Dr Eric Steibl is originally from Montreal, Canada but moved to New York in 1985. He graduated from the Swedish Institute in New York in 1990 and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Over the years he became certified as a Rolfer, and then Advanced Rolfer. He studied and became certified in MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques), ART (Active Release Techniques), NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy), Graston Techniques, Kinesio-Taping, Deep-Tissue, Medical Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Foot Reflexology, Shiatsu. Doing body work has been a life-long passion of Dr Steibl and he has now been in practice almost 30 years constantly trying to find something new to study. In 2009, Dr Steibl went to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles for 4 years where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was Valedictorian of his class in 2012. He moved back to New York City in 2012 to re-open his massage practice adding chiropractic to his already full menu of therapeutic soft-tissue techniques. Dr Steibl developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia in 2014 and has successfully navigated his way back to optimal health. He now has a passion in helping other people dealing with this debilitating condition, using lifestyle coaching and nutritional counseling.
What do I do best?
I think helping people is what I do best. My practice involves helping people get out of pain or move with greater ease. I have been in practice as a bodyworker for almost 30 years. I started as a Licensed Massage Therapist in New York City in 1989, since then I have studied and acquired about 10 different certifications in different types of soft-tissue modalities: Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), Advanced RolfingTM (aka Structural Integration), Active Release Techniques (ART), Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT), Graston Techniques, Kinesio-Taping, Deep-Tissue, Sports Massage, Foot Reflexology, Shiatsu, etc. In 2012 I also became a Doctor of Chiropractic after 4 years of chiropractic education at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. I now offer both soft-tissue techniques and Chiropractic to help my patients ease their pain and live their life to the fullest.
On a personal level I find that I also love helping people on a non-physical level, whether it be connecting friends or patients with mutual interests or offering advice. I know so many people from so many walks of life that when I have a patient or friend asking if I know a good orthopedist or plumber, I have a list readily available. I’ve even played match-maker at times. Nothing give me greater satisfaction that helping people in any way I can.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I am goal-oriented, stubborn, and competitive. When I set a goal to do something, I don’t allow anything to get in my way. Many years ago, as a massage therapist, I knew a chiropractor who referred many patients to me. Suddenly the referrals stopped because he was sending them to a Rolfer in the city. I thought to myself, “I guess I’ll have to go to Rolfing School now.” I did and got those referrals back! Funny thing is the more techniques I studied the more I realized there was so much more I wanted to learn. I kept setting new goals and achieving them. When I went to Chiropractic school, I was a straight A student, graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of my class.
I am also honest, a straight-shooter, and empathetic. I am honest to the core and have an incredibly hard time lying – I can’t stand it in others and certainly not in myself. Integrity is one of the most important things I look for in people and I hope to be a shining example of that whether at work or in my personal life. It seems such a cliché to say but when a patient walks into my office “I can feel their pain”! I guess being an empath led me to my two main career choices: I was an actor for many years prior to becoming a bodyworker and doctor. I have a unique ability to understand what people are feeling emotionally or physically and I try to apply my skills to helping them. Being a straight-shooter doesn’t allow me to “BS” someone – I will often tell people not what they want to hear but what they should hear – that has occasionally made for awkward situations but in the end, I think people understand where I’m coming from.
What are my aspirations?
I guess my aspirations are to be the best that I can be. I continue to have a deep thirst for knowledge and continue to take classes. I’m currently working on a higher certification in MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) in Denver – I fly there multiple times a year. At some point I’d also like to study Acupuncture and Functional Medicine. I guess I will be a life-long student!
My Biggest Success?
I would have to say my biggest success was going to chiropractic school at the age of 51. You are never too old to go back to school or learn something new! I had a very successful bodywork practice in New York for over 20 years and I really wanted to learn more about the body. I’d studied every soft-tissue technique I could think of, but I wanted to know more about the nervous system. I thought about medical school but that would be a ten-year commitment and I really liked working with my hands, so the decision was chiropractic school. My friends thought I was crazy to leave a successful practice and go back to school especially at my age! It was certainly hard and much more than I bargained for; I had no social life those 4 years. The curriculum is about 70-80% similar to medical school but instead of all the pharmacology, our curriculum is much more focused on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders and treatment. I absolutely loved going back to school in my fifties and immersing myself in that environment again.
My Most Challenging Moment?
I would have to say my most challenging moment was going to Chiropractic School in 2009 in my fifties. I gave up a successful massage/bodywork practice in New York and headed to Los Angeles for 4 years. The stress of my move and the long hours of study in the ensuing 4 years were definitely challenging! I woke up at 4am every day and went to the gym for 90 minutes before class which started at 7am. I would do about 45 minutes of cardio while reading and studying, and then 45 minutes of weights as my workout. Classes ended at 3pm and I’d often stay after school to tutor anatomy in the cadaver lab. I worked part-time while in school doing bodywork, so I saw a couple clients after school (and on weekends) and then studied for a few hours before going to bed at 8pm nightly. It was a brutal schedule, but I thrived. I think sometimes pushing yourself to your limits and succeeding, gives you new-found respect for your capabilities. When I encounter challenges now, I think back on my time while in chiropractic school and the schedule I had, and think: “if I could do that, I can do anything!”
Set a goal, work your ass off, and don’t let anyone dissuade you from your goals.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Number one I would have to say my Mom. She had an incredibly tough life. She survived being in a concentration camp during World War II, worked most of her life as a factory worker and cleaning woman and managed to raise three kids. She was often pushed to the limits physically and emotionally and still managed to persevere and prosper. She taught me love, respect, honesty, and hard work are really important values to live by. She never let anything, or anyone stand in her way. She’s incredibly strong and humble and is always looking out for others over herself.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
New York used to be my favorite destination while growing up in Canada. I remember coming here as a kid and being enthralled by the lights, the hustle and bustle, the energy! I’m thrilled to say I’ve lived here almost 30 years now. My other two favorite destinations are Hawaii and Italy. I love the geography, history, and food of Italy. With Hawaii it’s the tropical vegetation, the beautiful beaches, the warm ocean breezes. I’ve been to Hawaii six times and can never get enough hiking, snorkeling, or kayaking in.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Where would I be without my old 17” Macbook Pro? I was really disappointed when Apple no longer made the 17” models a few years ago. I like having a large screen that is portable. I take my Macbook with me in my backpack wherever I go: commuting to work and travelling for classes. I also love my electric massage table at the office. For 25 years I had a stationary massage table I worked on, now all I have to do step on a pedal and I can magically adjust the height of my patient in seconds. I love technology!
My Current Passions?
My passions are constantly evolving. I used to be obsessed with working out and body building. Then I got into cooking and now I like to grow things. I have a large window at the office that doesn’t get much light, but I still manage to have the whole window covered in plants. My patients always remark on the “jungle” in my office. I also have numerous green and flowering plants in every window of my south facing apartment. I guess when I’m not taking care of patients, I’m taking care of plants!
Dr Eric Steibl, DC
850 7th Ave, #504
NY, NY 10019