We’re grateful for our esteemed panel of industry experts!
- Dr. Alejandro Badia, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine; – http://www.drbadia.com/
- Prevention and Treatment of Cycling Upper Limb Injuries
- Justin Irizarry, CFO, OrthoNOW® – www.OrthoNOWcare.com
- Direct Access to Orthopedic Care
- Dr. Mauricio Herrera, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine; prevention and treatment of knee injuries – http://www.herrerasportsmedicine.com/
- Hip Arthroscopy for Sports Hip Injuries
- Dr. Frank McCormick, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine; – http://www.frankmccormickmd.com/
- The truth about PRP and Stem Cell Therapy
- Dr. Dominic J. Lewis, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine; – http://getergodynamic.com/
- Ergodynamic Systems for Foot and Ankle
- Dr. Larry Creswell, heart surgeon and triathlete – http://www.athletesheart.org/
- Wilber Anderson, Owner of IRONMAN 70.3 Miami & CEO of Miami Tri Events – http://ironmanmiami.com/
- Safety Tips for Competing in Major Races
- Denis Thompson, CEO ARPwave – http://arpwave.com/
- Neurotherapy for Athletes
- Manny Huerta, 2012 Olympian, www.mannyhuerta.blogspot.com
- Dr. Amanda Stevens, Ironman champion, professional triathlete – http://dramandastevens.com/
- Preventing Triathlete Injuries and When to Seek an Orthopedist
- Regina Lefauve, Tailwind Medical Solutions
- Compete and Prevent Wrist Injuries with a Revolutionary New Brace
- Linda Stephan, Nurse Practitioner
- 3 Simple Nutrition Tips for the Endurance Athlete
and the emcee for the event
Andy Miyares is not your ordinary athlete. At thirty one years old, he holds world records in swimming, he has dined with President Clinton at the White House, he has flown all over the United States to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity, he teaches swimming to children and he’s been featured in a television commercial. And Andy Miyares is a Special Olympics athlete.
Andy was born with Down Syndrome, a condition that causes physical and mental disabilities. With the support of his loving family, Andy has used sports to not only build his muscles, but to build his self-esteem.
Andy has been participating in Special Olympics for over 23 years. Andy found in Special Olympics continual opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with\his peers, families and communities.
Owner of IRONMAN 70.3 Miami & CEO of Miami Tri Events
Dr. Frank McCormick MD is an orthopedic surgeon at the LESS Institute who specializes in outpatient sports medicine, cartilage/meniscal/stem cell transplantation, joint preservation, and arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, hip, and knee.
Dr. McCormick obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy where he performed his surgical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, followed by serving as an F/A-18 Fighter Jet Flight Surgeon for United States Marine Corps VMFA-314 squadron. Subsequently, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program where he was selected as a Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then completed an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the world-renown Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Bernard Bach Jr. Recently, he completed the prestigious International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) Sanofi travelling fellowship in joint preservation and cartilage regeneration.
Justin Irizarry is the CFO of OrthoNOW® LLC, the franchisor of orthopedic urgent care centers. Justin resides in Miami, FL.
Manny Huerta qualified for the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team after competing in an
ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) event in May of 2012. His career highlights
include: Central American and & Caribbean Games Medalist 2014; 2011 Pan Am Games
Silver Medalist; 2006 USAT under-23 national champion; Placed 13th at the 2010
Hamburg International Triathlon Union World Championship Series (ITU- WCS) event
in his second career WCS start; Finished second at the Olympic-distance Rev3 Costa
To compete at the highest level, Manny has a most unique training regimen. Manny
prepares himself by working out in Cartago only stopping to sleep and recuperate
at 7000 ft. above sea-level in an active volcano in Costa Rica. By doing this,
Manny allows more oxygen to travel through his body, producing better red blood
cells in the altitude than at normal ground levels. According to Manny, this
preparation produces the best quality results and stamina for the Triathlon events
he competes in.
Upon qualifying for the Olympics, Manny admitted that his driving force was his
own mother, who is in her own battle, with cancer. “Today is Mother’s Day weekend
so this is the best gift I can give her — that I didn’t give up on my fight, on my
dream. [so she doesn’t give up] on her fight with cancer. All those things have
been on my mind, affecting me a little bit.” Manny’s dedication to being a top
competitor, comes from his ability to channel the will his mother has, as she
fights her own battle everyday.
Regina LeFauve OTR/L is an Allied Health Professional and licensed occupational therapist specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation for orthopedic, neurological and sports related injuries. Regina also has a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications from the University of Chicago Graham School of Business in Chicago, Illinois.
Currently Regina is the owner and president of Tailwind Medical Solutions, LLC.
A medical device company focused on surgical and non-surgical, as well as, pain management solutions for the upper extremity and spine. Prior to TMS, she was the owner of EBO, Evidence Base Outcomes. There she worked as a consultant for several top medical device companies in the areas of product development, technical training and clinical education.
She is an invited international guest speaker and presents lectures on the lasted technology for advances in the treatment of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
She is currently on the Executive Board as the Hand Therapy Delegate, 2013-2014 for the, International Society of Sports and Traumatology of the Hand, ISSPORTH. She is an active affiliate-member of the American Society of Hand Surgery and a past Exhibitor Advisory Committee, EAC for the American Society of Hand Therapist.
Denis Thompson, CEO of ARPwave, is an Exercise Physiologist by education. He has over 25 years experience working with athletes and non athletes of all types specializing in injuries associated with competing from all sports. Over the last 25 years he has studied & experimented with Bio Electric techniques from all over the world for injury recovery. prevention of injury and increasing performance. After successfully accelerating recovery times for thousands of clients from all types of injuries, creating techniques to reduce injuries and improving performance he has developed a unique new methodology called Accelerated Recovery Performance Protocols.
The ARPwave System was developed by Denis Thompson, the nation’s foremost authority on neurological muscle stimulation and Jay Schroeder, the creator of the EvoSport/UltraFit Strength Protocols, the nation’s leading authority on strength rehabilitation. The ARPwave System includes the ARP machine- our exclusive proprietary neurological stimulator, ARP Protocols and the UltraFit Strength & Rehabilitation Protocols.
When the body is injured, it develops a “short-circuit” in its electrical system. ARP locates that short circuit and then rapidly repairs it. We evaluate and correct neurological disconnects in the body and restore the bodies abilites to heal. By utilizing proprietary ARP technologies, we reconnect how the body conjoins with the brain, resulting in rapid healing.
ARPwave is now available at OrthoNOW®.
Dr. Mauricio Herrera is an orthopaedic surgeon that specializes in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery. He aims at getting patients and athletes, young and old, back to their active lifestyles.He specializes in treating all types of shoulder pain, hip and knee pain, as well as elbow and ankle sports-related injuries. He is also an integral part of the Miami Institute for Joint Reconstruction (www.miamiorthodoc.com), the largest Orthopaedic Group in Miami-Dade County.
Dr. Amanda Stevens is a professional triathlete and licensed medical doctor. She
is currently the Ironman 70.3 U.S.A. Pro Champion. Her passion is for sport and
for promoting a healthy lifestyle to America’s youth. Amanda strives to create a
positive change by encouraging people to live a healthier way of life,
specifically in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. By being a role model
for a younger generation, she hopes to share the message that “anything is
possible,” and everyone can make simple choices today that will lead to a happy
and successful life.
Amanda is a professional motivational speaker for Girls on the Run, a nationwide
program educating and preparing 3rd-8th grade girls for a lifetime of self-respect
and healthy living. Amanda also has experience in corporate, event, public, and
Lawrence L. Creswell, MD, is a cardiac surgeon and faculty member at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, Mississippi. He is an avid triathlete and open water swimmer. Dr. Creswell recently served on USA Triathlon’s Medical Review Panel that studied the issue of race-related fatalities over the past 10 years and the Swim Collar Task Force that developed recommendations about water temperature and race safety . He writes about athletes and heart health at his Athlete’s Heart Blog, at www.athletesheart.org, writes a monthly column at www.endurancecorner.com, and shares information about a variety of heart-related topics on Twitter at @athletesheart.
Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, Florida previously serving as chief of hand surgery, Baptist Hospital of Miami. Dr. Badia studied physiology at Cornell University and obtained his medical degree at NYU, where he also trained in orthopedics. A hand fellowship at Alleghany General Hospital in Pittsburgh was followed by an AO trauma fellowship in Freiburg, Germany. He runs an active international hand fellowship, serves on the editorial board of two hand journals, and organizes a yearly Miami meeting for surgeons /therapists that is devoted to upper limb arthroscopy and arthroplasty. This international meeting is held at the world renowned Miami Anatomical Research Center (M.A.R.C.), the world’s largest surgical cadaveric training lab which Dr. Badia co-founded in 2005. He is a founding member of the American Hand Institute, a think tank and medical device start-up company focused on minimally invasive solutions to hand, wrist and elbow pathology.
In 2008, he completed the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb also encompassing the Surgery Center at Doral, Integra Rehabilitation and an MRI imaging facility. More recently, Dr. Badia inaugurated OrthoNOW®, the first immediate orthopedic care center in south Florida which is staffed by surgeons from the International Orthopedic Group (IOG), a group of surgeons from lower extremity, upper limb and spine subspecialties who also treat elective orthopedic problems in international patients. OrthoNOW® was officially franchised in early 2014 and is actively engaging healthcare entrepreneurs and surgeons, here and abroad to open orthopedic urgent care facilities.
Dr. Badia is past worldwide president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH) , was named to 100 Latinos Miami, and was featured on the Hispanic Entrepreneur website. He is a member of multiple national subspecialty medical societies (AAOS, ASSH, AAHS), honorary member of more than 10 international hand surgery and arthroscopy associations, and served as honored professor at the prestigious Philadelphia Hand Course in 2012.
He can be easily reached via www.drbadia.com, a patient education portal and website for hand surgeon academic exchange, or via (305) 227-HAND at the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center or at OrthoNOW, (305) 537-7272 www.OrthoNOWcare.com
Dr. Dominic Lewis is an orthopedic surgeon who has been in practice in Florida since 2007. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and did his residency at Howard College of Medicine, also in Washington. He completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery and practiced at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, before relocating to Florida.
Dr. Lewis specializes in the foot and ankle, focusing on patients with all kinds of orthopedic problems but especially those of the lower extremities.
He was first introduced to Ergodynamic in 2013, when the company’s founders began exploring bringing their product to the United States. “I went to Spain to see for myself,” he says. “I was so impressed, I said I was definitely in.
“The most important thing to me was the science,” he continues. “It had to make sense scientifically. Ergodynamic has thirty to forty years of science backing it up. And believe me – I would never attach my reputation to a gimmick.”
“It’s a no-brainer,” he says of the principle behind Ergodynamic. “Once you get someone into proper anatomical alignment, it only makes sense that they would move more efficiently and be able to do more. That in turn translates into less injury and therefore less pain.”
Dr. Lewis says he is eager to help educate the American medical community about the benefits of Ergodynamic, which complements the work of orthopedic physicians and physical therapists.
“I’m excited to be part of bring this dynamic therapy to American patients and introducing them to a pain-free future,” he says.