Physical Therapy

Maria Pontillo, DPT
Maria Pontillo, DPT

Maria Pontillo, DPT heads the Physical Therapy department for Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Erol Yoldas at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She specializes in Shoulder & Knee Rehabiliation Programs. In addition, Maria maintains specialty certifications in the innovative Graston Technique and the Rock Tape Method.

About Maria Pontillo

Maria Pontillo is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Yoga Teacher in South Florida. With nearly 15 years of expertise in the health and fitness world, Maria is a triple threat when it comes to transforming the health of her clients and patients.

With a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University (FIU), a B.S. in Health Science from Florida State University (FSU), and multiple fitness and physical therapy certifications, Maria Pontillo has dedicated all of her life to fitness and health. Learn more about Maria on her website, at www.MariaPontillo.com and check out her Instagram & her Facebook

Matt Donner, PT

Matt Donner is a licensed Physical Therapist practicing in South Florida for over 20 years with specialties in orthopedics and sports specific rehabilitation. Matt is the owner of Donner Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation for 7+ years. He developed and taught a successful continuing education course ‘The Overhead Athlete’ to the PT community around the country. Matt played sports throughout high school and college and has used his experience in sports to apply uniques to a wide range of athletes. Matt continues to influence his athletes to diversity rehabilitation routines to enhance performance and promote active recovery. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family promoting a healthy and active lifestyle with running, weight training, paddle boarding, swimming, skateboarding (including handstand cruises), softball.

  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET

    Eating healthy is an important and integral part to your Physical Therapy journey and the healing process. By following your regimen, exercising & maintaining mobility and eating a balanced diet, you’ll be well on you way to recovery. 

  • STAY DETERMINED

    Your mind is the engine that drives your recovery. By staying determined and focused on your goals, your physical therapists will help steer you towards a proper, well balanced and comprehensive recovery.

  • PUSH YOUR LIMITS

    Don’t quit! Fight through the fatigue and break out of your comfort zone. By digging deep and pushing yourself beyond your safe limits, you’ll experience a new level of drive, arriving at your destination full of accomplishment and achievement. 

Stacy Donner, PT

Stacy’s bio coming soon…

  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET

    Eating healthy is an important and integral part to your Physical Therapy journey and the healing process. By following your regimen, exercising & maintaining mobility and eating a balanced diet, you’ll be well on you way to recovery.  

  • STAY DETERMINED

    Your mind is the engine that drives your recovery. By staying determined and focused on your goals, your physical therapists will help steer you towards a proper, well balanced and comprehensive recovery.

  • PUSH YOUR LIMITS

    Don’t quit! Fight through the fatigue and break out of your comfort zone. By digging deep and pushing yourself beyond your safe limits, you’ll experience a new level of drive, arriving at your destination full of accomplishment and achievement. 

Anthony Izzo, PTA

Anthony is a PT assistant that graduated from Keiser University in 2015. Since then, Anthony has enjoyed working with individuals looking to feel better and get back to doing what they love to do. Anthony also enjoys playing in the ocean and searching for the best cuisine in the area.

  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET

    Eating healthy is an important and integral part to your Physical Therapy journey and the healing process. By following your regimen, exercising & maintaining mobility and eating a balanced diet, you’ll be well on you way to recovery.  

  • STAY DETERMINED

    Your mind is the engine that drives your recovery. By staying determined and focused on your goals, your physical therapists will help steer you towards a proper, well balanced and comprehensive recovery.

  • PUSH YOUR LIMITS

    Don’t quit! Fight through the fatigue and break out of your comfort zone. By digging deep and pushing yourself beyond your safe limits, you’ll experience a new level of drive, arriving at your destination full of accomplishment and achievement. 

Megan Phillips, PTA

Megan’s bio coming soon…

  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET

    Eating healthy is an important and integral part to your Physical Therapy journey and the healing process. By following your regimen, exercising & maintaining mobility and eating a balanced diet, you’ll be well on you way to recovery.  

  • STAY DETERMINED

    Your mind is the engine that drives your recovery. By staying determined and focused on your goals, your physical therapists will help steer you towards a proper, well balanced and comprehensive recovery.

  • PUSH YOUR LIMITS

    Don’t quit! Fight through the fatigue and break out of your comfort zone. By digging deep and pushing yourself beyond your safe limits, you’ll experience a new level of drive, arriving at your destination full of accomplishment and achievement. 

Robert Valverde, PT Tech

Robert is a first year college student studying in physical therapy. Robert Graduated class of 2016 at South Broward High School. He enjoyed playing football and being a wrestler. He tore his ACL twice due to the sport of wrestling. He didn’t chose the physical therapy life, the physical therapy life chose him. 

  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET

    Eating healthy is an important and integral part to your Physical Therapy journey and the healing process. By following your regimen, exercising & maintaining mobility and eating a balanced diet, you’ll be well on you way to recovery.  

  • STAY DETERMINED

    Your mind is the engine that drives your recovery. By staying determined and focused on your goals, your physical therapists will help steer you towards a proper, well balanced and comprehensive recovery.

  • PUSH YOUR LIMITS

    Don’t quit! Fight through the fatigue and break out of your comfort zone. By digging deep and pushing yourself beyond your safe limits, you’ll experience a new level of drive, arriving at your destination full of accomplishment and achievement. 

Areas of Expertise

Sports Medicine
Knee Surgery
Shoulder Surgery
Elbow Surgery

Well Trained Professionals

Our staff is among the best in Florida.

Proper Equipment & Facilities

Everything you need to get back to normal.

Convenient Location

in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Customized Programs

built for each patient’s unique needs

The doctors, surgeons and staff at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute are fully dedicated to taking care of our patients from the first consultation until you are fully recovered. Part of that journey requires exceptional Physical Therapy. Maria & her team are here to make sure your road to recovery is paved with experience, success and quality care.

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Physical Therapy built for the patient.

At staff’s commitment to excellence is immediately apparent when you meet our therapists. Our custom protocols for our most common surgeries are designed to help you recuperate quickly, safely and get you back to your life!

Maria’s Team

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Matt
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Stacy
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Anthony
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Megan
Phillips

PTA

We have the best PHYSICAL THERAPY TEAM IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

As a premiere provider of advanced surgical techniques and cutting edge therapy, the Orthopedic Specialty Institute upholds it’s sterling reputation with unparalleled care, every day.

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