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: 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: Bethany is a professional dancer with a passion for healing. With a background in dance, yoga, and running, she has always been interested in safe and effective ways to recover. She is a practitioner of Thai bodywork and a 200hr RYT, specializing in prenatal yoga.
Fave Way to Get Loose: A glass of red paired with hallway boogies.
Background: Chris’s love of physical activity was hindered in his twenties by a series of lower leg injuries. This inspired him to work in physical therapy, and explore other types of injury rehab. On his path towards healing he found diet, circus arts, stretching and climbing helped build full body strength and increased body/mind awareness.
Fave Way to Get Loose: To hang upside down from his feet in aerial silks, a tree, or on the Stretch*d inversion table!
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: Erika is a Health at Every Size practitioner with a background in personal training, dance, and yoga. While her personal and academic studies focus on the visual arts, professionally she seeks to help people appreciate, take care of, and positively connect with their bodies.
Fave Way to Get Loose: Light a bunch of candles, pour a glass of sparkling wine, and read art books.
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: 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: 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: 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: Kristina is a dancer / teacher / and personal trainer who strongly believes that a healthy body is key to enjoying a long and prosperous life!
Fave Way to Get Loose: Salsa Dancing!
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: 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: 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.