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:

Joanna Belsky, Physical Therapist at Progression Physical TherapyJoanna Belsky, Physical Therapist

Since 1993, Joanna has been providing expert physical therapy care to patients across a range of practice areas. After graduating Magna cum laude from the University of Scranton, Joanna began her career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She then spent several years as a Navy spouse, practicing  in several different types of orthopedic and pediatric physical therapy settings. Through this experience she had the unique opportunity to work closely with clinicians who have expertise in manual therapies and continue her education and clinical training in the areas of myofascial release, structural integration, and craniosacral technique. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages, helping them to achieve their fullest potential. Joanna resides in Hopewell Borough with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, yoga, hiking, and ice cream.


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.



Charlotte Healey, Aide

Charlotte graduated in 2017 from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York with a degree in Psychology. Her future plans include going to graduate school for School Psychology. Charlotte grew up in Titusville but attended Stuart in Princeton for 16 years. She was offered her job as an aide while doing physical therapy at Progression PT. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys reading, photography, knitting, and baking.




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.