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Gluten and Dairy Free Thanksgiving-Sausage Leek Stuffing

A family favorite with a twist for those with food  allergies/sensitivities.


One loaf GF bread sliced into small cubes (12-18 ounces

One lb sweet Italian sausage

Two Tbs olive oil

¼ cup vegan butter (plant based)

½ large onion chopped (3/4 cup)

Four Leeks (3/4 cup)

Three stalks celery chopped (1 cup)

Two cloves garlic minced

One tsp dried thyme

½ tsp ground sage

Parsley to taste

¼ – ½ tsp ground pepper

Salt to taste

Two eggs

One and ½ cups chicken stock


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Place cubed bread onto a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and toss to evenly combine. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 30-35 minutes until dry and slightly toasted and let cool.

In a skillet, over medium to low heat, add butter and melt. Add onions/leeks, celery and ¼ tsp salt and cook until completely soft (about 15 minutes). Add garlic, thyme, sage, pepper and ¼ tsp salt and cook for another 1-2 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Heat the chicken stock on the skillet until simmering. Place the eggs in a bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add hot stock to eggs, starting with just a few Tbs while whisking constantly.

Place all ingredients together in bowl and mix together. Poor into a greased baking dish and cover tightly with tin foil.

Bake covered for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for another 15 minutes until golden on top.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Fall Prevention: Helpful Tips to Remain Independent

September 23, 2019 is annual Fall Prevention Day – an important day to promote awareness of an issue which affects many people. An estimated 20%-30% of older adults suffer from the effects of a fall each year, and falling is the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries, the fifth-leading cause of death among aging adults in America.

Have you fallen over the last several years? What were the circumstances that may have contributed to a fall occurrence?  The important thing to remember is that falling is NOT a normal part of aging and research shows 60-75% of falls CAN BE PREVENTED! But how?

4 Things you can do to prevent falls:

1.            Have your Physician or Pharmacist review your medications

2.            Exercise to improve your balance and strength

3.            Identify any recent changes in your vision

4.            Review your home to remove any potential hazards to reduce  your fall risk

Physical Therapists are movement specialists and are well trained to help you reduce your falling risk. Risk factors that Physical therapy can help improve include: physical inactivity, poor balance, leg weakness, improper use of a cane or walker and fear of falling.

There are several non-modifiable risk factors, or factors you cannot change, which also contribute to an increase in falling risk which include: being over age 65, being of a female gender, having a history of falls, taking more than 4 medications, poor vision, poor sensation, and memory loss.

Physical Therapy can prevent falls and help you stay Independent. If you or someone you care about would like to learn more about how physical therapy can reduce your risk of suffering a fall, please contact us at: http://www.excelphysicaltherapy.com/contact-us/ and we would be happy to provide further assistance!

New Excel Passyunk Clinic Opening in October 2019!

Excel Physical Therapy is excited to announce that we are expanding  our locations in Philadelphia and opening a new clinic in Passyunk in October 2019!

The new Passyunk clinic will be located at:

1843 East Passyunk Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19148-2127

Phone (267) 551-3464

Fax (267) 551-3465

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks! Our Mission is Your Recovery!


Excel Physical Therapy Helped Patty Get Her Life Back

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!

Lauren Cycyk for #LifeWithoutLimits

Lauran Cycyk Broad Street Run

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!

Mason Fullerton for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is a success story submitted by patient Mason Fullerton. His journey reminds us how important engaged, focused PT care is. 

“My name is Mason Fullerton and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – a connective joint and tissue disorder.

I have been getting physical therapy since I was ten months old, and now I am 8 years old. At Excel I have been working on my balance and strengthening my ankles because I was falling a lot. I have been at Excel for 3 months. I like Excel because we started out seeing how my ankles are and they built up my strength before I started running, so I would have energy. At my old PT, they would just say run 3 laps for 3 minutes. They didn’t push me too hard. Now I am having fun! I get to throw footballs and do stool racing. I look forward to going to each session and I used to hate going to my old PT.

After 6 weeks of Excel my orthopedic doctor said I improved a lot! That was the first time my mom and I ever heard that! Thanks Excel.”

Mason is pictured with the Jenkintown team of Meredith Mayes, Dan Reppert and Danielle Veacock.