Kristin Sapienza,PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist and the founder of FemFirstHealth.
Kristin takes a personal approach to physical therapy, customizing a treatment plan for each patient. She believes by combining manual therapy techniques with exercise and education she can assist patients in recovery while teaching them how to prevent future injury.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science (B.S) from the University of Scranton before earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. She continued her clinical education by taking a multitude of continuing education. She is an ART provider and is full body certified. Kristin is an FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) practitioner which allows her to assess and promote proper joint mechanics for a wide variety of patients. She is also certified as a Pilates instructor for reformer through Balanced Body.
Kristin is devoted to women’s health issues. She is a pelvic floor specialist under Herman and Wallace, in which she is certified to treat women suffering from incontinence and pelvic pain. In addition to pelvic floor rehabilitation, Kristin has undergone Visceral Functional Mobilization training to assist those with pelvic floor and digestive issues. She also works closely with women during pregnancy and postpartum addressing their orthopedic and functional actives during this critical time in their lives. She is a Tupler Technique Certified Professional helping women suffering from Diastasis Recti. Kristin has also received the Pregnant and Postpartum Client Specialty Certification under the Annette Lang Education Systems. Additionally, she has spent significant time working with women battling breast cancer, an experience that shaped her holistic approach to compassionate care.
Her own story struggling through endometriosis and pelvic floor issues have inspired her to provide well-rounded care for all women.
Sarah Wendler PT, DPT is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Specialist who also specializes in Women’s Health.
Ms. Wendler believes in an enthusiastic, empathetic approach to physical therapy. As every client is unique, her work focuses on creating customized programs to eliminate pain, improve function and reach individual goals. Her practice incorporates a variety of manual therapies, including: PNF stretching, Myofascial Release, soft tissue mobilization and spinal manipulations.
After earning a BS in psychology and minor in exercise science from Valparaiso University, Ms. Wendler received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University-Brooklyn. She continued her training, completing Functional Therapy courses with Maitland and the Institute of Physical Art. She served as an instructor for Doctor of Therapy students and earned her certification as an Orthopedic Specialist.
Ms. Wendler’spost-graduate practice began in Brooklyn where she worked as a staff PT, focusing in orthopedics and sports medicine. Her clinical work has covered a broad spectrum of specializations, ranging from pediatrics to geriatric care.
She completed training to treat neuromuscular and musculoskeletal functions and added innovative pelvic therapiesto treat Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pain, Incontinence, Dyspareunia, and Pre and Post-Partum.
Ms. Wendler is a member of both the APTA and the NYPTA. Sarah is a mom herself and well known to moms in both Manhattan and Long Island City.
Erin has spent the last 12 years of her career working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy in NYC. She’s dedicated the later half of it to serving prenatal and postpartum women, as wells as individuals suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction.
Her passion to help this population was ignited as she was treating orthopedic conditions, diving deeper into clients’ health histories (birth stories, trauma, pelvic health). She began to recognize a lack of proper postpartum rehabilitation and poor understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction as an orthopedic condition, were at the root of these problems.
Through years of training in pelvic floor dysfunction at the Herman and Wallace Institute, combined with over a decade in orthopedic physical therapy, she better honed her skills to help this population and elevate their care.
Besides her love of working on shoulders, spines and pelvic floors, Erin spends her time with her family and dog in Brooklyn. She is a NY native, and can be found on the beach during summer and prefers being on a snowboard come winter. She is a mother to a wonderful toddler, loves yoga and Pilates, and is frequently working on the work/life-balancing act!
Erin received her BS in Biological Sciences with honors from the University of Rhode Island, her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hunter College, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University. She has taken a multitude of continuing education courses, holding special appreciation for mentors in her field; Diane Lee, Tom Myers, the McKenzie Institute, Hollis Herman, Kathy Wallace and the IPA. Erin is Pilates mat and apparatus trained through BASI.
Erin is also the founder of the Fourth Trimester Mommy Check, a home-based postpartum physical therapy service, dedicated to placing focus on the mother and optimizing birth healing. (www.themommycheck.com)
Sarah completed her undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at the University of Virginia and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Columbia University. She started her physical therapy career in the hospital setting at Mount Sinai Hospital and then joined the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in 2013.
During her 5 years at HSS, Dr. Kostyukovsky honed her orthopedic examination and evaluation skills through treating a variety of post-operative and non-operative patients. She gained experience rotating through multiple outpatient departments, including HSS Sports Rehab and the Integrative Care Center.
In 2016, Sarah completed the HSS Orthopedic Residency program where she gained additional manual therapy training. She passed her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) examination in 2017 which signifies her extensive knowledge in orthopedic rehabilitation.
In addition to her orthopedic skill set, Sarah additionally specializes in pelvic floor physical therapy. Dr. Kostyukovsky has had a longstanding interest in women’s health physical therapy and has completed continued education through both the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health (APTA SOWH) and Herman and Wallace. After a personal experience with pregnancy-related back pain, and a traumatic delivery, she further realizes the necessity of physical therapy during pregnancy and postpartum for all women.
Sarah is also the owner of Mom in Balance New York an outdoor fitness program that offers workouts appropriate for pregnant women, postpartum recovery workouts and an intense HIIT workout for all moms who like to train outdoors in a group of like-minded women. (www.mominbalance.com)