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!
Kristen Kurie PT, DPT
Kristen has been a student of ballet since age five, dancing with New Jersey Ballet and then earning her B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst College in 2003. Her skills in bodywork began as a massage therapist when she received her NY State License in Massage Therapy in 2008 and started working with the dancers of the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Kristen joins the staff of West Side Dance after earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. She is currently working toward obtaining certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
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.
Katrina Van Ostrand PT, MPT
Katrina joins WSDPT bringing over 7 years of performing arts physical therapy experience through her work with dancers, singers, actors, and performers on national and international Broadway tours as well as on- and off-Broadway productions here in NYC. Katrina was a dancer for over 15 years, and her love of dance and movement is what led her to pursue a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree, graduating from The University of Findlay in 2010.
Katrina chose to further her education by completing the Sports Physical Therapy residency at University of Delaware in 2015, enabling her to become credentialed as a Sports Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2017, Katrina was also credentialed as an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist. Katrina is passionate about continuing education, striving to provide exemplary evidence-based practice to all of her patients. In her free time, Katrina loves travelling internationally, scuba diving, volunteering with elephant rescue organizations, and maintaining an active lifestyle including yoga, running, and working out.
Desiree Unsworth PT, DPT
Desiree joins Westside Dance Physical Therapy after earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was also named an Edelsberg Scholar for her leadership in the physical therapy profession. A California native, Desiree began her dance training at age five with the San Francisco Ballet School, where she danced for over nine years.
Pursuing her passion for dance and medicine she graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Desiree conducted research investigating biological pathogens in the dance environment, which she presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science Conference in Singapore in 2012, and which was subsequently published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. Desiree is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese, enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga and dancing West Coast Swing. Desiree is passionate about providing evidence-based practice to promote and enhance the mobility of her patients and thereby enabling them to achieve their maximum potential in emotional, cognitive and physical health.
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 .