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Brad Gilden

What was your inspiration to join the Physical Therapy profession?
My older brother Lance was hit by a car and shattered his femur when he was 9 years old. I watched him painfully rehabilitate and couldn’t help, but admire the physical therapist that came to our house each day to work with him to get him back on his feet. I’ve always known I wanted to help people. Physical Therapy has given me the opportunity to get to know my patients on a very personal level and to have such a positive influence on their lives.

Where were you born and what has been your living story as it relates to Physical Therapy?
I was born in Ramsey, NJ and lived there for my first 8 years. Having moved around quite a bit, I settled into Rockland County, NY, a quiet suburb north of Manhattan. I started a paper route when I was 12 years old and have been working since. I put myself through undergraduate and graduate school working as a waiter. I worked for 2 years doing biochemistry research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before attending New York Medical College to receive my masters in Physical Therapy. Having a strong passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge, in 2005 I went on to get a clinical doctorate in upper quarter and hand therapy from Drexel University. What solidified my career and has allowed me to open two successful practices, has been my proficient utilization of functional manual therapy. I continue to be part of the I.P.A. faculty teaching other therapists FMT, as well as completing an intensive Fellowship training at I.P.A. — N Y C. Being surrounded by such an amazing staff of physical therapists continues to challenge and motivate me to provide the highest level of PT to my patients.

What is your favorite aspect about practicing Physical Therapy?
Unlike most medical professions, having 1-hour treatments allows me to get to know my patients on a personal level. I learn their habitual patterns that are typically driving their dysfunction leading to pain. This ability to become so familiar with my patients allows me to get a much better sense of what needs to be changed to prevent the continued damage caused by faulty posture, body mechanics or some type of environmental factors such as a poorly set up workstation. I could provide the best hands on treatment in the world, and my patient can walk out of my treatment room, pain-free, but if they go back to what they were doing that led them to this place, they are going to continue to suffer from dysfunction, leading to chronic pain and inflammation, and what we call in PT terms as the degenerative cascade.

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

Completed his fellowship training in Functional Manual Therapy™ in conjunction with the IPA and the Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT)

Completed first Olympic Triathalon

Completed CFMT certification through the IPA

Completed the NYC marathon

Completed a Clinical Doctorate in upper quarter and hand therapy from Drexel University

Graduated New York Medical College with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy

Gregg Johnson

Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of Southern California in 1971 and completed a one year residency program at Kaiser Vallejo under Maggie Knott. He remained as senior faculty for six years. Mr. Johnson is best known for his identification of the need for Physical Therapists to integrate treatment of the facial system into manual therapy and the development of the first Soft Tissue Mobilization course for Physical Therapists in 1980. In addition, Mr. Johnson utilized his extensive background in PNF to adapt standard manual therapy techniques of Joint Mobilization and develop the dynamic techniques of Functional Mobilization and Resistance Enhanced Manipulation™ (REM) techniques for joints, soft tissues, and neurovascular restrictions. Mr. Johnson has trainied or directed the training of over 40,000 therapist in the USA and internationally. Gregory Johnson is the co-founder and President of the Institute of Physical Art, the co-developer of the Functional Manual Therapy approach to patient care, and the Director of an APTA credentialed AAOMPT Fellowship program in Functional Manual Therapy. He has published multiple chapters and articles on Soft Tissue Mobilization, PNF and the Orthopedic Patient, Functional Mobilization, and Functional Test for the Lumbar Patient and is currently involved in several research projects on Functional Manual Therapy.
Role in IPA Manhattan: Gregg serves as a senior Fellowship faculty in the IPA Fellowship program at IPA Manhattan and co-treats with the on-site therapists.

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

Co-Founder Functional Manual Therapy™

Co-Founder/Co-Director Institute of Physical Art

Co-Owner Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy, Steamboat Springs, CO

Partner: Vardan Functional Manual Therapy Services, New Delhi, India

Board Member, Functional Manual Therapy Foundation

Senior Faculty, APTA Accredited Orthopedic Residency Program

Director, APTA Accredited AAOMPT Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship Program

Honorary Fellow: AAOMPT: November 2012

AAOMPT Fellow: September 2014

Dean Hazama

What inspired you to get into PT to begin with?
Actually I fell into it. One day on Bruin Walk on the campus of UCLA, I ran into a friend who was headed to volunteer at the VA Hospital PT Department, and asked if I wanted to go along. Right away I knew that this was something I could see myself doing. I enjoy working with people and have always had a passion for helping others. Just so happens that on that day, the director of the PT Department asked if any of the volunteers were interested in a PT Aide job at a private practice. Without any other thought I raised my hand and that set me on the path on my journey to becoming a PT.

Where you were born? what has been your "living" story?
I was born in Los Angeles, California. The City of Angels. Grew up in and around Venice Beach, California and spent most of my life in SoCal. I grew up playing a lot of basketball and competing in judo, and received my black belt in judo when I was sixteen. I attended undergraduate college at UCLA, where I received my BS in psychobiology the same year that UCLA won their 11th National Championship in Men’s Basketball. From there I went to Azusa Pacific University where I received my Masters in Physical Therapy. It was during my time at APU where I was first exposed to the FMT (functional manual therapy) approach. It was during one of my clinical affiliations that I started to see which direction my career path would take after graduation. I was fortunate that my first job was in a clinic utilizing the FMT approach, and it was then that my colleagues encouraged me to sit for the CFMT certification. I sat for and received CFMT certification with distinction in 2003, and was asked by my mentor, Gregg Johnson to start my fellowship training in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2004. Once completing the fellowship, I was asked to stay on and run the fellowship program and train the new fellows alongside Gregg Johnson. I had the fortune to spend seven years in Colorado, and along with developing my career, I found a couple other passions like, riding in the Champagne powder and flyfishing the Elk river. I have had the opportunity to work with and train some of the most talented therapists in the country. Fast forward to today, I am now part of this amazing physical therapy practice in Manhattan. I continue to serve as a mentor to our staff and enjoy working with the people of New York. I have adjusted well to life in Park Slope and love all that Brooklyn and Manhattan have to offer. Life doesn’t get better than this!

What is your favorite thing about practicing physical therapy?
As cliché as it sounds, I like helping people and getting to know them on a personal level. Getting an entire hour with a person really gives me the opportunity to interact with and get to know the person on a level that I think is rare in heath care today. It allows me to really understand and help people get back to the things that really matter to them. I enjoy the challenge of problem solving and helping people get to the root of their problems.

If you had to give me 1 line of your favorite hobbies or your family, what you think brings your 'life to the fullest' (that's a big part of what we're inspiring :-).
Riding the Champagne powder in the trees of Steamboat, flyfishing the Green River in Utah and playing ball in Brooklyn.

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS

Clinical Director and Instructor of Functional Manual Therapy Fellowship

Program with the I.P.A. and AAOMPT

Completed CFMT certification with distinction and first in his class

Graduated Azusa Pacific University with a Masters in Physical Therapy

Received his Shodan (black belt) in Judo

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