It is the mission of James Fowler Physical Therapy to treat each patient as a separate individual and to provide specialized and compassionate care. The goal is for each patient to receive a personalized therapy program with the aim of making lasting changes in the patient's body and their life.
After years of professional experience as a physical therapist, James Fowler and his wife Judy, a certified movement analyst, opened their family practice, which artfully blends together the physical therapy and movement disciplines. On October 4, 2002, James Fowler officially established a home for his growing private practice in an enthralling 3,000 square foot loft in the heart of Manhattan, Union Square, designed by renowned architect Daryl Wugalter. Since their official opening, James Fowler Physical Therapy has established an exceptional reputation in the New York City area through their commitment to individual attention and customized treatment.
James Fowler, P.T., ACSM, Founder
With over 20 years of experience in Sports Medicine and Movement Science, James Fowler has been owner of his own practice since 2001. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Physical Education. In 1994, after coming to New York, he earned a degree in Physical Therapy from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He is certified in Active Release Techniques and has advanced training and hands-on experience in Spinal Manipulation and Myofascial Release Techniques. He is a certified Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Before opening his practice, James spent seven years at Beth Israel Medical Center, specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. While at Beth Israel, he coordinated the Motion Analysis Laboratory, developed an evaluative tool for the analysis of running, golfing, and throwing, and was featured on the CBS Morning News Program describing "Motion Analysis for Golfers." James was also the official physical therapist for the New York Liberty Basketball team, providing rehabilitation and movement analysis for performance enhancement. While at Berkeley, he was a Division I Middle Distance Runner and moved in the role of Assistant Coach under Erv Hunt, the future 96’ Olympic Track and Field coach, making James especially attuned to the needs of athletes.
In addition to his dedication to his private practice, James developed an innovative program for children, KIDSMOVE, to teach sports in a positive environment. James also developed "The James Approach", a movement re-education program for high level amateur and professional golfers to improve swing efficiency and body awareness.
Lisa Desrochers, P.T., CSCS
Lisa joined James Fowler Physical Therapy in 2003, with a background in both sports/orthopedics and neurological physical therapy. She graduated with distinction from Boston University in 1991, and began her career at Beth Israel Medical Center where she worked in a variety of settings to develop a body of medical knowledge and post-surgical rehabilitation while honing her manual therapy skills. While there she was sought after for her clinical expertise treating shoulder injuries in recreational and college athletes with a specialized focus on baseball players. As a Senior Therapist focusing on neurological populations, she was instrumental in developing a stroke rehabilitation program utilizing her post graduate work in movement retraining and motor control.
The foundation of Lisa's treatment approach seamlessly integrates orthopedic manual therapy techniques and neurological retraining. She is skilled in biomechanical analysis of movement restrictions and muscle imbalances enabling her to develop a treatment plan that addresses the underlying problem and not just the pain symptoms. Her individualized approach has a strong emphasis on education and self-treatment for return to sport and lifelong health.
A specialist in designing exercise programs for health and sport, Lisa became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1997 through the highly regarded National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is an athlete herself and seven time marathon runner, including two time qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Karen Beth Wong, DPT
Karen received her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2009. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career at Spagnoli Physical Therapy, where she worked with many demographics (orthopedic, pediatric, pre-and post-operative, neurological, and geriatric), utilizing an osteopathic approach. Her expertise also includes soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release. Currently, Karen is working towards certification through the Institute of the Physical Arts and continues to develop and refine her manual skills.
Judy Marriott Fowler, MLD/CDT, CMA, LMT
Judy Fowler is a Vodder International Certified Manual Lymph Drainage practitioner, a Certified Movement Analyst trained at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, and a licensed massage therapist from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy, New York City. Originally trained as a modern dancer, Ms. Fowler has over 25 years experience in fitness, manual therapy, and movement science. She currently uses lymphatic drainage to treat pre- and post-op patients, lymphedema and other edema/lymphatic challenges. Her background includes designing movement based sequences for runners, golfers, neurological patients, and post-mastectomy patients, as well as coaching proper techniques for functional strength training.
Linda Jantz, CMA, CTT
Linda graduated from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies as a Certified Movement Analyst in 1994. She is also a Connective Tissue Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute. Linda is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator with the International Somatic Movement Therapy and Education Association and has served as a board member for the past six years. Linda has guest taught in the Laban program in Canada and has worked extensively with people living with Parkinsons, providing movement and rhythmic exercise. She has also assisted in rehabilitation for stroke patients.
Linda's professional training in dance, which includes ballet, tap, folk, modern and creative movement, led her to New York to continue her study of the "art and science of the moving body." She continues to apply and study breathwork, ideokinesis, developmental patterns, experiential anatomy, and creative movement to assist people in rehabilitation, body awareness, and self-discovery. Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Studies and continues her lifelong passion for movement and dance as it relates to healing.
Emily Kaemmerlen, Patient Coordinator and Lead Movement Trainer
Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst trained at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. After completing her training, she spent a year at the institute as an assistant teacher. She also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Dance.
Emily has continued her education through Body Mind Centering workshops with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen on the reflexes and neurological patterns as well as workshops through Embodied Asana with Amy Matthews on the feet, ligaments, organs, nervous system, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.
Emily has spent most of her life dancing and involved in movement-oriented pursuits. Her dance background includes training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, African, and Samba. She plans on attending physical therapy school in the future.
Meghann Bronson, Trainer
Meghann is a recent graduate of New York University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Tisch School of the Arts. She currently dances for BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, KineticArchitecture and Touch Theory Dance. Meghann has her Bachelor of Dance degree and Dance Science certificate from York University. She is certified C-I TrainingTM (conditioning-with-imagery) teacher. C-I TrainingTM, created by Donna Krasnow, is a body system which incorporates both conditioning exercises for muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility, as well as visualization and imagery work for neuromuscular re-patterning, alignment work and mind-body integration. Meghann has volunteered at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries Physical Therapy clinic. She has also volunteered at the Artists' Health Alliance in Toronto; a partnership between the artistic and medical community which provides education and prevention programs.
Laura Lamp, Trainer
Laura Lamp is a trainer, dancer, and choreographer from Fairfax, Virginia. She has studied movement and dance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Mason University.
Nick Taylor, Trainer
Nick graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada with a Bachelor degree in Health Science and Kinesiology. He has worked in Canada as a Kinesiologist and later as a Biomechanist, analyzing patient's gait and using the data to provide insights into treating their hip, knee, and other joint pain.
Nick hopes to one day combine his knowledge of human movement patterns with a degree in medicine or physical therapy. He often draws on his experiences as an athletic therapist and has worked with collegiate golfers and volleyball players.
Robert Louis, MHA, Practice Manager
Robert attended University of Maryland, College Park and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology in 1997. He then matriculated through Seton Hall University and earned a Master's in Health Care Administration in 2008.
Robert has worked in prestigious health care facilities such as Robert Wood Johnson/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has over a decade of managerial experience and provides administrative and operational leadership. Robert ensures quality and his level of service exceeds patient expectations. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Photography: Amy Widdowson & Jason Yau