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Dr. AJ Gaines was born and raised in Freehold, NJ. He graduated from Saint Francis University with aBachelor of Science dual majoring in physical therapy and exercise physiology in 2014. In 2015 he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2016 he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Saint Francis University.
He is motivated by seeing patients able to reach their goals and live to their fullest potential and quality of life. His love for hands-on manual therapy, exercise, and learning help him to be a well-rounded health care professional. He has experience with Saint Francis’ Neurological Wellness clinic, and training Division 1 athletes including 3-time NEC champions for women’s swimming. He spends much of his free time with other therapists and trainers, discussing new and exciting ways to help patients.
Physical health is not just a job for Dr. Gaines, but a lifestyle and passion. He participates in annual mission trips abroad to provide physical therapy for those who cannot afford health care. Additionally, he volunteers his strength and conditioning services to young athletes in his community, and lives a fit and healthy lifestyle himself. AJ enjoys hiking, sports, martial arts, nature, going to the gym, and competing in Spartan Races.
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"My experience with Dr. Gaines has been exceptional. The therapy program for my stenosis had immediate results. The pain in my body was relieved and I was taught proper methods on how to continue pain control at home should it be necessary. I highly recommend Dr Gaines for any physical therapy needs."
-Dennis V. R. (8/5/17)
"Unbelievable. When I first when I arrived at spine and wellness I was in so much pain. After we discussed my situation AJ came up with the right plan of physical therapy for me. Today I am so much better ,almost pain free for this I thank him.
-Frank O (8/2/17)
"AJ is an excellent physical therapist. He is knowledgeable, caring and patient. He has been instrumental in my recovery from two herniated discs in my lower back. With his help, I am confident that I will be able to safely return to a high level of physical activity. I would highly recommend AJ!!"
-Antonio B (8/1/17)
"My experience with Dr. AJ was amazing! He is extremely knowledgeable in his field and truly cares about his patients and their well being. He takes his time when working with you and makes sure that he relieves any pain you are experiencing. Every visit with Dr. AJ was a pleasure. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to start physical therapy!"
-Maryam F (4/22/17)
New patients receive A FREE consultation and MRI review. ($250 Value)