Whether you’re a professional or a weekend warrior, when it comes to treatment & training, one size does not fit all. As Doctors of Physical Therapy and athletes, we got tired of the traditional cookie-cutter approach and decided our community deserved better. You deserve better.
For too long physical therapy and training have existed in two distinct worlds. It’s time to change the narrative. From the tried and true to the cutting edge, we are committed to providing you the best of both worlds. The only thing that’s missing, is you.
Meet The team
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Founder
Luke strives to tackle the questions that arise when achieving elite level performance. He's always thinking of the smartest way out of a problem, or the most effective and efficient way to improve athletes. With a combination approach of meticulous manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, and individually tailored exercise Luke gets the most out of athletes without any wasted effort. A nerd and an athlete, Luke has interest in blending technology and sport and considering all aspects of what makes us tick. Luke sees eye to eye with young professionals that expect the most from themselves and know that pushing themselves as an athlete will also push them in their careers. While he considers himself most passionate about basketball, Luke has experience and enjoys working with any athlete with a serious need to compete including triathletes, crossfitters, NFL players, professional baseball, golfers and more.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Founder
David's treatment approach is based on manual and movement-based methods, which have been successful in working with athletes of all levels to improve their performance and overall lifestyle. He is committed not only to helping his athletes achieve their personal records but also to ensuring the longevity of their athletic career. His approach is truly comprehensive and collaborative, taking into account every aspect of an athlete's life to provide the best possible care. He believes in balancing work, life, and sport, and this philosophy has shaped his practice's effectiveness. David has gained valuable insight through his experiences with road and trail racing, ultras, triathlons, crossfit, jiu-jistu, and tennis allowing him to connect to his patients on a deeper level.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Jess was born and raised in San Diego, California, and despite having lived in New York for the last 9 years, she still struggles with the lack of sun in the winter. She is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, with weekend hobbies such as skydiving, snowboarding, and acroyoga. Since moving to the city, she has found the most connection in working with New York’s weekend warriors, the athletic urbanites that live sweaty, fast-paced lives like her own. Jess graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and has since then become a Board Certifed Orthopedic Certified Specialist with a wide range of skills including being certified as an EXOS performance specialist, Functional Range Conditioning practitioner, Rocktape Advanced Practitioner, RKC certified Kettlebell Coach, and RunGait running analysis expert. Jess is currently training to run a 400 mile ultramarathon relay race, and loves comparing and analyzing running shoes with her clients.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
James is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with expertise in optimizing physical performance and preventing injury for athletes at all levels. He has worked with NFL, MLB, NHL, and MLS athletes and is skilled in Functional Range Conditioning and Release techniques. James believes in patient-centered care and collaborates with patients to develop personalized treatment plans. He is also a 7th-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do and trains in Olympic Weightlifting. With his impressive credentials and dedication to evidence-based practice, James is an excellent choice for anyone looking to achieve their physical performance goals or recover from an injury.
Having played football from his youth through college, Michael has spent years in the gym as an athlete and coach. He was first introduced to weightlifting as an early teen, and has worked with many styles of training since. Michael holds experience in various roles in coaching, management, sales, and membership. He joined the MOTIVNY team in 2019, and is available for one-on-one training (both virtual and in-person), as well as Kinstretch and Kettlebell classes. When teaching or coaching, you can find Michael dancing around to one of his playlists or cracking jokes. He creates a fun, yet challenging environment and invites others to join along. Certifications include FRCms, FRA, Kinstretch, and SFG2.
JP has worked as a coach in NYC for the last 5 years in NYC while connecting traditional strength and conditioning principles with the various movement disciplines trained as a dancing artist. He studied dance performance and composition at SUNY Purchase while working alongside the Merce Cunningham Trust in his freelance career in NYC. He aims to bring a new voice and a progressive approach towards strength and nutrition coaching while growing with an incredible team. Certifications include: FRCms, NCSF-CPT, Precision Nutrition (Level 1, Level 2), Strength Matters (w/Jason Reese).
Lexa's start in athletics and training started with a 7 year volleyball career. She has spent many hours in the gym playing the part of both the athlete and more importantly now, coach. She has strived to blend her love for kettlebells and traditional strength training to help you more learn about yourself, push your limits and crush your goals. She joined the MOTIVNY team in the beginning of 2022 and provides one-on-one coaching sesions, remote programming and leads multiple group kettlebell based classes a week. She is certified as a PN1 coach, DSPCC level 1 coach, RKC kettlebell coach and most recently became NIKENYC newest trainer!
ATC & Run Coach
Greg Laraia is an Athletic Trainer and Running Specialist at MOTIVNY. Greg graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he was a student athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams. He founded Streets 101, a team on a mission to bring runners of all abilities together. Greg sees untapped potential in every athlete and client. His goal is to assess and break down your movement to build you into a better version of yourself.
As someone who loves learning and challenging herself mentally and physically, Anita has studied and trained in numerous dance and movement techniques, as well as fitness modalities. Her areas of expertise include mobility and strength training, as well as Pilates. She has worked with a wide range of clients, including professional dancers and athletes. Anita aims to challenge and motivate in a supportive training environment to give everyone a positive movement experience, regardless of their physical abilities and skill levels. Most importantly, her goal is to help clients and students develop a well-functioning, healthy, and resilient body that excels at the type of movement practice, sports, and activities they most care about. Her certifications include NASM, FRCms, Kinstretch, RKC2, and SFB.
After graduating from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology, Alex fell in love with the world of health and wellness while backpacking for a year around South East Asia. After working as a Personal Training Manager for Equinox, he joined the MOTIVNY team as our Business & Operations Manager. Alex is a team player and committed to ensuring a positive and welcoming experience for all members of the MOTIVNY Community.