Meet Dr. Michelle De Guzman, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Michelle has vast experience in orthopedics and sports medicine and recently became APTA/ABPTS board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2018. She has treated acute, 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 back & neck pain, sports injuries, gait & balance deficiencies, neurological conditions, 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 goals quickly, whether it is to climb stairs, run a marathon, or return to sport.
Her former career in finance has also allowed her to connect and empathize with busy professionals who need speedy but thorough progress 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 and postural education.
Michelle enjoys using a holistic treatment approach individualized to 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 address functional movement patterns, prevent future re-injury and promote continued health by empowering patients with education and ongoing guidance. She enjoys offering custom exercises tailored to the needs and likes of each patient by incorporating different styles of exercise including the use of the Pilates Reformer, where applicable.
Michelle is well versed in a variety of manual techniques/treatment styles including Muscle Energy, the Mulligan Concept (Mobilization with Movement), the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), and the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). She is also a Certified Strengthening and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. She has also earned a certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), helping to identify and correct dysfunctional movement patterns for performance improvement.