Brian Hartz, DPT, MPT, OCS, CSCS

CEO and Founder

Brian Hartz, CFO

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rider University,
Masters of Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University.


Board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Board certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).  Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA).  Brian has also achieved the designation of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), which recognizes those physical therapists who have achieved excellence in their profession.


What Makes Brian Special

Brian is the founder and owner of HARTZ Physical Therapy.  As a previous Division I swimmer, Brian has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of competitive swimmers in the Lancaster area.  In addition, Brian enjoys treating patients with a wide variety of orthopedic injuries. In college, Brian received the Benjamin Mannheimer Award, for excellence in orthopedic physical therapy.

After treating patients for 20 years,  Brian no longer carries a weekly patient load.  However, you will still often see him in one of our clinics mentoring staff members, in the Lancaster community speaking or networking or holed-up in his office figuring out the strategic direction of the business.  His leadership will help HARTZ PT continue to thrive in this extremely competitive market for years to come.

Brian is very active in the community, helping various organizations.  In particular, he is a long-time board member of Schreiber Pediatric Rehabilitation. When Brian is not at the office, he enjoys running, swimming, completing various home (or office) renovation projects or spending time traveling with his wife, Amy and three children

Want to know more?  Here’s a little Q & A…

Why did you choose to be a PT/PTA for your profession?

I got bored with the business curriculum in college and switched to pre-med. At that time HMO’s were just becoming popular and every physician that I shadowed was complaining about how little time they spent with their patients. I spent some time in a PT department and was amazing the relationships that were built with their patients.

If you weren’t a PT/PTA what you be doing, especially if salary wasn’t a concern?

Keynote or motivational speaker/ coach.

What professional accomplishment of yours are you most proud of?

Running an independent, family owned PT practice for 23 years! Our team winning the National APTA PPS Community Impact Award.

What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?

Receiving a letter, email, note or an in-person comment from a patient that a member of our team has made a significant impact in their recovery/ rehabilitation or life.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?

You can never please everyone – there are people that will complain after you give them a free $100 bill that it wasn’t five $20 bills… My Dad Jack Hartz.

Where would you be right now if you had zero obligations and money didn’t matter?

Traveling with my family and friends

If you could meet one person, living or dead, real or fictional, and have a conversation with them, who would you meet and what would you talk about?

Jimmy Buffett – I’d like to talk about his traveling adventures and becoming a marketing guru.

What are you passionate about?

Employee engagement, culture and setting our team up for success.

What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?

If you see the glass as half empty, pour it into a smaller glass and stop bitching! (may not be appropriate!)

What’s your favorite place locally?

Conestoga River

What are your hobbies?

Traveling, home projects

Do you have any pets?

A Morkie named Cutchie (after Andrew McCutchen – Go Pirates!)

What songs are on the soundtrack to your life?

Jimmy Buffett and great 80s music

What’s your favorite tradition (holiday or otherwise?)

(1) trying to find the biggest Christmas tree that will fit into our house every year (2) Watching Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving

Favorite Sport to watch? 

Who’s your team? Pittsburgh Pirates, Green Bay Packers

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I have a street named after me

What do you do for fun?

Beach, travel