At Pivotal Physical Therapy, we offer 30+ years of combined professional experience.
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.
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.
PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, WCS
Dr. Elaine Borja-Jaffe earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY. 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), the Physical Therapy Association of New York (NYAPTA), and The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA’s specialty section).
Elaine is Board Certified with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Specialty Section of Pelvic Health. This specialty treats female and male pelvic dysfunctions, including but not limited to, urinary and bowel incontinence, urinary urgency, female and male genital pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), vaginismus, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, functional constipation, and sexual dysfunction. Elaine also has extensive experience treating pre- and postnatal mothers with their varied dysfunctions related to pregnancy, including diastasis recti. Her board certification includes treating women after mastectomy and/or breast reconstruction and the side effects that include swelling, skin fibrosis/adhesions, and managing post-irradiated fragile tissue.
Elaine treats a wide variety of general orthopedic and sports injuries, and patients with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and Facial pain. She also has a special interest rehabilitating patients after a Bell’s Palsy episode or Facial reanimation surgery.
Elaine’s interest in health and exercise stems from personal experience with chronic pain conditions. Physical therapy was an essential element in her recovery after sustaining several musculoskeletal injuries. The preceding injects passion and belief in therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and neuromuscular re-education to restore pain-free function. Personal experience supports her belief that compliance and commitment to the healing process is the key to a 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.