John Thievon, PT, DPT
NJ PT License #40QA01767400
John was raised in River Vale, NJ. It was at Pascack Valley High School where he took his first human anatomy course and developed a strong fascination of the human body. This fascination, combined with his proclivity for exercise, evolved into an interest in Physical Therapy that lead John to pursue an accelerated 6-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College, also receiving his Bachelor of Science in Health Science.
Being the son and brother of school teachers, John realized while at Ithaca College that he also had a talent for teaching. John tutored over 20 students per semester in anatomy and physiology, and upon working in his first clinical internship as part of his physical therapy program; he quickly realized that his teaching skills could help his patients learn how to move better. While immersed in his academic program, John chose to spend time outside of his coursework studying other resources of human movement, including primal patterns of movement - the most “primal” movements related to optimal human function - as well as various weightlifting disciplines.
Upon the commencement of John’s doctorate of physical therapy program, John chose to immediately apply his coursework into his own movement practice by undertaking various disciplines, particularly bodybuilding and powerlifting. Through the implementation of his coursework into weightlifting and general exercise programs for himself and others at Ithaca College, John developed a valuable understanding of lifestyle modification after physical rehabilitation and assists his patients in developing a proper understanding and practice of human movement while they are being treated in physical therapy.
This understanding allows John’s patients to confidently undertake a safe and independent movement practice after their time in physical rehabilitation has been successfully completed, with the purpose of maintaining or further improving their physical function and to live a lifestyle free from functional limitations.
John views the role of the physical therapist as much more than just the rehabilitation of a client from injury or surgery; it is also the enhancement patients’ understanding of ideal human movement, whether it be taking a dish out of the cabinet, transferring from the floor to a standing position, bending down to pick up your grandchild, or squatting under the barbell.
John views the majority of non-traumatic orthopedic conditions in this country as the result of people simply having never learned how to move properly. For this reason, he enjoys treating a variety of patients across all ranges and injuries due to his desire to improve the public’s understanding of movement in an effort to reduce the incidence of orthopedic injury. His style of patient care is designed to empower his patients through improvement of their understanding of proper human movement so that their risk of future orthopedic problems - those related and those seemingly unrelated to their current injury - is mitigated.
Simply stated, John sees it as a disservice to view his patients as passive receivers of healthcare. After John’s patients have received his care, they have an understanding of why their injury occurred in the first place and have a better understanding of how to reduce the likelihood of future injuries.