photo: Whitney Browne

Following a career as a professional dancer with Ithaca Ballet, Bob graduated from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1991 with his degree in Physical Therapy.  In 1995 he formed his own company in Manhattan, Turner Physical Therapy PC, where he specialized in Performing Arts and Dance Medicine serving many professional dance companies and Broadway shows.  Combining efforts with his wife, Kim Gibilisco, in 2000, they began to offer Pilates as a continuum in the patient experience of rehabilitating from injuries. This collaborative effort sparked his intense desire to improve the quality of the rehabilitative experience so that their patients and clients returned to work as stronger, more intelligent movers who understood how to prevent injury through awareness.

Bob earned his Board Certification in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association in 1998 and was re-certified in 2008.  Interested in further developing his clinical practice, Bob began his studies in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 2004, followed by his Master’s of Oriental Medicine in 2005. Bob graduated the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Arcadia University in May 2017.

Bob maintains a balance of clinical practice, creative planning and administrative responsibilities in his position of Manager of Professional Education at the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Center at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC.  Here, he is the Curriculum Manager for the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Residency Program.  Bob also works closely with the Professional Education Department at the hospital developing and teaching professional continuing education courses known as “The Lab Series.” He is part of HSS’s Direct Access Committee, which developed the competency curriculum for Physical Therapists to institute Direct Access in a hospital-based system.  Bob also serves on the Continuing Medical Education and Interdisciplinary Spine Committees for North American Spine Society (NASS).  From 2014-2016 he served on the Spine Care Institute Task Force, where he was the only physical therapist among a select group of physicians tasked with developing an algorithm for developing a collaborative spine care group to enhance access to and quality of care for all spine patients.

As a life long learner, clinician, educator and leader, Bob’s passion is in developing creative opportunities for professionals to enhance their patient outcomes and maximize their own professional growth.

Read: Full Curriculum Vitae

Written on March 10th, 2015


"I felt very comfortable and trusted him
when using methods unknown to me.
My results have exceeded my expectations!"

"Thanks to Bob, I was able to fulfill a
20 year career as a professional dancer.
Still doing back flips at 48!"



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