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"Where medicine and fitness are heading."
We are a one-stop-shop for all your medical fitness needs.

Welcome to the Medicine - Rehab - Fitness Institute!  This site is designed to help build the bridge between medicine, rehabilitation, and fitness.

Here clinicians and fitness professionals will find:

  • Free fitness programming handouts and instructional videos for clinicians to use with their patients.

  • Educational resources on how to effectively work with one another as clinicians and fitness professionals.

  • Information on building a successful medical fitness component within your practice.

  • A medical fitness textbook (co-authored by a medical doctor) and accompanying instructional videos on exercise programming for individuals with disease and musculoskeletal conditions, approved by the National Academy of Sports Medicine for 1.8 CEUs (90% of the continuing education needed for a 2-year reporting period).

  • Virtual mentoring services for clinicians and fitness professionals.

  • Virtual medical fitness patient services for clinicians across the spectrum of care.

The Team:
Founders

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Dr. Thomas Hammett,

Co-Founder

Physical Therapist

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Jeff Young,

Co-Founder

Kinesiologist, CSCS

Biography:

Thomas Hammett, DPT, DipACLM, is a leader focused on transforming medical practice methods to better address chronic disease. Based on his own challenges in clinical practice and management, Thomas has found a distinct set of opportunities to guide the medical profession to move into the preventive realm of care. In order to move medicine towards a value-based model, medical professionals must make a commitment to adopt new practice techniques better suited to addressing the needs of the public. Thomas works with medical professionals by laying out roadmaps for this change and guiding teams to create innovative solutions to the unique challenges they face. Thomas has worked with several multidisciplinary medical teams to guide practitioners down a journey of behavior change in practice.

Thomas has served as the Director of Clinical Services for Pinnacle Medical Wellness since March 2019. As the Director of Clinical Services, Thomas helps to manage the daily operations of Lifestyle Medicine-focused clinics for multiple medical groups, and provides consulting and training for clinicians and leaders in adopting Lifestyle Medicine practice. Prior to working in this position, Thomas worked as an orthopedic & lifestyle medicine Physical Therapist. He is a graduate of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University’s School of Medicine. Thomas has over 10 years of work experience in facilitating a wide variety of small and large professional groups around values-based behavior change and teamwork. Since receiving his DPT, Thomas has received an advanced board certification as a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He serves as one of the founding members of the PT/OT MIG of the ACLM and as a reviewer on the Program Selection Workgroup for the Private Practice Section of the APTA.

To wrap up his bio, Thomas wanted to include a personal quote about his “why”: “We have a distinct duty to fulfill the call to action to change medicine. We have a population that is not well served by the medical model. We have highly trained medical professionals that burn out not due to the gravity of the challenge of their work, but due to a set of systemic issues that prevent good medical care and outcomes. The only way that we can change our situation is to stand up, visualize a better system together, and endeavor to make continuous improvement with our peers. This is an opportunity that I wake up every day hungry to pursue.”

Biography:

Jeff Young, Kinesiologist, CSCS, ACSM-EIM has a unique set of skills and experience that allows him to provide valuable insights and solutions to clinicians, fitness professionals, and laypeople. Through his roles as the President-elect of the American College of Sports Medicine's Greater New York Regional chapter, Chair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Special Populations SIG, and his work as a subject matter expert for various organizations, he has developed a deep understanding of medical fitness and strength and conditioning. He is dedicated to using this knowledge to help others improve their health and well-being through personalized, principle-based approaches, as well as educate clinicians on how to bridge the gap between their field of expertise and fitness/medical fitness.

Below are some highlights:

  • Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY York College in Queens, NY, teaching a Strength and Conditioning course and an Intro to Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation course for their Movement Science undergraduate program.

  • President-elect of the ACSM’s Greater New York Regional Chapter.

  • Founding Chair of the Special Populations Special Interest Group for the NSCA.

  • Medical fitness Subject Matter Expert for the Corporate Health Program of LNG Canada, a multi-billion-dollar joint-venture company which produces liquid natural gas.

  • Owns JYKinesiology, LLC -- providing onsite medical fitness patient services in New York, NY, and virtual medical fitness patient services to clinicians throughout the U.S.

  • Previously served as the founding Chair of the Fitness and Medicine Member Interest Group for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

  • Served as a Subject Matter Expert for the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for four years.

  • A member of and regular content contributor for the American Physical Therapy Association's Health Promotion and Wellness Council.

  • A regular presenter for the Medical Fitness Association.

  • Serves as a peer-reviewer and contributor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Strength and Conditioning Journal and the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Health and Fitness Journal.

  • Continuing Education Provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (since 2013). 

  • A graduate student at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, NY in their Exercise and Sports Science Program.

 

Additionally, Jeff served as an internship provider for exercise science and kinesiology students at several colleges and universities; a board member for Penn State University’s Kinesiology Affiliate Program Group; and a sought-after speaker and educator (has presented at over 20 national and regional conferences, and over 20 colleges and universities).

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