Amy is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist with more than 38 years experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, evaluation and treatment. She recently completed her manual certification through Maitland Australian Seminars ( MAPS). Her interests within physical therapy include adolescent sports medicine, spinal rehabilitation, women's issues including post-partum therapy, incontinence and pelvic asymmetries. She has been trained and is able to custom designed orthotics.
She has had experience with Professional Athletes including work locally with the Philadelphia Phillies. She has participated in the establishment and operation of several private practices both locally and in her home state of NJ, with an emphasis on orthopedics, sports medicine and hand injuries
Locally, she has worked at Hands Inc., Palm Harbor Physical therapy, Debra Dent Physical Therapy, Shires Physical Therapy and the Florida Spine Institute. She has had teaching experience at the Philadelphia College of Pediatric Medicine, Temple University, College of Allied Health Professions and locally at Saint Petersburg College in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program and has been a guest lecturer at U.S.F. physical therapy program in Tampa. She hosts educational workshops and seminars for personal trainers along with community education programs in Pinellas County.
Her personal interests include coaching fast pitch softball, as well as being an instructor in private pitching lessons for fast pitch softball. Other interests include biking, playing golf, softball, exercise, kayaking, hiking and playing with her puppy.
Joe received his Bachelors Degree from Purdue University in 1978. He was able to work for 4 years in the athletic training department while getting his degree in Health and Safety Education. He attended Northwestern University and completed his degree in physical therapy in 1979. He later completed his M.B.A. in 1989, at Loyola University. He has worked as a staff therapist in outpatient physical therapy clinics in the Chicago area, and also as a clinical director. He had ownership in 2 different private practice clinics over a 20 year period. His love and passion in the field of physical therapy is his "hands on" skills and treating his patients.
He started his manual therapy career in the manual medicine program at Michigan State University. During this educational process he studied with Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physical Therapist and Dentists. He has an extensive background in manual techniques that he uses daily with treatment of his patients. He enjoys working on difficult and complex cases, including orthopedic, sports, spinal, and chronic pain patients. He uses skilled manual techniques along with specific exercises to return his patients to their personal goals, return to normal activities, to job duties and favorite sports.
In his spare time, he loves to swim, relax at the beach, travel, and spending time with his family and friends. He has 2 children, Jonathon a pharmacist and Jessica who has a career in event planning.
Dr. McGowan received her Bachelor of Science in 1992 from Iowa State University with high honors, and her Masters of Physical Therapy in 1994 from the University of Iowa at the top of her class. In 2002, Tracy became a Doctor of Physical Therapy and received her Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine.
Working in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine since 1994, Dr. McGowan has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes from various sports, including football, baseball, soccer, golf, and wrestling. She has also had the pleasure of working backstage on Broadway performers that have traveled to the Tampa Bay area.
Dr. McGowan believes in providing quality care to her patients, and receives great satisfaction from helping her patients return to work, sports, and activities of daily living. Hobbies include running, dancing, playing with the dog and of course her family. “The largest compliment my patients can give me is their referral of their family and friends.”
Martin graduated Florida International University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. During this time he also worked as a Personal Fitness Trainer at the Coral Gables Fitness Center and LA Fitness. After graduating he went on to be a Physical Therapist at a few different locations finally settling in here at C.H.O.O.S.E. Physical Therapy.
Martin has an extensive background in health and fitness and maintains a number of licenses and certifications to be the best therapist possible. He has obtained his Kinematic Taping Certification, Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor and of course. maintains his Physical Therapy License. In addition to being a certified Physical Therapist he is also fluent in Polish!
Martin is a family man with a wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys going to the gym and relaxing with his family.
Cera graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science degree. She continued her education at UD obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She completed a sports certification program with Evidence in Motion in 2017. She became Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy in July 2018. Her unique experiences during the physical therapy program provide her with strong manual therapy skills, an appreciation for the importance of educating the community and integrating research in practice.
She is also very passionate about research. She has published two poster presentations at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting on 3D motion capture data. She was published in Journal of Clinical Biomechanics with study titled "Three-dimensional hip and knee kinematics during walking, running and single-limb drop landing in females with and without genu-valgum". Her special interests include foot and ankle. Her independent study in her PT program focused on custom foot orthotics and gait analysis. Cera strives to integrate her knowledge of biomechanics, manual skills and design specific exercises in order to get patients back exceedingly well.
In her free time, she is avid runner and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.