Physical Therapy Hershey, PA

Our Hershey, PA physical therapy clinic is located at 250 West Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA 17033. If you or a loved one is experiencing painful symptoms you just can’t get rid of, physical therapy may be a good route for you to take. The dedicated staff members here are eager to help you live a healthy, normal, pain-free life again with our treatment services, advanced technology, and proven methods for pain relief.

Our treatment plans are aimed toward the achievement of your goals, taking into account your symptoms, medical history, and any health restrictions you may have. At Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy, we have one mission: is to help people in pain get back to normal, naturally. Our big goal is to be the #1 rehab provider in Central PA.

The skilled physical therapists here use sophisticated diagnostic methods to help determine which services of ours you will benefit from most. Our detailed evaluations lead to successful treatment plans for your pain relief, healing, and future injury prevention.

Treating pain conditions in Hershey, PA

Physical therapy is highly effective in relieving pain by providing the types of treatments you may need when your pain makes it hard to move around and do everyday tasks.

Our Hershey, PA physical therapy treatments help you move better and will relieve your pain. They also help improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level.

The goal of Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy is to make your daily tasks and activities easier. We want you to be able to experience life to the fullest without being hindered by aches and pains. We understand that it can be hard to take the first step towards getting better, especially when you don’t know what the underlying cause for your pain could be. That’s why we are here.

Physical therapy not only provides relief but also teaches you techniques to prevent re-injury and avoid pain in the future.

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250 West Chocolate Ave Suite 3
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 547-9100
Fax: (717) 547-9101

Business Hours:

Monday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Manual Therapy (Hands-on Treatment)

Manual therapy is a specialized physical therapy treatment that allows our certified physical therapists to manipulate joints and soft tissue with nothing more than their hands. That’s right – no intimidating equipment or machines, just hands. This form of treatment helps in relieving pain, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, reducing swelling, and increasing your range of motion.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is a great way to restore function and live a pain-free life. Therapeutic exercise provides a multitude of benefits for anyone wishing to restore their strength, endurance, flexibility, or stability. In fact, physical therapy is used as a treatment for any pain, injury, or ailment someone may be facing.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation helps relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. It is a gentle, hands-on form of manual therapy that focuses on evaluating and enhancing the spine. Almost every function in your body is directly connected to the health of your spine, and spinal manipulation could effectively provide relief.

Physical Therapy Hershey, PA Staff

Meet our talented team of therapists!

Here at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy, we only employ the best of the best. Our dedicated team is made up of compassionate, caring, and ambitious individuals who will work toward helping you reach your highest level of performance with the least possible amount of discomfort.

Our Hershey, PA physical therapists will work hard, not only to get to the root of your problems and provide quality treatment for the pain you are currently experiencing, but they will also use their abilities to teach you how to avoid injuries in the future.

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Ryan Showalter, DPT

Hello! My name is Ryan, and I am excited to be part of the family at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy! 

I am originally from Sinking Spring, PA, which is located about 15 minutes outside of Reading. I am a 2015 graduate of Wilson High School, where I was a member of the indoor drumline and played baseball. I played shortstop and 2nd base mostly my entire career, from T-ball to travel ball to high school baseball. Can anyone guess which position I played in college? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Initially, I was set on becoming an engineer until I realized how much math I would have to do (no thanks). My passion for physical therapy began when my dad tore his 2nd rotator cuff in a span of 2 years. I saw firsthand the pain and struggles he went through during this challenging time. More importantly, I got to watch him regain the function of his shoulders with the help of physical therapy! This led me to Lebanon Valley College, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2019 and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2021. 

During my time at LVC, I had the privilege of being part of the baseball team, where I became a sidearm pitcher! Did anyone guess correctly? Following my 4 years of eligibility, I stuck around and became a graduate assistant coach for my final 2 years of school. Fun fact: I have never had any serious injuries while playing baseball, but in 2 years of coaching, I got hit in the face by a baseball not once but twice! I had 3 stitches put in my left eyebrow the first time and 1 stitch put in my upper lip on the second occasion. Needless to say, I have retired from playing and coaching baseball for the foreseeable future! Time to focus on my golf game!

Speaking of sports, I am a huge Philadelphia sports fanatic. My favorite teams are the Flyers and the Phillies, but I enjoy watching all 4 of the major sports teams! If you get me started on the topic, you will most likely listen to me complain about these 4 points that I think all Philadelphia sports fans can agree on:

1.The never-ending struggles of the Phillies bullpen 

2.The Flyers hot/cold streaks and lack of goaltending

3.The never-ending injuries to Eagles players

4.The Sixers “process” that I’ve lost trust in 

My time at LVC also gave me the best gift I could ask for, my wonderful girlfriend! Another fun fact: my girlfriend and I became good friends during our first graduate school course, cadaver lab, where we were placed in the same lab group. When people ask how we met, we like to say that we “met over a dead body” (Ha-ha). My girlfriend is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and works at Helen M. Simpson rehab hospital in Harrisburg! 

I completed my final clinical rotation with Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy at the Harrisburg clinic, and I am excited to join the team in Hershey full-time! I am very passionate about hands-on, manual therapy, and I am looking forward to healing you naturally and helping you achieve your goals!

Some quick facts about me:

  • I have been to 6 Caribbean islands.
  • I have been to 10 different MLB stadiums. My goal is to attend a game at all 30!
  • I used to play the drums and currently dabble in guitar.
  • I like to cook (sometimes).
  • I enjoy drawing.
  • My girlfriend proof-read this before I submitted it.

Luke Tamberino, DPT

Hi! I’m Luke and I am very excited to be a member of the Madden & Gilbert PT family here in Hershey!

I am originally from Fallston, Maryland (about an hour and a half south of Hershey) where I was always involved in sports, including football and lacrosse, and many other outdoor activities growing up. I was first introduced to physical therapy during that time after a recurring hip injury where I learned how exercise could be used to heal the body and I was inspired to learn more.

I graduated from Fallston High School in 2017 and headed up to PA and Lebanon Valley College to study Physical Therapy and continue my lacrosse playing career. I was a 4 year member of the LVC lacrosse team and graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2023 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I completed my final clinical rotation in my last year of PT school right here at Madden & Gilbert PT in Hershey and I am so excited to continue to serve this community and help you work towards healing naturally!

When I am not in the clinic you can probably find me and my Fiance riding our bikes, camping, using our Hersheypark season passes, or at the beach!

Jan Grove, DPT, CMPT

One of my fondest memories as a child was summer swimming at the community pool. Growing up in Harleysville, PA (outside of Philadelphia) I was shy and hesitant to try new things. But, there was something about crazy hat and tie-dye tee shirt day, hot heats, donut day and the overall team camaraderie, that made Towamencin Swim Team exceptional. Once I was hooked, I actually learned to love the competition and discipline that came along with swimming.

The sport went on to influence my studies. In high school, I took interest in physical therapy when I assisted my neighbor with her doctoral study on swimmers’ shoulders. I could not think of a more interesting job than being able to help swimmers prevent injury or regain full physical capability. Although I do not work with swimmers every day, I am now able to translate my years of PT training and knowledge of exercise to help people return to what they love to do.

I have been working at Madden Physical Therapy since 2017 and I love being a part of the Madden Physical Therapy family. In June 2020 (in the middle of the pandemic), I married my college sweetheart, Christian. In the spring of 2021, I became the clinical director at Madden and Gilbert Physical Therapy in Hershey, PA. I am excited to help people in the Hershey community to get back to normal naturally, without injections, medications, or surgeries. In addition to being a physical therapist, I help teach the hands-on techniques that we do everyday to physical therapists around the country through Breakthrough Manual Therapy and to final year PT doctoral students through the Manual Therapy Elective at Lebanon Valley College. Though I am teaching, I am also always striving to learn. I became a Certified Manual Physical Therapist in 2020 through NAIOMT and am now training for my Fellowship of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

When you meet me, you will realize I’m no longer the shy person I was as a small child. People often say I’m a little too peppy in the morning, but there’s no hope in changing that after 15 years of swimming at the crack of dawn!

Fun Facts:

  • I help coach the Lebanon Valley College swim team.
  • I love research and research to discover the best treatment options.
  • I have a published drawing in a physical therapy book.
  • I love to be active, whether I am just lifting weights, swimming, or hiking.
  • I enjoy painting (oil painting is my favorite) and expressing myself artistically.
  • I am just about always cold.
  • My favorite color is purple.
  • I am half Japanese and half German—my grandparents were in Arizona internment camps during WWII.
  • My husband and I have a running tally of board game wins/losses—I have mastered my winning dance.

Contact Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy today for help

The Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy team is here to help you along your journey to a healthy and safe recovery. After all, we only succeed when you do.

If you are in the Hershey, PA area, or any of the surrounding areas, and you are looking for relief, look no further. Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy is here to help as one of the best Hershey, PA physical therapy practices.

We strive to create a warm, welcoming environment where you can safely heal. Our team of Hershey, PA physical therapists at Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy is highly experienced, offering specialized treatment services for any pain, injury, or discomfort you may be feeling.

At Madden & Gilbert Physical Therapy in Hershey, PA, we truly value our patients. We will be happy to meet with you and create a treatment plan for your journey toward health, healing, and pain relief. Call our office at 717-547-9100 or click here to request an appointment with one of our Hershey physical therapists today.

We look forward to watching you become the best version of yourself!

What Our Patients Have to Say!

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    I am ready to get back to my normal life since having my knee replacement. I can now do everything as before thanks to Madden Therapy & their great staff. The staff is so friendly & they gave 110%, they went above & beyond.

    - Anna N
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    Knee and wrist pain from arthritis was making me feel so old! After ripping up my stomach with NSAIDS and doing cortisone shots with no relief, I limped into Gilbert to try something different.

    - Corina W.
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    My rotator cuff injury made it difficult to do activities requiring lifting weighted objects, reaching to the side and behind, and reaching overhead. With Physical Therapy, my range of motion has improved and the pain has decreased.

    - Dennis W.
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    My PT helped me to get back to normal. Prior to beginning PT I had pain in my neck and right arm along with numbness in my index finger. The pain would wake me early every morning and prevented me by eliminating the pain in my name and arm.

    - Deric M.
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    Bursitis in my hip prevented me from walking, sitting and climbing stairs pain-free. Sleep was affected as well. The staff at Gilbert was excellent in working with me, teaching me and encouraging me through the exercises. Dr. Abbey, Rachel and Matt worked as a team and provided considerate and consistent care, and I am now pain free and grateful!

    - Diana D.
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    When I first came to therapy, I had very limited motion in my left ankle. It hurt to walk and use the stairs. It also interfered with my balance. Danny worked diligently to increase my range of motion in the ankle as well as giving me exercises to help my balance.

    - Edna S.