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Spring has SPRUNG! We’ve shed our winter weather wear and we are ready to take on the raising temps, the AC blasting on subways, friendlier folks, and the pollen! (… well, maybe not the pollen!)

This Spring season invite your coworkers, friends and family to share in the magic that is being pain-free with MaxWell Medical! As an added bonus for each person you refer you receive a reward! Just be sure to have them mention your name!

RockStar of the Month: Olayinka Akisanya


He’s a man of many words, few of which we can understand. He is also an invaluable, and often hilarious, member of the MaxWell Medical family. Our staff member of the month is our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Olayinka Akisanya. (But, we like to call him Yinka for short). Born inLagos,Nigeria, he moved to theUnited States3 years ago, is a graduate ofNew YorkUniversity, and has his doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is well known in our office for his unique way of speaking, his even more unique sense of humor, and his almost endless knowledge of the human body and how it works.

Yinka took out some time from his globetrotting to sit down and tell us a few things about him.

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Yinka

1.       I can’t bend it like Beckham but, I played soccer in High School and College.

2.       I don’t need a gym membership. Manual therapy for my patients is enough of a workout for me.

3.       I run 8 miles every day.

4.       I’ve had to order new passport pages because I travel so often. 8 countries in three years and counting…

5.       I really miss Suya (No, not a lady friend. They are Spicy Lamb Chops!)

6.       I studied for over 8 hours straight without any breaks.

7.       My biggest weakness and my biggest strength is my determination.

8.       I’m an International Man of Therapy.Lagos,Britain, theUnited States, and evenBulgariaare just a few countries I’ve practiced physical therapy in.

9.   I believe in physical therapy after witnessing the remarkable recovery of a man who was paralyzed by Edwards Syndrome.

10. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a Nigerian Prince.

Want to know more about Yinka? You can post your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.Yinka is available at either one of our Midtown locations. Call to set up an appointment to find out how he can help you Do More!

Rockstar of the Month: Melissa Soquite

Loves to swim, play volleyball and was a track star for two years at Velez College. Yes, MaxWell Medical has another athletic staff member and her name is Melissa Soquite.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Melissa has been an avid swimmer since the age of 6 and learned to play volleyball in grade school. But it wasn’t until sophomore year of college when she realized her “lightening” speed and her love of the track.

In a matter of ten years, Melissa moved to the U.S., back to the Philippines and returned back to the U.S., received her degree in Physical Therapy, and is now engaged to her fiancé Russell.

With a wedding set for next year in their homeland of the Philippines and working at MaxWell Medical, Melissa was able to take some time out of her busy day to answer a few questions for us.


1. Who is your favorite super hero?

I would have to say the “Invisible Woman” in Fantastic Four. But I think more so of her abilities than the character herself. It would be nice to be able to go anywhere and do anything without restrictions.

2. Which song best fits your image and why?

I would have to say any song that fits the mood at the moment. But for life in general, I like the lyrics for the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. It makes me think of living for the moment, learning from my mistakes and keeping an open mind!

3. What is the one thing that you have done in your life that you would want to undo?

All the experiences I have encountered in life are equally important in helping me grow, so I don’t want to undo any of them.

4. Which is the trait you love the most and least about yourself?

I think my being shy holds me back from a lot of things and I am constantly trying to work on getting over it (Like this very personal interview!). But I do appreciate my persistence and perseverance getting me through tough situations.

5. Why did you become a Physical Therapist?

Growing up, I idolized my mother who was a strong hardworking nurse. I always knew I would be in the healthcare field as well. During my junior year of high school, I began receiving more information regarding the physical therapy program and once I started college, I followed my dreams.

Would you like to find out more about Melissa Soquite? Post your questions on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

Rock Star of the Month: Christopher Lee


We love our staff. That’s why we wanna talk about them. Each month, we will feature a different staffy we think is cool (they all are, by the way) so you can see what really makes MaxWell Medical so unique.

This month, the hot spot goes to Christopher Lee, our Director of Physical Therapy. Marathon runner, biker, snowboarder, and…  Salsa dancer?  Chris Lees personal experiences have made him passionate about caring for and educating his patients on how to maintain strength and flexibility as well as minimize recurrence of injury. But there is more to this man then just strength bands and knee braces.

So then who really is Chris Lee? Who is the man behind the white polo shirt, and green crocs that we all know and love? Well we sat down with him and asked him a few questions to see if we could learn some fun facts about our head of Physical Therapy.

1. What are some interests or hobbies you have when you’re not at work?

I love staying active, so running, biking, golf, dancing and traveling are all a huge part of my life. I recently completed the New York marathon in 2007, and I have traveled as far as Australia which was amazing place to see.

2. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try for fun that you haven’t had the time for yet?

There are many things but if I had to narrow it down to one, then I would like to compete in the iron man triathlon. It really seems like the ultimate physical challenge.

3. What was the worst injury you ever received and how did it happen?

I completely dislocated my shoulder while snowboarding. That was really intense!! And it took 4 months to completely heal.

4. What is one piece of advice you would give to the average New Yorker about keeping their bodies healthy and injury free?

Many people now are stretching now but very few remember to warm up prior to stretching, don’t stretch a cold muscle! You can end up doing more harm than good. And always remember to stay hydrated, with around 10 – 12 glasses of water a day. Believe it or not this will keep your muscles more flexible and increase your performance and energy level throughout the day!

5. Finally, you have been many places, what’s next on your list if you could go anywhere with no strings attached?

Actually I would love to visit Asia if I ever get the chance. Especially China, It would be great to get in touch with my roots a little bit.

If you have any questions for Chris, please comment on this blog post. Or you can post a question on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Chris wants to hear from you!

This Movie will make your Jaw Drop!: An exercise inspired by “The King’s Speech”

The Kings Speech – The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

  •  TMJ – Neck Stretch – Having trouble sleeping, suffering multiple headaches a day, and having your jaw in constant throbbing pain is not fun at all. But it’s estimated that over 10 Million people in the United States suffer from TMJ and these debilitating symptoms that it causes.  What’s worse is many are told there is really no hope for relief. But we firmly believe Relief is Always within reach, and to prove it try this super simple stretch.

1.    Take one ear over your shoulder as far as you can.

2.    Then lift the chin upwards until you feel a stretch in the muscle at the front, opposite side of the neck.

3.    Repeat with the other side!

This helps stretch The Sternoclediomastoid muscles, (Just saying that might give you TMJ!)which runs along side of the neck, and unknown to even many TMJ sufferers, this muscles can be a major cause of the jaw pain that they often get.

On a side note feeling relief from this stretch is also a great way to prove that physical therapy can help with your condition. There are many other techniques in our office that we have also found can get you on the road to recovery from TMJ.

Is Tiger Out of the Woods?: Golfer’s Elbow

Is Tiger out of the woods? Many people would believe so, especially after he suffered one of his worst defeats at the 2010 Ryder Cup. With all the personal issues going on in his life, it’s easy to be mentally unprepared. But it’s actually his golf swing that has everyone wondering if the best of Tiger has come and gone. Tiger has gone 19,488 hours and counting since winning his last major. He did undergo ACL Surgery in 2008, but looking at his golf swing it seems as if he should have had surgery for Golfer’s Elbow instead.

Dr. Ciccotti of Clinics in Sports Medicine has said that Medial Epicondylitis (better known as Golfer’s Elbow) “causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. The pain centers on the bony bump on the inside of your elbow and may radiate into the forearm.” Tiger Woods isn’t exactly diagnosed with Golfer’s Elbow, but if he was, his current golf swing is still 100 times better than the average golfer. Expert author Craig J. T. has found that 1 out of every 4 amateur golfers suffer from elbow complaints. MaxWell Medical wants you to improve your golf swing and minimize your pain with a few strengthening exercises and preventative methods for Golfer’s Elbow.

Our Registered Physical Therapist Melissa Soquite recommends four strengthening exercises to prevent Golfer’s Elbow. The following exercises are simple and can be incorporated into your daily activities. They Include:

  • Wrist Extenstion / Wrist Flexion Exercise In this exercise “hold a light object in your hand with your palm and bottom of your forearm facing the floor. Use your wrist to lift your hand to 90 degrees and lower back down.” We recommend doing 4 sets a day with at least 10 reps each set.
  • Forearm Pronation / Supination Exercise – In this exercise, you are required to “rest your elbows on a bench with approximately a 90 degree bend at the elbows and the dumbbells hanging freely off the edge of the pad. Rotate the dumbbells towards the floor while maintaining a neutral wrist.” We recommend doing 4-5 sets with at least 10 reps in each set.
  • Finger Extenstion With Rubber Band Exercise -“In this exercise you must place a thick rubber band around all your fingers, including your thumb. Force your fingers to push at the rubber band until your hand is mostly open.” Repeat this exercise 15-20 times, three times a day.
  • Ball Squeeze Exercise – In this exercise you are required to hold a soft stress ball in your hand and tighten your grip for a few seconds and then release. Repeat the exercise 15-20 times twice a day.

Our Medical facility thrives on helping you DO MORE. An elbow injury can be a minor set-back, but with the correct exercises and rehabilitation methods, you will be teeing off in no time. With MaxWell Medical, you can SWING FURTHER