Ari Kaplan PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, COMT, Cert MDT

Director of Wilmington Clinic and Physical Therapist

Ari is the Director of the Wilmington Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Clinic. Ari earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Delaware, which is ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomechanics, graduating Cum Laude in 2006. Ari is a residency trained, Board Certified Sports Specialist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is also a Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment from the McKenzie Institute. He holds advanced certifications in Manual Therapy and is one of the most senior clinicians in the state of Delaware for dry needling. Ari has advanced training in spinal and extremity manipulation and movement based analysis training through the Functional Movement Screen, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and the Titlist Performance Institute. He is also a Certified Running Gait Analyst. Additionally, Ari is the Founder and CEO of the Association of Clinical Excellence (ACE), an education company focused on building the physical therapy community and developing the complete professional. With ACE, he has developed and instructed on a variety of sports and orthopedic topics with over 1,000 hours of instruction across the United States. He published his first book, Modern Day Management: A Short Guide to Successful Meetings in March of 2015 and is published on treating the athletic back through a regional interdependence approach. He is an ongoing contributor to Physiopedia, writing a monthly column for Physiopedia Voices and hosts international courses on the treatment of runners and headaches for Physioplus. He has additional publications on workers compensation rehabilitation and has published a book chapter on adolescent injuries in sports. Prior to joining Premier, Ari was a lead clinician at a national Physical Therapy company, with a special focus on mentoring residents, new graduates, and seasoned clinicians. He developed and implemented a national mentoring and leadership program, which served as the foundation for what is now used across 800+ clinics to onboard new hires. He was also the chairman of the sports education committee, which implemented and created rehab guidelines. His focus clinically was on identifying and treating the most difficult cases throughout the state of Delaware and working with physicians to identify solutions. Ari lives in Middletown, Delaware with his wife, Erin and son, Chase. He enjoys a variety of sports and athletic activities and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. He has a passion for helping people thrive and achieve their goals.

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