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Dean Thompson, PT, DPT, DAC


Dean Thompson has been very active and involved in sports for as long as he can remember. During his college years, he began to learn more about fitness, wellness, and the field of physical therapy. As he learned more, Dean became serious about pursuing physical therapy as a profession because he aligned with its sustainable approach to healthcare and using movement as a tool to improve people’s quality of life. He was educated at The College of New Jersey, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology in 2013, and then went on to Rutgers University, where he earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018.

Dean started working for Twin Boro Physical Therapy in March 2019 as a staff physical therapist at the Parlin location. He then became the assistant director at the Red Bank office in August 2021 and the clinical director of the Holmdel clinic in April 2023. Prior to joining Twin Boro, Dean worked at a chiropractic and physical therapy outpatient clinic.

Dean has taken several orthopedic-based continuing education courses throughout his career. Most notably, he completed a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1 certification, a Direct Access Certification (DAC), and a Nxt Gen Institute orthopedic residency. Dean specializes in outpatient orthopedics and believes that great treatment starts with a thorough examination and evaluation. He then uses the information gathered to determine a patient-specific treatment plan that respects the patient’s current level of irritability and functioning while also representing their personal goals.

With each patient under his care, Dean utilizes Twin Boro’s One2FourTM Care Model. This unique approach looks at the entire continuum of care for the patient or athlete and helps them progress from a relatively low level of function after injury or surgery all the way through to peak performance after completing treatment. According to Dean, this model allows him and the patient to share a visual representation of where the patient currently stands on this scale and the steps needed to help them ultimately reach their goals.


Outside of work, Dean loves spending time with my wife, son, and their dog. He stays active by surfing, skiing, playing paddle tennis, and working out.


Holmdel, NJ

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Holmdel, NJ - Patient Reviews

Edith Sands
I have been in and out of physical therapy for the last 3 years. The therapists are wonderful. They were attentive to my needs and helped me push through some difficult times. Thank you all, and this time thank you Larry.
Emm Badichon
Sandi and Al helped me get better.
Jerry Lynch
My therapist is allsome on giving good care for my shoulder surgery it's coming on fine she really knows how to bring your shoulder back to life.
william watts
Very knowledgeable and accommodating. Great service!!
I had an excellent experience at Twin Boro. The knowledge, technical, expertise and compassion are what impressed me most about the therapists.Thank you Ms. Dejean and Mr. Doshi.
Gillyam Suazo
Amazing location! Sandi & Jackie are awesome. Everyone is friendly and the facility is clean.
Always willing to help with time change very understanding
Maryanne Mathis
The team here goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care! On my worst days, they somehow always managed to turn my day around. Be prepared to get an ab workout from all the laughing from how how hilarious everyone here is(patients included). I went here for low back pain and the level of care they provided has now left my pain free! Thank you!
Abby Bordeau
Devon is an absolutely wonderful physical therapist! It’s easy to see how much she cares about her patients. I’d recommend Twin Boro PT to anyone in the SB area. Super convenient!
Naya White
I’ve been here for a few years on and off and the service they provide is great! Super clean, the therapists are clearly spoken and are super helpful with exercises you might struggle with. Love it here!
Ash Khan
This was my first time in physical therapy so I can’t say for definitive that this is is the best PT spot around as I have nothing to compare it to….HOWEVER, I will highly recommend Twin Boro as everyone was friendly, professional and really helped me back to recovery and educating me about my ailment. I was very skeptical about the process when I first started because I thought those aches and pains was just what getting older was all about. Well here I am, about a month now out of PT, and I have so much more energy throughout the day. Those aches used to take so much out of me, and I still get the odd days where the ailments come back, but now I know how to better attack it before it gets too far out of hand. A big thank you to Kristen W. for her knowledge, expertise and for putting me back together again.
Ben Po
Had a great experience with my therapist Larry. He really helped strengthen both my calves after surgery. I highly recommend him and Twin Boro. The staff was helpful and professional.
Avi Chawdhry
Very welcoming place with an excellent staff. Definetly would recommend!
Radha Sankaran
Very friendly staff. Each time I went there, equipments for my exercise routine were ready. The therapists are excellent, checking your progress on a regular basis. If needed, I will go there again.
Pamela Leone
The staff here is amazing. I have had to come for different reasons and they always work to get me back to my best. Professional and caring.
Groovy Schmoops
The professional and experienced therapists at Twin Boro allowed me to regain Strength and flexibility in my recovery after surgery. Thank you !
J Frost
Did great for my hip pain post-partum.
cesar cardenas
Staff is very friendly and caring. Always with a smile and pleased to help. Never overcrowded and every therapist focuses on each of their clients and their needs. Definitely an amazing facility for therapy.
Neil Morgado
Twin boro in Newark is not like other pt places in Newark. My therapist, Anthony, actually cares. My shoulder pain is gone. If you have pain, Go Check him out!
Birge Kinne
All practitioners are awesome. Scheduling accommodate it. Great for pre-and post of recovery.
Linda Pierro
Highly recommend, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, Butler, NJ.They are so friendly and helpful. First person you meet is, Barbara. She is extremely friendly and experienced with scheduling appointments, and billing.You are then appointed a, Physical Therapist, to help with the treatment you need to heal. I was treated by, Luke ! He is a genius with focusing on the area of pain. He will show you the exercises that will quickly rehabilitate the injury.Brook was very helpful guiding me to the exercise that helped the, Tendonitis in my Rotator Cuff.I was amazed how quickly the therapy helped me to get back to, my daily work schedule and get back to my favorite exercise program, Jazzercise.You won't be disappointed in, Twin Boro Physical Therapy, butler, N.J. !Linda Pierro
Mitchell Austin
great pts and great environment
Courtney Eddington
I've had an excellent experience here! Evan was very kind, caring and professional and helped get me back to my daily activities quickly. All of the folks at S&G are very kind. They provide a warm, welcoming environment and great care to their patients. I would recommend S&G to anyone who needs PT! Thank you, Evan and staff!
Donna Lombard
Staff is friendly and caring. This is my second time receiving therapy here with a different therapist. Both experiences were good with individualized care to meet you where you are.
Nick McCaffery
Amazing staff and really helped me get back to action after a grueling knee surgery. Highly recommend
Alice Giuliano
Jaceline was awesome! Optimal care to my painful back and foot injuries. The staff was fantastic. I left pain free with knowledge of many helpful exercises. Highly recommend rwin Boro in West Orange for your physical therapy requirements!
juliet pande
Krystina and Devon did an exceptional job evaluating and executing my therapy. The office has a very friendly atmosphere and a knowledgeable staff. Thorough attention is given to cleanliness. My experience here was excellent!
Jazmin Brown
Awesome experience! I loved the therapists & staff, and they have helped me greatly. I’ve seen amazing progress post-surgery as a collegiate athlete. Couldn’t have done it without them!
Justin Funari
I was a patient here for about thirty weeks, where all of the therapists assisted me in pre-hab, nursing the existing injury I already had prior to attending TwinBoro. I owe Dr. Gargiulo and the rest of the team for getting me through my final season of athletics at my University, with them assisting me strengthen my shoulder before surgery, as well as minimize the pain and discomfort through various mediums of treatment. After my shoulder surgery, the extensive rehab program under the supervision of Dr. Gargiulo went far better than I had been expecting. I progressed at a faster pace than any of us had previously thought. Thanks to Dr. Gargiulo and TwinBoro, I am back to my original active lifestyle after months and months of pain before attending. Thank you for everything TwinBoro!
Freddy A
This place is phenomenal. From receptionists to therapists. They’ve help me get back to normal life. The therapists are all extremely knowledgeable, special thanks to Rob for coming through and assuring me step by step about me rehab.
I love going to my therapy. Sandy is amazkng !!!she is always makkng sure I conplete all my exercises. I am so tirilled by her and tiwin boro
Nancy Gonzalez
Luke was excellent!! As well as the rest of the staff, it’s a very caring ,attentive professional and most of all friendly atmosphere . I would recommend Twin Boro to anyone who needs. Thank you again for all that you did to help me recover without any issues.
I started at Twin Boro in Westwood after falling down some stairs onto a cement floor and injuring both SI joints. This happened at the beginning of the pandemic and I was in a lot of pain as I waited to see someone. When I finally got to Twin Boro, Brian examined me and knew immediately what my problem was. He worked on me successfully and gave me exercises at home to help me strengthen the muscles that needed to hold the joint into place. Initially, I had sciatica pain and couldn’t even stand on any uneven ground or flooring without pain. Through Brian’s help, and the exercise plan that I was given at Twin Boro, I am now 100% pain-free. I highly recommend Brian and the staff at Twin Boro Westwood for any injury that needs therapy.
Kathi Kathi
No hesitation in HIGHLY recommendingChaya and Lacy! My hand surgeon, dr. Smith, referred Chaya and I am forever grateful. 3x week for months and I looked forward to seeing them. Top professionals And sincerely interested in you as a person. Hope to never need therapy in the future, but if I do they are the therapists I will reach out to.Thank you both for my recovery and your kindness - forever grateful.
marie hendricks
Great staff when I was a patient there a month ago I was disappointed i didnt get my graduation gift also I would like to recommend volunteers from the local hs your staff could help teach the kids to show a direction of a trade or career they can explore high school students need volunteer time to graduate.
Tracey Jenkins
First time having physical therapy at Twin Boro, the past 4 weeks have been amazing,. The facility is very clean. The staff is very attentive and professional. A special thank you to Matt Wells, he listen to me and guided my sessions accordingly.. I am leaving this facility healthier and with the tools to take home to continue my road to recovery..T Jenkins
Gerald Guillaume
When my 4 year old son , Mason, broke his leg via a freak accident, I was horrified and so scared. I had no experience with physical therapy. All I knew was that I was referred to this place who was supposed to help him. Not only did they help, but they loved my son back to health. Mason looked forward to his biweekly sessions with Dr. Trisha. Dr. Trisha is amazing! She is the sweetest, most kind hearted, patient doctor ever. Dealing with a 4 year old is never easy but she was gentle and understanding with my son. She answered all of our questions and quieted our concerns. I felt so happy that someone with her level of expertise and kindness was in charge of nursing my son back to health. Mason recently made a full recovery and is walking back normal all due to dr. Trisha and the twin Boro team. The facility is well ran, immaculate, and very professional. We never waited longer than five minutes and receive excellent care. Overall I’d rate my experience a 10/10. Thanks again to Dr. Trisha and the whole Twinboro team for nursing Mason back to health.
Renee J
This practice is very professional. Chaya is a top notch therapist. Her techniques and advice provided me with healing in a timely fashion. In addition Mary, the secretary, made me feel welcomed at every appointment. I would, with no doubt, recommend this practice.
Janeide Borges
The best place ever.Everyone is very kind and attentive. always with a smile on their face ready to help you.I really recommend 😉
Deejay Dixon
Twin Boro physical therapy is professional and very caring. Franklin was absolutely great, he was attentive and very knowledgeable. He helped me within 2 months and I feel like I'm back to normal 100 percent!! Thanks for everything!!!
Kyle Gormley
Great team and excellent environment
d c d hung
How do you know if you're making the right choice before you walk into a physical therapy facility? Like most people, I searched the web to try and find a physical therapy facility. There are many facilities near me that provide PT services. I went into each site to check for reviews of their services. Some establishments have over 100, 300 or even 900 reviewers and still maintain high ratings. So, I visited each site to check the reviews. And I found that most of the reviews were not about PT, but about training, fitness, or some other category. The percentage of reviews related to PT is a bit low. Then, I found Twin Boro which has the highest percentage of reviewers talking about PT. So, I think this facility might be the right place.The reason I need PT is because I injured my left hip joint and can barely move my left leg. I couldn't sit for more than 10 minutes because my left thigh would cramp, and I could only walk with a limp because my left leg felt so heavy. So, I came to Twin Boro. After an initial assessment, I was put into practice by Jaceline. After the first workout, I felt my legs were lighter and the heavy drag was gone. At that moment, I knew my choice was right.
Mike Cosares
I had Terrance and Sandeep for my OT therapists and they were both awesome! Everybody who works here is great and I would recommend 100% to anybody!
Dorothy Thompson
I had a great experience at Twin Boro. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Erica Garagiola
I went to here for over two months for a knee injury, and had both Eric and Danielle as pts. Both were great and super helpful with my healing! If you’re looking for a good place to go for pt, I would recommend here!
Scott Gannon
Just wrapped up here with Ryan, and had nothing but a positive experience with him and the whole team. I came in with some nagging knee pain (patella tendinitis) and Ryan was super quick to identify the issue, explained it clearly to me and provided a very effective and challenging treatment plan. Ryan is super knowledgeable, professional and was a pleasure work with. I left feeling stronger and more informed, happy to have a great PT close by.
Sebastian D'Elia
Always the most consistent place to rehab any injuries. This latest time I had Ryan Vrindten who is among the best i've ever had. Attention to detail and after care makes him elite.
CJ Creations
Yash is very professional and the staff provides great customer service .I’m glad to be apart of Twin Boro Family
Hugo Cordova
súper bien!!!! Encatado de trabajar con el terapista Ricardo! Ya me siento mucho mejor
Angelica Hernandez
I was referred by a hand surgeon who did an amazing job repairing the injury on my hand (thumb). I was told I needed a Hand specialist and Boro physical therapy was an amazing place to recover. Chaya (Hand specialist) and her team (Dan, Lauren) were wonderful and very Knowledgeable. They focus on every detail in working with you towards your recuperation. The entire staff is great from the moment you walk in until you leave. I cannot thank you enough for my recovery success!!!!
Linda Bolesworth
Twin Boro!! I can not thank each of you enough. The care and support I received was the best I’ve ever received. After my surgery, and beforehand I was welcomed in like an old friend. It made my recovery that much easier. Also the laughter made a hard recovery fun!Thank you Matt and Mike!Renata, the care you provide for everyone is a testament to your commitment and dedication. Thank you!
Malcolm Alston
I suffered a workplace injury and started my physical therapy journey with Twin Boro in Westfield. The staff is extremely courteous and patient. Throughout my process I was placed with Ryan for the majority of my sessions. I can say that all the therapists I encountered were extremely professional. Ryan put me at ease with this being my first time needing physical therapy. I can definitely say I was skeptical at first, but it is exactly what I needed. Ryan was extremely knowledgable and honest about the recovery journey. I'm proud to say that I'm officially cleared and back at work. I would recommend them to anyone, and hopefully I don't have to go back, but if I do, I would choose them again!
Deborah M. Sanders
My experience at this location has always been positive! This year is approximately my fourth or fifth time returning to the Union TwinBoro location. The customer service is, and has always been phenomenal. The administrative staff at the front desk is accommodating when needed to resolve issues with insurance companies. The ladies are professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and understanding when sickness or emergencies arise. Most of all, they are kind and respectful!My physical therapist Valerie is in valuable. Her therapeutic massages, manipulation, movement of tissues, and muscles has helped me immensely.When I initially came for a comprehensive evaluation of my injuries I was in a lot of pain. She has assigned rigorous and appropriate exercises which is guiding me on the path of healing. We are still working at it, and the process will probably be a long one. However, I would recommend this location to anyone who is willing to put in the work to achieve a better quality of life.Kudos to all of the therapist at the Union location. I’ve watched, I’ve listened, and I’ve seen so many hurting sad faces - turn into relieved happy faces. I am extremely appreciative for all that has been done for me throughout the many times that I have had to visit this location.Side note: Please be on time for your appointments.
rocket rick
Looked at several PT places for my knee replacement therapy and am so glad I choose Twin Boro in Union. It's like one big happy family - all the patients and therapists enjoy each other's company yet at the same time, everyone works hard at healing. The sessions are well structured and supervised. The therapists, especially Val and Sandy - are highly qualified and are great motivators. Their tough love helped me recover way ahead of schedule. I walked 5 miles yesterday 3 months post surgery. You can't go wrong with Twin Boro.
James Schreck
After suffering an injury, I went to twin boro physical therapy, an absolute amazing experience all the staff was extremely professional and personable. I would and have recommended them to my family and friends.
Wonderful facility with amazing and professional staff. Highly recommend!
sumitha b
My therapist Devon and the entire team at Twin boro PT were awesome. Devon helped me overcome my neck pain by prescribing me neck strengthening exercises, massage and heat therapy. Though I went there only for a few weeks, it was a rejuvenating experience for me. I would definitely recommend Twin boro PT to my friends.
Janet Romano
I searched for a PT facility close to my home, but more importantly, a place with quality services. Twin Boro in EHT had a great rating so I gave them a try. Six weeks later, I am free of back pain. The people are wonderful and provide expert PT for every type of injury. My deepest thanks go to Eric, Jada, Christine, and Rachel.
William Davis
This place is excellent 👍
Kevin Bellizio
My primary therapist, Devon Shire, was very attentive, supportive, and caring during my pre operative and post surgical treatment of my damaged rotator cuff. Krystina, the head therapist, was also very supportive when filling in. All the staff that I dealt with during my 8 months of therapy were very helpful also. Facility is close to home and well equipped and maintained. Not as big as another local facility, but still provides excellent care. I have used the other local facility on multiple past issues, but were not able to take me for a week after my initial diagnosis. Twin Boro was in network for me and this facility was highly recommended. Many patients there that I saw in passing there are people that I have known for years. Some are repeat patients who are very satisfied with this Twin Boro facility and these 2 fine therapists. I would not hesitate to utilize them again if needed. Kevin Bellizio
Barbara Maloney
Fabulous experience! Everyone was extremely caring and attentive. Rina, Kayla and Luke are the best. They made me feel so much better in a short time. The messages were so beneficial to calming and healing my muscles. Together with the exercises, I felt better almost immediately. Brooke does a great job of anticipating your needs. Barbara was very accommodating and was able to give me appointments around my busy schedule. I would highly recommend them.
Jane B
I can say so much about this wonderful group of care providers but I'm sure I do not have enough space to type! Literally! When you come to Twin Boro Jersey City you not just get great care but you gain an entire family that loves and cares about you. The staff us amazing, professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Know if your get care from Twin Boro Jersey city your getting one of the best care around. They helped me with my injuries and because of them I am back to myself again. Highly recommend 👌
Craig Vischio
Great staff,extremely caring and helpful. Have many different therapiesTo aid in your recovery. Highly recommend
Leah Lipton
Jessica who was recommended to me by my physician in Kessler, is truly a skilled physical therapist. She is well versed in the research and with what works! AND Jess is a very nice person! I came to build strength and resilience in my knee and we worked on that and a shoulder that has ached and felt stiff for so long. She and her PT-As are on top of the details and progress. I saw real results. Greater range of motion!! My growth and positive change far exceeded my expectations. I left each session feeling good about myself and looking forward to the next session. Thank you Jessica!
Stef C
This is my third time as a patient at Twin Boro Physical Therapy, for different reasons, over the past six years. I keep returning, because the team of therapists who work there are the best, the most knowledgeable, and the friendliest therapists in this area. Greg, Karen, Justin, Amy, and Janet are a few of the therapists who have treated me. Each one of them behaves in a very professional manner, while treating each patient with kindness and concern. They are very positive and encouraging which gives the patients the drive it sometimes takes to push through the hard times they are experiencing.The receptionists are also pleasant, easy to work with, and and very efficient.I highly recommend Twin Boro Physical Therapy. Everyone who works there helps to make the experience of getting better a positive one, both physically, and emotionally. I believe that is what all of us want.
Sandy Heintz
I found Twin Boro Physical Therapy coincidentally. They were the closest PT facility to my home, and my back was in sorry shape after an automobile accident. I am so glad that fate landed me with the skilled practitioners here. Four weeks in, and while I’m not in perfect shape, I’m much further along than I thought possible. If you want a supportive PT practice that consistently assesses and responds to your needs, Twin Boro PT is the practice for you.
Joe Ascone
I'm so glad I came to Twin Boro of Union. The staff is professional, friendly, kind and caring. The therapists that are helping me are Valerie and Sandra. They show much concern for my well being. By their attention to my needs I feel like I was their only client. From my observation they treat everyone the same way. In fact the entire staff works the same way. The staff seems like they enjoy working in the pleasant environment. I highly recommend Twin Boro PT Union NJ
phyllis caruana
We have experienced physical therapy from Kris Abarabar for many months at the Clark Twin Boro and now at Westfield. He is consistently professional, conscientious and supportive. During the past year, I have had a knee and shoulder replacement and my husband, Kenneth is dealing with movement difficulties associated with Parkinson’s. In all cases we have found him to be hands on, keeping close tabs on our treatment. The PT assistants and office staff are friendly and very helpful. Thank you Kris and Twin Boro.Phyllis Caruana
Carmelle Aronovits
I've been in numerous physical therapy in the last decade and this one is the best by far. I have a wonderful experience with all the staff and in particular with Olivia who is professional and patient. The atmosphere is very pleasant and everybody is nice, professional and helpful. I Strongly recommend this place.
Luqwan Nickerson
The best experience ever..👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
Seth Haubenstock
I’ve been in therapy four times for the same shoulder problem, but finally I’ve exceeded my expectations thanks to the attentive, constant push from Jess and her staff. Instead of resorting to experimental treatment, I’m able to built strength, while minimizing pain.Anyone who knows a successful therapy regiment can be a game changer, should try Twin Boro.
Patrick Aquino
Chris and the entire Twin Boro staff were second to none. I had been struggling with vertigo for months. I went for an ear test, ENT, MRI, eye doctor, and multiple visit to PCP. Chris diagnosed me on the first visit and knew my vertigo was caused by my eyes. We formulated a plan and increased as I progressed. Chris and the Team were always energetic, positive, and there for me from day one. Beyond flexible with me with my chaotic schedule. They listened when I spoke and knew when to push me and also knew when it was a rough day and to be mindful of that. I would absolutely recommend the entire Team of Twin Boro and a huge shoutout to my guy Chris Mathew! They got me back on track and doing things I was struggling to do.Thanks
Lillie Chadwick
I've been a client of Twin Boro, Union for the past eight months. I found all the staff to be professional and friendly, giving great care to the doctors orders. My therapist has largely been Sandy, who identified my need for further evaluation with a orthopedist. It was then discovered that surgery was required to resolve my problem. I've received great post op. care and I'm progressing well. I'm quite please with the service there.
Snake Plissken
Professional & knowledgeable staff with a genuinely caring approach. Thank you!
Melinda Colon
The staff at Twin Boro were all so friendly, and knowledgeable. They all made sure I was treated with care and explained every exercise necessary for my treatment, which ultimately improved my symptoms and pain. I would definitely recommend using their facility. Thanks Twin Boro!
Edwin Duprey
Awesome staff, my Pt lady is very passionate and professional at what she does, I came for workers comp and was skeptical about it but ladys knowledge and expertise made me feel more comfortable and the exercises and stretches she gave me even to do at home definitely helps my everyday life at home and work a lot more comfortable. :)
rajat malhotra
Alyssa, Max and their team were absolutely fantastic. They worked diligently on my rotator cuff injury and helped me get back on the tennis court.
michael cervino
You guys are awesomeLifetime jersey city residentParking in the heights… they have it
G.N. Shah
I recently visited a TwinBoro physical therapist in North Brunswick for Shoulder Pain. I was impressed with the level of care and attention I received from the therapist (Kasia) . She took the time to thoroughly assess my condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to help me improve my mobility and reduce pain. I found her very knowledgeable and professional throughout my sessions.Overall, I had a great experience with my physical therapist, and the place is very clean and friendly staff. I would highly recommend them.
Lizzy LaBelle
I am more than pleased with my experience at Twin Boro PT. The staff was always extremely warm and welcoming and strives to accommodate you and your needs. After 8 weeks I can happily say that my back pain has been reduced significantly with the help of my awesome therapist Josh. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is need of a physical therapist!
Sasha Dacosta-Chambers
The environment in Twinboro North Brunswick, NJ, was very calming, conducive for my needs. The overhead music was not loud and unbearable. I have had physical therapy with them prior and with their level of professionalism and flexibility I would always select to go back to them for treatment. Many other physical therapy places do not offer the flexibility that Twinboro does. Kristen and James were great; thank you all.
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