Lee Scantalides combines his experience as a martial artist along with his education as a movement specialist to successfully create and implement rehabilitation programs for his patients. He utilizes manual therapeutic techniques and neuromuscular re-education, in conjunction with individualized strength training, to restore patients’ wellness, allowing them to return to sporting activities, duties at work, and overall well-being.
Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder in 2003. While at CU, he was the captain of his Taekwondo team and competed regionally and nationally. After moving to New York, Lee focused on a career as a personal training expert and strength coach, as well as a martial arts instructor, teaching Taekwondo. He taught beginner and advanced classes to children and adults at Eastside Taekwondo, preparing his students for regional competitions and belt exams. He also offered his personal and strength training expertise at Equinox Fitness Clubs, where he completed all levels of the rigorous and exclusive education program from the Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI) and achieved Tier 3 Elite Plus status.
In 2005, Lee started his own personal training and coaching business, offering private training sessions to clients throughout NYC. In addition to training and coaching private clients, he taught and continues to teach educational programs on musculoskeletal pathologies and safe stretching protocols to both novice and experienced trainers at Equinox Fitness Clubs and New York Sports Club.
Lee received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro College in Manhattan in 2010 and was the recipient of the Research Achievement Award for exemplary performance in research statistics. He is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the NSCA.
Lee has earned his 4th Dan (degree) black belt in Taekwondo, ranking him as a Master. In addition to Taekwondo, he has trained in Uechi-Ryu Karate and Small Circle Japanese Ju-Jitsu since the age of six.