Our team

Helen Henry
Founder of FEMFIT Body Lab
Helen Henry
Founder of FEMFIT Body Lab

Helen began her fitness career as a professional swimmer. She then began running triathlons as well – winning the Ukraine championship multiple times, and then moving onto win the silver medal at the Europe Championship. In 2010, she moved to the United States, where she received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as an MBA degree from Iona College.

Today, Helen is an internationally recognized fitness expert and certified life coach. She holds three Pre/Postnatal specializations, as well as a specialization in Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor rehabilitation, and has worked with pregnant and postpartum clients of all stages and fitness levels. She also holds specializations in corrective exercise, weight loss, and nutrition. Her approach is to push each of her clients to achieve their personal best in the safest and most loving way possible. Helen recognizes that each client is unique in her needs, goals and background, but she believes that positive reinforcement never fails to encourage.

Certifications
REGISTERED DIETITIAN, Leah Barron

Leah is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer based in New York City. Leah received her B.S. in Dietetics from Eastern Kentucky University and completed her Dietetic Internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She went on to practice in a variety of clinical settings over the next 8 years including oncology, adult and child weight management and pediatric gastroenterology. Throughout her experience, Leah worked to treat chronic diseases that often could have been prevented through a healthy lifestyle. She realized that she wanted to do more to help people avoid these types of issues, and saw an opportunity to utilize the knowledge she gained through her formal education and personal life experience to help others transform their lives. Leah made the move to NYC in 2019 and completed the Personal Training Master Course at FPTI and received her personal training certification through NASM. Leah is especially interested in the science behind health and fitness and using evidence-based practice to educate others. She is passionate about helping others build healthy lifestyles they can maintain for a lifetime.

 

PHYSICAL THERAPIST, Leigh Walsh

Hi! I’m Dr. Leigh Welsh. I am a licensed Physical Therapist in New York and I specialize in the musculoskeletal system and pelvic health.
My treatment philosophy:
• Every individual should have a relationship with a physical therapist like they do a dentist. Annual or semi-annual check-ups can serve as a preventative visit to reduce the risk of injury and update individualized exercise programs.
• Every pregnant and postpartum woman (as well as all mothers and older
women!) should have a consultation with a pelvic health physical therapist. Women who are dealing with symptoms that we often think are “normal” but aren’t (like leaking, heaviness, pain) can benefit from physical therapy.
• I incorporate a variety of treatment techniques based on the individual – not only what “diagnosis” they might have, but also what their goals are, what their life is like, what their preferences are, etc.
Manual therapy (hands-on treatment), flexibility and strength exercises, re-education/re-training of specific muscles or movements,  functional training, adjunct techniques like taping and myofascial decompression, breathing and relaxation exercises, a heavy dose of education!
• My goal is to empower my clients so they feel more confident and capable in their daily lives. I want to provide the knowledge and self-care tools they need to feel in charge of their physical health and wellbeing.

HEALTH COACH AND YOGA INSTRUCTOR, Jenny Levy
Jenny Levy is a certified yoga teacher and health coach based in New York City. She began teaching Vinyasa yoga in 2014 and since then has expanded her teaching to incorporate women’s empowerment, gratitude and mindfulness practices. After receiving her certificate in holistic health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Jenny began coaching clients in 2020. Through her holistic approach, Jenny considers all aspects of her clients’ lives, including their career, relationships, spirituality and exercise as well as what they are putting on their plates.
DOULA, Jamie Martira

Jamie is a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula, certified breastfeeding counselor, and going back to work coach. Jamie’s desire to become a doula was realized after the birth of her niece. Experiencing the process her sister’s family went through to welcome a new baby into the family, forever changed the way she thought about the birth and postpartum period. That’s when she left the corporate world and began to pursue her inherent passion to support families before, during, and after birth.

Then after the birth of her first child, and her own breastfeeding struggles, Jamie became a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor to ensure she had the ability to support families on a deeper level. Jamie is so grateful that her life’s experiences have brought her to this point where she has found her calling. She is devoted to providing a nurturing and positive environment for the families she supports and is passionate about empowering families to trust their instincts and find comfort and confidence in becoming parents. Jamie spends her free time with her loving and supportive husband and two amazing children, Carter and Riley.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR, Golda Fleischman

Golda offers private yoga instruction, and specializes in, among other areas, pre- and post-natal yoga. Having practiced ashtanga yoga for 15 years, Golda completed a 200 hour teacher training in 2006 and has assisted and taught for both Guy Donahaye and Greg Tebb in NYC.

She has practiced in India with renown ashtanga teachers, including Saraswati in Mysore, and Rolf & Marci Naujokat in Goa. She also has a certification in prenatal yoga from the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC and has had the experience of practicing and teaching ashtanga and prenatal yoga during her own pregnancies. In addition, Golda is a DONA certified birth doula, and structures her yoga classes with a particular focus on tools that can help prepare the body and mind for an empowered and intuitive birth experience.

CHEF, Alfia Muzio

Alfia runs Vestal – a new business helping moms (parents!) get organized in the kitchen so they can get nutritious home cooked meals on the table with a little more grace and ease. They have been talking to SO many moms who have a hard time getting started in the kitchen after having children and they know they can help! Vestal services include cooking lessons, kitchen organization, grocery and pantry consultations, and custom family recipe collections.

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, Ashley Brichter

is a certified cooperative childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula, and lactation counselor. She is the founder of Birth Smarter, which provides relevant and inclusive education for expectant parents live in NYC and virtually across the world. With over a decade of experience supporting new parents, Ashley provides one-on-one support, group classes, lectures, and distance learning for the perinatal population and the professionals who serve them. After the birth of her first child in 2014, Ashley became driven to understand birth physiology on a deeper level. Better for it, she coined the 3-Actions of Physiological Birth, the core of Birth Smarter’s curriculum. Her fresh perspective on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting and is now sought after by individuals, brands, and media outlets.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST, Rachel Parotta

Rachel earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008. She has focused her career on the treatment of orthopedic, sport and pelvic health conditions. Rachel has worked with a diverse population of clients, including people of all ages and levels of physical activity. Rachel has a fierce passion for helping people return to the activities that they love, whether the activity is an athletic endeavor or an every day activity that brings a person joy.

For 11 of the last 12 years, Rachel has specialized her practice in the treatment of pelvic health conditions. Rachel’s expertise includes guiding people of all genders in the treatment of pelvic pain, sexual pain, bladder dysfunction and bowel dysfunction. A significant portion of Rachel’s practice is focused on supporting people through all phases of pregnancy and post-partum rehabilitation.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST, Victoria Garrett
Victoria combines her clinical background and education with tenets of meditation and spiritual practice to guide others towards a more grounded and empowered way of living. She integrates mindfulness, movement, and the creative arts to reach meaningful goals with her clients. She believes in crafting an individualized plan for each patient, addressing concerns while keeping treatment interactive and enjoyable. She has a passion for orthopedics and incorporates fundamentals of Pilates and Yoga to achieve long-term benefits by improving body awareness. She specializes in postpartum care and enjoys offering support to women while they recover and transition into a new phase of life. She is devoted to women’s health issues and feels that she has found her calling as a pelvic health physical therapist. In her spare time, she loves surfing, ecstatic dance, volunteering, and is a dog enthusiast.