About Us

About Physical Therapy

Progressive Movement Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab was created by husband and wife therapists, Chris Margallo and Ruxandra Bogaciu. After years of working elsewhere, they decided to open a practice that embodied professionalism and experience with an emphasis on quality treatments, collaboration, and education.

Chris Margallo is co-founder and owner of Progressive Movement Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab. Chris is Board Certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist and Registered as an International Sports Physio. He is also a USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach, USATF Skills Specialist in Middle/Long Distance, Certified Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique Practitioner, Certified Speed and Agility Coach, TPI Level 2 Medical Professional Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, and a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner.

Throughout the years, Chris has dedicated time traveling around the world with Olympians and world-class athletes as a physical therapist for the US Ski and Snowboard Teams (Aerials, Boardercross, Halfpipe, and Slopestyle Teams) and USA Track & Field (Race Walk, Relays). Chris has also completed multiple rotations at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In the past, Chris has worked at major events including multiple FIS Ski and Snowboarding World Cups, as well as the FIS Snowboard World Championships, IAAF World Race Walking Championships, Pan American Race Walking Cup, US Track & Field Olympic Team Trials, USA vs The World at the Penn Relays, the Tracktown Summer Series Championships, the Winter Dew Tour, USGA Mens US Open Championships, NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, NYC Triathlon, Ironman World Championships, and the Ironman US Championships.

Chris earned a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota in 2001 and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2008. His clinical training involved sports therapy rotations at renowned facilities including the Howard Head Sports Medicine Clinic at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, CO, and Select Physical Therapy at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.

Chris’s areas of expertise are adolescent and adult sports injuries, post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation, and general musculoskeletal injuries. He utilizes an individualized approach that combines manual therapy, functional strengthening, and appropriate modalities and taping techniques. Currently, Chris is working towards a certification in orthopedic manual therapy. Chris is an avid runner and has completed fifteen marathons, fourteen half-marathons, and two Ragnar Relay races. Chris enjoys snowboarding, golfing, surfing, and playing tennis and basketball in his free time.

Certifications:
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Registered International Sports Physical Therapist
USATF Level 1 Track & Field Coach
USATF Skills Specialist in Middle/Long Distance
STMT-1 (Instrumented Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
Titleist Performance Institute – Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
Titliest Performance Institute – Level 2 Medical Professional
Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner
Certified Emergency Medical Responder
Certified Speed & Agility Coach

Memberships:
American Physical Therapy Association
New York Physical Therapy Association
International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy
Kinesio Taping Association
National Sports Performance Association

Affiliations:
United States Ski and Snowboard Association
United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine
USA Track & Field

Honors/Awards:
Physical Therapy Captain – 2012 Ironman US Championships
National Team Staff – 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Championships
National Team Staff – 2017 Pan American Race Walking Cup
US Boardercross Team Physical Therapist – 2019 FIS Snowboard World Championships

Certificates

Ruxandra Bogaciu is co-founder and owner of Progressive Movement Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab. Her career began at Columbia University graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008. Ruxandra utilizes her expertise in Pediatric Physical Therapy to develop treatment programs for children in Early Intervention as well as treating pre-school aged children with complex medical issues, including Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and developmental delay disorders. Ruxandra is extremely well versed in Department of Education guidelines, which enables her to coordinate very specific and individualized plans of care with the family, caregivers, educators, and clinicians who are integral team members in a child’s rehab program. She utilizes a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach to pediatric to provide a very comprehensive approach to maximize a child’s functional participation in the classroom and at home.

Ruxandra also treats patients with a wide range of pathologies spanning from neurologic disorders such as movement disorders, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries to orthopedic dysfunctions, including post-operative joint replacement rehabilitation, assessment and treatment of back pain and myofascial pain syndromes. She has treated in a variety of settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation, home- and outpatient-based private practice, and within the New York school system.

Ruxandra’s passion for physical therapy is seen as she expands her knowledge through continuing education and conferences. This professional development encompasses advanced work addressing neurologic rehabilitation for cardiovascular accidents, Neurodevelopmental Techniques for assessment and treatment of neurologically involved children, Sensory Integration techniques, and a variety of orthopedic techniques for both pediatric and adult populations.

Ruxandra is an avid runner and a PADI level 1 certified diver. In her free time, Ruxandra enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, skiing, and hopes to learn to play tennis someday.

Namiko earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Neumann University in 2008 and her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from South Dakota State University in 2003. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy, a NYS and NATA Certified Athletic Trainer, and a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Namiko also holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition from Osaka City University and is certified as a Registered Dietician in Japan.

Namiko has a history of high-level personalized care since 2003, working at private orthopedic PT clinics throughout Manhattan. She moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and continued to treat patients with sports injuries, acute and chronic pain, and post-operative conditions. In 2016, she returned to New York and joined our team at Progressive Movement PT.

To increase her knowledge and expertise as a hands-on physical therapist, Namiko continues her education through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA), the University of St. Augustine, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Washington University in St. Louis (Dr. Shirley Sahrmann), Barrel Institute, the Harkness Center for Dance injuries, the Hospital for Special Surgery Education division, and the MCTA (Brian Mulligan).

Her experience includes manual therapy, TMJ dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, functional strengthening, Pilates/yoga, taping techniques including Kinesio taping, runner’s’ injuries, and athletic conditioning.

Namiko speaks fluent Japanese and is an excellent cook and potter!