Kassimir Physical Therapy was founded in 1997 by Gary D. Kassimir, PT, MS, CHT. Gary received his master’s degree in physical therapy from Long Island University in 1987, and earned a specialized certification in hand therapy in 1998.
With extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics, hand rehabilitation, custom splinting, aquatic and sports rehabilitation, Gary's expertise has shaped his professional vision, which he describes as “Ultimate Rehab”. This vision includes a comprehensive, thorough, and engaging approach to physical therapy. Gary’s vision is closely followed by all clinical and administrative staff.
Many of the area's best physicians refer their patients to Kassimir Physical Therapy with confidence that they will achieve their highest functional potential in a comfortable and skilled environment.
Throughout the treatment experience, each patient will receive personalized care from our physical therapists, as well as dedicated assistance in all aspects of the recovery process from our caring staff. Our large volume of patient referrals and satisfied returning patients are a testament to the quality of care the "Ultimate Rehab" experience provides.
At Kassimir Physical Therapy, we fully appreciate that the quality of our patients' lives depends on our dedication and expertise, and it is our commitment to provide each patient with the exceptional care they need to maximize their rehabilitation potential.
Each patient’s first visit to Kassimir Physical Therapy will involve an in-depth initial evaluation performed by one of our physical therapists. The evaluation begins with a detailed history and physical exam, which includes specialized tests and measurements relevant to each patient’s condition. Based on the evaluation, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan and establish therapeutic goals based on the patient's needs and the referring provider’s recommendations.
Our Personalized Programs
Kassimir Physical Therapy offers a variety of clinically proven treatments coupled with the latest technology and equipment to help each patient achieve their rehab goals. Our clinic boasts a state-of-the-art gym and the most advanced, effective custom splinting available. With a focus on manual therapy and individualized exercise programs, KPT has consistently provided patients with successful rehabilitation.
Gary Kassimir, PT, MS, CHT, Cert DN.
Kassimir Physical Therapy was founded by Gary D. Kassimir, PT, MS, CHT, a licensed physical therapist in Maryland, with over 27 years of clinical and administrative experience. Gary graduated from Long Island University in 1987, with BS-MS degrees in Physical Therapy. He has extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics, hand rehabilitation and custom orthosis, and sports rehabilitation. In 1998, Gary became a certified hand therapist (CHT) and retains his certification. Gary is also certified in performing advanced trigger point dry needling techniques.
Jennifer Bachtel, PT, MPT
SENIOR STAFF PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Jen has been a part of the KPT team since July 2002. She earned her master’s degree in physical therapy from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York after completing a variety of clinical orientations. Jen is an exceptionally versatile therapist and provides physical therapy for students at a local school as well as for our patients at KPT.
Tami Grunitzky, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert. DN
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Tami joined our team in July 2009, after a successful final clinical affiliation at KPT. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore where she obtained her DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, degree. Tami is also a personal trainer and enjoys spending time working out, teaching aerobics and doing CrossFit. Tami is our Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator of Continuing Education, and Aquatic Therapy program director. She earned the title Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, OCS, in 2012 and became certified in advanced trigger point dry needling techniques. In 2019, Tami completed her fellowship program in orthopedic manual physical therapy.
Feliks Perl, PTA, BS
STAFF PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Feliks graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2005. He joined KPT in 2010 as a full time Physical Therapy Assistant with two years of experience working with Division 1 athletes in an outpatient physical therapy setting. He enjoys working with all post op repairs and replacements, muscle strains/sprains, and specializes in manual trigger point therapy release. Feliks continuously educates himself on all the latest rehab trends, especially in the strength, conditioning and nutritional aspects. Feliks excels at providing time efficient clinical results in our state of the art rehab facility.
Steve Freeman, PT, MPT, CHT
Steve re-joined KPT in September 2017 for Saturday and prn coverage only. We are so happy to have him back on a regular weekend position after previously working at the practice for 8 years. He has recently earned his certification in hand therapy and has extensive experience with sport rehabilitation and athletic training.
Andrea Kwok, PT, DPT
Andrea joined KPT as a 2016 graduate of the The University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy program, recently ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Andrea received several months of clinical education at KPT, during which time she impressed us with her skill, knowledge and commitment to patients. We know Andrea is a perfect fit for KPT, and are happy she joined our team in 2016. She presently works in the clinic, and is running our aquatic therapy program as well.
PT Technician Staff
Noah started at KPT in 2013 as a volunteer. He returned the following year as a part time technician after spending a year in Israel. Noah is currently majoring in exercise science at Towson University.
LEAD PT TECHNICIAN/PERSONAL TRAINER
Garrett joined the KPT staff in early August 2016 with a background as a Certified Health Fitness Specialist, ACSM. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Salisbury University in 2013. In addition to serving KPT as lead technician, Garrett provides personal training to our gym members.
Keera attends Towson University and is studying to receive her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in May 2019. She is pursuing physical therapy as a career and is fluent in Russian, English and conversational Hebrew. Keera has a passion for gymnastics and has coached young aspiring athletes.
Manny joined the KPT staff as a technician in July 2018. He is a senior exercise science major at Towson University pursuing a career as a physicians assistant. Manny enjoys long walks on the beach and playing sports with friends.
Key Office Personnel
Michelle joined KPT in May 2013, bringing a diverse background in clinical healthcare, administration and leadership. She managed the Shock Trauma Radiology Department for 10 years prior to becoming a certified Human Resources Organizational Development Trainer, specializing in leadership training. In addition, she also assisted her husband in the management of his dental practice.
Payroll and Benefits Coordinator
Sherri has been with KPT since it's inception in 1997 and is responsible for accounts payable, payroll and employee benefit calculations. She has been a valuable asset and has been able to use her background as Registered Nurse with a psych background in several situations with patients and staff.
Claudia joined our team in 2016 as an experienced medical receptionist with prior experience in a physical therapy office. We welcome her expertise in helping KPT run smoothly everyday.
Medical Receptionist/PT technician
Marisa graduated from University of Georgia in 2017 with a degree in genetics and biology. She has been accepted into Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and will begin her studies in the fall of 2019 to be an ND, Naturopathic Doctor. In the mean time, she has become a valuable member of the KPT team.
Medical Receptionist/PT TECHNICIAN
Juliana recently joined KPT in 2018 as a technician/receptionist having clinical experience in Urgent Care centers. She is currently studying to receive her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. We welcome her to KPT and are happy to have her on our team!