Our Pro Stretch*rs

All of our Stretch*rs are certified in the Stretch*d Method.

With extensive bodywork backgrounds, including degrees and certifications in physical therapy, massage, personal training, dance and yoga, our Stretch*rs are dynamic stretching experts. They're trained to help you feel great. Below, learn more about their hands-on experience and interests.

Jeff Brannigan Program Director

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

Background: Jeff holds a Masters degree in Health Promotion Management from American University. He has applied stretch therapy to Olympic athletes across all sports throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is excited to be back home in NYC and bring his program to Stretch*d after spending 10 years in Washington D.C.

Fave Way to Get Loose: A Quick*e! (at Stretch*d) duh.

Bethany Chang

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois

Background: Bethany is a professional modern dancer who has performed and shown work both nationally and internationally. With a background in dance, yoga, and running, she has always been interested in safe and effective ways to recover.

Fave Way to Get Loose: A glass of red paired with hallway boogies.

Caitlin Krause

Hometown: Potomac Falls, VA

Background: Caitlin is a former professional dancer, a NASM certified personal trainer, a certified Pilates instructor, and an avid marathon runner. This well versed athlete knows the importance of education, form, and motivation; her energy and competitive spirit will have you working your hardest.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Online shopping with a glass of wine!

Chris Kubick

Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ

Background: Chris’s love of physical activity, and expressive movement, was hindered in his twenties by a series of lower leg injuries. His conditions inspired him to work in physical therapy, and explore many other types of injury rehab. On his path towards healing he found a healthier diet, circus arts, stretching and climbing helped build full body strength and increased body/mind awareness.

Fave Way to Get Loose: To hang upside down from his feet in aerial silks, a tree, or on the Stretch*d Inversion table!

David Bakis

Hometown: Maine & Massachusetts

Background: After dabbling in semi-professional basketball overseas – alongside humanitarian work and peacekeeping in conflict zones ­– Dave swiftly committed to preventative stretching after a series of back-related injuries. Dave holds degrees in psychology and teaches meditation. He is most passionate about holistic health and the mind-body connection.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Reading anything on French Existentialism and going on meditative walks in the evenings.

Eberly Carro

Hometown: Oceanside, CA

Background: Eberly grew up dancing and her love for movement shaped her career in NYC. She has worked as a personal trainer, Thai massage therapist and body worker since 2012, helping clients move better and feel better.

Fave Way to Get Loose: She recently took up rock climbing and loves anything outside on a sunny day.

Elena Ricardo

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Background: Elena is a former competitive gymnast turned actor who has toured the country and performed on Broadway in various musicals. Elena has been involved in the fitness world as an instructor for indoor cycling and trampoline cardio, and as a lifelong athlete, she believes that the harder you work, the harder you should recover!

Fave Way to Get Loose: A pint of Halo Top and some reality TV

Emily Guth

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Background: As a dancer turned distance runner, Emily’s goal is to help as many people as she can find joy and healing through movement. She has a B.S. in Exercise Science from Brooklyn College, is a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, a UESCA Certified Running Coach, and a dedicated member of the NYC fitness/wellness community.

Fave Way to Get Loose: A sunrise workout with my running team and a large chocolate milkshake.

Emily Sarkissian

Hometown: Newburyport, MA

Background: Emily is a lifelong dancer, yoga practitioner, and general life enthusiast. She likes to make people laugh, cook food, and ride her bike.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Emily likes to trade sweet dance moves with her niece over Facetime, and lay in the sun whenever possible.

Hailey Roark

Hometown: Kiowa, Kansas

Background: Hailey came to NYC to study commercial dance. This inspired her passion for helping people become their healthiest and strongest selves. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in medical massage therapy, and an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Using the Hypervolt (she’s obsessed) and doing all water sports and activities!

Jason Bayus

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Background: Jason has worked in fitness for over 12 years as a trainer, class instructor, and wellness researcher. He’s certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Yoga Alliance, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and has had additional training in massage, pre- and post-natal exercise, and senior care. A former professional dancer and athlete, he’s been an avid stretch*r his entire career and is thrilled to be part our stretch quad!

Fave Way to Get Loose: Dancing, landscaping treebeds in Brooklyn, and walks in the park with his two sibling Schnauzers.

Jayze Lee

Hometown: NY / Hong Kong / Philippines

Background: Jayze started his Stretch bodywork career in Hong Kong where he is also a Personal Trainer. As a Health Coach, he advocates functional mobility for healthy and optimal physical performance.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Enjoying and moving (walking) anywhere around New York City.

Kristina Zaidner

Hometown: Miami, Florida (Cuban-American)

Background: Kristina is a dancer / teacher / and personal trainer who strongly believes that a healthy body is key to enjoying a long and prosperous life!

Fave Way to Get Loose: Salsa Dancing!

Lenore Marks

Hometown: N.Y.C. born, Europe raised

Background: Lenore is an actor and filmmaker with a background in dance and gymnastics. She is a certified Active Isolated Stretch practitioner, and enjoys working on active recovery with people from all different backgrounds.

Fave Way to Get Loose: My favorite dance class, or working on a new script!

Mel Gallo

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Background: Equal parts midwest chill and NYC hustler, Mel has been a dancer since age 6. In addition to contemporary modern dance, she has studied a variety of somatic practices, taken courses in anatomy and kinesiology, and holds a degree from The Ohio State University. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Netflix, beer, and buffalo cauliflower (it's the other white meat).

Patrick Borja

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Background: With an academic background in health, and a patient focused experience in the physical therapy field, Patrick loves helping clients at Stretch*d reach their goals, and set new ones.

Fave Way to Get Loose: Exploring new places and meeting new people.

Alicia Weinstein

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Background: Alicia has trained in Esalen Massage and Shiatsu, and has practiced yoga since age 14. She holds a degree in psychology-neuroscience-philosophy, and has taken courses in somatic practices, anatomy and physiology, and dance. She is passionate about movement as a tool for physical, mental and emotional health and self-discovery.

Fave way to get loose: Visiting the mountains!

Nicole Payne

Hometown: Port Chester, NY
Background:
Nicole has her B.S. in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University. For the past eight years, Nicole has been a Certified Athletic Trainer working with athletes at various competitive levels. She enjoys encouraging body maintenance and injury prevention.
Fave Way to Get Loose:
Taking a drive while listening to a boss playlist

Karen-Jane Wright

Hometown: Cape Cod, MA
Background:
Karen is a yoga teacher, personal trainer, and running coach who believes that every body is capable of more than we may think. She feels incredibly lucky to make a living by helping people better their performance, health, and lifestyle.
Fave way to get loose:
Reading a great book by a campfire or any outdoor physical activity.

Victor Martinez

Hometown: New York, NY

Background: Victor holds a B.S. in Exercise Science, is a Swedish Institute graduate, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified Pilates instructor in all apparatus. Over the past 18 years he has helped people from all walks of life improve their health and physical performance - including competitive athletes, dancers, children and elderly.

Fave Way To Get Loose: Long distance cycling and hiking especially in the mountains of Vermont.

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