Prevention Tips for Tennis Injuries

January 28, 2016 by Liz

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

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”.

Ivy Rehab

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

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Member Luzmarina Lalli

January 28, 2016 by karen

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.

Luzmarina with her family
Club Fit Briarcliff member Luzmarina with her family.

They say exercise is medicine for your soul. And, if anyone doubts it, look no further than Club Fit Briarcliff member Luzmarina Lalli, wife, mother, grandmother, and warrior. Eternally young at heart, Luzmarina uses the Fitness Center, Group Fitness classes, and the Aquatics Center, with her hands-down favorite being Zumba classes. Sounds like a description that could fit many of Club Fit’s faithful members, however, there is a difference. Luzmarina is battling chronic kidney disease (CKD).

CKD is the gradual loss of kidney function over time. According to the National Library of Medicine, sometimes the loss of function can be so slow that you do not have symptoms until your kidneys have almost stopped working. Diagnosed in the 1990s, Luzmarina had no idea she was sick — no warning signs that her body was rebelling against her, until blood work at a routine trip to the doctor uncovered the disease. Doctors found none of the symptoms typically associated with kidney disease and urged her to keep up her healthy lifestyle. Luckily, a healthy lifestyle was routine for Luzmarina and her family. The only addition was check-ups to monitor her kidneys.

Luzmarina joined Club Fit 15 years ago and immediately found a place for her passion for dance in the group fitness classes. When Club Fit first started offering Zumba classes, Luzmarina was hooked, and she’s been sashaying her way across the Club Fit studio floors ever since. Her current routine is two to three Zumba classes a week, if her schedule allows, followed by a workout on the Hoist Strength Training Circuit. She’s just discovered the Aquatic Arthritis class and the post-class visit to the whirlpool that is not only medicine for the soul, but medicine for an arthritic knee.

20 years into her diagnosis, Luzmarina’s CKD has, unfortunately, progressed to an advanced stage. While she’s feeling better now, August through mid-December of 2015 was a struggle marked with fatigue. Still Luzmarina tried to make it to Club Fit for Zumba and strength training when she could, but it was difficult. “Sometimes I could hardly stay awake,” recalled Luzmarina. “In Zumba I was so slow, but it was great for my attitude to go and be able to feel that I accomplished something.” Though fatigued and sick, she was still able to maintain a high enough level of fitness to avoid dialysis. Her doctors at Columbia-Presbyterian in Manhattan want to keep it that way.

Luzmarina’s doctors have recommended pursuing a living donor kidney transplant before a deceased donor kidney transplant. According to Columbia University Medical Center’s Renal Transplant Program webpage “A deceased donor kidney has a 50/50 chance of functioning for 10-20 years, post-transplant. In contrast, a live donor kidney has a 50/50 chance of functioning over 20 years. In addition, 50-60% of deceased donor kidneys are fully functional immediately upon transplantation, versus 97% of live donor organs” (Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant, 2015.)

So, while her family and friends rally around her to help find a match, Luzmarina is back to her routine, maintaining her health and fitness, while inspiring everyone around her with her energy, positivity, and love of Zumba. When a match is found, one thing is for sure — our Zumba warrior will be ready.

To learn more about chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation, visit the following websites:


1) Chronic Kidney Disease. (2016, Jan.). Retrieved from:

2) Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant. (2015). Retrieved from:

Additional Source:

3) Transplantation: Living Donor Kidney Transplants. (2015). Retrieved from:

To Keep You Inspired… Club Fit Member Dr. Dede Aronian

January 28, 2016 by karen

by Lisa Olney, Club Fit guest blogger.









A captivating array of paintings adorns the walls of Dr. Dede Aronian’s beautifully rustic home, greeting you at every turn, daring you to break your gaze and look away. From landscapes to portraits a few of these paintings are by Dede, herself, and to learn that she is a relative newcomer to painting is inspiring to all who yearn to pick up a brush and explore their creativity.

Dede retired in 2003 from a 33-year career as an ophthalmologist in Manhattan with a subspecialty in retinitis of prematurity, but Dede found it difficult to adjust to retirement. “I was in mourning for what felt like years,” said Dede. “I just missed my work so much.” From her deceased mother, who had been a fine artist in her own right, she had inherited a box of excellent pastels. Was her mother speaking to her and showing the way? In 2005 Dede enrolled in her first class; “Portraiture in Pastel” and the adventure began.

From the start Dede jumped into painting with the same drive she had in her professional life, starting with pastel and quickly progressing to oils, her favorite medium. She took classes and workshops at the old Northern Westchester Arts Center in Mount Kisco, the Katonah Arts Center, the Art Student’s League of New York in Manhattan, and, currently, the Rye Arts Center with noted artists such as Daniel Greene, Laurel Boeck Stern, and Ismael Checo, who has become her mentor.

Three years ago on a trip with her husband John to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, Dede attended a workshop led by a colorful, abstract artist, Bob Brundage, where the medium was acrylics and the theme was bold imagination. “I was a fish out of water surrounded by a sea of abstract acrylic painters when all I knew was representational oil painting!” recalled Dede. So she borrowed some acrylics and dug down deep for inspiration. “The impression I had in seeing thousands of cases of retinitis over the years stuck with me very strongly,” said Dede. “So, I thought, why not paint a picture of retinitis of prematurity? Nobody would know what it really was.” She did just that, and at the end-of-workshop show hers was the only painting purchased. Dede was so excited that when she returned home, she continued painting in this vein, bringing an artist’s eye to the inner beauty of the body. A collection was born.

Dede is Club Fit Jefferson Valley’s featured artist for February, and her collection, “Inner Beauty” provides a synergy with Club Fit. An intriguing blend of whimsical sophistication, “Inner Beauty” started with the retina and grew to include inspirations from electron microscopy and laparoscopy images. “Inner Beauty” challenges the mind in a fun way to identify the anatomical muse in pictures such as Lady in Blue, Tree of Life, and Yellow Tide, to name a few.

A member since 2014, Dede believes that exercise in moderation is integral to good health and when done with the guidance of a trained professional, can help avoid specific ailments such as osteoporosis and back disorders. Dede loves to swim and can often be found swimming laps with her waterproof iPod. She is also looking forward to trying Qi Gong, a Chinese, low-impact exercise program. But it’s not just exercise that releases the endorphins for Dede. “I paint because it gives me joy. It gives me that serotonin rush – the same as if you played a good tennis match or have a runner’s high. You definitely get that when you are painting.”

To see Dede’s work in person, stop by the Club Fit Jefferson Valley Gallery during February, or visit her website at

Welcome new Jefferson Valley Fitness Director Joe Riley

January 26, 2016 by karen

Club Fit Jefferson Valley Fitness Director Joe Riley
Club Fit Jefferson Valley Fitness Director Joe Riley

Club Fit Jefferson Valley is pleased to welcome Joe Riley to his new position of Fitness Director and Parisi Program Director. Joe grew up in Ossining, and attended Ossining High School. After High School, he attended The College At Brockport and received a double major in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, and a minor in Biology. At Brockport, he played 4 years as a linebacker for the Golden Eagles. Following undergraduate studies, Joe received a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from St. John’s University. While completing his Master’s, he  began working at Club Fit Briarcliff as a Fitness Coach, a Personal Trainer and eventually a Manager on Duty. Joe’s fitness experience is extensive, working with a wide range of clientele; college athletes at the Division 1, 2 and 3 levels, exercise testing, youth populations, elder populations, cardiac rehabilitation, and many more. Joe has coached high school football and his hobbies include football, ice hockey, baseball, golf and, of course, fitness. His passion for fitness began when it helped him overcome obstacles to achieve his goals. Since then, his goal has been to help as many people possible through fitness. Joe feels Club Fit is an extraordinary place and is excited to help others accomplish their goals!

Joe’s full bio:

• Master’s Degree in Sports Management — St. John’s University
Undergraduate Degree B.S. Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology, minor in Biology — The College at Brockport
• Experience in Division 1, 2 and 3 strength and conditioning programs
• High School Football Coach
Division III Collegiate Football Player
• NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer
• CPR/AED/First Aid Certified

Specialties: Power Training & development, Strength Training & Development, Sport-Specific Training, Agility Training, Functional Lifestyle Training.

Hobbies: Football, Hockey, Weight Training, Baseball, Golf.

Philosophy of Exercise: “Fitness is a competition with oneself. Work hard, love what you do and strive every single day to be better than you were yesterday.”

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Dana Basilone

January 25, 2016 by Human Resources

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Briarcliff Manor – Massage Therapist

Dana enjoys professional singing, hiking, traveling and yoga.  She has a very strong knowledge of anatomy and muscles, so medical massage is an area she specializes in.  Dana loves the friendly Club Fit environment, and that it’s open, clean and impressive!

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Peter Guzzo

January 25, 2016 by Human Resources

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Jefferson Valley – Intern

Peter is a student from SUNY Cortland who studies Sports Management. He is interning at Club Fit to learn the different aspects of the operations of a health club. In addition to majoring in sports management, he has a concentration in event management and a minor in professional writing.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Rebecca Shulman

January 25, 2016 by Human Resources

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Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Becca is a senior at Fredonia State University, studying in the field of English and Communication. She has been a lifeguard for 8 consecutive years, and has loved swimming since she was 7. She also enjoys reading, writing, watching movies and spending time with friends.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Kaitlyn Ross

January 22, 2016 by Human Resources

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Jefferson Valley – Human Resources Administrative Assistant Intern

Katie is a senior at Lehman College and will be graduating in May. She is majoring in Human Resources and Marketing. She is very excited to join the Club Fit team as an HR intern, especially because of how much she loves fitness!

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Lisa Harbour

January 22, 2016 by Human Resources

New Club Fit Staff Member – Lisa Harbour

Briarcliff Manor – Massage Therapist

Lisa is a certified reflexologist and a licensed massage therapist.  She likes yoga, painting, scrabble and reading autobiographies.  Lisa loves Club Fit’s welcoming environment for promoting health and wellbeing.  It’s more than a gym!

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Emily Buitekant

January 22, 2016 by Human Resources

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Jefferson Valley – Water Safety Instructor

Emily is a senior at Walter Panas High School. She is looking to go to a four-year college and major in Elementary Education. Emily has taught swim lessons for the past two years at Charles J. Cook Pool during the summer. She has been swimming competitively since she was nine-years old for Patriots Swim Team. Emily has also swam for her high school swim team and town swim team. Swimming is a true passion to Emily and she hopes it is something that will always be part of her life.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Katherine Doria

January 22, 2016 by Human Resources

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Briarcliff Manor – Lifeguard

Katherine is currently attending Post University. She is a Legal Studies major and plans on attending law school in the future. She also enjoys horseback riding and is captain of the Dressage team at her college.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Wesley Dyer

January 22, 2016 by Human Resources

IMG_20160120_150339New Club Fit Staff Member – Wesley Dyer

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Wesley is currently a student at Binghamton University as a Biological Sciences major. Wesley lives in Ossining and has been a part of the community his whole life.

Fitness Success Story: Mary Healy

January 22, 2016 by Liz

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Mary Healy joined Club Fit in February 2015 and began personal training with Master Trainer Beth Kear in March. Here is what she has to say about her fitness journey with Club Fit:

Most of my life I have been overweight. After much time and effort, at this point in my fitness journey, I have lost over 65lbs and I am now off Hypertension medications. My main interest in joining Club Fit was to use the pool for exercise post back surgery. Once I felt stronger I wanted to learn how to use the Fitness Center but was anxious regarding safety. Soon after, a club manager suggested working with a personal trainer to ease my way into a new fitness regime and help with my balance and strength weaknesses. Master Trainer Beth Kear stepped into my life and everything changed. She has shared her knowledge as tools to use everyday until they become part of you. My strength, balance, and endurance has all increased, but most of all — my confidence. This is my first experience joining a health club, it has been one of my best decisions I have made. It is true you never stop learning!

We are so happy for your success Mary, congratulations in your progress and your accomplishments!

Mary before and after
Mary’s fitness journey yielded amazing progress, as shown in these before and after photos.


Prevent Skiing – Knee Injuries on the Slope

January 19, 2016 by Liz

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 12.37.05 PMBY: 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, (, (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!
Ivy Rehab

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Brian Alvarez

January 14, 2016 by Human Resources

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Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Brian is a college student currently attending SUNY Oneonta as a sophomore. He has been Lifeguarding for 6 years now and enjoys swimming, the beach, and meeting new people.

Hip Pain in the Athlete . . . meet the Doctor!

January 14, 2016 by Liz

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Anterior hip pain or “hip flexor” pain is a very common complaint among active individuals. There are only a few, very common reasons for anterior hip pain. It is very important to diagnose these causes correctly so the right treatment plan can be implemented. According to Dr Michael Gott, “The Top 3 Causes of Hip Flexor Pain include:

1. Hip flexor muscle/tendon strain
The hip flexors are the group of muscles that work in conjunction to elevate your leg and thus flex your hip.

These muscles originate on the pelvis or on the lumbar spine and insert onto your thigh bone or femur. An acute injury, and most overuse injuries to these muscles can present as pain in the groin or in the front of your hip.

Mostly patient have groin pain or hip pain with activities, and no pain at rest.

2. Hip labrum injury
This hip labrum is a rim of cartilage that encircles the acetabulum. The acetabulum is the socket portion of your hip, which is a ball and socket joint.

It acts to deepen the socket and provide a suction effect to keep your hip in place. The hip labrum frequently is injured in athletes who participate in sports requiring deep flexion of their hips, or extremes of range of motion, like dancers.

The hip labrum can be injured acutely during a trauma to the area or over time which may be caused by impingement between the ball and socket of your femur joint. Many times a patient who has been treated for a long time for a hip flexor strain and is not getting better will have an injury to their hip labrum.

3. Hip arthritis
Arthritis is the loss of articular cartilage in a joint.

Cartilage is the smooth surfaces on the ends of the femur bone and in the socket of the hip joint that allows the hip to glide through a smooth and painless range of motion. When this cartilage wears away, or degenerates it can cause pain in the front of the hip near the hip flexor.”

Come to Dr Michael Gott’s free lecture on January 28, 2016 from 7-8 PM and learn helpful tips for hip pain at Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley, located inside Club Fit Jefferson Valley. You can also stop by and meet Dr Gott from 6:30-7:00 PM in the lobby at Club Fit Jefferson Valley. Call to sign up at (914) 245-8807 as space is limited. Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. e has also been an active member of the National Ski Patrol as well as a Member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol for 18 years.

Printed with permission from Dr. Gott:

Stop by and meet Dr. Michael Gott, Orthopedic Surgeon from Westchester Sports and Spine on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:30-7:00 PM in the lobby at Club Fit Jefferson Valley, as well as for his lecture on “Hip Pain in the Athlete”, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Dr. Michael Gott is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon from Albert Einstein College of Medicine after graduating from Emory University. He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Northshore/Long Island Jewish Hospital System and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute – St. Vincent’s in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Gott specializes in conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle including traumatic and sports related injuries as well as arthritic conditions. He focuses on conservative, non-operative treatment for most conditions. In addition to his practices in Yorktown, Katonah and White Plains, Dr. Gott is the head team physician for the Yorktown High School athletics. He is also an active member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol, as well as their orthopedic advisor.

For additional information and to sign-up for this free presentation contact Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley at (914) 245-8807. You can also visit our website at, 600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley, New York 10535.
Ivy Rehab

Accolades to our Exceptional Staff!

January 12, 2016 by Human Resources

Mark, Cassie, and Chris of the Reception department, recieved a thoughtful accolade from one of our members:

“It is a pleasure to start my days off very early in the morning with Mark, Cassie, and Chris, and a bonus when I bring my children back later in the day to still be greeted by them. They always go above and beyond, and the level of customer service they provide is exceptional. These three staff members are without a doubt three of Club Fit’s greatest assets.”

Our morning Manager on Duty, Bill Pagel, received a friendly shout out from one of our members:

“Bill takes the time to learn member names and has the patience to hear the good and sometimes the bad– very, very early in the morning.
His professionalism is always noticeable.”

One member had great things to say about Fitness Director, Joe Riley:

“Joe has played a very important part in helping me achieve my fitness goals and is most deserving of the promotion he just received as Fitness Director, Jefferson Valley. I have worked with Joe in both group fitness classes and one-on-one in personal training sessions.  I think I speak for many at the Briarcliff location when I say that Joe will truly be missed.”

Here is what one member had to say about Tennis Professional, Dan Reisner:

“I would like to recognize another outstanding Club Fit employee – Tennis Pro, Dan Reisner. Dan is an employee that my entire family can say many, many wonderful things about. He is amazing as an instructor for the children and equally amazing and patient as a talented instructor for adults. Each of us looks forward to our weekly lesson with Dan!”

One member had many wonderful things to say about several employees of our many deparments:

“I have nothing but praises to the front desk, service staff and the Spin class instructors.
Special mention to Shannon at the front desk, Mark at the service desk and Barbara V, Irene, Claudia who inspire me to work hard each time I am at their Spin class.
Thank you all for helping me lose 20 lbs and maintain my weight!”

Program instructor, Leslie Kesselman, recieved a kind compliment from one of our members:

“Leslie from Aquatics is not only a good instructor, she cares about everyone in class.”

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Aja Hudson

January 8, 2016 by Human Resources

IMG_20160108_145235 Hudson,AjaNew Club Fit Staff Member – Aja Hudson

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Aja enjoys dancing, talking, learning, shopping and eating healthy. She likes that Club Fit is centered around fitness and that we offer training in many different areas.