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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.
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Doctor of Physical Therapy, PT, DPT
Shannon graduated magna cum laude from William Paterson University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and magna cum laude from Rutgers University with a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. While in college and graduate school, Shannon worked very closely with physical therapists in an outpatient sports clinic and completed clinical work in outpatient orthopedics, acute care physical therapy, and school based pediatrics. Shannon developed an interest in physical therapy while in high school as she played multiple varsity sports including soccer, track, and softball and had a love of anatomy and physiology. She couldn't think of any other way to integrate her passion for helping people, sports, and medicine. While in high school Shannon was part of a medical science program that allowed her to volunteer her time in a local hospital where she shadowed doctors, nurses, and even physical therapists which only solidified her passion for physical rehabilitation sciences. Shannon enjoys treating a variety of injuries/conditions but has a passion for treating young athletes. She knows firsthand how important it is for athletes to get back to playing without pain or limitations, therefore she takes particular care in integrating not only physical rehab but also an understanding of emotional recovery following an injury. While not at work, Shannon enjoys taking Pilates and yoga classes, kickboxing, high intensity interval training, and various boot camp style classes at her fitness club. She also enjoys taking time out of her schedule to travel with her husband and has been to 23 of the 50 states in the USA. In her down time she loves to snuggle with her beagle mix rescue dog Rylee and take her for hikes, runs, and outdoor activities. Shannon also has a passion for shopping and is always looking for the best bargain there is!
Lauren graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Health Science. While at U Sciences, Lauren was a member of the Women’s Basketball team, earning multiple all-conference honors for academic achievements. Lauren developed an interest in physical therapy after suffering a knee injury during high school basketball, requiring an ACL reconstructive surgery. It was during her time in rehabilitation that Lauren realized a career in physical therapy would combine her love for learning and passion for helping people, all while making a positive difference in someone’s life. Lauren enjoys treating a variety of patients across all age ranges and injuries. However, she has taken a particular interest in treating post-operative injuries of young females. Due to her own adolescent injury, she understands not only the physical, but also the emotional and psychological challenges that can accompany an injury to a person in this age group. This unique perspective allows her to connect with patients and treat their injury on a more global level. Although born in California, Lauren was raised in Texas and finally planted her roots in Northern New Jersey in the mid-1990s. Now a Jersey girl, she enjoys the varying landscapes of this great state, from beach to farm to mountain. Lauren loves being outdoors, especially when she can bring her dog along. Lauren and her husband consider themselves enthusiastic travelers, always up for a challenge. They enjoy adventure vacations, exploring locations not only within the United States, but also abroad, including trips to Europe, Central America, the Middle East and South Africa. Together, they find that understanding unfamiliar cultures and cuisine helps them appreciate the diversity that comes with this profession.
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.
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!
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.