About Susan

 photo © anja hitzenberger

photo © anja hitzenberger

Susan has worked in health and wellness service for over 25 years, incorporating training and practice in Therapeutic Massage, Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

She maintains a private practice in these areas. In addition, she is currently a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Staten Island University Hospital Rehabilitation Department, where she is on the Pain Task Force, is a Myofascial Specialist, teaches the Tai Chi/Yoga patient class, and assists fellow therapists treat pain.

She has an MS in Occupational Therapy, a BA with Honors from New York University, and holds current New York State licenses as an Occupational Therapist and Massage Therapist. She is a member of AOTA, AMTA and IAYT.

She is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and has completed continuing education work in John Barnes Myofascial Release, Polarity Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Heller Work, Zero Balancing, and Reiki.

She became certified in Prana Yoga with Dr. Migdow, has completed certificated training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and studied Alexander Technique for 10 years. She studied Jivamukti Yoga, Shambala meditation, chakra energy systems with Reverend Dugan, and Ashtanga Yoga with Eddie Stern. She continues to practice daily and attend a wide variety of workshops. She has taught at Om Yoga Center, Yoga People, Sarah Lawrence College, Bates Dance Festival, Long Island University, Sal Anthony’s Movement Salon and many other venues.

She has also taught Anatomy in Yoga teacher training courses at Om Yoga Center, Yoga People, and has taught anatomy workshops for dancers and yoga practitioners. She completed training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2004.

Susan had a robust career as a modern dancer and choreographer, including several years with Stephen Petronio Company and Susan Rethorst, among others. She performed her own work in New York City and abroad, taught dance and yoga at numerous dance studios and colleges, and was an artist-in-residence at Movement Research and in Malaysia.
All of these experiences influence her current work helping people live in their bodies with greater ease and understanding by utilizing all the tools from her multiple trainings and experience.