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We specialize in the provision of comprehensive physical therapy to individuals following joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstruc...
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Jenna graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science. After working for a year as a physical therapy aide, she drove cross-country to live in Santa Monica while pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California, one of the country's top physical therapy programs. Jenna developed an interest in physical therapy during high school. She battled Lyme disease for almost three years. While participating in high school soccer, softball and dance, she often found relief from her symptoms through exercise and support from her teammates. She gained a patient's perspective of how pain and physical limitations can dramatically affect one's daily life. For over twelve years at Excel, Jenna has enjoyed treating a wide variety of orthopedic ailments across a wide range of ages. She has a particular interest in treating post-mastectomy patients, and patients with shoulder and foot/ankle injuries.
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Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies. While at QU, Nicole participated in co-ed intramural basketball (3v3, 5v5) and volleyball. Prior to college, Nicole was a three-sport varsity athlete in basketball, lacrosse, and tennis. When Nicole was 16, she experienced a sports-related injury, including tibial stress fractures. Her PT experience was so positive that she couldn’t imagine choosing any other career for herself. Still to this day, she is grateful for pursuing a rewarding profession, which allows her to help others get back to the ‘best versions’ of themselves. Although Nicole enjoys treating just about any type of injury, she enjoys working with young patients following knee surgeries, as well as both surgical and non-surgical shoulder and ankle injuries. Her own unique experience in outpatient physical therapy at a young age has helped her to better understand and find successful outcomes in treating similar patients on an individual basis. She truly enjoys working as a team and constructing meaningful, sport-specific exercises for all of her patients whenever possible. Outside of Excel, you can find Nicole in her element anywhere a beach meets the ocean, and she has never missed a vacation to Long Beach Island or Fort Myers Beach with family. If the position actually existed, she could easily classify as a ‘VIP shopper’ for the Marshalls—TJ Maxx—HomeGoods retailers, and she takes pride in finding hidden treasures in all three stores. Beyond her passion for physical therapy, Nicole is an avid supporter of the United States military, which was fostered by her profound experience through a loved one serving in the USMC infantry during the War on Terror. While in college, for her capstone project during graduate school, Nicole and her two classmates hosted and organized multiple adaptive sporting events for wounded veterans. Nicole is hoping to continue giving back in the future. She is tremendously proud to be an American!
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Ray grew up in the village of Florida, NY, and attended high school at S.S. Seward Institute where he played soccer, basketball and baseball and is a member of the Seward Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Barry University in Miami, FL, earning a bachelor degree in Exercise Science while playing baseball for the Buccaneers. He returned home to the northeast to continue his studies, where he received his Master Degree in Physical Therapy from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Ray was introduced to physical therapy through his uncle, who owned his own practice and treated him as a young athlete for several minor sports injuries. It was always in the back of his mind that PT was an area that he could see himself working if his baseball dreams didn’t come true. Then, while in college, he dislocated his throwing shoulder which resulted in attending PT for twelve weeks. In the time he was there, Ray met several other patients and rehabilitated alongside them. The experience of meeting people, sharing stories, and working together to progress and rehabilitate made him realize that PT would be his choice of career. He enjoys working with all patients, but particularly with young athletes working through recovery so he can create an experience as positive as his own. Outside of work, Ray continues to play sports for the enjoyment of competing and for exercise. He continued playing baseball for ten years after college, but decided it was time to retire when his first son was born. The commitment to baseball was just too time-consuming now with a family. He has played in an ice hockey league for the past fifteen years and continues to play today. His wife is a runner and they enjoy running and participating in races together. They have done numerous 5Ks and 10Ks, as well as five half-marathons together. One of his favorite hobbies is snowmobiling and snowboarding. He is probably one of the few who love winter and hope for snow. A “bad” winter to him is a mild one.
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Bill, originally from Long Island, received his education from Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he graduated with a bachelor degree in Human Movement / Sport Science, and subsequently completed a master degree in Physical Therapy. Through participation in sports and running track and cross country in high school, Bill developed a long-standing and deep-rooted interest in Sports Medicine, Kinesiology and the rehabilitation field, in general. Having spent more than ten years with Excel Orthopedics, Bill has enjoyed the diversity of injuries, diagnoses and individuals which he has had the pleasure to treat in the clinical setting. While he enjoys treating all ailments and injuries across the spectrum, he has a particular interest in working closely with patients recovering from neck and back injuries, shoulder injuries, total joint replacements, knee reconstructive surgery, and multi-sport racing / overuse injuries. Additionally, he is also particularly drawn to getting baseball and football athletes back onto the field of play, due to the unique level of specification that is dependent upon their particular positions. In his time outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, outdoor activities, attending concerts, comedy shows and sporting events, traveling, and rooting for the Jets, Yankees and Islanders. While the days of competitive sports have passed, his two young sons have kept him involved in athletics, in the capacities of providing coaching assistance in youth sports, as well as leading endless backyard football, soccer, baseball and basketball battles.
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Panayiotis graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to UMDNJ, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey. His personal experiences with orthopedic injuries, interest in the body, and passion for helping people led him to pursue a career in physical therapy. Upon graduation from UMDNJ, he continued his physical therapy education by completing a Manual Therapist Certification (MTC) through Evidence in Motion. While at EIM, he learned the most up to date research and hands-on techniques in patient care with many physical therapy residents and fellows across the country. Panayiotis then went on to become Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). Panayiotis enjoys treating patients across all age groups with a variety of injuries. However, he has particular interests in the application of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic interventions in helping patients achieve their personal goals. He was born and raised in Bergen County, and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to help people with functional limitations in his community. When not working with our clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends. Panayiotis and his wife enjoy traveling, especially when they travel to Greece to visit family. In addition, Panayiotis continues to maintain an active lifestyle by running, working out, and playing in a local open men’s soccer league for Vikings FC. He has experience in playing highly competitive soccer at the high school and college level.
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136 Hopper Avenue,
Waldwick, NJ 07463
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