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. Taylor DeLuca, PT, DPT

Dr. DeLuca is a highly accomplished professional in the field of Physical Therapy, renowned for her expertise in treating musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and vestibular pathologies. With a strong educational background and a deep passion for helping others regain their functionality, Dr. DeLuca has made significant contributions to the field throughout her career.

Dr. DeLuca embarked on her academic journey at The Florida State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. During her time at FSU, she demonstrated not only her dedication to academic excellence but also her leadership abilities as the captain of the dance team during her senior year. It was during this time that she experienced sport-related injuries, including a reconstructive ankle surgery, which sparked her profound interest in the field of physical therapy.

Motivated by her personal experiences and her desire to help others overcome physical challenges, Dr. DeLuca pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. This advanced degree equipped her with an in-depth understanding of the complexities of the human body and provided her with the necessary skills to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of physical conditions.

With a diverse and extensive clinical background, Dr. DeLuca has successfully treated numerous patients and athletes, helping them regain their prior level of function and enhancing their quality of life. She is known for her comprehensive approach to therapy, combining evidence-based techniques with personalized care, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

Passionate about ongoing professional development, Dr. DeLuca remains at the forefront of advancements in the field of Physical Therapy. She actively participates in continuing education courses and stays updated with the latest research and treatment methodologies. This commitment to excellence ensures that her patients receive the highest standard of care, benefiting from the most current and effective therapeutic interventions available.

Dr. DeLuca’s dedication, expertise, and genuine compassion for her patients have earned her recognition and trust within the medical community. She is deeply committed to helping individuals overcome physical limitations, supporting their journey towards optimal health and well-being. Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, Dr. DeLuca continues to make a positive impact on the lives of her patients and the field of Physical Therapy as a whole.

Dr. Vladimir Stojnic PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr Vladimir Stojnic’s desire to be more involved in the process of rehabilitative medicine steered him to Columbia University, where he graduated with a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. His long term involvement as well as passion for sports guided him towards earning Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, which charged his engagement with the athletic population as well as art performers from various Broadway shows in New York City.

Vladimir utilizes manual therapy techniques in addition to corrective movement patterns and patient education, to improve his patients’ functionality and return to life without pain.

Being a big sports fan, he enjoys sharing his passion with family and friends. Moving south had allowed him to spend more time outdoors and enjoy Florida sunshine.

Moto: “Where there is a will, there is a way”

Dr. Felipe Picado PT, DPT, Dip. Osteopractic

Dr. Felipe Picado believes in patient-centered high quality of care in which the patient is given full attention through the entire treatment in combination with hands-on skilled services and functional therapeutic specific exercises. Dr. Picado attended the University of Central Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Afterwards, he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where he graduated with honors.

Dr. Picado has a diverse experience treating various musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and cardiopulmonary pathologies at the hospital, and patient’s homes. However, he specializes in orthopedics treating from a wide variety of injuries ranging from professional athletes to the geriatric population.

Currently Dr. Picado is completing his Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT). This prestigious training emphasizes specific training on spinal manipulation, dry needling, and differential diagnostic assessment of both orthopedic and neurological conditions.

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