Sean Gallagher was a modern dancer for 10 years. He is a licensed physical therapist in 6 states, and has been a leading practitioner in dance physical therapy for over 25 years.
He is the owner of The New York Pilates Studio®, which is a continuation of Joseph Pilates' original studio. Using extensive Pilates archives, he developed the first professional Pilates teacher training certification and is considered the gold standard that all others are based on. He was also instrumental in integrating Authentic Pilates into physical therapy since 1990.
Sean is a graduate of Temple University where he received his BFA in Dance and BS in Physical Therapy. He was a student Athletic Trainer scholarship recipient for 3 years while at Temple. In 2008, Sean was awarded the Alumni Fellow Award from Temple Universities School of Allied Health for his many accomplishments in the field of Dance Medicine and Physical Therapy. He earned a Master's in Clinical Nutrition at Bridgeport University, and has started training in Macrobiotic counseling at the Kushi Institute in Becket Massachussetts. Sean also completed work towards his doctorate in physical therapy as well over three years of courses at The Canadian College of Osteopathy.
Sean is the founder and director of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, where Mr. Gallagher and his staff provide Physical Therapy care at over 110 Broadway shows including Cyrano De Bergiac, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, Chaplin, Matilda, Kinky Boots, and A Christmas Story. He has also provided his vocal wellness to Batina Miller of Sister Act, Tony winner Nina Arianda of Venus in Fur, and Doug Hodges in LaCage. Mr. Gallagher is an adjunct professor for anatomy and Pilates at the New School University. At Marymount Manhattan, he teaches Somatics for the dance science program, and has been the gross anatomy professor at New York University's Doctoral Physical Therapy program. He started and developed the physical therapy programs at The Juilliard School, State University of New York at Purchase, The Miller Institute for Performing Artists, The Pennsylvania Ballet and he was the first Physical Therapist to work with modern dance companies like Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Mr. Gallagher is a Feldenkrais practitioner and has studied yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar in India, acupuncture in Korea, Vietnam, and the United States, and massage in Thailand and the Philippines. He is also a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT) and volunteers in his local ambulance service.