About Us

Our carefully selected staff at KHPT encompasses dedicated and passionate professionals that will cater your treatment programs to meet with your individual goals. You will receive evidence based treatments from your therapist for outstanding continuity of care. We provide highly skilled, experienced physical and occupational therapy in a comfortable environment.

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OUR STAFF

Occupational Therapy

James Jackson, Occupational Therapist

James (Jim) Jackson, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Jim is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1970 and a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo in 1978. He was certified in Hand Therapy in 1991 and has over 35 years of experience in treating disease and trauma of the upper extremity. Jim opened his private practice in 1982 and is presently the owner/director of KHPT. Jim served in the Army Reserve Medical Specialist Corp for 22 years and retired as a major.

Fredd Tirado, Occupational Therapist

Fredd Tirado, OTR/L, CHT

Fredd graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2001. He was born and raised in South Florida and is proud to serve and rehabilitate patients both in his local and international community. Fredd is also a Board Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) trained to treat complex Upper Quadrant/ Quarter injuries in a professional and supportive manner in order to restore full use of his patients’ affected extremities for work/daily activities. Additionally, he is certified to complete Pre-Employment screenings. Fredd enjoys spending his free time with family and kayaking in the Florida Keys.

Fredd Tirado, Occupational Therapist

Mariam Robleto, MS, OTR/L

Mariam recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Keiser University in 2021, however, she has been working with KHPT as a COTA for the last 8 years. She has been working at KHPT since her graduation and has been assisting our CHTs in treating patients with upper extremity conditions. Mariam has a background in Medical Case Management. She also enjoys spending time with family and would love to be a participant in a survival reality show.

Fredd Tirado, Occupational Therapist

Jessyka Perez, MS, OTR/L

Jessyka is a certified Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Jessyka has many aspirations, one which includes becoming a Certified Hand Therapist. She landed her dream job by performing outstanding in her internships and being recognized by those she impacted. On her down time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, spending time with family , and a good game on her phone.

OUR STAFF

Physical Therapy

Yady Walker, Front Office Staff

Armando J. Diaz, PT, DPT

Armando received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University and went on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida International University. While at Florida State University, he was able to work closely with the Men’s/Women’s Swimming/Diving and Tennis teams, respectively. Growing up in Miami, soccer was always his number one priority and always wanted to make an effort to give back to the sport he always loved by offering therapy services, and education to the kids, parents, as well as coaches, about injury prevention and awareness. Armando has focused his efforts in the rehabilitation of sports and orthopedics, especially in the adolescent population. He has also had success in re-conditioning high-level athletes, from the high school to professional level. Armando has an interest in health promotion and wellness and enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending time with his family and friends. He is also a huge supporter of the Miami Heat and Florida State.

Yady Walker, Front Office Staff

Elias Henriquez, PT, DPT

Elias Henriquez graduated from St. Thomas University with his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2005. He went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2020. Prior to earning his Doctorate, he worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant after graduating from Miami Dade College in 2009. His passion is treating the outpatient orthopedic population and has over 10 years’ experience in the field. Elias has treated a variety of post-Surgical procedures, as well as common sprains and strains and everything in between. Dr. Henriquez keeps up to date with the latest evidence in practice and is currently pursuing Certification in the Mckenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment. He enjoys reading for leisure and personal/ professional growth, and spending time with his wife and children.

Yady Walker, Front Office Staff

Lourdes Rodriguez, PT, DPT

Lourdes received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Hunter College in New York City. Before pursuing a career in physical therapy, Lourdes danced professionally for the Dance Theater of Harlem and numerous other classical and contemporary dance companies in New York City. While touring nationally and internationally, she became highly interested in maintaining optimal fitness to help rehabilitate prior injuries and prevent future ones. Lourdes has combined her interest in the arts, movement, and passion for helping others while using a patient-centered rehabilitation to assure that her wide range of patients are adequately equipped to confidently return to prior levels of activities while minimizing the risk of re-injury. Lourdes enjoys taking dance classes, yoga, and spending time with family when not in the clinic.

Yady Walker, Front Office Staff

Aaron Dos Santos, PTA

Aaron graduated with a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from FIU in 2017 and attained an AS in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2020. Aaron has a long history of team sports and exercise experience. He enjoys mixing his experience with his work and enjoys sport specific training. Another passion of his are Dad jokes and puns, so be ready for terribly great jokes.

OUR STAFF

Office

Yady Walker, Front Office Staff

Yady Walker, Office Manager

Our carefully selected staff at KHPT encompasses dedicated and passionate professionals that will cater your treatment programs to meet with your individual goals. You will receive evidence based treatments from your therapist for outstanding continuity of care. We provide highly skilled, experienced physical and occupational therapy in a comfortable environment.

Internship Opportunities

KHPT has been affiliated with the following High Schools, Colleges, and Universities to offer either Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, as well as health/exercise science Academy students an option for their internships or field work rotations.

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