One of Bergen County’s only standalone physical therapy rehabilitation centers, Churchill Orthopedic Rehab invited current and former patients to a festive lunch on Sunday to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
The congenial team of physical therapists, managers and facility assistants welcomed guests and their families to their open-plan therapy center at 1086 Teaneck Road. The event included a kosher catered lunch from Ma’adan, raffles, giveaways, short presentations and several games.
Stephen K. “Steve” Churchill, PT, founding partner of the therapy center established in 2003, began his practice with the aim of collaborating with highly qualified, well-regarded associates to treat patients in a caring, positive and healing environment that was welcoming, engaging, effective and fun for patients. Today, the practice has delivered on that aim. With hundreds of satisfied clients, Churchill therapists have 110+ years of combined experience treating patients in a humanistic, personalized manner in a state-of-the-art, modern facility, in a central location at the intersection of Teaneck Road and Route 4.
Theresa Richardson, a former patient, said the caring and positivity make a big difference. “You can feel the positivity on your way to wellness,” she said.
Therapists at Churchill, who offer flexible hours (including both early morning and evening appointments), treat a wide range of patients who present with the need for physical therapy in the realm of sports medicine, joint replacement, shoulder rehabilitation, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and spinal care. The “Churchill difference” is that its therapists promote a positive, laid-back, collaborative environment, with a focus on helping patients get well, while encouraging relaxation, balance and fun. Therapists and facility assistants get to know their patients and utilize the information they learn and observe about them to tailor their therapies to best help them get well.
“You notice we don’t have curtains around the therapy beds,” said Dr. Bryan Munoz, one of Churchill’s physical therapists. “We are an open place; everyone is having fun and being active. We are a place where people look forward to coming and getting better.”
“I have been coming here on and off for several years and always enjoy coming back for therapy. It is a relaxed atmosphere the minute you walk into the door,” said Cristina Culmone, a former patient. “I feel confident in the treatment I receive and would recommend Churchill to everyone who is looking for PT.”
Churchill himself practices as a physical therapist and is particularly well-regarded for his specialist expertise in the treatment of orthopedic injuries including the shoulder, spine, foot/ankle and associated sports injuries. The other physical therapists in the practice include John J. Dunn, a specialist in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and spinal dysfunction, who has become highly regarded over his 45 years working as a therapist, in both the orthopedic and dental communities. Dr. Munoz specializes in a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions and athletic performance conditioning and has experience implementing exercise programs for patients. Dr. Danielle Spagnolo is a McKenzie-certified therapist who utilizes the McKenzie approach to systematically evaluate patients and develop appropriate treatment plans. Dr. Gabriel Scher completed training in Graston instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization training, has functional dry needling certification and specializes in sports physical therapy, utilizing an evidence-based approach to treatment and develops specific programs based on the individual’s needs. Dr. Jenna Breitinger has experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic issues as well as neurological disorders, hippotherapy, amputations and neonates. Due to her 25+-year equestrian background and interest in transitioning thoroughbreds off of the racetrack, she is working toward a certification in equine rehabilitation.
“I have been coming to COR since 2006 for different physical problems and my experience has been very positive. The therapists and the treatment are great in making you feel better,” said Charissa Craig, a former patient.
For those who have had a recent injury, require therapy before or after a joint replacement or have constant musculoskeletal pain or pain with joint movement, a course of therapy with Churchill Orthopedic may be all that is required to feel better and get back to one’s regular activities. Most insurances are accepted, and those interested are encouraged to get in touch.
By Elizabeth Kratz