Excel Physical Therapy

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ABOUT

Our Cresskill office is centered between the towns of Tenafly, Alpine, Demarest and Dumont. Conveniently located on Piermont Road near its shopping district, this office is approximately 3,700 square feet in size with ample parking both in front and back of the building.

MEET OUR PHYSICAL THERAPY STAFF

Panayiotis Hios

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

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.

Matt Choman

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Matt grew up in Northern New Jersey playing baseball. During high school, he made a transition from baseball player to lacrosse player. Being that baseball was his first love, and he is an undying New York Yankee fan, he has proclaimed himself a baseball nerd even though he no longer plays. After graduating from Pascack Valley High School, he studied Biology at the University of Maryland. He continued his studies honing in on physical therapy at Columbia University Medical Center’s doctoral program, where he specialized in orthopedics. Matt has always been intrigued by the human body’s ability to heal, especially the ankles, knees and lower back. As a PT, he relishes in his ability to help the body heal through therapy, while establishing a personal connection with patients. His interest in pain science has him working towards receiving a certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist. This piqued interest gives Matt the means and confidence to treat patients with chronic pain. Matt has not only been a PT, but he was a patient in high school. While playing a pick-up football game, he fell on outstretched hands and fractured both of his arms. This lead to a few tough months of recovery, but he credits the physical therapy treatment and the team behind it that got him through it all. Matt considers himself a budding connoisseur of whiskies —single-malt scotches and bourbons— as well as craft beer. When he has time, he enjoys slow cook barbecuing ribs, brisket and pulled pork in his smoker. His favorite pizza is from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. As a baseball nerd, one of Matt’s goals is to make a visit to each of the MLB stadiums.

Nick Daniels

PT, DPT

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST BIO

Nicholas Daniels has a sincere passion for the craft of physical therapy, especially as it relates to orthopedics and sports. Nick is also particularly interested in patients with unique or challenging cases -- those who have tried other treatments with little success and walk into the clinic as skeptics. He thoroughly enjoys creating outside-the-box therapy plans for such patients, cheering them on as they reach their goals and graduate from his care, all while turning them into believers in the healing power of physical therapy. Nick received a BS in Athletic Training from Montclair State University and certification from the National Athletic Trainers Association in 2008. He treated high school and college athletes across North Jersey, focusing on injury prevention, assessment and rehabilitation. He then went on to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. In 2017, Nick was recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association as a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). Although Nick's preparing for the board exam while working full-time and renovating a new home almost caused a coffee shortage in Bergen County, he plans to jump back into a pile of textbooks and tests in 2018. This time he will be earning the title of board certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). Nick loves to learn about the human body, how to handle its weaknesses, and the amazing feats it can accomplish when at its best. Nick is an avid weightlifter, skier and golfer, and spent many years playing baseball on school teams and adult leagues. As a result of his baseball "career," the doctor was once a patient himself. Nick has undergone shoulder surgery and rehabilitation from a sports-induced injury. He is subsequently very sensitive to both the physical and emotional roads his patients must travel, and especially empathizes with the sidelined athletes who are eager to back onto the field, horse, dance floor, and everything in between. When he isn’t in the clinic or pursuing athletics, Nick enjoys playing with the power tools in his home workshop and spending time with his wife, family and friends. He loves cheeseburgers and pecan pie, and appreciates patients' suggestions for a good place to get either one.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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