Tonya Juge, owner and founder of Tonic Physical Therapy, is passionate about teaching people how to retrain their bodies to attain the highest state of efficient, pain-free movement.
“After 16 years as a physical therapist, I’ve seen pain disrupt patients’ lives and I’ve witnessed those same patients recover function beyond their expectations. My goal is to empower patients with an understanding of the healing nature of their bodies and have them complete treatment better than before their injury.”
Tonya’s career in physical therapy was inspired by her own personal experience. Told at the age of 19 that she would need fusion back surgery, Tonya was advised by doctors to “stop being active” and to give up the sports she loved. Instead, she chose an alternative treatment that combined her interest in working out as well as science and anatomy, embarking upon a regimen that involved wearing a back brace and balancing her body through exercise.
Tonya’s recovery, combined with her lifelong interest in exercise and muscle anatomy, convinced her to switch from business to a career in physical therapy. She wanted to teach others how to enjoy a life free of pain, doing the things they want to do, and feeling good again.
She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in health science in 1999 and a Master’s degree in physical therapy in 2001, both from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). In 2009, she became a Certified Functional Manual Therapist® (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art—an intensive five-year certification program that included 2,000+ hours of study and advanced course work. She is currently completing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston.
Tonya continues to improve her body mechanics using the techniques she learned in her own recovery. She continues to play sports and is active in yoga, Pilates, weight lifting and anything else new that she wants to try.
Tonya founded Tonic Physical Therapy to help her clients return to health, just as she once did, empowering them with the tools and knowledge to remain fit, strong and pain-free and to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Maintaining a life of optimized, pain-free movement is a lifelong process—a philosophy that is the basis for Tonya’s work with her clients. She understands how to work with people’s bodies, using the knowledge that combines her extensive training, her master’s degree in physical therapy, and her own personal experience to provide her clients something that they cannot get anywhere else.
Tonya is a member of the American Physical Therapist Association (APTA). She has also been to Africa three times with FOCOS, a nonprofit that provides medical assistance for people in need of health care, run by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, former Head of Scoliosis Surgery of the New York Hospital for Special Surgery. Tonya provided post-surgery physical therapy to patients.
Tonya is also a member of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NYC).