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 exercise training and balance disorders. Susan has completed post graduate training in soft tissue and spinal manipulation as well as many other Physical Therapy specialties . 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 has been a physical therapist at Back into Balance PT since April 2001. She 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. Ayala enjoys living in NYC with her family and in her spare time enjoys exercising, going to the theater, and traveling.
Leslie B. Sims
Leslie B. Sims was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida where she loved to spend time outdoors playing flashlight tag, touch football, tennis and eventually realized the joy of running. After college she moved to NYC and only returned to Florida to earn her Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami. Back now, and living in Westchester County, Leslie joined Susan in 2007 where she has the rare luxury of time to spend with her clients. She decided to become a Physical Therapist because of her love of fitness and knowledge that to stay fit you need to do things in proper form to keep your musculoskeletal system healthy. She hopes to impart this to her clients.
Christine Vlahos, PT, MSPT
Christine is a NY/NJ state licensed physical therapist specializing in manual therapy, women’s health and Pilates for Rehabilitation. She received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1999 from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and has an extensive post graduate education that includes numerous courses on manual therapy techniques, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, prenatal and post partum conditions, prenatal exercise instruction, back education/spinal stabilization and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has worked in private practice settings in the New York Metropolitan area and has treated a wide variety of acute and chronic orthopedic and conditions. She received extensive training in childbirth education and prenatal/postpartum exercise at the Maternal Fitness studio in Manhattan and Childbirth Educators Association of Metropolitan New York. She completed the Pilates for Rehabilitation training with Polestar Pilates and integrates Pilates into her exercise programs. Christine is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Women’s Health Section, National Vulvadynia Association and International Pelvic Pain Society.
Christine was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Rockland County where she learned to appreciate the outdoors and physical activities such as running, biking, tennis, swimming, hiking and horseback riding. She also enjoys gardening, travel and coming to the city for dining, museums, music and theater.