PT, CLT, CERT. MDT, PYT(c)
Amy Shapses is the owner and founder of Flow Physical Therapy. With over twenty years of experience, she has devoted her practice to the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with breast cancer, musculoskeletal and orthopedic limitations.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University, graduating magna cum laude.
Prior to founding Flow Physical Therapy, Amy was the Director of Physical Therapy at Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, one of the world’s leading institutions of medical science and patient care.
Amy is a certified yoga teacher, and is currently working towards an evidence based Professional Yoga Therapist certification. She is highly skilled in the John F. Barnes Myofascial and Craniosacral Release Technique, Leduc Method of Lymphedema Management and the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the spine. With years of experience, coupled with her attentive and intuitive nature, Amy is one of the leading physical therapists in her field, devoted to the physical and emotional transformation of her patients.
Amy is passionate about giving back to the breast cancer community. Every October, (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) she hosts a series of lectures geared towards educating women about breast cancer. Most recently, Amy developed and presented a pre-op lecture series for patients at Weill Cornell Medical College about preparing for and recovering from breast cancer surgery. In 2014, she organized a patient’s art installation, including self expression drawings to share and allow visibility into a patient’s physical and emotional transformation, and in 2013, she was chosen to inform and comment on Angelina Jolie’s decision about her bilateral mastectomy on Wall Street Journal Live.
lORETTA O’TOOLE, PT, ADVANCED CLINICIAN of MYOFAsCIAL RELEASE
Loretta O’Toole earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton and has been steadily building her skills, medical knowledge, and experience over the past 30 years.
Loretta found success as the supervisor of the Spinal Cord/Head Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in New York, and as the co-author of “Principles of Gait Analysis” in Orthotics in Neurologic Rehabilitation. Her reputation even afforded her the opportunity to consult with Harrison Ford in his highly acclaimed role in the motion picture, Regarding Henry.
Earlier in her career Loretta expanded her physical therapy experience to include pediatric patients. She also became a certified yoga instructor after completing 500 hours with Yoga Mountain. She is an advanced clinician of the John Barnes Myofascial and Craniosacral Release Technique with a special interest in women’s health. This technique provides a dynamic, whole-body, hands-on approach when evaluating and treating patients.
Connecting the mind, body and spirit and developing a personalized relationship and treatment plan for every patient are keys to Loretta’s sustained success and passion.