Meet your personal recovery team.
Ruth Kaplan, DPT
Owner of Progression Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Ruth Kaplan grew up in Western Massachusetts and moved to New Jersey in 2001. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the 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 several areas with a particular interest in manual therapy. Her primary 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 of the following professional organizations:
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Patrick graduated from Rutgers University Physical Therapy program in 2021 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Patrick utilizes evidence-based practices for all orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, offering his expertise to individuals whose goals may be to recover from orthopedic injury or surgery, elevate their fitness, or optimize their sports performance.
Prior to working at Progression Physical Therapy, Patrick was affiliated with the University Hospital in Newark, NJ, and Robert Wood Johnson in Somerville NJ. Patrick has an extensive background in various musculoskeletal conditions including rotator cuff repairs, ankle reconstructions, and ACL/meniscus repairs. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Patrick genuinely believes that exercise is medicine.
Patrick was born and raised in Somerville, NJ. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, work out, and go for long walks.
Jill Rea, MSPT
Jill graduated from Boston University in Boston, MA where she received a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2001. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, home-care, and outpatient orthopedics. Jill has extensive experience in treating geriatrics, vestibular and balance disorders, orthopedic injury, and holds an LSVT BIG certification for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and running.
Palak Panchal, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Palak earned a B.S in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and graduated with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Essex County College in 2014. Her clinical background includes posts in sub-acute, skilled nursing, and orthopedic outpatient settings.
Palak is determined to bring any patient back to a life of pain-free functionality using techniques such as myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, IASTM using Graston-like tools, or a Theragun for a deeper muscle release. She takes a holistic approach when working with patients, and uncovers how a patient’s environment, mental health, nutrition, and other factors might be affecting their physical recovery. Palak enjoys learning about new treatment techniques and any emerging trends in the physical therapy field. She is also certified in Jikiden Reiki Energy Healing.
In her free time, Palak spends time with family and friends, stays active through hiking and yoga, and goes to the gym. She also loves learning about wine, meditation, dancing, reading, and movies.
Physical Therapy Aide
Chrissy has been with Progression Physical Therapy for 6 years and we could not run without her! She is a recent graduate of Kean University and is currently deciding whether to apply to Physical or Occupational Therapy school. Chrissy enjoys running, working out, hiking, her family, and her dogs!
Certified Medical Biller
Evelinia is a graduate of New York School for Medical Assistants and Administrators. She has over 25 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.