The Team

Dr. Eric Otero, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS

Dr. Eric Otero is South Florida’s leading physical therapist who provides quality, safe, and cost-effective services to athletes and patients of all levels.

Dr. Otero founded Pinnacle Movement and Performance with the vision of helping active adults and athletes get back to the workouts/sports with the quality of care they deserve. The current healthcare system focuses on quantity or how many patients can be seen in a day versus how well are the services being rendered to the clients.

The needs of someone who is an active adult are much different than that of everyone else and simply “resting or stopping what you are doing”, is not a good enough answer. Our bodies are complex, and they deserve to be met with the attention to get down to the root causes of issues.

Having experience with professional and recreational athletes, Eric knows in order to get back to the things you love most and perform to the highest level as an athlete it takes someone who is dedicated to you. This is what Dr. Eric Otero firmly believes and what drives his practice with the client being his top priority.

Dr. Eric received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida. Throughout Dr. Otero’s career, he has had the opportunity to work with many athletes/teams including the University of Maryland’s track and field team, Olympic athletes, and the USSSA Pride Professional softball team. Dr. Otero has also worked in a variety of orthopedic settings and specializes in treating musculoskeletal disorders, gait and balance disorders, and various neurological conditions.

Dr. Otero is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a certified Titleist Performance Institute level I golf fitness instructor, Certified in utilizing McKenzie Method for treating the lumbar spine, has received extensive training utilizing the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and administers the Graston technique to aid in treating musculoskeletal disorders. Most recently Dr. Otero became board-certified by the American Physical Therapy Association in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2019.

Dr. Tyson Young PT, DPT, CSCS

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Dr. Tyson Young graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences from Florida Gulf Coast University. Following his undergraduate degree, he attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, where he graduated with honors, earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  Prior to joining the team, Dr. Young was the Clinical Director for an outpatient physical therapy clinic for 3 years, treating a wide variety of conditions including general orthopedics, post-surgical, chronic pain, regenerative medicine such as PRP and stem cell, and sports performance including youth, recreational, collegiate, and professional.

As a former Division I Men’s Baseball player, Dr. Young has always had a passion for human performance and movement. It is through his own injuries during his collegiate career where he developed his passion for Physical Therapy and helping others. Dr. Young obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in 2016, in order to gain further knowledge and understanding in the rehabilitation and return to the sport for higher-level athletes.  Dr. Young has had the opportunity to work with various athletes across the sports spectrum including marathon runners, tri-athletes, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, dance, Cross-Fit, and professional body builders.  Dr. Young understands that each sport has specific demands and requirements which need to be tailored towards each individual athlete in order to maximize sport performance.

Dr. Young prides himself on being a movement specialist, and has obtained certifications through the Functional Movement System including the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). He utilizes the knowledge gained from these certifications in order to assess the patient as a whole, in order to identify and direct treatment towards movement pattern dysfunctions. He is also in the process of obtaining his certification in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), which utilizes a movement-based approach to help guide diagnosis, treatment, and promote patient independence.

Dr. Maria Mena, PT, DPT

Dr. Maria Mena is one of the top orthopedic physical therapist within Florida’s Treasure Coast providing evidence based physical therapy services.

Dr. Mena joined the Pinnacle Movement and Performance team with the same goals as Dr. Otero and Dr. Lombardi to change the experience of physical therapy for patients. Focusing on the quality type of physical therapy services rather than the quantity of patients seen in a day.

Dr. Mena received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. At The U, Maria completed her clinical experiences in multiple sport and orthopedic settings, primarily working with active individuals of all ages, intercollegiate athletes, and limb loss patients. The U offered Maria various opportunities to be involved in research; she presented research at the Combined Sections Meeting conference in Denver, Colorado in the sports section relating to ACL research in adolescent sports. Maria’s mission as a clinician is to ensure patients become educated on their health and provide solutions for them to feel empowered to achieve their performance goals. She firmly believes that physically being able to perform is essential in all areas of life as it can affect social and mental well-being.

Being an athlete herself she understands the importance of staying healthy and active. She strives to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle in all her patients to help them achieve their highest potential of performance.

Dr. Melissa Hochman

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Dr. Melissa Hochman graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences from Florida Atlantic University. Following her undergraduate degree, she attended The University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA, where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.  Prior to joining the team, Dr. Hochman was the Regional Manager and Clinic Director for an outpatient physical therapy clinic for 5 years, treating a wide variety of conditions including general orthopedics, post-surgical, chronic pain, and sports performance including youth, recreational, and collegiate levels.  

Prior to attending physical therapy school, Dr. Hochman was a personal trainer specializing in injury rehabilitation and prevention. She specialized in working with clients dealing with degenerative joint disorders and pregnancy.  

Dr. Hochman has taken several advanced manual therapy certification courses specializing in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, pelvic girdle and extremity integration and is certified in Blood Flow Restriction training.  Dr. Hochman is in the process of becoming certified through the Functional Movement System including the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).  

 

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