Hip Specialty Program

EXCEL’s Hip Specialty Program features credentialed Advanced Hip Clinicians with rigorous next-level training and experience.

We specialize in the post-surgical and nonsurgical management of hip pathology and pain syndromes.

Hip Specialty Program

EXCEL’s Hip Specialty Program features credentialed Advanced Hip Clinicians with rigorous next-level training and experience.

We specialize in the post-surgical and nonsurgical management of hip pathology and pain syndromes.

In order to qualify for our in-house Specialty Program, our distinguished physical therapists must have demonstrated a commitment to providing the very best care for patients who are suffering from hip pain and dysfunction.

EXCEL’s hip specialists pursue rigorous continuing education, including attaining credentials as Advanced Hip Clinicians. In addition, we work with some of the best 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 Hip Specialty Program also acts as an in-house think tank where clinicians can collaborate on particularly difficult or complex cases, ensuring that every patient receives the benefit of the best, most advanced knowledge that EXCEL has to offer. 

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Meet Our Hip Specialists

Chris Mueller, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Hip Specialty Program Lead // 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.

Nicholas Jovic, PT, DPT

Clinic Director // 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.

Thomas J. Labocki, PT, DPT

Clinic Director // Fort Lee

Born and raised in Garfield, NJ, Tom played high school varsity soccer, basketball, and track and field. While receiving PT following a knee injury, Tom became interested in the human body and injury recovery. In his senior year at Garfield High School, Tom had the chance to observe clinicians at a physical therapy office, which solidified his decision to pursue Physical Therapy as a career. Thomas studied Biology at Seton Hall University, with a pre-graduate focus in Physical Therapy. During his senior year, Tom started at UMDNJ, now part of Rutgers University. He is a proud member of the first class in New Jersey to graduate with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

Anna Palkin, PT

Clinic Director // Rutherford

Anna earned her physical therapy degree from Daemen College, Buffalo, NY. As a competitive swimmer growing up, she took an early interest in sports and rehabilitation which led her to a career in physical therapy. After graduating college, she began her professional career at a New York City-based outpatient orthopedic clinic, an experience that enabled her to advance clinically and professionally. Anna developed a particular interest in rehabilitation following ACL repair and injury prevention. While in NYC, she worked with school-age soccer players, recreational adult soccer and rugby teams. Anna enjoys teaching physical therapy students as a part of her clinical experience and is an APTA-credentialed Clinical Instructor.

Woojae Sung, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist // Fort Lee

Jae earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY and a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Ramapo College. While at Ramapo, he was involved with many organizations including Chapter President of Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity, President of Ballroom Dancing Club, and a member of two National Honor Societies. Jae first developed an interest in Sports Medicine when he ran varsity track in high school.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, weight training, powerlifting, and watching the NY Knicks play.

Allison B. Tabrys, PT, DPT, CSCS

Clinic Director // Montvale

Allison developed an enthusiasm for physical therapy as a teenager, working through her recovery from several soccer-related knee injuries. Prior to high school, she had ACL reconstructive surgery, her first of seven knee surgeries. Her passion for the field grew throughout high school and college. She received a B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, and went on to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at NYU, where she found her niche in outpatient orthopedics and sports. While Allison enjoys treating patients of all diagnoses, her experiences as a patient helped shape her interest in treating female athletes. She draws upon her own experience to warmly relate to each patient, regardless of injury or age. 

Jeffrey M. 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.