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Built For Athletes, By Athletes



Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy,
Post-Op Rehab, Sports Performance Enhancement + Women’s Health

“PT for athletes who hate that they need PT.”

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Built For Athletes, By Athletes



Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy,
Post-Op Rehab, Sports Performance Enhancement + Women’s Health

“PT for athletes who hate that they need PT.”

 

We’ll fix you for good.

We’ve staked our reputation on getting people better.
Not just some of the time, every time.

Our Athlete Mechanics will evaluate how your entire body moves
to pinpoint the cause of your pain and prevent it from coming back.

Whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or a recent injury,
in need of post-op rehab, making a postpartum comeback or looking to step up your game, we will get you back to doing what you love and help you realize your full athletic potential as soon as humanly possible. Maybe even inhumanly. We’re that good.

 
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we get it.


We know how badly you want to return to training,
and how frustrated you’ll be til we get you there. Let’s customize
a functional treatment plan just for you.

Book An Evaluation

we get it.


We know how badly you want to return to training,
and how frustrated you’ll be til we get you there. Let’s customize
a functional treatment plan just for you.

Book An Evaluation

At Clutch Physical Therapy, we provide customized, functional treatments with a full understanding of what you’re going through mentally and emotionally. The wild-animal-trapped-in-a-cage feeling when your body isn’t cooperating? We get it, because we’ve been there ourselves.

You will receive the highest quality of care and undivided attention from actual doctors for the duration of your appointment. Your recovery is too important for you to be passed of to aides or assistants.

We also provide camaraderie as athletes ourselves — we’re out there training, competing and fundraising for charities right along with you. We place a very high value on the development of long term relationships with the athletes we treat. 

Our physical therapists specialize in:

  • Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy, using the techniques of Applied Functional Science, Active Release Technique (ART) and Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation

  • Post-Op Rehab
    Specialization in ACL, Achilles and Rotator Cuff and Labral Repairs

  • Women’s Health
    Prenatal low back, hip and nerve pain, Pubic Symphysis Disorder (PSD), C-section rehab, Coccydynia, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Postpartum return to training/sport performance

  • Pelvic Floor + Sexual Dysfunction

  • Sports Performance

  • Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Biomechanical Video Analysis

  • General commiseration that injury blows

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Athlete Mechanics


There’s no JV squad here.
Meet the doctors who will put you back together again,
and the staff who will make it happen.

Athlete Mechanics


There’s no JV squad here.
Meet the doctors who will put you back together again,
and the staff who will make it happen.

dr. joshua grahlman

FOUNDER + ATHLETE MECHANIC

Dr. Joshua Grahlman — Founder, Athlete Mechanic, marathoner, triathlete, wrestler, Spartan, Ninja Warrior enthusiast, dad, ice cream connoisseur.

A lifelong athlete himself, Dr. Joshua Grahlman, PT, DPT, FAFS earned his doctorate from Columbia University with an orthopedic specialty and has spent his career treating athletes of all levels, including four-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, two Ironman Champion triathletes, an Olympic marathoner and fencer, and age-group competitors of all skill levels. With an established patient following and desire to provide the highest caliber of individualized care to athletes of all levels, he founded Clutch Physical Therapy in 2013.

Josh has made Clutch PT the premiere clinic for outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As a boutique clinic, the DPTs at Clutch PT are able to evaluate the entire body and customize treatment to achieve total wellness. Josh takes great pride in doing what’s right for his patients. He stakes his reputation on getting athletes better — not just most of the time, but every time.

Josh has special knowledge of endurance and overhead sports as well as biomechanics, and has traveled the country to take part in continuing education classes. He is one of just a few DPTs in New York City recognized as a Fellow in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute for Functional Transformation (GIFT). This expertise allows him to incorporate groundbreaking new techniques in his personalized treatments. Josh is also certified in Active Release Technique and Spinal Manipulation and is a TRX Suspension Training Specialist. He has consulted for Triathlete magazine and CBS News, and regularly hosts clinics about injury prevention and sports performance in New York City.

As a marathoner, triathlete, obstacle course racer, avid football, softball and dodgeball player and former wrestler, Josh truly understands the athlete mindset and how important it is to get patients back to doing what they love, and how miserable they’ll be til he gets them there! He also empowers athletes to focus on what they CAN do, instead of just what they cannot.

With two kids and managing his practice, he doesn’t have a lot of free time, but he loves running and racing with them in the double jogger while his son yells “Faster, Daddy! Faaaaaaaster!”

ANDIA SMULL

PATIENT ATHLETE ADVOCATE

Andia Smull — Patient Athlete Advocate, marathoner, relentless negotiator

Andia Smull — Patient Athlete Advocate, marathoner, relentless negotiator

Andia joined our team to make your life easier. Need someone to fight tooth and nail with an insurance company for you? Andia’s the one you want! She fights the bureaucratic healthcare machine on behalf of our patients, advocating for the highest caliber of care at the lowest possible cost.

A born and bred UES’er who still lives just 5 blocks from her childhood home, Andia is entirely overqualified for her position. We are lucky to have this life-long, well-rounded athlete, 6-time NYC Marathon finisher and former Director of Marketing for NYRR on our team. Andia’s love for running burns deep in her personal and professional life — as long as those miles are logged outside. No treadmills, thankyouverymuch. 

Andia originally came to Clutch PT as a patient and understands all too well the frustration that comes with not being able to exercise when you want to. She appreciated how devoted our clinical staff is to providing the highest caliber of care, and has become as passionate as the rest of our team about getting patient athletes better.

Andia is an administrative dream come true for patient athletes. She makes their lives better by eliminating roadblocks to their recovery, and ensures our clinic operates like a well-oiled machine.

DR. LEXI BURTMAN

CLINIC DIRECTOR + ATHLETE MECHANIC

Dr. Lexi Burtman — Athlete Mechanic, runner, skier, golfer, tennis player, chocoholic. Not necessarily in that order.

After spending many hours in rehab herself as a chronically-injured tennis player in college, Dr. Alexandra Burtman, PT, DPT was inspired to become a physical therapist.  She also just hates to see anyone in pain, and wants to do everything she can to help.

After earning her doctorate, Lexi moved to New York City to focus on treating athletes. In addition to her concentration in sports and orthopedics, she is passionate about women’s health. She’s earned advanced certifications in treating conditions related to the pelvic floor, specifically with pregnancy pain and postpartum recovery, as well as osteoporosis. She truly is a trailblazer in healthcare, enabling women to prove that being an athlete and being a mom are not mutually exclusive pursuits. Lexi enables pregnant and postpartum athletes to feel like the superhumans they actually are!

Lexi was drawn to Clutch PT’s culture of putting patient athletes above all else. She, too, believes PT should be more than therapeutic. It should ease pain but it should also challenge, strengthen and push patients to achieve their full potential. Since she’s an athlete herself, she also gets the special kind of crazy that drives many of our patients to go after big goals. 

Always down for a tennis match, Lexi wishes it wasn’t so tough to snag a court in NYC. She also enjoys running, skiing, golf, traveling and cooking (at least a little.)

Lexi loves to make her patients laugh as much as she loves helping them achieve their goals. She works hard to make sure patients leave every single treatment feeling inspired and hopeful. With the energy and compassion she brings to her treatments, it’s impossible not to leave feeling better.

LAUREN KOSTKA

PATIENT ATHLETE CONCIERGE

Lauren Kostka — Patient Athlete Concierge, ballerina-turned-spin-addict, optimist

Lauren Kostka — Patient Athlete Concierge, ballerina-turned-spin-addict, optimist

Enduring endless rehearsals as a classically-trained ballerina and months of training to become a spin instructor — and loving every minute of it — made Lauren Kostka a perfect fit for the Clutch PT team of athletes serving athletes. She embraces the idea that it doesn’t always have to be fun to be really freaking fun.

Lauren is passionate about pushing her limits, shaking things up and laughing along the way. With her heart, eyes and mind open wide, she believes in making every day count, and really savors the ones where everything just falls into place.

Lauren’s role here is to convince athletes to invest in their most valuable asset — their body — and get them to stick to the plan til they’re back to 100%. While they’re here, she does everything in her power to make their lives the absolute best they can be.

When she’s not answering your questions as our Patient Concierge, she’s either killing it on the podium at Ryde, finding her om at yoga or catching up with family and friends. If you haven’t had a chance to chat her up yet, do it! Her energy is infectious.