Dr. Michelle De Guzman, PT, DPT
Michelle De Guzman earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Hunter College. Prior to working in PT, Michelle graduated with a B.S. from Binghamton University with a major in Financial Economics and then worked in corporate finance for several years.
Michelle joined the staff at Spring Forward Physical Therapy to make use of her vast experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. She has treated sub-acute and post-surgical populations through the VA, NYU Langone and the Mount Sinai Health Network, but her true passion is in orthopedics. Her experiences range from treating patients with gait & balance deficiencies, neurological conditions, back &neck pain, sports injuries, both acute and chronic conditions, and those recovering from various surgical procedures. She believes her broad experience and strong manual abilities allows her patients to achieve high end goals quickly.
Her former career in finance has also allowed her to connect and empathize with busy professionals who need results quickly and thoroughly so that they can still achieve their weekend warrior pursuits. Michelle also stresses the importance of a proper workplace setup and advises on proper ergonomic usage.
Michelle enjoys using an individualized holistic treatment approach for each patient based on their own personal goals – not just to rehabilitate an injury or single body part but to improve movement/function by addressing other contributing factors outside of “focus.” In addition, her treatment plan aims to prevent future re-injury and promote continued health by empowering patients with education. She enjoys offering custom exercises tailored to the needs and likes of each patient by incorporating different styles of exercise including the use of Pilates equipment and methods, where applicable.
Michelle has independently taken a variety of continuing education coursework in Clinical Geriatric Neurology, Core Stabilization, Muscle Energy, as well as several Institute of Physical Art (IPA) courses and North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) courses. She is also currently working towards a Specialist certification in Strength and Conditioning through the NSCA.