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Steve Hoffman, PT, ATC, SCS became a physical therapist in 1978. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo where he earned the Dean’s award for clinical and professional promise. In 1980, Steve earned a Master of Science in Health Sciences Education from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

In 1993, Steve opened North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (NHOSPT), a private practice in Sewickley, PA. Prior to owning his own office, from 1980-1993, Steve worked as Director of Sports Medicine for North Hills Sports Medicine Center in Pittsburgh. While in graduate school, prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Steve worked as a physical therapist and athletic trainer at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Rainbow Sports Medicine Center, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Steve served as the rehabilitation consultant for the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club from 1981-1993. At that time, he was also the head athletic trainer for a local suburban high school. Steve has mentored hundreds of physical therapists, student physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants. Because he is committed to helping the next generation of physical therapists develop clinical skills, he supervises students from various Physical Therapy programs as they complete their internship experience at his office.

Steve enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients, but has particular expertise in the treatment of the shoulder and knee, and in treating running-related injuries. He has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters and has lectured nationally on clinical practice and treatment strategies. He has served as a manuscript editor for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy and the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He has also served on the Sports Physical Therapy Specialization Counsel as a member and chair, and was an item writer and content expert for the Sports Physical Therapy Specialization examination. 

Steve’s professional achievements have been recognized on both the local and national level. Most recently, he was the 2018 recipient of the Vincent M. Imperatrice Private Practice award from the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. In 2013, he received the APTA’s Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall award for clinical excellence. In 2010, he received the Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Lynn Wallace Clinical Education award, and in 2002 he received the APTA’s Sports Physical Therapy Section service award.

An ardent advocate for patients’ freedom of choice and independent private practice, Steve is an active member of the APTA and the association’s Sports, Orthopedic, and Private Practice Sections. He is also a member of the APTA’s political action task force and is a consulting committee member for the APTA’s Orthopedic Physical Therapy Section’s Independent Study Course. At the state level, Steve is a member of the Pennsylvania Private Practice Physical Therapy Network and served on the Pennsylvania task force to study the issue of referral-for-profit. In addition, Steve is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. 

Steve maintains a full-time clinical practice and finds it very fulfilling to not only get patients better, but also to get to know them as people. He also loves to spend time with his family and his dog. Steve is passionate about exercising. His favorite physical activities are running, mountain biking, and hiking. He also finds it relaxing to play the guitar, mandolin, and ukulele.

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