As a competitive athlete, Erica Azzaretto has been a physical therapy patient more than once. After successfully recovering from a two-time ACL tear in her knee, Erica realized that the benefits of PT were boundless—and she wanted to help others heal the way she had.
After graduating as a biology major from Villanova University, Erica received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. She began working at both an outpatient orthopedic practice and as an in-patient orthopedic therapist at University of Pennsylvania hospital. Working with a wide patient population—from athletes to dancers, adolescents to adults—helped Erica find her passion in women’s health. She started and launched a pelvic floor program at the orthopedic practice.
A New York native, she headed back to the city after years in Pennsylvania to pursue her interest in pelvic floor therapy. She was inspired by 5 Point’s Holistic approach, high-energy practice, and dedication to pelvic floor treatment and awareness. She also works per diem at Hospital for Special Surgery working with orthopedic and post surgical patients.
Erica is an avid skier and stays active with yoga. In 2018, she received her pilates teaching certification under the Polestar Pilates program. She understands that a mind-body connection is crucial to fighting physical pain, and aims to help her patients return to doing what they love.
Erica obtained her Woman’s Health Clinical Specialization in 2016 to become board certified. Erica is a part of APTA’s Orthopedic and Women’s Health Sections, and was published in the 2013 Journal of Orthopedics for her research on acupunctural dry needling.
Erica also teaches at Rutgers University on topics of pathology and treatment of pelvic floor for the physical therapy program. She also teaching assists at Herman and Wallace Institute.
She currently resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband.
Degrees, Certifications, & Research
- DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Rutgers University
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Certification, using Hawks Grips Tools
- Member of American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Women’s Health Sections
- Published in JOSPT September 2013, The Efficacy of Dry Needling for Upper Quarter Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Systematic Review
- Women’s Health Clinical Specialist by APTA
- Pilates Teaching Certification, Polestar Pilates