Renowned Sports Medicine Clinician and Educator in New York City Joins Professional Physical Therapy

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Top Physical Therapy Practice Welcomes Industry Leader, Benjamin Gelfand, PT, DPT, SCS to Its Clinical Excellence Team

I looked for a company that doesn’t focus solely on its bottom line; one that’s committed to positive patient outcomes, and always strives to make a difference in people’s lives, and chose Professional Physical Therapy.

Professional Physical Therapy, a leading provider of physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire announces today that the esteemed Benjamin Gelfand, PT, DPT, SCS, has joined its team as Regional Clinical Excellence Director, and is based out of the company’s Midtown, Manhattan location.

Gelfand brings to Professional a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the healthcare industry. He is a widely-respected authority in sports medicine and rehabilitation, and is best known for founding and building STAR Physical Therapy in New York City, and for his previous role as Director of the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) program at Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as Chief of Clinical Services at Motion PT Group. In addition, Gelfand is an esteemed international speaker, educator, and contributing author to many scholarly articles and publications.

“I am excited to have Ben Gelfand join the Professional Physical Therapy Clinical Excellence team. He is a nationally recognized, renowned physical therapist who is well published and is an esteemed lecturer in the sports physical therapy industry. His exceptional clinical knowledge and skills, as well as his vast experiences, will be instrumental in enhancing our clinical education platform. The entire team is thrilled to welcome Ben to our company, as he is a valuable asset who will play a significant role in achieving our educational aspirations,” says Robert Panariello, Founding Partner and Chief Clinical Officer at Professional Physical Therapy, and recipient of the prestigious APTA Sports Physical Therapy Lynn Wallace Clinical Education award.

Gelfand is also an international philanthropist, working alongside the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Touching Hands and Helping Hands Organizations, and making annual trips to Haiti or Bolivia to participate in triage, pre-surgical education, and post-operative management and rehabilitation.

Gelfand says, “When deciding on the next phase of my career, it was essential that I work with an organization that complements my core values. I looked for a company that doesn’t focus solely on its bottom line; one that’s committed to positive patient outcomes, and always strives to make a difference in people’s lives. I chose Professional Physical Therapy for its excellent reputation in delivering the highest quality patient care, and invests in its staff by putting significant resources into its robust Clinical Excellence program, all while promoting a culture of philanthropy and family-oriented environment. I look forward to working with this talented team, as I begin this new chapter in my career.”

For more information about Professional Physical Therapy, and a list of its locations and services, please visit http://www.professionalpt.com.

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY
Professional Physical Therapy, headquartered in Uniondale, New York, is a leading provider of physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services throughout the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Professional is an award-winning organization, honored as the recipient of the 2016 ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine magazine’s annual Practice of the Year award, selected based on clinical expertise and exceptional patient experience. Most recently, Professional has been named among the best workplaces in health care by Fortune Magazine; the only physical therapy company to achieve this honor.

Founded in 1998, Professional Physical Therapy operates 175 outpatient physical and hand therapy centers: 150 are standalone, and 25 are located within other places of business, including Equinox and Blink Fitness Centers. The company’s outpatient physical therapy centers provide treatment to patients suffering from musculoskeletal impairments associated with orthopedic and sports injuries and other medical conditions. Professional’s Sports Medicine Department has one of the largest teams of certified athletic trainers in the Northeast, serving schools in Westchester, Long Island, New York City, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and provides per diem coverage for more than 2000 events each year. Professional Physical Therapy also operates a 20,000 square foot sports performance training facility in Garden City, NY, as well as three fitness centers in Stamford, Wilton, CT, and Copiague, NY. http://www.professionalpt.com

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