Our Pro Stretch*rs
They know how to get loose
Our professional stretch therapists are trained and certified in the Stretch*d Method. With extensive bodywork backgrounds, including physical therapy, exercise science, massage, personal training, dance and yoga, they are experts in assisted stretching and recovery.
Background: Jeff holds a Masters degree in Health Promotion Management from American University. He has applied stretch therapy to Olympic athletes across all sports throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is excited to be back home in NYC and bring his program to Stretch*d after spending 10 years in Washington D.C.
Fave Way to Get Loose: A Quick*e! (at Stretch*d) duh.
Background: Albert is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Level-1 Coach. He has always had a passion for helping people to define and realize their fitness goals. Albert brings his boundless energy to all of his clients.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Hiking in the mountains, meditation in the nature, and hanging out with friends.
Background: Alicia has trained in Esalen Massage and Shiatsu, and has practiced yoga since age 14. She holds a degree in psychology-neuroscience-philosophy, and has taken courses in somatic practices, anatomy and physiology, and dance. She is passionate about movement as a tool for physical, mental and emotional health and self-discovery.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Visiting the mountains!
Background: A professional dancer at an early age, and a dance instructor for the past 15 years. She received her M.A in ballet pedagogy from NYU and is also an ABT NTC certified teacher. She has always felt that stretching plays an important part in improving and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Laying out on a beach getting a tan or having a glass of red wine while listening to jams.
Background: After dancing and acting since childhood, Amy felt led to teach yoga, and she finished an 800 hour certification with Urban Sadhu Yoga in Jersey City in December 2021.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Dancing and practicing yoga
Background: NYS licensed massage therapist with a passion for helping others feel better in ways they have never thought of and a love for helping others feel their best!
Fave Way to Get Loose: Spending time with friends, family and spending time focusing on self-improvement
Background: Avery is an actor, dancer, and certified barre instructor, with an all around passion for fitness/wellness. Through multiple experiences with injury and physical therapy, she grew a love for moving with proper body mechanics and focusing on the importance of self-care in a wellness routine.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Long walks in the park, tap dancing, and Facetiming with her niece and nephews!
Background: Bruce is originally from Boston and his dance career has spanned many major US cities. Some highlights from Bruce’s past include: Cirque du Soleil, The Academy Awards, So You Think You Can Dance.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Increasing flexibility and dancing!
Background: Candice is a Certified Health Coach and NASM Personal Trainer with a 15-year experience as a Physical Therapist and manipulative Osteopath in France. During her Track and Field career, she realized early on that taking care of your body inside and out is the key to a better quality of life.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Dancing with her kids and meditation.
Background: Dana is a nationally certified fitness instructor and award-winning multimedia artist. She holds a BA in dance from UC Davis, an MFA from the New School, and certificates from Cornell and Stanford in plant-based nutrition and exercise physiology. Dana has decades of experience teaching fitness and helping people of all ages and abilities achieve their health goals.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Cat naps with kitty cats
Location: Rye Brook
Background: David comes from a background of fencing and martial arts. Having taught at SUNY Purchase, he’s worked with a variety of body types when it comes to training, and knows the importance of effective recovery. Continuing to explore new methods in dance and gymnastics, he’s passionate about helping people reach their potential.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Going for relaxing walks around town- typically spotted at the local coffee shop!
Background: Donna began her career as an accountant, where she turned to yoga for work-life balance. She discovered a passion for helping people feel great through breath, movement and body work, and transitioned to health and wellness full-time. An E-RYT® certified yoga teacher, she is now a certified practitioner of the Stretch*d Method!
Fave Way to Get Loose: Mineral salt baths, laughter with great company, and getting stretch*d!
Background: Elena is a former competitive gymnast turned actor who has toured the country and performed on Broadway. Elena has been involved in fitness as an instructor for cycling and trampoline cardio, and as a lifelong athlete, she believes that the harder you work, the harder you should recover!
Fave Way to Get Loose: A pint of Halo Top and some reality TV!
Background: Erin has always had an inclination towards living a very active, health-conscious lifestyle, with a passion for movement. She is a professional dancer, certified Pilates Mat and Barre instructor, and certified personal trainer through NASM. Erin is thrilled to join the Stretch*d team, and hopes to help clients not only achieve their Stretchd goals, but also develop a deeper appreciation for their bodies through ease of movement.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Breaking a sweat, soaking up sunshine, jamming out to music, and spending time with friends!
Background: Evgeny is a former professional ballet dancer from Russia. He is passionate about helping people improve their self confidence.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Karaoke and Barre
Background: Frank is an experienced massage therapist and body worker, with training in modalities including lymphatic drainage and cupping.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Mindful breathing, brainstorming, playing the harmonica and helping others.
Background: Fritz is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a focus in Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu. She holds a degree in Occupational Studies and has taken courses in neurology, kinesiology and anatomy and physiology. She is passionate about self-care and helping others through massage and bodywork.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Working up a sweat on the Row Erg and dancing to Caribbean beats with her pup
Background: Isabella is a NASM certified personal trainer, certified mat Pilates teacher, and Xtend Barre instructor. She holds a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She loves helping others discover the joy of movement, while focusing on overall wellness and longevity.
Fave Way to Get Loose: A glass of red wine and a good book!
Background: Jason has worked in fitness for over 12 years as a trainer, class instructor, and wellness researcher. He’s certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Yoga Alliance, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and has had additional training in massage, pre- and post-natal exercise, and senior care. A former professional dancer and athlete, he’s been an avid stretch*r his entire career and is thrilled to be part our stretch quad!
Fave Way to Get Loose: Dancing, landscaping treebeds in Brooklyn, and walks in the park with his two sibling Schnauzers.
Background: Jayze started his Stretch bodywork career in Hong Kong where he is also a Personal Trainer. As a Health Coach, he advocates functional mobility for healthy and optimal physical performance.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Enjoying and moving (walking) anywhere around New York City.
Background: Julio is a Biomechanics Specialist and Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1 Practitioner, with a background in Physical Therapy and Functional Training. He uses a functional/full-body approach in his training to increase strength, flexibility, & resilience to injury through neuroplasticity. This allows him to not only help athletes, but everybody (including those with postural distortions & injuries).
Fave Way to Get Loose: Basking in the sun, bachata dancing, and snowboarding.
Background: Julianna holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing Communications from Pace University and has been teaching dance and choreographing for the past six years. With her passion for dance and movement, stretching has been a big part of her recovery. She believes it is important to recover from the daily stresses your routine places on your body.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Being outside and listening to music.
Background: Julissa is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She also has a Degree in Exercise physiology and has over 10 years experience working as a PT aide/trainer.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Being part of someone’s journey towards wellness through massage.
Background: Kalina is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a practice specializing in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point therapy, and Shiatsu. She feels that assisted stretching is some of the best bodywork received and when one's body is flexible, so is the mind.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Meditation
Background: Kassandra is a NASM certified fitness and dance instructor. She has a great passion for movement, holding a BFA in Dance, and having performed with dance companies nationally and internationally.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Playing in the sun, hot baths, or reading a great book.
Background: Laura is a native New Yorker, performing artist, animal activist and 500 hour trained yoga teacher. She has worked with a variety of populations including seniors, prenatal, postnatal, children, beginners and athletes alike.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Yoga, dancing, and good food
Background: Lucia realized that after obtaining her Masters in Criminal Justice that her gift was in wellness and fitness. She received her yoga and powerlifting certification to combine it as therapy. Craving more for wellness, she earned her degree in Occupational Therapy from Swedish Institute and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Fave Way to Get Loose: The ocean view and a great book in hand
Background: Marcela earned her Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and left teaching to pursue her other passion - fitness. Currently pursing her certification w NASM for personal training, Marcela loves helping people with their recovery and learning how to move their bodies appropriately.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Working out
Background: In addition to contemporary modern dance, Mel has studied a variety of somatic practices, taken courses in anatomy and kinesiology, and holds a degree from The Ohio State University. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Netflix, beer, and buffalo cauliflower (it's the other white meat).
Background: Nicole has her B.S. in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University. For the past eight years, Nicole has been a Certified Athletic Trainer working with athletes at various competitive levels. She enjoys encouraging body maintenance and injury prevention.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Taking a drive while listening to a boss playlist
Background: Noah is a retired gymnast with 9 years of competition and 3 years of coaching experience. He is excited to help people become the best versions of themselves
Fave Way to Get Loose: Hitting up the local gym for a gymnastics trampoline session!
Background: Paige has a background in education, counseling, and group fitness. She holds a BA in human development and a master’s degree in counseling. She is passionate about fostering self awareness and building a strong mind body connection through movement.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Throwing around kettlebells or zipping around on her bike.
Background: Pani is a NYS licensed massage therapist and educator, a graduate of the Cortiva Institute, and a former Thai Massage instructor. She has also been an energy healer since 2009. Pani believes every moment in your life is an opportunity to understand your body and connect to your deeper self.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Yoga, meditation, hiking, and cooking vegan meals!
Background: With an academic background in health, and a patient focused experience in the physical therapy field, Patrick loves helping clients at Stretch*d reach their goals, and set new ones.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Exploring new places and meeting new people.
Background: Petra's knowledge of the body stems from a career as an elite synchronized swimmer and coach, with a Masters degrees in Swimming. Petra has a loves of teaching and helping other's achieve the most from their bodies.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Exploring new places and having coffee with friends.
Background: Rashid is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a wealth of knowledge in Anatomy & Physiology, and various modalities of massage therapy. He is passionate about helping others.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Stretching and various forms of meditation
Background: Sara is a professional actor and dancer, barre instructor, and wellness aficionado. She holds a degree in dance from the University of the Arts, where she was lucky to study anatomy with doctors from UPenn.
Fave Way to Get Loose: A good workout followed by a good wine...Or a living room dance party!
Background: Sheryll is a certified ACE Group Fitness Coach and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. For Sheryll, fitness started as an escape from the stresses of a former 9 to 5 routine. Her goal is to help others find this same solace and freedom from everyday life through empowerment from achieving their health goals.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Mindful movement
Background: Victor holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, is a Swedish Institute graduate, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified Pilates instructor in all apparatus. Over the past 18 years he has helped people from all walks of life improve their health and physical performance.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Long distance cycling and hiking especially in the mountains of Vermont.
Background: Victoria taught Latin dance and choreography for 3 years during her undergraduate career and developed a love for fitness and body movement. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health at NYU with a concentration in Community Health. As an RYT 200 yoga instructor and a NASM-certified personal trainer, Victoria enjoys helping people move their bodies.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Hot yoga and long walks around New York City