Hillary Spiro Hawkins, M.D.


Dr. Hawkins grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and Richmond, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University and practiced physical therapy in Atlanta. She then earned her M.D. and completed her medical training and her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the VCU School of Medicine. She joined Sheltering Arms physician practice group in August, 1993. During her 28+ years of service at Sheltering Arms, she provided inpatient medical management and served as medical director and CMO at the Hanover inpatient location while also maintaining a robust outpatient/clinic practice. She was instrumental in planning and facilitating the transition of the Sheltering Arms inpatient hospitals to Sheltering Arms Institute and served as the medical director of the Sheltering Arms Institute complex care unit. She is now very happy to be back in New Jersey and serving as a staff physiatrist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Chester, NJ. She has over 30 years experience in inpatient rehabilitation as well as sub-acute, consultative and outpatient rehabilitation services with particular emphasis on joint and soft tissue and Botox injections, general rehab, women’s health issues; pelvic pain and pain associated with pregnancy as well as long term follow-up of discharged Rehab inpatients. Her other areas of clinical expertise and interest include sports injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, non-operative orthopedic conditions and rehabilitation of SCI, TBI, multiple trauma, critical illness and stroke.

Dr. Hawkins has given numerous presentations in the areas of critical illness neuropathy and myopathy, pelvic and myofascial pain, fibromyalgia and pain during pregnancy. She has served as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and is also a member of a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Medical Association, Richmond Academy of Medicine and Medical Society of Virginia. She has been Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for over 25 years. Dr. Hawkins is a multi-year Top Doc in Richmond Magazine as voted by her physician peers.

In addition to her professional interests and activities, Dr. Hawkins enjoys running, hiking with her dog, reading, art, traveling, and skiing. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jim Hawkins, with whom she has three adult children. She is the very proud Bubbe of 4 amazing granddaughters.

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Dr. Gibbs is based at Kessler Institute’s West Orange campus.