Nick Passe is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in contact-sports injuries such as those from football, basketball, lacrosse, and ice hockey. As the owner of Functional Physical Therapy in Hillsborough, NJ, he looks to provide the highest level of outpatient services to clients across the Tri-State area.
As a former football player and college cheerleader, Nick knows what it takes to succeed in competitive sports and to overcome injuries. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now part of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School), frequently ranked among the top 50 Physical Therapy schools in the country. In his postgraduate coursework, he has focused on studying the rehabilitation of rotational athletes and golfers and cutting-edge treatment approaches for post-concussion recovery.
As a teenager growing up in Hillsborough, when shoulder surgery kept him from the football field, physical therapy became a necessity for Nick. This quickly sparked an interest in physical therapy, and during his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, his path to a career in physical therapy began. He became fascinated by the mind-body connections during prerequisite physical therapy school classes.
Nick goes beyond the symptoms and looks at the whole body to help his patients recover from pain and injury and safely return to a fulfilling life of sport, activity, and wellness. He is among just a handful of physical therapists nationwide to have earned the prestigious designation as a Certified Neurac Provider (CNP) as well as a Redcord Active Specialist (RAS); these achievements make him exceptionally equipped to evaluate and treat each patient from head to toe.
Applying the principles of Neurac (Neuromuscular Activation), Nick utilizes the Redcord suspension system to optimize how the mind and muscles work together as one. This is an evidence-based method that several high-level sports teams are using to keep their athletes healthy and free from pain and injury. In fact, Nick has been asked every few months to teach these principles to both the Washington Capitals NHL team and the Washington Nationals MLB team.
The science behind pain and rehabilitation became a passion for Nick in graduate school. As a Physical Therapy student, he was introduced to the revolutionary Redcord Suspension System. He saw immediate and effective results that people experienced with the application of neuromuscular activation, bringing the power of the mind and body to healing the root cause of their pain and dysfunction. Now approaching ten years of experience using Redcord, he is one of the foremost medical professionals using the system to treat all muscular and neurological presentations.
One of the most surprising results Nick achieved was healing athletes with post-concussion symptoms. Suffering four concussions personally drew Nick into this area of study. He is driven by treating and healing people who could not find relief from the life-altering symptoms associated with debilitating injuries.
At Functional Physical Therapy, Nick is able to work individually and intensively with each patient. He tailors the therapy sessions to meet the needs of his clients — helping them achieve their goals, whether that means enjoying hobbies, chasing personal athletic records, or being the best version of themselves.
When he is not working in the clinic, Nick is most passionate about his family and supporting his team, the Pitt Panthers.