As a NYC-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher for 20+ years, Jessi Patz, PT, DPT, CKTP (she/her) has taught, choreographed and performed for dance venues, film, theater, and comedy shows all over the world. Jessi utilizes her extensive background in dance and movement to assist performers (and all patients) in building long careers with a deeper understanding of their body/anatomy, pain science, and the importance of maintaining a strong foundation. A passionate Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jessi has also dedicated herself to a lifelong study of Pilates and Rehab. She has worked for Physioarts and Function First PT clinics, as well as provided PT treatment backstage to the Broadway performers and crews of Hamilton, Book Of Mormon, Chicago, Head Over Heels, The Prom, Be More Chill, Aladdin, Mean Girls and has worked with dancers from Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Nathan Trice, Radio City's The Rockettes, and many more. Jessi hosts workshops and is a frequent guest lecturer to dance students in grade schools and universities, and to Physical Therapy Doctoral Candidates.
"I have not met anyone I trust more with my physical and my emotional well-being than Jessi Patz!"
"I truly cannot say enough good about Jessi."
Marissa T. Schaeffer, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, (she/her) is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance and earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Columbia University. She has worked with the students and company members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steps on Broadway, Limón Dance Company, HopeBoykinDance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as well as several Broadway shows, including Freestyle Love Supreme. Her expertise covers contemporary dance, ballet, musical theater, jazz, tap, and more. Marissa specializes in identifying issues at the root of a performer’s pain, rehabilitating the injury, and adjusting movement patterns to achieve longevity. Like so many dancers, she has experience with long-term injury, which for her
culminated in an extensive back surgery and year-long recovery. Marissa strives to help performing artists and athletes—both professional and not— feel confident, comfortable, strong, safe, and respected as they transition quickly from FlySpace back to normal activities. Marissa is also the owner of FlySpace PT. For more information on Marissa, click here.
"Having worked with Marissa as trainer and physical therapist, results is the best word to describe my experience. She is effective, thoughtful and dedicated! Can't recommend her more highly!"
"Marissa's expertise and winning personality are good for the body and soul."
– Lynn F.
Always a mover, Ami Kirollos, PT, DPT, CSCS (she/her) grew up dancing to just about anything with a beat. While training in the styles of modern, ballet, and hip hop, Ami became fascinated by the idea of “movement as medicine.” This interest ultimately led her to pursue studies in dance movement therapy as an undergraduate at Indiana University. It was not until her final year, after taking a course in dance injury prevention instructed with the ballet’s physical therapist, that Ami’s plans quickly changed and her journey to becoming a physical therapist began.
Ami received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine. As a physical therapist she has worked in both the in- clinic and backstage settings with performers of all ages and abilities. Additionally, Ami also specializes in treating pelvic floor conditions and has a particular interest in the impact of pelvic floor dysfunction as it relates to the performing artist. Ami has completed advanced training in in dance medicine, pelvic floor therapy, concussion management, osteopathic manual therapy, and Pilates. Ami strives to offers holistic and quality care. She is especially motivated to ensure her patients feel heard and accepted while in her care. Ami strongly believes that individualized treatment, emphasizing education and self-care, is key to her patients’ success and aims to convey this in every treatment.
Kelsey MacDonald (she/her) is so thrilled to be a part of the FlySpace team. Kelsey is a graduate of Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a BFA in Musical Theatre and an emphasis in Songwriting. When she isn't answering your emails or communicating with your doctors you can find her writing music, picnicing in the park, or perfecting her overnight oats recipe. Having worked with both Marissa and Jessi on a chronic back injury, Kelsey can confidently say that there is no better place to seek physical therapy, especially specific to the performance world, than here at FlySpace!