Meet Our Staff
Joel Giffin, PT, DPT, CHT
Joel Giffin, PT, DPT, CHT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with distinction from Simmons College. Prior to that he earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University with Honors where he also played Division 1 lacrosse. He became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2009. Prior to founding Flex Physical Therapy, Dr. Giffin served as Clinical Director of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Dr. Giffin brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of settings including private practices, specialty hospitals and health care centers. He regularly attends many continuing education courses to stay current on new trends and techniques, and served as a supervisor and educator to numerous licensed physical therapists and student physical therapy doctoral candidates. Dr. Giffin has treated Broadway Theater performers providing rehabilitation and crisis management back stage for the last 7 years at shows such as The Lion King, Sleep No More, Tarzan, and Sister Act. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapists. When he is not with his patients at Flex Physical Therapy Joel enjoys spending time on his bike and with his wife and two sons.
Beth Delman, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Beth Delman, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She has practiced in several settings with a strong emphasis on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. To further her depth of knowledge in the field of orthopedics, Beth earned her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification in 2016. In addition, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through NSCA in 2010. Being a runner and having dealt with several injuries herself, she has taken a strong interest in treating running injuries.
Beth has always been fascinated by the science of movement and is passionate about optimizing movement not only to heal injuries, but to help prevent future injury and promote long term health and wellness. She believes that patient education is key and believes in empowering patients and guiding them to achieving their highest functional potential.
Lauralee Johnson, PT, DPT
Lauralee Johnson, PT, DPT obtained her doctorate of physical therapy with honors from Touro College of Health Sciences. Her earliest interest in the field began while dancing for a pre-professional company in her hometown of southern Virginia. Lauralee went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Dance Science at Goucher College. During this time, she worked at John Hopkins Hospital as a physical therapy aide, and completed an internship with a world renowned foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon.
Lauralee’s experience includes working with a variety of orthopedic and neurological populations of all ages, including athletes and active New Yorkers. She’s mastered her skills through years at orthopedic outpatient facilities, Alvin Ailey School for Dance, and injury prevention educational workshops. She practices from a biomechanical approach, utilizing a neuromuscular and manual foundation supported by evidence based results. Lauralee’s passion is in customizing treatment; targeting the true underlying cause of dysfunction; empowering patients through education; and returning each individual to a safe, active, pain free, and confident lifestyle.
Patti Cavaleri, PT, DPT
Patti Cavaleri, PT, DPT earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University with honors. Prior to graduate school, Patti completed her B.S. in Applied Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Her experience as a dancer and avid Pilates enthusiast sparked her initial interest in the field of physical therapy. She holds a prestigious certification in Performing Artists Healthcare from the American College of Sports Medicine and Performing Arts Medicine Association. This training allows her to better examine the needs of musicians, dancers, and actors required to perform at their highest level.
Patti comes to Flex with a focus in outpatient orthopedics and neurological rehabilitation. For the latter specialty, she obtained her LSVT BIG certification which has a program dedicated to improving motion for those with Parkinson’s Disease. She has also conducted research and presented nationally. Patti approaches treatment of all patients with a passion for aiding in achievement of treatment goals through a combination of customized manual therapy skills, exercises, and education to support optimal body mechanics and function.
Alex Stabile, MS, OTR
Alex Stabile, MS, OTR, is the hand specialist at Flex Physical Therapy. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. While pursuing his graduate studies, Alex was awarded a prestigious scholarship from Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
Alex obtained valuable experience working in orthopedic outpatient and hospital settings where he identified and honed his area of expertise as a premier hand specialist. He is committed to supporting patients in maximizing and restoring hand function, and is especially skilled in the treatment of traumatic injuries to the upper extremity and fabrication of custom-made splints.
Alex believes in a client-centered approach with an emphasis on patient education and evidence based practice. He is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) and regularly attends continued education courses focused on hand and arm function and mobility.
Alex has proudly and diligently completed the five years and 4,000 hours of direct client contact required to obtain the prestigious certified hand therapist (CHT) title, which is expected to be conferred with completion of the boards this Fall 2017. When he is not working or studying, Alex enjoys hiking, skiing, golf, and running.