Left to right: Patty Voight, Valerie Brill, PT and Robert Frederick MD. Dr. Frederick stopped by Excel’s Villanova clinic on Patty’s last day.
“I wish I could write this review without crying, but alas the tears are already falling. I’m not sure how you write a proper review for a place that completely changed your life, but I’m going to try my best!
My therapist, Val, is a godsend. She is the best at what she does. For both my pre and post-surgical rehab, she’s been a rock of support – cheering me on and celebrating all the important milestones with me as if they were her own. Little things, like bending your knee or walking up a flight of stairs pain-free, she was right there with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be by my side while I got my life back from having a knee cap re-alignment and tibia tubercle osteotomy. Val also knew exactly my game plan for my pre-surgery visits to ensure that I was going into knee surgery as healthy as I could be. I went into knee surgery completely confident knowing my road to recovery would be easy with Val and the whole team by my side.
I need to also shout out both office schedulers, as well as all the other PTs. From day one, everyone has been easy to work with and super friendly.
When I walk into Excel, I feel like I’m home. I love Val and the entire team at Excel and I’m so incredibly blessed that I found them! I’m now almost 6 months post op and I feel better than I did pre-knee injury.” Patty Voight has had a long road to recovery but thanks to Excel Physical Therapy and Valerie Brill, PT she got her life back!!
To help celebrate her last day in Physical Therapy her surgeon, Robert Frederick visited our Villanova clinic to see her “graduate” Physical Therapy!
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!
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:
Meet Emily Steinberg!
Emily is the clinic director of our Northeast Philadelphia Clinic located on Krewstown Road.
- What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of their care? I love getting to know each patient. Hands down my favorite part. Each patient that walks through the door has a different background, story, and need for physical therapy and I love getting to know that need and learning how I can help meet it.
- In your words, what is the “E&A Difference?” The E&A difference is knowing that we have the skills, the compassion and the time to tailor a program for each patient to get them back to 100%. We dedicate ourselves to our profession to make sure we have what it takes to get patients back on their feet and hopefully they have a little fun while they’re at it.
- Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story. This is hard to pick just one.
I will never forget this one patient who not only worked full time, she also cared for her sick husband, her grown children and their children. I was treating her for her hand, her shoulder, her back and her knee (clearly she was neglecting taking care of herself). At one of her progress evaluations we tested her grip strength and she had quadrupled her strength without any pain for the first time. When I told her how much she improved, we both started crying because of how impressive it was. I was so proud of how far she had come and I was so thankful to be a part of her care. I am grateful to be a part of her life and to take care of her for a change!
Another patient that was very memorable was an 11-year-old with a concussion that I treated for several months through a tough recovery. I will never forget when I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her answer: “I want to be like you.”
- What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic? I like to work out(Cross Fit) , play with my rescued Pitbull, Rocky, work on my house and spend time with friends and family.
At all E&A Therapy clinics, (Excel PT & Apex PT) we have the best and brightest physical therapists working to help their patients get back to living the life they want to live. We want the Philadelphia area, and world, to know this! Today is the first of many posts to recognize the therapists who make E&A great.
Sarah is the Assistant Clinical Director of our Cherry Hill Clinic.
- What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of their care? My favorite part of working one-on-one with patients is seeing how my patients change over the course of therapy and getting them back to what they love to do. I love developing a rapport with the patient.
- In your words, what is the “E&A Difference?” Quality, evidence based care focused on manual therapy and one-on-one treatment.
- Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story. My most memorable patient came to me with lower back pain. She had tried therapy before and even surgery. Nothing had worked and she was in chronic pain. She came to me looking for help. Over the course of her therapy, I was able to improve her mobility, strength and get her back to playing with her grandson and working out at the gym.
- What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic? I love running, biking, cooking, and traveling the world. This picture is at Neuschwanstein castle from a trip to Germany last summer.
A great, big Thank You goes out to Desirae Urban at Excel Physical Therapy in Ardmore, PA. After suffering a Class 1 growth plate ankle fracture and sprain in my right ankle, not only was Desirae able to help me rehab my ankle in 5 weeks, she was able to improve my over all strength and balance in both my ankles and my core in time for my 2015 Pennsylvania Level 6 State gymnastics meet!
From the very first visit, Desirae was very aware of my timeline in preparing for my State meet and she was able to customize my rehab specifically to my needs as gymnast, as she is a former University of Pennsylvania gymnast herself. Desirae made my therapy sessions challenging and focused, but also fun and even humorous! My sessions would go by quickly and before I knew it, I was cleared to resume full training in gymnastics again. With Desirae’s help, not only was I able to compete in my State meet, but I had a very successful day by finishing in 3rd place on the vault, 5th place on the uneven bars, and 7th place All-Around! All of this, when a few short weeks earlier, I couldn’t even run down the vault runway or tumble on floor without pain in my ankle.
Without her professional help and guidance, I would not have been able to bring home 3 medals from my State gymnastics meet! I also know I will continue to improve my ankle and core strength with the on going, at home exercises she has recommended for me. If I am ever in need of a physical therapist again, I know I will call Desirae. Thank you again, Desirae! –Gabriella A.