Meet Our Staff
Astrid Arrieta is the owner and President of Suncare Physical Therapy Inc. In 1990, she is a graduate from Metropolitan University of Colombia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Astrid is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA
). With over 20 years of orthopedic and neurological experience, she has multiple specialties in areas of the spine and neck, vestibular rehabilitation, laser therapy, and core/stabilization programs.
Astrid is a certified lymphedema practitioner she uses the vodder method this is an effective manual technique and has helped individuals to reduce and control their swelling. This is a highly respected certification in the physical therapy community.
She has also acquired her certification for the newest technology of Low Level Laser Therapy. This is an exciting new treatment that has shown incredible results in decreasing pain/inflammation while stimulating tissue healing.
She takes a very caring approach to the patients' needs and concerns. It's important that her patients have an exceptional experience with positive clinical results.
Alejandra Valenza, SLP
Alejandra Valenza, SLP is a bilingual Spanish speaking speech-language pathologist born in Argentina, with clinical experience working with both the adult and pediatric populations. Ms. Valenza completed her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida Atlantic University, and holds a SLP licence in the state of Florida. She is also certified in Vital Stim, experienced in delivering speech and language services in conjunction with neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
Ms. Valenza prides herself as being a diverse clinician with equal enthusiasm for treating both children and adults. She has worked in numerous clinical settings including Hospital, Nursing Homes, Outpatient Rehabilitation, and Private Practice. Her clinical experience includes evaluation and treatment of expressive/receptive language disorders, Dysarthria, Multiple Sclerosis, Apraxia, Aphasia, Parkinson's, Traumatic Brain Injury, voice disorders, dysphagia, fluency disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, language processing difficulties, learning disabilities, and literacy deficits. Ms. Valenza is always able to provide the highest quality of services in an effort to assist in improving the quality of life of her patients. In her spare time she enjoys diving, opera and traveling.
Judith is a 1999 graduate with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant from Miami Dade College Community; she also is a Certified Massage therapist and is currently perusing her degree in Medical Acupuncture. Judith has an extensive training in all aspects of lymphedema and its treatment. Since xxxx she has been a certified lymphedema therapist with the Academy of Lymphedema Studies. Judith attends bi-yearly conferences to further her skills and stays up to date on treatment techniques and products. She also enjoys working with the pediatric population. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and going to the beach.
Ada obtained certification as a Massage Therapist, shortly after; she attended Dade Community College where she acquired her Associate’s degree in Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant; in xxxx. Ada has a passion for improving the quality of life for her patients through manual therapy and functional exercise. Ada treats a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. She strives to provide a fun and energetic therapeutic experience and believes that a positive environment is a pivotal component to recovery. She has additional training in myofascial mobilization, assessment and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunctions, and trigger point techniques. Outside of work, Ada enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Ruben graduated from Miami Dade College Community and Technical College where he attained his Associate’s degree in Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant; in 2016.He has an special interest in balance dysfunction and geriatric patients. Currently he is pursuing his certification in vestibular rehabilitation. Ruben is also passionate about practicing in the field of orthopedics, including treatment of low back pain, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, balance /vertigo difficulties, and work related injury. He utilizes hands-on therapy techniques to decrease joint and soft tissue restriction, and individualized exercise prescription to maximize strength and function. He has a whole body treatment approach, addressing the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction. He believes strongly in education as a core factor in treatment, enabling the patient to better understand how their posture and movement patterns affect their wellbeing. He also enjoys the teamwork of the staff and the positive work environment. Outside of work, Ruben enjoys spending his time with his family. He also enjoys working out, and reading.
Vicky Mercado, Administrative Assistant
Vicky is our office manager. Her experience in office administration in the physical therapy field exceeds thirteen years. Vicky brings to Suncare Physical Therapy years of experience in the medical field. She has worked in all administrative capacities over the years. She is involved in all aspects of the office operations including pre-certification/authorizations, scheduling patients, answering insurance questions, supporting our billing operations. Vicky‘s personality and interaction with patients help them to feel comfortable. She has three children, Adrianna, Yeidah , and xxxx .In her free time, Vicky enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Sophie Garcia, Receptionist
Began working at Suncare Physical Therapy in December 2015 as a front desk receptionist. Her duties involved all aspects of the front office answering phones, new patient intakes, transportation set up /scheduling . She takes great pride in making sure everyone has the best experience possible, and a schedule that will fit around their life schedules. In her free time, Sophie enjoys working out, going to the beach.