Meet the Staff
Marika Molnar, PT, LAc, President and Founder
Marika is a graduate of Columbia University, where she obtained her graduate certificate in physical therapy. She also holds a masters degree in dance education from New York University, a certificate in nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and holds a masters in acupuncture from Tristate College of Acupuncture.
In 1980 Ms Molnar was the first physical therapist to be hired on-site at a professional ballet company to care for the dancers of the New York City Ballet. She is presently the director of physical therapy services to the New York City Ballet and also director of physical therapy services to the School of American Ballet in New York. Ms Molnar is active professionally in a number of endeavors. These activities include clinical advisor to PhysicalMind Institute, rehabilitation editor of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and member of the Development Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). Her previous IADMS committee work includes being a board member from 1994-1999, president from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Education committee from 2001-2003. Ms Molnar has lectured nationally and internationally for the past 28 years and has published in peer reviewed publications and also book publications related to rehabilitation of dance injuries.
Andrea Zujko, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Clinic Manager
Andrea Zujko joined Westside Dance Physical Therapy in 2002. Prior to physical therapy, Andrea pursued a career as a professional dancer and certified Pilates Instructor. Andrea graduated from Northwestern University with her DPT in 2002 and began her dance medicine career working at AthletiCo in Chicago treating dancers from The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Chicago and several Broadway tours. She completed her post-professional manual therapy certification with the North American Orthopedic Institute of Manual Therapy in 2010 and received her Orthopedic Certified Specialist credential through the American Physical Therapy Association in 2013. As part of her work with WSDPT, Andrea treats dancers with the New York City Ballet and is the lead PT for the School of American Ballet where she provides onsite PT for the intermediate and advanced students and teaches health and wellness workshops for the younger divisions. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and has an has participated in lectures and panel discussions and interviews with the New York City Ballet Wellness Program and New York City Ballet Workout and has contributed articles to Dance Spirit and Pointe Magazine. In addition to working at WSDPT, Andrea is an adjunct faculty member of the Dance Department at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts providing onsite physical therapy services and teaching both BFA and MFA Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology. Starting in the fall of 2016, Andrea will be an educational consultant to the Dance Department at Barnard College.
Cameron L Gomez, PT, DPT, COMT, Staff Therapist
Cameron is a board certified orthopaedic specialist (OCS) entering his eighth year on staff at Westside Dance Physical Therapy, where he currently works on-site with the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Cameron received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2008 and is currently an adjunct faculty instructor in the Physical Therapy program.
After obtaining his post-graduate certification as an orthopaedic manipulative therapist (COMT) through the North American Institute of Orthoapedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2014, he has continued to pursue post graduate education with a fellowship through NAIOMT. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Acupuncture at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Cameron’s former career as a professional ballet dancer fuels his ongoing passion for helping dancers to achieve and maintain their optimal health and performance levels.
Erin Zoch, PT, DPT, Staff Therapist
Erin Zoch graduated with honors from Columbia University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Orthopedics. She also attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Erin was a dancer who continued to perform through an injury that eventually lead her to a career in physical therapy where she could dedicate her time back to the dance community. Erin is currently working toward obtaining certification as an orthopaedic manual therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Kristen Kurie, PT, DPT, Staff Therapist
Kristen has been a student of ballet since age five, dancing with New Jersey Ballet and then earning her B.A. in Dance from Mercyhurst College in 2003. Her skills in bodywork began as a massage therapist when she received her NY State License in Massage Therapy in 2008 and started working with the dancers of the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Kristen joins the staff of West Side Dance after earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. She is currently working toward obtaining certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Dirk Hartog, PT, DPT, CSCS, Staff Therapist
Dirk has been practicing Physical Therapy for over 7 years, after receiving his Masters in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Over these years he has pursued a higher level of education completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2015. He continues to further his professional development with certifications through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and American Physical Therapy Association. He enjoys staying active and finding new challenges that maintain overall health and wellness; an attitude and approach he uses with rehabilitation from musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular injuries.
Taryn Khong, PT, DPT, Staff Therapist
Taryn Khong graduated with honors from Columbia University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the advanced orthopedic track, and graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a BS in Exercise Science after obtaining an Associate of Science degree from Utah State University. Taryn grew up in Sandy, Utah and has been studying dance in many different styles since the age of 6. Taryn began teaching tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet at the age of 15, and quickly developed a passion for teaching. After experiencing both personal and students’ injuries, she decided to pursue a career in physical therapy and dance medicine in order to further help students and patients alike to be at their best performance. Taryn also has a background in gymnastics and music, and has had the privilege of providing physical therapy for multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Taryn continues to further her knowledge through continuing education courses.
Lauren Alzamora, Certified Pilates Instructor
Lauren Alzamora grew up in Pinehurst, NC and is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts where she received her formal dance education. She began her professional dance career in NYC with Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in 2003. Shortly after this she became a certified Pilates instructor through the Kane School of Core Integration. Over the next 13 years she danced with Battery Dance Company, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Ballet Hispanico. Her Pilates training kept her dancing through all the usual dance-related injuries and also came in handy for fellow company members on the road. After originally seeking out Pilates for her own injury prevention and cross-training for dance, Lauren has become passionate about sharing her knowledge of the human body with everyone. She now views Pilates as cross-training for life and appreciates how it can be adapted for any level of fitness or body type; it is a powerful tool for supporting and enhancing one’s experience in their body, whatever their daily activities may be. Lauren is now a Teacher Trainer at the Kane School/Kinected Center. She is currently available for private sessions at Westside Dance PT and will be teaching specialized small group classes beginning May of 2016.
Kenrick Miranda, Physical Therapy Aide
Front Office Staff
Sharon, Bonnie and Michelle will be happy to take your call to schedule your appointment or answer any questions you have about billing or the office in general.