Concussion Specialty Program

We provide comprehensive post-concussion care to patients experiencing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and balance issues, with a focus on returning them to work, school, sports, and other normal activities. 

Concussion Specialty Program

We provide comprehensive post-concussion care to patients experiencing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and balance issues, with a focus on returning them to work, school, sports, and other normal activities. 

In order to qualify for our in-house Concussion Specialty Program, our distinguished physical therapists must have demonstrated a passion for achieving superior patient outcomes in patients who have suffered a concussion, aiding them through an effective recovery plan that is both individualized and patient-centered.

In addition to pursuing a rigorous course of continuing education, EXCEL’s concussion specialists actively promote community awareness about concussion prevention and symptoms. We work with premier local physicians, surgeons, and rehabilitation experts to set up in-services (in-house seminars) where our therapists can learn about new procedures, cutting edge techniques, and emerging rehab protocols and best practices.

Our Concussion Specialty Program also provides a venue for our clinicians to collaborate on particularly difficult or complex cases, which ensures that every patient receives the benefit of the best, most advanced knowledge that EXCEL has to offer. 

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No Prescription? No Problem.

Learn more about EXCELDirect -- our direct access program that allows you to get physical therapy without a prescription. Even better, it's typically covered by insurance.

Patient Stories

We take great pride in helping patients get back to the everyday activities that they love. Here are some of the stories we've had the privilege to be a part of. 

Katie Finn, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist // Mahwah

Katie graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University with a degree in Biology, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware. She developed an interest in Physical Therapy after experiencing multiple sports-related injuries while growing up. While rehabbing her own injuries, she saw firsthand how invaluable it was to have a clinician who was invested in her recovery and cared about getting her back to her active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. Since becoming a physical therapist, she has experienced first-hand how rewarding and fulfilling this career can be and couldn’t be happier with her decision to pursue it. 

John Gallagher, PT, DPT, CEAS

Clinic Director // Old Tappan

John has nearly 20 years of experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. He holds both a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. As an athlete growing up, John was a frequent physical therapy patient and saw firsthand the impact of physical therapy. Sports continue to play a large role in his life, as John is an avid runner and plays basketball in a men’s league in Montvale, NJ where he and his family reside. During his career, John has worked with patients ranging from age 3 months to 98 years. Recently, he has developed an affinity for working with knee and shoulder issues. John also loves teaching, not only in the clinic setting but also at the college level where he has served as adjunct faculty.

Christina Gioeli, PT, DPT

Clinic Director // Berkeley Heights

Christina has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is also pursuing post-graduate certifications in manual therapy interventions and vestibular rehabilitation for post-concussion patients. From a clinical standpoint, she is interested in sacroiliac joint dysfunction and low back pain, and the implications of treatment and rehabilitation in promoting function and stability in these patients. She particularly enjoys working with athletes, as she can relate to them through both physical and motivational recovery. As Berkeley Heights Clinic Director, Christina enjoys building relationships with people in the area and getting involved in community events, especially those related to youth athletics.

Heather Graham, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist // Hackensack

Born and raised in NJ, Heather grew up actively involved in competitive figure skating, gymnastics, and dance. While working through recovery from an ankle surgery during high school, Heather’s interest in the field of physical therapy was piqued. She went on to earn a B.S. in Psychology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Heather achieved a certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute, and is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment and as a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist. Heather’s athletic background attracts her to sports related injuries, but she enjoys treating a full spectrum of injuries.

Nick Jovic, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist // Cresskill

A longtime familiar face at EXCEL, Nick started as an aide working side by side with therapists and patients during his studies at Ithaca College. After graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and obtaining his license, Nick joined the team as a physical therapist. Nick’s clinical interests include post-op rehabilitation and sports medicine orthopedics, having worked with patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric. Nick enjoys educating his patients, which results in maximized outcomes. By developing a personalized plan of care and utilizing his manual therapy skills along with therapeutic exercise, he strives to help his patients maintain an active, health lifestyle.m

Chris Mueller, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Physical Therapist // Hackensack

Chris developed an interest in physical therapy in high school, following several sports-related injuries and their ensuing rehab stints. Chris is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Sports Clinical Specialist. He is certified by the Hospital for Special Surgery as an Advanced Hip Clinician; Titleist Performance Institute as a Level 2 Medical Professional; and Functional Movement System’s Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Drawing on his advanced skillset—as well as his passion for hockey, baseball, and golf-Chris treats athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Jeff Ziegler, PT, MSPT

Clinic Director // Oakland

Jeff graduated from Misericordia University with a B.S. in Health Science and M.S. in Physical Therapy. Growing up, he competed in numerous sports, with swimming being his top choice. Jeff enjoys coaching various levels of swimming, primarily training triathletes. He is currently the head coach of the Pascack Valley/Hills High School swim team and was named the Bergen Record’s 2016 Girls Swim Coach of the Year. Jeff has competed in over 50 races of various lengths, often winning his age group and/or placing well in the overall standings. Jeff’s love for athletics and anything exercise-related made Physical Therapy a perfect fit as a career. Jeff strongly believes in exercise, the importance of being active on an everyday basis, and how valuable it is to maintain a positive attitude.

No prescription? No problem.

You can start physical therapy without a prescription or referral from a doctor, through a program called "direct access." Even better, it's usually covered by insurance. Give us a call, we're happy to check your coverage for you.