Learn more about each staff member by clicking their pictures below.

Ron yacoub

president

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainer Association
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association

Ron established Pinecrest Physical Therapy in the spring of 2005 after working in several different clinical settings throughout the country.  Since that time, he has worked to evaluate and treat clients with various orthopedic and neurological conditions, helping them return to an active lifestyle.  Whether it is rehabilitation or reconditioning high-level athletes from high school to a professional level, Ron's passion has always been to help our patients regain their form and to return to their sport.

Montsy friguls

clinical coordinator

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Certifications:

  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist, The Academy of Lymphatic Studies

Before joining Pinecrest Physical Therapy, Montsy spent 6 years at Jackson Memorial Hospital working with a diverse population.  Her experience with post-surgical patients ranges from orthopedic and neurological trauma to adolescent and postpartum rehabilitation.  With her certification in lymphedema management, Montsy has worked with post-mastectomy women to reduce upper extremity swelling as well as plastic surgery cases in order to improve cosmetic outcomes.  She has also been involved with local university physical therapy programs, including Florida International University and University of Miami, participating in student training and internship programs.

Monica Aguirre

Staff Athletic Trainer

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, King College, Bristol, TN

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainer Association

Monica is a graduate of King College, class of 2013.  Her experience comes from her time spent as a soccer player in college.  She currently works as a youth soccer coach at the Coral Gables Youth Center.  Monica enjoys playing and coaching soccer, as well as being active.

Chris Altieri

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of New England, Portland, ME
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Chris graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy class of 2014 from the University of New England.  His areas of interest include orthopedic and sports-related injuries and rehabilitation.  Chris's experience stems from his time spent playing baseball at Florida International University, as well as coaching baseball at all levels.  He also brings additional knowledge from his time spend as a strength and conditioning intern while attending Florida International University.

Natalie Coto

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Pre-Physical Therapy with Minor in Sports Medicine & Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association

Natalie graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2010 from the University of Miami with honors.  Natalie has interests in health promotion and wellness, and specializes in rehabilitating orthopedic and sports-related injuries.  Natalie enjoys being physically active and participating in triathlons.

Megan Fernandez

STAFF ATHLETIC TRAINER

 

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sports and Fitness, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training, Florida International University, Miami, FL

CERTIFICATION:

  • Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainer Association

 

Megan graduated from Florida International University's athletic training program in 2016.  Her passion for sports medicine comes from working many semesters with collegiate football athletes as well as coaching high school basketball.  Megan enjoys watching sports and walking her dog.

Natalie Guzman

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences with Minor in Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Natalie graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Miami in 2012.  Natalie is a native of Miami, Florida and is fluent in Spanish.  Natalie has worked with a diverse patient population at various settings and works with autistic children.  Her interests are in orthopedics, geriatrics and pediatrics, and she has experience with Pilates.

TAMARA HIDALGO

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Florida International University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Florida International University
  • Associate in Arts, Pre-Physical Therapy, Miami Dade College

 

Tamara graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Florida International University in 2016.  Her passion for rehabilitating sports injuries stems from her personal experiences overcoming her own injuries as a young athlete.  She was a part of the Miami Dade College softball team which captured the NJCAA D1 title in 2010 and later returned as a pitching coach for one season.  She now enjoys being physically active and helping her patients return to their pain-free lifestyles.

Richard Jackson

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Richard graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 2014. During his undergraduate studies at Florida State University, he completed his degree in Exercise Science. After completing his final internship with us, Richard was invited to join our staff as a licensed physical therapist. His areas of interest include sports related injuries, orthopedic rehabilitation, and injury prevention.  As a Miami native, Richard speaks Spanish, enjoys being physically active and looks forward to spending his free time fishing.

Kevin moses

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Science, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

As a graduate of the 2008 DPT class of the University of Miami, Kevin focuses his efforts in the rehabilitation of high school and collegiate athletes.  As a former baseball player and pitching coach, Kevin brings a special skill set to our facility as compared to other therapy clinics.  After completing his clinical internship with us, Kevin returned to our clinic as a licensed therapist.  In addition, Kevin was also the recipient of the Leadership award for his graduating physical therapy class.

David Paula

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL

David graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy class of 2012 from Florida International University, and was the recipient of the 'Achievement in Clinical Education' award.  His areas of interest include orthopedic and sports-related injuries and rehabilitation.  He is also interested in injury prevention training for every type of athlete.  David brings a history of playing baseball and enjoys being physically active.

Carly Testa

Staff Physical Therapist & Home Health Liaison

 

Education:

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Post-Graduate Training:

  • Spine Stabilization, University of St. Augustine
  • Myofascial Manipulation, University of St. Augustine

Carly is from St. Petersburg, FL and moved to Miami in 2012.  She began her career in Physical Therapy while living in Charlotte, NC, where she worked in various settings.  Her interests are in orthopedics, wellness and geriatrics, and she also has experience with yoga and Pilates.  Carly works in the clinic, and is also the Home Health Liaison for Pinecrest Physical Therapy.

becca.jpg

BECCA JONES

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

 

Becca is from Baltimore, Maryland and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of Miami. As a former competitive gymnast and collegiate cheerleader at UM, Becca developed her passion for athletic injury rehabilitation and prevention. Becca enjoys being physically active and coaching gymnastics. 

DESALY.jpg

Desaly Gonzalez

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Florida International University, Miami, FL

  • Bachelor of Science, Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

 

Desaly is a Miami native who received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University in 2017. While receiving her Bachelor's degree at Wake Forest University, she sparked her interest for physical therapy during a research study looking at the effects of dance rehab on Parkinson's patients. As a former dancer and current dance teacher, Desaly has integrated her love and knowledge for dance into her everyday work as a therapist. Her itnerests range from the arts to sports and is highly committed in engaging herself into the path of orthopedic rehabilitation and injruy prevention. Desaly is fluent in both English and Spanish. For fun she enjoys teaching young girls the art of dance as well as keeping herself active.

ERIKA LOPEZ.JPG

erika lopez

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of New England, Portland, ME

  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Florida State University,  Miami, FL

  

 

Erika graduated from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy class of 2016 from the University of New England. Erika’s interests include spinal rehabilitation, orthopedics, and sports-related injuries. Erika believes in a holistic and individualized treatment approach including Pilates, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise to improve overall functional mobility and health. A Miami, FL native, she also enjoys being physically active and spending time outdoors.

GREG.jpg

Greg Goldberger

Staff Physical Therapist

 

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Bachelor of Science, Clinical Health Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

 

 

Greg graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2015 then completed a residency specializing in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Greg grew up playing baseball in Pembroke Pines and is able to implement this knowledge with injury prevention training for all types of athletes. Greg’s passion is treating orthopedic and sports-related injuries, but has experience working with patients with chronic pain and cancer-related issues. 

PETER.jpg

Peter ANselmo

Staff Athletic Trainer

 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Athletic Trainer Association

Peter's clinical experience started at the age of 20 when he began working as a Rehabilitation Aide at a physical therapy clinic in Western Massachusetts.  Once he received his Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, he moved to Miami to pursue his Master's degree in Athletic Training.  As a former athlete, Peter's clinical interests revolve around sports specific rehabilitation. Peter likes to remain active playing sports such as tennis, basketball and slow pitch softball.