Louis R. Hochstrasser MSPT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
APTA Certified Clinical Instructor Licensed New Jersey Physical Therapist #40QA00669500
Riptide Physical Therapy
co-owner Dr. Louis Hochstrasser graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with high honors in 1995 with a
Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. He later returned to Thomas Jefferson where he furthered his education
to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. In addition, Lou is currently pursuing his Manual Therapy Certification through
the Great Lakes CIMT program. Lou specializes in orthopedic care, has a special interest in sports medicine and
routinely treats positional vertigo. Lou has treated athletes at all skill levels from recreational through professional
and in those involved in most all sports. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University as well as at Long
Island University where he specialized as an educator on sports specific injury and the related rehabilitation. In
addition, Lou has taught and lectured at numerous coach and parent clinics as well as at sports medicine symposiums regarding
numerous topics related to injury prevention and management, as well as sport specific training for the high school
athlete and prevention and management of orthopedic injuries specific to the female athlete. Lou has become an
APTA credentialed clinical instructor to give back to the profession by serving as a clinical instructor through Riptide
Physical Therapy to interns at various levels of their physical therapy education from colleges and universities
throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Connecticut. One day per week, Lou spends
time seeing patients with local orthopedic surgeons to exchange information and to stay current on the most recent operative
and non-operative orthopedic procedures so that the most optimal level of physical therapy care can be provided to the patients
of Riptide Physical Therapy. Lou is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified
Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has maintained that specialty certification since 1995. In
his free time, Lou works out regularly and is an avid cyclist. As a past wrestler at Southern Regional, Lou
is also excited to be involved again with the sport of wrestling and currently serves an assistant coach at
MatWarriors Youth Wrestling Club where he coaches children age five through fifteen from around the state a few nights a week.
Lou grew up in Surf City and graduated from Southern Regional High School in 1989. He has maintained strong ties to
the local community and through Riptide Physical Therapy has consistently provided support to many local organizations, sports
teams and schools. Lou is the proud father of two children, who keep him busy with all that they are involved
in, including, wrestling, baseball, soccer, skiing, swimming and dance. In addition, he enjoys taking advantage
of all of the special activities that the area has to offer including boating, fishing, waterskiing, and enjoying
time on the beach.
GERARD P. McHUGH, PT, DPT
DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY Member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic Section of APTA and APTANJ APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
Jersey Licensed Physical Therapist
Pennsylvania Licensed Physical Therapist
Dr. McHugh is one of the owners
at Riptide Physical Therapy. Dr. McHugh is a 1988 graduate of the College of Allied Health Sciences at Temple University, located in his hometown of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Dr. McHugh received his degree
in physical therapy from Temple University and then completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through the University of
Scranton where he graduated with high honors. At this time Dr. McHugh is pursuing his Manual Therapy Certification
through Great Lakes CIMT program. Dr. McHugh's primary focus over his successful 28 year career has centered
primarily on sports medicine, industrial medicine and outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. Dr. McHugh's career
in physical therapy started in Harrisburg, Pa. specializing in sports medicine at Physical Therapy, Inc. In 1989 Dr.
McHugh moved to New Jersey and started an industrial medicine program at Garden State Rehabiliation Hospital and became
the Industrial Medicine Coordinator at that facility. In this position Dr. McHugh supervised the rehabilitation
of work related injuries as well as giving seminars in the business community on workplace safety. In 1991 Dr.
McHugh became the Director of Physical Therapy at a new sports medicine clinic in Manahawkin, New Jersey and with its
success the facility was purchased by Healthsouth, a national healthcare corporation, in 1993. Dr. McHugh's continued
success in out-patient orthopedics led to him becoming an Area Manager with Healthsouth which gave him the responsibility
for managing quality of care, staffing and business related development for 17 physical therapy facilities in Monmouth, Ocean
and Atlantic Counties in New Jersey. During his time with Healthsouth Dr. McHugh was a President's Circle
Award winner as well as a Clinical Excellence Award winner for managing top sports medicine clinics throughout the country. Dr.
McHugh presented in New Jersey and throughout the country on clinical excellence and facility management because of the
success of his facilities during his tenure with Healthsouth. In 2005, with his current business partner Dr. Louis Hochstrasser, Dr.
McHugh left Healthsouth to open Riptide Physical Therapy in Barnegat, New Jersey. Dr. McHugh continues
to be involved with teaching and is now an APTA certified Clinical Instructor for several physical therapy internship programs
including Russell Sage College, University of Scranton, Rutgers University, Misericordia University, Daeman College, Ithaca
College, Temple University and Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. McHugh has been practicing in the southern Ocean county area since 1991 allowing him to develop
long standing relationships with many local orthopedic
doctors and physicians in the area and works closely with them to provide the best care possible for the patient. Dr.
McHugh has a passion for sports and sports medicine dating back to his high school days of running and playing
lacrosse and soccer and playing lacrosse at Temple University as well as rehabilitating his own knee after surgery
from a sports injury in high school. Dr. McHugh was involved in local sports as a soccer coach, roller hockey
coach as well as being a former board member of Alliance, FC and former President of Stafford Soccer Club.
Dr. McHugh's experience in sports medicine and rehabilitation has included working with many high school teams and programs
as well as working with professional athletes from the LPGA, PBA, NFL and NHL. Dr. McHugh enjoys spending
time with his 5 wonderful children and spends much of his time away from work on the sports fields watching them compete
for area soccer, hockey, swimming and track teams.
Dr. Janet L. McHugh,
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Credentialed Clinical Instructor
Dr. Janet L. McHugh, PT, DPT is a 1988 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Temple University's School of Physical Therapy. Janet hails from western Pennsylvania and is an avid Steelers
fan. Janet has a well rounded background in physical therapy from her initial work experience at Carlisle Hospital in
Pennsyvania, comprehensive rehabilitation experience at Garden State Rehabilitation Hospital in Toms River, N.J. and
her extensive experience in out-patient orthopedics and sports medicine which has been her specialty since 1991. Since
graduation from Temple University Janet has taken advanced courses in manual therapy as it applies to the out-patient orthopedic
population. Janet completed her studies for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Richard Stockton College of New
Jersey in December 2015 is working toward a manual therapy certification (CIMT) from Great Lakes.
our co-owner Gerry met in physical therapy school at Temple University. Last year they were married 25 years.
Janet and Gerry have 5 children (Kelly, Ryan, Matthew, Collin and Kaitlyn) who are all involved in sports in the area as well
as Janet having been a girl's soccer coach with Stafford Soccer Club. Janet's interest in Physical Therapy and Sports
Medicine stems from playing volleyball through college where she was All-Conference at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania where she attended school for her undergraduate studies. In her time outside of physical therapy Janet
is an author of poems, children's stories and published articles on child development.
Besides working at Riptide Physical Therapy Janet has another connection with Barnegat, NJ.
Janet's mother, Margaret, is a resident of Barnegat, NJ and lives in the Four Seasons Mirage community.
Dr. Courtney Werner, MSPT, DPT
Licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey #40QA01040300
Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
Dr. Courtney Werner graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2014 from The
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She graduated with Honors from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
in 2002 with her Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor's
of Biology degree in 1999 also from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Immediately after graduation she began
her physical therapy career at HealthSouth in Manahawkin, NJ where she worked with her mentors and current owner's of Riptide
Physical Therapy (Gerry McHugh and Louis Hochstrasser). Courtney has enjoyed working in the outpatient orthopedic and sports
physical therapy setting since graduating with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2002, and has had the opportunity
to work with a diverse patient population. She has attended ongoing continuing education seminars to broaden her knowledge
base and keep herself current in manual techniques and treatments. She has participated with internship programs, working
as a clinical instructor for upcoming physical therapists, from a number of colleges and universities including: Thomas
Jefferson University, UMDNJ, Misericordia University, Russell Sage College, Seton Hall, and Ithaca College. Courtney has had
an interest in sports medicine her entire life, sparked by her athletic career at Southern Regional High School where she
graduated in 1995. She was a multi-varsity athlete playing field hockey, basketball, and soccer earning various
awards and recognition throughout her career. She also worked summers as an ocean lifeguard, in Barnegat Light,
NJ while in college. Courtney and her husband have two young boys who keep them entertained and busy swimming
on the Ocean County YMCA swim team, and recreationally enjoy fishing, boating, surfing and kayaking.