Dr. Joel A. Begin, PT, DPT, MES
  • Physical Therapist specializing in Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction and Movement Disorders

  • Somatic Educator        

  • Medical Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer

  • Certified Traumatic Release Exercise Provider

  • Certified Safe and Sound Protocol Provider 

Hi.  I am a NH based licensed trauma-informed physical therapist with experience providing individualized care to children, adults, and families that have complex histories of different medical injuries, traumas, and conditions.  Over the years I have worked with clients of diverse backgrounds in various settings that include inpatient hospitals, physical therapy sports clinics, colleges, K-12 schools, summer camps, in-home, and private practice. 
My experience and interests span across both orthopedic,  neurological, and behavioral domains and have included working and helping a wide range of individuals and families that often suffer with decreased mobility, function, and dysregulated nervous systems as a result of: 

  • Acute and chronic orthopedic problems that affect spine, head, neck, back, arms, and legs
  • Post-Acute Sequela of Covid-19
  • Neurological disorders
  • Dyskinesia, Chorea, and Spasticity
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Pain 
  • Growth and Developmental delays
  • Complex trauma 
  • Somatic and visceral pain
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Sensory and motor disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders  
  • Autonomic dysregulation
  • Breathing Pattern Disorders
 
My approach is both trauma and polyvagal-informed and uses traditional evidence-based as well as evidence-informed physical therapy methods in combination with other somatic and health/fitness strategies and education.  I enjoy helping my patients find what works for them.  Over these years I have seen first hand how small changes and careful well thought out planning can lead to significant growth in the way of ones health, healing, and quality of life.  With that said, finding something that patients can leave and go home with that day that helps get them moving in a direction of positive change is also my practice.  I continue to stay highly curious and involved with the neurophysiology and brain-body based research field and truly love helping children and individuals find their own unique pathway to becoming more connected and active with their growth and development process.   
Outside of working as therapist, I enjoy spending time exercising with my pup, being with my family, being curious about nature's processes, teaching and researching, performing locally as a singer/songwriter, and spending time with my hands in the earth.  I look forward to connecting to see how I may be able to help.