​Bringing The Individual Back in to Healthcare

PUMA is an acronym for "Personal, Unique, Multifaceted Approach" and PUMA Physical Therapy has been designed with each individual client in mind. In today's healthcare system, it often feels like you are just a number, one of 10-15 people in a waiting room, sometimes waiting over an hour to be seen for less than five minutes. In many therapy settings, you are one of two to four patients being seen at a time, sometimes doing group exercises and sometimes doing the same exercises you do at home. 

At PUMA Physical Therapy, my goal is to make the client feel like an individual again and that what they say matters. As a Physical Therapist since 2001, I started to feel as though I wasn't able to give each client the attention they deserved to help them achieve their goals in a timely manner. This is what drove me to open PUMA PT and see all clients one-on-one. 


Whatever your pain or limitation may be, I look forward to making it mine too and working together with you to help you get back to your full potential in normal daily life and activities.

Away from work, I love spending time with my husband, Bryan, and our children AJ and Addison, my family, friends, and my boxer! 


About Shari Gaal:

2016-Current   Owner PUMA Outpatient Physical Therapy
   Certifications in:
  • Y-Balance Testing
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
2009-2016  Physical Therapist and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education @ Achieve PT and Aquatics, Syracuse, NY
2001-2009 Traveling PT for several different companies in a variety of settings throughout 8 states 
2003 Inducted into Central Square High School Hall of Fame
2001 Graduated from Ithaca College with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy
1996-2001 Ithaca College Athletics:
  • 4 yr. Starter in Basketball and Threw Discus and Javelin in Track & Field
  • Female Athlete of the Year ('00) with records in both sports at graduation (Top Ten in 5 categories for basketball)
  • 21st Female in Div III Women's Basketball to record over 200 career blocks
  • ECAC Champions in Basketball ('98, '00)
  • NYSWCAA Discus Champion ('97, '98, '99)
  • ECAC Discus Champion & All East Track & Field Team('97)
  • 1st Ithaca College Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament Win ('97)
1991-1996 Central Square High School:
  • HealthSouth Female Scholar Athlete of the Year ('96)
  • Highest Point Total in School History on Honor Roll of Athletes at graduation
  • Outstanding C.S. Athlete ('96)
  • National Honor Society Inductee ('95)
  • Basketball: 5 yr. varsity player ('91-'96) and 4 yr starter
  • 3 yr captain; 1st Team All-League ('96)
  • Exceptional Senior Game Captain ('96)
  • 1st Triple Double in school history ('96)
  • Record number of 3-pointers and rebounds ('96)
  • 2nd team All-League ('93-'95)
  • Empire State Games Bronze Medal ('95)
  • AAU travel ball 2 yrs
  • Track & Field: 3 yr discus, shot put, high jumper ('94-'96) 1 yr. Captain
  • League/Sectional Discus Champion 2 yrs
  • Set school discus record ('96)
  • Oswego Co./Queensbury Invitational Outstanding Female Performer ('96)
  • Most Valuable Field Performer ('96)
  • 5th at States in discus ('95)
  • Tennis: 5 yr. varsity player ('91-'95) 3 yr Captain MVP ('95)
  • Sectional Qualifier 1st Doubles ('95)
  • 2nd Team All-League doubles ('92)
  • Golf: 3 yr. varsity player ('91-'93)2 yr. Captain
  • 1st Team All-League ('93)