ABOUT

Our Murray Hill clinic, located in the ground-floor retail space at 143 W. 34th Street near Lexington Avenue, is the best of two worlds; it has the friendly feel of a residential neighborhood with a sprinkle of “can-do” commercial midtown. The storefront property offers easy access from the street; ...

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MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Sports Certified Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Jeremy Crow is the Director of Clinical Services at SPEAR. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine emphasis from Florida State University in 2000, where he was a scholarship Student Athletic Trainer. Jeremy interned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and went on to New York University to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2009, Jeremy was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. Jeremy is also a personal trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider. Jeremy served as a field of play medical volunteer physical therapist for the volleyball venue (Maracanãzinho) at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Jeremy has contributed to the Reader’s Digest- Managing Pain book and has authored various articles on hip rehabilitation. Jeremy is also very active in the APTA and New York Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Board of Directors and as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. When not helping others achieve their best, Jeremy enjoys working out, running, hiking and traveling the world. Jeremy also holds a 1st degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Mohit Birdi, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Mohit received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and was a personal trainer at OSU’s main campus facility. While in school, he spent time completing rotations through various hospitals and clinics, including a very rewarding experience at Mount Sinai’s brain injury unit focusing on neurological rehabilitation. Working in outpatient orthopedics, Mohit has been exposed to treating a wide variety of operative and non-operative cases. He enjoys working with patients to develop individualized goals, whether it is simply returning to walking, or completing a marathon. Mohit has treated patients with various vestibular conditions and neck-related headaches and has pursued continued education and coursework in manual therapy. Mohit places emphasis on patient education and ergonomic analysis whenever possible to facilitate return to function. Mohit enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle by playing tennis and loves traveling and cooking.

Meghan Hom, PT, DPT, OCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Meghan earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Redlands. At Redlands, Meghan was captain of the varsity soccer team and also played various intramural sports. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports-related rehabilitation, and working with populations from pediatrics to geriatrics. Meghan’s athletic background influenced her strong interest in the orthopedic and sports populations. She believes in a personalized approach to treatment, helping patients to reach their goals and to live their fullest lives. While at Columbia, she completed advanced orthopedic coursework. She also dedicated time to community service involvement such as traveling to underserved regions of Guatemala to provide physical therapy to elders, individuals using prosthetic limbs, and people with spinal cord injury. She continues to stay active through running half marathons, taking spin classes, and lifting weights. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she enjoys returning to the Great Northwest from time to time to see family and friends, spend time at the coast, and enjoy the evergreen trees.

Gwen Giffard, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Gwen received both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College. As a young girl she began a 14-year competitive Irish Dancing career in which she sustained numerous injuries. After several years of attending physical therapy, she decided to pursue it as a career. Gwen has clinical experience in various settings including acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She has experience treating several populations including post-surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics and high-level dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Gwen’s dance background has influenced her in pursing a career to specialize in treating dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters and other performing artists. She had the opportunity to work with dancers from Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, and The Draper Center. She also worked as a PT Aide at Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy throughout college. Gwen believes that physical therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the patient. Both need to be dedicated to working together to rehabilitate the patient to their optimal level of performance and to prevent any future injuries. After retiring from Irish dance, Gwen played intramural volleyball and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. She continues to stay active by playing recreational tennis, skiing, hiking and lifting weights.

Derek Lee, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Derek received his Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. During both his undergraduate and doctoral education, Derek worked as a teaching assistant in the human anatomy lab. While at TWU he gained experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient sports and orthopedics. During his clinical education, he has treated patients of all ages with a variety of operative and non-operative orthopedic conditions. He also had the opportunity to help overhead athletes return to their respective sport. Derek has a passion for creating personalized exercise programs and empowering his patients. He has interests in pain neuroscience education, functional strengthening, as well as falls and sports injury prevention. Derek’s hobbies include weightlifting, basketball, skiing, meditation, traveling, and cooking. Born and raised in OK, Derek is ecstatic about exploring NYC.

Kayla Moran, PT, DPT

No Credentials Or Degree Added

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

None listed

Sawyer Almasi, PT, DPT

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Sawyer is originally from Washington State. He then moved on to Portland, Oregon, where he received his undergraduate degree in public health education, as well as exercise science, from Portland State University. After PSU, Sawyer went on to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Chapman University in Southern California. Throughout his time involved in physical therapy, Sawyer has treated a wide variety of patients, including patients in the ICU, various neurological conditions, the elderly, post surgical, and even professional athletes. This was done across multiple places including California, Idaho, Arizona, New York, and Italy. Through this he has gained an understanding how each individual is unique and therefore needs their treatment specially made just for them. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and traveling. He can even occasionally be found with a pair of binoculars out looking for birds.

Rebecca Arkin, OTD, OTR/L

OTD, OTR/L

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

None listed

Chris Churchill, PT, DPT, CSCS

PT, DPT, CSCS

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Christopher received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University. Chris was lucky enough to have a father as a physical therapist to help return him back to sport after any injuries. After experiencing and witnessing his father’s ability to change lives, he knew he wanted to pursue physical therapy. While pursuing his degree at Middlebury, Chris competed as a varsity basketball player for all four years. During his time at Columbia, he performed doctoral research in preseason movement screens for Division I soccer athletes, analyzing the relationship between the players’ test scores and injuries during the season. He and his team members were able to present their research at the 2019 APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Combined Sections Meeting. Chris had the opportunity to treat a variety of diagnoses and patient populations during his outpatient and inpatient clinical affiliations, but gained much experience in treating patients with post-operative and non-operative hip diagnoses during his clinical experience at SPEAR. During his final clinical affiliation at EXOS in Los Angeles, California, he treated high level professional and collegiate athletes in football and basketball, helping them return to their respective sports. Outside of the clinic, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, heading to the beach, playing basketball, weightlifting, swimming, reading and traveling.

Kennedy Young, PT, DPT

No Credentials Or Degree Added

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Kennedy received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from James Madison University. Kennedy’s interest in physical therapy began while shadowing a nurse at a local hospital. Kennedy was enamored by the positive, trusting relationships formed between providers and patients, and the gratification from patient’s when completing their goals. While pursuing her degree at James Madison University, Kennedy served as a health and fitness intern at the Morrison Bruce Center for the Promotion of Healthy Living of Women and Girls. During this time, she spearheaded several public health events and initiatives which focused on educating women and children on the importance of good nutrition and an active lifestyle. She also regularly volunteered with the local Special Olympics chapter. During her time at Arcadia University, Kennedy performed her doctoral research focusing on improving ambulation in children with cerebral palsy. Kennedy went on to serve as the inaugural Clinic Coordinator of Arcadia University’s Pro Bono Clinic, presenting strategies for patient recruitment at the National Pro Bono Network Conference in 2020. While completing her clinical rotations, Kennedy had the opportunity to treat a variety of diagnoses while gaining experience treating patients with chronic low back, neck, and shoulder pain. During her final, pediatric affiliation, she treated musculoskeletal conditions such as torticollis, developmental coordination disorder, hemiplegia, and hypotonia. Outside of the clinic, Kennedy enjoys spending time with family and friends, pilates, painting, reading, travelling, and learning how to ski.

Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Austin Afshar is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Murray Hill location. Austin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Austin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. At a young age, Austin began training and competing in both short and long course swimming, as well as open water swimming. He continued his knack for the sport during his time at IUP where he participated as a member of the club swim team and water polo team. Austin has swam competitively throughout his life, but it was during his undergraduate years where he provided private lessons for children with special needs that fueled his passion to pursue a profession in Physical Therapy. Austin has treated an extremely diverse population, including post-operative and sports related injuries as well as neurological disorders. He previously worked at world renowned Moss Rehabilitation where he treated patients with neurological disorders ranging from cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, as well as treated patients in the intensive care unit. His work experience also consists of both outpatient orthopedic as well as outpatient neurological physical therapy. Austin believes in treating his patients through evidence based practice, as well as through utilization of education, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. He hopes to help his patients obtain the best quality of life possible through improving their strength and functional mobility, allowing them to stay active and to continue to pursue the life they desire through meeting their personal goals. Austin continues to stay active through swimming, spinning, weight lifting, and running. He is adventurous in both trying unique foods and in his travels; he enjoys exploring new local restaurants and adding new destinations to his travel list.

Phil Jennette

No Credentials Or Degree Added

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

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Katy Metz, PT, DPT

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

None listed

Kevin Zheng, PT, DPT

No Credentials Or Degree Added

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

None listed

CLINIC CONTACT INFORMATION

143 E 34th St, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10016

CANCELLATION POLICY

We kindly ask that you notify us no later than 24 hours in advance for all rescheduling and cancellations. Thank you.

THIS CLINIC OFFERS VIDEO APPOINTMENTS

If you're not sure you can make it into the physical therapy clinic for an in-person appointment, you may be interested in requesting a TelePT video appointment. A session with a certified telehealth physical therapist could help you receive treatment from virtually anywhere.

HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY REHABILITATION NETWORK

Hospital for Special Surgery’s Rehab Network has over 170 therapy clinics recommended by HSS after successfully completing the Hospital’s rigorous inspection and credentialing process.  It provides patients with a resource for locating exceptional, convenient therapy providers in their own communities.

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