Karin Hilfiker MPT, CFMT


Karin earned her Masters Degree in Physiotherapy from Hunter College in New York City in 2005, graduating with top honors.  She went directly into private practice orthopedics and has spent her career treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.  She specializes in the treatment of dancers, runners and other athletes with a range of diagnoses, including back and neck pain, lower limb tendinopathy, and exercise related knee and shoulder pain.   Her hands-on approach aims to relieve symptoms and restore client's efficiency of movement using a combination of manual therapy, tailor-made exercises, and kinesthetic awareness training as part of an integrated treatment strategy.   

Karin’s treatment approach draws upon extensive continuing education and a variety of clinical experiences:

* Advanced certification in Functional Manual Therapy (FMT), a treatment system which combines manual therapy of soft tissues, joints, viscera and neural structures with hands-on resistance techniques to provide pain relief, improve mobility, and facilitate optimal muscle recruitment strategies.   Completed in 2013, with Honors.   

* Provided physio services for professional dancers in New York City including backstage treatments at the New York City Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, and various Broadway shows.

* Clinical co-director at VARDAN, a clinic dedicated to FMT in Delhi India, treating patients and mentoring a team of local therapists.  

* Resident at the renowned Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) program in 2008.  PNF is a hands on approach originally developed to facilitate optimum motor patterns with neurological patients but has exciting applications for orthopedic patients as well. 

Through careful attention to each individual, Karin strives to help her clients understand their condition, relieve their pain and reach their fitness goals.  A former modern dancer and long time salsa dance enthusiast, Karin brings to her work a love of movement and a passion to help others achieve health and wellness. 

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