Sara Ruvinsky is a dedicated, skilled and compassionate therapist. I always feel I can depend on her skills no matter how challenging the case. Saras personal attention to each individuals needs has helped my patients achieve their goals. My patients and I thank Sara for her years of dedicated service.
William DeStefano M.D.
I have referred numerous pregnant patients to Sara with consistently positive results. One patient came to her prenatal visit on crutches due to pain. By her next visit, she was walking with ease, and the pain had completely resolved. Saras expertise in treating a wide range of physical discomforts specific to pregnancy and the postpartum state provides women with a much needed service. My patients have all loved working with Sara and speak highly of her skill and accessibility. I know when I refer a patient to Sara, she will be well cared for and her symptoms are sure to resolve with the prescribed therapy.
Corina Tennant M.D.
After having 2 sets of twins a year apart, my diastasis recti was awful. My doctors wanted me to have surgery; they said only surgery could fix it. I tried physical therapy first and I'm so glad I did! Sara was amazing. I could fit more than 10 fingers between my muscles and she helped me get it down to 2! The doctors couldn't believe it. Sara was incredibly knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable with her from the start. She gave me exercises that were perfect for me, not just generic exercises for anybody. She made sure my "homework" was not only manageable physically, but fit my life and routine as well (especially with 4 kids under 1.5 at home!). I can't thank her enough for the care she provided. 4 years later and I still use the tips for everyday life she gave me to keep my muscles strong!
My experience with physical therapy with Sara has been great. I had a bucket handle tear in my left knee, requiring arthroscopic surgery. I saw Sara 2 days after surgery and weekly thereafter for about 8 weeks. Sara started me off slowly, with strengthening exercises and stretching. As I got better, which happened more quickly than I expected; Sara added more exercises. Moving around on my knee became easier and easier and I was able to resume light bicycling about 3 weeks after surgery. Today, 6 months after surgery, I'm back to riding in Prospect Park, 2-3 laps at my normal pace, and I'm able to stand up on the pedals to climb hills. I have to say that physical therapy with Sara has been a major part of my recovery and I'm grateful that I found her. In addition to knowing her stuff, she's a joy to work with.
Sara is knowledgeable, patient and focused on the healing process. I came to Sara with an injured hip after running through three pregnancies and three marathons. I am runner and didn't want to stop running as it is my medicine and lifeline. Sara worked with me giving me helpful hints and tips on how to run safely for my hip. Additionally she answered my questions regarding anatomy and physiology. These answers helped me understand what was happening and how I could heal. I ran my 4th marathon with Sara's support but more importantly she has helped me keep running a part of my life with her constant support. I have recommended her to friends, family, karate teacher, and my yoga students. Sara is simply amazing.
Last year I had a horrendous injury - I completely tore my hamstring tendons - two of them. Like off the bone. Long story, my dog knocked me down while I was running. The doctors said surgery was not the answer, that they would scar down to the muscle but physical therapy was key. I found Sara through a friend who raved about her. I could barely walk when she started coming to my house twice a week. She massaged the surrounding areas, which were all compressed, and worked with me gradually on strengthening the muscle again. Her goal she said was to get me running again, and lo and behold in about 12 weeks I was basically back to almost 100%. It was all about strengthening and stretching. She's patient and pleasant and she really knows her stuff. I would highly recommend her.
I started to work with Sara post partum. It was painful for me to walk and I had been to 2 previous physiotherapists with no relief. Working with Sara was one of the best things I ever did. Not only is she a joy to work with, she completely guided me towards complete recovery with weekly one on one sessions and detailed daily instruction that I followed on my own in between. It is clear that her knowledge and skill are of the highest standard and I have every faith in her. Whoever gets to work with her is very lucky indeed!
My father started pain management for Sciatica and DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) 6 months ago. Two months into treatment, the pain management doctor told us about a physical therapist named Sara. My dad was very skeptical of the whole thing because about a year before Sara, he went to another therapist and pain management doctor and they weren't able to manage his pain. Last year he was also diagnosed with early stage Parkinson Disease. Since Sara has been working with dad, he was able to stop the pain management and see her twice a week. His pain has lessened, he's able to walk a block with out his legs giving out and he is standing taller. Recently, I took him to the neurologist for his Parkinson's, and the doctor was very impressed with how Sara's work had helped my father-in-law! We are very pleased with Sara's personality and professionalism, especially her ability to handle a man very set in his ways!!
Valerie Vitale for my father-in-law
I first met Sara when I was 7 months pregnant. My OB referred me to her because I suffered from such severe pregnancy related back and hip pain that I could barely walk and I could not turn in bed. I started seeing Sara and I improved significantly. Not only did she perform localized massage therapy to relieve the tension and pain, she also taught me exercises and postures that I could do on a daily basis so I could find relief on my own. In addition, she was very accommodating to my difficult schedule. Sara also graciously took care of all the insurance paperwork related to her services, which made a significant financial difference to me. All I can
say is that, if it were not for her, I most likely would have ended up on bed rest for the last two months of my pregnancy. Instead, I recovered and went on to have a normal life. Sara is kind, knowledgeable and experienced. Being a physical therapist is her true vocation, and that shows in her level of care for and commitment to her patients. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sara to anyone.
Sara was instrumental in getting me literally back on my feet after throwing my back out while caring for my 5-month-old twins. Her care went above and beyond the therapy and exercises to regain my strength; she taught me techniques to avoid re-injury (I still unload a dishwasher with her in mind), stretches to relieve pain, and the ins and outs of diastasis repair. That she could come to me as I was home with two babies was a lifesaver! She gave me the key to feeling the strongest I've ever been today. (I just out-planked my whole boot camp class!)
Sara was an incredible healer. I had a diastasis from a twin pregnancy and she was able to make home visits and made it extremely stress-free and easy for me by dealing with my insurance company - this level of care was much appreciated with 6 month old newborns! She has an incredible knowledge of anatomy and helped me shrink my diastasis considerably. Also, she equipped me with exercises I could do on my own. Years later, I called on her again when I injured my lower back, and she was able to identify the problem which had evaded doctors and I was healed again. Do not hesitate to call her if you need physical therapy - she is a godsend and a true pleasure to work with.