Our Physical Therapists & Aides

Ruth Kaplan, Physical Therapist at Progression Physical TherapyRuth Kaplan, Physical Therapist

Ruth Kaplan grew up in Western Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey in 2001. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Dominican College of Blauvelt in Orangeburg, New York. She has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in various rehabilitation settings.

Ruth has pursued continuing education in various fields with a special interest in manual therapy. Her primary area of specialty is outpatient orthopedics including treatment of back and neck pain, joint pain, postural dysfunction, ergonomics, fall prevention, gait/balance disorders, decreased functional mobility, and general clinical practice. She is an active member in the following professional organizations:

Jennifer Ottes, Physical Therapist

Jen graduated from MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia where she received her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2000. Since that time, she has worked in a wide range of settings including acute care, aquatics, inpatient rehabilitation, and home-care, but has specialized in outpatient orthopedics and sports injury rehabilitation since 2002.  Jen continues her professional education with continuing education courses Including the Graston Technique, Kinesio Taping and various manual therapy courses.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and traveling.


Palak Panchal, Physical Therapist Assistant

Palak received her Associates degree from the PTA program at Essex County College in 2014. Since then she has been practicing  in a variety of PT settings including sub-acute, skilled nursing, assisted living, and orthopedic facilities. Working alongside skilled PT's, she has been able to evolve her manual therapy skills, therapeutic exercise techniques, and patient education. Currently, she has become certified in a form of energy healing called Reiki and will continue advanced certification in the coming new year. Palak enjoys Friday nights in, running, Pilates,  wine, reading and watching movies.



Christina Montgomery, Aide

Christina is a currently studying exercise science at Raritan Valley Community College. Her future plans include receiving a B.S. in exercise science and then continuing on to PT school. She has been working at Progression PT since August of 2016. She enjoys running, hiking, and rock climbing.




Evelenia Popa, Biller at Progression Physical TherapyEvelenia Popa, Biller

Evelenia is a graduate of New York School for Medical Assistants and Administrators. She has over 20 years of experience as a Certified Medical Biller dealing with Medicare/Medicare Secondary and most commercial health insurance companies. She keeps informed with all the insurance policy changes, which occur often in the insurance world. She is pleasant and smart, and her knowledge translates well into her ability to communicate with each patient and their specific health care plan so the necessary treatment can be given without bureaucratic interference.