Physical Therapists

PhysioArts fully appreciates that the quality of our patients’ lives depends on our commitment to detail and our clinical expertise. All of our physical therapists are NY State licensed and are extremely dedicated to clinical excellence through continuing education. Many of us hold advanced degrees and specialty certifications in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy, and all of us have a personal background in dance.


Jennifer Green, PT, MS, CFMT

Jennifer founded PhysioArts in 2001. She received her undergraduate PT degree from the University of Vermont in 1992, and achieved an Advanced Masters in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from Touro College in 1999 with honors.  In 2002, Jennifer joined the elite group of Certified Functional Manual Therapists™ through The Institute of Physical Art by passing the certification with distinction.

Having been a professional dancer, Jennifer understands the rigor of a performance career.  Prior to founding PhysioArts, she served as a company therapist for more than 20 Broadway shows.  With PhysioArts, Jennifer continues to provide to this community, adding over 75 productions including Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center Theatre, Broadway and pop tours, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

Jennifer has extensive training in manual physical therapy and has been teaching since 1999 with Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions a nationally renowned continuing education resource for practicing physical therapists.  She has presented at numerous dance medicine conventions.  Jennifer holds a certification in Vinyasa-style yoga from Om Yoga, and has pursued continuing medical education in integrative medicine with focus on visceral manipulation, nutrition and botanicals. 

When Jenni is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Darren and her daughters Grace and Sadie. 


Ariella Bruckhorst, PT, DPT

Ariella graduated Columbia University where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy and at Ramapo College of New Jersey where she earned an undergraduate degree in biology. She studied piano for 9 years growing up and was very active in swimming and soccer. She has always had a passion for the arts, especially dance. She studied dance at Graham School of Contemporary Dance and continues to dance for fun. She interned as a physical therapist at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she treated dancers from the company as well as the BFA and summer programs and continues to help as a volunteer doing research related to dance-medicine. Prior to joining PhysioArts, she worked as a covering performing arts physical therapist for numerous Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Ariella's love for the arts and movement is seen through her passion to help each patient in their recovery from injuries. She continues to expand her knowledge through various continuing education courses in order to enhance patient care and performance.

In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing with her husband, hot yoga, swimming, hiking and of course dancing!



Carol Holyoke, MSPT, CMA, CFMT

Carol has been working in Dance Medicine since 1999 when she graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She was a physical therapist at Westside Dance P.T. where she was a staff PT for the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Carol joined PhysioArts in 2004. In addition, she is currently on staff as a physical therapist at the Juilliard School.

Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Carol was a dancer and choreographer in New York and Seattle where she also practiced as a massage therapist and movement educator. She is certified as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Art History and Dance. In 2012 she became a Certified Functional Manual Therapist™, passing the rigorous testing process with honors. Carol is the proud mother of Lila and Maggie, two young budding musicians.


Karen Kubicina, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Karen is a dual credentialed Certified Athletic Trainer and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in Exercise Science and Athletic Training in 2008, and graduated with her DPT from Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus in 2011. She also achieved her OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification in 2015. Growing up doing musical performance, she was always surrounded by the arts, which sparked her passion for working with dancers and performing artists of all types. Karen has years of experience working with a diverse population, specializing in dance medicine and orthopedics. She has worked with various Broadway shows, the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, and the Radio City Rockettes. In treatment, she likes to utilize manual therapy skills along with exercise catered to each patient's individual needs, and is always eager to learn more. She has taken various continuing education courses including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and is looking forward to take more to enhance her manual therapy skills.

When not at work, Karen enjoys family time with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious dachshund, Rocket. She also enjoys running and playing softball!


Carolyn Lack, DPT, CPI

Carolyn joined our family in 2007.  She brings experience treating a variety of patient populations from immediate post-surgical to high-level athletes and performers.  Carolyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Biology from Rutgers University in 1997, a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2001 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2005 from Temple University.  She has an extensive history of dance training and earned a Pilates Teacher Certification from Body Arts and Science International in 2002.  Carolyn has taken numerous continuing education courses in manual therapy and continues to do so adding depth and variety to her treatment approach.



Sarah Nolan, MSPT, CFMT

Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College in 2004 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. A former dancer, her love for the performing arts carried over into this profession. She began her career as the primary physical therapy for Disney's The Lion King both for the first national tour and on Broadway. She has been a part of the talented and passionate team of therapists at PhysioArts since 2009. Sarah serves as the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education for PhysioArts, setting up internships for physical therapy students interested in pursuing dance medicine. In 2011, Sarah achieved a long time goal of becoming a Certified Functional Manual Therapist™, passing certification with distinction. She is now part of the faculty for The Institute of Physical Art, sharing her enthusiasm of the material with fellow therapists. Sarah strives to continue developing her manual therapy skills and further her involvement in the dance medicine community.


Dionne Vernon, PT, DPT

Dionne graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a doctoral degree in 2010 and has since worked as both a sports medicine and performing arts physical therapist. Her background in sports medicine and involvement in performing arts, led her to gain extensive experience as a resident head therapist on touring Broadway musical productions for the past 5 years. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Dionne was a vocal performer for theme parks and choral programs and has a childhood background in dance. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in vocal performance from University of South Florida in 2005; and also worked in molecular neuropharmacology research.

Her love for the arts, science, and education is seen through her therapy work as she closely works with her patients to help them recover and heal from their injuries. Dionne specializes in MSI (movement-based) therapy and is certified in active release technique (ART). Dionne continues to expand her knowledge through various continuing education courses in order to enhance patient care and performance.


Megan Wise, PT, DPT, CSCS

Megan was born and raised in Ocala, Florida, attending the University of Florida for her BS in Health Science. After working as a Research Coordinator and Aide for the Brain Rehabilitation Research Center studying stroke and spinal cord injury, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from New York University. Additionally, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a certified Pilates Mat instructor while at NYU. Megan is a classically trained ballet and jazz dancer and performed onstage in ballets, musicals, and plays for most of her life. She has had the opportunity to treat dancers of the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street, and many others in the Chicagoland area.

Megan is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She is currently pursuing her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Polestar Pilates. Megan enjoys being active through dance and Pilates, volunteering, and participating in her alumni association, the Gotham Gators.

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