Zak Gabor & Stephanie Allen (Founders of The Level Up Initiative) come onto HET Podcast to talk about exercise prescription/S&C in DPT education along with diving into The Level Up Initiative.


The Level Up Initiative Website:  

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Steph’s Website Resource on ACL Progression: 

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The Level Up Initiative Podcast:  

Zak’s Interview on The Movement Docs Podcast on Leveling Up: 

Zak’s Interview on The Alinea Life Podcast on Leveling Up: 

Zak’s Interview on The Missing Variable Podcast on Culture: 

Zak’s Interview on The Missing Variable Podcast on Teaching S&C: 

Zak’s Interview on the Fresh PT Podcast on Growth Mindset & Mentorship: 

Zak’s Interview on The Duck Legs Podcast on Empowering Humans: 

Zak’s Interview on the PTCOFFEECAST Podcast: 

Zak’s Interview on The Purposeful Strength Podcast on Pain: 

Zak’s Interview on the Athlete Fix Podcast on Creative Learning: 

Steph’s Interview on The Movement Docs Podcast on ACL: 

Steph’s Interview on the PTCOFFEECAST Podcast: 

Steph’s Interview on the Clinical Athlete Podcast: 

Steph’s Interview on the Clinical Athlete Podcast on ACL Return to Sport: 

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Stephanie Allen is a 2013 graduate of Ithaca College, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She stuck around Ithaca following graduation to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at Cayuga Medical Center in 2014, receiving her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist designation in early 2015. From February 2015 through November 2016, Steph worked as a travel physical therapist, and has worked in New York, New Jersey, California, New Mexico, and Colorado.

During her undergraduate and graduate academic years, Steph was a Teaching Assistant for Clinical Physiology and Gross Anatomy. She was also an Adjunct Lab Assistant for the Musculoskeletal Examination Course at Ithaca College during the fall months of her Orthopedic Residency. Steph has a genuine love for learning and teaching, and plans on further developing these skills through professional speaking engagements, as well as focused continuing education courses over the coming year.

Athletics and performance have always played a big role in her life, having participated in year-round sports from youth through high school. During her college and post-graduate years, Steph has primarily focused her time on developing her skills in strength and conditioning training, in addition to running biomechanics. Through her passion in these areas, she plans to incorporate both activities into her patient care, where appropriate. Currently a member of the Strength Faction program, Steph is learning valuable information as it pertains to high-level performance coaching strategies, sounds strength training methods, and systematic programming.

Steph has future plans of advancing her training skills through becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, in addition to enhancing her assessment skills by obtaining the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Patient interaction and human connection are both very important aspects of Steph’s rehab and treatment process, as she believes in the importance of building a strong level of trust between her and her patients while helping them return to physical activity, fitness, and sports.

Dr. Zak Gabor is a 2015 graduate from Ithaca College where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Clinical Health Science degree from Ithaca College in 2013. Zak is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW).

Throughout his doctorate program, Zak served as a Teaching Assistant for several physical therapy courses including gross anatomy and musculoskeletal examination and evaluation. He also spent over three years providing personal strength training to clients and athletes.

Zak is passionate about teaching and educating, both of which are very important cornerstones to any patient’s plan of care. In addition, Zak’s clinical experience is rooted in sports-based orthopedic rehabilitation and physical therapy, with an emphasis on strength training and sports performance. He co-teaches the educational Hip Hinge 101 Workshop with his colleague, Matthew Ibrahim, which has been presented across the country and even the world. He has also been invited to several local colleges and universities as a guest lecturer on the topics of Pain Science and Strength & Conditioning. He is now serving as an adjunct professor at MGH IHP DPT program in Charlestown teaching a course “Strength and Conditioning for Outpatient Orthopedics.”

A firm believer in continuing education to better serve the patients, clients and athletes he works with. Zak is dedicated to constantly learning and has recently spent over 100 hours completing a six month mentorship program covering concepts from PNF, SFMA, Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Pain Science, and Strength & Conditioning. Zak is also full body certified in Dry Needling from the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

In addition to clinical hours, Zak has recently founded “The Level Up Initiative,” which is an online platform dedicated to driving positive change into healthcare through mentorship of student PTs and new graduates. This platform is based in development of mindset, critical thinking, and soft skills.