Best Physical Therapists in New York City








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212 813 2218



Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:30am – 7:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 7:30am – 8:00pm

424 Madison Avenue (between 48th & 49th Street)
suite 602
New York, NY 10017



Maria Jennifer Monreal
Georgiana Nastu
Boulat Moukhametov
Anya Clarke
Mitsuko Verdery
Ariel Trzaskos
Angelica Loaiza
Olga Olfir
Maria Jennifer Monreal

Maria Jennifer Monreal


Jennifer received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Cincinnati in 2001. Prior to her Master’s Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics/Nutrition.
Jennifer has received training in Maitland manual techniques as well as Travell and Simons Trigger point and myofascial release techniques.
Jennifer grew up in La Rioja, Spain. While living in Spain, she became an extraordinary athlete, excelling in Tennis (up to national level) as well as Skiing, Snowboarding and a Ballet dancer.
Jennifer believes that “to prevent is better than to fix”. To this end she takes an active interest in evaluating work areas and body mechanics during exercise to determine what improvements can be made that would help prevent injuries in the future.
Jennifer has lived in the U.S for over 12 years, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She loves to travel and hopes to see most of the world in her lifetime.
Georgiana Nastu

Georgiana Nastu


Georgiana was born and raised in Constanta, Romania. During her childhood she was aware of physical therapy as a profession. Being impressed by the variety of treatments and modalities as well as their benefits to patients was what motivated Georgiana to become a Physical Therapist.
Georgiana holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences both from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
She is an accomplished therapist who excels in sports orthopedics. With a hands-on approach, she treats by use of manual therapy, kinesio taping, core strengthening through Pilates, and postural and gait retraining to correct musculoskeletal dysfunctions and imbalances. As such, her patients benefit from restored mobility, increases strength, and improved overall quality of life.
Before joining Core Focus in 2009, Georgiana has worked in different settings such as schools, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, and sports facilities.
As a physical therapist her creed is “quality treatment” where she doesn’t only treat but she educates and motivates her patients.
When not in the clinic, Georgiana, who is an avid soccer mom, volunteers her services both on and off the field.
Boulat Moukhametov

Boulat Moukhametov


Boulat was born in a small village in The Ural Mountains in Russia Republic of Bashkortostan. His father was a dancer and Boulat followed the same passion. By age 10 he attended a ballet school and by age 17 he became a classical dancer classical in the Academic Folk Dance Company. He travelled the world with the company for the next 5 years.
He then joined the navy and was a representative for the Baltic Navy forces for another 5 years.
Following the navy, he trained in his new passion: acrobats and Aerial Flying. He used these skills in the cruise line industry performing specialty acrobat shows for the next 16 years in several well known cruise lines like: Silver Sea, Norwegian Cruise, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.
He now shares all these exciting experiences with his clients in NYC, where he also got certified in both Mat and Apparatus Pilates.
Boulat loves motivating people to live a healthy life and teaches fitness via Pilates.
Anya Clarke

Anya Clarke


Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Anya Clarke is a Pilates Instructor, Choreographer and Dancer. Anya received her BFA in Dance from Long Island University and her Pilates Certification from The Movement Salon. She is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of MICHIYAYA Dance Company. Anya uses her performance and choreographic experience as influence on her Pilates instruction. She enjoys helping clients get back to perfect health as a Core Focus Pilates Instructor.
Mitsuko Verdery

Mitsuko Verdery


Mitsuko Verdery was born and raised in New York City surrounded by a family of musicians, artists and dancers. Mitsuko graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Pilates Certification from Balanced Pilates NYC. She is currently a Pilates Instructor at Core Focus Physical Therapy and Equinox. Mitsuko is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of MICHIYAYA Dance company. She values the relationship between movement, health, and happiness.
Ariel Trzaskos

Ariel Trzaskos


During my time a dance major at Florida State University, I endured many injuries and was recommended try Pilates as a way of cross training to rehab injuries so I could keep dancing. I went from a hip injury at risk of needing surgery and in 6 months to no pain at all and dancing at peak performance. Needless to say I was hooked and wanted to share this incredible practice with others. I attained my Mat Pilates certification through Balanced Body and begin teaching fellow dancer’s and helping with injury rehab and movement efficiency. I went on after graduating with my BFA and moving to NYC to acquire my comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body NYC. In my opinion, Pilates is one of the greatest, most well-rounded and all encompassing forms of exercise for literally everyone. I love teaching people,sharing knowledge, and watching bodies, injuries, and pain completely transform. I enjoyed working with injured clients so much that I decided I wanted to go back to school for Physical Therapy to keep building upon my knowledge of the body eventually become a DPT. This is what brought me to Core Focus Physical Therapy, and I am loving every minute of it.
Angelica Loaiza

Angelica Loaiza


Olga Olfir

Olga Olfir

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Olga was born and raised in Ukraine. She received her B.S. in the Medical Field in 1988 and later worked as a doctor assistant and massage therapist on a cruise ship under Switzerland management. Olga migrated to the U.S. in 1996 and gave birth to her son Brandon who is currently working towards a B.S. in Fraud Examination in Financial Forensics. She worked in a medical field here for many years and decided to earn another medical degree. This was accomplished in 2005 when she graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School and earned her B.S. in Medical Imaging. In 2007, Olga gave birth to her daughter Victoria and dedicated her time, effort and life to her kids while her husband earned his B.S. in Management.
Olga studied human body anatomy and knows a lot about the muscle and bone structure. That knowledge has helped to master her massage skills and earn a massage therapy certificate. Currently, Olga is working towards her RN license. Her family likes to travel and they have visited many different places.

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The staff is very friendly and welcoming. However Jennifer’s level of dedication is unsurpassed. The newest addition to the team, Georgiana is equally dedicated. They both worked miracles on me. During my treatment they went above and beyond their responsibilities by showing me ways to improve my posture (was going thereafter foot/toe surgery) and so much more. It has been refreshing and empowering to have them as physical therapists!

– a very satisfied patient

Many thanks to CORE FOCUS and Jennifer for getting me back on my feet after a break to the 5th metatarsal.

– Suzanne Hardy

My experience with CORE FOCUS PHYSICAL THERAPY was nothing short of excellent. Each member of the staff was courteous, respectful and wonderful to be around. At all times I was made to feel at ease and comfortable. My shoulder injury has healed very well and I am able to play softball this summer. I would recommend CORE FOCUS to anyone in need of therapy.

– Arthur C.

Professional workers, excellent environment, and…. I feel LIKE NEW!

– Fredy

The staff at CORE FOCUS exudes positive energy and continuous support to their patients which creates an encouraging and friendly healing environment. This top-notch physical therapy staff respects patient’s concerns and tailors individual treatments with the understanding and awareness that heals the body and also restores the patient’s confidence in their bodies’ abilities.

– Jennifer F.

Their top-notch professional care includes the latest techniques. This allowed me to have a full recovery in a short period of time. Their staff is the friendliest I have seen around, with deep knowledge and understanding of their field.

– Martin Bameule

PT’s at CORE FOCUS know how to fix what hurts. Through a combination of electronics, massage and exercises I was able to feel relief from the very first visit. Style variation between PT’s is minimal but just as effective. I was extremely satisfied with the treatment and have recommended them to my colleagues.

– Kilmar Rivaski

Jen took charge of my recovery and wasted no time. With a firm will, strong hands and a no nonsense approach, in five visits, Jen had my arm moving more than it had in the previous three months. Five more visits and I was seriously on the road to recovery. With hard work and dedication, on my part as well as hers, I’m 100%! Jen and CORE FOCUS PT gave me a PRICELESS gift, the use of my left arm. Thank you CORE FOCUS.

– Hillary Josefsberg

I could not have run the marathon without you. I came in as one of the most inflexible people in the world, unable to run 15 miles and came out with flexibility good enough to run the marathon. Your advice on stretches, sneakers, and the foam were very helpful. You also managed to heal my ankle injury that I suffered playing basketball a month before the marathon.

– Daniel Galperin

I had pain walking and standing. Over the course of time, CORE FOCUS PT has been an integral part of my improvement in walking/standing with less pain. They are knowledgeable, treat clients with genuine care and are accommodating with scheduling. I highly recommend them.

– {Y.T}

The staff is very friendly and welcoming. However Jennifer’s level of dedication is unsurpassed. The newest addition to the team, Georgiana is equally dedicated. They both worked miracles on me. During my treatment they went above and beyond their responsibilities by showing me ways to improve my posture (was going thereafter foot/toe surgery) and so much more. It has been refreshing and empowering to have them as physical therapists!

– A very satisfied patient

You are not just a patient at CORE FOCUS PT; you are treated as a friend whose condition they personally care about.

– Simcha M. Druck

Going to CORE FOCUS PT for therapy after my knee surgery expedited my recovery while teaching me whole-body awareness, so the injury would not recur. I finally found skilled professionals whose care helped me return to my superdemanding and active life. It doesn’t get better than this! Thank you!!

– Debra Wiley-Hart, Performer & Voice & Acting teacher

What is even more impressive than Jennifer’s knowledge of the human body and rehabilitation techniques is the application of principles used to rectify one’s ailments. It is in Kinesiology where CORE FOCUS PT excels.

– Jared Longhitano

Jennifer is the most talented diagnostician and patient “active listener” I have encountered in my 3+ years of healing.
Jennifer is realistic and gives you genuine goals, challenging your body only when you are ready. Jennifer went directly to my pain and on ‘Day 1’ assumed nothing as she began working on my case from all sides-physical, social, emotional, intellectual.

– Melinda McNeill


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