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Qualifications and Experience
Ryan Kitzen is currently the Clinical Director at the SPEAR 44th street office. Ryan is a licensed Physical Therapist with a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University where he was captain of the men's soccer team and went on to become a first team All-American. Ryan was also a member of the United States Amateur National Soccer Team. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University. His focus includes sports medicine orthopedics, musculoskeletal injury prevention, sports injury rehab, manual therapy, functional training and a specialty in weight loss.
Verified Patient Reviews
Good quick session after I pulled my back. They also provided a list of exercises I can do at home to strengthen my core and prevent further incidents.
Very impressed. Really took the time to listen, explain to me how we tackle my issues (herniated discs), and showed me several exercises to help.
I met with Laura Muzzatti at SPEAR Physical Therapy today, and had an excellent and productive visit. I feel much more at ease about my injury and am confident that Laura will help me recover quickly. The front desk staff were also very organized and helpful during my visit.
Ryan helped me manage the pain in my ankle from a soccer injury, and advised me on exercises to help rehabilitate. Using a variety of treatments (cold therapy, massage, ultrasound) and exercises (balance, stretching) - I've found that I'm making some progress, but it takes time.
Ryan is one of the most professional, friendly, knowledgeable and thorough providers I've come in contact with. I've seen Ryan for mostly piriformis, sciatica, and IT band pain. It usually takes him a mere 2-3 sessions to get me back on track after excruciating pain. I once went to Ryan with severe pelvis pain that had me barely able to walk. He diagnosed me immediately with a lose s1 joint that had popped out, apparently a not-so-rare side affect to medication I was taking with a side effect that can loosen joints. He managed to manipulate the joint back into place (yes, I felt it snap back in), and with stim/massage/heat/stretches I was back in business in no time. Luckily I have piriformis/sciatica/ITB pain only a couple times a year, but when I do I know who to see for relief. Now if I could just get to yoga regularly so I won't have any issues at all! (But then I would never see Ryan!)
He was a great physical therapist, my knees started feeling stronger within a few weeks of doing exercises with Ryan and at home. Excellent personality as well. Highly recommended.