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Physical Therapists

Dean Hazama

What inspired you to get into PT to begin with?
Actually I fell into it. One day on Bruin Walk on the campus of UCLA, I ran into a friend who was headed to volunteer at the VA Hospital PT Department, and asked if I wanted to go along. Right away I knew that this was something I could see myself doing. I enjoy working with people and have always had a passion for helping others. Just so happens that on that day, the director of the PT Department asked if any of the volunteers were interested in a PT Aide job at a private practice. Without any other thought I raised my hand and that set me on the path on my journey to becoming a PT.

Where you were born? what has been your "living" story?
I was born in Los Angeles, California. The City of Angels. Grew up in and around Venice Beach, California and spent most of my life in SoCal. I grew up playing a lot of basketball and competing in judo, and received my black belt in judo when I was sixteen. I attended undergraduate college at UCLA, where I received my BS in psychobiology the same year that UCLA won their 11th National Championship in Men’s Basketball. From there I went to Azusa Pacific University where I received my Masters in Physical Therapy. It was during my time at APU where I was first exposed to the FMT (functional manual therapy) approach. It was during one of my clinical affiliations that I started to see which direction my career path would take after graduation. I was fortunate that my first job was in a clinic utilizing the FMT approach, and it was then that my colleagues encouraged me to sit for the CFMT certification. I sat for and received CFMT certification with distinction in 2003, and was asked by my mentor, Gregg Johnson to start my fellowship training in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2004. Once completing the fellowship, I was asked to stay on and run the fellowship program and train the new fellows alongside Gregg Johnson. I had the fortune to spend seven years in Colorado, and along with developing my career, I found a couple other passions like, riding in the Champagne powder and flyfishing the Elk river. I have had the opportunity to work with and train some of the most talented therapists in the country. Fast forward to today, I am now part of this amazing physical therapy practice in Manhattan. I continue to serve as a mentor to our staff and enjoy working with the people of New York. I have adjusted well to life in Park Slope and love all that Brooklyn and Manhattan have to offer. Life doesn’t get better than this!

What is your favorite thing about practicing physical therapy?
As cliché as it sounds, I like helping people and getting to know them on a personal level. Getting an entire hour with a person really gives me the opportunity to interact with and get to know the person on a level that I think is rare in heath care today. It allows me to really understand and help people get back to the things that really matter to them. I enjoy the challenge of problem solving and helping people get to the root of their problems.

If you had to give me 1 line of your favorite hobbies or your family, what you think brings your 'life to the fullest' (that's a big part of what we're inspiring :-).
Riding the Champagne powder in the trees of Steamboat, flyfishing the Green River in Utah and playing ball in Brooklyn.


Clinical Director and Instructor of Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship

Program with the I.P.A. and AAOMPT

Completed CFMT certification with distinction and first in his class

Graduated Azusa Pacific University with a Masters in Physical Therapy

Received his Shodan (black belt) in Judo

Patrick Cronin

From a young age, Patrick was always fascinated by what made athletes move efficiently and how they were able to perform such tremendous physical feats. In hopes of getting a better understanding of movement he decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. Patrick received his B.S. in Athletic Training at Sacred Heart University in 2015. During his time at Sacred Heart, he worked with both collegiate and high school sports as part of his clinical affiliations. Patrick then went on to Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus, where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. During his doctoral training Patrick worked in a variety of clinical sites where he would deal with numerous populations including highly involved neurologic conditions, patients dealing with chronic pain, as well as orthopedic patients. Patrick’s first job out of school was in an outpatient facility called Spagnoli Physical Therapy in Long Island, NY. There he received weekly mentorship, while simultaneously taking numerous continuing education courses through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). While working at Spagnoli Physical Therapy he saw a variety of orthopedic conditions while treating patients of all ages (anywhere from 6-95 years old). In order to continue refining his skills, Patrick decided to leave NY and head to California to participate in one of the nation’s oldest residencies, the Kaiser Vallejo Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Residency. For 6 months, he was immersed in learning and applying PNF, a paradigm initially developed to treat neurologic patients. There he received daily mentorship from an entire team of physical therapists who have been practicing well over 20 years. Patrick saw the potential this paradigm had in not only the neurologic population, but in anyone who has an interest in learning how to move more efficiently. In 2022, Patrick sat for his certification in functional manual therapy (CFMT) where he passed with honors. Patrick plans on continuing his education by studying coursework through the Barral Institute and Postural Restoration Institute. Outside of physical therapy, you can find Patrick participating in recreational sports such as basketball and football, hiking, gymnastics, yoga, cooking and praying the Giants get a winning season.


Graduated from Long Island University

Completed his CFMT with honors in 2022

Diane Richmond

Where were you born and what has been your living story as it relates to Physical Therapy?
I was born in Palo Alto, CA and spent my time between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Growing up, I had a very active lifestyle - I was on the Squaw Valley Ski Team, on my high school gymnastics team, and on a dance team in college. As a result, I am not a stranger to injury, physical therapy, and recovery. In addition, I've always had an interest in the human body and helping people achieve optimal health. I began my career in Biomedical Engineering, driven by my love for anatomy and physiology and desire to contribute to the healthcare system. I continued to expand my knowledge of healthcare while working as an EMT. During this time, I also continued dancing and started aerial circus arts. And, unfortunately, still suffered the occasional injury. I chose physical therapy because of the role it can play in everyone's life - staying active, healthy, and recovering from injury. I wanted to further my ability to individualize care and to help people not just "get better", but to feel their best. I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from NYU, and spent my last clinical rotation at IPA Manhattan. I was not only inspired by the therapists as they changed their patients' lives, but when I was injured as a student, I was also impacted by my time as a patient. The therapists at IPA helped me get back to what I love and changed my relationship with chronic pain as well. It was as a patient that I knew I wanted to advance my career as a Functional Manual Therapist. As I've continued into my fellowship here at IPA Manhattan, I not only have expertise specific to dancers and performers, but I've continued to enhance my skills targeting TMD and headaches. Due to my own personal journey with TMD and chronic daily headaches, I've developed relationships with dentists, orthodontists and gained first-hand knowledge of the recovery process.

What is your favorite thing about practicing Physical Therapy?
The people I meet are definitely the best part of practicing Physical Therapy. Each new patient impresses me with their creativity and uniqueness. I've found it's important to know a person's story, in addition to their injury, in order to tailor treatment to best serve them. It is an absolute pleasure to help guide my patients to better health and a pain-free life. I know it can be overwhelming to negotiate our healthcare system. So, I constantly strive to empower people to take control of their health.


Graduated NYU with a Doctor of Physical Therapy

Ally Halbig

Ally earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 2014. During her undergraduate, Ally completed 4 years of college soccer which led her towards her passion for physical therapy, as she saw many of her teammates get injured, and having to get rehabilitated. Following graduation, Ally worked in a variety of clinical settings, to become more well-rounded in her profession. In 2017, Ally had taken a continuing education course through the Institute of Physical Art, and was hooked on manual therapy ever since. Certifications that Ally holds are in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Strength & Conditioning, and Selective Functional Movement Assessments. She has also taken various continuing education in nutrition, kinesiology/rock taping and McKenzie physical therapy. When Ally is not taking continuing education, or dedicating her time to getting patients better, she is caring for her three dogs, doing CrossFit, or relaxing at the beach.


Graduated from New York Institute of Technology

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson graduated from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating, Ryan enrolled in the Institute of Physical Art’s APTA Credentialed Orthopedic Residency where he spent 8 months in Eugene, Oregon treating a mix of sports, orthopedic and neurological patients with a focus on enhancing the function of the human body. He then moved to Delhi, India, and worked for 3 months as Residency Co-Director/Instructor for the Institute of Physical Art’s Functional Manual Therapy Residency program where he was involved in training 14 Indian Physiotherapists in Functional Manual Therapy. Upon returning from India he tested for his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT), which he passed with distinction (greater than 94% cumulative score) and the highest overall score of that year. In 2012 he relocated to New York City to go through the Institute of Physical Art’s AAOMPT/APTA Credentialed Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship program, where he was hired as the first employee at IPA Manhattan Physical Therapy. After attaining the recognition as a FAAOMPT (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists) Dr. Johnson chose to stay at the practice and continues to treat patients and teach aspects of the fellowship program. In addition to his clinician responsibilities, Ryan is a primary faculty member for the Institute of Physical Art, teaching a large number of continuing education courses each year, and he sits on the research committee for the Functional Manual Therapy Foundation. Furthermore, Dr. Johnson co-owns multiple clinics throughout the country through the company he founded, IPA Physio. He has taken additional coursework through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), the Barral Institute (Visceral Manipulation), multiple courses on both the topics of spinal manipulation and human anatomy. He recently completed his TPI Level 1 Certification to enhance his ability to assess and treat golfers to further improve their game and reduce pain.


Primary Faculty Member of the Institute of Physical Art

Sits on the Research Committee for the Functional Manual Therapy Foundation

Completed his fellowship training in Functional Manual Therapy™ in conjunction with the IPA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)

Completed CFMT certification with distinction

Graduated from the University of California San Francisco with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Brad Gilden

Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. In 2010 he began focused training and research into the relationship that posture has on breathing, sleep and recovery as it relates to overall health and well-being. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic, airway, and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services, located in Old Greenwich, CT as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005 and co-founded IPA MANHATTAN Physical Therapy located in Midtown Manhattan in 2011. In 2019 he co-founded Kinetichain Integrated Manual Physical Therapy in Aspen, CO.

Dr. Gilden follows the combined approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist (FMT) and Postural Restoration Therapist (PRI) treating movement dysfunction, postural awareness and balancing of the autonomic nervous system. His goal is to maximize each patient’s full healing potential through a combination of hands on therapy, postural education and therapeutic exercise programming while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. He enjoys working with all diagnoses and has extensive experience treating patients with neck pain, headaches, airway/breathing difficulties, tinnitus, dizziness, GI problems and other related issues. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art. In 2014 he completed a three-year long fellowship in Functional Manual Therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and the Institute of Physical Art.

Dr. Gilden lectures throughout the country to physicians, dentists, oral myologists and physical therapists educating on the impact that posture has on breathing, restorative sleep, athletic performance and recovery from injury. Dr. Gilden is sitting for certification through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) in 2020 and has worked closely with founder Ron Hruska in developing a program to restore sleep and healing. Dr. Gilden works closely with Neurologist Stasha Gominak, MD; and has taken her RightSleep© program (2019). Addionally, Dr. Gilden completed a Behavioral Breathing Certification with Dr. Peter Litchfield through the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences in 2018.

Dr. Gilden utilizes the latest technology along with 20+ years of experience in being able to identify breathing pattern disorders related to poor posture, injury, and faulty behavioral patterns. He has developed a physiology laboratory to measure respiratory efficiency and how stress impacts the autonomic nervous system amplifying pain and inflammation.

Dr. Gilden has helped thousands of patients suffering from symptoms related to poor posture, stress and various breathing pattern disorders. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. He is the physical therapy representative for the AAPMD. He oversees the physical therapy integrative evaluation screening tool FAIREST. (WWW.FAIREST.ORG). He enjoys a multitude of sports and completed his first NYC Marathon in 2008 and first Triathlon in 2010. He resides in Westchester, NY with his wife, three children and dog Fancy.

Dr. Gilden works collaboratively with local and international physicians, dentists, and other sleep specialists to assist his patients in receiving the best medical care possible to allow them to return to a life free of pain and restful rejuvenating sleep.


Completed his fellowship training in Functional Manual Therapy™ in conjunction with the IPA and the Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)

Completed first Olympic Triathalon

Completed CFMT certification through the IPA

Completed the NYC marathon

Completed a Clinical Doctorate in upper quarter and hand therapy from Drexel University

Graduated New York Medical College with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy

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