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SSOL Founders' message to students

We invite you to enroll in our SSOL Schroth certification program.  

For those physical therapists who are seeking specialized knowledge in the conservative treatment of individuals with scoliosis and other spinal conditions, our pathway to certification will teach you theory and train you in the practical aspects of assessment and treatment.   

Your reward will come in the positive changes that you are able to bring to your patients’ lives.

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SSOL SCHROTH EDUCATORS

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Hagit Berdishevsky

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Andrea Lebel

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Monica Bicalho Alves de Souza

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Lise Stolze

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Meredith Weiss

Andrea Lebel, MSc PT

Co-founder SSOL

SSOL Schroth Educator, Certified in many PSSE methods

Practitioner, Lecturer, Educator in Canada, US, Europe, SE Asia

Specializations & Certifications:​

  • SSOL Schroth Educator 

  • BSPTS 2 Certified, Schroth Certified

  • Appointed Schroth Teacher by Christa Lehnert-Schroth 2014

  • BSPTS Certified; BSPTS Teacher (2017-2020)

  • Lyon Method Practical Teacher 2020

  • Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS2) Certified PT

  • President Elect, 2021-2022, Board member, 2016-2022  Intl Society of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)

 
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Andrea has been a practicing Physiotherapist since 1982, treating patients of all ages from all over Canada and internationally with a variety of back problems, Scoliosis and Hyperkyphosis as well as Postural dysfunctions.  Having Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) herself as a teenager, Andrea underwent conservative treatment in Europe, and has a deep understanding of what teenagers and their families go through when initially diagnosed. She treats all ages, including Early Onset Scoliosis, AIS, and Adult Scoliosis.

The first Schroth Certified Physiotherapist in Canada, Andrea opened the Scoliosis Physiotherapy & Posture Clinic in Ottawa, Canada in 2008,  the first fully equipped Schroth Physiotherapy centre in the country. Her personal success with conservative management of Scoliosis reinforced her goal to enhance non-surgical physiotherapy methods for scoliosis rehabilitation.

Andrea has over 40 years of clinical and hospital experience in all aspects of physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and exercise in orthopedics, geriatrics, and sports injuries. Her continuing education and research is now focused on scoliosis and back disorders.

PUBLICATIONS​​

  • “Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) based on the Schroth Method without bracing is an effective treatment for scoliosis in improving curves and avoiding surgery and should be offered as a treatment option in Canada: Case Series."

  • “Unexpected late progression of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) treated with short-term, aggressive, full-time bracing and Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) based on the Schroth Method with excellent preliminary result: Case Study.”

  • “Adult female with severe progressive scoliosis possibly secondary to benign tumor removal at age 3 treated with Scoliosis Specific Schroth Physiotherapy (SSSPT), after refusing surgery: Case Study."​

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Scoliosis Specific Certifications:

  • SSOL Schroth Educator

  • BSPTS C2 Certified Scoliosis Therapist

  • BSPTS Teacher (2017 -2020)

  • Lyon Method Practical Educator

  • Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS)

  • Board member, Intl Society of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)

  • INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY ON SCOLIOSIS ORTHOPEDIC & REHABILITATION TREATMENT (SOSORT)Board Member

  • Poster presentations, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2018). SOSORT Course Presenter 1) “Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis cured with physiotherapy scoliosis specific exercises based on the Schroth method using BSPTS principles: 3 case reports"; 2) "Scoliosis specific physiotherapy following thoracic spinal fusion surgery to prevent further progression and avoid lumbar fusion surgery:  Case Report"; 3) "The immediate rotational effect of iliopsoas muscle activation during Schroth physiotherapy scoliosis specific exercises: a case series".

  • Poster Presentation, Lyons, France (2017). SOSORT Course Presenter. 1) "Hyperkyphosis Case Study"; 2) "Adult Scheuermann's Disease Treated by the Schroth Method Physiotherapy Case Study".

  • Banff, Canada (2016). "Preliminary Results of Schroth Physiotherapy in a Female Patient with Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Scoliosis: Case Study"

  • Podium and Poster presentations, Katowice, Poland (2015). 1) “Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) based on the Schroth Method without bracing is an effective treatment for scoliosis in improving curves and avoiding surgery and should be offered as a treatment option in Canada: Case Series."; 2) “Unexpected late progression of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) treated with short-term, aggressive, full-time bracing and Physiotherapy Scoliosis Specific Exercises (PSSE) based on the Schroth Method with excellent preliminary result: Case Study."; 3) “Adult female with severe progressive scoliosis possibly secondary to benign tumor removal at age 3 treated with Scoliosis Specific Schroth Physiotherapy (SSSPT), after refusing surgery: Case Study."​
  • Poster and Podium presentation, Wiesbaden, Germany (2014). “Rib index, an objective measure to document changes of the rib hump deformity in a Risser 4 progressive AIS patient treated with the Schroth method”.

  • Podium presentation, Chicago, USA (2013). “Preliminary result of 4 years of Conservative Management Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis, Case Report”.

  • Milan, Italy  (2012). SEAS Course

  • Barcelona, Spain (2011). SOSORT Course

  • Montreal, Canada (2010).

  • Lyon, France (2009).

Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, DPT

Co-founder SSOL

SSOL Schroth Educator, Certified in many PSSE methods

Practitioner, Lecturer, Educator in US, Europe, SE Asia

Specializations & Certifications:​

  • SSOL Schroth Educator

  • BSPTS C2 Certified Scoliosis Therapist

  • BSPTS Teacher (2013-2020)

  • Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS)

  • McKenzie MDT PT

  • Intl Society of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT)

 
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Dr. Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, DPT, specializes in scoliosis and spine rehabilitation for non-operative, pre operative and post-operative patients of all ages. She is the owner of the Scoliosis and Spine Physical Therapy Clinic in New York City (also known as SchrothNYC) and the יציבה טובה Center in Israel. Dr. Berdishevsky teaches for Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning (SSOL), which she co-founded in 2018.

Dr. Berdishevsky graduated in 1998 from the Wingate Institute’s Physical Education and Sports Science Program in Israel with a specialty in Postural Defects Cultivation. She received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, in 2005, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (with a specialty in sports rehabilitation) from St. Augustine University (Florida) in 2013. 

Dr. Berdishevsky received her certification as a Schroth Physical Therapist from the Asklepios Katherina-Schroth Clinic in Germany in 2009, the same year she was certified by the McKenzie Institute in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT). In 2011, she was certified by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) in Spain, and in 2013 became a Teacher for BSPTS. From 2017 to 2021 Dr. Berdishevsky served as Chair of the Education Committee for the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), and served as a SOSORT Board Member from 2021 to 2022.

Dr. Berdishevsky worked for ten years at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as an Advanced Clinician and, as the first certified Schroth therapist in New York City, she introduced the Schroth practice to HSS. She then joined the staff of Columbia University Medical Center in order to institute and develop a Schroth clinic and served as Co-Director of the Non-Operative Care for Spine and Scoliosis Department. At the same time she developed her private clinic, SchrothNYC, and taught extensively around the world. In addition to teaching BSPTS from 2013 to 2020, she co-developed and taught Pilates Adaptation for People with Scoliosis as well as Integrated Wisdom: Yoga Adaptation for People with Scoliosis.

 

In 2018 Dr. Berdishevsky co-founded Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning (SSOL), which is devoted to educating and training professionals in the scoliosis community. SSOL has a current reach of nearly 100 countries across 6 continents and provides current, science-based education from the world’s foremost experts in the field of scoliosis and other spinal conditions.​

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Dr. Berdishevsky regularly lectures on scoliosis, radiology, osteoporosis and other spine-related topics at conferences and to community groups.  Based in both New York City and Israel, she teaches throughout the United States and internationally.

Meredith Weiss, PT, MPT, NCPT, E-RYT500, C-IAYT

SSOL Schroth Educator

Contact details:

hello@kiokotherapy.com

561-878-8007

www.kiokotherapy.com

Specializations & Certifications:​

  • SSOL Schroth Educator

  • BSPTS C2 Certified Scoliosis Therapist

  • SEAS I Certified Scoliosis Therapist

  • Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT)

  • Active member of the International Society of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation (SOSORT)