PT, DPT, OCS & Owner
Born and raised in Glendale, Aaron McGuinness is the founder and owner of Aspire Physical Therapy & Sports Performance and specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Gonzaga University where he was a 4-year starting short stop on the Bulldog baseball team. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2011 and was accepted into the university’s residency program where he completed his Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2011. Aaron worked closely with many sports physicians, including a Dodger physician, Dr. John Itamura, the USC sports physician Dr. George Hatch, and the Lakers physician Dr. Dan Kharrazi with Kerlan and Jobe Orthopedics. Aaron works with a wide array of athletes from adolescent to professional by developing sport specific exercises, injury prevention programs, post-operative protocols and strengthening programs to return to the prior level of function.
Aaron’s Vision: “I want to help athletes of all ages to perform at the peak level with strength and body mechanics that will promote the athletes maximum ability while preventing injury. Many athletes are unaware of their faulty movement patterns and risk for injury until it is too late and that’s where we can help. With proper training, treatment, and motivation the athlete can get the most out of themselves. And remember we are all athletes in our own way, so this approach is appropriate for all patient types.”
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Hawk Grips Technique for Manual Therapy
Jaclyn Nash is a graduate from the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California in 2015. She has experience with a variety of orthopedic and sports populations from the young athlete to the weekend warrior. As a clinician, she enjoys working with each patient for an individualized program focused on not only improving injury, but also improving performance and reducing risk of re-injury through movement analysis and functional re-training. She has extensive training in a variety of martial arts where she earned her black belt in Tang Soo Do. She has a passion for working with the tactical and combat athlete. She hopes to expand Physical Therapy’s role with these athletes in rehabilitation, prevention, and performance. She additionally is a boxing instructor for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, and finding new fitness adventures! She has completed a tough mudder and Spartan Race, climbed mount Wilson, and motivates the Aspire PT staff in fitness challenges.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
CPR and AED certified
PT, DPT, SCS, CAFS
After suffering a torn ACL during high school football, physical therapy did more than just heal him; it would become his new love and passion. Born and raised in San Francisco, Chris Gerona moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. In 2010, he completed USC’s Sports Residency Program and became a board certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Passionate about always learning and helping others grow, Chris is also an adjunct faculty instructor for the University of Southern California, teaching in orthopedic courses.
Chris is no stranger when it comes to specialized treatments and research in a wide range of sports.
He published research papers in baseball and has presented at multiple physical therapy and medical seminars and conferences. His expertise ranges from treating young and upcoming athletes to professional athletes in numerous sports. He has worked closely with boxers and professional mixed martial arts fighters during training camps in preparation for fights. From 2010-2017, Chris worked as the physical therapist for the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA basketball team who recently won the 2016 WNBA championships. He has worked closely with physicians from the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Group, in patient care, developing post surgical protocols, return to sport protocols, research, writing blogs, and volunteered services with Dr. Clarence Shield’s Team HEAL program in team physicals, assessing the musculoskeletal system of high school athletes. Along with teaching at the USC, he also mentors within the USC Residency Program, and is a clinical instructor to physical therapy students across the U.S.
Chris uses evidence-based practice with clinical experience as his foundation that drives his treatment approach with the use of manual techniques and cutting edge technology. He believes in creating an environment that allows the body to heal effectively and efficiently to perform at his/her highest level as the patient transitions back into their career, sport, hobby and life. What truly makes Chris special and what his patients rave about is his passion, drive and commitment to help you get better.
Outside of the office, Chris is a die-hard Star Wars fan, watches Game of Thrones and loves to golf. Most importantly, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and to his three adventurous boys — a 5-year old and 1-year olds twins who are learning the ways of the force, thanks to dad.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialists (SCS)
Applied Functional Science (CAFS)
Myofascial Decompression (MFDc)
Graston Technique Trained
Functional Movement Systems Y Balance Test certified (YBTc)
Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialists (MMACS)
Emergency Responder and CPR (ER)
The exclusive American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA)
PT, DPT, CSCS
Craig was born and raised in Blackwood, New Jersey and grew up with a passion for sports. Craig played soccer at a competitive level until he was 18, then he went on to college at Pennsylvania State University (WE ARE!) to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in Movement Science. During his senior year, Craig worked with Penn State’s Women’s D1 Soccer Team, who went on to compete in the National Championship game. During college, Craig found a passion for golf and aspires to work with professional golfers.
After undergrad, Craig packed his bags and drove to California to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. While in school, Craig and a couple of his classmates took the initiative to instill new meaning into physical therapy with The Prehab Guys. With his spare time, Craig enjoys hiking, traveling, and expanding his knowledge in the field of sports and orthopedics. Craig has a special interest in overhead athlete sports including golf, baseball, and CrossFit. “Building resilient athletes from the ground up with compound movements and sport-specific training is key to reduce the likelihood of re-injury, and new injuries.” His ultimate goal is to change physical therapy from a reactive to a proactive approach!
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Kimberlee Van Dyke
Office Manager, Physical Therapy Aide
Kimberlee is our awesome Office Manager here at Aspire! She was born in Glendale, raised in Burbank, and grew up loving people and playing sports. She studied kinesiology and recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, emphasis in Exercise Science. Her passion for taking care of people is in her nature. To continue her dream of helping others, she is currently aspiring to go to PT school within the next couple of years. With a background in volleyball, she’s ready to dig for all kinds of challenges!
Physical Therapy Aide, CPT NASM
Joey was born and raised in Sherman Oaks. He attended Notre Dame High School and played baseball for all 4 years. After graduating, he attended CSU Northridge and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science. He plans to attend graduate school to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His top choices are for PT school are Boston University, USC, and University College Dublin. Joey is also an avid runner and hopes to work with runners in the future.
Physical Therapy Aide, Certified Athletic Trainer @ LCHS
Teena graduated from Vanguard University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She has 5 years of experience as a physical therapy aide in several orthopedic clinics and is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at La Canada High School. Teena’s love for her athletes and patients is infectious, and makes everyone feel right at home! Teena’s commitment to the local community, and passion for her athletes is an inspiration to us all!
Physical Therapy Aide
Lauren was raised in La Canada. While at La Canada High School her Sports Medicine class helped her realize that Physical Therapy was her passion. After graduating from LCHS she attended Whittier College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy and a minor in Nutrition. Lauren will be continuing her education in the Fall to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences. Her other interests include traveling, trying new food, and pilates. She hopes to one day combine her love for physical therapy and traveling by treating patients in underserved countries.