meet the staff

At MPHC, our entire staff is dedicated to making each and every visit to our facility the best experience possible. Not only do we provide friendly, helpful service, we are also home to some of the most accomplished massage therapists and personal trainers in the city! Have a stressful day at work? Make an appointment with one of our licensed massage therapists and relax as they work out the kinks of the busy city life. Looking to lose a few extra pounds, or build up rock hard muscle? Schedule a customized personal training session with any of our certified personal trainers! They’ll use their experience to maximize your results.

Not sure who to go with? Below, you will find the personal bios of our staff of trainers and massage therapists. Find the person that fits your needs and make an appointment today!

licensed massage therapists

KRISTIN BERNHARDT, LMT – Massage Supervisor

Massage Therapy Manhattan Plaza Health Club | Kristin Bernhardt - Massage SupervisorKristin is a 1999 graduate of The Swedish Institute. Her specialty is a therapeutic, deep tissue, full-body massage using a variety of techniques from Swedish to myofascial with shiatsu elements & more. Continuing Ed. courses in medical massage have given her the ability to provide focused TMJ work and to include areas that are often overlooked, such as scalenes, SCM, pectoralis muscles & the abdomen. Kristin studied postural corrective techniques with Howard Mermelstein and is certified in pre & post natal massage. While working for 3 years at one of New York’s Elite 5-Star Spas, Kristin received advanced training in luxury spa techniques which she likes to incorporate into her sessions. She also gained 3 valuable years of oncology massage experience working at NYU’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and understands protocols for survivors in recovery.

Kristin is also certified in Rising Star, an energetic healing system similar to Reiki, that channels energy through the chakras. You may request a Rising Star for the last 10 minutes of any session at no additional charge.

Many of Kristin’s clients have discovered that regular massage (even once monthly) can be a wonderful aid to relax the mind and encourage balance in the body. Her background as an actor has taught her to take direction, so Kristin brings this to her work, tailoring sessions to your request. You may leave feeling relaxed, like a wet noodle, or lengthened and rejuvenated.

Member: ABMP, AEA & SAG-AFTRA. aka Kristin Chase aka “Magic Hands.”

YESENIA AYALA, LMT/AFAA*

Yesenia Ayala - Licensed Massage Therapist | Manhattan Plaza Health ClubYesenia specializes in injury management and prevention. She is a 2013 graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, who has been working as a personal trainer for eight years, helping clients to obtain their goals and maintain motivation. She has a proven track record in retaining clients on a long-term basis with solid results. Yesenia has assisted with the Cardiac rehabilitation program at the 92 Street Y.

Passionate about the fitness and wellness industry and committed to improving the health
and wellbeing of individuals, Yesenia has a solid knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology. She approaches her work with a high level of initiative, reliability, empathy and determination. Her mission is to provide a complete service combining both therapeutic massage and personal training. This two-phase service will help clients increase self awareness, reduce stress and restore proper biomechanics.

◄ SWEDISH (for relaxation and circulation)
◄ SPORTS (for maintenance and injury recovery)
◄ DEEP TISSUE and TRIGGER POINT (for tension release)
◄ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (to lengthen tissues)
◄ PRE and POST NATAL (to nurture maternal health and well-being)
◄ STRETCHING (please bring a pair of shorts)

LMT-Licensed Massage Therapist AFAA-Athletic & Fitness Association of America

SEBASTIAN BERNARD, LMT

Manhattan Plaza Health Club | Sebastian Bernard Licensed Physical TherapistA massage therapist and body-worker since 1995, Sebastian is a graduate of Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy & Allied Health Institute as well as The Ohashiatsu Institute.

Therapeutic sessions may adapt and integrate Swedish massage techniques & Shiatsu (a century old Japanese tradition – literally translating to “finger pressure”) and the breathing, stretching, active and passive movements of Vital Movement Postures to relieve and correct body imbalances, stimulate the body’s inherent powers of recuperation, and restore and enhance well-being. Techniques may include deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point, shiatsu, sports & medical massage.

Practicing martial arts since 1984; Rank in Okinawan Goju Ryu, American Goju, and Shotokan Systems and a student of Hsing Yi and Tai Chi Chuan. In 1993, Sebastian began teachingTai Chi Chuan at the New York Health and Racquet Clubs, and he has taught Hatha Yoga and martial arts at New York University’s Coles Athletic Center since 1990. Sebastian completed Astanga Yoga teacher training with Manju Jois in 2002 and Teen Yoga teacher training with Karma Kids Yoga in 2015.

GUILLERMO BORBOR, LMT (Substitute)

johnathan bioHello, you can call me Guillermo or William. I am fluent in Spanish as well as English. Massage therapy is not my job or hobby, it’s my passion. I love to help people out with their stressed bodies by relaxing them and undoing their “knots” or adhesions. My specialty is deep tissue. I love working on tight muscles and loosening my clients up. I’m also good at Swedish massage, reflexology and some thai massage. I usually combine all of these modalities into my massage so not only you can feel relaxed, but you can also feel flexible and ready to tackle the world.
Besides massage therapy I enjoy playing the drums. People can tell by the way I use my tapotement techniques. My rhythm and flow during a massage is enhanced by my drumming skills. I can keep a steady pace or a fast rhythmic pace depending on the client’s energy and comfort.
My goal down the road is to become a chiropractor and not only help my clients feel relaxed but to also help with alignment and posture.

Hola, me puedes llamar Guillermo o Wiliam. Hablo muy bien Español así como Ingles. Terapia de masaje no es mi trabajo o pasatiempo, es mi pasión. Me gusta ayudar a la gente con su cuerpo estresados para relajarlos i deshacer sus nudos a adherencias. Mi especialidad es en el tejido profundo. Me encanta trabajar en músculos tensos i aflojarlos. También soy bueno en Reflexología, masaje Sueco y algo de masaje Tailandés. Yo suelo combinar todas estas modalidades en mi masaje así que no solamente puede sentirse relajado, pero también puede sentirse flexible y listo para enfrentar al mundo.
Aparte de la terapia de masaje a mi me gusta tocar los tambores, la gente puede decir por el modo que yo uso mis técnicas tapotement. El flujo de mi ritmo durante un masaje se ve reforzado por mis habilidades de percusión. Puedo mantener un ritmo constante o un ritmo rápido dependiendo de la energía del cliente i comodidad.
Mi objetivo es llegar a ser un Quiropráctico y no solo ayudar a mis clientes a sentirse relajados, también ayudarlos con la alineación i la postura.

TYM BYERS, LMT

Tym Byers Licensed Massage Therapist - Manhattan Plaza Health ClubTym has an artistic and athletic approach to massage. He holds a BFA from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and an Associates Degree in Occupational Health from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. He’s been a theater and dance teaching artist for Alvin Ailey Arts in Education since 2007. As a professional dancer, Tym understands how to manipulate the body and locate the source of discomfort and muscle soreness. And with his dance background, he seamlessly moves through the major muscle groups with a legato technique. His sessions relieve tension, improve circulation and increase relaxation. Tym specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue & Sports massage. He also incorporates Eastern modalities such as Shiatsu and Thai massage into his sessions, as well as reflexology, trigger point and myofascial release techniques.

CLAIRE CALHOUN, LMT (Substitute)

Manhattan Plaza Health Club | Claire Calhoun Licensed Massage TherapistClaire has been practicing massage since 2005 and truly loves helping her clients. She has worked in spas, gyms and medical offices. Claire is trained in deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, neuromuscular & trigger point therapies as well as postural analysis.

When not working, she’s likely walking her dog in Central Park, catching up on NPR podcasts, or watching a movie with friends.

 

WILLIAM CLARK, LMT

Manhattan Plaza Health Club | William Clark Licensed Massage TherapistA graduate of The Swedish Institute of Health Careers and Sciences, Clark is passionate about massage therapy and maintaining a fit healthy lifestyle. Early on he developed a keen awareness regarding fitness which has been crucial to his innate application of massage and his understanding of how to give clients beneficial results.

Utilizing basic Swedish strokes and specific Thai influenced stretches, Clark has developed a functional sequence which targets the superficial fascia andskeletal muscles saving time. The difference is greatly distinguishable based
on the amount of friction applied to manipulate the fascia. Sometimes, depending on the client’s elasticity, Clark may use water as a lubricant to enhance myofascial manipulation. This whole approach fulfills its purpose which has, more than often, resulted in a significant and immediate increase in range of motion.

Modalities: deep tissue, Swedish, tui na, thai, shiatsu, medical & sports massage

Languages: English/Spanish/Portuguese.

LAWRENCE MAY, LMT/RCST/ARCB*

Manhattan Plaza Health Club | Lawrence May Licensed Physical TherapistI extend my warm greetings to the members and staff of MPHC!

Please allow me to introduce myself and the wellness services I provide to a wide range of clients. I am a licensed massage therapist in New York State with 20 years of experience in private practice, spa, gym and hotel settings.
The intent of my sessions is to support your wellness and health. Depending on your needs and preferences on any given day, I will incorporate a single modality or a combination of the following in our work together:

◄ SWEDISH (for relaxation and circulation)
◄ SPORTS (for maintenance and injury recovery)
◄ DEEP TISSUE and TRIGGER POINT (for tension release)
◄ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (to lengthen tissues)
◄ REFLEXOLOGY (to stimulate healing zones on the feet and hands)
◄ PRE and POST NATAL (to nurture maternal health and well-being)
◄ CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (for subtle release of held energetic patterns)
◄ SHIATSU (Japanese acupressure to enhance flow of life energy)
◄ REIKI (to channel healing energies)

I treat clients with respect and professionalism and look forward to working with you soon!

*LMT-Licensed Massage Therapist, RCST-Registered Craniosacral Therapist
ARCB-American Reflexology Certification Board

MEGHAN MILLS, LMT

Manhattan Plaza Health Club | Licensed Massage Therapist - Meghan MillsMeghan received her Massage Therapy education at the Swedish Institute of Massage and Health Sciences,while also obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor concentration in Biology and Chemistry. Most recently Meghan completed a second Bachelor’s in nursing and will soon be a practicing RN. She plans to incorporate massage and nursing and expand her
massage modalities. Meghan also holds a degree in Fine and Performing Arts.

Well versed in both Eastern and Western philosophies of massage, wellness and illness, Meghan’s additional training in other modalities includes: Pre-natal care, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Tui Na, Reflexology, Polarity, Shiatsu, Thai massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy. She explains that while her massage respects each modality as a separate science, she still incorporates a bit from each method into her personalized massage. So far in her Massage Therapy career Meghan has worked for a chiropractor, a physical therapist, various prestigious spas, gyms and medical facilities. This has helped her design her massage both to relieve clinical systems and to create the ultimate luxury spa experience simultaneously. Her clientele range from Pre/post natal care, cancer, auto immunity, cerebral palsy, sciatica and tendonitis injury patients, corporate workers, dancers, athletes, the very elderly and even some kids!

Meghan’s philosophy is that no matter what state of health you’re in, you can benefit from a massage. She believes in the mind-body-spirit connection; and when one part is sick, the others are too. Meghan says, “Most people know that massage can relieve muscle tension by “breaking up the knots,” but a lot of people don’t realize the benefits stretch far beyond that.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Meghan is a fitness buff and a foodie. In her free time, she enjoys going to dance classes, seeing jazz and live music/performance, going on trips, painting, trying new types of exercise classes out, going out to events and parties, spending time with friends, trying out new ideas and ventures and whenever she can spending time with her two young nieces. After a massage with Meghan, you will feel alive, light on your feet and simply amazing. See hopes to meet you soon!

TRISH REIDY, LMT

Trish is a NYS licensed massage therapist that can offer a gentle touch to quiet the mind, create a feeling of calmness and relieve muscle tension due to repetitive injuries, inactivity or the rigors we impose with daily life.

She has gained an appreciation of the human body and its need for healing through her twenty years of experience as a professional dancer. With this knowledge, she will bring equilibrium back into your life and allow you to perform at optimum levels. A graduate of the Swedish Institute School of Massage Therapy, Trish trained in myofascial, trigger point, shiatsu, sports massage, Swedish, reflexology and PNF techniques.

Her clients include cancer patients, marathon runners, Radio City Rockettes, B-way musicians / performers and countless others. She is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, AEA, and AMTA. Trish believes by touching the body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client’s stories in our hands.

CATHY STAWIARSKI, LMT


Cathy is a nationally certified LMT & a graduate of The Swedish Institute. Since she was a serious gymnast in Poland, from ages 7-17, Cathy has an affinity for athletes. She loves doing myofascial, deep tissue and medical massage, and she also holds a certification in Prenatal & Post Partum massage. In addition, Cathy has studied Reflexology Level 1 & some Craniosacral.
Cathy will evaluate your body’s needs and tailor a massage incorporating various modalities including shiatsu & trigger point, as needed. She may also offer some stretches or specific exercises to help with tension or imbalances. Member: AMTA

ANTONIO VALLADARES, LMT

Manhattan Plaza Health Club Manhattan New York | Antonio Valladares LMTAntonio Valladares has been a licensed massage therapist and exercise specialist for two decades in NYC. Antonio graduated from Swedish Institute and has years of professional development in various therapeutic massage modalities. His focus is on therapeutic sports massage and restorative bodywork for athletes and dancers and helping people with chronic pain and overuse injuries.

Antonio’s integrated bodywork is designed to reduce chronic pain and assist recovery from common issues such as low back pain, TMJ, tennis elbow and recovery from injury or surgery. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Time Out, Mountain Bike magazine and more.

RASALIND WOLF, LMT

Rasalind has been working at St. Elizabeth Ann’s Health and Rehabilitation Center for the past seven years. She comes to MPHC as a graduate of Queens College with a double major- Business Management and Physical Education. She is also a graduate of the Swedish Institute with an extensive background in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Rasalind received her certification in MotherMassage * in Spring of 2009 for pregnancy, post-partum and labor support massage from Elaine Stillerman.

While working for St. Elizabeth Ann’s as a recreational fitness therapist and massage therapist, Rasalind has had the opportunity to deal with residents who have been inflicted with several different illnesses, such as stroke, traumatic brain injuries, arthritis etc. She feels rewarded to make a difference in their lives, helping them to increase or maintain range of motion and feel more comfortable, both mentally and physically through therapeutic touch. Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage with PNF stretching and Swedish Massage are Rasalind’s specialties.

 

certified personal trainer

 

PEDRO GRANADOS – Personal Training Manager

HOMETOWN: New York, NY        

CERTIFICATIONS: NASM, AFAA Group Exercise, AFAA Kickboxing, Madd Dog Cycling, TRX

SPECIALIZATION: Circuit Training, Weight loss, Functional Movement, Threshold Training, Core Stability, Strength Conditioning, HIIT, Flexibility, Wedding Prep.

“When you feel like stopping, that’s when you push harder”

                                                          

 

 

 

 

DOMINICK MANGINE – Group Fitness Manager

HOMETOWN: Fort Myers,Florida

CERTIFICATIONS:  NCEP   

SPECIALIZATION:  Weight Loss, Functional Movement, Conditioning, Strength training,

 “Nobody said it is easy, but hard work pays off”

 

TIM GLOWIK

HOMETOWNWest Newbury, MA

CERTIFICATIONS: ISSA, ViPR, Kettlebell 1, Pre/Post-natal, Boxing (Fit to Fight), Progressive Bodyweight, Ground to Standing Strength, Breathwork and Restorative Postures, Functional Range Conditioning Workshop.

SPECIALIZATION:  Circuit Training, Functional Movement, Core Stability, Strength ConditioningAthletic Training, Unconventional Tool Training, Hip and Ankle Mobility, Meditation and Recovery.

“Move in the gym like you want to move outside of it”

ANASTACIA STROTS

HOMETOWN: Novosibirsk, Russia

CERTIFICATIONS: NASM, 200hr CYT, Kettlebell Athletics, ViPR, Animal Flow

SPECIALIZATION: Movement Health, Injury Management, Functional Strength Training, Yoga, Flexibility/Mobility

“What you think, you become.”

 

 

MILES HAAS

HOMETOWN: New York, NY

CERTIFICATIONS: ISSA

SPECIALIZATION: Strength & Conditioning, Mindfulness/ Mind-Body Techniques for Exercise, Power-Lifting, Kettlebell’s, Rock Climbing

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” Plato

 

MARC HOCHSTEIN

HOMETOWN: New York, NY

CERTIFICATIONS: AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE)

SPECIALIZATION: Weight Loss, Circuit Training, Boxing, Functional Movement, Core Stability,
Strength Conditioning, Assisted Stretching

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”

MICHAEL JACKSON

Manhattan Plaza Health Club - Michael JacksonHOMETOWN: Bushkill, PA

CERTIFICATIONS: NATIONAL GYM ASSOCIATION

SPECIALIZATION: Weight Loss, Circuit Cardio, Strength Training, Rehabilitation, Sports Training

“Don’t have the mountain in front of you moved, just build up the strength to climb over it.”

LISA RHIELE

HOMETOWN: New York, NY

CERTIFICATIONS: AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE)

SPECIALIZATION: Strength Training, Flexibility and Corrective Exercise, Senior Fitness, Prenatal/Postnatal Fitness, TRX

“Change your results by changing your actions”

 

ANDREW KOCH

HOMETOWN: Madison, WI

CERTIFICATIONS:  NASM

SPECIALIZATION:  Strength Training, Weight Loss, Overall Health and Well Being

“There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”

 

EMANUELA VILLORINI

HOMETOWN: Switzerland

CERTIFICATIONS: NASM: Personal Training and Corrective Exercise. IIN: Institute for Integrative Nutrition. CATA: Passive stretching, FMS: Functional Movement Screening. TRX. ACE: Ace Sports Conditioning workshop

SPECIALIZATION: Corrective Exercise, Posture and Alignment, Core and Flexibility, Strength and Toning, Passive Stretching.

“There are always possibilities, no matter what!”

 

AARON ZAPF

HOMETOWN: Quakertown, PA

CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASE Speed and Explosive Power Certificate, FRC, Kinstretch Level 1 

SPECIALIZATION:  Weight Loss, Circuit Training, Functional Movement, Core Stabilization, Strength & Conditioning, Joint Strengthening and Stabilization

 “Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” ― Miguel Angel Ruiz

 

CASSIE BEDNALL

HOMETOWN: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CERTIFICATIONS: NASM, ACE GROUP FITNESS, STOTT PILATES

SPECIALIZATION: Functional Fitness: How to feel and move better in your daily life. Deep Core Conditioning, Joint Stability and Mobility, Sport Specific Training, Rehabilitation and Recovery

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce. And that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

 

DALE FETTERMAN

HOMETOWN: New York, NY

CERTIFICATIONS: NASM

SPECIALIZATION: Fat Loss, Lean Muscle Gain, Strength Training, Core Development, Kettlebells, Functional Movement

“Focus on mastering the movement and feel the muscles you are working”

 

JULIANA CURCIO

HOMETOWN: Buffalo, NY

CERTIFICATIONS: ISSA Personal Training, Mad Dogg Indoor Cycling

SPECIALIZATION: Weight Loss, Strength Training, Strength Conditioning, Aerobic Conditioning, Functional Movement, Nutrition, Balanced Lifestyle

“Count your coins, you’re worth more than you think”