follow-up course, and is an expert John F. Barnes’ Approach Myofascial Release therapist, having taken the following: MFR I, MFR II, MFR III, Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, Myofascial, Unwinding, Myofascial Rebounding, Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, and Skill Enhancement Seminar.  

     Rachel earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2002. Rachel’s background in sports led her to an interest in further researching why women are more prone to ACL injury than men. Her Masters thesis research studied the effects that the menstrual cycle has on ACL laxity. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from SUNY Binghamton.  Outside of her love for physical therapy, Rachel enjoys her yoga practice, scuba diving and enjoying quiet time with a good novel.      



  Julie Sherry
 

Julie Sherry is a New York State licensed physical therapist specializing in custom tailored exercise programs that rebalance the body, as well as manual physical therapy skills that ease the body and integrate all systems to achieve optimal function. Julie's professional skills and friendly bedside manner help create a warm atmosphere, which greatly motivates productive therapy, and her vast experience in the Orthopedic, Geriatric and Pediatric fields make her an expert healer and compassionate therapist, earning her accolades for her extraordinary success in healing, particularly post-operative patients.

Julie participates in Continuing Education programs and attends physical therapy conferences and seminars, keeping up-to-date with all the latest therapy techniques. The myofascial release and cranialsacral therapy course work are of particular interest to Julie and she uses various degrees of touch to lengthen tight muscles or increase joint mobility as appropriate. Julie has a talent for honing in on important factors in a person's posture which may need subtle correction.  Julie has shown in her 13 years of practice that she can integrate both mind and body techniques with customized therapeutic exercises for each individual patient.  Julie is a certified Yoga instructor and strength trainer using those skills to obtain optimal results for patients, superseding their own therapy expectations.

Julie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stern College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1996. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in 1999.  

   
  Rachel Proctor, DPT
 

Rachel Proctor, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), joined Riverdale Midtown Physical Therapy in 2015. She treats patients with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, and vestibular conditions. She has experience in the examination and treatment of vestibular disorders, including hypofunction and vertigo (BPPV). She actively seeks out continuing education opportunities having attending courses in Fascial Movement Taping, Cervical Spine Symposium hosted by NYU, and John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach. She is also a member of Medbridge and the American Physical Therapy Association which further facilitates her access to recent research and continuing education opportunities.

Understanding each patient as a unique individual, Rachel combines her background and training in evidence-based practice and dance to design treatment plans that help the patient achieve overall health and wellness. Through the healing process, Rachel seeks to help patients understand and view the human body and experience as both science and art form.

Rachel earned her DPT degree from Columbia University in 2015, where she completed advanced coursework in neurological rehabilitation, and served as guest clinical faculty for the DPT program following graduation. Rachel continues to engage in clinical research at Columbia University Medical Center, acting as co-investigator for research utilizing ultrasound imaging to examine abdominal musculature and its relationship to low back pain. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2006, where she received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

   
  Andrea Hecht, PT
 

Andrea Hecht earned her physical therapy degree from the University at Buffalo Magna Cum Laude in 1997. Andrea has practiced in sports and rehabilitation therapy for over 15 years. Andrea enjoys working with the young and active, as well as with the geriatric population. She has experience with a variety of injuries, and diagnoses. Prior to joining Riverdale Midtown Physical Therapy, Andrea was a facility manager for a large physical therapy clinic for several years in Manhattan.

Andrea became interested in physical therapy while playing Division 1 soccer on a scholarship. Her close friend and teammate tore her ACL ligament. Andrea would assist her teammate in the training room with her exercises and she became hooked. Andrea continues to be interested in playing sports, running, and yoga. Andrea also spends her free time traveling, hiking, reading novels, and going to concerts.

Andrea has studied extensively in continuing education with the University of St. Augustine with Stanley Paris. Much of her course work is on joint mobility of the extremities and spine to increase function. Andrea treats using specialized techniques such as joint mobilization, positional distraction, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, therapeutic exercise, postural education, and nerve glides. She takes a full body multidisciplinary approach with her patients and is a strong manual therapist.

   
  Joanna Nobbe DPT
  Joanna Nobbe, DPT, is a physical therapist, Feldenkrais practitioner and yoga instructor. Joanna earned her Masters from Columbia University in Motor Control and Learning and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter College at the City University of New York with an Award for Clinical Excellence. Joanna published her Masters thesis on the topic of mental imagery for stroke rehabilitation. For her doctorate she performed research at the Hospital for Special Surgeries related to walking in people with cerebral palsy.

Joanna is a certified Hatha and prenatal Yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga in Riverdale, Inwood and Washington Heights since 2009 for local studios and clients. Joanna is also a certified Feldenkrais practitioner from the Feldenkrais Institute of New York. This experience greatly influences Joanna's physical therapy practice.

Joanna has a passion for continuing education in the physical therapy community. Joanna has completed level 3 training in Total Motion Release method for physical therapists, as well as courses with prominent physical therapist training institutions such as Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars, Spinal Mobility for the treatment of spinal cord injury, Polestar Pilates, and the New York Physical Therapy Association. Joanna was a volunteer for the Axis Project, a Harlem-based fitness program for individuals with spinal cord injury. She has experience treating individuals with Parkinsons Disease, vestibular disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. She also has worked with individuals following spine surgery, total joint replacements, as well as conservative management of arthritis and the so-called "wear and tear" injuries known to active people. Joanna is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Geriatric and Neurological sections of the APTA.

Joanna's personal movement philosophy is that spontaneous, joyful, comfortable movement helps individuals realize their potential and improve the quality of everyday life. Joanna looks forward to meeting you and moving with you!