ABOUT


LICENSED SPECIALISTS

Erica Azzaretto Michitsch PT, DPT, WCS

 
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Erica’s passion for physical therapy began after she suffered a knee injury as a competitive athlete at Villanova University. She earned her BS in Biology from Villanova and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University.

Erica specializes in orthopedics and pelvic health physical therapy. She began her career working at an outpatient orthopedic practice in Philadelphia and inpatient at University of Pennsylvania hospital. In addition, she treated high school athletes at local schools. During this time, Erica discovered her passion for women’s health and developed and launched a pelvic floor program at the orthopedic practice.

Following her years working in Philadelphia, Erica returned home to New York to pursue her interest in pelvic floor physical therapy and worked in a private practice. She has dedicated the past decade to pelvic floor treatment in men and women and uses a holistic, evidence based approach.  She also works per-diem at the Hospital for Special Surgery with orthopedic and post surgical patients.

While working in New York, Erica has contributed to the orthopedics field and increased her expertise in women’s health to better serve her patients. Erica’s research on the efficacy of dry needling was published in the 2013 Journal of Orthopedics. She also obtained the prestigious Women’s Health Clinical Specialization in 2016 and became board certified. In 2018, after 350 hours of training, she received her Polestar Pilates teaching certification to further help her patients understand the mind-body connection and its role in fighting chronic pain. Her goal is to help patients have a better awareness of their bodies so that they can return to doing what they love, whether it’s a specific sport, type of preferred exercise or just being able to sit comfortably on a plane to their favorite destination.

Erica is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Physical Therapy Program, where she teaches topics on the pathology, assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor from an orthopedic standpoint. She is also a teaching assistant at Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Erica is warm, engaging and funny, and has an inimitable ability to make patients feel at home. She has strong problem solving skills and a commitment to educating patients during their rehabilitation process. Erica resides in Brooklyn with her husband and son. When Erica is not treating patients, she is an avid skier and dedicated yogi. She regularly practices pilates, mindfulness and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Degrees, Certifications, & Research

  • BS in Biology, Villanova University

  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Rutgers University

  • WCS, Women’s Health Clinical Specialist, APTA

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association, APTA

  • Member, International Pelvic Pain Society, IPPS

  • Published in JOSPT September 2013, The Efficacy of Dry Needling for Upper Quarter Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review

  • Pilates Teaching Certification, Polestar Pilates

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Certification, Hawks Grips Tools

  • Low Pressure Fitness, Hypopressives, Level 1

 

Kara Mortifoglio, PT, DPT, WCS

 
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Kara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

It was at MGH that her interest in pelvic health began. After working in orthopedics at MGH, she decided to move to New York City, and joined Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She quickly became a Senior Physical Therapist after rotating through a variety of patient care specialties. While working at Columbia, she began treating pregnant and postpartum patients, as well as patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. Her interest in and knowledge of pelvic floor therapy continued to grow while taking courses at Herman & Wallace Pelvic Institute. As a result, she moved to a private clinic that specialized in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

At this clinic, she treated men and women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction. In 2016, she received the prestigious Women’s Health Clinical Specialization and is now board-certified by the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2018 after 350 hours of training, she received her Polestar Pilates Certification. In addition to her pelvic floor therapy experience, she has taken many continuing-education classes in orthopedics (her favorite is Institute of Physical Art), neurology, anatomy, and kinesiotaping. She is a per-diem staff member at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Kara lives in Queens with her husband. She loves being physically active and advocates exercise for her patients. She frequents the gym for boxing, crossfit and interval based classes.  She also loves practicing yoga and has run five half-marathons. When she is not exercising, she loves to volunteer at several organizations, spend time with friends and family, and travel the globe.

Kara is passionate about pelvic health and focused on how the mind and body interact. A holistic approach is important to her and she incorporates it in her treatment to help patients get back to what they love to do. A good listener and communicator, Kara is easy to talk to and makes all patients feel comfortable.

Degrees & Certifications

  • BS Exercise Physiology, University of Delaware

  • DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions

  • WCS, Women's Health Clinical Clinical Specialist, APTA

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association, APTA

  • Member, International Pelvic Pain Society, IPPS

  • Polestar Certified Pilates Instructor

  • Per diem staff, New York Presbyterian Hospital

  • Teaching Assistant, Herman and Wallace 

 

Alexandra Burtman, PT, DPT

 
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Alexandra (Lexi) Burtman received her undergraduate degree from the Union College in Schenectady, NY. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. 

After graduating from New York Medical College, Lexi began work in an orthopedic outpatient clinic in New York City.  While working there, she began treating pregnant and postpartum patients, as well as patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, and her interest in this therapy specialty grew. Realizing there was a large population needing this clinical treatment, Lexi began the clinic’s Pelvic Floor Treatment Program which included making home visits throughout New York City. 

In addition to pelvic floor therapy experience, she has taken many continuing-education classes in orthopedics, neurology, and pelvic health.  She is hoping to take the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification in the near future.  

Lexi lives in NYC with her husband. She loves being physically active – enjoying Pilates, skiing and running.  She has run several half-marathons and hopes to run a marathon in the near future. When she is not exercising, she loves enjoying good food with family and friends, and travelling.

Lexi is focused on meeting her patients where they are and listening to their concerns. She meets their unique needs by developing an individualized care plan that will help them reach their goals. Making the patient feel comfortable is important to her. Lexi is easy to talk to and is committed to each patient she serves.

Degrees & Certifications

  • BS Neuroscience, Union College, Schenectady, NY

  • DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association, APTA

  • Power Pilates Mat Certification 

  • Teaching Assistant, Herman and Wallace 

 

Ronit Sukenick, PT, DPT, PRPC

 
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Ronit attended Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She graduated from their accelerated program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences in 2004 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. Her physical therapy career began at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University. She rotated through inpatient and outpatient clinical settings including orthopedics, neurology, and outpatient clinics. Ronit’s interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation began after she, herself, experienced the pain, disability, and helplessness of a pubic symphysis separation and subsequent pelvic floor dysfunction during and after both of her pregnancies.  Help was hard to find, as few physical therapists had the requisite training to recognize and treat pelvic floor dysfunction.  In 2012, with this newfound passion and focus on this underserved specialty, Ronit established the Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University. She opened a private practice in 2016−RS Physical Therapy in Irvington, NY, where she treats male and female patients with various pelvic floor/lumbopelvic dysfunction.

Ronit lives in Westchester with her husband and two sons. She enjoys drawing, painting, gardening, reading and spending time with her family. In addition, she keeps physically active and enjoys Yoga and Pilates.

Degrees & Certifications

  • BS Health Sciences, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Pelvic Rehabilitation Professional Certification (PRPC), Herman and Wallace

  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association, APTA

  • Owner of RS Physical Therapy, Irvington, NY