Dr. Nara Yoon - PT, DPT, OCS, CPI, BSPTS-2, SEAS-2 CERTIFIED THERAPIST
Dr. Nara Yoon PT, DPT, OCS, CPI, BSPTS-2, SEAS-2 CERTIFIED THERAPIST

LOCATION: MANHASSET

Dr. Nara is the founder and director of PhysioElements Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University and Masters of Science and Doctorate of Physical

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Therapy from College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She is a certified specialist of orthopedic physical therapy (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Specialties. She trained extensively under Diane Lee and Linda-Joy Lee (LJ) in using the Integrate Systems Model. ISM uses a whole body approach in order to discover a true driver or the source of where the pain is coming from. Dr. Nara is certified at the advanced C2 level by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) Schroth-based method and is a lab assistant for the C1 and C2 level courses. She is also certified at the advanced SEAS (Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis) 2 level by the ISICO Institute in Italy. Additionally, she received training of the Lyon Method for Scoliosis from Dr. Jean Claude De Mauroy, one of the pioneers of the Scoliosis Education Internationally.

She also received extensive pilates training using all the pilates apparatus through BASI (Body Arts and Science International) and is certified in pre/post natal pilates through Center for Women’s Fitness. She is trained in visceral manipulation through the Barral Institute and is a certified women’s health coach from the Integrative Women’s Health Institute. She is certified as a Kinesiotape practitioner (CKTP) through Kinesiotaping Association International and is also certified in the Graston Technique. She has a varied array of post graduate certificate trainings such as Active Release Technique for lower extremity, TRX for medical professionals, Kettlebell training through Strong First, Animal Flow (with the inventor, Mike Fitch), Maitland Technique, Mulligan Technique, Pelvic Floor courses through Herman and Wallace, Shoulder/Knee courses with Kevin Wilk, to name but a few. She teaches Barefoot Training Specialist workshops as a Master Instructor with the Evidence Based Fitness Academy.

Dr. Nara is a wife and a mom to two beautiful daughters and enjoys pursuing and incorporating a healthy lifestyle as well as motivating her clients to do the same. Dr. Nara is passionate and committed to her lifelong pursuit of knowledge and expertise in Physical Therapy, fitness and Women’s health to provide her clients with an integrated and innovative whole person approach that helps each individual achieve his/her goal.

Dr. Kathleen Castro - PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT, BSPTS-1 CERTIFIED THERAPIST
Dr. Kathleen Castro PT, DPT, CSCS, PMA®-CPT, BSPTS-1 CERTIFIED THERAPIST

LOCATION: MANHASSET, GREENWICH

Dr. Kat is the Director of Growth & Development for PhysioElements and the lead therapist at our Greenwich, Connecticut location. Dr. Kat received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University and her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  She is also currently a certified Pilates teacher, a certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, birth doula, and Barcelona Schroth Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) -1 Certified Therapist to treat scoliosis and kyphosis for adolescents/adults.

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Dr. Kat’s clinical interests include orthopedics/sports, women’s health, scoliosis and ultimately, treating the whole person. She has specialized training in treating pelvic floor conditions and providing pre/postnatal support. She is passionate about improving perinatal support and care for all women. She has taken courses with Herman & Wallace, the Institute for Birth Healing, Antony Lo, and the Arvigo Institute. She also has studied manual therapy techniques with the Institute of Physical Art and visceral manipulation under the Barral Institute.

Dr. Kat has an extensive background in fitness with almost 10 years of experience teaching private and group classes in Boston and NY. She holds certifications in teaching the Pilates Method with Core Pilates NYC, yoga and strength & conditioning. She also holds certifications in feminine embodiment coaching, mindfulness & intuitive development.

Dr. Kat is passionate about learning and understanding the human experience from the Four Bodies Model. As a physical therapist, she strives to connect with her patients and create a space for healing, inquiry and empowerment to help them reach their goals. She integrates her passion for fitness and wellness to support her patients and clientele in leading a healthy lifestyle for optimal health and longevity.

Kat’s favorite ways to stay active include Pilates, yoga, and kettlebell strength & conditioning. She currently lives in Fairfield County, CT with her husband, two beagle mixes and enjoys cooking, travel, writing, comedy, and music.

Dr. Samantha Robin - PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, BSPTS-1 CERTIFIED THERAPIST
Dr. Samantha Robin PT, DPT, CSCS, SFMA, BSPTS-1 CERTIFIED THERAPIST

LOCATION: MANHASSET

Dr. Sam received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning

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Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and holds a certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Dr. Sam is certified by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS)- 1 Certified Therapist, using the Schroth Method to improve posture and treat patients with spinal deformities.

Dr. Sam has completed several continuing education courses through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and constantly develops her manual therapy skills. She is a Graston Technique therapy Provider and trained in Kinesiotaping. Using manual therapy techniques, functional assessment, gait analysis, postural and core reeducation, and strength and conditioning programs, she effectively improves patient’s level of fitness to optimize their performance.

An avid runner herself, Dr. Sam specializes in working with the running population. She has worked with all levels of athletes ranging from pediatrics, weekend warriors, marathon runners, triathletes and professional athletes. She is proficient in running analysis and building an individualized rehabilitation and injury prevention program that will improve running efficiency, performance and form. She has a passion for Pilates and the integration of Pilates in therapy for runners. With this passion, she motivates her patients to live a healthy active lifestyle in order to achieve all of their functional goals.

Dr. Kathryn Bacigalupo, PT, DPT, GTS
Dr. Kathryn Bacigalupo PT, DPT, GTS, BSPTS C1 CERTIFIED

LOCATION: MANHASSET

Dr. Kate received both her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelors in Rehabilitation Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Dr. Kate completed clinical rotations in both NY and Boston,

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and developed her career in the Boston area. She recently relocated with her family back to Long Island and is eager to continue her career at PhysioElements. She is BSPTS trained, a Graston Technique Specialist, and has taken coursework in several areas of interest, including the Maitland Technique and Muscle Energy Technique (MET).

Dr. Kate has specialized training in treating patients with generalized joint hypermobility and related connective tissue disorders. Specifically, Dr. Kate participated in the Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome CME Physician Education Program as well as the EDS ECHO for Allied Health Professionals, an online program dedicated to improving the level of understanding of EDS for healthcare professionals.

Dr. Kate completed the BASI Pilates Comprehensive Program. As a physical therapist, she knew the benefits of Pilates, but did not realize how much she would fall in love with the philosophy and teachings of the Pilates approach to exercise. Dr. Kate has taken a special interest in blending the principles of physical therapy and Pilates in a way to optimize results and encourage overall wellbeing of the mind and body. Specifically, Dr. Kate has been working on applying a Pilates approach to exercise when treating patients with generalized joint hypermobility.

As a physical therapist, she has a passion for getting to know her patients on a personal level in order to meet all goals and expectations of each and every patient she treats. Dr. Kate makes it a priority to help each of her patients take an active role in their rehabilitation in order to ensure long term success.

Dr. Kate was a three season athlete and enjoyed competing over the years. In high school she played basketball and rowed crew, and in college played ultimate frisbee. She continued competing for several years and participated in the World Championship for Ultimate Frisbee in Lecco, Italy in 2014 where her team placed third in the world. In her free time, Dr. Kate enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors with her son George, and two rescue dogs, Duke and Zoe.

Caitlin Mari V. Oliveros PTRP, PT, BSPTS C1 CERTIFIED

LOCATION: MANHASSET/GREENWICH

Physio Caitlin began her undergraduate studies in Health & Exercise Science at Syracuse University & later completed her Bachelors in Physical Therapy in the Philippines from Davao Doctors College. She is currently licensed to practice physical therapy in New York & pending in Connecticut. Physio Caitlin grew up in Westchester County, NY but spent the last few years completing her undergrad & working in the Philippines.

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She helped establish the Philippines’ first scoliosis center at PEAK Physical Therapy & Scoliosis Center working with patients who have postural & spinal dysfunctions. She developed and was in charge of leading a complimentary online support group that provides communal support for the adolescent patients throughout the pandemic— to this day, she still wakes up at 6AM on weekends (due to the timezone difference in Asia) just to catch up and support her group of teens!

Her years of experience working with adolescent & adult scoliosis populations led her to seek more advanced training with the BSPTS (Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School) using the Schroth Method to treat scoliosis & related spinal deformities. Outside of scoliosis, her interests include myofascial pain & dysfunction, women’s health and pelvic girdle/pelvic floor dysfunctions, & energy healing. She has post grad training with Herman & Wallace for pelvic floor dysfunction, as well as Fascial Manipulation by Stecco.

When she is not working in the clinic or studying towards higher education, she enjoys her spare time making beaded jewelry, journaling, & making vlogs for her long-distance family and dogs back in the Philippines!

Suzanne Fernandes - CLIENT CONCIERGE
Suzanne Fernandes CLIENT CONCIERGE

LOCATION: MANHASSET, GREENWICH

Michelle Barriga - CLIENT CONCIERGE
Michelle Barriga CLIENT CONCIERGE

LOCATION: MANHASSET, GREENWICH

Michelle Barriga is the Client Concierge for PhysioElements Physical Therapy at our Manhasset location.

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Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Health and Society Public Health at SUNY Old Westbury in Westbury, NY. Michelle has experience in providing effective and comprehensive support to the team and patients.

Nicole Stay CLIENT CONCIERGE

LOCATION: MANHASSET, GREENWICH

Nicole Stay is one of the Client Concierge for PhysioElements at our Manhasset location. As a student-athlete, Nicole received her Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Management and Masters of Science in Data Analytics from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Nicole has dedicated years of hard work to understanding how to best help clients and work efficiently with her teammates.

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Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Health and Society Public Health at SUNY Old Westbury in Westbury, NY. Michelle has experience in providing effective and comprehensive support to the team and patients.

Kiho Lee, LAC - HARVEST ACUPUNCTURE
Kiho Lee LAC – HARVEST ACUPUNCTURE

LOCATION: MANHASSET

Kiho is a native Long Islander. His interest in eastern medicine first began as an adolescent athlete. He depended on cupping and acupuncture to help him recover from competitions and training.

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His interest grew over time and eventually shaped his career path.

He aspires to provide effective service to the Long Island community while also further raising awareness about the modality.

Kiho’s clinical experience and training include musculoskeletal pain management, neurological disorders, and conditions related to internal medicine. He emphasizes making accurate pattern differentiation diagnosis according to each patient’s individual health constitution and medical history. Pattern recognition allows acupuncture practitioners to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms that bring patients to the clinic. At Harvest Acupuncture, practitioners involve their patients and explain evaluation in order to yield effective results and encourage making positive changes for prevention and optimal recovery. Patients who value preventative care and proactive healthful lifestyle are would appreciate his approach.

Click on www.harvestacu.com to find out more about services offered at Harvest Acupuncture.