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 is certified as a Movement Analyst and a Connective Tissue Therapy Practitioner at The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement studies in New York. She has previous experience as a dancer and teacher in the areas of ballet, modern, and creative dance. She has worked with people living with Parkinson's and assisted in rehabilitation for stroke patients. In addition to her 10 years of experience as a Movement Analyst, she is currently working towards her certification in Cranial Sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute.
Emily Kaemmerlen, CMA
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.
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.
She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Dance. Emily has spent most of her life dancing and has been involved in movement-oriented pursuits. Her dance background includes training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, African, and samba.
Lauren Calzolaio, Trainer/KIDSMOVE Sports Coordinator
Lauren Calzolaio graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Dance. Since graduating, she has pursued a career in dance, and in the future wishes to combine her years of experience in dance with a degree in Physical Therapy. Her knowledge of the human body allows her to break down movement for patients and be more aware of their bodies. Lauren is also an assistant coach for KIDSMOVE.
Monique Longoria, Billing Manager/Office Manager
Monique studied at Syracuse University and Pratt Institute. She has completed seminars in coding/billing for therapy, rehab, and the medical office, as well as office management courses. Monique assists in several aspects of patient care. She manages the office, deals with the insurance companies to ensure the financial aspects of treatments are handled smoothly, and prepares detailed financial consultation before treatment begins, working closely with both patient and carrier throughout the claims process.
Photography: Amy Widdowson & Jason Yau