Columbus' Top Physical Therapy Team
Our Columbus, NJ office provides the highest level rehabilitation, sports medicine & physical therapy with a concierge-style approach to customer service.
Columbus, NJ 08022
Meet the Staff
Matt attended Stockton University for his undergraduate studies in Health Sciences and Drexel University for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Growing up, Matt was involved in several sports including Baseball and Football.
Prior to graduate school, Matt worked as a Physical Therapist Aide for a couple local orthopedic clinics and eventually became a Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach. He worked with several local high school football programs including Cherokee and Delran, where he provided supervision and oversight of their offseason training programs. While at Drexel University, Matt volunteered with Drexel’s varsity athletics program as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in their varsity weight room. There, Matt helped train the various student athletes throughout his time in the program. Matt currently holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Matt loves treating all types of patients with all types of health conditions. Matt is passionate about following evidence-based practice, which he uses to help patients meet their goals of care. When Matt is not in the office, he enjoys weightlifting, golfing, and playing with his Boxer Zoe.
Matt is a graduate from The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. Prior to graduate school, Matt attended Temple University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Political Science in 2012. Matt enjoys treating the wide variety of patients that outpatient orthopedics has to offer including geriatrics, post-operative rehab, and sports injuries. Matt is certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) which is a systematic approach to the treatment of the spine and extremities. Matt also specializes in treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) which he finds to be a very rewarding population to treat. Matt is passionate about using evidence based techniques and utilizing manual therapy techniques in his care to help his patients reach their full potential and meet their goals. When Matt is not in the office he enjoys staying busy with many hobbies including; surfing, golfing, working on cars, cycling, and occasionally playing guitar.
Valerie attended Drexel University for both her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While growing up in Cinnaminson, Valerie attended a lot of physical therapy herself where she had found her own passion in helping others in the same way.
Valerie has taken several courses about the Ehlers Danlos Syndromes. She spends a lot of time working with the Ehlers Danlos Society and working with the current clinicians that specialize in the connective tissue disorder. She is recognized as a clinician on their directory that can help support patients living Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and its comorbidities. Additionally, she has been working on research in the field of hypermobility. Her passion is deep-rooted in caring for this population as she has fights through Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and associated comorbidities, herself and is very open about sharing her management strategies and experiences to better the care for the patient. She had spent years looking for a healthcare professional that gets it and now, wants to be that person for others. Valerie also is eager to treat a wide array of other orthopedic conditions and helping patients reach the best version of themselves.
Outside of Strive, Valerie loves to play games, craft and spend time with her family and friends and bring her cat everywhere she can go. Valerie is a big believer in “everything happens for a reason” and is happy to use her own experiences to help others with empathy and understanding.
Hear what other Strive patients have to say.
The professional atmosphere, cleanliness, and attentiveness of the staff I came in contact with at Strive provided a wonderful experience.
The time I spent with Tom and other members of the staff was great. The therapy that was provided cured me! I’m thankful to Dr. Paz who recommended that I come here. Again the staff here at STRIVE have been great. I could come here just for the workout. Again, I say thanks for your…
Mark knew what he was doing; in all my years of therapy Mark was the best. He gave me Physical Therapy that worked for me. He knows his career very well. He knows what the patient needs to get better. Thank you so much!