Luis G. Hincapie, MPT, ATC
Luis graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and received his Masters degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He has over 24 years of clinical experience in various aspects of rehabilitation including Critical Care patients. He was published in Critical Care Medicine on Rehabilitation of Chronic Ventilator dependent patients. With a Sports Medicine background, he brings a wealth of knowledge with our outpatient/Orthopaedic patient population. He has gained teaching experiences as an adjunct faculty with Temple and Widener Universities. Luis holds certifications in Ergonomic and Spine Evaluations, hand rehabilitation, and Strength and Conditioning. When he is not problem solving and teaching at the clinic, his passion is in coaching youth competitive travel soccer teams.
Marta Padilla, PT
Marti followed her calling and graduated from Temple University’s PT school in 1983. She specialized in Neuro PT and has spent the majority of her career in this specialty working with children and the elderly. Her pediatric work included developmentally delayed children. “I’m a General Practitioner/Jack Of All Trades,” Marti says jokingly. Meaning she studies hard and is always researching and taking new courses that may help meet the needs of her patients. The most memorable experience for her was the two mission trips she took to Romania and Belarus to work with children.
Mark Nimchuk, DPT
Mark has been practicing physical therapy for the last 17 years in a variety of settings. After graduating Temple University in 1997, he worked at Temple hospital for almost 10 years, primarily on their ventilator rehabilitation unit, where he also co-authored research article on rehabilitation of ventilator dependent patient. Mark has experiences as a travel physical therapist, home care physical therapy and outpatient therapy. He has recently completed courses specializing in kinesiotaping and use of the Graston technique to treat musculoskeletal injuries. My hobbies include playing racquetball and golf. I’m also an avid snowboarder.
Manish Patel, OTR/L
Manish has been a licensed PA Occupational therapist for the last 13 years, where he has practiced in all areas of rehab. Manish has extensive experience in outpatient rehab, where he specializes in rehabilitation of the upper extremity and hand, as well as splinting, for clients of all age groups. Manish also possesses advanced certifications which enable him to conduct Functional Capacity Evaluations for workers compensation, disability, and post hire pre-placement screens. In addition, Manish possesses a certification in ergonomics, which allows him to consult and perform as an ergonomist to aid in work injury prevention. His expertise in the areas of ergonomics and functional capacity evaluations has lead to adjunct lecturing at universities and colleges.
Joshua Rivera, ATC
Studied Athletic Training At West Chester Univ. 1998-2002. He went to study Sports Medicine at Temple University in 2002-2005. He’s worked with various sports groups at Temple University, Widener University and locally at Nueva Esperanza Academy. Josh is a member of NATA and enjoys bowling, football, and Pina Coladas.
Anna Walski, DPT
Anna graduated University of the Sciences in 2015 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined the Fortaleza family in 2010 as a volunteer, then worked as a physical therapy aide, and finally started working as a Physical Therapist upon graduation. Anna splits her time working with patients in the Physical Therapy gym and in the aquatic PT pool. She is currently pursuing her McKenzie certification. She is fluent in Polish. Anna enjoys staying active, traveling and is currently a new fan of American football. Go Eagles!!
Vincent Ngo, DPT
Vincent received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in 2014. He mainly has experience in outpatient orthopaedics with a clinical experience in a skilled nursing facility. Vincent has an interest in obtaining his Strength and Conditioning certification and has taken an interest in functional movement assessments (SFMA.) He enjoys going out to eat, working out, and staying active.
Edison Guzman, PTA
My physical therapy career technically began many years ago when I was working as a Certified Personal Trainer. During that time that I observed that many of my clients were suffering from back, neck, and knee pain. In an effort to improve their strength while managing their pain symptoms I began researching therapeutic exercises that could benefit my clients. Over time, I started seeing noticeable results and improvements, which ultimately sparked my interest in the practice of Physical Therapy.
I graduated from Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2016 and obtained a license as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Shortly thereafter, I was hired at Fortaleza Rehabilitation and am currently the Aquatic Therapist at the Port Richmond clinic, occasionally treating patients out on the clinic floor, as well.
I am also taking part time classes at Jefferson University and progressing towards a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and trying new foods at restaurants all across the city in my spare time.
Monal Patel, OTD, OTR/L
Monal Patel graduated from Huntington University with her Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree in May of 2018. She became an occupational therapist because she enjoys thinking of creative ways to allow her patients to return to their “new” normal. Monal enjoys working with the outpatient population and has plans to pursue a specialty certification in hand therapy. Monal’s interests involve exploring the city’s coffee shops, sushi restaurants and museums.
Kim Ho, PT, DPT
Kim graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of the Sciences in 2018. Most of her clinical experiences were in the outpatient setting and she has had the opportunity to evaluate and treat a variety of patient populations, including orthopedic, neurologic, and oncologic patients. She enjoys a challenge and is always looking towards gaining more knowledge and experience, all in order to produce the best outcomes for her patients. She has taken on a special interest in learning how to treat patients with mental health disorders, and has so far completed training in Mental Health First Aid and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for those with substance use disorders. Kim is also passionate about helping the underserved community and has volunteered her time teaching at the Health Careers Academy, working at the pro bono Mercy Health Clinic, and taking part in conducting a research study looking into physical activity needs for low-income cancer patients. Outside of the clinic, Kim enjoys going out into the city with her friends and family, going to the gym, and traveling.
Tom Kain, DPT
Tom graduated with his Doctor in Physical Therapy from Widener University in 2017. His clinical experience includes many outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinics, skilled nursing facility/long-term care, and some experience working as a Home Health PT. Tom takes a holistoic approach to patient care, taking a whole body approach to addressing a person’s impairments. Tom enjoys working out, playing hockey, and watching the Flyers.
Melissa Lebron, DPT
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree at Chestnut Hill College in 1997 before becoming a school teacher. While teaching, she discovered her love for the field of physical therapy. Melissa went on to graduate school and received her Masters in Physical Therapy at Rutgers University in 2005. Her experience includes outpatient, inpatient rehab, acute care, skilled nursing, home care and correctional settings. Melissa is an STMT (soft tissue manual tool) Certified Practitioner.
Kavitha Paranjothi, DPT
Kavitha received her Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy in India and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Temple University in 2005. Since Kavitha has worked in a variety of settings and finding her niche in Vestibular Therapy. Kavitha is continuing to expand her specialties with certifications in Pelvic Floor and WCS (Women’s Certified Specialist). Kavitha has experience with all age groups and has treated people from the ages of 8 months to 101 years old. Her personal mission statement is “Doctor’s add years to your life but I add years to your life,” and believes in intergrating the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of her patients in order to achieve the best individual outcomes. On her free time Kavitha is very creative and enjoys painting, crocheting, dancing and cricket.