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Theresa Marko, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Marko Physical Therapy
New York, NY
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About Theresa Marko, DPT

Dr. Theresa Marko, PT, DPT, MS, is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic physical therapist & Certified Early Intervention Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She is the owner of Marko Physical Therapy, a private practice in New York City, specializing in spine, orthopedics, adolescents, and pediatrics. She has helped thousands of people to overcome injuries, optimize their movement, and return them to work and sports pain free and better than ever.

Dr. Marko graduated with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Simmons University in Boston and went on to obtain her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in Iowa.  Dr. Marko obtained her board certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  She also earned a specialty in Pediatrics, birth to three years old, as a Certified Early Intervention Specialist from the Massachusetts Department of Health.  Dr. Marko has the unique perspective of knowing how to help all people across the age spectrum.

She brings over 20 years of experience to her practice, which includes a specialized knowledge base, reflective of her many post-graduate advanced training courses.  Her deep fascination of the body’s mechanics spurs her to continually learn new treatment techniques as well as new schools of thought on movement.  Dr. Marko uses her specialized manual skills in the treatment of cervical, thoracic and lumbar back pain, as well as upper and lower extremity disorders. 

She has completed advanced training with: 

  • Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars
  • The Institute of Physical Art (IPA)
  • Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions (IMTS)
  • The Barral Institute
  • The North American Institute of Orthopedic and Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)
  • The NOI Group
  • FAKTR (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)

She has been a member of The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1996 and has become an integral part of their advocacy team, fighting for physical therapy legislation on behalf of her patients and profession.  She is also a member of several sections of the APTA such as: Private Practice, Orthopaedic, Health Policy & Administration, Pelvic Health, Pediatrics, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.  

She serves as a member of the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee as well as the APTA Private Practice Section Government Affairs Committee. In addition, she serves on the Practice Affairs Committee of both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and the Health Policy and Administration Section of the APTA.  She also serves on the Finance Committee of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and was recently appointed to the Public Policy Committee of APTA New York Chapter, where she also serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison. 


Articles Reviewed by Theresa Marko, DPT

Can You KT Tape Your Back Pain Away?

That weird tape you always see on Olympians is called KT tape or kinesiology tape, and here’s how to use it on your back.

Exercise Ball or Desk Chair: Which is Better for Back Pain?

Could using an exercise ball or yoga ball instead of a chair help back pain from too much sitting? Research says probably not. Here’s why.

Use a Foam Roller to Bust Back Pain

A foam roller can be a powerful ally in the battle against back pain. Here's how to use it.

4 Nerve Flossing Exercises for Sciatica

Nerve flossing might help your sciatica if traditional treatments don't. Find out how.

Why You Shouldn’t Quit Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for back pain. Give it a chance to work.

5 Ways Your Home Can Help Relieve Back Pain

From the kitchen to your home office, the design of your spaces can effectively reduce back pain. Here are five ways your home can help your back.

What to Do in Group Fitness Classes (When You Have Chronic Back Pain)

Don’t let back pain keep you out of the gym or studio—virtual or otherwise. Here’s our top tips to for group fitness classes when your back always hurts.

Enjoy Your Hobbies Without Back and Neck Pain

Everyone needs hobbies; you can’t just work all day every day. But make sure your hobbies are safe for your spine by following this guide.

PT and the Pandemic: Physical Therapy at Home

The coronavirus pandemic has changed how healthcare is practiced and delivered, and physical therapy is no exception. Learn how you can get your PT done safely and effectively in your own home.

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