About Us


Smart Athlete Physiotherapy was founded out of the 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 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. 


The process starts with calling us or clicking on the boxes below.  During your first call we will dig deeply into what has brought you to us and discuss what your goals are so we can meet your expectations. This will help guide us to determining what services are best for you and which of our providers are a best fit.  

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 musculoskeltal evaluation and functional movement assessment.  From this we will be able to create a plan of care 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.



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.


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.