Meet Our Team
Patricia Ladis is a licensed physical therapist and author of Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy & Birth. Founder of WiseBody Physical Therapy, Patricia previously co-founded the KIMA Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness, one of New York City’s most highly regarded PT and wellness centers. She is also co-founder of The First 1000 Days of Wellness, a global educational platform for practitioners, spas and consumers to promote perinatal wellness and prevent non-communicable diseases in future generations. She is also the Chair for The Global Wellness Institute’s Initiative for The First 1000 Days for Perinatal Wellness, aiming to improve wellness lifestyles for men and women in their reproductive years.
Patricia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from New York University and graduated in 1999 with valedictory honors. She is also a Certified Behavioral Breathing Analyst which allows her to help people with chronic pain or breathing dysfunctions, including pregnant and postpartum women, reach an optimal chemical axis for a balanced internal and physical state. She 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). She has post-graduate certificates focused on manual therapy, biomechanical assessment, nerve pain, chronic pain, injury prevention, prenatal/postpartum wellness and holistic health.
Patricia has been practicing outpatient orthopedic physical therapy in New York City since 1999. Patricia’s methodology includes specialized biomechanical analysis and treating the ROOT CAUSE of someone’s pain/ailments/inefficient mechanics in a holistic way. Her specialized skills include osteopathic spinal and joint mobilization, biomechanical analysis, manual therapy techniques including functional mobilization and myofascial release, real-time ultrasound re-education, pre and post-partum health, neuromuscular re-education, nerve flossing/ decompression/desensitization, PNF, training/rehabilitation for return to marathon, sport or art form, gait training, post-surgical rehabilitation, Pilates/Gyrotonic exercises and core stabilization.
In addition to her work in the clinic, Patricia treats professional dancers and athletes alike. She served as the U.S. Tennis Team’s Physical Therapist at the Athens 2004 Olympics and works with players ranked in the top 10 such as Serena and Venus Williams and Mike Bryan at tournaments such as the US Open, Wimbledon and Fed Cup.
Read more about Patricia and her book, Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy & Birth.
"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
Kristine earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University, where she graduated with Academic Distinction. While at Columbia, Kristine specialized in Orthopaedics and was the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Orthopaedics. Prior to her academic career at Columbia, Kristine studied at the University of Delaware in the Honors Program where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. Kristine was a four-year member of the University of Delaware’s Division I Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team and served as the team’s captain during her tenure with the volleyball program.
Kristine has a passion for the profession of physical therapy and rehabilitation and a love of sports and fitness. She has a background in competitive athletics, which has led her to pursue a specialty in the orthopaedic and sports setting, and to work with clients ranging from weekend warriors to competitive athletes, as well as fitness and workout novices. Her commitment to the profession and dedication to rehabilitation, sports, fitness, and wellness is evident and reflected in her care for all of her clients. She strives to deliver a comprehensive assessment in order to diagnose a wide variety of injuries. Kristine believes in designing individualized plans of care to empower and assist clients to reach their optimal function, specific mobility, and fitness goals.
In addition to volleyball, Kristine enjoys running and staying fit through weight lifting, barre, and pilates classes. She has participated in the NYC Marathon, several half marathons, and numerous races of shorter distances and is a member of New York Road Runners. She has experience providing gait and treadmill run analysis and movement screens for her running clients. She understands the frustration of having an injury that limits one’s participation, and she works with her clients to overcome challenges in order to return to doing what they love.
Kristine is Board Certified in Orthopaedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is a lab adjunct course instructor for the Physical Therapy Program at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and for the Dominican College Physical Therapy Program. She has completed the certification process for Pilates Instructor through the Polestar Pilates Program. She is pursuing advanced certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) program. In addition, she is pursuing her Doctor of Education degree. Kristine holds memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the New York Physical Therapy Chapter, and APTA Section membership in Orthopaedics and Sports.
PT, DPT, OCS
"I was referred to Kristine with back pain that I had been suffering from for 10+ years. Kristine undertook a very thorough examination / study of my complaint and identified the root cause of the pain, something that no-one had identified before. Whilst this has meant that my physical therapy has essentially had to re-start to accommodate the recent diagnosis (from how I’ve been treated before) Kristine has been very supportive and clear about the steps we are taking with my recovery and the treatment plan to get me back to fit. Kristine is incredibly kind, patient with all of my questions and I trust her implicitly. She has also been very understanding of my desire to continue to exercising and has recommended different options for me to continue whilst still undergoing treatment, that will not cause disruption to our program. Kristine regularly adapts these exercises into our PT sessions for variety in our sessions."
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.
PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT, COMT, CMPT
"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!"
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.
PT, CSI, CFMT, OCS
"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!"