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Meet the Physical Therapist: Erik Caplan, PT, DPT, CSCS

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

What's your role at Beatty Harris Sports Medicine and how do you help support our clients and patients?

I am a physical therapist at Beatty Harris Sports Medicine. I work with every patient to gain a thorough understanding of their unique concerns and goals and collaborate with my patients to create a positive patient experience that fosters confidence in their recovery. My treatment approach is multifaceted and tailored to each individual and to promote restoration of function.

What’s your greatest moment — whether in work, school, or business — so far?

Finishing my doctorate in physical therapy was a major accomplishment for me. It was a challenging process, but it influenced my personal, professional, and clinical development in many ways.

What's your favorite thing about your job?

I love having the opportunity to create genuine connections with people. The nature and structure of physical therapy as a practice affords clinicians a great deal of time with their patients relative to other areas of healthcare. I think that developing positive relationships and a sense of camaraderie can be a very important piece of the rehabilitation process.

What was the moment when you decided being a physical therapist was your calling?

I have always had some sense that I wanted to work in healthcare. I studied athletic training for a period of time in college and was, at that time, committed to exclusively working with athletes. However, after a few clinical rotations and working in a hospital through college, I began to realize that I was more inclined to a general population and had the opportunity to assist in the management of a wider range of conditions and injuries. I found that physical therapy offered me the diversity and variety that I was looking for.

How is this experience different from any other physical therapist experience you have had?

What drew me to Beaty Harris is the level of individualized care and attention that is provided to patients. This is a practice that prioritizes quality and optimal outcomes above all else, which unfortunately can be hard to come by. The multidisciplinary approach that is provided to patients here is unique and effective, and it undoubtedly sets the practice apart from other sports medicine and orthopedic practices in the area.

What characteristics do you feel are most important when looking for a physical therapist?

I think it is important to find a therapist who not only listens, but also displays a genuine interest in getting to know you, your condition, and your goals.

What motivates you in life?

I’m lucky to work in a profession that provides endless opportunities to help other people, which is a huge source of motivation.

Who do you love to follow on Twitter or Instagram and why?

From an educational standpoint I’m a big fan of clinicians like Erik Meira, everyone at E3 Rehab, Quinn Hennoch, Greg Lehman, and Jared Powell, all of whom operate in the orthopedic and sports medicine space and have been extremely influential to me as a PT. Other than that I like following lots of comedians and musicians.

Where can someone find you on a day you're not at the clinic?

In the gym, running on the Schuylkill River Trail, hanging out in the Poconos with family, or locked into a good TV series.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Family and friends.

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