Our PT Staff Members

EvelynOShea_FINALEVELYN HECHT, PT, ATC, PRESIDENT

Evelyn earned her BS in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from Brooklyn College in 1979 and received her BS in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in 1981. She is a certified athletic trainer and a practicing physical therapist specializing in  pelvic floor dysfunction, orthopedics and spine (neck and low back pain) for over 25 years. As the owner of EMH Physical Therapy, Evelyn oversees all patients who are referred to the practice. She meets regularly with each staff licensed Doctor of Physical  Therapy (DPT ) to discuss plan of care and treatment options, she reads  every evaluation report prior to it being sent to your referring doctor and ensures that all patients attain optimum results in their recovery.

Evelyn has completed a multitude of continuing education courses including:

Craniosacral and Visceral mobilization with Upledger Institute
Orthopedic manual therapy at Michigan State University
Sports medicine for the young athlete at Hospital for Special Surgery Evaluation and management of the TMJ with the International College for Craniofacial and Vertebral Therapeutic Institute

Female pelvic floor function and dysfunction, Male pelvic floor treatment, Pregnancy and postpartum, Bowel Function, plus more coursework with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Her interest in pelvic floor dysfunction  and vision that there needed to be more physical therapists  working in this specialized field, led her to design the first accredited APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) course in pelvic floor dysfunction.  She taught  the pelvic course for 7 years at two prominent universities, New York University and Stony Brook University for their DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) candidates.  By teaching the future physical therapists, Evelyn has furthered the awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to their patients and referring physicians.

Evelyn launched her new app, PelvicTrack for iPhones and iTouch users which will help people suffering with PFD learn some of Evelyn’s tips, self help techniques and over 30 exercises to start on their road to recovery.  The app will feature a Symptom Tracker so patients can record all of  symptoms, rate each symptom on a scale of 0 to 10 pain / discomfort level.  The “Symptom Tracker” can be revisited on a biweekly or monthly basis, where patients rate symptoms and, overtime while starting some of the exercises, view their graphs showing symptom improvement.   The app has “Set Reminder” feature so  patients remember to do their breath work, downtraining and exercises and is best used when working with a physical therapist trained in PFD, so guidance and monitoring can be achieved.  Visit the website, www.pelvictrack.com for more information.

Prior to her pelvic floor specialty, Evelyn volunteered for 10 years at the  NYU TMJ Clinic,  working alongside with dentists to help patients return to optimum cervical and jaw function. She regularly reaches out to the community by giving lectures to the dancers with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, to coaches/athletes of some New York sports teams, at health symposiums offered to the general public and she designed a  stretching DVD to promote spine flexibility. Evelyn believes in empowering all patients with knowledge, empathy and excellence and looks forward to helping you attain optimum health.

CharissaDR. Charissa Morrisroe, PT, DPT, SFMA

Charissa earned a BS degree in Clinical science from Ithaca College, and continued at Ithaca for graduate school where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She had minors in health and art history.

To complete her doctoral degree, Charissa attended clinical rotations in orthopedic and neurological settings in both in-patient and outpatient clinics. During these clinicals, Charissa employed therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, join mobilization, balance training, and modalities including ultrasound, electric stimulation, biofeedback, and laser therapy. Charissa spent the beginning of her career in an outpatient orthopedic setting seeing patients from the age of 5 to 103 with post surgical, sports injuries, and every day wear-and-tear diagnoses.

Charissa has attended many continuing education courses throughout her career. She has attained certificates in Functional Mobilization 1, Diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries, diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injuries, Selective Functional Movement Assessment level 1 certification course, and Herman and Wallace’s Pelvic floor level 2B course in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Charissa has a passion for ongoing learning and has also completed numerous on-line courses.

Charissa strives to return patients to their optimum function whether their goals are being able to play tennis or to put an end to years of constipation. Her treatment plan includes a focus on patient education, exercise, and postural awareness that yields results time and time again. Charissa has had success with this method of treatment with men with pelvic and testicular pain, incontinence post prostatectomy, leaking, and women with incontinence, painful sex, constipation, or pelvic and abdominal pain. A lifelong basketball player, Charissa is a lover of all sports. She has competed in yearly sprint triathlons and competed in 15K road races. It’s her goal to create an individualized and comprehensive rehabilitation program for each and every client who walks through the doors at EMH.

TovaDR. Tova Laufer, PT, DPT

Tova earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University where she completed advanced courses in Women’s Health, orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and applied-Pilates rehab. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva University where she studied Biology, and was a captain of the women’s basketball team.

As part of her doctoral degree, Tova completed clinical rotations treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions utilizing therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy, and biofeedback.

Tova has received ongoing training for the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in order to provide effective care for male and female patients with diagnoses including coccyx pain, pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, and sexual dysfunction.

Tova attributes her initial interest in physical therapy to her own personal experiences with multiple sports injuries. After recovering from an ACL tear which required knee surgery, Tova went on to become an NCAA division 3 college athlete and worked with athletic trainers to develop an injury prevention program for her teammates. In 2009, Tova became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and rose through the ranks to become a top tier trainer at Equinox. Specializing in injury prevention and weight loss, Tova recognized the need for clinicians who possess an in-depth knowledge of both personal training and physical therapy. Emphasizing the most current evidenced-based treatment interventions, Tova combines her passion for fitness, orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation to help each patient achieve his or her individual goals.

Dr. Jennifer Jurewicz PT, DPT Jen2

Jennifer attended the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences with a minor in psychology. She attended the prestigious New York University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

As part of her doctoral degree, Jennifer earned certifications in Power Pilates Beginner Mat and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
She completed supervised clinical rotations treating a variety of orthopedic, acute, neurological and pediatric conditions utilizing therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, manual therapy and therapeutic activity.

Prior to joining EMH Physical Therapy, Jennifer was the Clinical Director of an outpatient orthopedic setting for 3 years overseeing 4 DPT’s and 2 PT Assistants. She gained expertise with a wide variety of conditions from sports injuries, post-surgery and neck pain to those with gait and balance disorders.

Dr. Jurewicz attended numerous continuing education courses on topics including the lumbar/sacral spine, foot and ankle, chronic pain, knee OA, treatment of the triathlete and manual courses including functional mobilization 1 and PNF 1 through the Institute of Physical Arts in NYC.

During her time at an outpatient orthopedic clinic, Jennifer developed a strong interest in lumbopelvic disorders and started to explore women’s health PT and the role of the pelvic floor in regards to low back and hip pain. She reached out to pelvic floor expert Evelyn Hecht for mentorship and training for the evaluation of pelvic floor dysfunction and then decided to pursue a women’s health specialty.

Dr. Jurewicz has received training through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, aiming to take all of their series and receive a pelvic rehab practitioner certification. Jennifer offers evidence-based care to male and female patients with diagnoses of chronic prostatitis, Vulvodynia, overactive bladder, constipation, sexual dysfunction and various pelvic pain syndromes.

Jennifer is passionate about educating her patients so they truly understand their diagnosis and become motivated to play an active role in their health and quality of life.

CALL TODAY:

(212)288-2242 or email info@emhphysicaltherapy.com to schedule a PT appointment or ask a question to our director, EVELYN HECHT, PT, ATC

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