dr. winnie l. orbe
doctor of physical therapy, certified strength and conditioning specialist
Winnie grew up in Long Island, NY. She has been a lifelong athlete participating in organized sports from the age of four including soccer, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and softball. From 8th to 12th grades, she participated in 14 varsity seasons. She attended Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) where she received several academic honors and athletic recognition through the Mid-Atlantic Prep League . Winnie was one of the five Blair alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 as part of the inaugural class.
For one year, Winnie attended The College of Wooster (Wooster, OH) where she was a member of the women's soccer and basketball teams. She was the North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, the only freshman to earn First-Team All-Great Lakes recognition, and All-Ohio First Team via Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association. Winnie completed her soccer career at Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) earning all-conference and all-region honors, and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences with a Medical Concentration. While in college, she began coaching youth soccer with the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy and continues annually to this day. Learning from a soccer legend continues to expose Winnie to challenges and lessons on leadership that she encompasses in her practice.
Following graduation, Winnie accepted a position at The Taft School (Watertown, CT) to teach science. While at Taft, Winnie was the head coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer team and also coached basketball, and softball. After her third year of teaching, she left to pursue her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) at New York University. While in PT school, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) via National Strength and Conditioning Association. She also spent time coaching with Downtown United Soccer Club and South Bronx United. She is an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), and a certified instrument-assisted soft tissue massage (IASTM) practitioner.
Before the birth of her first child, Winnie was inspired to develop exercise routines that would prepare her for birth and the physical demands of early motherhood. She gave birth to a healthy babygirl in dramatic fashion via emergency c-section in NYC in June 2020. She now focuses on strength training for future mamas, new mamas, and seasoned mamas through workouts that include your little ones and competing functional movements that all parents need.
Currently, Winnie lives in the South Bronx, NYC with her husband, young daughter, and their 3-year old pup, Shinobi.