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Our History

In 1999, Professional Physical Therapy opened its very first clinic in Bayside, Queens. After years of working at a publicly traded Fortune 500 healthcare corporation, our founding partners Robert Panariello, and George Papadopoulos, recognized the need for effective, individualized care, and set out to launch a company that would meet those needs.

Today, Professional’s patient-oriented treatment method has exploded onto the industry scene, and with facilities in Queens, Manhattan, Long Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, getting the quality physical therapy you deserve has never been more convenient.

We employ clinical and administrative staff members, and offer Specialty Rehabilitation, Athletic Training, and Fitness Services. At Professional, our revolutionary services provide patients with multi-specialty Physical Therapists who can treat any body part and injury with excellence. Our clinical expertise and exceptional patient experience has made us Practice of the Year nationwide, as well as NY Metro area’s number one choice for Physical Therapy.

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What can you expect from Professional?

Here at Professional Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (Professional), we believe in treating our patients, not just their injuries. Our licensed Physical Therapists customize individual recovery plans, using the most state-of-the-art technology and practices to get patients performing better than ever.

We start off with a one-on-one evaluation to address your injury or change in physical function. Then we get to work increasing your strength and flexibility, quickly getting you back to your previous level of activity while preventing further and recurring injuries. As a Physical Therapist owned and operated company, we pride ourselves on our unique ability to customize treatments to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Our staff is just as accomplished and attentive as our clinical philosophy.  Please feel free to browse our Locations section to learn more about our staff in each facility.

With a rapidly growing number of facilities throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, feeling better has never been more convenient!

Many of Professional’s patients choose to continue to build on the therapeutic exercise program started during their Physical Therapy treatment.  For these individuals, we have our Professional Athletic Performance Center (PAPC), where our Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists, in conjunction with our Physical Therapists have created our Return-to-Sport Programs (i.e., Bridge and Throwing Analysis Programs).  Our PAPC is a 20,000 square foot facility where our patients enhance their flexibility, strength, power, agility and overall conditioning to excel at their sport in a safe manner.

As experts in the field of rehabilitation, we recognize the high incidence of injuries that occur during sports and recreational activities.  That is why Professional has extended its services to provide Athletic Training Services to local schools and sports organizations.  Our Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) help educate organizations, and the individuals within, in ways to prevent injuries.  Our ATs are onsite, so they are able to respond to any injuries that do occur, and provide the immediate care and treatment necessary.  This includes ensuring each individual receives the proper follow-up care by a Specialist, such as an Orthopedist.

As part of our commitment to advances in the field of Physical Therapy, and the standard of care we demand from our employees, Professional has launched Professional Seminars, a Continuing Education program for allied health professionals in the field of Sports Medicine.

We are committed to not only educating those currently in the field of Physical Therapy, but also to those who aspire to practice as our colleagues in the future.  Professional offers its Clinical Affiliation Program to undergraduate and graduate students from over sixty academic institutions.

We look forward to providing you with the highest quality professional care that Physical Therapy has to offer.

founding partners.

Robert Panariello

MS, PT, ATC, CSCS

Founding Partner, Chief Clinical Officer

  • Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, Queens College
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Education/Athletic Training, Ithaca College
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Therapy, Ithaca College

  • New York State Licensed Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Performance Training of Athletes
  • Rehabilitation


  • Study of the Science of Strength and Conditioning of weightlifters and other athletes
  • Serves as a consultant to many university, college and professional athletic teams
  • Delivers national lectures on topics like Sports Physical Therapy and Performance Training of Athletes
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the year – 2016
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Lynn Wallace Award – 2015
  • USA Strength & Conditioning Hall of Fame – 2003
  • Authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapter publications on Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research, Sports Physical Therapy Research, and Strength & Conditioning
  • Presented his research at the International World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Washington, D.C.
  • Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, St. John’s University of New York (1986-1995)
  • Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, World League of American Football New York/New Jersey Knights  (1991)
  • Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Women’s United Soccer Association’s (WUSA) New York Power professional women’s soccer team (2001 – 2002)

George Papadopoulos

MS, PT, ATC, USAW

Founding Partner, Chief Development Officer

  • Master of Science, Exercise Physiology, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Physical Therapy, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus Ithaca College

  • New York State Licensed Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • BOC certified Athletic Trainer


  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Performance Training of Athletes
  • Rehabilitation


  • George Papadopoulos is a NYS licensed Physical Therapist and BOC certified Athletic Trainer at Professional Physical Therapy. He is a graduate of Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus where he served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer working with all their Division I Athletic Teams. He also served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Athletic Training program at LIU from 1992 to 1995. George continues to guest lecture at NYIT in the Physical Therapy Program. He has worked with athletes at the High School, Collegiate, and professional levels of competition. For three years, George served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the USISL Soccer Champion: Long Island Rough Riders. He also has extensive experience with ice hockey injuries, and has been involved in the rehabilitation of many professional players in the National Hockey League. From 1997 through 1998, he was involved with the rehabilitation of many of NHL’s New York Islanders.

    As one of the founding partners, George continues to treat and deliver the Professional quality care that the company is built upon. George is also the Chief Development Officer and works closely with other department heads to identify and build out new facilities.

continuing education.

For Our Staff

To keep our staff up-to-date on the most current practices and research in the field of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, private lectures for our clinicians are arranged with renowned orthopedic specialists throughout the year.  Aside from these internally provided guest lectures, staff members are strongly encouraged to attend lectures and conferences on topics of special interest to them. Each clinical staff member is allotted a generous stipend to utilize for the Continuing Education options of his or her choice. All of our clinical staff members also have the opportunity to shadow some of the area’s top MDs, both in the office and in the operating room.

Professional Seminars is the latest development in our efforts to provide our staff with the highest level of Continuing Education.

For Other Allied Health Professionals

As part of our commitment to advances in the field of Physical Therapy, and the standard of care we demand from our employees, Professional has launched Professional Seminars, a Continuing Education program for allied health professionals in the field of Sports Medicine.

For Students

We are committed not only to educating those currently in the field of Physical Therapy, but those who aspire to practice as our colleagues in the future, and currently offer our Clinical Affiliation Program to undergraduate and graduate students from over sixty academic institutions.

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