Vicki is a multi-talented, highly experienced physical therapist, and a passionate “edu-tainer.” Over her more than 35 years of clinical and academic practice, she has educated and trained hundreds of patients and clients in techniques that have restored them to independent function, or that have taught them how to move more safely, whether at home or on their jobs. Participants in her many programs and trainings have benefited from her fun, practical approach to making fitness and function safer and easier – in fact, as easy as the ABCs system she created!
Ms. Gold is a former Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LaGuardia Community College in New York, and has been on the physical therapy faculties of New York University, Hunter College, of the City of NY and California State College in Fresno, California.
Vicki has worked and trained at the prestigious Rusk Institute and the renowned Sloane-Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York. Her passion for “edu-training” was ignited at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California, where she was the primary instructor in back injury prevention for all employees. She has also been a supervisor and trainer at a major rehabilitation center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she created the first procedure manual (translated into Portuguese.)
Vicki completed her BA at Hunter College, CUNY, where she majored in physiology, psychology and kinesiology. She received her Certificate in Physical Therapy at New York University, where she later got her Master of Arts in Education and took coursework towards a PhD in biomechanics. She has also completed trainings in ergonomics through The Back School of Atlanta and in management of patients with osteoporosis through Sara Meeks, PT, seminars. Her early PhD studies in ergonomics and biomechanics enable her to provide meaningful explanations of how and why specific activities can cause or prevent back injuries.
Training in Pilates, Alexander and Feldenkreis techniques, as well as Tai Chi and Yoga, have contributed to Vicki’s appreciation of the roles of core-conditioning and good body alignment and are a major source of "The ABCs of Prevention and Fitness, At Home and On-the-Job" her 5-step mind-body system, which teaches the integration of Alignment, Breathing and Centering into everyday activities.
Vicki’s presentations related to physical therapy, fitness and injury prevention have been seen in multiple locations across the United States. She has traveled within Europe, Canada, Israel, Mexico and South America and speaks English, Spanish, French and Yiddish. Ms. Gold is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA). She is a former President of Northern Brookhaven Toastmasters Club, Long Island, NY.