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Magdalena Gorecka

Magdalena is the owner and creator of the Movement Horizons Physical Therapy Clinic.  For Magdalena, helping others through movement and touch is not only a career; it's her life’s passion.  She considers it an honor to work with people with disabilities and she deeply believes that every person deserves support and care independent of their age and diagnosis.  Human potential can always be awakened, it is never too late to start the process of positive changes and facilitate ongoing development and growth.

Magdalena is a Board Certified Physical Therapist who graduated in 2001 with her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Poland with additional certifications in Sports Medicine. Her professional education provided deep understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the human body as well as understanding of therapeutic applications in a broad spectrum of dysfunctions.

For over a decade, working in both Europe and the United States, Magdalena has been dedicated to supporting and treating the physical and emotional needs of both children and adults. She has successfully helped her patients with various conditions to reach their potential.

Magdalena dedicates her private practice to working with children with challenges. She has experience in management and treatment of various diagnoses including: neuro-motor deficits, cerebral palsy, hypotonia, hypertonia, early intervention for children at risk of developmental delay (e.g. prematurity or traumatic birth), autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders, stroke, genetic disorders, developmental delays, brachial plexus injury, torticollis, scoliosis, motor-coordination issue, and other impairments.

She uses an individual and holistic approach of movement therapy as an essential part of the support and treatment of a child. She is providing direct intervention, consultation, parents, caregivers and professionals training. Believing that there is always more to be discovered about the complexity of human brain and body Magdalena has been dedicated to studying newest research findings regarding brain plasticity. She continues expanding her therapeutic toolkit understanding and knowledge by ongoing studies of additional methods and techniques facilitating neuroplasticity of the nervous system allowing to reach to the source of dysfunction and to treat the cause rather then the symptom. 

Magdalena's experience has been enriched by years of working as a Director of Movement Education at The Avalon Academy, a model school for children with movement disorders located in Burlingame, California [Please visit the Avalon Academy at http://theavalonacademy.org].  As part of a wonderful team and leader of movement education program she is providing direct physical therapy services for Avalon's students. She is continuously cooperating with parents, teachers, speech language pathologists, AAC specialists, and other professionals in creating and providing optimal individual educational plan IEP for their students. 

Certificates and Training

  • Masgutova Method (MNRI) Core Specialist  (Instructor in-training) 
  • Movement Lesson Practitioner
  • Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioner
  • ABM for Children Practitioner
  • ABM for Vitality and Anti-Aging,  and High Performers
  • NDT/C Neuro-Developmental Treatment Certified Therapist
  • Post graduate 6 month training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Method (PNF)
  • Kinesio Taping (light elastic tape to facilitate functional reeducation)
  • Manual Therapies of Strain/Counter Strain and Myofascial Release
  • Trained in the use of the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU)