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CLAUDE HILLEL

Physical Therapist

Claude Hillel has been practicing physical therapy for more than 20 years. Through keen observation and skilled manual therapy, he helps patients transcend the causes and effects of injury, and build the strength and confidence to return to an active life.

Educated at McGill University in Montreal, Claude honed his clinical skills at the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center, where he gained experience with a broad range of pathologies and physical therapy specialties. Ultimately, his fascination lead him to a specialization in Orthopedics.

He went on to practice at some of New York City's top physical therapy centers, serving as Clinical Director at both Sports Physical Therapy of New York and NYSportsMed. A life-long student, Claude invests time in continuing education, making every effort to deliver the latest in evidence-based physical therapy and emerging research to his practice.

After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Claude traveled there to help people who suffered orthopedic injuries and amputations. He worked aboard the USNS Comfort Haiti and served as Head Physical Therapist for the Amputee Program at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital.

When not at Sky Health, Claude is at the beach playing volleyball or kite boarding. He's also an avid cyclist, and rides in the AIDS Lifecycle bike ride from San Francisco to LA every year - he's even served on the event's medical team.

Experience

  • Over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist
  • Head Physical Therapist, Amputee Program at Albert Schweitzer Hospital in aftermath of 2010 earthquakes in Haiti
  • Clinical Director, Plus One Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapist, NYU Medical Center Rusk Institute
  • BA, Physical Therapy, McGill University
  • Ongoing Education at the Mackenzie Institute, International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine, and NYU School of Medicine

Specialties

  • Pathologies of the Spine: Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical
  • Chronic Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Acute Sports Injuries

TESTIMONIALS

I've worked with a lot of different trainers over the years but I always hit a wall. Working with a physical therapist and personal trainer together, I was totally confident in pushing myself without aggravating my old knee injury. I'm working out in new ways and I feel stronger and have more energy than I've ever had. I look better now than I did in my 20's! - Joanne, mid 40s

My life is really busy, and I don't have time to work out like when I was younger. Claude and Jason understood my time constraints and developed a program that works me hard in a short amount of time, so I can get on with my day. And unlike other intense workouts, I know I'm doing everything safely, the right way because they're integrating physical therapy techniques into my training. I'm back in shape and I know I'll stay this way. - Alonso, mid 40s

I wanted to add an additional discipline to my workout routine and my weights trainer suggested I try boxing. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I was really surprised at how much I liked it. Jason and Jair teach in a way that's really easy to pick up and after the first lesson I was hooked. After a stressful day, there's nothing like hitting a bag. It's totally empowering. - Lisa, mid 40s

I work as a model and it's very important for me to stay the right size. Even with diet and exercise, if you do the same thing over and over again, it stops working. My Sky Health trainer is a true professional. He teaches me exactly what to do, when to do it, what to eat—one week before a shoot, two days before, the day before—I know I will always be ready. - Olga, mid 20s

I've had shoulder pain for the past couple years and had already done months of physical therapy. I started working with Jason to see if training could help. Jason understood what I was going through and put me on a plan to change the way I move. He was always really focused on me throughout our sessions and helped adjust when my shoulder was feeling tender or felt any weakness. After a few weeks, my shoulder improved and I feel so much stronger and more flexible than I used to. I can even play tennis again! - Avo, late 30s

I herniated two discs in my lower back a few years ago right before my 30th birthday and it really took a toll on me physically and mentally. I thought I'd be hobbled for life and wouldn't be able to active again. The best part about working with a physical therapist and trainer together is that I don't have to be afraid that I'm going to do any damage to my back. If my back is sore, they can adjust my routine together to strengthen the muscles that I need to support my back. I can lift weights and push myself like I've never pushed myself before. I feel like I have my confidence back. - Eugene, mid 30s

MORGAN ROSE MANASSE

Physical Therapist

Morgan Rose Manasse is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She started MoRE Physio in 2014 after working for some of the top Sports Medicine clinics in NYC and feeling the pressure to see more volume in less time. Bringing MoRE to SKY Health has enhanced the ability for Morgan to give each of her patients the personalized attention they deserve.

MoRE's comprehensive strategy combines treatment and education, coupled with an individualized plan tailored to each client, in order to optimize results, shorten recovery time and prevent injury.

Morgan brings over 10 years of experience with her. She spent a majority of her early career working as a staff Physical Therapist at Sports PT of New York and NYSportsmed while also treating her private clients in their home (including royal families, TV stars, oscar winners, artists, musicians, dancers, athletes, etc), Morgan is now excited to have clients come to see her at this boutique fitness/ wellness space on the penthouse of 5th avenue.

Since opening MoRE Physio in 2014, Morgan began to expand her ability to heal and teach patients how to heal themselves. She is certified in yoga for healing and has many continuing education courses including injury prevention and conditioning for runners. She loves to continue to refine her expertise in movement, fitness and health. Patients say Morgan has that magic touch – in and out of the treatment studio.

MoRE takes a fully-rounded, holistic approach to treating her patients, and clients look to Morgan as a leader in wellness and healthy living and is a go-to for her patients when they need fitness, wellness, or life-style related tips. Offering a fresh approach to PT means that Morgan finds every way possible to keep her patients doing what they want to do... Whether it is learning proper mechanics for a pain free run, recovering from injury or surgery or wearing heels on the cobble stone in MPD. She provides them with the ability to continue to push the limits of what their bodies can do. She believes the body is an expression of ones self and she wants to make sure to keep it as healthy as possible at all times, the goal being to help her clients achieve their lifestyle goals and make physio a part of the day they can look forward to.

MoRE Services:
Yoga for injury prevention and healing
Running analyisis
Kinesio Taping
PREhabilitation (full eval of all muscles, joints, ligaments and biomehanics of individual activity; includes online home plan)
Rehabilitaion- sports injuries, overuse, tendinitis, back pain, post surgical and to avoid surgery Home or Office Ergonomic Assessment
Corporate workshops

Experience

  • Over 10 years experience, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapist NY Sports Med
  • Manager at Sports Physical Therapy of NY
  • Personal Physio to UAE Royal Family
  • DPT, Northeastern University
  • Continuing Education through NYU School of Medicine, University of St Augustine