How I Got Active Again: From Physical Therapy to Mudderella

"I Used to Play Volleyball"

How I Battled Foot Pain to Be Active Again

Meet Leanne, our May patient of the month! When she first started PT, her mantra was, "I used to play volleyball, but I can't do it anymore."

Leanne thought she was a retired athlete who may never play again since her foot just wouldn't cooperate! But with her fierce determination and hard work, she not only began to run, but also signed up to complete a rigorous outdoor obstacle course, the Mudderella! Leanne proved to herself that she doesn't need to limit herself to practicing yoga, but can get out there and stay active! With summer coming, look out for her on the court!

In her Own Words…

Three Words That Describe You:                                   Determined, Compassionate and Gregarious

What brought you to PT? I have struggled with on-going foot pain during activity for over 5 years. I had given up on being able to be active since the doctors ran out of options, and the first round of PT elsewhere had not succeeded. I was frustrated that even yoga was now painful and decided to give PT another try but this time with Iron PT.

How have you benefitted from PT? I thought if something hurt during physical activities, I shouldn't be doing it. Through PT, I learned the safe way to work through the pain and build strength which eventually has substantially reduced my pain. I'm now able to run, hike and will even play volleyball this summer.

What would you say to someone with the same injury? If you already have stress fractures, I would strongly recommend having PT right after you get out of the boot. You lose more strength in those 6 weeks booted than you realize and once the stress fractures develop arthritis, it becomes a life long injury.  

What are you most excited about getting back to?

 I'm excited about just being able to chase my dog around the yard and go for hikes without pain. I'm also signed up for a Mudderella in May and will start to play volleyball again this summer. My future goal is to travel to South America for a 2 week yoga retreat!

How a Yoga Instructor Tackles Knee Pain!

Patient of the Month

Meet Katie! A yoga instructor and outdoor adventurer who put her whole mind, body and spirit into each session. Along with her kind and thoughtful nature, Katie brought the drive and focus of a high level athlete.

Katie Surf Maui

Katie Surf Maui

With an unwavering commitment to an active lifestyle, she pushed herself to the limit every time. She trusted the process, and it was exciting to see all of her hard work pay off. We can't wait to see where her next adventure takes her!

In her own words…

Three words to describe me... Caring, Compassionate, Motivated

What Brought you to PT? I have a condition called Plica Syndrome in my right knee, which was causing me pain and discomfort during exercise as well as during regular everyday activities.

How have you benefitted from PT? I have greatly benefitted from coming to Iron Physical Therapy. I had been to other physical therapists in the past for treatment of this same injury, but never had an experience quite like I did at Iron. From the moment I walked in the door, I knew I had finally come to the right place to get the kind of rehabilitation I needed. Not only was the entire staff friendly and upbeat, but Dr. Mayes has created a space where athletes and people with active lifestyles can come and truly get the care they need so that they can continue to thrive once their treatment is over. Dr. Mayes and the Iron Physical Therapy staff truly created a safe and supportive environment in which I could test my limits while strengthening and healing my injury. Dr. Mayes also provided me with tools I can use outside of therapy such as stretching, foam rolling, and targeted strength training exercises to help maintain a healthy and happy knee.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury? Try a full course of physical therapy first before opting for surgery. Many orthopedics are quick to prescribe surgery, however, explore the less invasive route first. Commit to the therapy, do the homework Dr. Mayes prescribes you, and push yourself to your limits to see if surgery is needed after all.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I am most excited about resuming my yoga and meditation practice. There were many advanced poses that were out of the question before therapy and sitting cross-legged in meditation was downright torturous at times! Since I completed therapy, I have started re-integrating both of these things back into my practice with good results. Dr. Mayes also got me running again (an activity I had avoided for years). I have been running almost daily and am slowly increasing the distance I am able to comfortably run. In the Fall, I look forward to getting back to my West African Dance Class! Thank you Iron Physical Therapy for all your help in getting me here!



2013: The Year in Review


It's been an exciting year at IronPT and we feel incredibly blessed to have connected with so many people in our clinic, community and online.

As entrepreneurs, we usually go full speed ahead but the end of the year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on how far we've  come.

Here are some of the highlights of 2013:

We saw our practice double in size for the 2nd year in a row!

We were quoted twice in Runner's World Magazine and recognized locally as one of the "Best PT Clinics"  in Essex County.

runner's world magazine quotes dr. Mayes on injury prevention

runner's world magazine quotes dr. Mayes on injury prevention

We added yoga classes to keep our community in tip top shape. Only one spot left in our 6-week series starting Jan. 7!

We teamed up with Fleet Feet Montclairand Essex Running Clubto directly support our local runners

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

Running Tips for Fleet Feet Montclair

We continued to support CWC Soccer and all things Chiefs!





Hosted 1st "Iron Half Marathon" after Jersey Shore Half cancelled

Iron Physical Therapy Half Marathon

Iron Physical Therapy Half Marathon

Dr. Mayes earned certifications in Active Release Technique and Selective Functional Movement Assessment

For the first time an "Iron Team" participated in the Fitzgerald's 5K



We continued our efforts to stay connected with the many people who touch us through Facebook, Twitter, and the Blog. In case you missed them, here were the most popular blog posts in 2013

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Most importantly, we had the privilege to partner with our patients on their journey to get better and be better. They are what make this place and this work so special. Together we battled injury and setbacks and PAIN. We honor each person who walked through our doors and showed us what real courage and perseverance looks like.  

Stay tuned for another exciting year in 2014! Lots of great things on the horizon... you'll be the first to know.

Now Offering Yoga!

Iron Physical Therapy is excited to announce that we are now offering small group yoga classes. Yoga is for everyone. It is not just about twisting your body in a pretzel. It is about tapping into the powerful connection of your mind, body and spirit to achieve optimal wellness. Yoga can help you maximize performance and minimize injury through improved posture, mobility and balance. It is also relaxing and fun! Our small studio provides a semi-private environment (8 or less) where you can get the most out of your practice.

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Contact us at to reserve a spot!  

Only 8 slots in each class.


Yoga for Flexibility, Balance & Wellness (all levels)

Wednesdays from 9-10am (weekly beginning Nov. 13th)

Do you have tight hamstrings/hips, poor mobility or a high level of stress? This class will help you develop flexibility, balance and strength in both your body and mind. You will be guided through poses while focusing on breathing and mindfulness. The small class size will allow your instructor to pay attention to your form and suggest modifications when necessary. Call to reserve your spot today.

Pricing: 3 Class Package (new students only) =  $30 ($10/class); 5 Class Package = $85 ($17/class); 10 Class Package = $150 ($15/class) 

Fundamentals of Yoga (6-week series)

Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm (beginning Jan 7th); Cost is $99

Have you been wanting to see what all the yoga buzz is about, but aren’t sure where to start?  This is the perfect place for the beginner!  Each week you will learn about different groups of poses and their benefits.  Each pose will be taught slowly and thoroughly while emphasizing healthy and safe alignment.  Our semi-private studio offers the perfect environment for personalized attention.