June 17, 2019
You probably know Jaclyn Fulop as the wife of Jersey City’s mayor Stephen Fulop. But you might not know that she’s also the founder and director of Exchange Physical Therapy Group, which opened at Harborside in November 2018 after 7 years at Exchange Place. The group currently has two locations – at Harborside and at the Port Imperial ferry terminal at Weehawken – with plans to expand further into Jersey City, Hoboken and Newark.
An athlete her whole life, Jaclyn first discovered her interest in physical therapy after pulling her hamstring playing soccer as a teen. When her parents insisted she see a physical therapist, Jaclyn’s future came into focus.
“I remember realizing within my first session that this was the career I wanted to explore. The following year my sophomore English teacher had our class choose a career to research. I chose physical therapy. I explicitly remember her discouraging me, stating how difficult it was to get into physical therapy programs. To this day, I am thankful she tried to dissuade me, because I used her words to push me to succeed in my profession.”
Exchange Physical Therapy Group employs a dynamic team of physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapy aides and even a therapy dog called Chloe, who provides comfort and entertainment to patients. All of their practitioners hold the highest titles within their fields, and complete continuing education courses throughout the year to stay current with modern treatment techniques.
“We’ve loved being part of the Jersey City business these past eight years.”
Orthopedic pain, pre- and post-surgery and injuries are the practice’s main focus. Conditions such as general stiffness and chronic pain are also commonly treated – along with those associated with pregnancy.
“Our therapists are certified to treat pre-and post-partum women experiencing not only pain but core weakness,” says Jaclyn, who recently gave birth herself. “Our treatment plans will help their birth experience and recovery to be as smooth as possible. We also treat pediatric conditions in young patients ranging from newborns to toddlers to older children.”
Exchange Physical Therapy Group caters to the “busy person”, accepting walk-ins and last-minute additions to their schedule. This means that prospective patients can have their pain treated immediately rather than letting it linger. A new law in New Jersey also allows patients to receive physical therapy as a maintenance treatment, providing extra incentive to pick up the phone and book an appointment.
This year, Jaclyn and her team at Exchange Physical Therapy Group have their sights set on growing the practice to treat even more of the Jersey City community.
“We’ve loved being part of the Jersey City business these past eight years. Not only do we have close relationships with other local businesses, but we actively work with their human resources teams to give corporate discounts as well as first responder discounts.”
Exchange Physical Therapy Group’s support of the HJC economy also extends to lunching locally.
“EPTG loves to eat!” says Jaclyn. “We are definitely foodies. For staff meetings, Krispy Pizza is our top pick, and for happy hour, nothing beats the Piggy Back Bar!”
Exchange Physical Therapy Group
200 Hudson Street, Suite 127
Jersey City, NJ 07302