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Meet Joseph

Joseph Kiehl


Joseph grew up in Lancaster County with his two sisters, five brothers, two pheasants, a rooster, and countless rabbits. When he was 15 years old, Joseph took the summer and rode his bicycle across the United States (from Eugene,OR to San Francisco, CA to Yorktown, VA) with three of his brothers and mom . . . just for the adventure.

In 2010 Joseph attended Millersville University where he graduated with a degree in biology. During his time in college, Joseph fostered interests in gardening and bird watching and began raising chickens, using a chicken coop he built from dumpster dive materials. He paid his way through college delivering newspapers, working at local 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 through teaching disability awareness in schools and presenting an exercise program for local health workers. 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 the underserved and underinsured residents of Chester, PA. Upon graduation, Joseph was recognized for having served 144 hours, the most in his class, at the clinic. This provided him with extensive opportunity to learn outside the classroom setting as well as interact with members of the community. As a member of the team at Prana, Joseph is thrilled to be a part of such a skilled group of manual therapists. He enjoys combining his knowledge of biking and physical therapy to provide custom bike fittings as well as identify and treat mechanical and neuromuscular dysfunctions in his patients who are cyclists.

Joseph and his wife, Leslie, married during his final year of PT school and live together in Lancaster City. Although they currently do not have any children, they have successfully raised five hens and roughly 1000 composting worms together. Joseph enjoys reading, gardening, and has also been experimenting with fermenting foods (such as sourdough, pickles, and sauerkraut). Both Joseph and Leslie love the outdoors and take advantage of any opportunity to go for a hike together. Always looking for a new project, Joseph’s list of future endeavors includes getting a couple beehives and planting some fruit trees.

"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!"

Mike R.

"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."

Bob O.

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.