We are a small team of dedicated professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love helping patients live and breathe their best lives possible and we do it with passion, creativity, innovation and imagination.
Dr. Noah Greenspan, DPT, CCS, EMT-B
Dr. Noah Greenspan, DPT, CCS, EMT-B is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy with over 26 years of cardiopulmonary physical therapy and rehabilitation experience. Dr. Greenspan earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1992 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Dominican College in 2006 where his research entitled “Aerobic Exercise and Strength Training in Elderly Patients with COPD”, was presented at CHEST 2006, the annual conference of the American College of Chest Physicians…
He began his professional career at the New York University (now Langone) Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, with clinical rotations in medical, surgical, orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation, chest physical therapy and ultimately cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. From 1995-1999, he served as the chief physical therapist of the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Center under the direction of Physiatrist, Horacio Pineda, MD and Cardiologist, Mariano Rey, MD.
In 1998, he founded the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, a Manhattan-based physical therapy practice specializing in the care of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and New York Wellness, a comprehensive outpatient physical therapy practice with orthopedic, cardiovascular and pulmonary, complex medical and airway clearance units. Under his direction, the Center has conducted over 100,000 exercise sessions and been named “Best of the United States” in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.
A consummate educator, Dr. Greenspan has trained thousands of patients and hundreds of students and clinicians. From 1995-2003, he was on the faculty of New York University, during which time he was awarded the title of Master Clinician in the area of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. He has since taught at Dominican College, New York Medical College, and Long Island University in the areas of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathology, Diagnosis and Management. He has previously served as the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Fellowship Coordinator for St. Vincent’s Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College.
In 2017, Dr. Greenspan’s “Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness” was published and is also available to read online free of charge and his “Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness” Lecture & Webinar Series is also available to attend online. He is the principal investigator in three ongoing research projects: The Impact of High Intensity Exercise on Pulmonary Function in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); The Impact of High Intensity Exercise on Pulmonary Function in Patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF); and Safety and Efficacy of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH).
Dr. Greenspan has served as the Federal Affairs Liaison representing the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and on the Leadership Board of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. In addition to his role at the Center, Dr. Noah Greenspan is a New York State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider; a professional SCUBA Diving International Open Water Instructor, and underwater naturalist, with a passion for shark photography; a musician, artist and clothing designer under the moniker, Noah G Pop!
Marion Mackles, BS, PT, LMT
Marion Mackles, BS, PT, LMT earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1981 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1994, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Marion began her career as a Physical Therapist at the New York University (now Langone) Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and Tisch Hospital in New York City, where her clinical experiences included rotations in Medical, Surgical, Orthopedic and Neurological Rehabilitation…
Marion spent two of her three years at the Rusk Institute on the Chest Physical Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Units where she worked extensively in the Recovery Room, Transplant, and Intensive Care Units. It was during this period that she developed her deep love for and devotion to the care of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction.
After leaving the Medical Center, Marion worked with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as well as in various skilled nursing facilities where her practice focused on the principles of controlled breathing techniques, energy conservation and balance training in the geriatric population. In 1998, she joined the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, as a Senior Physical Therapist and one of its two founding members.
Marion is the Chief of the Center’s Airway Clearance Unit which specializes in helping patients mobilize secretions through chest physical therapy, thoracic mobilization and adjunct clearance devices including the Acapella Valve, Flutter, Aerobika, Lung Flute and Quake. In 2017, Marion became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Mark W. Mangus, Sr., RRT, RPFT, FAARC
Mark W. Mangus, Sr., RRT, RPFT, FAARC holds a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care and is currently working towards earning his Master’s degree in Respiratory Care, both from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. He has practiced Respiratory Care for nearly 48 years, spanning a breadth of practice that includes more than 25 years in critical care of neonatal, pediatric and adult patients…
Additionally, he worked for more than 20 years in home care durable medical equipment and has 14 years teaching in several Respiratory Care education and training programs. He has participated in clinical research in human and animal subjects, helping to bring many ‘firsts’ in interventions to treat both acute and chronic pulmonary disease. He has published articles in and contributed to chapters in many different publications as well as authored patient education materials.
Mark developed, implemented and managed a premier program in Respiratory Disease Management and Rehabilitation for more than 21 years; the first comprehensive program in South and Central Texas; while helping to start several other programs during those years. Mark has lectured on topics in respiratory care at several conferences including those at the national level. He has served for more than 20 years as advisor for several on-line patient support groups including EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive, COPD Canada and Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness. Mark has been active in advocacy for education in self-management of chronic pulmonary disease and long-term oxygen therapy for more than 30 years. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position in the Respiratory Care Technology Program at St. Philip’s College, San Antonio, TX. He is an Allied Health Member of the American College of Chest Physicians and is a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care.
In 2017, Mark was named the Specialty Practitioner of the Year by the American Association of Respiratory Care, in the area of Continuing Care and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP
Dr. Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP received her Physical Therapy Education at Northwestern University’s Program in Physical Therapy and her certificate in Respiratory Care from the University of Chicago. Additionally, she has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from Loyola University of Chicago and her DPT from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Frownfelter is recognized internationally as a clinician, educator, author, and consultant in the area of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy. She is an APTA Board Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist as well as a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner…
Dr. Frownfelter’s most recent book, entitled Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy; Evidence and Practice, is the primary text used in many Physical and Respiratory Therapy Programs. She is currently in the process of the 6th edition of the book which will have an e-book format as well as a hard copy textbook. She has received many teaching awards and has presented at APTA National Conventions, as well as many Continuing Education Courses. She has served two terms as the President of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the APTA. She is a Board Member of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and serves on the COPD Advisory Committee. She is certified to present Courage to Quit Smoking Cessation Programs. She was elected a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the only physical therapist to be granted that distinction.
Dr. Greg Sweeney, PT, DPT, CCS
Dr. Greg Sweeney, PT, DPT, CCS graduated in 2012 from the University of Scranton with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 1999 and Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in 1996. Dr. Sweeney is currently the Program Manager of the Joan and Joel Smilow Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Center at Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Health System in New York City…
Dr. Sweeney has more than 20 years of experience in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. His experience spans the continuum of care including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care and outpatient settings; and is a Clinical Instructor on the Faculty of New York University. In addition, he has held adjunct faculty appointments in the Physical Therapy Departments at Long Island University and NYU. Dr. Sweeney is an APTA board certified Cardiopulmonary Clinical Specialist (CCS) and the Past President of the New York State Chapter of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Program.
Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT
Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT is a clinical nurse specialist and personal trainer with the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2001. She graduated from the Beth Israel School of Nursing in 1969, and earned her MSN in cardiopulmonary nursing in 1991 from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health professions in Boston. At MSKCC she was the pulmonary clinical nurse specialist in the nursing service…
Prior to that, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for 17 years as an ICU nurse, coordinator of consultation services for patients with acute and chronic respiratory disorders, and lung transplant coordinator. Presently, she is the Clinical Fitness Specialist at the Integrative Medicine Center at MSKCC, where she designs classes and exercise programs for all types client during or after cancer treatment, with a specialty in breathing classes.
Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT CSCS, CMP, MI-C
Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT CSCS, CMP, MI-C is a human wellness expert who believes that regardless of any current circumstances, absolutely everyone has the potential to access their own highest healing abilities and live a more deeply meaningful life. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi, which specializes in the integration of western bodymind science and the ancient healing arts of Qigong & Tai Chi…
As a practicing physical therapist and student of eastern movement and meditation practices for over two decades, Brian holds advanced certifications in both Western and Eastern healing arts, truly bringing together the best of both worlds in modern rehabilitative care. Committed to teaching at the highest levels, Brian is well known for making even the most difficult concepts easy to understand and immediately applicable in practice. He is a passionate teacher, author, international health consultant, bodymind expert, and thought leader in holistic rehabilitation.
Akua Adu-Labi, BS, MS, EP
Akua Adu-Labi, BS, MS, EP earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2004 and her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2007, from East Stroudsburg University, where her training included coursework in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathophysiology, Medical Diagnosis and Management, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Nutrition and Public Health Administration…
Akua joined the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center in 2007 where she serves as a Senior Exercise Physiologist. Her responsibilities include clinical exercise testing, developing individualized exercise prescriptions and supervising monitored exercise sessions. In 2017, Akua became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Ryan Diesem is the Research Manager at Valley Inspired Products. He has over 15 years of experience in the respiratory field, testing and evaluating home respiratory equipment, including oxygen systems, home ventilators, CPAP devices and interfaces, and more. Ryan has been a regular contributor to The Pulmonary Paper since 2010, offering educational information and informed advice to home oxygen users on their systems and capabilities…
He has frequently been a presenter at local lung disease support groups, and over the years has presented at a variety of conferences and on webinars. He is currently in the process of acquiring his Registered Respiratory Therapist certification, with an estimated completion in summer 2019. Ryan lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has two cats and a large record collection, and enjoys going to live concerts in his free time.
Aastha Joshi, BSPT, MS, EP
Aastha Joshi, BSPT, MS, EP earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2008, from the SDM College of Physical Therapy in Karnataka, India where she trained in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiovascular and pulmonary; and pediatric assessment and treatment. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2010, from East Stroudsburg University, where her educational training included coursework in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathophysiology, Medical Diagnosis and Management, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Nutrition and Public Health Administration…
Before joining the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center in 2011, as a physical therapist and exercise physiologist, Aastha began her professional career at the Montefiore Medical Center as a cardiac rehabilitation specialist where her responsibilities included clinical exercise testing, developing individualized exercise prescriptions and supervising monitored exercise sessions.
Aastha is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in the Center’s Orthopedic and Manual Therapy program and in 2017, became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Wai Chin, BS, MS, EP
Wai Chin, BS, MS, EP earned his Bachelor of Science in 2006 in Biology and Psychology; and his Master of Science in 2011 in Health Science, with a concentration in Cardiovascular Health and Disease, from Long Island University, where his educational training included coursework in Sports Medicine, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Pathophysiology, Medical Diagnosis and Management, Exercise Testing and Prescription, Nutrition and Public Health Administration…
Wai was a Strength and Wellness Coach and Team Leader at Long Island University’s Outpatient Sports Care Center where he specialized in the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, providing instruction and leadership to group participants, and supervising 12 student interns.
He joined the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in 2012, where his responsibilities include exercise testing and prescription, and supervising monitored exercise sessions. Wai is the Lead Clinician in the Center’s strength training program. In 2017, Wai became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Roberta Mittman, LAc, CNC, PLLC
Roberta Mittman, LAc, CNC, PLLC is a dedicated alternative health care practitioner, health and wellness coach, speaker, author, licensed acupuncturist, and certified nutritional consultant. She is the founder of the Park Avenue Center for Wellbeing, where she serves the New York City area as well as those from around the world, who connect with her for guidance to attain healthy, happy, and luxuriously empowered lives…
Roberta specializes in guiding women through a quiet revolution to look and feel vital, elegant, and unstoppable. Her magic: the perfect, holistic blend of timeless Eastern principles and cutting-edge Western information. A self-proclaimed chocolate enthusiast, she’s also the author of “Ultimate Wellness: The 3 Mental Shifts You Can Use to Change the Course of Your Health Right Now.”
Meredith Liss, MA, RD, CDE, CLT
Meredith Liss, MA, RD, CDE, CLT is a Registered/Certified Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator with a master’s degree in applied physiology and over 20 years of nutrition counseling experience, inspiring and guiding clients to live the healthiest versions of themselves…
With authenticity and the ability to connect with people, Meredith will guide you to design a sustainable plan best suited for your specific lifestyle. Meredith provides virtual counseling services via phone contacts with flexible hours (early mornings, evenings and weekends), in addition to email contact between appointments for accountability and support. No need to commute to your nutrition appointment.
Meredith received a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, earned her Master of Arts degree from the Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and obtained a certificate in training from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy. She co-authored the nutrition chapter of Dr. Noah Greenspan’s “Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness.”
Meredith is an exercise enthusiast, committed to healthy living, and has proudly completed 5 half-marathons.
Cynthia Revesz After graduation from an Ivy League law school and a 5-year stint at a high-powered law firm, where I billed 80 hours/week, I had become a zombie. It was a soul-crushing experience. All the sweetness and joy had been squeezed from my heart. I realized that I was living someone else’s dream. My excruciating discomfort led me to ask myself, “Who am I?” and “Can I bring more of who I am on the inside into the way I show up in the world?”...
So I left my job to find answers and it’s been an amazing journey. I’ve learned that I couldn’t believe everything that I’d think, but instead needed to remember and trust what I know; that thought is creative and even unconsciously-held beliefs create my experience; that the energy of old wounds holds me in the past; so releasing stuck emotions is vital to body-mind-spirit health; that everything is energy; that you and I are One with Divine Consciousness. Our Essence is the Energy of Creation, the vibration of Om, pure Love, Wisdom, Peace and Joy.
My outer journey has been interesting, too! I’ve learned energy healing techniques including Reiki and Shamanic Energy Medicine. And on the creative side, I’ve written, produced, and directed for film and television—including two specials on the New York Philharmonic’s 1997 Tour of Latin America for USA Network International.
Since 2002, I have practiced law with a boutique firm on an “as needed” basis, thereby allowing me to pursue my spiritual path and to travel. I love visiting places of great natural beauty and find that nature is a sanctuary for healing and developing insight.
Our paths – mine, yours – are not about what we do. We have a purpose that is much deeper. It’s about knowing who you are—and embodying a higher consciousness. Remember who you are. Take time to regularly withdraw from outer activity to connect deeply and know yourself.
Patricia Rocco, BS, MS, PT
Patricia Rocco, BS, MS, PT earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2010 from the Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Paraná, Brazil, where she trained in the areas of musculoskeletal neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary and pediatric assessment and treatment. Following graduation, Patricia completed a 1-year specialization in in-hospital physical therapy…
She earned her Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation in 2016 from Universidade de São Paulo, where her educational training included coursework in Rehabilitation Science and conducted a clinical trial investigating the differences between continuous and interval training in Asthmatic Patients.
Patricia Joined the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center as a physical therapy intern, and later as a staff physical therapist, where her responsibilities include supervising monitored exercise sessions. In 2017, Patricia became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Amalia Pilano, BS, MS, EP
Amalia Pilano, BS, MS, EP earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and Movement Science in 2007 from the University of Palermo in Sicily, and her Master of Science Degree in Theory and Methods of Preventive and Adapted Physical Activities in 2010, from the University of Cataania in Sicily. She has an extensive background in health, wellness, exercise physiology and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; working at Northern Westchester Hospital-Northwell Health, Englewood Hospital Medical Center, Fitness & Recovery Medical, and Torre del Grifo and Synthesis Club, in Catania, Italy…
Amalia joined the Pulmonary Wellness & Rehabilitation Center in 2017, where she is a Staff Exercise Physiologist. Her responsibilities include supervising monitored exercise sessions. In 2017, Amalia became certified in Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.