Joel Giffin, PT, DPT, CHT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with distinction from Simmons College. Prior to that, he earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University with Honors where he also played Division 1 lacrosse. After completing extensive 5-year training in the education and implementation of the intricacies of hand treatment and splinting methodologies, Joel became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2009.
Flex Physical Therapy was founded by Joel in 2014 with the passion of providing outstanding clinical care in a warm environment. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in a variety of settings such as private practices, specialty hospitals, and health care centers. This includes his eight-year term as a Clinical Director of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he won the award for “Clinical Director of the Year.”
Joel regularly attends many continuing education courses to stay current on new trends and techniques and serves as a supervisor and educator to numerous licensed physical therapists and student physical therapy doctoral candidates. He has treated Broadway Theater performers providing rehabilitation and crisis management backstage for the last 7 years at shows such as The Lion King, Sleep No More, Tarzan, and Sister Act. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapists. When he is not with his patients at Flex Physical Therapy, Joel enjoys spending time on his bike and with his wife and two sons.
Education & Training
Simmons College, Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
Quinnipiac University, Master’s degree in Physical Therapy
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Dr. Joel Giffin at Flex PT was on my surgeon's short list for specialists in hand therapy. He really is the best I could have imagined--I got my dexterity back faster than I expected. The office staff, Rochelle in particular (and Paulette as well), went out of their way to advise me on insurance issues so that I could get the best benefits possible. The atmosphere is calm and friendly. On my first visit I was in a bad mood and they responded by being caring and kind. When I sprained my shoulder just a few months later, I started seeing Dr. Lauralee Johnson at Flex. I had seen her work on other patients, and she seemed gentle but also thorough. I was surprised at how strong she is and how deeply she works on my shoulder joint and muscles; I feel a tremendous difference after each session and she's good at explaining what I can expect in terms of the process and recovery time. She is doing a fantastic job, as did Dr. Giffin with my hand therapy. Everyone I have dealt with here has been really top-notch, and I look forward to my sessions each week.
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I've been going to Flex Physical Therapy since November after shoulder surgery for a fracture. In one word, the facility is exceptional! The therapists are highly trained, highly skilled, experienced and patient. And Paulette, the receptionist who's usually there when I'm there is lovely, helpful and really organized in dealing with appointments, insurance, etc.
I've been working with Joel, the owner of Flex, who is most likely about the best PT you'll find in the city. He's exceptionally knowledgeable, stays with you for the entire 30 minute session, gives exercises that are perfect for your situation, patiently explains them and answers your questions, and then keeps an eye on you as you do exercises on your own. Plus his hands on manipulation and stretching of muscles works absolute wonders!
And, very important, the other therapists work with their patients in the same hands on way as Joel. From what I've seen, every one of them is outstanding. You can choose to work with the same therapist each visit or switch around, feeling confident that you'll receive the same outstanding level of therapy.
I can't recommend Flex Physical Therapy highly enough! If you're looking for a physical therapy "boutique" where you'll receive individualized, hands on attention in a friendly, pleasant, attractive environment, Flex is for you! I feel so fortunate to have found them and will be recommending them to friends and acquaintances in the "real world" for a long time to come.
"Review from Yelp"
As for Joel, the owner, you will not find a more knowledgeable physical therapist . He is a wealth of information and you will get that sense the first time you work with him. He has also been extremely kind to me in working with my insurance issues.
"Review from Yelp"
I highly recommend Flex Physical Therapy! My first experience with physical therapy was at a practice inside Equinox and it was a physical therapy factory. Someone iced your injury, the therapist saw you, sent you away for exercises and then saw you briefly again. There was ZERO personal attention and not much improvement in my condition.
At FPT, I received 100% of the therapist's attention. All the alloted time was devoted to my care and I have found all the therapists to be thoughtful and versed in my condition. Exercises were tailored to my improving condition and exercises adapted to my schedule and needs. Joel is fantastic, as are all the therapists. I am confident the individualized attention and quality therapy I received greatly contributed to my healing and well being. Space is simple and clean.
The front desk staff are wonderful also! Rare to find not only customized care, but genuinely nice and undeniably skilled people.
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Flex Upper West Side
278 West 81st St, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10024
Flex Midtown West
255 West 36th St, Suite 407
New York, NY 10018