Staff

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen PT, MSPT

In 2009 Stride Physical Therapy was founded by Jonathan Cohen. His vision was to create a physical therapy clinic that represent his core values and create an experience that is mutually beneficial to both patient and clinician.

After graduating from SUNY Downstate in 2005, Jonathan began his career on the Orthopedic floor at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC. It is here that he gained his initial experience with complex Orthopedic conditions and post-operative acute care. Jonathan then began splitting his time in acute rehab, working with people that were recovering from both Orthopedic and Neurologic conditions. He then began to work in Outpatient Orthopedics and sports physical therapy, with a focus in treating runners and triathletes. With a combination of various hands on techniques and therapeutic exercise the patient outcomes were significant.

Through his experience in many physical therapy settings he began to plan to open his dream physical therapy clinic. One that would create a positive experience and improve the reputation of the Physical Therapy profession. One that will be both effective and satisfying for the patient as well as the therapist. He felt that in many cases a patient may not feel that they are getting enough individual time and that many therapists could not be as effective due to time constraints. He also envisioned a high quality, patient focused clinic that would be available to all economic classes. Since opening in 2009, Stride has gained a 5-star reputation and has helped many people to overcome their physical problems. Stride Physical Therapy continues to provide a satisfying patient experience as a private physical therapy owned clinic in the Union Square/Flatiron section of NYC.

Jonathan continues to further his education in Orthopedics as well as Vestibular rehabilitation. He is a member of the Private Practice Section of The American Physical Therapy Association. Jonathan is a Clinical Instructor to the students of LaGuardia Community College, PTA program. He works closely with his staff and therapists to continue to improve and provide the highest quality care.

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Maurice Willekens, PT, COMT

Maurice is a dedicated Physical Therapist with over 22 years of experience in the Physical Therapy field. Maurice hails from The Netherlands where he earned his Bachelor's from The Hague School 0f Physical Therapy in 1993. In 2011 he completed his COMT (Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy). He has been practicing Physical Therapy in The USA since 1994. His specialty is Manual Therapy, the skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissue. He greatly enjoys the social interaction with patients and working with them on a personal basis to help them overcome their injuries. Maurice loves to spend time with his 2 young girls and his hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading and playing soccer, tennis and golf.

Mark Schmidt

Mark Schmidt, Certified Personal Trainer

Mark Schmidt is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) with additional certifications as a kettlebell level 1 instructor, pre/post natal, and senior strength and conditioning specialist. His unique approach, Awareness-based Resistance Training (ART), incorporates an extensive background in dance somatics and education. Clients develop an awareness of the body in space to support their functional strength training practice. As part of the process they learn how lift, push and pull weight efficiently, safely, and with clarity.

Training Style:
With a combined background of personal training and dance education, my approach focuses on form and awareness of the body. Always supportive, positive and encouraging. My goal is to get clients to release the potential that already exists inside them. As a trainer, I am here to guide them, challenge them and support them.

Michele Sinacore

Michele Sinacore, LMT

Michele is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she focused on learning about the body's natural ability to heal itself. She recognizes herself as a healthcare facilitator, helping each client find the best pathway of healing for their individual body and mind. Her inspiration for massage therapy stems from many years of yoga practice, sports and theater training. She uses the quickest, most straight forward techniques that will address your body's needs and get to the root of the problem. Michele specializes in injury prevention, deep tissue and rehabilitative massage, known as medical massage. She also uses a fusion of eastern modalities such as Thai, Shiatsu and acupressure to encourage a mind body connection.