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Harris helped with manual therapy: Now no pain medication!

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!”    


Welcome Kristen Grater, PT, DPT

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 Ledford for #LifeWithoutLimits

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 Mike Quintans, PT, DPT

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 for #LifeWithoutLimits

Achilles Tendon Injury

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 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!

Prevent Falls with Healthy Steps for Older Adults in Bensalem

Fall Pic from GET PT First

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



Featured PT – Michael St. George, PT, DPT

Mike St. George

Meet Mike St. George!

Mike is a staff therapist in our Media location.

  1. What is your favorite part about working one-on-one with patients through the duration of their care?   Having the chance to get to really understand your patient as not just someone with a diagnosis, but as an individual. This allows for the ability to understand the complexity of their condition and contributing factors such as personality and character. It also allows for the chance to really get to meet some awesome people.
  2. In your words, what is the “E&A Difference?”   Breaking away from the “rules” and traditional mantra of being a physical therapist by taking things to the next level of addressing an individual’s exact needs as not only a patient but a person requiring help for dealing with a tough circumstance.
  3. Please share with us your most memorable patient, or patients, and their story.   The patients that I remember most are the ones who present to the clinic with an initial impression of doubt. The individual who is not the top athlete or most physically fit and may be considered average with low motivation but comes to therapy and makes great progress. The process of accomplishing their therapy goals also allows them to overcome personal fears and obstacles.
  4. What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic?    I currently train to compete in American Ninja Warrior and obstacle course racing (OCRs). This training helps to compliment the obstacles we encounter in our lives.


Kenneth Hayes for #LifeWithoutLimits

Below is a success story submitted by Kenneth Hayes.  Kenneth was seen in our Northeast Philadelphia clinic located on Krewstown Road.  His story inspires us to keep doing what we are doing!  It works!  In his eyes – worthy of a million bucks!

“My first day at Excel was full of fear – that I would not be able to run again or even walk straight.  The physical therapist assigned to me was a young lady, very young.  I thought there is no way that she could possibly know anything about my knee surgery. To my surprise – Rachael Gnias is a professional!  Not only did she understand my injury, she filled me with the confidence that I needed to get me through the low part of my life!  I noticed a lot of Excel’s patients are senior citizens.  I have observed the extra care she displays in working with them.

If I had a million dollars – I would give it to her!!

Thanks Rachael!”

Racheal Gnias (2)

Rachael Gnias, PT, DPT

Staff Therapist in Northeast Philadelphia

Featured PT – Emily Steinberg, PT, DPT, OCS


Meet Emily Steinberg!

Emily is the clinic director of our Northeast Philadelphia Clinic located on Krewstown Road.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.”

  1. 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.