Balance and physical Therapeutics

WalkAide is a medical device that has received marketing clearance from the FDA for improving the walking ability of people experiencing foot drop from upper motor neuron dysfunction. WalkAide simulates the typical nerve-to-muscle signals in the leg and foot, which causes the foot to lift at the appropriate time in the walking cycle. This results in a smoother, more natural, and safer stepping motion. WalkAide is not a one size fits all device. Rather, a specially trained medical professional is required to fit and customize WalkAide for you. Using WalkAnalyst, a multifaceted computer software program, the clinician will tailor WalkAide to your individual walking pattern for optimal effectiveness.

How does Balance Therapeutics use the WalkAide System?

We specialize in caring for patients that suffer from foot drop caused by Multiple Sclerosis, incomplete SCI, TBI and Stroke/Cardiovascular Accident (CVA). With certified physical therapists to assist in the proper use of this device, proper candidates for this device will experience a greater, more active quality of life.


Here at SSNA Balance and Physical Therapeutics, we participate in many research studies in order to further advances in the physical therapy field. By participating in these programs, we are providing the newest therapies to our patients. Two of the studies that we have recently participated in are:

  • The RACE Study in conjunction with Dartmouth University to study the effects of adding reactive balance treatment to improve balance and reduce falls in the older population.
  • INSTRIDE Study in conjunction with Innovative Neurotronics Inc. to examine the effectiveness of the WalkAide stimulus unit versus a standard ankle foot orthotics in the treatment of foot drop.
  • Future research in conjunction with Touro College Physical Therapy department to study the effects of the LSVT Big Intervention program on individuals with PD

Physical Therapists:

Christina Burke PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Burke received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Queens College, is a Clinical Specialist in Neurology accredited by the APTA, and has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro College. Dr. Burke specializes in vestibular and balance therapy and is an adjunct professor at Touro College as well as a fulltime Clinical Assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Dept at SB University.

Stacy Trebing PT
Stacy Trebing helped originate the balance program at SSNA in 1995. She received her Bachelors of Science from Stony Brook University. Ms. Trebing was trained in Vestibular Therapy at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the NYU Medical Center. In addition, Ms. Trebing is certified in LSVT BIG for treatment of Parkinson's disease, has extensive experience and numerous certifications in vestibular rehab, and extensive experience in the treatment of neurologic conditions. Ms. Trebing specializes in Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Juanito Reyes PT, DPT

Juanito Reyes graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College in Manila, Philippines and received his Doctorate in Physical therapy at Stony Brook University. Juanito has been a PT for over 10 years, with extensive experience with Vestibular and Manual Therapy.

Justine Hoffmann DPT
Dr. Hoffmann received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Disability Studies from Stony Brook University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College. She completed a clinical internship at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center where she gained experience in the treatment of stroke/CVAs, TBI, SCI. joint replacements, and amputations. Dr. Hoffmann also presented a research project on carbon fiber AFOs for adults with Cerebral Palsy at the National PT conference.

Elina Rukhlin DPT
Dr. Rukhlin received her Bachelors Of Science in Biology from Pace University in 2005 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University in 2008. She has been a PT for over 7 years and has practiced in various setting including outpatient and skilled nursing facilities, which has allowed her to gain experience in orthopedic and balance rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy Assistants

Susan Modugno PTA Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist
Heidi Wan PTA
Jerry Venezia PTA
Edward Jodry PTA
Claire Hunter PTA

Balance and Physical Therapeutics Locations:

77 Medford Avenue (Route 112)
Patchogue, NY 11772

Tel: 631-758-1910
Fax: 631-758-5704
877 East Main Street
Suite 106
Riverhead, NY 11901

Tel: 631-727-0660
Fax: 631-727-0099

Related Links

Graston Technique
'Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions’

LSVT BIG Program
Physical program dedicated to improving the movements of patients that are affected by Parkinson’s Disease. For more information on the program follow the link below to the ‘Patient Resources’ page.

To see the effects of LSVT BIG follow the link below to a video displaying the improvement of a patient who practices LSVT BIG as a part of his daily routine.

Pole Star Pilates
For more information on rehabilitation Pilates theory and techniques

Vestibular Disorders Association
Recognizing the challenges of inner ear disorders.

Breakthrough medical treatment for foot drop (drop foot) that restores natural gait and mobility.