Dr. Saul Zion, DPT, OCS, Cert. SMT, CMP, CSCS
Saul is a graduate of the University at Buffalo where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005. He subsequently received his board certification in orthopedics qualifying him as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Saul is Certified in Spinal Manipulation Therapy (Cert. SMT) through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Saul is also a Certified Mulligan Practitoner (CMP) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). His combined formal education and experience have allowed Saul to integrate a holistic approach to treatments leading to successful patient recovery. Saul completed continuing education courses to further his knowledge of topics ranging from orthotics and lower extremity biomechanics to spinal and extremity mobilizations/manipulations. Saul has recently started to treat pelvic floor dysfunction in men only and hopes to be able to help men who would not seek to be seen by a female therapist. Saul is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) including membership in the APTA’s Orthopedic Section. As an active athlete himself, Saul finished Ironman Lake Placid in 2010 and the NYC Marathon in 2014. Saul has a special interest in treating runners, triathletes and all team sport athletes. Saul has worked extensively with slow motion video analysis of runners to break down inefficiencies to help eliminate pain with running.
Dr. Staci Levine, DPT, OCS
Staci is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She later received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors from Columbia University. Staci is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, and is a member of the APTA’s Orthopedic and Women’s Health Section. Staci has worked for years treating patients of all ages with orthopedic and sports injuries, chronic pain, TMJ disorders, neurologic conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction in both women and men. She is currently striving to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art, which combines therapy techniques such as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, soft tissue and joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques and neuromuscular re-education from multiple schools of thought to provide the most functional and efficient approach to treating orthopedic diagnoses. She is also striving to complete her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman and Wallace Institute. Staci has completed many continuing education courses in manual therapy for the spine and extremities, TMJ pathologies and pelvic floor dysfunction to ensure she is up to date with the latest evidence-based practices to provide the most individualized, effective care for each patient. As a very active person herself, she has completed 4 marathons and several half marathons and finds she relates easily to the mindset of athletes wanting to get back to their sport pain free as quickly as possible.
Dr. Meghan L. Mizrachi, DPT
Meghan received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mercy College. Her strong interest in helping athletes overcome injuries and return to their sport as quickly as possible has also led her to earn certifications in emerging techniques such as RockTape and Graston. She also treats pelvic floor dysfunction and hopes to bring awareness about the role of PT in helping patients who are suffering from incontinence.
In 2008, Meghan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, with a minor in Biology. She spent three years dancing professionally with modern dance companies in NYC and abroad before her desire to help others sent her back to school. Meghan has completed the NYC Marathon and can be seen as a fitness model on RunnersWorld.com. With a passion for fitness and wellness, Meghan strives to help every patient recover from injury, restoring function and becoming their best self.
Dr. Raymon Ragunauth, DPT, ATC
Ray is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training. His experience as an Athletic Trainer has led him to work with athletes from various sports including rugby, football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Ray received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus. Since then Ray has been eager to learn as much as he can to be the best Physical Therapist he can be. Using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Ray likes to use a mix of hands on skills and specific exercises to create more efficient movement. His manual therapy skills stem from various courses through Maitland, Graston Technique, North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and the Institute of Physical Art. Ray supports the Physical Therapy profession by serving on the Minority Affairs Committee of the New York Physical Therapy Association and is a member of the APTA. Outside of Physical Therapy, Ray enjoys cooking, watching sports, and experiencing everything his native New York City has to offer.
Francesca Warner, DPT, CSCS
Francesca graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. She received her BA in Sociology from NYU as well. She specializes in Women's and Men's Health with a focus on Pelvic Floor dysfunction, gastrointestinal dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, post prostate/bladder/vaginal surgery care, interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. Francesca is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. As an identical twin, Francesca was born on a team. She loves building strong bonds with her patients and championing their progress. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, and listening to as much live music as possible.
Amanda Scheer, DPT, CSCS
Amanda received her BA in Psychology in 2010 from Georgetown University. She achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University in 2015. Amanda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Amanda’s clinical experience includes orthopedics as well as hospital acute bedside and inpatient care. Amanda has completed a course through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She aims to continue taking coursework with NAIOMT to achieve a manual therapy certification. Amanda also plans to explore courses through Herman and Wallace to study pelvic floor dysfunction, treatment, and maintenance. Amanda is a competitive runner, training and racing for the Central Park Track Club. She completed her 8th marathon in NYC in 2017, has run the prestigious Boston Marathon twice, and races on the road and indoor/outdoor track. Amanda enjoys treating and educating all endurance athletes to achieve goals pain free. Outside of running, Amanda enjoys time at the Jersey Shore where she grew up, trying new restaurants, and reading.
Tova Laufer, 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 majored in Biology, and was a captain of the women's basketball team.
Tova attributes her initial interest in physical therapy to her own personal experiences with multiple sports injuries. After recovering from ACL surgery, Tova went on to become an NCAA division 3 college athlete and helped to develop an injury prevention program for her teammates. In 2009, Tova became a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Emphasizing the most current evidenced-based treatment interventions, Tova combines her passion for fitness,sports, orthopedics and pelvic floor rehabilitation to help each patient achieve his or her individual goals. Tova has received ongoing training for the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction 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.
Amy Lockwood, Outreach Coordinator
Amy grew up dancing, singing, and acting and moved to New York from her hometown, Galveston Texas, to pursue her Broadway dreams. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and continued to work on several theatre projects around the city. While in school Amy taught dance, musical theatre, and gymnastics which sparked a love for teaching. Amy went on to become preschool teacher for five years in Austin and Manhattan. Amy has also worked with a special needs socialization playgroup and has assisted with pediatric physical therapy. Since then Amy graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Sacred Heart University in 2015. Whether you have a question about billing or want to hear a song Amy is happy to help! She is currently pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.
Marie Figueredo, Office Manager
Marie joins Zion PT with a diverse background of experience and skill sets. She has studied classical dance since childhood. A graduate of Boston University, she studied art history and nonprofit administration, going on to work in museum and arts organizations. She then pursued a culinary degree and worked in various kitchens throughout NYC before dabbling in events management. Marie enjoys sleeping, running, and cooking, in that order.
Yarixa Cordero, Medical Billing Specialist
Yarixa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has always been passionate about serving others and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field since elementary school. Yarixa earned her Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Healthcare Administration with Medical Billing and Coding at Berkeley College. She also earned a certification through the National Health Career Association as a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. Yarixa is looking to further pursue her education in Health Information Management. She always strives to be the best healthcare professional she can be by maintaining integrity and respecting others. Aside from her healthcare career she has a passion for working with children. Yarixa enjoys spending her free time with her nieces and nephew. She also enjoys sports such as tennis, baseball, and football, as well as camping and hiking.