Why Miami Physical Therapy Associates?



Who's Your Therapist?

Our Approach

You have a family doctor..... You have a family dentist.....
But do you have a family physical therapist?


At Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. we are changing the way people view physical therapy. We establish long-lasting compassionate relationships with our clients. Physical therapists are specialists in musculoskeletal problems. We know the body inside and out, from head to toe. We can treat your back pain, your daughter's scoliosis, your growing son's knee pain, your mother's hip replacement. You can call us after a car accident, or hurting yourself at the gym. You can consult us for wellness and osteoporosis prevention.

Don't wait until your aches and pains consume you to consult your doctor. In the state of Florida we have direct access to physical therapy. This means you can come directly to us for treatment without referral from your doctor, if your insurance company allows. If your problem is beyond our scope of practice, we will make the appropriate referral. We are here to help. We are also here to prevent injuries, to determine where your weaknesses lie and help keep your body healthy and strong.

Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. is committed to helping you maximize your independence by working together with you to set individualized goals. We hope to optimize the quality of your movements and improve your performance and function. Our goal is to restore the skills that are of value to you in your everyday life.

Under our logo are the words "Carpe Diem". This exemplifies a mindset fostered by our team which is passed on to our patients.

All of our therapists are licensed by the state of Florida and are members of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

We have a well-rounded team with over 100 years of combined experience in the areas of orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation.

Our family of patients has included the rehabilitation of many professional athletes, movie stars and community leaders.

"Our biggest complement is when you refer us to your friends and family."

BECAUSE WE CARE!
Experience. Compassion. Results.
Welcome to Miami Physical Therapy Associates.

We provide a comprehensive approach to outpatient rehabilitation. Our practice was founded in 1980 on the premise that patients deserve the highest level of care from skilled, qualified professionals. We take pride in improving the quality of our patients' lives through practical, function-based, individually tailored physical therapy. Our state-of-the-art equipment is specifically designed to address the individual needs of our patients in order to enhance the therapeutic process.

Our office offers treatment for:

Spinal Cord Injury
Lower extremity Amputees
Neck Pain
Back Pain
Sports Injuries
Orthopedic Injuries
Multiple Trauma
Neurological Injuries
Work related Injuries
Chronic Pain
Balance Problems
Gait Impairments
Rehabilitation Equipment Recommendations
Bracing options

Each year Miami Physical Therapy Associates tries to give back to our community for the well-being of our patients. We are proud to sponsor the research and fundraising efforts of:

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
The Buoniconti Fund
Shake-A-Leg Foundation
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy
Alan T. Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research
The Woody Foundation

We are Organizational Members of The National Spinal Cord Injury Association.


Our Services



Neurological Rehabilitation
Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation
Spine Care
Balance & Coordination Training
Gait Training
Wheelchair Prescription
Orthotics and Prosthetics Recommendation
      & Training

Home Exercise Programs
Other Services

Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. is committed to helping you maximize your independence by working together with you to set individualized goals. We hope to optimize the quality of your movement and improve performance and function while ensuring the development of skills that are of value to you in your everyday life.

During your first visit, you will be carefully evaluated by one of our licensed physical therapists and, in combination with your physician's orders and your personal goals, the most appropriate exercise protocol will be formulated to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.

Our therapy team will closely guide you with proper technique, intensity and safety while performing your exercises. Our therapists are highly qualified and experienced to modify and adjust any exercise to meet your individual abilities, needs and goals. The majority of your therapy session will consist of one-on-one treatment, which may include manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education.

Our clinic is also outfitted with three well-resourced therapy rooms and a gym area with specialized equipment to enhance treatment outcomes.
Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurological rehabilitation includes treatment of a broad range of neurological diseases and their sequelae. Our clinic specializes in neuromuscular rehabilitation and the development of programs that maximize function and minimize long-term disability.

Commonly treated neurological diagnoses include:

Spinal Cord Injury
Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) or Stroke
Multiple Sclerosis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Parkinson's Disease/Parkinsonism
Neuropathy
Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Radiculopathy
Drop Foot


We are proud to be certified in LSVT®BIG training for patients with Parkinson's Disease and other movement related disorders.
Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation

Whether you're a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or lead a sedentary lifestyle, our therapists are prepared to design the ideal plan of care to address your physical needs.

We have had the pleasure of treating movie and music celebrities, and professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA and FIFA.

We often utilize the application of Kinesiotape to complement physical therapy treatment.

Commonly treated orthopedic injuries include:

Pre and Post Surgical Conditions Of All Joints
Strains and Sprains
Bursitis and Tendonitis
Rotator Cuff Tears and Other Shoulder Injuries
Knee Injuries Such as Ligament or Meniscal Tears
Tennis Elbow
Fractures
Total Joint Replacement
Lower Extremity Amputee Rehabilitation
Spine Care

Physical therapy treatment for your spine starts with a thorough evaluation. Your physical therapist will design a personalized rehabilitation program taking into account your past medical history, current symptoms, diagnostic tests, doctors recommendations and most importantly, your personal goals. Your treatment may consist of a combination of modalities for pain management, manual techniques, therapeutic massage, therapeutic exercises, spinal stabilization programs and Pilates-based exercises.

We offer expert treatment of:

Low Back or Neck Pain
Radiating pain
Spinal Stenosis
Herniated Discs
Sciatica
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis
Scoliosis
Posture Improvement
Body Mechanics Instruction
Pre and Post-Operative Spine Care
Drop Foot

Balance and Coordination Training

Good balance and coordination allow you to move efficiently and safely through your environment, but may be severely affected following neurological or orthopedic injuries. Deficits in balance and coordination may also be seen as a result of vestibular system dysfunction. However, by incorporating appropriate balance exercises, physical therapists are trained to enhance your response to the external environment, improve your safety, and decrease your risk of falls.
Gait Training

Gait training is a specialized skill of physical therapists. Whether learning to use crutches safely, getting rid of a limp, or taking some precious first steps after a stroke or spinal cord injury, our physical therapists have the expertise to assist you in your optimal return to walking.

In our clinic we offer:

Computerized assessment of your gait pattern (Biodex Gait Trainer)
Gait training with body weight support system (Locomot)
Gait training with electrical stimulation (Bioness)
Gait training with various leg braces
Gait training for amputees (including the C-Leg)
Gait training with the robotic exoskeleton (ReWalk)

Wheelchair Prescription

The proper wheelchair prescription promotes optimal function, postural correction, relief of pain, and improved appearance. Selecting and prescribing the appropriate wheelchair requires skill and experience. This is done routinely in our office and we are frequently referred to by doctors, many funding sources, and agencies due to our expertise and reputation in the area of wheelchair prescriptions.

Our office offers expertise in:

Manual wheelchairs
Power wheelchairs
Power-assisted wheels
Backrest recommendation
Cushion assessment
Postural Problems
Seating Problems

Orthotics and Prosthetics Recommendation & Training

If you have a desire to walk again or difficulty walking, the use of special orthotics or leg braces may be right for you. Orthotics and braces are routinely used in our comprehensive approach to rehabilitation. Our therapists are skilled and experienced in prescription and training in the use of orthotics to promote function or therapeutic gait. We also offer gait training for amputees who desire to walk with prosthetic limbs.

Commonly prescribed custom-made orthotics include:

RGO
KAFO
AFO
SMO
Insoles


Assistive devices may include:

Walkers
Forearm crutches
Axillary crutches
Up and Go Walker
Canes

Home Exercise Programs

A thorough individually tailored home exercise program is included with every rehabilitation program. This will complement concepts and exercises learned during therapy sessions, in order for patients to have better outcomes.
Other Services

In addition to the Physical Therapy you receive at Miami PTA, we can help you arrange Occupational Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Speech Therapy with qualified and skilled professionals in the community. We also offer home evaluations for accessibility and modifications.

We can also refer you for driving evaluations and lessons and orthotic /prosthetic care.

We offer skilled care for the treatment of patients status post mastectomy who may have pain, stiffness and difficulty with upper body and trunk movements.


Our Equipment



AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
ReWalk
Locomot Body Weight Support
      System

Functional Electrical Stimulation
      (FES) Bikes

Standing Frame and Glider
Biodex Gait Trainer
Biodex Balance System SD
Universal Circuit
Total Gym
Wii Fit
Stairs / Deck
Bioness
Modalities

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG®Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is revolutionizing rehabilitation by allowing you to walk and run with reduced impact. Through patented NASA technology, the AlterG provides up to 80% body weight support to reduce the stress and strain on your body. The benefits of reducing the pull of gravity while you exercise include:

Walk or jog without stress and strain on joints
Improve your balance and control without fear of falling
Build strength and coordination
Walk faster and farther than you normally can
Train through injuries.
Run without pain or discomfort

The AlterG®Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is an effective tool to help treat patients with the following conditions:

Joint replacements
Orthopedic or sports injuries involving the hips, knees, and ankles
Overweight or obese
Difficulty with balance and walking
Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Ataxia, or other neurological conditions

ReWalk Rehabilitation

The ReWalk is a robotic exoskeleton which allows for standing, walking, turning, sitting, and the capacity to ascend and descend stairs. It functions outdoors and on various terrains. The ReWalk provides a unique means of exercise and therapy, and it allows patients to evaluate their capacity for potentially having a home device in the future. The ReWalk offers users practical benefits such as the potential to perform activities functional upright activities, access to buildings without ramps, and eye-to-eye contact with others. There are also many health benefits currently being evaluated.



Clinical Selection Criteria for the ReWalk:

Lower extremity paralysis or paresis
T1 level or below
Fair or better trunk control
Good upper body strength and range of motion, including hand function
Clearance from a physician to begin a standing program based on having good bone density and a healthy cardiovascular system
Sufficient lower extremity passive range of motion
Able to tolerate standing and gait program
Patient must be between ~5'0" - 6'4" and weight less than 220 lbs.

Contraindications:

Uncontrolled spasticity or clonus
Infection, pressure sores or DVT
Pregnancy or lactating females
Severe concurrent medical conditions
Psychiatric or cognitive issues
Joint contractures

The ReWalk is currently FDA approved for rehabilitation use in the clinic. The personal model was launched in 2012 and is awaiting FDA clearance.
Locomot Body Weight Support System

This rehabilitation device is used for individuals which require body weight support for ambulation. Individuals with decreased lower extremity strength, balance deficits, who require support when walking, or who require partial weight bearing on their lower extremities can ambulate with this device on a treadmill. The patient is placed into a harness which is then connected to an overhead support system. Varying percentages of body weight can be supported depending on the patient's needs.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bikes

We have two RTI functional electrical stimulation (FES) bicycles. This is excellent for individuals who have little or no voluntary leg movement to be able to actively pedal a stationary bicycle with the power of their own muscles. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) uses computer controlled safe electrical currents passing through electrodes on the skin to initiate muscle contractions in the legs.

The computerized FES cycling program provides significant benefits, including:

Relaxation of muscle spasms
Prevention or retardation of disuse atrophy
Increased local blood circulation
Increased range of motion
Muscle re-education
Aerobic exercise

Published clinical indications have also shown an increase in cardiopulmonary function, an increase in muscle mass and tone, reduced frequency of pressure sores, improvements of bowel and bladder function, and a decrease in urinary tract infections and other secondary medical complications.
Standing Frame and Glider

There are numerous physiological and psychological benefits to standing. Our standing frames allow for upright posture for people with weakness or paralysis. A regular standing program has been shown to decrease the incidence of secondary complications from prolonged wheelchair use.
Biodex Gait Trainer

This state of the art treadmill allows for computerized analysis of your gait pattern. It also has a biofeedback feature for gait training. Changes in cadence, step length and step efficiency can be recorded. This is a great way to objectively track improvements in your walking over the course of your therapy.
Biodex Balance System SD

The Biodex Balance System SD has been designed to meet the needs of everyone looking to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone and treat a wide variety of pathologies. Featuring easy-to-follow "touch-screen" operation, the Balance System SD is simple to learn and operate, leading the user step-by-step through testing protocols and training modes in both static and dynamic formats. Extremely versatile, it is the only system that provides a fast, accurate Fall Risk Screening and Conditioning Program for older adults; closed-chain, weight-bearing assessment and training for lower extremity patients; and adds the balance assessment component to a concussion management program.
Universal Circuit

Weight training may be included as part of your upper body strengthening routine. Our Universal Circuit is adaptable and wheelchair accessible.
Total Gym

Our "Power Tower" is a versatile piece of equipment for strengthening the core and all extremities. It is safe and supportive for all types of injuries, including orthopedic and neurological weaknesses. It allows for partial weight-bearing exercises and may also used for Pilates-based rehabilitation.
Wii® Fit

Have fun while you work on balance, coordination and strength! This may also be a great complement to your home exercise program.
Stairs / Deck

Whether you have difficulty with ramps, stairs or uneven terrain, Miami Physical Therapy Associates is prepared to take you outdoors and train you in the challenges of the real world.
Bioness

Miami Physical Therapy Associates is proud to announce the integration of Bioness technology into our rehabilitation programs. Bioness offers award-winning medical devices designed to benefit people with Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, and Spinal Cord Injury. These products use electrical stimulation to help people regain mobility and independence, to improve quality of life and productivity. Our physical therapists are trained in the use of the Ness L300 Drop Foot stimulator, as well as the H200 Hand Rehabilitation unit.

For more information on these products please feel free to visit the Bioness website at http://www.bioness.com/Home.php.
Modalities

Traditional physical therapy modalities such as moist heat, electrical stimulation, massage, iontophoresis, ultrasound and ice packs may also be incorporated into your treatment to address soft tissue injuries, pain, or swelling.


Our Team



Miriam Marie Guanche
Carla D. Ruhl
Marcie Howkins
Sarah A. Carballo
Jessica E. Morales
James Fenton
Rebeca Garcia Robinson
Robin S. Smith
Administrative Staff


Miriam graduated from University of Miami, School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Health Science in 1997 and Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. She has been the Clinical Director of Miami Physical Therapy Associates since 2004 and was recently featured in Poder magazine.

Her areas of expertise are in spine rehabilitation, sports related injuries and neurological injuries. Advanced training has included spinal stabilization courses, neurological rehabilitation courses for stroke, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury, PNF training, pilates-based rehabilitation courses, balance and vestibular rehabilitation courses, aquatic therapy courses, and Grey Institute courses for functional orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Miriam is certified in evaluation and training for the use of the Bioness H200 and L300 and the Rewalk. She is a certified LSVT BIG practitioner for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and other neurological impairments.

Miriam plays an active role in clinical education. She is a Clinical Instructor and has taught as volunteer faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association since 1998. She is a member of the Private Practice section, Orthopedic and Neurology Section. She strongly believes in giving back to her community by supporting various organizations including the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Shake- a Leg Foundation, the Buoniconti Fund, the Alan T. Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis, St. Jude Children�s Hospital and The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research.

Miriam works closely with her patients to improve full functional recovery and reach their maximum potential. She has a thorough approach combining manual techniques, therapeutic functional exercises and modalities to accelerate the healing process. Miriam's compassion, creativity and healing touch will make your experience at therapy enjoyable and productive! Outside of the clinic Miriam enjoys traveling, concerts, quality time with her husband and daughters and entertaining for family and friends.

miriamg@miamipta.com
As the founder of Miami Physical Therapy Associates Inc. in 1980, Robin has always felt that our most important asset were the "associates"; those who care for the patient from the front office to the aides to the treating physical therapist. A week doesn't go by without a compliment paid to them about their competence, compassion, and expertise.

Robin is the driving force behind Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973, and has more than 30 years of clinical experience in the area of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Robin has been involved with numerous research projects and publications throughout his career. He has been involved in numerous studies within the spinal cord injury realm, which have been performed in conjunction with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the National Institute of Health, the National Academy of Sciences and the University of Miami, School of Music.

He has lectured on the topic of spinal cord injury rehabilitation for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the University of Miami School of Medicine, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

On numerous occasions, Robin has been awarded "Clinical Instructor of the Year" by the Miller School of Medicine's Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami.

Robin has expertise in wheelchair seating and assessment as well as lower extremity bracing and orthotics including the Advanced Reciprocating Gait Orthosis (ARGO).

He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1973, including membership in the Private Practice Section.
In 2005 Robin was a featured "Innovator" for Physical Therapy Provider Network (PTPN).

In 2009 he was awarded the "Standing Tall Award" by the Alan T. Brown Foundation in New York.

In his free time Robin enjoys traveling and boating.

Carla graduated from Florida International University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has been at Miami Physical Therapy Associates since 1994. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a member of the Neurology and Orthopedic Sections.

Carla has an expertise in the areas of evaluation and treatment of various neurological conditions including spinal cord injury, geriatric populations and orthopedic spine for both pre- and post-op rehabilitation. She has a variety of techniques including trunk/core stabilization, proprioceptive neurofaciliation techniques, Kinesio Taping Methods, balance re-education and body weight supported ambulation in her training. She also provides osteoporosis education and postural training exercises based on the Sara Meeks Method. She is an expert in seating evaluations and makes appropriate wheelchair and seating recommendations.

Carla plays an active role in clinical education. She is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education.

Carla's expertise also includes the evaluation and treatment with the Bioness Systems L300 Foot Drop System and the Bioness H200 Hand Rehabilitation System. Carla is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practioner. Carla is skilled in ReWalk assessment and training.

carlar@miamipta.com
Marcie graduated from University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Physical therapy in 1987. She has expertise in orthopedic, sports related injuries, geriatrics, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.

Marcie is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the orthopedic and sports section. Advanced training has included multiple orthopedic, balance, neurological based rehabilitation and sports related courses.

Marcie is certified in evaluation and training for the use of the Bioness H200 and L300.

Marcie is also skilled in Kinesiotaping, muscle energy techniques and treatment of the overhead athlete.

Outside of the clinic, Marcie enjoys the arts, playing tennis, bellydancing and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Miami's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2010 and has been with us since. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2007.

Sarah has a particular interest in neurological rehabilitation as well as in the management of orthopedic conditions. She enjoys working with patients who have undergone surgery and joint replacements, and seeing them reach their goals and regain their functional mobility.

Sarah's goal when working with her patients is to educate them along the way in order for them to be able to manage their particular condition in the long run. She treats all patients with the dignity, patience and courtesy they deserve.

Sarah has been trained on the evaluation and treatment of patients for the Bioness Systems L300 Foot Drop System and Bioness H200 Hand Rehabilitation System. Sarah is skilled in ReWalk assessment and training. She has also completed continuing education courses in the area of spinal cord rehabilitation focusing on the current research, technology and practice in treating individuals with spinal cord injuries. Sarah enjoys working with various groups of people and has worked with performers from the musical Hair.

Sarah is a certified LSVT BIG practitioner for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease and other neurological impairments.

Outside of the office Sarah enjoys playing with her dogs, exercising, and cooking.

sarahc@miamipta.com
Jessica received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with honors from the University of Miami, School of Medicine in 2004 and has been with our facility ever since.

Jessica strives to help her patients relieve pain and improve function. This is accomplished by working with her patients as a team to develop an appropriate therapy program which best fits the individual needs and nature of the injury. Safety, dignity, and confidentiality are always kept in mind.

Jessica's ultimate goal is for her patients to become effective in the management and/or prevention of possible future symptoms. She believes that the key to physical therapy is educating the patient in order to give the patient the necessary tools to be successful outside of the clinic.

As a Native Miamian, she understands and appreciates the population that she serves. Her areas of interest are orthopedics and geriatrics.

In addition to being an avid University of Miami sports fan, Jessica enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with her family.

James graduated from the University of Miami Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2012 but has been working with us since 2006. He has been active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2009.

James has contributed in research conducted at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients, as well as those with orthopedic injuries. He has taken courses on Pilates for rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and stroke rehabilitation, and amputee rehab. He has experience working with athletes and individuals of all ages. James is skilled in ReWalk assessment and training.

James is motivated to not only make his patients feel better, but empower them in order to allow them to reach their full potential. His ultimate goal when treating patients is to allow them to return to their prior level of function and educate them to become advocates for wellness within their community.

Outside of the clinic James enjoys exercising, cycling, rooting for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins and boating with friends in the Florida Keys.

jamesf@miamipta.com
A graduate of the Miller School of Medicine in May 2006, Rebeca won the Steven J. Rose Student Research Award for her work on "The Effect of High vs. Low Frequency Stimulation on Pinch Grip Strength" performed in conjunction with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Rebeca has been trained on the evaluation and use of the Bioness H200 Hand Rehabilitation System and the Bioness L300 Drop Foot System. She has also completed continuing education courses in the topics of Pilates for rehabilitation, prosthetic fitness and gait, and various aspects of neurological rehabilitation. Becky is skilled in ReWalk assessment and training.

Rebeca has been an APTA member since 2003 and is a current member of the Neurology section.

She has a special interest in the areas of brain and spinal cord rehabilitation and the treatment of orthopedic injuries. Her enthusiastic smile and constant encouragement to improve performance helps her patients meet their individual goals. Becky likes trying out new restaurants and enjoying family time with her husband and daughter.

beckyg@miamipta.com

Siuchee Lui
Office Manager
suicheel@miamipta.com

Maria Elena Diaz
Office Administrator
mariad@miamipta.com

Viviana Forero
Administrative Assistant
vivianaf@miamipta.com


Our Patients



Visitor Information

Success Stories

Pay It Forward Fund

Many of our patients have traveled long distances to receive our care. Our map above proudly displays their hometowns.

Miami Physical Therapy Associates is located in Coconut Grove, Florida, one of Miami's most popular areas. Coconut Grove is one of the hottest tourist spots in South Florida with it's proximity to the bay, access to shops, historic hotels and restaurants with a long established tradition of quality service.
Nearby Hotels Ritz Carlton
Hampton Inn
Sonesta
Marriott Residences
Mutiny
Attractions Cocowalk
South Beach
Parrot Jungle Island
Fairchild Botanical Gardens
Biscayne Bay activities
Miami Seaquarium
Adrienne Arsht Center
Transportation MetroRail (Coconut Grove station) is 2 blocks away
If you are visiting from out of town, our office would be pleased to act as a resource in assisting you to find appropriate accommodations, transportation, and leisure activities.
At the time of my first visit to Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc., I was in a great deal of pain. My initial evaluation was comprehensive and thorough. My therapist was consistently attentive throughout the course of my treatment. It soon became obvious that there was an across-the-board commitment to exceptional care by all of the staff. The state of the art facility and the positive and encouraging atmosphere was a contributing factor to my complete recovery. As a long time Miami resident, I have used physical therapist services in the past. The contrast is stunning. At Miami PTA it is crystal clearthat the business model is patient driven. It's all about delivering the finest level of care to the patient.

-D. Campbell


On June 11th, 2012 my life as I knew it stopped. I fractured cervical six and cervical seven of my spinal cord, a catastrophic injury that resulted in paralysis of my legs, my core and my right hand, better known as quadriplegia. I was in the hospital for almost 3 months and had to figure out how to deal with life on the outside. Dr. Green, my treating physician, recommended with high accolades, Miami Physical Therapy Associates. No words can even come close to describing the person I was when I entered Miami PTA. Prior to this injury, I could be described as a motivated, confident person, poised, resilient and self-reliant. Post injury, I was weighed-down emotionally with tremendous physical obstacles to overcome, drenched in worry, self-loathing, depression and insecurity. I was broken. This was a new reality that I wanted no part of but only had two choices in the matter...sink or swim. Miami PTA helped me to "swim" so to speak. I have been with the practice since September 2012 and the person that I am now is confident, hopeful and more independent. I look forward to going to therapy. I can do things today that I thought were lost forever. I love the physical challenges that Carla Ruhl, my therapist, presents to me and; with every physical success that I have I am brought one step closer to the life that I long for prior to that horrific day.

My treatment plan is always dynamic and progressive, never static or stagnant, consisting of a team oriented atmosphere of highly competent therapists who are continually educating themselves on cutting edge treatments in the world of spinal cord injury and rehabilitation. Most importantly, hope, respect and dignity is the rule, not the exception at Miami PTA and is noticeably obvious in the attitudes of every therapist and aid that works there. They are a group of people that I don't just consider my clinic of choice for rehabilitation, but more importantly a network of support that I can undoubtably call my friends.

-Mary Vaccaro


September 7, 2005. A date no one acknowledges but my mother, father, siblings, and myself. A day that seemed just like any other became a nightmare. After walking home from school with a school friend, a car suddenly ran us over while we were on the sidewalk. The damage was severe as my leg was lacerated and lost most of my skin and fat on my right leg. My left ankle was broken and damaged the growth plate, giving it the potential to stop growing(which never happened :D). After two months of rehabilitation, doctors found it necessary to place me into Miami Physical Therapy. There, on February 9, 2006, I met my therapist. The exercises she put me through not only made me stronger physically, but mentally. As of today, I'm still grateful for what she, and the rest of the team, did for me. At 16, I stride over most students in running, and back into playing baseball for my high school, soon to be varsity, team!

-Diego Davila


Being a professional athlete for 21 years in my sport I've been in the ICU 4 times with various serious injuries. I am blessed to have the best spinal surgeon in the country, for whom recommended Miami Physical Therapy Associates. My experience and the therapy were more than satisfactory. I was stronger than before my injuries. My therapist guided and strengthened my skill better than I was ever in my career. Miami Physical Therapy is a program that brings out the best you can be. I am thankful they exist.

-P.J. Lydon
Jockey


I arrived at Miami PT between Christmas and New Years of 2002. I am a T8 incomplete paraplegic who got this way after a terrible 32' fall. Miami PT came recommended by just about everyone I contacted in the Miami physician circles and I can testify that those who recommended Robin Smith and Miriam Guanche were right as a summer rain.

My therapy began with tapping back a balloon to Robin Smith (Jedi therapist) to strengthen my trunk which had no stability. The road to recovery begins not with a single step but with a balloon tap exercise who would have thought it. I enjoyed no motor function below the level of my injury and no independence in my daily living. Fast forward to today and I am as independent as can be considering and continue to make marked progress toward my goal of community ambulation. This dream would never have been even thinkable were it not for Miriam Guanche's efforts. She has employed her unequaled SCI knowledge with utter professionalism and a great attitude and smile. The therapy employed has been a myriad of methods from pool therapy to functional electrical stimulation and all points in between.

I have witnessed a plethora of patients who arrive in the pink building broken and depart with marked improvement and increased hope no exceptions. Robin and Miriam have surrounded themselves with a very caring and competent staff. Miami P.T. is the place you want to be in the event you or a loved one suffer a physical calamity like I did. I enjoy a better life thanks to these angels on earth and will forever be grateful to God that I was placed in their care. They are the best, period. I hope they never change for your benefit.

-Raul Pedraza


I came to Miami PT with the use of one limb, sitting in a wheelchair, not even able to pick up my head. Other therapy places told me "I would never walk and get used to being in a wheelchair." From day one, I was treated with respect, optimism, and tough love. Boot camp had begun. We all had the same goal to get me to walk and restore my dignity. My therapists always provided positive energy and helped me work through my fears and anxieties. I consider Miami Physical Therapy a family community, not a rehabilitation center. They embraced my family and me in and out of therapy, always including me in social events. Today, I walk full time with a walker, with my head upright, and within reach of a quad cane.

-Keith Fern


En el año 1966 sufrí una parálisis desde la séptima vértebra toráxica que me dejó en una silla de ruedas. Siempre he estado en terapia con la esperanza de volver a caminar. En el 2004 empecé a participar en el Miami Project y para entrar en un estudio de caminar, necesitaba un entrenamiento especial, así fue que conocí de Miami Physical Therapy. Cuando el estudio concluyó, empecé en este centro y ya estoy caminando con un "walker" especial, por lo que les estoy muy agradecida.

-Leida Miret
"What happened to him? Will she get better? Will he walk again? How long will it take? How long willtheir insurance keep paying? Is there a way I can help? We have so much to be grateful for."

These are among the most common questions and comments we hear daily from patients in our office. So many of you have expressed genuine concern and desire to help others less fortunate. So many of you are grateful for the care you have received and the goals you have met in therapy. Well, here is your chance to help.

If you wish to give someone the gift of therapy you can make a donation to the Pay It Forward Fund. All money collected will be used to pay for therapy (at a discounted rate) for those who are not insured and demonstrate financial hardship. We also accept donations in the form of equipment, wheelchairs, crutches, etc.

No amount is too great, nor too small. Here at Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. we do our part to help those in need in our community. We take on a number of Pro Bono cases. We work closely with families who demonstrate financial hardship. We support the fundraising efforts of various charitable organizations. Please join us in paying it forward!

If you have any questions regarding monetary or equipment donations, please contact Miriam Guanche, Clinical Director. If you would like to make a donation please print the attached "Pay if Forward Fund Donation Form" and mail along with a check to Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc., at 2869 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133.


Contact Us



Miami Physical Therapy Associates
2869 SW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33133-3701
Office: 305.444.0074
Fax: 305.444.8503
customerservice@miamipta.com

Office Hours: 7:00am-7:00pm


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We are in the PINK BUILDING on the left side of 27th Avenue, as you turn South from US 1. About 200 yards from US 1.

Free Parking is available in the back of the building or there is metered parking along 27th avenue in front of the building.

Miami Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. accepts Medicare, Workers Compensation, Visa and Mastercard. We are in network with BCBS, AvMed (PHCS), Aetna, and Cigna private insurances. We also accept other insurances with out of network benefits. Packages are available for self-pay clients and clients interested in the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®.

Click here for intake forms:
Patient Intake (English)
Patient Intake (Spanish)
Medicare Patient Intake (English)
Medicare Patient Intake (Spanish)
Medical History (English)
Medical History (Spanish)





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