HigherPhysio

HigherPhysio

Our Staff

JULIE ZAPATA, PT, MSPT

Julie is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist. She has experience working in diverse settings, such as home, hospital and private practice. She is well qualified to work with children and adults with simple or complex problems. Chronic pain is a specialty of hers.

​Julie strives to understand the whole person and values the relationship between patient and therapist. She works one-on-one with her clients to establish an individualized program combining manual therapy and exercise prescription. Her main goals are improving function and enabling patients to meet their personal goals.

​Julie obtained her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2000 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), now Rutgers University. She also has certification from Stott Pilates for Rehabilitation as an Instructor. She has extensive hands on training with the Institute of Physical Art, Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) and with the John Barnes, PT Myofascial Release Institute. She values education and quality care.

​Julie speaks Spanish fluently. She enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, spending time with animals, classical music and Bikram Yoga!

ANDREA WOLKENBERG, PT, DPT

Andrea Wolkenberg, PT, DPT, MA, CKTI, MCMT graduated from The University of Pennsylvania in 1979 with a BS in Physical Therapy and received her clinical doctorate (DPT) in Physical Therapy from The College of St. Scholastica in 2016. She also holds a Master’s Degree from The New School For Social Research in Medical Anthropology.

In a career that spans more than 40 years, Andrea has worked primarily in inpatient rehab and outpatient orthopedic facilities, and currently maintains her own concierge home care private practice. Andrea was the Director of Physical Therapy at Spine Options in White Plains for almost 10 years, specializing in conservative spine care, and was the Assistant Director of Rehabilitation at Florence Nightingale Health Center’s Rehab Institute of New York for many years before it closed in 2005.

Andrea is certified in Manual Therapy through Hands On Seminars and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor as well as an instructor of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) for HawkGrips. In addition to teaching continuing education courses, she has taken dozens of courses with many of the luminaries in the physical therapy profession and is dedicated to life long learning.

Teaching is one of Andrea’s great joys and is fundamental to her approach to treatment. She empowers her patients with knowledge about their condition and teaches them the tools they need to resolve or manage their symptoms and the underlying dysfunction that is causing them. Manual therapy and exercise are the other pillars of treatment in Andrea’s approach.

These include, among others, myofascial release, joint manipulation, IASTM, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), trigger point therapy, and total motion release. Andrea is delighted to be working with Julie, whom she considers a kindred spirit in pursuit of clinical excellence, and so happy to be working in the Washington Heights community where she also lives.

WEIYI "JUNE" LIU, PT, DPT

June received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. During her time in NYMC, June has treated patients in multiple settings ranging from neurology cases in a long-term living facility to orthopedic and wound care cases on an Indian reservation. June also has experience with geriatric home care. June is currently enrolled in Pacific College of Health and Sciences to pursue her Masters in Acupuncture. June hopes to integrate both fields of medicine to create a holistic treatment approach.

June is fluent in Mandarin. During her free time, June enjoys trying out new recipes, watching animated short films, and creating art!

PATRICK HOGAN

Patrick Hogan is a Restorative Exercise Specialist, life coach and bodyworker. 
His movement training includes Restorative Exercise Specialist (Nutritious Movement Institute), Natural Movement Trainer (Mov Nat), Yoga (E-RYT 500).
His bodywork training includes Thai Massage (Lotus Palm), Reiki (Deer Spirit Reiki), Applied Kinesiology (International Kinesiology Training Institute). 
He was trained as a Life Coach through Martha Beck’s Wayfinder Life Coach Training. 
 
Patrick offers bodywork as a pathway to relaxation, healing, and growth.
He uses Thai Massage, Reiki, and his knowledge of body alignment to guide the sessions.  Each session can be tailored to the needs and desires of the client. 
Thai Massage is an ancient, sacred bodywork that incorporates rhythmic motion, energy line work, gentle stretching and assisted yoga postures into a comprehensive healing modality.
 
As a movement coach, Patrick helps people move more freely through an awareness of body alignment and habitual movement patterns. With this in mind, he helps guide the creation of movement rich lifestyles to keep the body moving well. 
 
Patrick is a barefoot enthusiast, avid hiker, and downhill skier. 

EDYA KALEV, MA, RYT

Is a MELT Master Trainer specializing in chronic pain relief, injury prevention and recovery, and helping people recover from surgery, trauma, childbirth, or just the day-to-day stresses that age our bodies.

Edya began her MELT studies in 2006 with MELT Creator Sue Hitzmann, and is now one of the senior teachers of this unique method of “hands-off bodywork.” She offers online classes and workshops, as well as in-person classes and private sessions in Manhattan.

For more information about MELT, go to www.meltmethod.com or to Edya’s website https://studioforselfcare.com/melt/

Edya has also studied yoga extensively with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews (co-authors of the book “Yoga Anatomy”), Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peale (Restorative Yoga), Deborah Quilter (Yoga for Seniors), Jyothi Larson (Mommy & Baby Yoga), and Mari Miyoshi (Brain Gym). She has traveled to India twice to study at the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Ashram in Kerala and the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. Edya is also a trauma-informed Reiki Master (Tara Tonini) and has a background in CranioSacral Therapy.