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Aaron McGuinness
Owner and Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS

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.”

Certifications:
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Hawk Grips Technique for Manual Therapy

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Jaclyn Nash
Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS

Jaclyn Nash is a graduate from the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at the University of Southern California in 2015. Jaclyn is also an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and 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.

Certifications/Affiliations:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
CPR and AED certified
APTA member

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Christopher Gerona
Physical Therapist, 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.

Certifications:
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)

Memberships:
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)

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Craig Lindell
Physical Therapist, 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!

Certifications:
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

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Kari Lindegren
Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS

Kari Lindegren graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015. She then completed her Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2016. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has extensive experience treating children and adolescents with orthopedic and sports related conditions. She is passionate about improving care for youth athletes and educating her patients in order to empower them and promote long-term well being.  She has special interests in improving physical therapy treatment for swimmers and overhead athletes, pelvic floor rehabilitation, injury prevention, and teaching. She has participated in research pertaining to low back pain in adolescents and has had the opportunity to present research and topics pertaining to youth athletes.
 
Kari grew up in Mission Viejo, California where she swam competitively with the Mission Viejo Nadadores. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from New York University where she also swam competitively for 4 years.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
 
Certifications/Memberships:
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
CPR/AED for the Healthcare Provider

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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Alexandra Carlin
Physical Therapist, PT, DPT, OCS

Alexandra Carlin is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Natural Sciences/Physical Therapy. She graduated cum laude with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. She feels that USC provided her with a strong foundation while allowing her to incorporate her own philosophies of manual therapy and functional movement to promote superior care to her patients.
 
 
Alex grew up in La Canada, California and developed her passion for physical therapy through her love of gymnastics and dance. As a competitive gymnast, she advanced her desire to learn more about physical therapy and the body’s ability to heal from injury. She was a professional dancer for the NBA’s Clippers Spirit Dance Team, the Anaheim Bolts Arena Soccer Dance Team and with the NFL San Diego Chargers Girls.
 
 
Alex has had the privilege of working with athletes from professional dancers, choreographers, gymnasts and football and tennis players. Providing medical care for injury prevention while developing creative programs which improve and refine techniques to prolong their careers is what drives Alex in the field of physical therapy. She incorporates her extensive science based education along with her interest in movement to help correct mechanical impairments and imbalances to allow the body to move more efficiently and without fault.
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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!

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Christina Lopez
Front Office

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Joey Singleton
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.

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Jazel Cervantes
Physical Therapy Aide

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Catherine Davis

Physical Therapy Aide

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Leo Zadourian
Physical Therapy Aide

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Chris Akmakian
Physical Therapy Aide

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Daniel Kressin
Physical Therapy Aide, CPT NASM

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Emin Gharibi
Physical Therapy Aide

Aspire team