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Soul Care Physical Therapy owner Barbra

Barbara Franzino, MAPT

Barbara is a CT licensed physical therapist, who graduated NYU in 1988 with a B.S. in physical therapy and is the recipient of the Founders Day award for academic excellence. In 1994 she received her Master’s in orthopedic biomechanics from NYU. In 2009 she completed a 250 hour Yoga Training in Anusara Yoga, a yoga with a strong foundation in biomechanics and alignment. Additionally, she has studied restorative yoga, yin yoga and advanced teacher training. She is certified in SFMA, a detailed testing process to identify movement based restrictions. She is involved in educating professionals on the use of myofascial self care for guiding the healing process. She also is a teaching assistant for John Barnes Method of Myofascial Release.

​Barbara has many years of manual therapy training in craniosacral therapy, muscle energy and soft tissue mobilization as well as biomechanical evaluation and analysis of movement. In 2010 she began to train exclusively in the John Barnes myofascial release method. Barbara has a unique approach to treatment, deeply rooted in the belief that unlocking the fascial system results in a powerful release of physical and emotional pain and restrictions. Yoga therapeutics, breathing and positioning combined with myofascial release is a highly effective treatment with powerful results. Treating the patient’s entire system, carefully analyzing movement patterns and utilizing hands-on techniques, creates a  treatment that is individualized for your unique issues. The integration of all of these manual treatments is a safe, nurturing and highly effective method to treat problems where other therapies have failed. 

At Soulcare Physical Therapy, I believe in treating the whole person and inspire my patients to participate in their recovery and the pursuit of optimal physical health and well being.

Angela McErlain, PT

Angela McErlain was educated in Ireland graduating in 1986 from University of Ulster with BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy. Working at New York hospital she became licensed to practice Physical Therapy in NY in 1988, working primarily in orthopedic outpatients and sports medicine. She trained in Craniosacral therapy in the UK and in John Barne’s Method Myofascial Release therapy in the U.S. 
With more than 30 years experience she finds this hands-on holistic approach has proven to be effective in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of acute and chronic conditions including:soft tissue injury, back and neck pain,TMJ disorder, post mastectomy, headaches , asthma, anxiety and depression to name but a few. 

As a facilitator she feels privileged to help clients achieve significant improvements in health at their own pace and finds the gentle and caring MFR approach ‘works’ to restore overall health when nothing else will.  

Married to her best friend and having four children has developed patience and listening skills and enhanced her awareness of others. Outside of work she enjoys walking, yoga and gardening.