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)
Matthew Hwu is a Physical Therapist whose only goal is to help you move better so you can live better. He has truly dedicated himself to become one of the top experts of the orthopedic field, recently completing from what’s considered to be one of the nation’s top orthopedic residency programs along with being featured on ESPN as the first Physical Therapist working with a professional eSports organization. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences and graduated from the Kaiser Southern California Orthopedic Residency shortly after.
He believes in always finding and addressing the cause of the symptoms instead of just tackling the source. He has a holistic approach to rehab and always aims to help your body heal itself and function more optimally.
Favorite Color: Blue. It’s blue for most things but i’m a little weird in that I have different color preferences depending on what it is – I like black for cars
Favorite Snack: Hot Cheetos is my guilty pleasure…although recently I’ve been really into cliff protein bars (mint chocolate chip) 😀
Favorite Coffee/Tea: I love earl grey tea and.. this medium roast coffee (I like this Lahaina Beach blend i picked up in Maui)
Favorite Sports Team: LAKERS FOR LIFE
Favorite Video Game: I have played first person shooters my whole life so.. Counter-Strike
Matt has been dancing hip hop ever since he was in 7th grade when he learned how to moon-walk. Since then he has taught classes for various dance companies and continues to be passionate about dancing. If you look him up on youtube, you might stumble upon some videos about him… 😛
1. NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
2. Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner
3. Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
4. Head of Physical Performance and eSports medicine at CLG
Office Manager, PT Aide
Natalie Forsell is our wonderful Office Manager here at Aspire Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. Natalie graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Natalie is a certified medical administrative assistant, as well as a fitness coach, and has an athletic background in Acrobatics and Tumbling. Best of all, Natalie ASPIRES to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the future!
PT 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.
Kimberlee Van Dyke
Kimberlee grew up in the Burbank and Glendale area. Loving sports and people, she studied kinesiology and recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with emphasis in Exercise Science! Here at Aspire, she is a PT Aide and is currently aspiring to go to PT school within the next couple of years!
Physical Therapy Aide
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!