Michelle Labonia

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With a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor’s of Science and Human Movement from Penn State, Michelle is New York’s loss, Melbourne’s gain. Skilled in manual therapy and trained in Pilates and Dry Needling, she enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, while helping patients move more freely.

After focusing her studies on Athletic Training, Michelle began her career in injury prevention and rehabilitation for NCAA sports teams. However, a move to New York to gain experience in private practice piqued her interest in working with a more diverse population.

With a particular interest in back and neck pain and hip and knee injury and dysfunction, Michelle loves the daily challenge of working with a broad range of patients. A Pilates and yoga devotee, she pairs extensive knowledge of movement with a hands-on approach that helps to alleviate pain while preventing injury recurrence.

Top tip for better musculoskeletal health…

“Try to find time to relax, drink your water, get some sleep, and remember that some movement is better than none. Your mind-body connection is important, so don’t ever be hard on yourself, just do your best to feel your best.”

Go-to stretch…

“Pigeon pose has always been a favourite. I love how just one move can stretch so many different muscles all at once, leaving your hips feeling open and relaxed.”

Favourite way to unplug, unwind and recharge…

“Committing to make a small change every day has a big impact over time.”