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. Saul has also been an adjunct professor at New York Medical College and Mercy College for the past 2 and 3 years respectively.
Dr. Staci Levine, DPT, OCS, PRPC
Staci is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. In 2008, Staci earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors from Columbia University. She subsequently received her board certification in orthopedics qualifying her as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association. Staci is a member of the APTA’s Orthopedic and Women’s Health Section and has a passion for treating athletes, runners and triathletes with orthopedic and sports injuries, pre/post surgical diagnoses, prenatal and post-partum patients and pelvic floor dysfunction. Staci has achieved the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Institute, earning a distinction only approximately 11 others have in the tri-state area. She specializes in pelvic health in both men and women with musculoskeletal causes of chronic pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation and bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, prolapse, and pain and dysfunction associated with pregnancy and the post-partum period. She is currently striving to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art. Staci has completed many continuing education courses in manual therapy for the spine and extremities 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. She has completed 5 marathons and several half marathons and finds she relates easily to the mindset of athletes striving 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.
Dr. 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. Francesca also studied with the Herman & Wallace Institute and 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. She 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.
Dr. Brooke David, DPT
Brooke received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. She attended the University of Maryland where she was a double major, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies. At Maryland, she participated in a research study at the Baltimore VA, analyzing the effects of robotic therapy on patients who have suffered a stroke. She also became an ACE certified personal trainer during her time in undergrad. At New York Medical College, Brooke’s Doctoral Project explored the relationship between running related injuries and range of motion in runners. A runner herself, Brooke enjoyed analyzing each runner’s body mechanics helping improve their running gait. Brooke has also taken extra coursework through the Herman & Wallace series, studying pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women. Brooke also has worked with many pregnant and postpartum women in a PT setting and in a group exercise setting. Brooke uses her well-rounded background to treat each patient with a multi-dimensional approach. She creates an individualized plan of care incorporating manual skills, therapeutic exercise and optimal body mechanics in order to get back to life as soon as possible. Brooke grew up in Atlanta where she learned to love all different kinds of sports and became a big fan of the Braves and the Falcons. She was a competitive gymnast and played basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball in high school. Living in NYC, Brooke enjoys running around Central Park, participating in yoga classes and trying different exercise classes with friends.
Dr. 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 with Herman & Wallace 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.
Dr. Carolyn Yates, DPT
Carolyn is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN where she graduated Magna cum lade and was also a member and captain of the D1 cross-country and track teams. Carolyn then attended physical therapy school at Belmont University. During her three years in PT school she was elected president of her class, worked with various charity organizations and participated in multiple field days to promote exercise and health in the middle schools around Nashville. After graduation, she moved to NYC and began her career as a PT. Carolyn has started her continuing education in Maitland courses and courses in pelvic floor dysfunction to expand her personal practice. Carolyn enjoys treating all ages and varieties of injuries and conditions and has found great joy and confidence in treating elderly individuals who need assistance with balance and ambulation. Carolyn worked for some time in a neurological clinic where she learned many different techniques that challenge an individual’s balance in a safe and educational environment. Carolyn believes that being able to look forward confidently while walking the streets of NYC is a task that many take for granted and enjoys helping people regain that skill.
Carolyn is an avid runner and triathlete. She has completed three marathons including the 2014 Boston Marathon. She recently qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon and has aspirations of qualifying for the NYC Marathon in the years go come. Carolyn has completed an Olympic distance triathlon and recently finished her first ultra-marathon.
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.