Natalie Kinghorn, MPT
How many years have you been in business in NYC?
How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?
I was a competitive soccer player through college and I injured my knee during my senior year of high school. After going through PT, I knew that was what I was meant to do. I went to University of Florida for my Health and Science degree followed by my Masters degree in Physical Therapy. I got my start in Atlanta with Neurosport Physical Therapy which brought me into working with Broadway shows and performing arts. I later partnered in a clinic in NYC with Neurosport which brought me to the city and changed my life. Working with Broadway performers eventually led me to tour with Beyonce for 2.5 years. Amazing opportunities came from this and has brought me to where I am today! I am grateful for all of it!
What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?
I understand the importance of fitness in people’s lives. I was a competitive soccer player throughout college and I know how much working out means to people for their general well being and even for their mental clarity and health. My treatment and care for patients is to understand their lifestyles, and treat them without asking them to radically change. I work with many dancers and performers that have to maintain through performances and can't afford to miss shows. I truly care so much about my patients and will bend over backwards to help them.
What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?
I trust my clients, as most come through referrals, so that maintaining relationships with current patients and keeping them healthy is the best way guarantee that they come back, or refer you to other people who need your help. Also, the word “PT” is a little nebulous, and what you do is not what people think of when they think of typical ‘PT’. You offer a service that is unique; you work hard and people respect that.
How do you positively impact your clientele?
I believe I provide them with the means to do what they love, physically and mentally.
I laugh a lot with my patients and I would like to think I take them away from the stress of daily life in NYC.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The opportunities it has afforded me in terms of meeting the most amazing and inspiring people, and feel I like I am a small part of their success stories. I also get to travel a lot with my job so I get to see the world. I am never stuck in the monotony of day to day.
What is your favorite secret NYC spot?
Well....I am on the move all day, so I always end up at a Le Pain Quotidien somewhere. Coffee and wifi are essential.
How do you benefit mamas?
I have to say I see Moms like any other client that comes to see me; my clients are busy people with active lives that need to be able to operate at their full potential. I hope that my care and treatment allows them to do that. I would also like to think that I give them energy and longevity throughout their day while also maintaining their sanity. (Ha!)
What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?
A patient once told me, "I can feel how much you care through your hands!" I make it a point to leave everything at the door before treating someone, so I can truly focus on that person. I try so hard to give them the good energy!
Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field:
Chris Koerner. Sarah Bigham. Jenn Green.
What is the best advice anyone's ever given you? Or what is your "mantra" / words to live by?
Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble. Smile often.
As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?
Well I am not a mom, but I have had to learn to like the subway. Traffic is terrible in the city and the train has become the most efficient means of transportation. Also, I am learning to use google calendar....I was always old school with a hand written planner. I'm learning!