Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

The Medical Center offers a full range of Physical Therapy and Cardiac Rehabilitation services. Our Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Department offers individualized treatment plans to achieve each patient's specific goals. MD&T, Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, manual therapy, orthopedic, stroke, back, upper extremity and pain management is provided in a wonderful rehabilitation setting. Our Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant are trained in the McKenzie Method & Graston Technique. Cardiac Rehabilitation services include Phase 2 and 3 cardiac rehabilitation. This is the phase of cardiac rehabilitation where you are post-hospital and have completed your in-hospital therapy, if required.

Medicare frequently covers most physical therapy services; however, if your therapy is not covered by insurance, patients have the option of self-paying. The scheduling receptionist will ask what kind of therapy your physician has recommended, so please have your prescription with you at the time of the call.

How To Get Started

Patients requiring physical therapy may see their physician first to obtain a prescription. Your physician will diagnose your condition and prescribe a PT Evaluation to determine the regime of therapy that is best suited for your condition.

The Graduate Program

We also offer a program for patients who have completed their therapy or just feel more comfortable maintaining their strength and conditioning under medical supervision. You are independent but have the advantage of having a licensed clinician present. The graduate clinic is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The fee is $10 per person per session. Please call 305-367-6756 for more information about this program.

We'd Love to Show You Around!

Please stop by for a tour of our Physical Therapy Department.

Meet our Therapy Team

Miguel Gonzalez, ATC, PTA, CSCS, CKTP, GTS, Cert. DN, is a highly esteemed licensed and board-certified Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with over 23 years of invaluable clinical experience across a diverse range of diagnoses. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science, Miguel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his practice.

As a dedicated Physical Therapist Assistant and Athletic Trainer, Miguel adopts a comprehensive and unique approach to crafting effective programs that facilitate the return to sports and functional activities for both young and aging adults. His skill set encompasses certifications in The Graston Technique, Dry Needling, and training in the McKenzie Method, demonstrating his commitment to staying at the forefront of cutting-edge therapeutic modalities. You can read more about him here.

Thomas Barreiro, DPT, is a passionate physical therapist. His journey into the field began after undergoing surgery in high school, sparking a dedication to helping others through physical therapy. He graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy, where he gained valuable experience working with diverse populations including the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

His continuing education focused on physical therapy. He dedicated free time to shadowing mentors, from strength coaches to PTs, honing his skills in evidence-based treatments and manual therapy techniques. Clinical rotations at Baptist Health Homestead and Encompass Health provided invaluable experience in inpatient care, particularly with stroke patients and neurological conditions.

Starting his professional career as a concierge-based physical therapist in Pinecrest, Florida, he began incorporating Pilates into rehabilitation, enhancing his patient care approach holistically. Outside of work he is dedicated to fitness and sports, spending his free time training at the gym and avidly following various sports events. Go dolphins!

Adriana Gonzalez, DPT, is a Miami native and double alumnae from Florida International University, first graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education: Sports and Fitness Studies, and later earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has previous experience working with various patient populations including adolescent athletes, amputees, post-stroke rehab and post-surgical orthopedic injuries. She is passionate about patient education and ensuring that her patients are provided with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, even post-PT discharge. You can read more about her here.

Courtney Heiden, DPT, is a highly skilled and compassionate Doctor of Physical Therapy, dedicated to improving the lives of patients through specialized care. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Courtney earned her bachelor's degree at Florida International University where she majored in Recreational Therapy and Sports Management. With a passion for helping others, she has focused her professional career on working with pediatric patients in diverse settings along with neurological, sports, post-stroke and amputee populations, and individuals recovering from various post-surgical procedures. Courtney brings a unique blend of knowledge and hands-on experience to her practice, fostering a patient-centered approach that prioritizes individualized care and rehabilitation.

Caroline Burke handles the department’s reception and administrative duties, including scheduling, insurance authorizations and referral.