Erin Policelli, PT,DPT
Erin is the founder & owner of STRETCH Kinetics Studios in Atlanta. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from LA College in 1998, she worked as an RN in the Pediatric Department at Woman's & Children's Hospital in Lafayette, LA & in the NICU at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
In 2002, she graduated from Duke University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT). She received her first certification in STRETCH Therapy from the Stretch to Win Institute in 2004. With over 16 years as a Physical Therapist & over 14 years of STRETCH experience, she is currently a Level 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist™, a Level 1 TPI Certified Professional & is also certified in NeuroCoreKinetics, a Pilates based exercise method utilizing flexibility, strength, neuro-motor control & proprioceptive training for the core muscular system. Over her many years as a Therapist, Erin has earned too many certifications to list; her greatest achievement is earning her BSN & DPT, taking more than 8 years to accomplish. She has worked with high level executives as well as high level athletes, including former NBA player Charles Barkley, former Atlanta Falcons player Keith Brooking & former Atlanta Falcons & New Orleans Saint's player Curtis Lofton.
Erin has extensive experience in Woman's Health Physical Therapy, working first at the Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA & then at the Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston, TX. She has helped countless woman overcome pain & dysfunction in areas of pre & postnatal therapy, SI dysfunction, pelvic pain, & pediatric & adult incontinence. Erin also has extensive experience treating diagnoses in the general orthopedic population.
After moving to Atlanta in 2007, Erin began focusing on helping people avoid the need for medical intervention by offering wellness services that include education, STRETCH Therapy, myofascial release & core training. She incorporated STRETCH Therapy into her therapy practice in 2004, well ahead of the current “STRETCH Studio fad”. Her current clients include professionals who have been seeing her weekly for over 11 years; solidifying her as one of the top STRETCH Therapist in North America.
"My goal is for SK to offer conscientious wellness services personalized to each client" Erin Policelli, DPT.
Chris Manella, PT, LMT
Chris Manella has been active in healthcare for over 26 years. She earned her Physical Therapy degree in 1991 from the University of Connecticut, completed her Massage training in 1999 & Hands on Seminars Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy in 2010. She is also a Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist™ & certified in Pilates through Balanced Body. Chris has worked with a wide variety of clients with orthopedic & neurological conditions of all ages. She is active in research in both the Physical & Massage Therapy fields contributing to scientific abstracts, manuscripts & continuing education course work. Like Erin, the certifications that Chris has achieved since 1991 are too numerous to list.
Chris’s emphasis in bodywork is to restore natural equilibrium. She incorporates multiple modalities such as STRETCH Therapy, strain/counterstrain, trigger point & myofascial release to promote structural balance & restore postural alignment to reduce tension & stress. Combining Massage Therapy, Pilates & STRETCH Therapy for optimal client outcomes is her aspiration .
Marisa Downey, LMT
Marisa Downey is a native Atlantan & Kennesaw State graduate. She started her work in 2012 as a personal trainer Certified in Orthopedic & Joint Health by the American Council on Exercise & in 2013 became a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Instructor. After teaching clients in small group & one-on-one classes, Marisa began to recognize the benefits touch had on students’ abilities to release muscle contractions & find proper balance in postures. She is now a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapist™ (FST) as well as a Level 1 TPI Certified Professional. By combining her skills as a Massage Therapist with STRETCH Therapy, Marisa has increased her ability to help clients feel better & achieve their goals.
After adding STRETCH Therapy to her treatments, Marisa recognizes what an important role STRETCHING can play in relieving tension, reducing stress on the joints, & facilitating new muscular behaviors. She is excited to continue her education & deliver the best care to her clients!