To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Member Mia Matteo keeps active

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.

Mia Matteo

Mia celebrating her 90th birthday in September with her youngest great-grandchild at the time, Connor. Two more great grandchildren have since blessed her family.

Aquatic classes, massage, lunch in the Café, if your personal Venn diagram includes any of these activities, chances are you’ve met the amazing Mia Matteo, who at 90 years old personifies perseverance, positivity, and inspiration. A Jefferson Valley member since 2001, Club Fit has become a part of Mia’s life, keeping her physically and mentally strong, helping her battle through breast cancer, a hip replacement, a pacemaker and Parkinson’s Disease.

A former lap swimmer at the Club, Mia has transitioned to the H2O Water Walking classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:15. If she can’t make one of the class times, she’ll go in the pool on her own to exercise. It’s an energy and interaction that Mia looks forward to every time she goes to the Club. “The water classes and talking to people gives me a lot of energy. To just sit at home would be the worst thing for me,” says Mia. “Club Fit keeps me young.” Mia also adds massage therapy to her gym routine and sees her favorite massage therapist, Jayne D’Ambrosio, every other week. “Jayne knows my body and knows me very well,” says Mia. “My whole body just feels good after a massage.”

So, what is Mia’s philosophy? Stay active, move. “You just have to keep going every day,” explains Mia. “I go to church, I pray a lot, and I thank God every day that I’m still here.” After a life that for years was filled with uncertainty and tragedy this should come as no surprise.

Born in Austria, Mia’s family struggled and was on welfare. With no money and hardly any food, the family was starving. Her mother was also suffering from post-partum depression, and by the time Mia was four, she and her brothers were removed from their home and isolated from one another in different buildings of an orphanage in Vienna. Her mother was placed in a sanitarium.

Mia experienced loving, neglectful, and abusive situations while shuttled between foster homes and the home of her father who had begun a new life and a new family. All without her brothers; all without a sense of why this was happening. When Mia was 12 Adolph Hitler ordered the 1938 invasion of her homeland. The following year Mia’s mother was killed in the gas chambers of Hartheim Castle, a victim of Hitler’s adult euthanasia program, a mass-murder project to kill all mentally and physically disabled adults living in Germany and German annexed territories.

Mia was drafted into the German Air Force at 16 and captured as a prisoner of war alongside several female soldiers. She remembers the cruelty of her Russian captors and a grueling, nine-day march of 40 kilometers per day (24.9 miles) back to Germany where exile and a train to Siberia awaited. Mia and her best friend Annalie escaped as they neared the train station aided by “a group of German women who created a circle around us and hid us with their big dresses.” One of the women sheltered the two in her home where they rested before fleeing to the safety of the American side of the Austrian border.

Life began to shift dramatically for Mia. She married U.S. Air Force Tail Gunner Walter Donelan, and for once life was peaceful. In 1952 Walter was transferred, and the growing family of four made their way to Arlington, MA. Additional transfers took them to France, back to Boston, and finally to New Mexico in 1962. During this time, they had two more children, but the challenges of military life took their toll, and by the end of the year their marriage ended.

New Mexico, however, offered a silver lining when she met Alexander Matteo at a St. Patrick’s Day party in 1963. Kindred spirits, the two were instant soul mates, and ironically, both had four children — two boys and two girls, each — from their first marriages. The couple married that August in Tuckahoe, NY and moved to Shrub Oak where they added two children of their own for a total of ten. Al, passed away three years ago on Thanksgiving, and Mia’s third child, Peter, lost his battle to pancreatic cancer four months later. Like sturdy branches of a grand Oak, however, their family tree continues to grow — honoring the past, embracing the future. Today, Mia is the proud grandmother to 63 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mia’s unwavering positivity has seen her through the scariest and happiest times of her life. Together, Mia and Al built an impenetrable foundation for their family of love, hard work, and an active lifestyle that included Club Fit. With her children and grandchildren by her side, Mia is ready for next chapter as well — a chapter that will continue to include Club Fit, rain or shine. “I don’t care if it’s raining or if I’m tired — I go, because it always makes me feel so much better when I do,” explains Mia. “I had a very hard life, and I still want to live a little bit. So, I do a little every day and see what happens.”

Prevention Tips for Soccer Injuries

By Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director at Ivyrehab Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley

Youth soccer injuries (ages 2 to 18) suffer around 120,000 injuries each year which are serious enough to require a trip to a hospital emergency room. The total number of soccer-related injuries, including those treated outside of a hospital ER, is estimated to be nearly 500,000 per year.A significant number of these injuries could be prevented if parents, athletes and soccer organizations employed the following safety measures:

Reduce injuries through proper strengthening and conditioning exercises, (especially building up hamstrings and inner quadriceps muscles) and teaching girls to pivot, jump, and land with flexed knees and employ a three-step with the knee flexed instead of a one-step stop with the knee extended have been shown to prevent some of these injuries. Stretching, particularly of the groin, hip, hamstrings, Achilles tendon, and quadriceps, during warm-ups before practices and games and during the cool-down after playing, is particularly vital in reducing the risk of strains and sprains.

To further reduce injuries properly maintaining the field, wear proper shin guards, and reduce injuries from goal post collisions with padding.

Stretching Tips:

Perform 3 repetitions of each stretch and hold 20-30 seconds

●Two Leg Hamstring Stretch
1. With both feet together and legs fully extended, hinge forward from your hips and reach forward with both hands towards your toes.
2. Tuck your chin towards your chest to increase the stretch. 3. Keep your toes pointed towards the sky.

●Hamstring Split Stretch
1. Bending on one knee, extend the other leg out in front of you.
2. Reach with both hands towards your outstretched foot.
3. Keep your toes towards the sky and tuck your head to increase the stretch. Remember to breathe!
4. Repeat for the opposite side.

●Lying Quadriceps Stretch
1. Lying on one side grasp your ankle and pull your heel towards your buttocks.
2. Keep your back straight and the other leg bent.
3. Do not grab your foot. Grab just above the ankle joint (the bottom of your leg).
4. Keep the thigh in line with your body. To increase the stretch push your hips forward (only a slight movement).
5. Repeat for the opposite side.

●Standing Groin Stretch
1. Stand with your legs wider than shoulder width apart.
2. Shift your weight onto one side as you bend your knee.
3. Reach with one hand towards your outstretched foot.
4. You should feel the stretch right down the inside of your outstretched leg.
5. Repeat for the opposite side.

●Sitting Groin Stretch
1. Sit with knees bent at 90 degrees.
2. Place the soles of your feet together to ‘splay’ your knees outwards.
3. Gently use your hands or elbows to push your knees downwards

●Lower Back Stretch
1. Sit with the legs straight out in front of you.
2. Bend the right knee so the sole of your foot is flat on the ground.
3. Turn your upper body towards your right knee and place your right hand on the floor for support
4. Place your left forearm on the outside of your right knee and gently pull your knee towards you
5. Resist with your knee and left hand to feel the tension in your lower back.
Repeat for the opposite side.

●Standing Calf Stretch
1. Using a wall or bar to support you, place one leg outstretched behind you.
2. Keeping the other leg bent lean against the wall to apply pressure to your beg leg.
3. Make sure you keep your back heel flat on the ground.
4. Repeat for the opposite side.

●Chest & Back Stretch
1. This stretch can be performed kneeling or standing. Take your boots off if you kneel.
2. Clasp your hands behind your back, keeping your arms as straight as possible.
3. Try to straighten your arms and raise them.
4. From this position bend forward from the waist also tucking your head towards your chest.
5. Hold this position for the recommended amount of time.

● Shoulder Stretch
1. Place one are outstretched across your chest.
2. Place the hand or forearm of your other arm on your outstretched elbow to apply pressure.
3. Gently pull your outstretched arm closer to your chest, keeping it as straight as possible.

Call to set up a free appointment if you would like to attend this free Soccer Screening at Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 on March 16, 2016 from 8:15-8:45 PM. In addition, if you would like to be seen right away for an injury or chronic pain under Direct Access (no prescription is required), contact us at or Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 or Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914) 762-2222. You can also visit our website at: www.ivyrehab.com.

Ivyrehab accepts most insurance plans (which our office obtains pre-approval from your insurance carrier) and will submit your office visit treatments for payment. You will be responsible for your co-payment depending on your particular insurance policy.

With one-on-one care this permits the therapist to construct a personalized program for the individual. After all, when it comes to rehabilitation, “it’s all about the people”.

Reference:
http://www.momsteam.com/sports/soccer/ten-ways-to-reduce-or-prevent-soccer-injuries

Free Soccer Injury Prevention Screening
March 16, 2016 from 8:15-8:45 PM with Jacek Golis
inside Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley
(Located inside Club Fit Jefferson Valley)

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Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Samantha Corveddu

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Briarcliff Manor – Childcare Worker

Samantha is a recent graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in Advertising. Samantha has always been creative and enjoys kids. If she can influence others through art or her actions, she feels like she has done something good. Samantha wants to inspire and help others.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Danielle Clarke

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Jefferson Valley – Group Fitness Instructor

Danielle has been a Group Fitness Instructor for over twenty years.  She has spent the last ten years in fitness here at Club Fit!  Danielle is an AFAA certified fitness instructor as well as AFAA certified personal trainer.  She teaches kickboxing, bootcamp, definitions, step and has recently also completed her Keiser cycle certification.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Jennifer Coratti

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Jefferson Valley – Fitness Coach

Jennifer grew up in Pawling NY and graduated from Bentley University.  She has a Masters from Colorado State University.  Jennifer has been a teacher and a coach for the past ten years, but decided to make a change at the end of last year. Now she has obtained her Personal Training certification. Jennifer’s interests include fitness, working out, football, basketball, soccer, baseball, travelling, cooking and music.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Sara Pomerantz

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Jefferson Valley – Tennis Professional

Sara is thrilled to be part of the Club Fit team. She is an active USTA 4.5 league player and is very passionate about the sport. She has a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in the health field. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Prevention Tips for Tennis Injuries

By Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS, Senior Director at Ivyrehab Briarcliff & Jefferson Valley

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) typically affects middle aged (40 to 60 years of age) adults and only 1 in 20 play tennis. If you have pain and/tenderness on the inside of your elbow, that is not going away it could be caused by different reasons such as improper techniques, poor physical conditioning, weight of the tennis racquet, too much tension on the strings of the racquet, balls are too heavy, type of court surface you are playing on and the grip size of the racquet. Other causes for lateral epicondylitis come from repeated forcible extension of the wrist such as using a screwdriver, heavy lifting and shoveling snow. Overuse of the muscles that extend the wrist usually has no pain at rest, but will increase with activity.

Treatment of tennis elbow focuses on relieving pain, controlling inflammation, promoting healing, improving local and general fitness and controlling force loads and repetitive movements with the wrists. Physical therapy uses a variety of modalities to relieve pain and decrease inflammation, massage and soft tissue mobilization techniques to heal the tissues. In addition, the following stretching and exercises are also recommended:

NOTE: the recommended stretching and exercises should not cause any increase pain. In the event that they do, you should stop immediately and consult with your physician.

Stretching Tips

Forearm stretch:
Hold arm straight out, fingers pointed towards the floor. Use your opposite hand and pull the fingers towards the body until a stretch is felt. Hold 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.
Repeat same as above, but fingers are pointed towards the ceiling. Use the opposite hand to fingers towards you. Hold 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.

Racquet stretch:
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold your racquet at the top of its frame with the right hand behind your head. Grasp the grip of the racquet with the left hand and slowly pull the racquet down the back. Hold 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Switch hands and do in the opposite direction

Scapular Stretch:
Cross the right arm in front of the left shoulder letting the elbow bend so that the hand droops over the left shoulder. With the left hand on the right elbow, push your arm in towards the back of the room. Hold for 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Arm overhead stretch:
Take your left hand over your head. Bend it at the elbow, so that your left hand is over your head near your right ear. Then take the right hand and push the left elbow with it more toward the right. Hold for 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times

Hands behind the back stretch:
Grasp your hands behind your back while holding them at the wrist. Pull your left hand more towards the right and then do in the opposite direction. Hold 10 – 15 seconds. Repeat 2 -3 times

Recommended Strengthening Exercises

Ball Gripping: Use a soft ball and repetitively squeeze to strengthen the forearm muscles. Do 100 – 200 times a day.

Wrist curls: Support your forearm on a table and stabilize your wrist with your other hand. Hold a 1 – 2 pound weight and bring your wrist up toward the ceiling and then back down. Now turn your palm up and once again bend your wrist toward the ceiling. Do 10 times/ 3 sets. Increase in 1/2 pound increments.

Broom – Handle Exercise: Take a stick and hang a 1 – 2 pound weight from a string to the stick. Keep the arms held out in front, with the palms down and attempt to roll the weight up and then back down. Repeat with palms up. Do 10 times/3 sets.

Call to set up a free appointment if you would like to attend this free Tennis Screening at Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 on February 23, 2016 from 7:15-7:45 PM. In addition, if you would like to be seen right away for an injury or chronic pain under Direct Access (no prescription is required), contact us at or Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245-8807 or Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914) 762-2222. You can also visit our website at www.ivyrehab.com.

Ivyrehab accepts most insurance plans (which our office obtains pre-approval from your insurance carrier) and will submit your office visit treatments for payment. You will be responsible for your co-payment depending on your particular insurance policy.

With one-on-one care this permits the therapist to construct a personalized program for the individual. After all, when it comes to rehabilitation, “it’s all about the people”.


Free Sport Readiness and Injury Prevention Screening
Location: Inside Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley
February 23, 2016 at 7:15 -7:45 PM with Deborah Cohen, MSPT

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Prevention of Golf-Related Injuries

Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS, Senior Director of Ivyrehab Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley

“Golf is a game now enjoyed by over 29.3 million golfers of all ages, shapes, and levels of physical fitness”. Although most people would agree that golf is not a rigorous sport, there is a wide range of musculoskeletal ailments associated with the full golf swing. Contrary to the slow nature of the game, the explosive action of the full swing places significant stress on shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints as well as producing high torque forces on the low back and hip structures.

Golfers of all levels could benefit from an effective golf-training program that serves a dual purpose of improving performance and reducing the risk for injury. Golfers have learned that it is much easier to make a mechanically correct swing when the body is strong and flexible. Golf fitness should include three major components: (1) maintaining and improving flexibility, (2) improving golf specific strength, and (3) improving postural balance and stability.

Flexibility & Strengthening Exercises:

Pre-season is a good time to begin a generalized stretching and strengthening program for your neck, back and extremities. For example, increasing joint flexibility can lengthen your swing; thus increasing the club head speed and result in longer shots. Increasing golf specific muscle strength requires an integrated, multi-joint strengthening program to allow for coordinated actions of major muscle groups of different body segments. The golf swing can also inherently create postural imbalances, which can lead to injury.

The most common injuries are discussed with stretching and exercise tips can help to prevent or reduce pain and/or injuries resulting from the repetitive nature of the golf swing coupled with the high velocity forces:

(1) Medial epicondylitis, or “golfer’s elbow”:
This ailment involves increased inflammation and pain on the inside of the right elbow (for right-handed golfers). Exercise Tip: A proper conditioning program will include wrist flexion/extension and supination/pronation (rotation of wrist clockwise and counter-clockwise) strengthening and stretching.

(2) Shoulder tendonitis, or “rotator cuff tendonitis”:

This can be a chronic problem for those with tight shoulder internal/external rotators and weak shoulder girdle stabilizers. Exercise Tip: The golfer who has concentrated his efforts in developing maximum strength and flexibility of the levator scapulae, rhomboids, sternocleidomastoid, rotator cuff muscles, and trapezius muscles will enjoy the greatest success.

(3) Low back pain:
This can affect most golfers at one time or another. The golf swing combines “unnatural” spinal movements of bending forward, bending backward, bending sideways, and rotating. Exercise Tip: A preventative-conditioning program will incorporate multi-directional stretching and strengthening 2-3 times a week with an 8-minute warm-up routine before playing. For example, a before round warm-up exercise routine would include knee to chest, modified squats, back extensions, shoulder stretch, and low back/neck rotations and sidebands. All exercises would be done in sets of five performed in a smooth, controlled manner.

(4) Neck Pain:
One important aspect often overlooked when striving for the pain free neck is unrestricted cervical spine rotation. The ability to “retract” your neck (or slightly tucking your chin) and fully rotate your chin to the left is necessary to achieve a good “top of back swing position” (for the right-handed golfer). Any limitation in flexibility in either plane of motion can cause muscle strain/or nerve pinching. The shearing and rotational stresses occurring at the lower neck at the top of backswing will be minimized with good muscle flexibility. Exercise Tip: Gentle rotation and side bending neck stretches done two times daily for duration of twenty seconds each will help eliminate pain and restriction.

Another reason for neck pain is mechanical in nature, often caused by overstretching of ligaments due to postural stresses. The golfer who spends countless hours practicing with the head in a forward, protruded position will always be at high risk to develop cervical (neck) pain. The walker versus the cart rider has far greater neck support as the postural muscles hold the head directly over the vertebral column, receiving maximum muscle support. The golf cart rider sits and relaxes in a cart approximately 75 times during a round. Exercise Tip: To avoid and minimize the forward head position, slightly tuck the chin and do this 2-3 times and hold for several seconds, while sitting in the golf cart.

Posture awareness and physical preparedness are key elements to pain free golf. If you have questions concerning screening examination or treatment of golf-related injuries feel free to contact our office and speak to a physical therapist.

Call to set up a free appointment if you would like to attend this free Golf Fitness Screening located inside Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914)762-2222. In addition, if you would like to be seen right away for an injury or chronic pain under Direct Access (no prescription required), contact us at Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914) 762-2222; or Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley at (914) 245-8807. You can also visit our website at www.ivyrehab.com.

Ivyrehab accepts most insurance plans (which our office obtains pre-approval from your insurance carrier) and will submit your office visit treatments for payment. You will be responsible for your co-payment depending on your particular insurance policy.

With one-on-one care this permits the therapist to construct a personalized program for the individual. After all, when it comes to rehabilitation, “it’s all about the people”.

References:
1) http://www.statista.com/statistics/227420/number-of-golfers-usa/
2) Batt, M., A Survey of Golf Injuries, British Journal of Sports Medicine 63-65, 1992
3) www.livestrong.com

Free Golf Screenings held inside Ivyrehab Briarcliff with Brian McLean, DPT, Director:
Monday, March 7, 2016 4:00- 7:00 PM
Tuesday March 8, 2016 9:00-11:00 AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 4:00-7:00 PM

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Prevent Skiing Knee Injuries on the Slope

BY: Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director of Ivyrehab Briarcliff and Jefferson Valley

As the cold weather approaches, many of us turn out thoughts and energy to the ski slopes. With this ever increasing interest, we gathered information to enhance conditioning for downhill skiing to help prevent common knee injuries.

The most common skiing injuries that occur in the lower limb, as a result of collisions and falls, are knee sprains/tears, which include Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) sprains/tears. With new advances in ski equipment today such as releasable bindings, the statistics have changed to decreasing leg fractures to 90% and 30% for knee injuries.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, (http://www.moveforwardpt.com/resources), (1) Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injuries are more common in the beginner and intermediate skier when the ski tips are pointed towards one another in a snow plow positon, when the skier is trying to slow down or stop.

Prevention Tips for MCL injuries:

● Make sure your weight is balance when you are in a snowplow position
● Stay on comfortable terrain

(2) Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries occur when the skier lands from a jump with their weight back on the boot. This causes a significant force on the back of the boot and the force pushes on the calf, which results in spraining or tearing the ACL

● Another common ACL tear is the “phantom foot” phenomenon. This occurs when the skier tries to stand up in order to prevent a fall. All the weight goes on the outside of one ski, and the arms and trunk rotates away from that leg.


Prevention Tips for ACL Injuries:

● Land safely with your weight forward. Start with simple jumps and gradually advance to more difficult jumps
● Do not try to stand up and go with the momentum of the fall and maintain good ski technique

Tips for Preparing for the slopes:

1. Make sure you have the proper equipment and take a skiing lesson if you have not skied in a while. Prepare yourself to three to four weeks before you go skiing with the recommended flexibility, strengthening and endurance program recommended below:

2. A safe and enjoyable ski season begins with a pre-slope program designed to promote adequate flexibility, strength and endurance. The scope of the conditioning program is dependent upon the physical condition of each individual.

Flexibility is among the most vital components of an effective conditioning program. Primary consideration should be given to maximizing the flexibility of the quadriceps, hamstrings, gastrocnemius, soleus, trunk rotators, shoulder girdle and low back musculature. Long, slow static stretching of these muscle groups is recommended.

Strength is another consideration. The quadriceps muscle group is of primary concern to the heavy demand placed on it when downhill skiing. Strengthening of the gluteals, hip adductors and the arms are also recommended. Inadequate strength affects ski technique and increases injury risk.

Endurance should also be addressed in a ski conditioning program. As with the other components of strength and flexibility, the amount of endurance training is relative to the fitness level of the individual. One can choose from running, swimming, cycling, rowing and Elliptical trainer. Endurance workouts may also incorporate a plan that strengthens the muscles used in skiing, as well as increasing endurance. Examples of ski- oriented training are: traverse running; box jumping.

Skiers should also prepare themselves with an adequate warm-up of stretching the upper extremities and the back before getting the skis on in the morning and can even include jumping jacks or jogging in place. Due to the nature of the physical demands of the sport, a run or two on an easier slope is recommended as a final warm-up.

Fatigue is inherent in a full day of skiing. Studies have shown that injury rates are increased toward the end of the day. Beginners should consider skiing a half day until their endurance improves. Care should be taken to monitor physical status and pacing your runs on the slopes with adequate food and water breaks in order to have a safe day.

Recommended Flexibility Program:

• Standing quadriceps stretch – pull heel toward buttock until a stretch is felt in front of thigh, hold 30seconds, repeat on opposite side.
• Standing hamstring stretch – Place heel on a bench. Slowly lean forward reaching down towards your shin until a stretch is felt at the back of the thigh. Keep the knee straight and back straight, hold 30 seconds, repeat on opposite side.

• Calf stretch – Keeping back leg straight, with heel on floor and turned slightly outward, lean into wall until a stretch is felt in calf, hold 30 seconds, repeat on opposite side.

• Standing trunk rotation stretch – Turn shoulders to one side while keeping hips forward, hold 30 seconds, repeat on opposite side.
• Standing trunk lateral flexion stretch – Reach over and upward while sliding opposite arm down leg, hold 30 seconds, repeat on opposite side.

Recommended Strengthening Exercises:

• Circuit training
• Free weights
• Isometric strengthening in the “downhill position”

Have fun on the slopes!
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Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Kyle Montesano

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Briarcliff Manor – Lifeguard

Kyle is a senior at the Yorktown High School and is making the best out of his last few months there. Kyle has been doing kickboxing for some time now and he loves it! He seems like a really nice guy, and he is!! He can’t wait to meet everyone at Club Fit. Hang out with him sometime – he’s a pretty cool guy!

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Allison Cahayla

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Jefferson Valley – Energy Center Manager

Allison is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.  She has a one year old son who she enjoys spending all of her spare time with!  Allison has a passion for working with children and adults, and is excited to begin her journey at Club Fit!

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – David Kezafrika

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Briarcliff Manor – Childcare Worker

David is originally from East Africa but is a native New Yorker.  He is a graduate of the University at Albany with a degree in Biology.  He is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.  David enjoys a variety of sports, but his favorite is soccer.  He also enjoys the outdoors as well as environmental conservation.  David is fond of photography and enjoys making music.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Matthew Wrubel

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Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Matt is currently studying at the University at Buffalo, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and plans on continuing on to his Masters. He enjoys swimming and has participated on many different swim teams, Club Fit swim team included. He loves jokes and wants to be your friend!