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Meet Joseph

Joseph Kiehl


Joseph grew up in Lancaster County and attended Millersville University where he graduated with a degree in biology. He paid his way through college delivering newspapers, working at a warehouse, and shadowing as an aide at Prana. It was here that Joseph first developed an interest in physical therapy. Prana’s functional manual therapy approach and commitment to providing one-on-one patient care set them apart from other clinics he had experienced. 


In the fall of 2014, Joseph began physical therapy school at Widener University. His first full time clinical experience was at Hillside HealthCare International in Punta Gorda, Belize. This clinic not only allowed him to see a five foot tall Jabiru Stork but also provided him the opportunity to practice physical therapy in a resource-limited environment and gain an appreciation for a different culture. While there, he participated in community engagement and health education by teaching disability awareness in grade schools. During his time at Widener, Joseph served as both Class Treasurer and on the student board of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. The CCPTC is a student-run clinic offering pro bono care to underserved and underinsured residents of Chester, PA. This clinic provided him with an extensive opportunity to learn outside the classroom setting as well as interact with members of the community. 


Shortly after graduating from Widener in 2017, Joseph joined the team at Prana. He is thrilled to be a part of such a skilled group of physical therapists and has taken many courses to further develop his manual therapy skills. While he enjoys the variety of patients that working in an outpatient clinic provides, he has developed interests in treating vestibular dysfunction, evaluating cyclists to assess bike fit, helping fellow runners to prevent injury, and working with older adults to achieve an active lifestyle. 


Joseph and Leslie met through their church while in highschool. They married during his final year of PT school and live in Lititz with their three children Dietrich, Joelle, and Samuel. Joseph has ridden his bicycle across the US and has run several marathons and ultramarathons, however, he considers raising his three children with his wife to be his greatest accomplishment and challenge to date. He enjoys hiking and camping with his family, running, reading, gardening, and bird watching. In the early morning hours he can often be found with a cup of coffee and a good book or sneaking in a run.

"I suffer from three herniated discs and arthritis. My occupation requires me to perform heavy and repetitive physical labor in awkward and challenging positions. If not for the treatment I have received at Prana, I would not be able to continue to work. Since starting and continuing my treatment, I have been able to work AND enjoy ballroom dancing with my wife three nights per week. Prana is a life-saver!"

"He watched my technique intently when doing exercises and made suggestions to improve how I was doing the exercise. I think his ability to diagnose how to improve my movement and fix bad habits was exceptional."

Meet our Team

Functional Manual Therapy

Functional Manual Therapy® is an approach to patient care coined and developed by Gregory and Vicky Johnson in the early 1990’s.

We are unique in that we do not have any physical therapy assistants on staff; we provide all our patients direct contact with a licensed physical therapist for personalized, one-on-one treatment sessions

Meet our Team

Dawn is a CFMT (certified functional manual therapist), which means she is only one of 4 in Pennsylvania to be certified with this proven, effective system for treatment of a wide spectrum of patients.

Justin, Heather, Charlie, Shannon, Joseph, Sean, and Adam are also very knowledgeable in functional manual therapy as this is Prana's paradigm of treatment.

Natalie can help you with all of your billing questions. And with Lori and Brandy, they can get you scheduled, take your payment and facilitate any logistical questions to get you started.