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Richard Sabel MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP
• Educational Director East West Rehab Institute • Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner • Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate Program of Occupational Therapy
Richard has successfully integrated Western therapeutic practices with Eastern philosophy into a distinctive therapeutic approach to help clients with diverse needs reengage in meaningful activities that have been limited by pain or disability.
This integrated practice evolved from Richard’s own personal experience. After 20 years of back pain, he discovered the benefits of Yoga, mindfulness, breath work and the Feldenkrais Method. As he weaved these approaches into his personal exercise routine, he felt less pain and began to participate in activities he abandoned years ago. Richard brought these ideas into his occupational therapy practice and the response was overwhelmingly positive - clients reported less pain and started to make impressive functional gains.
Richard teaches his therapeutic approach at several occupational and physical therapy professional degree programs. At Beth Israel’s Karpas Health Information Center, he has lead programs on mindfulness, pain management, pelvic health, breath, moving with ease, and fall prevention. He has developed a program for people with pulmonary disease, which he teaches at Mount Sinai and Beth Israel’s outpatient pulmonary programs in New York City. His writings have been featured in ADVANCE for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association’s OT Practice and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
Richard recently received a grant form the Balm Foundation for his Easy Does It = Strength, Awareness, Flexibility and Energy program, a wellness/health promotion/fall prevention program specifically tailored for older adults. This project is ongoing at two New York senior centers: The Lincoln Square Neighborhood Senior Center in Manhattan and the Christopher Blenman Senior Center in Brooklyn.
Richard earned his Bachelor’s Degree, with a major in Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook, his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Texas, and his Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. In 2007, he received the Abreu Award from the New York State Occupational Therapy Association’s Metropolitan District for outstanding service. Richard is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and also holds advanced certifications in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills and the Arnadottir OT-ADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A-ONE).
Richard is available for in-home private sessions