About Liz Opoka, PT, DPT, MA, LSVT-c, YTT-200

Liz believes that our bodies want to heal and will gravitate to well-being with the right guidance, intention, and attention to care. Liz was interested in medicine at an early age and intended to go to medical school but got more than a bit sidetracked while in college, obtaining a degree in political science and eventually followed her bliss in music, the music industry and the media after obtaining an M.A. in Communication from Fordham University. She developed a love of yoga and fitness since she was a teenager, which helped her navigate her own issues of obesity, gut disorders & depression and thus became a strong proponent of food and exercise as medicine.

After nearly 20 years in music & media, the calling got louder and Liz moved forward in pursuing a more “adult career” in medicine, but one that emphasized a holistic approach without drugs. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York with honors and completed her Capstone research on multiple sclerosis and thermosensitivity. Liz started her P.T. career at Union Square Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and then moved forward to provide rehab services to the homebound with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, helping persons recover with new knee and joint replacements, to strengthening patients after a stroke or heart surgery, to helping many navigate their journey with cancer.

Liz loves to learn and improve upon her knowledge and skillset. She has taken coursework on Core First Strategies with the Institute for Physical Art (IPA), Visceral Manipulation via the Barral Institute, Bridging the Feldenkrais Method and P.T. at the Feldenkrais Institute, and has completed classes with the Institute for Brain Potential. Having provided care to many persons with Parkinson’s movement disorders, she obtained LSVT-Big certification. She has taken weeklong workshops with Dr. Timothy McCall, MD, on the application of Yoga as Medicine. More recently, Liz fulfilled a long-time personal goal in having completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the acclaimed Abhaya Yoga studio in Brooklyn. She is a member of the Orthopedic section of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association).

In her free time, Liz is a self-proclaimed foodie and loves to seek out all sorts of deliciousness that NYC has to offer. She is a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, loves to travel up to the Hudson Valley to hike and drink cider, practices yoga and meditation, co-leads a support group for caregivers and quietly stalks French bulldogs in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

Liz Opoka, PT, DPT, MA, LSVT-c, YTT-200 physical therapist at Living Well Balanced

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