DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING AT THE FOUDRY | Massage Therapist & Yoga Therapy
Amanda graduated from the massage therapy program at the Swedish Institute in 2017 and has worked at Finish Line since then as a massage therapist providing a combination of yoga, targeted sports massage and relaxation massage for active individuals, recovering athletes and individuals experiencing high levels of stress. After a 14-year career in sales and fundraising—and inspired by the physical therapy she received as a patient at Finish Line—Amanda switched gears and transitioned to a career in wellness.
Amanda is a competitive distance runner and certified running coach who has raced over 1,000 miles in over 100 road races, including seven marathons. She started practicing yoga in 2003 and began utilizing it as a parallel treatment to physical therapy while recovering from running-related hamstring, sciatic nerve, knee and Achilles tendon injuries. Yoga became an essential element of her recovery — physically, emotionally and spiritually.
A trained dancer, Amanda practiced, performed and choreographed dance for 26 years, lending her lifetime of body awareness a newfound credibility through a yoga form that is both rigorous and healing to the physical and emotional self. Amanda completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2012 and has completed over 1,000 teaching hours making her an experienced yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance. The focus of Amanda’s yoga teaching is simple: heal the body and mind to perform your best.
Amanda will soon continue her teacher training by pursuing a masters of science degree for Yoga Therapy in the Fall of 2017. She will also be recognized as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) through the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute once she completes the program in November 2017. She received her BS in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a MS in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management at New York University.
- Licensed Massage Therapist
- E-RYT 200, Yoga Alliance
- Road Runners Club of America Level 1 Running Coach
- Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
- College: Colorado State University, New York University and the Swedish Institute
- My team: Broncos
- My dance companies: Random Dance (Wayne McGregor), Pina Bausch, Batscheva (Ohad Nahrin)
- Favorite music to listen to at work: “The Police” or “1980’s” radio stations on Pandora
- Best way to stay active: Running marathons and half-marathons, practicing hot vinyasa yoga and alignment yoga, Soul Cycle classes when I can afford it, swimming when I have access to a pool and hiking uphill when I’m in Colorado or anywhere near a volcano. I’m always open to trying new forms of fitness in NYC’s many boutique fitness studios. I’m currently saving money for a road bike; maybe there is a triathlon in my future!
What I Like:
- About working at FLPT: I’m inspired by the people I work with. I was first a patient at Finish Line Physical Therapy under the care of Brynn Fessette O’Neill back in 2012. I’ve received care at many physical therapy offices, but none like what Brynn offered me at Finish Line. It was her work that inspired me to pursue a career in Yoga and Massage Therapy. I started working at Finish Line as a Physical Therapy Aide while in school and quickly discovered that every doctor on staff provides a high level of care and attention to every patient that walks in the door.
- About FLPT patients: I feel like I have found “my people”. I’m inspired by the active individuals who don’t hesitate to take on the next sport, challenge or marathon, and who also are constantly looking to find a balance between activity, rest and recovery.
- About running/sports: After training and performing dance for over 26 years and practicing yoga for over 13 years, I’ve discovered that running and sports have similar benefits. I love running for so many reasons. When I’m running, I feel like I’m most alive because I’m intensely connected to my breath, mind, body and spirit. I set and achieve goals, which has built my self-esteem. I’ve developed friendships and feel grateful for the community that running gave and continues to give me. I don’t believe that your race time defines who you are. All that matters is your ability to find health and joy putting one foot in front of the other, whether it be running solo along a hidden trail or among 50,000 others crossing the Verrazano Bridge at the New York City Marathon.