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Lily Mercer

Physical Therapist

Lily attended Villanova University for her undergraduate studies and graduated with honors with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University. She also earned a master’s in Human Nutrition from Columbia in order to better understand the influence of nutrition on musculoskeletal healing. She has been with Finish Line PT since 2016.

With a passion for sports and orthopaedics, Lily combined the two in completing a clinical rotation at EXOS, a high performance center where she worked with elite and professional athletes. Her doctoral research was on the natural history of frozen shoulder; one paper was officially published in the journal Physiotherapy in 2016.

Lily has been a tennis player and a runner since age 9, competing on both the tennis and track teams in high school. She still runs every day and is a fan of the 5K and 10K distances, although she completed her first half marathon in 2016.

    Professional Certifications

  • Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Columbia University
  • Certification in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute
  • Postural Restoration Institute Coursework: Myokinematic Restoration and Pelvis Restoration
  • EXOS Performance Specialist Certification
    The Skinny

  • Hometown: Chatham, NJ
  • College: Villanova University
  • My teams: Villanova Basketball, Yankees, Roger Federer
  • Favorite music to listen to at work: 80s – when you put it on, everyone gets into it!
  • Best way to stay active: Running! You get a double bonus because it’s great for you both physically and mentally. Central Park is one of my favorite places in the world.
    What I Like:

  • About working at FLPT: Everyone at Finish Line has been incredibly welcoming and gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable. I love the emphasis on the patient experience; the PTs here truly strive to deliver the best possible care. I feel lucky to be part of such a supportive and passionate community!
  • About FLPT patients: FLPT patients are excited about PT and motivated to get better. This makes the rehab process fun! I also love working with New Yorkers. I am constantly inspired by the accomplishments and passions of the people of this great city.
  • About running: At the age of 9, I started joining my mom on her runs. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. Running clears my head in a way that nothing else can. I can run anywhere; I don’t need any special equipment or gear. I always make sure to have sneakers on hand for when I need a mental fix.