Tessia is a New Yorker through and through. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University (NYU). During her time at NYU, Tessia founded the “Girls Who Lift” club, geared towards helping women feel empowered both in and out of the weight room. She believes the weight room is for everyone, which led her to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. While at Columbia, she completed coursework in the advanced neurological populations track. She also completed multiple research projects on topics including concussion rehabilitation, and resistance training in adults with cerebral palsy.
Tessia has experience in multiple different settings including but not limited to outpatient orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and outpatient neurological populations. She believes in a patient centered approach in which patients feel empowered to achieve their goals, whether it be returning to walking, returning to sport, or being able to pick up their grandchild.
Tessia continues to stay active as a competitive powerlifter, shredding the pow as a snowboarder, and keeping rhythm as a dancer. Some of her other hobbies include eating her way through NYC and travelling the world.