JAG Physical Therapy opens in Chatham | Chatham Courier News

CHATHAM – JAG Physical Therapy, an outpatient physical therapy practice, recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey location at Chatham Plaza in Chatham.

The 31,500-square-foot shopping center is exclusively leased and managed by Levin Management Corp. of North Plainfield.

“JAG Physical Therapy is a much-anticipated addition to Chatham Plaza,” said Vanessa Fernandez, LMC’s leasing representative, who arranged the 4,600-square-foot lease. “We are thrilled to bring JAG Physical Therapy’s one-of-a-kind, care-first rehabilitation model to residents of Chatham and the surrounding communities.”

Based in West Orange, JAG Physical Therapy is a leader in physical therapy for the recovery of knee, foot, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow and back injuries.

Each state-of-the-art location can serve patients with a variety of physical therapy needs, from post-operative care and rehabilitation to fitness services.

“I couldn’t be more excited to open up JAG Physical Therapy’s 15th location in Chatham, the place that I call home,” said John Gallucci Jr., JAG Physical Therapy president and CEO. “With a beautiful building and prime location on Main Street, Levin’s Chatham Plaza was quickly recognized as the perfect fit for our facility. We look forward to providing our ‘Gold Standard’ physical therapy services to the communities of Chatham and surrounding towns.”

Chatham Plaza’s anchor tenant, CVS Pharmacy, recently renewed and expanded to 14,000 square feet at the property.

The center also includes a C2 Education tutoring center, Noah’s Bagels, Villa Pizza, Green Nails Salon, a dry cleaner and a taekwondo center. 

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Professional Physical Therapy Expands, Opens New Facility On Long Island

A new Professional Physical Therapy facility in Nassau County, Long Island, NY, is set to open its doors. This new clinic is Professional Physical Therapy’s 25th on Long Island, and its 110th overall.

“The location and size of the new Franklin Square clinic make this location convenient and easily accessible to patients from the neighboring communities of Elmont, West Hempstead, Floral Park, Garden City Park and many parts of Queens,” states Tim Mauro, partner and vice president of clinical operations at Professional Physical Therapy in Queens and Long Island, in a media release.

George Papadopoulos, founding partner and chief development officer at Professional Physical Therapy, adds, “I owe a huge thank you to our patients for allowing us to serve them, and to our referral sources for consistently trusting us with their patients’ care. We’re only three months into the year and we’ve already opened up three brand new state-of-the-art clinics in Rockville Centre and Franklin Square, Long Island, and another in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan. This would not be possible without their support, coupled with the hard work and dedication of our clinical and development teams.”

For more information, visit Professional Physical Therapy.

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Access Physical Therapy acquires New Fairfield, Brookfield offices

NEW FAIRFIELD — Karen Schwarzchild can’t wait to get back to doing what she loves the most, which is treating patients and being a hands-on owner of a physical therapy practice.

Her practice, Physical Therapy Arts, has been acquired by Access Physical Therapy and Wellness, a move Schwarzchild said will alleviate much of the paperwork burden so prevalent in today’s medical industry.

“There is so much required from health-care providers now. So many rules and so much compliance. It’s so hard for individual providers to keep up with it,” she said. “I want to get my hands on patients instead of being in my office or at home with paperwork. Access is lightening my load in that regard and allowing me to focus on what I’m passionate about.”

Access Physical Therapy and Wellness acquired both Physical Therapy Arts’ locations in New Fairfield and Brookfield. The staffing will remain the same, Schwarzchild said, and the name will remain Physical Therapy Arts for now. Schwarzchild will remain as the regional director and Susan Anderson is the director of the Brookfield location.

In addition to physical therapy, the practice offers services such as yoga, massage and personal training.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our presence in Connecticut, and look forward to providing top-notch care for patients in these two new locations,” Chris Albanese, co-owner of Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, said. “Physical Therapy Arts is a great practice that meets our high standards of care and will be a great addition to the Access family.”

Schwarzchild has been a physical therapist for 42 years, starting her career with a large private practice. That practice was eventually bought out and the new owners wanted the therapists to spend only 15 minutes with each patient.

“I’m a manual therapist, not a people factory,” she said.

So she opened her own practice in Brookfield 24 years ago. It was just Schwarzchild and a front-desk receptionist when she founded Physical Therapy Arts. She expanded with a second location on Route 37 in New Fairfield seven years later at the urging of her doctor, who said the town needed a physical therapist.

“I said I was too busy, but he insisted I look at the space,” she said. “I got a good deal from the landlord and I thought it was a good opportunity knocking.”

She saw a similar opportunity when Access inquired about taking over the practice. It was an opportunity she almost missed, however. Access sent her a letter, which she assumed was junk mail and remained unopened in her briefcase for several weeks.

“Out of curiosity I called to see what they were about. (Co-owner) Steve Albanese came here and was very personable and uplifting,” she said. “Then I visited where they are based (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) and it was very impressive. I was quite taken by them. The process started last summer and now it’s coming to fruition. The health care climate has changed. In order to thrive, you have to join forces.”

Access, founded in 2003, also has locations in New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The clinics provide services for orthopedic injuries, back and neck pain, balance problems and dizziness, difficulty walking, headaches and various neurological conditions, as well as occupational and speech therapy.

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RepWatch offers a helping hand with physical therapy

Physical therapy could become easier to manage in the near future, thanks to the work of RepWatch, a Westlake Village-based tech startup.

The business, which operates out of the California Lutheran University’s Hub 101, is preparing to release an app and a wearable physical fitness tracker that will allow users to follow their recovery progress.

RepWatch was initially created by CLU students Alexis Schomer, Robert Kyler and John Ikudaisi for Startup Weekend Ventura County 2016, and won the event’s $10,000 grand prize. A year later, RepWatch has evolved from an idea into a growing company. In addition to their impending product releases, the business will be competing for a $100,000 prize at the Arizona State University Innovation Open startup competition on Sunday.

All of RepWatch’s founders have gone through physical therapy for various sports-related injuries and recognized potential to help the industry. Although many physical therapy patients tend to neglect the exercises required for recovery, RepWatch’s stat-tracking can motivate individuals to stay on their exercise schedule to and help facilitate their recovery, according to Ikudaisi, a 21-year-old economics student at CLU.

“Once you go to a physical therapist, they assign you exercises to do, but most people don’t do their exercises,” Ikudaisi said. “We realized there was a huge problem of patient compliance and as a result, there are tons of additional costs in the industry. We came up with an app to allow patients to watch their exercises, track their progress and stay motivated.”

April is set to be a major month for the startup. The upcoming Arizona competition aside, RepWatch will offer a closed release of its physical therapy app and publish a short book on business strategy. The book, aimed at young entrepreneurs, will focus on how RepWatch won last year’s startup competition, while the app will be provided to select parties for testing in preparation for a public launch later in the year.

The company’s physical therapy tracker, which will function like mainstream fitness tracking wearables, is also set to release later in the year.

While still in its early stages, RepWatch has fostered support from several professionals throughout the county. RepWatch’s streamlined data-gathering process appeals to patients and businesses alike, which can ultimately drive down costs and boost recovery times, said Richard Montmeny, chief operating officer at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and RepWatch partner. Montmeny met the RepWatch team during Startup Weekend Ventura County 2016 and expressed optimism about the future of the business.

“The general way that traditional physical therapy is tracked is by serial measurements by therapists and that information is transmitted on paper,” Montmeny said. “RepWatch’s approach using an app in real time provides a format that can drive down costs and improve patients’ outcomes. They are a great group of people working diligently to provide a service to patients that I think will bring great benefit.”

Although RepWatch is partnered with several business and healthcare specialists, the company’s three founders handle all aspects of the company. Keeping the company on schedule is a full-time job, and the founders work together on everything from technology development to marketing. Kyler, a 22-year-old finance student at CLU, noted that the team had to learn coding on the fly while designing the RepWatch app.

For coding, “we did a lot of learning on YouTube,” Kyler said. “We all did a little bit of everything. Everyone around Hub 101 knows a lot, and we can also ask them questions.”

Hub 101 has been crucial to RepWatch’s success and offers a supportive environment for young entrepreneurs, said Schomer, a 22-year-old CLU business, marketing and entrepreneurship graduate who continues to work at RepWatch full-time. She noted that Hub 101 provides a home and support system for the company that has helped RepWatch continue to grow.

“Hub 101 and Cal Lutheran have been a huge part in our success,” Schomer said. “We’re allowed to use the (office) space and mentors here, and they help us with our app, business model and any upcoming events they hear about.”

More information on RepWatch is available at repwatchtech.com.

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Is physical therapy necessary after total knee replacement?

In spite of the fact that total knee replacement is recognized as the most effective solution for patients with severe arthritis, according to Andrew Wickline, MD, patient dissatisfaction related to postoperative pain, stiffness and long difficult rehabilitation persist even with modern implant designs. Dr. Wickline joined a panel of joint replacement experts at a recent SwiftPath Symposium, where he questioned the traditional approach to knee replacement and the automatic reliance on arduous and painful physical therapy.

The SwiftPath Symposium: Proven Methods in Outpatient Joint Replacement featured presentations on modern pain management, peri-articular injections, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and other advances that are making outpatient knee replacement a reality. The next event takes place on May 5, 2017 at Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital in Springfield, Ohio.


As Dr. Wickline pointed out, “The SwiftPath platform set the stage for me to completely revamp my practice and approach to postoperative physical therapy.


Craig McAllister, MD, served as moderator for the symposium and pointed out that “knee replacement is a highly successful operation, but postoperative pain and stiffness persist as the single most common cause for patient dissatisfaction. Extensive surgical approaches, bleeding and prolonged hospitalization have likely contributed to the problem — stiffness that naturally lead to months of arduous and painful physical therapy that we come to believe is part of the surgery.”


Traditional surgical approaches generally include everting the patella, tibial dislocation, and extensive soft tissue stripping. Minimally invasive surgical techniques decrease the need for exposure by using downsized instruments, a mobile soft tissue window, and quadriceps preserving techniques. The SwiftPath Program combines these improvements with a comprehensive and systematic approach to patient engagement, modern pain management, early discharge and rapid mobilization.


Over the last two years, the SwiftPath Program has been used in thousands of joint replacements performed across the country. Using predictive analytics developed by SwiftPath, patients are assigned to a standard hospital stay, 23 hour stay or same-day discharge. Here are four key advantages:


1. Patients are discharged directly to home with no use of rehabilitation centers, hotels or other types of recovery suites.


2. Visiting nursing services and home physical therapy are eliminated.


3. There is minimal blood loss, so postoperative labs are no longer required.


4. Patients participate in an online, cyber-secure patient-reported outcome system documenting their daily pain experience, weekly rehabilitation, return to activities and overall patient satisfaction.


The SwiftPath Program has been presented at a Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC, major national orthopedic meetings, and numerous regional meetings.


Dr. Wickline performs over 600 primary joint replacements per year. In 2016, he began using the SwiftPath Method for all patients. “I saw tremendous growth to 777 primary total joints which I believe is in part due to advertising with SwiftPath and developing a “therapy-free” total joint replacement model for all patients. My length of stay for all comers (70 percent Medicare) went from 1.5 days for hips and 2.23 days to knees to one day LOS for both.


“In May of 2016, I combined the SwiftPath platform with a therapy free protocol and in eight months sent 239 patients home the same day. This was ALL COMERS. Not just cherry picked patients. My readmission rate pre SwiftPath was 1.01 percent and was 1.01 percent after initiation of the SwiftPath Program.”


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Olympia Orthopaedics Associates adds Dr. Milan Moore
University Orthopedics adds Dr. Gwynne Bragdon to team

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Medical organizations to host annual ‘DEW What You SAY 5k’

Wayne State physical therapy students will host their third annual “DEW What You SAY 5k Color Run” on April 9 at 8:30 a.m. to raise awareness for the student-run Super All Year (SAY) Detroit Physical Therapy Clinic and the Diabetes Education and Wellness (DEW) Clinic.

Approximately 30 WSU graduate students run the two clinics. The students study pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, nutrition and social work. They work to educate and empower diabetes and physical therapy patients to have more independence in managing their disease.

“The color run is to benefit and fund the DEW Clinic and the SAY Physical Therapy Clinic,” says Tara Meleen, WSU physical therapy student. “The clinics offer pro bono services, and clinicians and students will hold fundraisers to assist our patients who come in, so they do not have to worry about paying for anything.”

This annual run is the DEW Clinic’s largest annual fundraising event, with more than 100 registered runners and nearly $3,500 raised last year. All proceeds from this year’s race will go towards diabetic supplies for the DEW Clinic and supplies for the SAY Detroit Physical Therapy Clinic, according to the website.

Located in Highland Park, Michigan, the SAY Detroit Physical Therapy Clinic and DEW Clinic operate in conjunction with the SAY Detroit Family Health Center, a center that provides women and families with examinations and preventative healthcare services such as diabetes screening and immunizations. The clinic accepts patients from all over the Detroit area.

“We see these patients in addition to their normal physicians, but we aim to answer any questions that patients may have and help them with their own self-management with diabetes [and physical therapy],” says Benjamin August, WSU pharmacy student and coordinator for the DEW Clinic.

“We will have patients who come in with different educational depths, in terms of their disease, and we help to fill those gaps in and prepare them to better care for themselves.”

WSU physical therapy students not only aim to promote health and wellness in the community, but also aim to raise awareness about the different health professions offered at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“This fundraiser raises awareness for not only pro bono clinics in general, but also raises awareness for the health professions, too,” says Abby Myles, WSU physical therapy student. “These events allow us to promote physical therapy or occupational therapy, or whoever is involved, and truly practice what we preach.”

The “DEW What You SAY 5k Color Run” race registration can be found online and is $21. It includes a t-shirt and two tickets for a raffle giveaway. Additional shirts are also available for $10. For additional questions, contact Arwa Hasan at arwa.hasan@wayne.edu.

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Three-Time Professional of the Year in Physical Therapy, Denise Campbell Has Been Named as Our Top Female Leader in America

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Strathmore’s Who’s Who Lifetime VIP Club Member Denise Campbell, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has recently been named as our Top Female Leader in America for her outstanding contributions and achievements in field of Healthcare.

About Denise Campbell, PT, ATC, OCS, Dip. MDT, FAAOMPT

Denise Campbell is a member of the Orthopedic, Private Practice, Aquatic, Sports Medicine, Occupational Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, the McKenzie Institute USA and International, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Ms. Campbell was recently named a Strathmore’s Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Physical Therapy and is listed in Who’s Who for Physical Therapy since 2010. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Desert States Physical Therapy Network and the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences where she is Dean of the School of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is pioneering the role of Advanced Practice Physical Therapy involvement in the triple aim of healthcare and is actively involved in post-graduate education, mentoring, and global healthcare change. Ms. Campbell is also conducting research and developing protocols for the use of Capnometry and heart rate variability in the treatment of chronic pain patients and performance athletes in physical therapy.

Ms. Campbell is credentialed in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute, and is a Diplomat in Mechanical Diagnosis from the McKenzie Institute International in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist of the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Specialty. Ms. Campbell was honored as a 2016 Roundtable Member, a 2017 Professional of the Year in Physical Therapy, and a Top Female Leader and Executive in Strathmore’s Who’s Who and America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals. She will be the June 2017 Strathmore’s Who’s Who Woman of the Month.

About Strathmore’s Who’s Who

Strathmore’s Who’s Who publishes an annual two thousand page hard cover biographical registry, honoring successful individuals in the fields of Business, the Arts and Sciences, Law, Engineering and Government.  Based on one’s position and lifetime of accomplishments, we honor professional men and women in all academic areas and professions. Inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.


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ONLY ON KRON4: How giraffes at Oakland Zoo power through physical therapy


OAKLAND (KRON) — Animal experts say giraffes experience the same aches and pains we do as we get older.

And they say a chiropractor is a convenient way to get the kinks out without overloading the animal with medicine.

On Thursday night, KRON4’s Philippe Djegal visits the Oakland zoo for an in-depth look at how giraffes power through physical therapy.

Watch the above video to see Philippe’s full report.

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Physitrack lands first major UK payer partnership to offer virtual physical therapy platform

UK provider network IPRS Health has launched the virtual physical therapy platform from Physitrack to their customers under global insurer QBE, allowing patients to use app-based physiotherapy in lieu of some in-person sessions.

The QBE deal is a big one for Physitrack, which was founded in 2012 and has enjoyed considerable success across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. QBE is the first private payer in the UK to start offering the virtual physical therapy service, but Physitrack said it immediately opened the door for other large payers to follow.

“It’s a domino effect,” Physitrack CEO Henrik Molin told MobiHealthNews. “We signed this deal, and we have nine more payers lined up who are going to go live with the service next week, so essentially all of IPRS will have access to the platform.”

Physitrack’s virtual platform, which will be white-labeled under IPRS Health, intends to offer a better solution to patients who are preparing or recovering from surgery, such as joint replacement, than the traditional paper-based exercise regimens that can be difficult to follow and often result in poor recovery outcomes. The platform’s remote monitoring and compliance tracking makes both parties more accountable, and patients also have access to educational content. To start a new program, physicians choose from over 3,500 fully narrated exercise videos and more than 180 program templates to create tailored prescriptions for each patient. Physitrack is priced on a per-minute basis, so depending on the organization size, they will purchase a package of time and get reimbursed accordingl, and the platform can livestream videos with integrated telehealth capabilities to allow for video consultations and secure messaging.

The company has made steady gains in the last year, and counts everything from small clinics to large health systems and payers as clients. A big part of their recent success is the Apple-directed partnership with mobile EHR company drchrono, which the company announced last month. Tapped directly by Apple under the tech giant’s largely stealthy Mobility Partner Program, the two companies joined to integrate Physitrack’s home exercise program into drchrono’s EHR on the web, iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Immediately, that offered Physitrack access to over 100,000 new customers.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without Apple,” said Molin. “Having that design, that reach and that kind of money is not common to most companies, and we have a lot of plans for where we can go through that partnership.”

But getting payers onboard is an even faster way to rapid expansion. The company has a number of payer deals in the works across Europe and Australia, as well as a few in the states, and they believe those partnerships will be key to scaling up across the pond, said Michael Michael Sloniewsky, who leads Physitrack’s operations in North America.

“Seeing what QBE can do for us in the UK space will be a big boost to signing key payer relationships in the US,” Sloniewsky told MobiHealthNews.

The service, which is only available through doctors, isn’t meant to totally replace regular in-office physical therapy visits, but to extend the clinicians reach and make it more convenient for patients to stay on track with their care. The company said the platform been popular with providers not only for improving their care, but also driving new revenue in places they may otherwise be losing money from missed appointments or non-compliant patients.
“Physical therapy is visit-driven, skilled care historically delivered in-clinic. It’s very hands on, so by no means are we replacing that, but we are augmenting that so the patient does more out of clinic instead of not keeping up with their visits and potentially not getting better or wasting resources,” Sloniewsky said. “It’s almost opening a new market, because it can also be used for a whole sector of the population that would otherwise not have access.”

Building on that, Molin noted how smaller clinics without the necessary staff or resources to offer a full physical therapy service could use Physitrack to create one.

“It’s a positive thing for clinics. I don’t think it’s a danger at all in terms of losing revenue opportunities because they are using the platform instead of in-person visits,” Molin said. “If you are a physician with an iPad, you can start your own physiotherapy clinic that you could scale up accordingly where you schedule some in-office, some remote, and you still get paid with a nice little virtual side business.”

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Lundin Law PC Announces an Investigation of U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. and Advises Investors with Losses to Contact the Firm

LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lundin Law PC, a shareholder rights firm, announces that it is investigating claims against U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (“U.S. Physical Therapy” or the “Company”) concerning possible violations of federal securities laws.

To get more information about this investigation, please contact Brian Lundin, Esquire, of Lundin Law PC, at 888-713-1033, or by email at brian@lundinlawpc.com.

On March 16, 2017, U.S. Physical Therapy revealed it had found an accounting error stating “it was determined that the Company’s historical accounting for redeemable non-controlling interests of acquired partnerships was incorrect due to the fact that those partnership agreements contain a provision that makes the non-controlling interests mandatorily redeemable and, thus incorrectly classified.”

U.S. Physical Therapy further commented that “[m]anagement has concluded that this error will result in the reporting of a material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting as they relate to this issue and that, as a result, ineffective internal controls over financial reporting. The error will require the restatement of previously issued financial statements.” When this information was revealed to the public, the value of U.S. Physical stock fell, causing investors harm.

Lundin Law PC was founded by Brian Lundin, a securities litigator based in Los Angeles dedicated to upholding shareholders’ rights.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.

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