Dipal Patel, PT, DPT
NJ PT License # 40QA01628600
Dipal graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions (Legacy UMDNJ) with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she attended Rutgers University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and minors in Biology and Nutrition. Despite being recruited to play soccer in college, Dipal chose to focus on her academics. She continued to play soccer recreationally and participate in a variety of other on-campus organizations.
In addition to pursuing her passion for soccer growing up, Dipal also played softball and was an avid oboe player. Dipal first became interested in physical therapy after suffering a muscular/cartilage tear in her hip during high school. She soon after discovered the field of physical therapy, and quickly learned it was the perfect profession for her, as it combined her love for sports and exercise, medicine, and helping others.
Dipal finds joy in treating patients of all ages and diagnoses; however, she has taken a particular interest in the upper quadrant, encompassing the neck/shoulder complex, elbow, wrist, and hand. Additionally, she has a passion for working with young, female athletes suffering from various sports-related injuries, particularly high-school aged female soccer players with hip and knee injuries. Due to her own experience with this, she is not only able to understand the physical ramifications regarding these injuries, but also the emotional turmoil that faces this population.
Currently, Dipal enjoys staying active by participating in kickboxing and power-lifting classes, as well as the occasional yoga class to de-stress. Her versatility over the years has allowed her to relate to an array of patients with diverse interests. As a result, she is better able to tailor her patient’s programs to reach their therapy goals.
During her free time, she can be found hiking the trails of not only the NJ/NY area, but also other states and countries abroad, while pursuing her passion for travel. Being a foodie, she loves learning about new foods and wines throughout her travels, whilst absorbing the cultural wealth new places have to offer. Dipal’s favorite trip thus far was to Portugal, and her list of future destinations is ongoing. Dipal also has a passion for philanthropy work, and is currently working to continue her passion for both travel and the field by providing her services pro bono to help the underprivileged population of Panama.