Trust. Communication. Teamwork.

In nearly 30 years of helping patients achieve optimal outcomes at Harmeling Physical Therapy, we’ve learned that these concepts are key to producing the best results.

SEASONED PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & ASSISTANTS

Our staff is made up of professional and caring physical therapists and assistants, each one carefully selected to keep our standard of care at the highest levels.

GENUINE CARING CONNECTIONS

We work hard to provide an “environment of care,” in which we strive to educate and empower the patient to manage his or her condition.

EXCEPTIONAL THERAPY EXPERIENCES

While we use certain physical agents to relieve acute pain, the application of progressive exercise achieves the desired solution to the problem.

OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO RESULTS

We realize that the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the patient is vital in helping the patient achieve maximum, long-term results.

A Unique Approach to Physical Therapy

FEATURED PROGRAM

SMARTFIT

Do you want a healthier lifestyle?
Do you need help figuring out what type of exercise is best for you?
Do you need to lose some weight, change your diet?
Do you have some health conditions or past injuries that keep you from getting started?
Create the healthy lifestyle you have always wanted.

SMARTFIT is a medical fitness program combining both exercise and nutrition education, start-up,  counseling and follow up designed to help those who want to permanently modify their lifestyle and enjoy improved health. The end goal is an informed, empowered individual who has experienced success and has the requisite knowledge, tools, help, motivation and support to sustain these lifestyle modifications. SMARTFIT should be prescribed by a doctor and may be covered by your health insurance.

  • ...your staff is exceptional.  You created a team that works together, making the entire experience of a "PT visit" actually enjoyable...the congenial, warm and energized atmosphere is extremely beneficial for all!

  • Harmeling is a place of harmony and healing staffed by extraordinarily knowledgeable physical therapists with a pension for the physical as well as the emotional well being of each patient.

  • It didn't take long to figure out that Harmeling is a place of healing, staffed by true professionals that have the well being, both physical and emotional of every patient in mind.

  • I walked in on two crutches; a hip replacement on the left and a rebuilt femur on the right. My very patient therapist started with gentle exercises in the pool. Between his caring professional attitude and the soothing nature of the water I came to look forward to my pool sessions. I made great progress and my surgeon was very impressed. I cannot say enough about the great service Harmeling Physical Therapy provides and I tell this to anyone who will listen.

    W.B.
  • Before surgery I learned from my therapist what was going on with my shoulder and what I could expect after surgery. This educational experience was great because everything happened just as I expected and after several weeks of therapy I recovered the function in my shoulder.

    J.N.
  • At age 46 I tore my ACL, MCL, and both menisci in my knee. I never thought I would pursue my passion of tennis again. The initial rehab got me on my feet again, but it was the harder, more dynamic exercises later on that did the trick. Now I'm back playing better than ever.

    S.B.
  • Please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for all your help as I rehabbed my knee. Your knowledge and skill as well as your compassionate care made such a difference during my recovery!

  • Your whole staff treated me wonderfully. Everyone, from the reception area, to scheduling to the actual therapist all did an outstanding job...I would like to thank you and your employees for making my problem disappear. I'm sure, without their help, I wouldn't be walking very well today.

  • Pete - you have a wonderful staff and I wish all of you the very best of everything...I always looked forward to coming there.

  • ...your staff in North Reading made my visits worthwhile. They also made me laugh at a time when I could have easily cried instead.

  • I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation for all that you have helped me with. Your encouragement, patience and dedication made me more determined to work harder in my recovery...thank you to you and your dedicated staff.

  • If there is ever a phrase that best describes this center it would be 'patient centered.' Everyone is treated as though s/he is the only patient being seen and these folks seem to do this effortlessly.

    S.B.
  • I would like to express my sincere gratitude for providing me with the physical therapy needed to help me get back on my feet again and enjoy my active lifestyle. You and your staff expressed a very professional and caring attitude that is an asset to your business. Thank you very much for the great job you did and please keep up the good work.

    W.J.
  • Just wanted to let you know how much your hard work and determination has paid off. I feel great. Thanks so much to all the staff for keeping my spirits up and my arm up too. You guys are so good at what you do. I wish you all the best and I thank you so much.

    T.S.
  • I always felt like your number one patient every time I came to your office. You and your staff have not only healed my injuries, but given me so much confidence in myself and my abilities.

    M.C.
  • The professionalism and explicit nature of Mr. Harmeling brings one a sense of confidence and assurance that the problems can be specifically handled. Once again, thank you for your help. I will highly recommend your services to all that may need your talents.

    J.M.
  • My sincere thanks to all of you who so professionally and thoroughly managed the therapy on my ruptured Achilles tendon. Because of your expertise, I feel that my recovery went better than could have been expected. You all add a personal flavor to your good work as well and that makes it very comfortable to come to you for therapy.

    S.H.
  • I've got to tell you the experience was excellent. The facilities, the staff and especially the professionalism of the staff therapist assigned to my case were outstanding...All of my aches, pains and lower back muscle spasm problems have abated and the sciatica situation is narrowed down to just a trace.

    W.M.
  • I would like to note that you, and you alone, were correct in the final diagnosis. After several consultations with 'the experts/specialists' there was still no definitive analysis. I almost gave up, resigned to living with the physical limitations you witnessed in your offices. Then, however, I remembered your concern regarding nerve damage and spinal influence. Went on a daily regimen of lifting and exercise to see if I could overcome the problem. It worked! Now, I am nearly back to normal, and I sincerely believe it is because of your professionalism and analysis that this has taken place.

    B.G.
  • Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that after all my complaining last winter after my surgery and my grueling physical therapy sessions, that last weekend I went skiing for the first time. It was SUPER; just like having a new knee-no pains, no giving out, no problems! So this note is to say thanks for making me keep it up and not giving up on me, 'cause it was definitely worth it in the long run!

    T.S.
  • Your team approach is an obvious contributor to the excellent services you provide.

    L.N.
  • I want to thank you for your extraordinary assistance, your professional expertise and manner during the rehabilitation of my injury. Your knowledge of physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as your guidance made for an easier and obtainable recovery. The rehab was a long process. I am glad you were there to help.

    C.P.
  • I want to thank you very much for your excellent therapy which resulted in dramatic improvement in the range of motion and almost complete elimination of the pain I have had in both my shoulders. I had pain in both my shoulders in increasing severity over the past three years, and it is almost miraculous what you have been able to do for me after only 9 treatments!

    D.B.
  • And this, from a physician who referred a patient to us..."I'm writing to thank you for the excellent treatment you have provided my patient. The significant change in the scarring, range of motion and freeing of the early nerve entrapment is striking."

    Dr. J.W.
  • I saw you for my shoulder last year. Wanted to let you know that I've played golf in Florida for many months with no problems. Thanks so much for all you did for my shoulder!

    A.M.
  • About a month ago, I completed my physical therapy (about 8 weeks) with your team in Wilmington, MA. This was my third or so "set" of visits following a variety of back/disc issues. I can honestly say, I've never experienced as high a quality of care (medical professional/patient) or customer service (customer/client based) from any other company, business. contractor or practice. Steve, Mandy and Kaycie treated me like family. Not only did they provide support for my rehabilitation, they provided emotional warmth and help that coupled with their services, made me "look forward" to my PT sessions. I felt welcome, I felt cared for, I felt respected, I felt like a friend. This sort of quality isn't (just) hard to find these days, I'd say it’s close to extinct…I feel great physically now, and if I were to have a setback, know I have a "home" waiting for me to help me get better. I cannot express my gratitude to you, and your staff in enough words.

    M.T.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & ASSISTANTS

Featured Staff

Our clinical staff is made up of professional and caring physical therapists and assistants.
Each one has been carefully selected in order to keep our standard of care at the highest levels.
  • Sara Dranetz, PT
    Sara Dranetz, PT Physical Therapist

    B.S. Physical Therapy, Northeastern University

    Areas of Special Interest: Osteoporosis and orthopedics
    Hobbies: Yoga, gardening, reading, spending time on the Cape during the summer
    Why do you like working at HPT? I enjoy that we are a teaching clinic and take students from the local colleges for their internships.

    Started with the practice in 1999

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