• Paul Salvi, Tom Barbeau, Igor N. Burdenko, Ph.D., Taylor Kruse (Left to right)

  • Igor N. Burdenko, Ph. D. and Joseph Caroll, DPT, SCS, PT

Igor N. Burdenko, Ph.D.

Igor Burdenko is the founder and chairman of the Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute.  In May 2007 Dr. Burdenko was recognized by the Aquatic Exercise Association for his achievement and passion for aquatics as he was recipient of the Global Award for Lifetime Achievement.  In August 2017, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the recipient of the John K. Williams Jr. International Adapted Aquatics Award.  He has worked as a rehabilitation and training consultant to numerous athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, U.S. and Russian Olympic Teams, member of the U.S. Handicapped Olympic Team, and top international dancers and figure skaters. He was on the board of directors of The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation for the Prevention of Athletic Injuries and is a past member of the Aquatic Exercise Association Research Committee.

Educated in Russia, Dr. Burdenko received his Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and his M.S. in Physical Education. Dr. Burdenko has authored and co-authored four books and over one hundred articles on health and fitness, training, and conditioning. He presents seminars and lectures throughout the world, and consults on the design and implementation of therapeutic facilities.

More than thirty years of experience and research have made Dr. Burdenko one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of water for rehabilitation, conditioning, and training.

Founded in 1984 in the USA by Igor N. Burdenko, Ph.D., The Burdenko Water and Sports Therapy Institute has been dedicated to healing programs that combine traditional and alternative therapies. The Burdenko Method is a practical application of water and land exercises based on holistic approach to rehabilitation, conditioning, and training. We handle a wide range of athletic injuries as well as other aspects of orthopedic rehabilitation. Our clients include numerous elite professionals and world class athletes, disabled individuals, medical professionals, and people from every walk of life.

Water is a great healer and the ideal medium for rehabilitation, conditioning, training. The hydrostatic (passive) and hydrodynamic (active) properties of water provide an optimal environment for safe and effective therapy and conditioning. With little or no weight bearing in the water, the injured or deconditioned client is able to return to desired activities quickly and safely.

Rick McAvoy PT, DPT, CSCS (Founder of MAST)

Rick McAvoy PT, DPT, CSCS (Founder of MAST)

Dr. Rick McAvoy, PT, DPT, CSCS has specialized in Aquatic Physical Therapy for over 25 years. In 1988 he received an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy from Becker College in Worcester, MA.. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1992 from the University of Connecticut he went on to achieve a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Franklin Pierce University in 2007. Rick is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

He has invented aquatic exercise equipment and developed exercise software which sells both nationally and internationally. He is a published author and researcher in the field of Aquatic Therapy and Conditioning.

Rick is the Aquatic Coordinator at Rehab 3 Center for Aquatics, an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine facility in New Hampshire. He teaches the benefits of aquatic physical therapy and conditioning at both The University of New Hampshire in the Department of Kinesiology and Franklin Pierce University in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy program where he serves as an adjunct faculty member. He is a Master Instructor in the Burdenko Method, a specialized form of dynamic aquatic and land-based techniques.

Rick lectures nationally throughout the year teaching the benefits of Aquatic Therapy and Conditioning to health care practices and athletic institutions.

Laurie Fucigna

Laurie Fucigna

Coach Fucigna graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Physical Education. Laurie is a Master Certified Conditioning and Training Specialist in the Burdenko Method. She has studied the Burdenko Method under founder and innovator, Dr. Igor Burdenko, and is one of only 20 Master Certified trainers in the country. Laurie has also invested over 10 years developing her knowledge under the guidance of Master Certified, 3-time olympic ski coach, Tom Barbeau and clinical director of Back on Track Physical Therapy, Paul Salvi.
By using the Burdenko Method, Laurie teaches her athletes to embrace the benefits of a functional approach to exercise by focusing on using your body to build your body. Since the birth of Premier Water and Land, almost all of her athletes have advanced to compete at the college level and many have participated in NCAA Division I athletics.
In addition to training athletes with PWL, Laurie assists in directing the land and water conditioning program at Waterville Valley Academy, an elite winter snow sports academy for high-level ski racers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders in Waterville Valley, NH.
Laurie also uses The Burdenko Method to train her family of elite ski racers. She realized the power of the Burdenko program after watching two of her daughters use it to rehabilitate and overcome serious injuries.  Post-rehab, they returned back to competition stronger and faster than they would have using traditional physical therapy methods.

Lisa Illg, PT, Aq

Lisa Illg, PT, Aq

Lisa Illg, PT, Aq, is a graduate of LSUMC-School of Allied Health Professionals with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has extensive outpatient experience and a specialty in aquatic therapy. She is affiliated wtih Aquatic Therapy University as the Alaska Campus Director and is a credentialed ATU Aquaticist Instructor. She is also affiliated with Burdenko Water & Sports Therapy Institute as a Master Certified Instructor for the Burdenko Method. Aquatic Empowerment LLC, an Alaskan company with a mobile platform concept, was formed by Lisa for the purpose of providing aquatic based continuing education courses throughout Alaska.

Frederic Koomsatira, BSc, CSCS

Frederic Koomsatira, BSc, CSCS

I believe that rehabilitation, conditioning, and training methods work best when combined. With this conviction, I always blend these approaches seamlessly. Ever the optimist, I love solving problems, finding solutions, and helping people who come to me with these words: “I’ve seen everyone, nothing has worked, no one can help me.” Time and time again, I have successfully helped individuals recover a greater quality of life, improve themselves, and reach their goals.

I’m a Certified Burdenko Method Master Instructor. This is a unique rehabilitation, conditioning, and training method developed by Dr Igor Burdenko, which makes comprehensive use of land and water based exercise programs to help clients. I now belong to a select group who have the privilege to share this methodology with other professionals in the therapeutic and fitness industry.

I have attained the level of Black Belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). I’m actively competing and represent Brazilian Top Team, a world renowned BJJ organization. Here is a list of my most recent athletic accomplishments:

1st Place IBJJF Pan-American Championships 2012 in New York

1st Place IBJJF International Masters/Seniors Open 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

1st Place UAEJJF World Professional Trials 2014 in Montreal

3rd Place UAEJJF World Professional Championships 2014 in Abu Dhabi