PT, DPT, C/NDT, CKTP
Dr. Melissa Broderick is the Owner and a practicing Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement Physical Therapy since 2007. She is a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist. As a former Level 10 gymnast, Melissa was first introduced to the the world of physical therapy at age 9 as a patient, receiving intervention on and off for 14 years, and this is what sparked her interest in the field. She received a Bachelor’s in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2003, graduating Cum Laude. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2005. While in graduate school, Melissa became a personal trainer and developed a passion for fitness, driving her to compete in all natural bodybuilding and figure competitions. She continues to utilize this knowledge to create fun, play-based strengthening programs for her young patients.
In addition to her degrees, Melissa has specialized clinical training that has earned her the prestigious Pediatric certifications that include:
Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT) - a specialized form of handling specifically geared for the treatment of children with neuropathologies (cerebral palsy, strokes, traumatic brain injuries)
Advanced Certification for NDT Baby Handling
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), successfully completing all 4 levels
Melissa is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association (NDTA), and the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI). She lectures to hospitals, pediatricians, daycare professionals, teachers, and Moms groups throughout Westchester County on infant development, torticollis, plagiocephaly prevention, and toe walking. Melissa is also a clinical instructor.
Melissa works collaboratively with the child, their family and/or caregivers, teachers, and the medical team to develop a comprehensive treatment program. For the past 16 years, she has specialized solely in pediatrics, working in private practice, early intervention, preschool and school-aged special education programs. She has also worked in the orthopedic setting.
Melissa is extremely passionate about her field of work and she enjoys forming lasting relationships with children and their parents and working with them to improve their child's physical well-being.
Karen Miller is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement PT. Karen is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Clinical Science and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2004. Karen started working in pediatrics at the Carmel branch of the John A Coleman school, where she gained experience working with medically fragile children, aged birth to 23, with multi-system impairments in a multi-disciplinary setting. She then moved on to working with children in the home care setting through Early Intervention and preschool education. Karen loves working as part of a team to educate families on how to help their children achieve their goals and sharing in the celebration of each child's strengths and successes. Currently, Karen is completing her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment with a specialization in Pediatrics.
Christine G. Erensen
PT, MSPT, C/NDT
Christine Erensen is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement Physical Therapy. She is a New York and Connecticut State Licensed Physical Therapist. Christine graduated in 1990 with a BS from Springfield College and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 1991.
Christine is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (C/NDT) in pediatrics, completing her 8-week intensive training. Christine is an active member of the Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association (NDTA).
Christine started her career at Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in CT where she worked with both children and adults with neurological and orthopedic conditions. At Easter Seals, she worked with children in both the Greenwich and Stamford School districts. She spent several years working in orthopedics and sports medicine before returning to pediatrics at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. At Blythedale, she worked with a team of specialists to provide the best functional outcome for her clients including Physiatrists, Nursing, Orthopedics, OT, ST, and Special Educators. She was involved in both orthotic and equipment clinics. She treated children with a wide range of diagnosis and medical conditions from birth to 21. For the past 17 years, Christine has worked in home-based and pre-school settings, working in early intervention and CPSE. Christine loves watching the children she works with reach their highest potential and providing the family with the support and education on helping their children be the best they can be!
Dr. Dana Protopapas is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement Physical Therapy. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College and B.S. in Exercise Science from Towson University.
Her interest in movement science, fitness and wellness, as well as her past experience as an athlete led her to the field of physical therapy. Dana has experience working in both pediatrics and orthopedics.
Dana has extensive training in Neuro-Developmental handling and will continue her education by pursuing the certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment and other pediatric related courses. She has extensive experience working with diagnoses of Legg-Calve-Perthes, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, and Sensory Integration Processing Disorder.
Dr. Meagan Lesniak is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement Physical Therapy. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. Prior to Physical Therapy school she received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences at Gettysburg College.
Meagan has been a competitive distance runner for over 10 years, which has driven her interest in using movement and exercise to improve one’s mobility and health. Meagan has diverse clinical experience treating patients in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, orthopedics, and acute care. She also traveled to Les Cayes, Haiti, where she volunteered at a clinic and provided physical therapy services to both pediatric and adult patients with neurologic and orthopedic conditions. It was during her time in Haiti that she realized her passion for working with kids in order to help them reach their full potential. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment to provide the best possible care and education for her patients and their families. Currently, Meagan is completing her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment with a specialization in Pediatrics.
Dr. Nicole Cuomo is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement Physical Therapy. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Nicole graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelors in Health Science and was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honors Society.
Nicole’s passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle and appreciation towards holistic alternatives to medicine influenced her ambition to become a Physical Therapist. After observations at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, shadowing experiences at outpatient pediatric facilities in Putnam County, and an 8 week long clinical experience at the John A. Coleman School, Nicole knew that a career in Pediatric Physical Therapy was right for her. Currently, Nicole is completing her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment with a specialization in Pediatrics.
Dr. Kim Cosetti is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Power of Movement PT. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College in 2008. Kim has experience working with both pediatric and adult orthopedic populations and has been working in pediatrics for the past 8 years. She has extensive experience working with the medically fragile population from her time spent at Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center and the John A. Coleman School. Kim has also provided home-based and outpatient services, serving both the Early Intervention and Committee for Preschool Education programs. Kim has treated children with complex needs from ages 0-21, and enjoys collaborating with families and multidisciplinary teams. Kim enjoys aquatic therapy and has taken various continuing education courses to further enhance her aquatics skills. She has also taken several NDT handling courses and will be pursuing her NDT Certification in Pediatrics.