Dr. Lev Kalika revolutionized how back pain and other motor disorders are treated by introducing Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) at his Midtown Manhattan practice. The results of this new method are quicker, deeper and longer lasting when compared with traditional methods.
Lev Kalika developed a strong passion for movement and body mechanics in the late 1980s, when his brother opened the first body building gym in their home city of Odessa (Ukraine). Kalika was a medical student at the University of Odessa just when bodybuilding was beginning to surface in the post Soviet era Ukraine. The translated literature on the subject was scarce in Odessa at that time, and Lev Kalika taught himself English in order to read imported English language body building magazines and study everything he could find on the culture of body motion. He was especially interested in the role of the CNS (Central Nervous System) and how different muscle groups interacted with each other and the rest of the body.
In 1993 Lev Kalika left Odessa and moved to the U.S. to continue his medical studies here. At one point, Lev developed mysterious chest pains that baffled several doctors until a friend recommended that he see a chiropractor (D.C.). He took this advice and after several sessions his condition began to improve. It was then that he realized that chiropractic methods appealed to him more than conventional allopathic medicine because it addressed the cause of the pain rather than its symptoms.
Dr. Kalika then moved to Chicago where he enrolled in the National College of Chiropractic. While exploring various programs geared to help advance his studies, he discovered precious little published on the subject of the CNS (Central Nervous System) in most American chiropractic postgraduate programs. There were courses on conventional medical neurology and orthopedics, but none on the functional type of medicine that he wanted to learn.
1997-1998: Dr. Kalika received a fellowship in Manual Medicine in Motol Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic under world-renowned Professor Karel Lewit, MD. Later on Dr. Kalika studied in Charles University (also in Prague) with another world-famous neurologist professor, Vladimir Janda, a man who was widely hailed as the world’s leader in ‘rational therapy’ in musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation. Thereafter he met Prof. Pavel Kolar, a European sports celebrity doctor and developer of the DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) method of treating musculoskeletal disorders. Observing Kolar’s treatment techniques and procedures and seeing how instantaneous the results were, Lev had little doubt what his next step would be: Become a master of doing DNS.
Following years of studying in Prague and learning the Czech language, Dr. Kalika was certified in both Vojta therapy and DNS according to the Kolar approach.
Dr. Kalika is very proud to be the first practitioner on the East Coast of the US to have the privilege of introducing the DNS method It has made a world of difference in how back pain and other locomotor issues are approached and treated.
This background combined with his active membership in numerous scientific societies and his continuing education (100+ different courses) in the field of locomotor disorders, back pain, sports medicine and rehabilitation, naturally got Dr. Kalika keenly interested in technological advances in the field of back pain and sports injury rehabilitation as well as unique ultrasound use for diagnostic purposes. This led Dr. Kalika to spent several years being mentored by Christopher Powers, P.T, Ph.D. of USC, a world renown leader in biomechanical research and the treatment of runners and professional athletes.
Dr. Kalika also studied Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound under acclaimed European experts in orthopedic radiology such as professor Alexander Kinzersky, MD (Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Anna Vovchenko, MD.
Dr. Kalika gained registration by the ARDMS (The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) after passing the first MSK (Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound) examination ever given in the US.
After moving into his Upper East side clinic in 2011 and acquiring new groundbreaking technology (the first such privately owned devices in the US) including CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment), as well as establishing a gait and running analysis, sports injury prevention and sports performance lab, Dr. Kalika had indisputably established himself as an expert in the conservative treatment of back, hip, knee and shoulder pain as well as sports injury disorders.
Dr. Kalika is currently certified and is a member of:
In addition, he has taken over hundred postgraduate courses in the field of back pain, sports medicine, gait and neuromuscular, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation.
Dr. Kalika utilizes a variety of Manual Medicine, Physical Therapy and Osteopathic approaches, which he has either learned directly from world-renowned experts or from extensive formal training and certifications. Among these are:
Dr.Kalika just coauthored in a new medical textbook, which is going to be published later this year in one of the worlds leading medical publication Springer-Verlag.
Сurrently Dr.Kalika is enrolled in Post Graduate University Degree of Expert in MusculoSkeletal Ultrasound By Barcelona University
Research at NYDNRehab
It’s great to breath same air with the legend of musculoskeletal ultrasonography Prof. Carlo Martinoli” – Dr. Lev Kalika at MUSoc 2017 – The 27th Annual Meeting of the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Society
With prof. Pavel Kolar – the founder
of DNS therapy
With prof . Karel Lewit M.D the legend
of Manual Medicine and my most first mentor