EVELYN HECHT, PT, ATC, CEO.
Evelyn earned her BS in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Training from Brooklyn College and received her BS in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. She is a certified athletic trainer and a practicing physical therapist specializing in chronic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, orthopedics and spine (neck and low back pain) for over 25 years.
Her interest in pelvic floor dysfunction started 20 years ago when this field was not a recognized medical specialty. With her patients achieving lowered pelvic pain, normal bladder, sexual and bowel function by her manual, biofeedback and movement therapies, she designed the first accredited APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) course in pelvic floor dysfunction for both NYU and Stony Brook Universities and taught her pelvic courses to their DPT candidates for 7 years. By teaching the future physical therapists, Evelyn has furthered the awareness of pelvic floor dysfunction to their patients and referring physicians. Today, the pelvic health specialty is booming across the country and in the world.
In 2014 along with one of her healed pelvic patients, Evelyn co-developed an app, PelvicTrack, currently free on iTunes Store, to help people suffering with PFD learn some of Evelyn’s tips, self-help techniques and over 30 exercises for their road to recovery.
In 2018, Evelyn wrote and launched her eBook, re.lieve Solutions for Chronic Pain to teach patients suffering with all kinds of chronic pain, the new empowering science of pain and a daily program of evidence-based self-help techniques to retrain the brain and lower hypersensitivity of the nervous system resulting in decreased pain. Many pain organizations have her eBook on their website as a resource for patients and their caregivers.
As the owner of EMH Physical Therapy, Evelyn oversees all patients who are referred to the practice. She meets regularly with each staff licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) to ensure all patients achieve their return to function with less pain, more flexibility, strength and stamina.
Evelyn has completed a multitude of continuing education courses including:
- Explain Pain with Lorimer Moseley and David Butler of NOI organization
- Craniosacral and Visceral mobilization with Upledger Institute
- Orthopedic manual therapy at Michigan State University
- Sports medicine for the young athlete at Hospital for Special Surgery Evaluation and management of the TMJ with the International College for Craniofacial and Vertebral Therapeutic Institute
- Female pelvic floor function and dysfunction
- Male pelvic floor treatment
- Pregnancy and postpartum
- Bowel Function,
- Plus more coursework with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Evelyn believes in empowering all patients with knowledge, empathy and excellence and looks forward to helping you attain optimum health.
Prior to her pelvic floor specialty, Evelyn volunteered for 10 years at the NYU TMJ Clinic, working alongside with dentists to help patients return to optimum cervical and jaw function. She regularly reaches out to the community by giving lectures to the dancers with Alvin Ailey Dance Company, to coaches/athletes of some New York sports teams, at health symposiums offered to the general public. She is available for speaking engagements.
DR. Charissa Morrisroe, PT, DPT, SFMA
Charissa earned a BS degree in Clinical science from Ithaca College, and continued at Ithaca for graduate school where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She had minors in health and art history.
To complete her doctoral degree, Charissa attended clinical rotations in orthopedic and neurological settings in both in-patient and outpatient clinics. During these clinicals, Charissa employed therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, join mobilization, balance training, and modalities including ultrasound, electric stimulation, biofeedback, and laser therapy. Charissa spent the beginning of her career in an outpatient orthopedic setting seeing patients from the age of 5 to 103 with post surgical, sports injuries, and every day wear-and-tear diagnoses.
Charissa has attended many continuing education courses throughout her career. She has attained certificates in Functional Mobilization 1, Diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle injuries, diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine injuries, Selective Functional Movement Assessment level 1 certification course, and Herman and Wallace’s Pelvic floor level 2B course in pelvic floor rehabilitation. Charissa has a passion for ongoing learning and has also completed numerous on-line courses.
Charissa strives to return patients to their optimum function whether their goals are being able to play tennis or to put an end to years of constipation. Her treatment plan includes a focus on patient education, exercise, and postural awareness that yields results time and time again. Charissa has had success with this method of treatment with men with pelvic and testicular pain, incontinence post prostatectomy, leaking, and women with incontinence, painful sex, constipation, or pelvic and abdominal pain. A lifelong basketball player, Charissa is a lover of all sports. She has competed in yearly sprint triathlons and competed in 15K road races. It’s her goal to create an individualized and comprehensive rehabilitation program for each and every client who walks through the doors at EMH.
DR. Tova Laufer, PT, DPT
Tova earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University where she completed advanced courses in Women’s Health, orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and applied-Pilates rehab. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yeshiva University where she studied Biology, and was a captain of the women’s basketball team.
As part of her doctoral degree, Tova completed clinical rotations treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions utilizing therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy, and biofeedback.
Tova has received ongoing training for the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in order to provide effective care for male and female patients with diagnoses including coccyx pain, pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation, and sexual dysfunction.
Tova attributes her initial interest in physical therapy to her own personal experiences with multiple sports injuries. After recovering from an ACL tear which required knee surgery, Tova went on to become an NCAA division 3 college athlete and worked with athletic trainers to develop an injury prevention program for her teammates. In 2009, Tova became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and rose through the ranks to become a top tier trainer at Equinox. Specializing in injury prevention and weight loss, Tova recognized the need for clinicians who possess an in-depth knowledge of both personal training and physical therapy. Emphasizing the most current evidenced-based treatment interventions, Tova combines her passion for fitness, orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation to help each patient achieve his or her individual goals.
Dr. Jennifer Jurewicz PT, DPT
Jennifer attended the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences with a minor in psychology. She attended the prestigious New York University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Jennifer is passionate about treating and guiding patients with pelvic pain, abdominal issues, constipation, urinary issues, vulvodynia and any pelvic floor dysfunction reduce their symptoms, become aware of holding patterns, improve breathing techniques, lower pelvic tension, re educate muscles so they are coordinated and pain free. She attended many Herman and Wallace courses (www.hermanwallace.com) and completed the following:
Jennifer plans to sit for the certification course by the end of 2018 so she is a recognized Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification – PRPC
As part of her doctoral degree, Jennifer earned certifications in Power Pilates Beginner Mat and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She completed supervised clinical rotations treating a variety of orthopedic, acute, neurological and pediatric conditions utilizing therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, manual therapy and therapeutic activity.
Prior to joining EMH Physical Therapy, Jennifer was the Clinical Director of an outpatient orthopedic setting for 3 years overseeing 4 DPT’s and 2 PT Assistants. She gained expertise with a wide variety of conditions from sports injuries, post-surgery and neck pain to those with gait and balance disorders.
Dr. Jurewicz attended numerous continuing education courses on topics including the lumbar/sacral spine, foot and ankle, chronic pain, knee OA, treatment of the triathlete and manual courses including functional mobilization 1 and PNF 1 through the Institute of Physical Arts in NYC.
During her time at an outpatient orthopedic clinic, Jennifer developed a strong interest in lumbopelvic disorders and started to explore women’s health PT and the role of the pelvic floor in regards to low back and hip pain. She reached out to pelvic floor expert Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC for mentorship and training for the evaluation of pelvic floor dysfunction and then decided to pursue a women’s health specialty.
Jennifer is passionate about educating her patients so they truly understand their diagnosis. learn techniques to heal and actively participate in their health and quality of life.
(212)288-2242 or email email@example.com to schedule a PT appointment or ask a question to our director, EVELYN HECHT, PT, ATC