What makes your practice special when compared with others in the area?
Sky Fit’s philosophy is that physical wellbeing and recovery are holistic in nature, requiring mental and emotional balance in addition to physical training. To that end, our practitioners work individually with clients to create tailor-made training and therapy programs that take into account the various stresses of our patients’ busy lives, incorporating elements of good nutrition and mediation into the training regimen. This approach helps to guide and inspire our patients to focus on their functional strengths and goals rather than their perceived limitations or fears, and ensures that they stay on track with their treatment and self-care.
What are you and your team proud of at your practice?
Claude Hillel received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University in Montreal, and has been a physical therapy practitioner for nearly two decades. In that time he has worked with a wide array of clients, ranging from professional athletes seeking to improve their performance, to rehabilitating amputated survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. He specializes in treating pathologies of the spine (cervical to lumbar), and preventing their contribution to a variety of other dysfunctions of the extremities. He also has advanced skills in manual therapy, including the Mulligan concept, the Maitland assessment approach, the McConnell patellofemoral techniques, and the Mackenzie method, as well as other manual treatment techniques. In his spare time, Claude regularly participates in the Aids Lifecycle Bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, where he is also a member of the medical team. He speaks French, loves the beach, and is an avid volleyball player, cyclist and kite boarder. In May of 2015 he opened Sky Fit, his own physical therapy practice in midtown Manhattan.