Jess started with Excel Physical Therapy in 2008 while still in PT School. She is currently treats patients at our 1608 Walnut Street location in Center City and is working towards her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
- What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? I enjoy the one on one time with my patients and being able to positively impact patient’s lives. I enjoy the opportunity to collaboratively work toward patient goals be it walking further in order to get to the grocery store, returning to bike commuting without pain, or running a half-marathon.
- Please share with us your most memorable patient and their story? I was treating this 94 year old woman who came in for neck pain and loss of motion. Her primary goal was to be able to reach to the top of the refrigerator so she could get her water bottles. Over the next 4-5 weeks I utilized manual therapy techniques and range of motion exercises, all the while, she would tell me interesting stories about her life. By the end of her therapy she was pain free and able to reach her water bottles on top of the refrigerator.
- What do you like to do in your off time, outside of the clinic? I am currently coaching a U17 girls ice hockey team for the Ed Snider youth hockey program. We just started our season last week, I’m excited to have a good year!
Brad joined Excel Physical Therapy in our Bensalem location earlier this year. He is currently seeking his McKenzie spine certification.
- What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? I enjoy being able to get to know patient and build a rapport with everyone since you are the only one that the see. You are able to monitor the patient’s progress better and tailor a program to meet their specific needs and goals when you are the only one working with them.
- Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story? My most memorable patient was the mother of a woman who works in our business complex and was brought in for her knee pain and difficulty walking. This woman did not speak English and was scared about coming into therapy after having negative experiences with previous therapies. She was confined to a walker and was unable to walk more than 50 feet without having to sit or have someone help her. Her daughter stayed for the first few sessions to help translate and make sure her mother was comfortable with staying but it only took 5 sessions for her daughter to tell me that her mother couldn’t be happier with the therapy she was receiving. She said we were the first facility who put forth effort to understand her and take the time to work 1 on 1. After needing to be dropped off at the door for her first couple weeks, she got strong and confident enough to walk to our office from her daughters salon on the other side of the complex to the clinic with just a cane and her young granddaughter. She also felt confident enough to no longer have her daughter come with her, and despite not speaking the same language, we were able to understand each other perfectly and help her achieve her goals. She has since been back to see us two more times for other conditions and says she would never go anywhere else.
- Tell us something personal. I was a collegiate track runner at University of Delaware
Joy Oakey who treated in our Media clinic won 2 golds and a silver at USATF masters national championship track meet in Michigan!!
“I compete with a masters track team at both national championships and at local track meets and road/off road races. However it all came to an abrupt end when I experienced pain and muscle spasms to my left hip area. I was devastated. I couldn’t run, I had trouble even walking up steps… and I was scheduled to compete in a pentathlon at a national championship meet in 2 months.
Thank goodness my sports physician sent me to Mike Groh at Excel. He did a great assessment and diagnosis and we began treatment. He used an instrument to break up scar tissue and taught me how to stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissue. I am back to training and running. I was able to compete at USATF masters national championship track meet in Michigan and won 2 golds and a silver!
Joy Congratulations on such a great accomplishment and thanks for sharing with us!
Experience the Excel Difference! 2 patients an hour, hands-on manual therapy, a full one-hour for the initial evaluation and no PT Aides! How can Excel help you? Here is how we helped Harris, in his own words:
“I came to Excel with back issues; a result of arthritis and multiple bulging discs. I could not stand straight or without pain! I required a cane to walk because of sciatic pain. And that was with the aid of prescription painkillers!
Several weeks of therapy found me off the pain meds, able to walk standing straight and without pain! And without needing a cane. I found the manual therapy most helpful: pressing on my spine, leg pulls, etc. Combined with the exercises I was given to perform provided exactly the results I was looking for!”
Kristen is currently seeing patients in our 1608 Walnut Street clinic in Center City after graduating from Temple in 2016. She has experience in treating 1st rib and SI joint dysfunctions and uses various manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization and muscle energy, in her treatment plans. Kristen is currently working towards becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of care? Working one-on-one with a patient allows me to constantly reassess and react to how the patient is responding to a specific treatment. I can then make any necessary corrections to the program and this leads to a more efficient level of care.
Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story. I had a patient who was referred for ankle pain who fit many of the criteria for being at risk for heart disease. As I was doing my evaluation, including monitoring vital signs, I discovered he had extremely high blood pressure. He was not aware of his condition and was not on any medication so I referred him back to his Doctor. He returned to Physical Therapy after his physician started him on proper blood pressure medication. When he was discharged from therapy not only was his ankle feeling better his overall health was better and his Blood Pressure was controlled.
What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic? I am a Maryland girl, so crabbing, fishing, and being on the water is home to me.
Diane got her life back after arriving at Excel with 3 broken bones in her foot and not being able to walk for 14 weeks.
“I came to Excel after breaking 3 bones in my foot. I was in a cast for 14 weeks and once the cast came off I was unable to walk. Brad evaluated me and then immediately started therapy. He first started by helping me get my gait training underway with the assistance of 2 crutches. I was so happy to be able to walk at all, but I had homework each night. Soon I was able to go to one crutch then a cane shortly thereafter. There were bumps along the way, but through it all Brad was there helping me, he gave me moral support when I would get down during the 10 weeks I was there.
I was able to go on Vacation in the beginning of May and was so happy I was able to get around!! This is the third time with an injury Excel has helped me rehab. I will and have recommended Excel to everyone I know if they need physical therapy.
I want to thank Brad for giving me my life back. I was unable to go anywhere without crutches or a knee scooter. I am back to working out at the gym with my personal trainer”
Welcome our new Clinical Director in the Newtown Square location!
Mike has been with Excel since 2014 when he graduated from Widener University. Mike has been treating in our Media location and is now making the move to Clinic Director.
Mike has presented at multiple national physical therapy conferences on the “Incorporation of Manual Therapy in the Treatment of Post-concussion Syndrome”. Presented and co-authored “Effect of Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Treatment on Discomfort Associated with Myofascial Trigger Points” which was recently accepted for publication in “Body Works and Movement Therapies”. Mike has attended continuing education courses for patellar instability, ACL rehabilitation, and coursework with spinal manipulations. Currently he’s enrolled in Evidence in Motion orthopedic residency program to take Orthopedic Certification Specialist Exam.
Mike treats patients with all types of Orthopedic conditions with an increased attention in the knee and spine. He utilizes various soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques to achieve excellent patient outcomes.
” I enjoy developing relationships with my patients and the satisfaction that comes with helping them accomplish their goals. I believe that a one on one patient approach is the best method to ensure patients achieve their own specific goals.”
Mike played football for the Penncrest Lions, Bloomsburg Huskies, Kronum in the Kronum League with the Jet Sets, and enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
To schedule an appointment with Mike contact us at:
Patty Carafa was seen in our Southampton Clinic after two years of dealing with Achilles pain. She is now able to run after her granddaughter!
“Due to an ineffective past experience, I did not have much faith in Physical Therapy! but after dealing with Achilles Tendonitis for about two years, I was willing to give it another try! Luckily, a brand new Excel Physical Therapy office had just opened in Southampton, PA. I did a quick drive by and was impressed by the looks of the clinic (spacious, well lit, and clean).
My first positive experience was when I called for an appointment and spoke with Barbara. She was professional and at the same time so friendly. She was understanding when I had to cancel a few sessions. Best of all, when I went in for my sessions at almost the end of the day it was nice to be greeted by such a pleasant young lady!
At my first appointment I met my therapist, Ryan Mark. He was polite, professional, and knowledgeable about my condition, which he explained in anatomical terms and then translated into “English” He completed my assessment, established our goals and began instructing me on what exercises to do, explaining their purposes and how to do them correctly. At all times during the sessions he showed concern about my comfort while doing the exercises, checked for proper posture always in a calm and supportive manner which made me feel at ease.
I must say that my new Physical Therapy experience with Excel, particularly with Ryan, who I consider a healer, has been tremendous. My Achilles tendon is 99.9% back to normal, I feel strong and comfortable. I am back to Zumba, Kempo, Horseback riding and what I love the most running after our Granddaughter!!
Thank You Ryan! Thank You Barb! Thank You Excel!”
Lauren Cycyk was seen in our Art Museum clinic. She came in with the goal of running the Broad Street Run. She succeeded! Well done Lauren!
“Thank you to Jason and the team at Excel! I really appreciate all of your support, humor, and kindness to get me back on track after what seemed like an endless number of injuries over the last few months (and maybe just a little whining). Because of your good care, I achieved my goal of running Broad Street again this year 🙂 Keep up the good work!”
Teamwork makes the dream work! Individualized and focused physical therapy plus a motivated patient = success!
The CDC says reports that 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. We want to help the community not fall!
Join Excel Physical Therapy and the Bensalem Senior Citizens Association when they put on a FREE workshop for Older Adults geared at preventing falls and staying active. Receive a free lunch, 68 page colorful guide and other give-a-ways!
When: Monday April 18th, 2016
Where: 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
How do I register?: Call Carol, Teddy or Bonnie at 215-638-7720