JUSTIN FELDMAN, PT, DPT
On Becoming a Physical Therapist and Forming Feldman PT & Performance.
As a young boy, and much to my chagrin, I often accompanied my mom to her physical therapy sessions since leaving an eight year-old home alone was not an option.
Turns out joining her for these sessions was entertaining and amusing because for once, someone else got to boss my Mom around…a role she typically assumed in grand fashion on the homefront.
As I watched her go through each PT appointment I became intrigued by the process. The PT would start by having a candid chat with my Mom then systematically take her through various exercises, which she loathed, but would power through them…Mom got stuff done!
Over time, I started noticing her doing things she was previously unable to perform. Navigating stairs became easier, walking longer distances wasn’t an issue, unfortunately none of her exercises helped keep my younger sister from causing trouble.
Turns out when I reached middle school we had to take one a career aptitude test. I looked at the back of the test packet trying to figure out how many questions there were and I quickly found the profession it recommended was based on the total number of points you got from the series of questions. I reflected back on the memories of Mom doing physical therapy and started to realize perhaps becoming a PT was my calling.
So…I’ll come clean and confess to cheating on the test. I found physical therapy in the list of professions, and I made sure I got my answers summed up to the number that would give me physical therapy. Interestingly it also gave me a trash collector and air traffic controller.
I got to write a report on the profession, and it only made me love it more. I loved sports as a kid, and still do, but it took me a bit to find, “my sport”. With physical therapy though, I found that I could work with athletes of all types, and help them achieve their goals whatever they may be.
If you saw me playing sports as a child it was obvious I wasn’t destined to become a professional athlete. I gave soccer a shot, but it was hard and confusing, halfway through the game they would switch directions and I could never get that straight. Plus the field had weeds and someone had to pick those, so that was my self-appointed role. I later learned that my issue with soccer was that I just hadn’t perfected my acting skills yet.
I played baseball but someone gave me the only glove on the field with a hole in it. Even worse… every time the ball was hit to me it found that exact hole. What I needed was a sport that let me get started early in the day, could have schedules change with the wind (quite literally), and would force my family to endure cold rainy days to witness my athletic prowess. Enter rowing!
In graduate school I was lucky enough to spend time working with the Hershey Bears, a minor league hockey affiliate of the Washington Capitals. As I began my career as a physical therapist, I was struck by the difference between the care the “average” person received relative to professional athletes. Talk about two opposite ends of the spectrum. This never sat well with me. I narrowed down the major difference to attention…the professionals got my undivided attention, but I was being forced to divide my attention among too many patients, and no one was getting the care they deserved. I eventually complained to my wife, Stacey, about this enough that she told me to stop complaining and create the environment I wanted to work in, and thus Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance was born!
I was lucky enough to convince John that we would make a good team. John initially had other plans after graduating from PT school, but we met for coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts surrounded by 16 year old kids vaping and showing off their souped up Honda Civics. I explained to him that I’m never wrong and that joining me at Feldman PT was going to be a lot of fun. I could spend all day telling you about the high quality care we deliver and the countless certifications we have though the best part about our team is that we have fun and love creating an exceptional patient experience while giving you the care and attention you deserve.
When I’m not in the clinic you can usually find me working on ski patrol at Mount Snow in Vermont, rowing, running, biking, swimming, rock climbing or chasing my 2 amazing kids Hayden and Madison around.
From an early age growing up in the Hudson Valley my parents instilled in me the importance of giving back to the community we live in. This has been an amazing place to grow up, start a business and begin to raise a family, and I feel fortunate to have the time to and resources to give back to the community. I am proud to have served as both the President and Treasurer of the Hudson River Rowing Association, I am currently the President of the Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club, and a board member of the American Heart Association of Dutchess and Ulster Counties. You can always find our entire Feldman PT team out at local running events, make sure to stop and say hi!
First AOL Screen Name: NYBombers7
Vacay Spot: Top of any mountain
Hate: Being awake past 9pm, accidentally sleeping past 5am
My Wife Hates When I: Point out how amazing at everything I am (I never understand why)
Bad Habit: Easily distracted
Super Power: Calming little kids down (just not my own)
If I Wasn’t a PT: Weatherman
Guilty Pleasure: Ice cream
Not-so-obvious guilty pleasure: Coffee
High or Low Maintenance: Require just the right amount of maintenance
Favorite Time of Year: Winter!
Zero Tolerance For: People who move slow for no reason…Everything is a race!
Retirement Plan: Ski Patrol
Yesterday was my first visit. Totally impressed with Justin's care, He took great time listening and explaining the reasons why I'm suffering with back pain. Within the hour, I could already appreciate the benefits of his skill, knowledge, and experience. The visit gave me confidence that I will be able to function normally again soon. I am so thankful members of my family referred him.
Jan 16, 2020
Justin is the best physical therapist I’ve seen. His diagnostic skills and treatment methods are nothing short of phenomenal.
Jan 30, 2020
My first appointment was great! I now have a great rehab plan to attack on my own. Very pleased!! Love the video feature with Justin’s voice over with proper form instructions. Also the great open lines of communication for questions
Feb 4, 2020
I recent had shoulder surgery. I did not having the movements and strength I wanted. After my first appointment with Justin I felt positive that with the exercises he showed me and how he took the time to explain what I needed to do, I will progress forward and get back my strength and movement.
Feb 9, 2020
I have known Justin for 10+ years. The quality care that you will receive when you see him or John in Fishkill for any issue needing physical therapy is second to none. Other places cannot even come close. I have seen him for a plethora of reasons over the years, but this latest injury is pretty severe. I started treatment at a "PT Center" and quickly realized I needed the care, knowledge, and professionalism that Justin and John provide consistently. There is no place else I'd rather go.
Feb 21, 2020
Justin hit the bullseye with my foot manipulation/massage which helped tremendously! Then explained my “homework” which is also really helping! I really didn’t need my podiatrist appointment after Justin saw me. Thanks again Justin. This will go a long way in getting me back up and “RUNNING “!!!
Mar 5, 2020
Always patient, creative and helpful. Justin has never failed me in helping me feel better. He had turned difficult situations into comfort
Mar 21, 2020
Had a great virtual visit with Justin yesterday. I have exercises to do, but I feel so hopeful after this appointment. I’m truly grateful.
Mar 26, 2020
Yesterday I had a virtual appointment with Justin. After fracturing my worst and being in a cast for so long, I was having issues on the opposite side of he fracture. We had fun as I inflicted pain on myself and made great progress. Looking forward to getting the rage of motion back to where it should be. Thank you, Justin!
Mar 26, 2020
I’ve been visiting Justin over the years and recently had my first Virtual Visit. Because of Justin’s fantastic diagnostic skills he was able to provide the same high quality service I’ve come to expect from my in person visits. He diagnosed an acute back injury, explained what was going on, and provided a plan of action with easy to follow exercises. The treatment has been highly effective and I’ve already seen positive results. I can’t recommend Virtual Visits with Justin highly enough.
Mar 31, 2020
I saw Justin, and he was able to get a diagnosis and treatment plan going right away. Injury was painful but not serious - he had me running again after a week. Went for a few visits so he could help with not only the initial injury, but also the root cause of the problem, which should keep me injury-free. He sends a video of the exercises he recommends, making them easy to do correctly at home.
Aug 6, 2020
Justin is an amazing PT. I had some serious issues and I am now stronger than ever. He gave me a few exercises and workouts which worked really well. I highly recommend him.
Aug 16, 2020
As a new client, I wasn't sure whether a teleheath appt would work for me but I am SO impressed with how thorough Justin was during my visit! First, the teleheath format was great and very efficient. Justin saw things about my form and posture that I had no idea were contributing to my running issues. In just one visit I feel more body awareness and trust in the treatment plan I was given. I love the app used for the prescribed exercises. Can't wait for my next visit.
Apr 23, 2020
I’ve tried several PT practices and Justin beats them by far! You really feel like you’ve worked hard during a session (in a good way) and he gives you one-on-one attention for the entire visit. I would recommend him to anyone!!
Aug 30, 2020
I came to Justin barely able to run anymore due to my knee. Within no time he had me running and within a couple weeks after that I was headed out for 5 mile runs. Justin is patient, explains what he is thinking and has finally been able to help me move forward and not be in pain with my training.
May 1, 2020
I was just about ready to give up running because of one injury after another, but Justin proved that with a few modifications and some focused strength exercises, not only could I still run, I could run better than ever! I've been able to convince these old feet and hips of mine that they really do want to run the Feldman PT way. Justin and gang have been nothing but encouraging and I expect, thanks to them, I will continue to run into my 60s, 70s, 80's and beyond. Thank you!
May 19, 2020
I've been seeing Dr Justin Feldman post cervical foraminotomy for recovery of the nerves and muscles associated with my rotator cuff and arm. I am extremely grateful for our sessions and the amazing progress we have made together. Dr Feldman has systematically restored my arm's mobility and strength. In early March we switched to tele-health appointments, of which he was able to continue my treatment seamlessly.
Jun 15, 2020
I can’t say enough about Justin and this firm. They are extremely knowledgeable. I did my visit virtually and it was great. Now I just need to execute the exercises to help my knee get stronger.
Jun 28, 2020
Justin has helped me understand my shoulder injuries like no other. He has been absolutely crucial to my recovery! Patient, November 2015
Justin continues to be the best. His knowledge, expertise, and social manner make the healing process much better. A.H., February 2015