Meet Our Staff!
At Pivotal Physical Therapy, we offer 30+ years of combined professional experience, as well as personal experiences just like yours. When you visit our Manhattan Physical Therapy practice, our highly qualified therapists can guarantee we will focus on serving your specific health needs. Our goal is to get you back to a pain-free life.
PT, MA, CMA, CCTT, CODN
Ms. Erni received her physical therapy degree in 1984 from The University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1986, Ms. Erni completed the Laban/Bartenieff certificate program in movement analysis and in 1993, received a Masters in Movement Sciences from Columbia University. Ms. Erni is a clinical instructor and adjunct lecturer at the New York University College of Dentistry on orofacial pain and TMD. In the fall of 2004, she also lectured the doctoral physical therapy students of Columbia University on the same topics. Ms. Erni is considered to be a Master Clinician by Columbia University.
In 1990, Ms. Erni established a private practice in Manhattan, New York. Starting as a solo practice, it has grown to include 4 full-time physical therapists. Ms. Erni’s physical therapy practice has been a member of The Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network since 1998.
As of 2012, Ms. Erni had 30 years of clinical experience and is a sought-after lecturer on a wide-range of topics. Please view the list of lectures on this site.
PT, DPT, SST, WCS
Dr. Nicole Meyer graduated with a bachelors degree in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University and later received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University.
She has been named a board-certified clinical specialist in Women’s Health physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. This is one of the highest designations possible within the physical therapy profession and there are fewer than 20 clinicians with this designation in the state of New York. She was the chairperson for the Northeastern Pelvic Floor Dysfunction group and has pursued continuing education for the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Nicole has a special interest in scoliosis and has been certified as a Schroth Scoliosis Therapist. This method has been gaining popularity as a viable treatment option to slow the progression of scoliosis, improve cosmesis, and improve a person’s quality of life. She incorporates the treatment techniques and education in patients with primary idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, as well as, secondary degenerative scoliosis.
Nicole is an extremely experienced clinician with certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning association, Power Pilates, and been a presenter before the American College of Sports Medicine. Nicole was recognized for her athletic ability as a soccer player and was inducted into the Syracuse University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Nicole has a passion for cooking, wellness, and is currently pursuing advanced training through the Integrative Women’s Health Institute as a health coach to improve her understanding of nutrition and wellness. She incorporates her knowledge into her treatment to help empower patients to make other positive lifestyle changes that could help facilitate a faster recovery.
PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Dr. Elaine Borja-Jaffe is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY with a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Psychology. She later received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the prestigious New York University. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Physical Therapy Association of New York.
Elaine has treated a wide variety of orthopedic and sports injuries and general musculoskeletal conditions. She is a certified McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Method specialist and uses these skills to treat cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine conditions. She is also an experienced APTA CAPP certified pelvic floor clinician that specializes in women's health issues, including female and male incontinence, urinary urgency, vaginal/pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. Elaine also has extensive experience treating pre- and postnatal mothers with their varied dysfunctions related to pregnancy, including diastasis recti.
Elaine’s interest in health and exercise stems from her personal experience with physical therapy after sustaining several musculoskeletal injuries. Her passion and belief in effective manual therapy and exercise to restore pain-free function allow her to be a dedicated clinician and educator. She knows first-hand that compliance and commitment to the healing process is the key to full recovery.
PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Amy Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Daemen College in Buffalo, New York receiving both her Bachelors of Science and her doctorate in physical therapy. More recently, Dr. Phillips has received certification as an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association, of which she is a member.
Dr. Phillips has a wide variety of experience in Orthopaedic physical therapy, treating address musculo-skeletal conditions. She has extensive experience treating lower back and neck pain, and a certification from the Hospital for Special Surgery in treating the hip.
Dr. Phillips has co-authored a study on low back pain published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
Amy is devoted to achieving optimal results through the use of manual techniques, evidence-based exercises, and thoroughly understanding the needs of the whole patient rather than as a diagnosis in isolation. Amy generates a high degree of loyalty from her patients who appreciate and seek-out her evidence-based but compassionate approach to physical therapy.
In 2003, Radhika Huryn received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University. As a clinical practitioner, Radhika has continued to expand her professional skills with training in Therapeutic Massage and Hydrotherapy (certification from NCBTMB), Level 1 STOTT Pilates training program, and most recently completed Level 1 and 2 SEAS (Scientific Exercises Approach to Scoliosis). Radhika is passionate about the effectiveness of Pilates as a tool for rehabilitation. Not only is it applied to the general orthopedic population, but the integration of Pilates with SEAS is an extremely effective way to address scoliosis and its related issues.
As an experienced orthopedic clinician, Radhika has successfully treated a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions. She effectively applies her strong manual-therapy skills with a Pilates-based exercise regimen to improve strength, movement patterns, postural alignment, and neuromuscular control.
On a personal note, Radhika’s passion for Pilates-based rehabilitation developed after she incorporated it into her daily life to help her recover from a severe back injury. The results from her own Pilates-centric rehabilitation were so transformative, she has dedicated herself to sharing the same experience with her patients and clients.