Sean P. Gallagher, BFA, PT, CFT, CPT
Sean P.Gallagher is a graduate of Temple University where he received his BFA in Dance and BS in Physical Therapy at the same time. He was also a student Athletic Trainer scholarship recipient for 3 years while at Temple.
Sean was awarded the Alumni Fellow Award in 2008 from Temple Universities School of Allied Health for his many accomplishments in the field of Dance Medicine and Physical Therapy.
Sean continues to progress his understanding of the body through training in may other forms of therapy with the goal to provide the performer with the best care. Mr. Gallagher was a modern dancer for 10 years. He is a licensed physical therapist in 2 states and has been a leading practitioner in dance physical therapy for over 32 years.
The New York Pilates Studio®
He is the owner of The New York Pilates Studio® that is the continuation of Joe Pilates original studio business. Using the extensive Pilates archives he developed the first professional Pilates teacher training certification that has been used around the world 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 has lectured in Pilates all over the world for the past 25 years including Brazil, Australia, Isle of Man, Scotland, England, Canada, Mexico and Spain as well as all over the USA
Mr. Gallagher is also a Feldenkrais practitioner and has studied yoga with B.K.S. Iyengar in India and acupuncture in Korea and Vietnam( where he received acupuncture certification) as well as in the United States and has studied massage in Thailand and the Philippines. He started and developed the physical therapy programs at The Juilliard School, S.U.N.Y Purchase, The Miller Institute for Performing Artists, The Pennsylvania Ballet as well as being the first PT to work with Modern Dance Companies (Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), Broadway shows and was the founder and first president of the performing arts special interest group of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Performing Arts Physical Therapy
As founder and director of Performing Arts Physical Therapy, Mr. Gallagher and his staff have provided Physical Therapy care at over 165 Broadway shows including these current and upcoming Broadway productions – The Play that Goes Wrong, Phantom of The Opera, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hanson, and Kinky Boots, and Mr. Gallagher has provided his vocal wellness to Patina Miller of Sister Act and Pippin and Tony winner Nina Arianda of Venus in Fur, and Doug Hodges in LaCage.
With over 40 years of dance and physical therapy and Authentic Pilates experience, Mr. Gallagher has developed the most comprehensive injury prevention and self-care program available to performers today. He has a Masters degree in clinical nutrition from Bridgeport University and has training in Macrobiotic counseling from the Kushi Institute in Becket Mass. He has completed work towards his doctorate in physical therapy as well over three years of courses at The Canadian College of Osteopathy.
Mr. Gallagher has been an adjunct professor for anatomy and pilates at the New School University (12 years) and at Marymount Manhattan (4 years) where he also taught Somatics for the dance science program and has been the gross anatomy professor at NYU’s Doctoral Physical Therapy program. He volunteers in his local ambulance service and fire department where he was awarded Fireman of the year award in 2012.