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Karen Yanelli PT,DPT,Cert.MDT

Physical Therapist

Certified McKenzie Clinician

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Karen Yanelli PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

I am a doctor of physical therapy with multiple post-doctoral certifications, most notably a certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy (Mckenzie method).  I have been practicing physical therapy in several settings since 2006 in and around New York City and have owned and operated a private practice since 2013.

My focus includes: 

  • Spine 

  • Orthopedic​

  • Neurology​​  ​

  • Auto-immune disease​​

  • Ergonomics​

Expertise in the treatment of:

  • Acute, sub-acute, and chronic back and neck pain

  • Lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine disorder including but not limited to

    • disc herniations, disc bulges, disc annular fiber tears

    • adherent nerve root

    • spine ligament and tendon strains

  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation for spinal surgeries including

    • fusions

    • microdiscectomy and laminectomy 

    • foraminotomy

  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation of joint replacements (arthroplasties) for hip, knee, and shoulder

  • Orthopedic disorders causing joint pain such as

    • osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease

    • cartilage tears

    • ligament strains

    • tendonitis 

  • Workplace ergonomic assessments involving visual display terminals (VDT’s) such as computers and televisions

  • ALS and other Motor Neuron Disease

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Forms of muscular dystrophy such as  

  • Myositis including

    • polymyositis

    • dermatomyositis

    • inclusion body myositis (IBM)

  • Activities of daily living assistive device prescription

  • Ankle foot orthosis (AFO) evaluation and recommendation

  • Functional Movement Evaluations (FMEs) for the obtainment of manual and power wheelchairs


  • Owner and Operator, Karen Yanelli, LLC

  • Adjunct lecturer at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

  • Annual lecturer for Hospital for Special Surgery rheumatology support groups

    • Myositis and Lupus​

  • Member of McKenzie Institute International​

  • Member of American Physical Therapy Association

  • Owner and Operator, M.Y. Physical Therapy, PLLC

  • Founding Physical Therapist, MDA/ALS Program at Hospital for Special Surgery    

  • Advanced Clinician, Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Staff Physical Therapist, Island Nursing Rehab Center

  • Staff Physical Therapist, Suffolk Physical Therapy

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