Excel - Oakland


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We specialize in the provision of comprehensive physical therapy to individuals following joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgeries, and spine surgeries as well as non-surgical orthopedic, sports, and spinal-related injuries.

We strive to offer an exemplary model of patient care in a professional and caring environment. Our skilled staff of highly trained physical therapists have extensive experience in treating advanced orthopedic injuries, and are referred by many of the area's and nation's top physicians.

Our ability to provide focused expertise in orthopedics is strongly supported by our team-centric environment and we view our team as equals working together towards one common goal: the patient’s rehabilitation and recovery. Our philosophy is to roll out the ‘red carpet’ for every patient who comes in contact with our company, whether it be on a phone call or when stepping through our front door.

Our Physical Therapists are held to a high standard and are selected not solely on resume, but on the clinical and interpersonal skills they possess. Prospective patients can be assured of consistency and meticulous attention to their needs. We have a very low patient per-hour ratio, allowing our Physical Therapists to spend ample time with each patient to achieve optimal results. Our goal is to establish relationships for a lifetime, but not treat patients for a lifetime. We take pride in being a low-volume practice, which is how we gained our reputation for providing the best care in Bergen County.

Our foundation for success has been built upon providing exceptional quality care, while at the same time maintaining an unsurpassed level of professional standards.

Julio Cabrera

DPT, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

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Julio graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercy college with his B.S. in Health Sciences, and Cum Laude with a Doctorate in physical therapy. Julio developed an interest in physical therapy after spending a few years as a personal trainer and interacting with various physical therapists regarding his former clients’ post-rehab training. Julio was a two-sport high-school athlete having played football and basketball. He is an avid sports fan passionately cheering on the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers. In his free time, Julio looks for any opportunity to go to live sporting events, enjoys binge watching shows, the outdoors, and exercising at the gym. Julio truly enjoys treating all populations but has a particular interesting in treating long distance runners, high school athletes of varying sports (football, basketball, and baseball in particular), and treating patients with post-concussion syndrome. Julio takes great pride in improving his craft by taking multiple continuing education courses on his leisure to learn new techniques, in order to better serve his patients. Julio was originally raised in the Bronx, NY until he reached 11-years-old, where he moved to the Hudson Valley region in upstate NY and still currently resides there.

Jennifer Esquerre


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Jennifer graduated with honors from Columbia University, earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her final year at Columbia, she received the APTA Minority Scholarship Award and the NYPTA Minority Affairs Student Award. At Penn State University, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training. Prior to her graduate studies at Columbia, Jennifer worked as an Athletic Trainer for a pediatric orthopedic facility and recreation youth football program. As a student athletic trainer at Penn State, Jennifer's passion for sports medicine and rehabilitation was nurtured. It is this passion, combined with her love of sports and helping others, that made her eager to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Jennifer has always had a strong interest in working with youth athletes who have sustained sports-related injuries. She especially enjoys working with the young athlete who is eager to get back to playing the sport they love. Prior to working at Excel, Jennifer had many opportunities to work with youth athletes as an athletic trainer for the Franklin Lakes War Eagles football team and various Penn State sports camps. Jennifer enjoys treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. Fluent in Spanish, she worked with many Spanish speaking patients during her clinical internships and volunteer work at Columbia. She also had the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population during a clinical internship abroad in Australia. These experiences enhanced Jennifer’s cultural competency as a physical therapist. Jennifer aims to provide the highest quality of care to all of her patients by building a good rapport, treating each patient as an individual, and working with patients to set and achieve goals. Being a physical therapist allows Jennifer to fulfill her various interests and passions while positively impacting the lives of others. Jennifer also has a strong passion for volunteer work and giving back to the community. During her time in graduate school, Jennifer participated in various community projects including volunteering at Columbia’s student-run pro bono clinic. She also participated in a service learning trip to Guatemala, where she provided physical therapy services to underrepresented communities. Jennifer continues to develop her passion for volunteerism and community outreach with the Excel team. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, volunteering at her church, and working out. She also enjoys arts and crafts projects, which nurtures her creative side. Jennifer loves to travel, and looks forward to checking off her bucket list of places to see around the world. As a native New Yorker, Jennifer is an avid fan of the Yankees and Giants.

Nick Esemplare


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Nick is a Seton Hall University graduate where he received both Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees. Nick's desire to become a physical therapist stemmed from his love of sports and interest in physical fitness and wellness. Being an avid athlete his entire life, he always understood the critical role physical therapists held in helping athletes return to their sport after suffering an injury. This combined with Nick's compassion for others made physical therapy the perfect career choice. As a physical therapist, Nick enjoys working with patients of varying ages and levels of injury; however, due to his love of sports and interest in sports medicine, he particularly enjoys treating and helping young athletes. Overall, helping his patients push themselves and be their best is what Nick finds to be the most rewarding aspect of the career. In Nick's free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active, whether it be spending time outdoors or in the gym. Within the past couple years, Nick completed two 50 mile hikes along the Appalachian Trail for charity and plans to do so again soon. Nick is also a thrill seeker, with a new found love of sky diving. Throughout all aspects of his life, Nick enjoys a challenge, especially in his work as a physical therapist. To him, the challenges he faces each day in the workplace have and continue to help him grow professionally and are what allow him to be the best therapist he can be for his patients.

Jeff Ziegler


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Jeffrey Ziegler, MSPT, graduated from College Misericordia, now Misericordia University, in 2006 with a BS in Health Science and MS in Physical Therapy. During his final year of school, Jeff became a graduate assistant at EXCEL. He accepted a PT position prior to graduation at the newly opened Oakland office (at the time just the third overall location), where he is now the Clinic Manager. Growing up, Jeff competed in numerous sports, swimming being the top choice for him. He went on to swim in college for four years and was team captain for two years. He was also a one-time MVP. In addition to swimming, he also played lacrosse for two years. Since graduating, he hasn't left the pool. Jeff enjoys coaching various levels of swimming, ranging from youth to adults, training primarily triathletes. He is currently the head coach of the Pascack Valley/Hills High School swim team and was named the Bergen Record's 2016 Girl's Swim Coach of the Year. Jeff remains extremely active and typically starts his day at 4:30 a.m. either swimming, training, or coaching. He competes in various endurance sports and weight trains on a regular basis. Jeff has competed in over 50 races of various lengths, often winning his age group and/or placing well in the overall standings. He loves adventure and anything related to being active. Jeff's love for athletics and anything exercise related made physical therapy a perfect fit as a career. Jeff strongly believes in exercise, the importance of being active on an everyday basis, and how valuable it is to maintain a positive attitude.

Maria Toscano


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When Maria was a senior at Ramapo High School in 2010, she sustained a multi-ligament knee injury, which brought her senior season of lacrosse to a sudden halt. While at the time it seemed like the worst fate in the world, it sparked a passion that unknowingly would change her life forever. She was a patient at EXCEL in Oakland for over eight months, and after seeing her therapist's compassion, skill and intelligence firsthand, she was inspired to major in Exercise Science as she headed off to college. Maria earned a B.S. in Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy with a minor in Biology from Manhattan College, while also receiving a scholarship to play Division I lacrosse. She then graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy, where she began to develop an interest in sport-related injuries, as well as return-to-sport progressions and rehabilitation. Today, Maria is thrilled to return to the place that first inspired her career path of becoming a physical therapist. In her free time, Maria loves spending time with family and friends, attending an almost shocking number of Yankee games, planning how she might be able to meet Aaron Judge in the near future, as well as relaxing on the beach in Montauk, New York.


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