Our Murray Hill clinic, located in the ground-floor retail space at 143 W. 34th Street near Lexington Avenue, is the best of two worlds; it has the friendly feel of a residential neighborhood with a sprinkle of “can-do” commercial midtown. The storefront property offers easy access from the street; ...

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Austin Afshar, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Austin Afshar is the Clinical Director of SPEAR’s Murray Hill location. Austin earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Austin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. At a young age, Austin began training and competing in both short and long course swimming, as well as open water swimming. He continued his knack for the sport during his time at IUP where he participated as a member of the club swim team and water polo team. Austin has swam competitively throughout his life, but it was during his undergraduate years where he provided private lessons for children with special needs that fueled his passion to pursue a profession in Physical Therapy. Austin has treated an extremely diverse population, including post-operative and sports related injuries as well as neurological disorders. He previously worked at world renowned Moss Rehabilitation where he treated patients with neurological disorders ranging from cerebral vascular accidents, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, as well as treated patients in the intensive care unit. His work experience also consists of both outpatient orthopedic as well as outpatient neurological physical therapy. Austin believes in treating his patients through evidence based practice, as well as through utilization of education, manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. He hopes to help his patients obtain the best quality of life possible through improving their strength and functional mobility, allowing them to stay active and to continue to pursue the life they desire through meeting their personal goals. Austin continues to stay active through swimming, spinning, weight lifting, and running. He is adventurous in both trying unique foods and in his travels; he enjoys exploring new local restaurants and adding new destinations to his travel list.

Jeremy Crow, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Sports Certified Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Jeremy Crow is the Director of Clinical Education at SPEAR. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine emphasis from Florida State University in 2000, where he was a scholarship Student Athletic Trainer. Jeremy interned with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL and went on to New York University to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006. In 2009, Jeremy was awarded certification as a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. Jeremy is also a personal trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Full Body Active Release Techniques Provider. Jeremy served as a field of play medical volunteer physical therapist for the volleyball venue (Maracanãzinho) at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Jeremy has contributed to the Reader’s Digest- Managing Pain book and has authored various articles on hip rehabilitation. Jeremy is also very active in the APTA and New York Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Board of Directors and as a Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates. When not helping others achieve their best, Jeremy enjoys working out, running, hiking and traveling the world. Jeremy also holds a 1st degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Mohit Birdi, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

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Mohit received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and was a personal trainer at OSU’s main campus facility. While in school, he spent time completing rotations through various hospitals and clinics, including a very rewarding experience at Mount Sinai’s brain injury unit focusing on neurological rehabilitation. Working in outpatient orthopedics, Mohit has been exposed to treating a wide variety of operative and non-operative cases. He enjoys working with patients to develop individualized goals, whether it is simply returning to walking, or completing a marathon. Mohit has treated patients with various vestibular conditions and neck-related headaches and has pursued continued education and coursework in manual therapy. Mohit places emphasis on patient education and ergonomic analysis whenever possible to facilitate return to function. Mohit enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle by playing tennis and loves traveling and cooking.

Meghan King, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Meghan earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with summa cum laude honors from the University of Redlands. At Redlands, Meghan was captain of the varsity soccer team and also played various intramural sports. Her clinical experience includes outpatient orthopedics, sports-related rehabilitation, and working with populations from pediatrics to geriatrics. Meghan’s athletic background influenced her strong interest in the orthopedic and sports populations. She believes in a personalized approach to treatment, helping patients to reach their goals and to live their fullest lives. While at Columbia, she completed advanced orthopedic coursework. She also dedicated time to community service involvement such as traveling to underserved regions of Guatemala to provide physical therapy to elders, individuals using prosthetic limbs, and people with spinal cord injury. She continues to stay active through running half marathons, taking spin classes, and lifting weights. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she enjoys returning to the Great Northwest from time to time to see family and friends, spend time at the coast, and enjoy the evergreen trees.

Gwen Giffard, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Gwen received both her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College. As a young girl she began a 14-year competitive Irish Dancing career in which she sustained numerous injuries. After several years of attending physical therapy, she decided to pursue it as a career. Gwen has clinical experience in various settings including acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She has experience treating several populations including post-surgical, geriatrics, pediatrics and high-level dancers, gymnasts and athletes. Gwen’s dance background has influenced her in pursing a career to specialize in treating dancers, gymnasts, figure skaters and other performing artists. She had the opportunity to work with dancers from Rochester City Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, and The Draper Center. She also worked as a PT Aide at Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy throughout college. Gwen believes that physical therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the patient. Both need to be dedicated to working together to rehabilitate the patient to their optimal level of performance and to prevent any future injuries. After retiring from Irish dance, Gwen played intramural volleyball and enjoyed playing tennis with friends. She continues to stay active by playing recreational tennis, skiing, hiking and lifting weights.

Derek Lee, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Derek received his Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. During both his undergraduate and doctoral education, Derek worked as a teaching assistant in the human anatomy lab. While at TWU he gained experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient sports and orthopedics. During his clinical education he has treated patients of all ages with a variety of operative and non-operative orthopedic conditions. He also had the opportunity to work with overhead athletes at every experience level return to their respective sport. Derek has a passion for working with his patients to create a personalized exercise program and empowering them to achieve their goals. He has interests in pain neuroscience education, functional strengthening, as well as falls and sports injury prevention. Derek’s hobbies include weightlifting, basketball, skiing, meditation, traveling and cooking. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Derek is ecstatic about exploring NYC and eating all the food that this amazing city has to offer.

Chris Churchill, PT, DPT, CSCS


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Christopher received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Middlebury College and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Columbia University. Chris was lucky enough to have a father as a physical therapist to help return him back to sport after any injuries. After experiencing and witnessing his father’s ability to change lives, he knew he wanted to pursue physical therapy. While pursuing his degree at Middlebury, Chris competed as a varsity basketball player for all four years. During his time at Columbia, he performed doctoral research in preseason movement screens for Division I soccer athletes, analyzing the relationship between the players’ test scores and injuries during the season. He and his team members were able to present their research at the 2019 APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Combined Sections Meeting. Chris had the opportunity to treat a variety of diagnoses and patient populations during his outpatient and inpatient clinical affiliations, but gained much experience in treating patients with post-operative and non-operative hip diagnoses during his clinical experience at SPEAR. During his final clinical affiliation at EXOS in Los Angeles, California, he treated high level professional and collegiate athletes in football and basketball, helping them return to their respective sports. Outside of the clinic, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, heading to the beach, playing basketball, weightlifting, swimming, reading and traveling.

Cody Ibarra, PT, DPT


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Cody earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with minors in Exercise/ Sports Studies and Sociocultural Linguistics, from The University of California— Santa Barbara. While at UCSB, Cody volunteered in numerous physical therapy settings, discovering a passion for helping people optimize movement while bringing a human touch to the medical field. Cody’s background in martial arts influenced his passion for human movement and teaching. At Columbia University, Cody participated in the advanced Orthopedics track and was involved with many service opportunities. He taught martial arts to children with disabilities, helped establish and maintain a children’s exercise program in in Washington Heights, and brought physical therapy and musical theater to children in hospitals. He has had the opportunity to treat in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and school-based pediatrics. He has experience treating several patient populations, including children with special needs, post-stroke, post-surgical, geriatrics, and athletes. Cody believes physical therapy works best when it is individualized and collaborative, a team effort to help individuals achieve their personal goals. Cody is passionate about music, food, and trivia. In his free time, Cody likes to read, play basketball, lift weights, and cook. A southern California native, Cody enjoys returning to the Golden State to visit his family and friends and soak up the sunshine.

Rachel Wiesenfeld, PT, DPT


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After graduating from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuropsychology, Rachel went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Rachel spent much of her childhood training as a synchronized swimmer, where she discovered the importance of full-body conditioning and injury prevention. Her participation in the sport, combined with her love of health sciences, eventually led her to pursue physical therapy as a career. While in graduate school, Rachel heavily focused her studies on the orthopedic population. She recently returned to New York after spending time in Los Angeles, where she treated pediatric patients, and patients with various orthopedic conditions or neurological diagnoses. Rachel has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient orthopedics, treating running and sports injuries, as well as a variety of orthopedic conditions including post-surgery, back and joint pain. She also has experience treating geriatric patients, pediatric patients with both orthopedic and non-orthopedic diagnoses, and patients with neurological diagnoses. Rachel believes good communication between patient and therapist is crucial to a successful outcome and is looking forward to working together with her patients to develop individualized treatment plans to help each person reaches his or her goals. In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time outdoors with her husband.


143 E 34th St, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10016


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