Susan Servetnick is the founder of Back into Balance. After receiving a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, Susan studied at New York University and received another Bachelors in Physical Therapy in 1987. She then received a Masters in Pathokinesiology at New York University. Susan worked at New York Hospital for nine years prior to opening Back into Balance. She has studied and specialized in teaching exercise training and working with balance disorders. Susan has completed post graduate training in soft tissue and spinal manipulation as well as many other Physical Therapy specialties. She has Rock Steady Boxing method and LSVT certifications for treating Parkinson’s. In an attempt to connect mind and body, Susan is a trained meditation teacher in various meditation techniques which she often integrates into treatment. Susan lives with her family in NYC and is a dedicated yoga practitioner. She is an advocate for healthy eating and loves to cook. Susan also enjoys traveling and partaking in NYC culture including going to the theater and museums.
Ayala Usdin majored in Education at Washington University in St. Louis and received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 1999. Over the course of her career, Ayala has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on degenerative disease, balance disorders, and post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation. She has received additional certification in mat-based Pilates and is also trained in craniosacral therapy. Ayala enjoys living in NYC with her family and in her spare time enjoys exercising, going to the theater, and traveling.
Esther Novik was born and raised in NYC and received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University. Esther then worked at Hoboken University Medical Center before joining Back into Balance in October 2017. Esther has extensive experience in working with the adult and geriatric population, specifically patients with balance disorders. Esther has additional certification in Tai Chi for Health. She is also an avid practitioner of Pilates and hopes to convey an understanding of proper form during exercise and the importance of recovery in her patients. Esther enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, cooking, and discovering new restaurants in NYC and beyond.
Christina Bianchi earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kean University and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hunter College. Christina has worked for New York Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center since the start of her career and has recently joined the Back into Balance team. She is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and trained in numerous manual therapy techniques. Christina has worked comprehensively with patients with overuse injuries, degenerative diseases, neurological and balance disorders, and patients undergoing post-operative rehabilitation. Christina enjoys living in NYC, spending time with family and friends, and traveling in her spare time.
Nicole Wilkow grew up on Long Island, New York before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Miami. She stayed in Miami and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Miami as well. Nicole then returned to NYC to complete her Clinical Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at New York University, during which time she worked for NYU Langone, before joining the Back into Balance team. She is currently studying for her board examination to become a certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She has worked extensively with adolescent, adult and geriatric populations and with patients with orthopedic, post operative and neurological disorders. Nicole enjoys exploring NYC, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, and traveling whenever she can.