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.