Where were you in 1999? Studying for a college exam? Playing hide-and-seek with your siblings? For us, March 22nd, 1999 was our ‘birthday,’ the day that native New Yorkers Dan Rootenberg and Dave Endres treated their first patient–an elderly gentleman named Vito.
That tiny-yet-mighty, 2-person, NYC startup practice was called Sports Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation (S.P.E.A.R.), and today, 20 years later, that practice has given growth opportunities to hundreds of therapists, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in time and money to the NYC community, and has gotten 250,000 New Yorkers Back to Life.
Company Founded by Dan Rootenberg and Dave Endres
SPEAR was co-founded in 1999 by two friends and grad school classmates, Dan Rootenberg and David Endres. After graduating from PT school and being out in the work force for a few years Dan approached Dave about starting a practice together with the goal of creating a unique patient experience and that is how SPEAR was formed.
One of their memorable moments together occurred during a hurricane when Dave, an expert swimmer and avid surfer influenced a few of their classmates to surf at Gilgo Beach. While the waves were epic that day, SPEAR’s formation almost never occurred. Hear the story of how Dave almost caused Dan to lose his life and then saved him all in the same day.
SPEAR’s 56th Street office opensSPEAR’s 56th Street office opens
SPEAR’s original, flagship location is centrally located with easy access by subway or bus, and proximity to east side hospitals and the doctors in midtown and the Upper East Side. Many of our 56th Street patients either work or live in the area.
SPEAR launches new and updated logoSPEAR launches new and updated logo
SPEAR’s 44th Street office opensSPEAR’s 44th Street office opens
Located in the beautiful Bar Building steps from the infectious energy of Bryant Park and Times Square, the Midtown W. 44th Street clinic attracts commuters, neighborhood residents and tourists from all over the globe to its urban oasis.
Madison Avenue Office opensMadison Avenue Office opens
Our 635 Madison Avenue location is a satellite office where we provide the Physical Therapy services on a consult basis at NYP.
SPEAR’s 84th Street office opensSPEAR’s 84th Street office opens
SPEAR 84th Street sits in the heart of the family-friendly neighborhood of the Upper East Side. The clinic and its close-knit team play host to a wide range of clientele, from weekend warriors to the neighborhood’s scholastic athletes; every example of the active NYC lifestyle is successfully treated at 84th Street.
SPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the first timeSPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the first time
SPEAR opens its corporate office in Midtown Manhattan
SPEAR featured in Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street advertising campaignSPEAR featured in Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street advertising campaign
SPEAR Physical Therapy focuses solely on its patient successes. Which makes national reward recognition that much more humbling. Our two-dozen impassioned physical therapists never saw this coming. They spend each working hour in having personal conversations with NYC patients, helping them overcome physical challenges like simply rotating their shoulders, walking up stairs, and preparing for surgeries.
SPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the 2nd timeSPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the 2nd time
SPEAR named winner of SmartCEO’s Inaugural Future 50 AwardSPEAR named winner of SmartCEO’s Inaugural Future 50 Award
In 2013, SPEAR improved the lives of 5,693 New Yorkers, something truly worth celebrating, and SmartCEO Magazine agrees! Recently, SPEAR’s efforts to bring New Yorkers #backtolife were honored at SmartCEO‘s Future 50 Awards.
For the past 9 years, SmartCEO has been spotlighting the contributions of fast-growing businesses whose growth has positively impacted their surrounding communities. Based in Baltimore, the magazine has been celebrating the Future 50 Awards at home, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, and this year expanded to include New York City businesses.
SPEAR Chelsea opensSPEAR Chelsea opens
The Chelsea clinic is a modern, lofted space with a fishbowl window onto the street—a great way for people to see the impact the Chelsea team is having on the community. Here, an energetic group of physical therapists reflects the energy of this vibrant NYC neighborhood. Located close to many subway lines, the clinic’s population is a great mix of those who work in the area and those who live right around the corner.
SPEAR wins Columbia University’s Leadership in Clinical Education AwardSPEAR wins Columbia University’s Leadership in Clinical Education Award
On May 21st, SPEAR received the Columbia Award for Leadership in Clinical Education, during the commencement ceremony of the 2013 class of Columbia University School of Medicine’s Program in Physical Therapy.
SPEAR is one of only two private clinics to have ever received the award, which acknowledges a clinic or institution for its contribution to the education of future therapists. On hand to accept the award were President Dan Rootenberg, Co-founder Dave Endres, and Director of Operations Ryan Kitzen.
SPEAR named Finalist for NYER Leadership Award
For the past eight years, the New York Enterprise Report (NYER) has recognized the Tri-state area's top companies for their business practices. This year, SPEAR Physical Therapy is proud to announce that we are among the 30 finalists selected for the Best Practice and Best of the Year Awards.
SPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the 3rd timeSPEAR named Inc. 5000 Winner for the 3rd time
SPEAR launches the “SPEAR Future Leader’s Program”
SPEAR wins the Future 50 Award for the 2nd time
SPEAR West 57th Street opensSPEAR West 57th Street opens
The W. 57th Street clinic is in the heart of the city, steps from Central Park in Midtown West. Patients access this flourishing neighborhood clinic by a number of subway trains. They are greeted each time by a bright and friendly team as they enter a modern, sunny space—one in which every patient has ample room to exercise and work toward their goals.
SPEAR 30 Broad - Financial District opensSPEAR 30 Broad - Financial District opens
30 Broad Street makes its home next door to the world-famous New York Stock Exchange, in a building that used to house part of the Exchange itself. SPEAR has another connection with the NYSE; in 2016, it was one of very few small businesses recognized for its success with the opportunity to ring the opening bell!
SPEAR wins the Future 50 Award for the 3rd time
SPEAR Rings Opening Bell at New York Stock ExchangeSPEAR Rings Opening Bell at New York Stock Exchange
On May 4th, during Small Business Week, Chase Bank and the New York Stock Exchange chose SPEAR Physical Therapy as one of a few small businesses to be recognized for its success. Leaders of SPEAR could not contain their excitement as they got the opportunity to ring the opening bell on Wall Street! “It was an incredible feeling to be on the floor of the exchange and ringing the bell was a highlight of my career that I will never forget,” said SPEAR President, Dan Rootenberg.
SPEAR launches its concierge service “SPEAR On-Call”
SPEAR Penn Plaza opensSPEAR Penn Plaza opens
Located across the street from NYC transportation hub Penn Station, and nearby world-famous landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building, the Penn Plaza clinic serves a mostly commuter population from New Jersey and Long Island.
SPEAR sends Jeremy Crow to the Olympics in RioSPEAR sends Jeremy Crow to the Olympics in Rio
It wasn’t all just work! Jeremy met many athletes and therapists from all over the world Stronger bonds with other Doctors he already knew from NYC and the USOC, and new friendships from a global world of therapists with unique experiences.
SPEAR named recipient of the Jane L. Snyder Award by the Private Practice Section of the APTASPEAR named recipient of the Jane L. Snyder Award by the Private Practice Section of the APTA
As much of an honor it is to be named the Practice of the Year, the process that got us there was equally as enjoyable.
Being nominated by a highly-respected industry colleague, then working with our internal team to complete the Nomination Form, gave us a chance to really appreciate each and every one of our teammates and colleagues, as well as the amazing field we’re so lucky to be in, which helps our fellow man get “back to life”.
SPEAR unveils new brand identity with new logo, mark & brand colorsSPEAR unveils new brand identity with new logo, mark & brand colors
The SPEAR team has worked to outperform itself each and every month for 18 years. In that time, we’ve grown from two guys sharing one treatment room to 150 team members across ten NYC locations.
We thought it was time for our second logo refresh.
SPEAR Murray Hill opensSPEAR Murray Hill opens
Our Murray Hill clinic, located in the ground-floor retail space at 143 W. 34th Street near Lexington Avenue, is the best of two worlds; it has the friendly feel of a residential neighborhood with a sprinkle of “can-do” commercial midtown. The storefront property offers easy access from the street; inside, vaulted ceilings, clean lines, crisp wood tones, and a cement finish to the gym floor round out a modern, industrial vibe.
SPEAR Tribeca opensSPEAR Tribeca opens
Located at 16 Park Place near Broadway, Tribeca is SPEAR’s second location south of 14th street. Its central address, adjacent to the City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge subway stations in the historic Woolworth building, makes it one of the most accessible clinics in the city.
SPEAR wins the Future 50 Award for the 4th time
SPEAR Brooklyn Heights opensSPEAR Brooklyn Heights opens
SPEAR’s first clinic in the outer boroughs is located in the heart of the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, within the landmark St. George Tower (one of Brooklyn’s most majestic buildings).
SPEAR partners with LA PALESTRA opening new locations at 70 Pine, West 67th Street and the Plaza HotelSPEAR partners with LA PALESTRA opening new locations at 70 Pine, West 67th Street and the Plaza Hotel
SPEAR opens its 15th location at West 75th StreetSPEAR opens its 15th location at West 75th Street
SPEAR’s brand new 4,000-plus square foot Upper West Side clinic is conveniently located street level in the landmark Astor residential building and steps from the Beacon Theatre, Central Park and 72nd street subway lines. A bright, spacious location with a sleek, industrial feel, the 75th Street clinic features two private treatment rooms for massage therapy, and a shower with changing rooms.
SPEAR named to list of Inc. 5000 companies for the fourth timeSPEAR named to list of Inc. 5000 companies for the fourth time
Inc. Magazine added SPEAR Physical Therapy to its 36th Annual Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing independent small and mid-sized businesses in the US. This year marks the fourth time SPEAR has landed on this illustrious list, where it is in impressive company; of the tens of thousands of companies that have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, only a fraction have made the list more than once, and less than one tenth of 1% of companies have made it four times.
SPEAR named one of the top 2 companies to work for in the US by Insider Monkey
SPEAR receives Corporate Culture Award by CEO ReportSPEAR receives Corporate Culture Award by CEO Report
CEO Report announced SPEAR Physical Therapy as a winner of the TriState 2018 Corporate Culture Awards. The Corporate Culture Awards celebrated 24 TriState companies who foster a creative, collaborative and successful workplace culture.
PRIORITIZE TEAM-BUILDINGPRIORITIZE TEAM-BUILDING
At the annual Combined Sections Meeting in Washington D.C., we hosted a cocktail hour with over 100 attendees! Representatives from the NYPTA, the APTA, and of course our leadership team, all discussed the future of careers in Physical Therapy.