The Team

Founders

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Dr. Thomas Hammett, Co-Founder

Physical Therapist

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.”

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Jeff Young, Co-Founder

Kinesiologist, CSCS

Biography:

Jeff Young, Kinesiologist, CSCS, ACSM-EIM works primarily in medical fitness, and has worked at world-class facilities such as Duke University, UCLA, and Beth Israel Medical Centers, and as the founding fitness coordinator and faculty practice provider at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Center for Health and Healing in New York City – the most comprehensive urban-based academic integrative medicine and medical fitness facility in the U.S. at the time.

 

Currently, Jeff operates his own company in New York City, which implements and oversees medical fitness and post-rehabilitation patient services at a clinical facility in Manhattan.  He also:

  • Created and teaches a Strength and Conditioning course as an Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY York College in Queens, New York.

  • Is the founding chair of a Special Populations Special Interest Group for the NSCA.

  • Is a dual committee member for the ACSM’s Greater New York Regional Chapter.

  • Was the founding chair of a Fitness and Medicine Member Interest Group for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

  • Is a subject matter expert for the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (selected to create an entire fitness certification for this medical organization).

  • 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.

  • And a continuing education provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

 

Additionally, Jeff is 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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