About us


Co-owners

Deanie Barth, MSPT, is co-owner of Centurion Physical Therapy. She received her masters in physical therapy from New York Medical College in 2000 after completing a post-baccalaureate pre-health program at Columbia University and a bachelor in communication from the University of Delaware. Deanie has 20 years of experience with sport-related injuries, post-surgical rehab, and orthopedic and neurological disorders. In addition to her clinical work, Deanie was a co-founder of GallopNYC, a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with disabilities, as well as a director for a camp for individuals with Huntington’s Disease. Deanie is a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. An avid runner, Deanie has completed several marathons. 

Marcus Forman, PT, DPT, is co-owner of Centurion Physical Therapy. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1991, and in 1997 he earned his physical therapy degree at Daemen College, where he was awarded a sports physical therapy scholarship. Marcus interned in sports medicine at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital, then spent four years at HealthSouth at Lincoln Center, where he treated dancers, athletes, and performers. In 2001, Marcus founded Forman Physical Therapy within La Palestra/The Center for Preventative Medicine, and later teamed up with Deanie to form Centurion. Marcus has also been a clinical instructor for New York University’s and Columbia University’s physical therapy programs since 1998.


Practitioners

Steph Armijo is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor and meditation/mindfulness teacher. Steph teaches all-levels vinyasa flow classes geared toward athletes. Her clients have included members of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Mets, New York Road Runners, East Harlem’s DREAM Charter School, and Manhattan's Hewitt School squash team. Steph is also a certified Pilates Instructor and a Lululemon Athletica yoga ambassador.

Amber Bloom, MSPT, has been a physical therapist since 2003, with experience in orthopedics and sports injuries, as well as acute surgeries, neurological injuries, and in-hospital treatment. She has completed classes in kinesiotaping and has taken other manual courses with the Institute for Physical Art, Duffy-Rath System, and Hands-On Seminars.

Christina Carchidi is a movement professional with over 30 years of dance experience. She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, with a B.F.A. in dance in 2000 and has since performed as a professional dancer. She continued her dance training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater while she was a dancer for various musical artists. She founded her Pilates practice as a dancer and obtained her comprehensive Pilates certification in 2008. She has worked as a Pilates instructor since then while continuing her studies in Pilates, yoga, anti-gravity, thai bodywork, and dance. She is currently working towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Touro College. 

Brian Flynn, director of personal training, holds corrective and medical exercise certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine; the American Academy of Health, Fitness, and Rehab Professionals; and Functional Movement Systems. Additionally, Brian has completed advanced curricula through PTA Global and Optimum Performance Training Institute. He is a master trainer for dynamic variable resistance training and Ultimate Sandbag; he lectures at industry conferences teaching company methodologies to other fitness professionals. Brian was a collegiate football player at Bentley University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Michelle Morton, Pilates director, has been teaching Pilates since 2004, when she was classically trained and certified in Boulder, Colorado. Michelle has a bachelor of science degree in psychology and has extensive training in Kathy Grant work. She is PMA certified. From 2009–2017 she developed and directed the Pilates program for the Center for Preventative Medicine. She oversaw and managed multiple facilities throughout Manhattan, recruiting and building a highly qualified Pilates staff while maintaining a full teaching and mentor schedule of her own.

Eilish O'Sullivan, PT, DPT, OCS, graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As a rower there, she became interested in core strengthening and injuries. She went on to the MGH Institute of Health Professions to obtain her doctor of physical therapy degree. She completed a year-long internship at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, working on the musculoskeletal and stroke programs. Eilish then went to the Hospital for Special Surgery, where she developed expertise in the treatment of hip and core injuries. She completed HSS's hip certification program and continues to teach this annually. Eilish is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, with a passion for evidence-based practice and manual therapy.

Aubin Sullivan began her academic career at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, with a major in dance. After pursuing a career in dance, she decided to return to school with a strong interest in science and biology. She attended Hunter College with a major in biology, and minor in psychology, then transferred to Touro College, School of Health Science in Manhattan, where she received her Masters of science in physical therapy. Aubin continues to learn by taking formal course work, with emphasis on manual therapy. In addition, she has interests in Pilates, and frequently uses its concepts in her treatment methods.

Martijn Van Berkel, PT, is a board-certified and state-licensed physical therapist with over 15 years experience in the treatment and prevention of sport injuries in internationally ranked and professional athletes. Martijn worked for more than ten years in the Netherlands at the Olympic Support Centre SMC Medicort Sports and Orthopedic Care, where his practice focused on sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation. He also worked as the physical therapist for the Dutch National Baseball Team for ten years, accompanying the team to the Olympics in Beijing as well as to multiple international competitions. Martijn specializes in the treatment of shoulder, hip, and knee injuries, along with spinal manual therapy.


Support Staff

Chris Kronish, office manager, is a former patient and, since 2014, has overseen the day-to-day operations at Centurion Physical Therapy.

Noemi Tario Richardson, medical office coordinator, keeps the front desk running smoothly, assisting patients with scheduling, insurance authorizations, and billing.

Delia Travieso, medical billing manager, is the point person for all insurance claims and assists patients with scheduling, billing, and other insurance inquiries.

 

 
 
 

At Centurion, we enjoy giving back to the community, and these charities are particularly near to our hearts.

 
 

We proudly sponsor Gallop, a therapeutic horseback riding organization that serves individuals with disabilities. Deanie was one of its co-founders a decade ago and remains committed to its growth. Current initiatives include backing a member of the GallopNYC Equestrian team and keeping Gallop’s horses well cared for with its Adopt a Horse program. 

Gallop will be providing charity bibs for the Hamptons Half Marathon and the NYC Marathon. To be considered, please contact Amanda.Gallo@GallopNYC.org.


As a result of chronic disease, war, natural disasters, traumatic accidents, extreme poverty, and poor health care, 50 million children around the world are in need of mobility aids like crutches, canes, and walkers. The mission of Crutches 4 Kids is to bridge the gap between the abundant supply of crutches in the United States and the staggering demand in other countries. Centurion is proud to participate in this important mission by collecting gently used crutches and other mobility aids. Email or call our office for details.

Centurion organizes a team and fundraising every year for Cycle for Survival, a Spin-a-thon dedicated to raising money for researching rare cancers, the kind that typically get little funding but are collectively being battled by roughly half of all cancer patients. Cycle for Survival was founded by a friend and former patient of ours, and we are devoted to furthering her remarkable legacy.  

Sign up here to contribute to the Centurion team, which will be cycling on March 10, 2018.