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Meet Our Team

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PATRICIA
LADIS
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STEPHEN
RODRIGUEZ
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LISA
SOTTUNG

DIANA

ZOTOS FLORIO

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DIANA
ZOTOS FLORIO

Patricia Ladis, PT, CBBA received her degree in Physical Therapy from New York University and graduated in 1999 with valedictory honors. In addition she is a Certified Behavioral Breathing Analyst which allows her to help people with chronic pain or breathing dysfunctions, performance issues, or pregnant/postpartum women eliminate symptoms for good.

Patricia is the founder of WiseBody Physical Therapy, and previously co-founded KIMA Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness one of NY’s most prestigious physical therapy & wellness centers. Patricia is also the co-founder of First 1000 Days of Wellness.  She is the author of The Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy & Birth.  This book aims to empower women to listen to their WISE intuition during preconception, pregnancy and post-partum so that they may feel good and return to high level function/performance after pregnancy.  Patricia also chairs the “The First 1000 Days” initiative for the Global Wellness Institute.

Patricia’s methodology includes specialized biomechanical analysis, hands on manual orthopedic PT to get to the ROOT CAUSE of someone’s pain/ailments/inefficient mechanics in a holistic way.  Patricia works with professional dancers, professional tennis players, Olympians, collegiate and junior athletes. She has been an on-site physical therapist for The Rockettes and various Broadway shows including The Producers, Lion King and Movin’ Out. She was also a PT for American Ballet Theatre and prestigious ballet and modern dance companies such as Alvin Ailey, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Paul Taylor and many more.  She works with tennis professionals and juniors throughout the year at the U.S. Open and beyond. Patricia has worked with various players like Serena & Venus Williams, Mike Bryan and Jenny Brady at various tournaments such as U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Miami Open, Indian Wells and Fed Cup (BJK Cup). She was the U.S. Tennis Team’s Physical Therapist at the Athens 2004 Olympics. Patricia performed Musculoskeletal and Injury Prevention Screenings for the USTA and has screened many up and coming tennis players at the USTA or Olympics Headquarters. Patricia is proud to be part of the HOLOGIC + WTA Women’s Health Task Force to support the female athlete and active females globally.

Patricia has appeared on NBC News and Fox News as commentator on various orthopedic issues including shoulder injury and rehabilitation and back pain.  She has been featured on ESPN during the US Open about player comebacks.  She consulted and is featured in two chapters of Avery's, The New Rules of Running.  In addition, she consulted on the book Golf RX and appears in the DVD accompaniment to Dr. Vijay Vad’s Back RX. She has been featured on numerous podcasts, and published in FORBES, VOGUE, Men’s Health and Ladies’ Home Journal in articles on lower back pain, hip pain and performance.

 

Patricia is certified in Kinetic Control’s Performance Matrix Screen (TPM) and is working toward her Visceral Manipulation Certification.  She is certified in the Integrative Systems Model (Diane Lee, LJ Lee) (for root-cause diagnosis), Peri-natal Mood Disorders (PSI) and is working toward her Visceral Manipulation Certification.  She has international post-graduate certificates focused on orthopedic manual therapy, biomechanical assessment, nerve pain (including neurodynamics), chronic pain, tennis rehab, sports PT, real-time ultrasound neuromuscular re-education, injury prevention, prenatal/postpartum wellness, nutrition and holistic health.

Patricia designed the exercise program for the first ever early-return-to-exercise following cesarean section study with Weil Cornell + HSS (ACTIVE Mom). The pilot study was a success as women who followed her exercise program to restore their core and breathing from 2 weeks – 12 weeks post c-section, had higher scores for overall wellbeing, mental health and lower pain.  The official study is launching in 2024.

As a former professional dancer, Patricia has knowledge of the body that makes her attentive to detail. She is passionate about prevention and aids individuals to live a pain-free, active lifestyle. Her treatment caters specifically to each patient’s needs. Her specialized skills and positive energy help her patients avoid surgery and return to prior or higher levels of function and activity.

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PATRICIA LADIS
Patricia

"Patricia saved my career! Her knowledge and expertise helped me get rid of my chronic hip pain and prevent a hip surgery that most doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to continue without. She is the reason why I am still playing high level tennis today!"

Mike Bryan, Professional Tennis Player

#1 Doubles Champion | Multiple Grand Slam Titles

DPT, Upstate Medical University @ Syracuse, NY
DSc, Doctor of Science of Physical Therapy, Andrews University, MI
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist (COMT)

Stephen Rodriguez has been a practicing physical therapist since 2000 and has worked in a variety of settings with an eclectic patient population. He believes in an integrated approach to physical therapy that combines many perspectives to help patients work towards a more optimal and efficient movement pattern.  Stephen is a certified manual and manipulative physical therapist and has achieved Fellowship status from the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists through the NAIOMT system and is a board-certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS). Stephen has extensive training in manual therapy to address the many layers of the body, including joints, muscle, fascia, nerves, and the visceral system.  Through biomechanical analysis and targeted intervention, we work towards a more balanced and unwound moving system. He also believes in training and helping patients connect and understand their nervous system. Through movements and patterning one can enhance the dynamics of the body and improve functional patterns to reduce stress and works towards a more optimal system. 

Stephen believes in Evidenced Based Practice and integrating the three pillars to benefit from contemporary research as well as innovative ideas from past experts.  His educational background includes a master’s in professional studies in physical therapy (MPS PT), a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT), and a Doctor of Science with emphasis on manual physical therapy (DSc).  In addition to his graduate and post graduate schooling, Stephen completed training and certifications in the North American Institute of Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and the Integrated Systems Model with Diane Lee (ISM). The combination of these systems gave an in-depth understanding of the biomechanical system and the neuromuscular system and how they integrate. In addition, Stephen has attended many continuing education coursework on topics ranging from diagnosis specific approaches, neurodynamic techniques, pain science/ processing research, and fascial work to integrate the many systems of the body.  The continuing education and Fellowship training have introduced Stephen to a variety of international instructors.  Stephen has attended training in Canada, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, as well as in NYC. 

In addition to his clinical education and practice, Stephen has been an educator since 2007.  Beginning as adjunct faculty Stephen now has the achieved the rank of Assistant Professor in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Dominican College in Blauvelt, NY.  In addition, Stephen has taught at Mercy College and Touro College. This rich background in movement training and education has enabled Stephen to analyze and retrain biomechanical function.

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STEPHEN RODRIGUEZ
PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, COMT, CMPT
Stephen

"Steve is amazing. I've been to many PTs and Drs over the past six months but Steve is the person who has helped me the most. He really listens and tailors his treatment to the individual. He explains everything with clarity and patience. I now feel confident that I will continue to improve--and I did not feel that way before beginning PT. Thank you so much!"

 

Dr. Vaswani

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LISA SOTTUNG
PT, CSI, CFMT, OCS

Lisa Sottung, P.T., C.F.M.T., OCS graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1985 and began her career in Physical Therapy. Lisa has since taken extensive course work in manual therapy and soft tissue mobilization, focusing mainly on the osteopathic approach to diagnosis and treatment of somatic dysfunction and most recently relating this to treatment in the field of women’s health. Lisa has received certification in Structural Integration, otherwise known as Rolfing, through the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, she has received certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art (I.P.A.) under the direction of Gregory Johnson, P.T., FFCFMT, and Vicky Johnson, P.T., FFCFMT and is a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the APTA. Within the last ten years of work Lisa has combined her training in manual therapy with studies on women’s health issues and focused on an integrative systems based model for treatment of the pelvic girdle and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

 

Lisa is a primary instructor of Lumbo-Pelvic Integration (LPI) and Cervical-Thoracic Integration (CTI) for IMTS (Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions) and currently teaches seminars around the country on evaluation and treatment of the pelvic girdle and cervical/Thoracic/Costal Cage (LPI/CTI). Previously, she has been an adjunct instructor for several of the physical therapy schools in the NY and NJ area as well as on staff and teaching for the Institute of Physical Art.

 

Mrs. Sottung is also in practice for herself in Westfield, NJ, which she began in 2001. Lisa and her husband Karl are very blessed with two energetic young daughters, Karli and Elizabeth. 

Lisa

"After the complicated birth of my son, my doctor wasn't able to help me with my painful scar, but Lisa was. She is brilliant. Everything she said was right, everything she did helped, and she gave me the knowledge to also help myself. Lisa's diagnosis and exercises changed my life and I really could never thank her enough. I'm so much smarter and safer and more aware than I was before. I no longer live in pain, or the fear of pain and I am so grateful to Lisa for that!"

 

Stephanie, NYC

Diana is a licensed physical therapist, yoga teacher, strength and conditioning specialist and co-founder of Threes Physiyoga Method.  Threes Physiyoga Method integrates yoga + physical therapy in an online class studio and teacher training with a global reach spanning 25 countries.  Diana teaches physiyoga classes online and locally, treats complex patients, and regularly educates movement and allied health professionals in workshops and webinars. 

Diana has been featured in the NY Post, Oprah online, Well + good, Yoga Journal and Runner’s World as a thought leader integrating mind body medicine and rehabilitation. In the course of her career, she has worked with everyone from weekend warriors, full time moms, professional and young athletes, musicians, dancers and actors.

Diana received her bachelor’s of science in Biology from American University, graduating with Cum Laude honors in a pre med track. Diana then pursued her passion in science working in a molecular biology lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering working with stem cell science.

Diana then received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in 2006 and began working at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).  In her 7 year career at HSS,  Diana specialized in Sports Medicine prior to aiding in opening HSS’s first in-house corporate office at NY’s Goldman Sachs headquarters.  

Throughout her career as a PT, Diana has completed advanced post-graduate coursework in orthopedics, sports medicine, pelvic floor, chronic pain, prenatal, postpartum, manual therapy.  Diana is certified in the Integrated Systems Model (Diane Lee, LJ Lee) and working toward a pelvic floor specialty certification with Herman and Wallace.

Diana has been treating with an integrative mindset since the beginning of her professional career.  Diana believes that your story and your experience are huge pieces of the healing journey, that together we will work on developing a personal plan to help you recover from your pain or injury that is meaningful, attainable and enjoyable for your lifestyle.  Diana believes that recovery from injury is a whole person endeavor, she takes a 360 approach to rehab, integrating movement, mindfulness, breathwork, education, stress management, strength, mobility, flexibility, stability, and balance.

Diana
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DIANA ZOTOS FLORIO
PT, MPT, CSCS, CYT
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