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Smart Athlete Physiotherapy was founded out of frustration with the traditional physical therapy model. We believe you deserve more than a few minutes of hands-on care and then passed on to an aide. Traditional physical therapy clinics let their care be dictated by insurance reimbursement and visits per year. This doesn’t lead to optimal outcomes. At Smart Athlete your plan of care is determined based on what you need to reach your goals.

Smart Athlete PT provides more than just physiotherapy. We help the athlete within us move without compensation and pain, creating the freedom to do what you love most! We have developed services that provide all the tools you will need to live an active and pain-free lifestyle.

Who do we work with? We believe there is an athlete within us all. As long as you are willing to learn, we are the right provider for you.

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If your are in need of our Physiotherapy Services: During your evaluation we will gather a detailed history to get an accurate picture of why you are having limitations. We will then go through a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation and functional movement assessment. From this we will be able to create an action plan and give you an understanding of what the source of your problem is. Our goal is to treat the source of your dysfunction not just the symptoms.

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If you are in need of our Athlete Management Services: The entry point is an individualized 1-on-1 biomechanical and movement assessment. This allows us to create the perfect customized program based on your goals, needs, sport, and current ability. In order to build a complete athlete, focus needs to be put on all aspects of performance. We will help you dial in to the preventative, corrective, recovery and all areas of athletic development that you need to perform well in your specific sport.

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Smart Athlete PT has put together a collection of Raleigh’s most experienced physio’s in treating athletes and over-use injuries.  Upon your introductory call to Smart Athlete we figure out which physio you best match up with to maximize your time with us.

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Jeff  Vajay is the founder of Smart Athlete PhysioTherapy and a life long athlete. For nearly two decades, Jeff has worked with athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA, ATP, WTA, MLB and US Olympic Track and Field, as well as various college athletes.  He’s spent four years as a sports medicine therapist for the United States Tennis Association Men’s Professional Circuit and currently travels internationally as a Physiotherapist with the ATP World Tour.

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Michael Vita is the co-founder of Smart Athlete Physiotheray and has been practicing in the areas of orthopaedics and electrophysiology over the last 19 years.  He utilizes his knowledge in these areas to the benefit of the client.  Michael has worked with client s ranging from chronic pain patients to amateur and professional athletes. Treatments typically integrate a comprehensive neuro - biomechanical approach with manual treatment specific to the injured region.

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Jon Paryz earned his Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1993 and became NSCA Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2002. He believes a proper and thorough evaluation to identify the source of the patient's dysfunction and symptoms is the key to long-term relief and assists in prevention of re-injury. Utilizing functional manual therapy as well as patient education he is able to help achieve his patients' goals and speed the recovery process.

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Holly Durney is an APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist and has pelvic floor rehabilitation training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Her pelvic health training focuses on treating pelvic floor dysfunction and related issues in the pelvis, hip, and spine. Her pelvic floor treatments involve assessment including movement patterns, ligament structure, current activity level, and pregnancy history. She believes that treating the whole person is the key to complete health and wellness and to help her patients achieve their goals.

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Quentin Guichard is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He leads our Sports Performance Training and Tennis Performance Training programs. Quentin grew up in the French Alps, and although skiing is part of his DNA, tennis is what brought him to the U.S. in 2004. He played Division I college tennis for Charleston Southern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Business Administration.

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Suzanne Blakeney has worked in sports medicine and orthopedics for the past 8 years following her graduation in 2012. She specializes in orthopedics, manual therapy, and sports performance to help optimize movement and recovery for her patients. Her skill set is focused on her passions in areas such as injury recovery and prevention, running and swimming analysis, and concussion management. These interests have afforded her the opportunity to work with all levels of athletes, from professional athletes and Olympians, to local high schools, sport clubs, and the weekend warriors.

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As a practice committed to helping patients be pain-free, we are always accepting resumes from those therapy and administrative staff who pride themselves on accepting new challenges and who have a strong desire to help others. We only accept staff into our practice who have the drive, passion, and enthusiasm for helping the patients we serve.

Do you want to see if you qualify to be part of our team of physical therapists? Contact us at 919.424.6055 or click below to fill out our online form. Thank you!

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