meet the staff
Marika Molnar PT, LAC
Marika is a graduate of Columbia University, where she obtained her graduate certificate in physical therapy. She also holds a masters degree in dance education from New York University, a certificate in nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds a masters in acupuncture from Tristate College of Acupuncture.
In 1980 Ms Molnar was the first physical therapist to be hired on-site at a professional ballet company to care for the dancers of the New York City Ballet. She is presently the director of physical therapy services to the New York City Ballet and also director of physical therapy services to the School of American Ballet in New York.
Ms Molnar is active professionally in a number of endeavors. These activities include clinical advisor to PhysicalMind Institute, rehabilitation editor of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and member of the Development Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Her previous IADMS committee work includes being a board member from 1994-1999, president from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Education committee from 2001-2003. Ms Molnar has lectured nationally and internationally for the past 28 years and has published in peer reviewed publications and also book publications related to rehabilitation of dance injuries.
Andrea Zujko PT, DPT
Andrea Zujko joined Westside Dance Physical Therapy in 2002. Prior to physical therapy, Andrea pursued a career as a professional dancer and certified Pilates Instructor. Andrea graduated from Northwestern University with her DPT in 2002 and began her dance medicine career working at AthletiCo in Chicago treating dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Chicago and several Broadway tours.
She completed her post-professional manual therapy certification with the North American Orthopedic Institute of Manual Therapy in 2010 and received her Orthopedic Certified Specialist credential through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2013. As part of her work with WSDPT, Andrea treats dancers with the New York City Ballet and is the lead PT for the School of American Ballet where she provides onsite PT for the intermediate and advanced students and teaches health and wellness workshops for the younger divisions.
She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and has an has participated in lectures and panel discussions and interviews with the New York City Ballet Wellness Program and New York City Ballet Workout and has contributed articles to Dance Spirit and Pointe Magazine. In addition to working at WSDPT, Andrea is an adjunct faculty member of the Dance Department at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts providing onsite physical therapy services and teaching both BFA and MFA Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology. Starting in the fall of 2016, Andrea will be an educational consultant to the Dance Department at Barnard College.
Dirk Hartog PT, DPT
Leading an active lifestyle and helping others realize their movement and physical potential drew Dirk toward the Physical Therapy profession. As a competitive gymnast in his youth he carries with him the enjoyably challenges of reaching your movement and physical goals. Dirk received his bachelors in Health Science and his Masters in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2008. Over the years he has pursued a higher level of education completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2015. He is also a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).
He continues to further his professional development with certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning association and the American Physical Therapy Association. He strives to stay up to date with the latest research, science and evidence that will provide the best possible outcomes for his patients. He enjoys staying active and finding new challenges that maintain overall health and wellness; to include rock climbing, biking, hiking, running and maybe even a gymnastics class once in a while!
Adrienne Odmark PT, DPT
Adrienne earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She began dancing at the age of 3 and currently performs with a small contemporary jazz company, Community Dance Project NYC. A Michigan native, she earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.
After attending physical therapy herself for a hamstring strain, she realized how important it is for the dance community to have health care providers who understand the high demands placed on the dancers body. She is excited to help all patients reach their goals and return to any activity they are passionate about. Adrienne enjoys dancing and practicing Bikram Yoga in her free time. She continues to expand her knowledge in the field of physical therapy by taking continuing education courses.
Kendall Lynch PT, DPT
Kendall began dancing at the age of 3 in the suburbs of Chicago and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy at the age of 16 following some injuries. Kendall earned her Bachelors in Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.Over the first 5 years of her career she attained her Pilates Certification through Polestar Pilates in Miami, FL as well as becoming board certified in orthopedics by the ABPTS. She has extensive continuing education in pelvic floor rehabilitation, manual trigger point therapies, as well as dance medicine best practices. Most recently, she was the first fellow to complete the Columbia University Irving Medical Center - Westside Dance Physical Therapy Performing Arts Fellowship. She is always striving to learn more through continuing education and research to become a better physical therapist for her patients to optimize health and wellness. Kendall lives in Brooklyn with her family and is an avid runner, recreational biker, and an occasional dancer.
Caroline Krumm PT, DPT
Caroline has been a ballet student since she was 5 in her hometown of Nashville, TN. After a knee injury when she was 16 she ended her formal dance studies and started to pursue a new passion -- physical therapy. She earned her BS in Kinesiology from Miami University of Ohio where she studied the effects of the Female Athlete Triad on a dancer's likelihood of injury. Soon after, she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from New York University and has since worked with dancers of all styles to rehabilitate and prevent their injuries. She continues to take courses to broaden her knowledge and expertise in the field of dance medicine and manual therapy. She understands from personal experience how much an injury can impact a dancer's future and is always excited to provide education and treatment that keeps dancers dancing. Caroline enjoys taking ballet classes, Pilates, yoga, running, hiking, and rock climbing and can always be found reading a book in her free time.
Megan Poll PT, DPT
Megan earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 2011. She is also board certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) by the ABPTS. Over the past 8 years Megan has worked extensively with the performing arts community previously with Westside Dance Physical Therapy, Philadelphia Ballet, and as the Medical Director and Physical Therapist for The Washington Ballet. Additionally, Megan has worked for Georgetown University Athletics Department caring for their 750 student athlete cohort. She is passionate about working with athletic populations and including clientele from the NBA, USWNT, NSWL, MLS, and various collegiate athletic programs.
Juliana Nikolich PT, DPT
Juliana graduated from Northwestern University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and previously earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Minor in Dance from the University of South Carolina. A Chicago native, Juliana began ballet training at age 7 to supplement her competitive figure skating and quickly fell in love with the art form. She then gained an interest in physical therapy while rehabbing her own dance injuries. During her time at Northwestern, Juliana spent three months in London treating West End performers. She also has extensive experience in treating pediatric patients with neurological conditions. Outside of the clinic, Juliana continues to practice both dance and Pilates, and she can always be found trying out a new recipe or restaurant.
Certified Pilates Instructor
Bailey Anglin discovered Pilates early in her career as a professional dancer. She pursued her Pilates training and education through the Kane School. Pilates has given Bailey the opportunity to focus on her passion for functional biomechanics of the human body. Her instruction will help participants with overall alignment while increasing joint stability, strength, tone, and elongation of muscles. Participants will identify and find ways to release unnecessary tension, while giving the body the tools to move through space efficiently. Through her invigorating classes, Bailey hopes to help her students release daily stress, heighten senses, and embrace healthy bodies in motion.
Lesley A. Powell Master Teacher and Balanced Body Faculty
Lesley is a leader in educating teachers about the body, improving function and ease of motion. She has been part of Pilates teacher programs since 2000 first with PhysicalMind Institute and now faculty for Balanced Body. She has assisted in developing programs for PhysicalMind and now herself of teaching professional teachers deeper levels of understanding about the body, neuromuscular retraining and post rehabilitation. She teaches privately,classes and workshops at Studio 26 and Westside Dance Physical Therapy. To learn more about Lesley, visit her website Movementsafoot .