Testimonials


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Lauren Kreha

Six months before my 3rd marathon, I got in a bike accident and injured my right ankle quite badly. I was unable to run and training was looming in the distance--only 2.5 months away. Erika worked with me both mentally and physically and not only had me back on the pavement 3 weeks before training began, but helped me run that marathon 2 minutes from a personal best! Erika helped me to be a stronger, more confident, and more aware runner than I was before the accident.
2015-05-23T20:39:23+00:00
Gridiron 4M
Six months before my 3rd marathon, I got in a bike accident and injured my right ankle quite badly. I was unable to run and training was looming in the distance–only 2.5 months away. Erika worked with me both mentally and physically and not only had me back on the pavement 3 weeks before training View Full →
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Annmaria

Erika’s command of anatomy and kinesiology, combined with her years of experience and firsthand knowledge of the physical demands of dancing, are immediately apparent. What makes her so special, invaluable in fact, is her wise understanding that no two bodies and no two injuries are the same: she treats every patient, every case, as completely individual and unique. She listens to you, she asks questions, and she patiently takes time to learn about your lifestyle and understand exactly what you require of your body. She assimilates all this information into her treatment: finding patterns and finding solutions while always remaining interested concerned, and 100% committed to her patient.

Erika began treating me in 2008 when I was in my ninth year with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, four years after I was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease in my hip. My condition had advanced rapidly just before I came to Erika; I was suffering from the loss of cartilage and compensatory pain and in a great deal of discomfort and distress, but I was not ready to give up on my life’s work and passion. I knew that my condition was irreversible, but I was hoping to find a path of natural pain management that would slow the disease’s progression and allow me to continue dancing a little longer. Erika’s method of hands on treatment coupled with a personalized program of strengthening exercises empowered and educated me, so much so that I was able to continue dancing at an extremely high level for an additional three years. She was an incredible source of support for me during that very intense period of my life: offering compassion, encouragement, assurance, a non-judgmental ear, and clear explanations of what my choices were.

After my last performance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Erika immediately began preparing me for total hip replacement surgery. The work we did paved the way for my rapid recovery. It was an absolute joy to do my post surgical physical therapy with Erika, because every day I got better and stronger. Today I am completely pain free. Erika helped me to adjust from the lifestyle of a full time athlete to a healthy and balanced life of a teacher, choreographer, and solo performer, and now I am expecting my first child. What an amazing journey it’s been!

While I still see Erika for occasional hip “tune-ups”, I now see her primarily for craniosacral therapy. I have always felt a profound connection with this work, and Erika’s sensitive and empathic nature make her an ideal practitioner, so naturally I was thrilled when she began incorporating it into her practice. She creates a beautiful space of energy that allows me to completely relax and get the maximum benefit of her healing touch. It has been especially helpful in balancing my energy and easing my pregnancy symptoms.

Erika has also treated my husband for various gym related pains, and she had him running and boxing again in no time, armored with new knowledge to prevent further injuries. Once our baby is born he/she will be adjusting to life outside of the womb with the help of Erika’s craniosacral therapy. Our whole family will enjoy good health and wisdom thanks to Erika!
2014-07-23T16:53:15+00:00
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Erika treated me during the last three years of my career with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. At the time I was suffering from degenerative joint disease, and it was her superb care and treatment that allowed me to continue dancing. When I left the company the focus of our work shifted to preparing me for total hip replacement surgery. These preparations, along with our post surgical physical therapy, enabled me to heal and recover at a rapid rate. Today I am enjoying a pain free life, moving with freedom and ease, and expecting my first child. Erika’s command of anatomy and kinesiology, combined with her years of experience and firsthand knowledge of the physical demands of dancing, are immediately apparent. What makes her so special, invaluable in fact, is her wise understanding that no two bodies and no two injuries are the same: she treats every patient, every case, as completely individual and unique. She listens to you, she asks questions, and she patiently takes time to learn about your lifestyle and understand exactly what you require of your body. She assimilates all this information into her treatment, finding patterns and finding solutions while always remaining interested, concerned, and 100% committed to her patient. While I still see Erika for occasional hip “tune-ups”, I now see her primarily for craniosacral therapy. I have always felt a profound connection with this work, and Erika’s sensitive and empathic nature make her an ideal practitioner, so naturally I was thrilled when she began incorporating it into her practice. She creates a beautiful space of energy that allows me to completely relax and get the maximum benefit of her healing touch. It has been especially helpful in balancing my energy and easing my pregnancy symptoms. Erika has also treated my husband for various gym related pains, and she had him running and boxing again in no time, armored with new knowledge to prevent further injuries. Once our baby is born he/she will be adjusting to life outside of the womb with the help of Erika’s craniosacral therapy. Our whole family will enjoy good health and wisdom thanks to Erika!
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Chriselle Tidrick

I hardly know where to begin when singing the praises of Erika Kalkan. I have, unfortunately faced quite a few injuries in recent years. As difficult as that has been, having Erika as my source of wisdom and guidance through each healing process has been an incredible gift. She has a natural understanding of my body and what it needs to heal. She finds the exact muscles that need to be released and applies the most torturously perfect amount of pressure. She figures out the best exercises to address my physical weaknesses, and she has a special ability to push me to my physical limits without causing me unhealthy pain or causing my muscles to go into spasm.

Erika has seen me through a partial calf tear, a shoulder impingement, a dislocated patella, and a full ACL tear. In each case, she assessed my situation, guided me toward healing and strength, and gave me a better understanding of my body and how it functions. In the case of the calf tear, she prepared me so that I could perform just seven weeks later. With the shoulder impingement, she devised exercises to prepare me for the particular demands of aerial work. With the ACL tear, she has been by my side through the long, tedious and frustrating process of regaining physical capability, often offering as much in the way of mental/emotional support as she does physical healing.

Throughout the time I have spent with Erika, I have seen her enthusiastically attend a range of courses to expand and deepen her knowledge of the body. The range of tools and techniques she has at her command is staggering and is very much appreciated.

Chriselle Tidrick
Artistic Director, Above and Beyond Dance
www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com
2015-05-23T20:53:34+00:00
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I hardly know where to begin when singing the praises of Erika Kalkan. I have, unfortunately faced quite a few injuries in recent years. As difficult as that has been, having Erika as my source of wisdom and guidance through each healing process has been an incredible gift. She has a natural understanding of my View Full →

Francoise Cherry

I went to see Erika after living with severe hip and leg pain for more than two years. At the time I was having trouble running (for the bus), jumping and even sitting for more than fifteen minutes. As someone who runs marathons and does triathlons, I was devastated.

Erika truly helped me out. She took the time to evaluate me thoroughly, identify the problem and treat it properly. She then re-evalulated me at every session and adjusted her treatments accordingly.

One great thing was that Erika spent a lot of one-on-one time with me: stretching, mobilizing me and supervising all my exercises. As a former dancer herself, she pays special attention to technique and detail. She also gave me a thorough and individualized home exercise program -- that I still do today!

While her skills as a physical therapist are key, Erika also has a great personality. It is simply fun to spend a few hours a week with her in therapy. 

I am back to running, not only for the bus but as a marathoner once again. I attribute my return to Erika's help and hard work. She got me back on track!
2015-05-23T20:55:03+00:00
I went to see Erika after living with severe hip and leg pain for more than two years. At the time I was having trouble running (for the bus), jumping and even sitting for more than fifteen minutes. As someone who runs marathons and does triathlons, I was devastated. Erika truly helped me out. She View Full →
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Ursula Verduzco

To be treated by Dr. Kalkan was a wonderful experience. She is not only a knowledgable therapist (the best that I have come across), but she is also a compassionate, friendly, and experienced individual. After my ankle surgery she helped me recuperate and understand my own personal situation in order to fully heal, I now have the tools to keep performing and enjoying my career. I am deeply thankful for her professionalism and generous attitude. THANK YOU!
 
Ursula Verduzco
Professional Dancer/Choreographer
Founder and Director/The Latin Choreographers Festival
2015-05-23T20:56:00+00:00
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To be treated by Dr. Kalkan was a wonderful experience. She is not only a knowledgable therapist (the best that I have come across), but she is also a compassionate, friendly, and experienced individual. After my ankle surgery she helped me recuperate and understand my own personal situation in order to fully heal, I now have View Full →
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Michael Deleget

I exercise regularly, but I’ve had problems with my back on and off for many years. Last year the problems seemed to escalate. I would have a different issue with my back every couple of weeks over a period of 6 months. I finally made up my mind to really do something about it, and I started seeing Erika on a regular basis. Erika identified the problem which was that I had no core strength along with some postural and mechanical issues. I had to learn how to use my core correctly, strengthen the muscles, and I had to become more aware of how I was standing, lifting and moving. We started slowly because I just wasn’t aware of how to recruit the muscles properly. However, I was able to “graduate” from her care in a few months, and I haven’t had any problems since.

Erika is amazing. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has a deep understanding in how the body works and can communicate it in a way that makes sense. If an exercise isn’t working, Erika quickly adapts or adjusts it so that it works for you. She keeps you on track, motivates you but is also understanding if you happen to have an off week. I’ve talked to other people with back problems, and they are amazed by how quickly I was able to get back to my routine. Having the right therapist can make all the difference in the world with your recovery. If you are motivated to overcome an injury or ongoing physical issue, seek out Erika Kalkan.
2015-05-23T20:57:08+00:00
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I exercise regularly, but I’ve had problems with my back on and off for many years. Last year the problems seemed to escalate. I would have a different issue with my back every couple of weeks over a period of 6 months. I finally made up my mind to really do something about it, and View Full →

Xin-Xin

The first thing I would have to say about Erika is that she is tough. Very tough. I walk out of sessions with her sore, sweating, and exhausted. However, as she has pushed me to my limits, she has been nothing shy of extremely precise, reassuringly intelligent, and wonderfully encouraging. She has not only been a healer, but also someone I trust completely.

Erika began treating me about 6 weeks after I had surgery to repair a completely ruptured Achilles tendon. I was not in good shape when I met her for the first time. I had lost 10 pounds of leg muscle, and my calf had deteriorated to practically nothing. I remember biting into my arm as she started working into my calf the first day because of the pain.

In those crucial first weeks, Erika told me exactly where I was progress-wise, what I was lacking, and what I needed to do to move forward. She replaced the uncertainty I previously had about the healing process with a concrete series of steps that would maximize my chances of a complete recovery. Rigorous and detailed, Erika gave me quantifiable results I could see: when I followed her instructions, they improved, and when I did not, I saw the regression. While I was diligent at first, that was the catalyst I needed to put in a completely committed effort to ensure a thorough recovery. I bought into her plan.

Over the next few months, we began developing the working relationship I now cherish. As mobility and strength came back to my leg, I started walking, lifting weights, running, sprinting, cutting, and, finally, jumping. Erika focused not only on the Achilles, but on my body as a whole; I worked on core strengtheners and stabilizers, did preventive work on my knee ligaments, and grew stronger and more aware of my body. She imparted on me an enormous amount of knowledge so I understood my body and could listen to it, knowledge that will help me stay healthy in the future.

Eleven months after my surgery, I had not only put back on the 10 pounds I had lost, but I had gained an additional 10, added 2 inches to my vertical leap from before the surgery, and squatted over 25 pounds better than my previous max even before returning to regular lifting. Moreover, I found that when cutting and changing direction, I was more stable, in control, and faster than ever. I celebrated with my first full-scale test of the repaired leg, an 18 mile hike over two days in Idaho up and down Table Rock.

I still go to Erika for regular sessions, and every time, the exercises become more challenging. I cannot accurately summarize the debt I owe her for her guidance during my recovery, for the knowledge to keep myself healthy, and for the new and innovative ways she gives me to challenge myself and grow stronger each day.
2014-07-23T16:54:21+00:00
The first thing I would have to say about Erika is that she is tough. Very tough. I walk out of sessions with her sore, sweating, and exhausted. However, as she has pushed me to my limits, she has been nothing shy of extremely precise, reassuringly intelligent, and wonderfully encouraging. She has not only been View Full →