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Sherrice Rose

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SHERRICE BROUSSARD ROSE is the Owner and Clinic director of POTENTIA THERAPEUTICS, a physical therapist directed practice based on orthopaedic, spine and sports assessment, treatment and wellness. Sherrice is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and Louisiana State Univeristy, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. She practices evidence based physical therapy, emphasizing movement assessment, manual therapy, wellness, optimal performance, and injury prevention. She has sports training specialities in dance medicine, golf, pilates, and others.

A Louisiana native, Sherrice worked for University of Texas Medical School-Houston Texas prior to graduate work, researching genetic data pertaining to orthopaedics, contributing to published articles in Clinical Genetics, Journal of Medical Genetics and Genomics. She is certified in Dance Rehabilitation Training through Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City and has adopted this skills within the dance community of Tampa Bay. In 2012, Sherrice joined the Patel Conservatory as a Mat Pilates instructor and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member within the Dance department at the PATEL CONSERVATORY where she conducts the BODY AWARENESS Lecture Series and teaches Pilates classes. She enhances the conditioning and performance of dancers through therapeutic movement instruction and body awareness/injury prevention workshops. She is involved in the academic communities of NOVA and in the Dance department at University of South Florida where she assists in Dance Medicine education through injury prevention seminars and research.

Sherrice attained her Certified Golf Fitness Instructor designation through the Titleist Performance Institute in 2012 & utilizes the latest research in golf fitness, health and swing biomechanics to assess a golfer’s physical and movement limitations, golf swing and correct any specific deficits that may affect his/her golf game.

Sherrice is Active Release Technique (ART) certified, an evidence based soft tissue treatment for sports injuries. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), APTA Orthopaedic Section, APTA Performing Arts Special Interest Group, serves as Co-President of the EMORY UNIVERSITY Alumni Chapter of Tampa Bay and is involved with The First Tee of Tampa Bay as a Champions Member. She serves on the Health Care Committee of USF's Performing Arts Medical Association.

Affy Ghafouri

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Please welcome Clinic Manager Affy Ghafouri to the team at Potenia Therapeutics! Affy comes from a strong administrative background, having earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida with concentrations in Public Health and Healthcare Administration. She's currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration through USF, and has graduate level experience through the USF College of Public Health Epidemiology program. When she's not working or studying, Affy enjoys fishing and road tripping. She's new to the Tampa area so be sure to make her feel welcome if you see her around the office!

Christina Noonan

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Christina received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Sport Science from Elon University in 2009. Soon after, she graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2012 and a member of the APTA since 2009.

For the past 6 years she has practiced in all areas of Orthopaedic rehabilitation in the Tampa Bay area, including but not limited to: sports injuries, balance and neurological issues, post surgical rehab, work injuries, overuse injuries, and many other musculoskeletal conditions of all age ranges. Christina is also Herman and Wallace trained for treating women's health or pelvic floor conditions; examples include incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, vulvodynia, or chronic pelvic pain.

Christina believes in utilizing evidence-based treatment with a combination of manual therapy and functional therapeutic exercises to help patients regain full functionality, meet personal goals, and prevent further injury. She has continued her education with specific training in Kinesio taping, issues in women's health, functional movement assessment, and various manual techniques for the spine and extremities. In her free time, she enjoys running, tennis, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Ester Thompson

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Ester Thompson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1997, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola University and, soon after, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of St.Augustine for Health Science in St.Augustine, Florida.

Since 2000, her physical therapy experience consists of over 18 years in an outpatient setting with an orthopedic emphasis in the south Tampa area. After graduation, Ester has continued her education by attending professional education courses in sports specific injuries and injury prevention. Ester delivers a "hands-on" treatment approach and incorporates a wide variety of treatment methods into each individualized plan. She has worked closely with orthopedic physicians that have specialized in sports medicine for the last 13 years in Tampa Bay. Ester is bilingual, allowing her to treat Spanish speaking patients with ease.

Ester, her husband, and their twin boys enjoy living a happy and healthy lifestyle and promote health and wellness. Ester is excited to begin this journey with you and focus on helping each patient reach his or her individual goals. She believes that every patient should leave therapy feeling better than they came in and come back feeling better than they left.

Meredith Defranco

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Meredith Defranco is our newest team member. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Exercise Physiology in 2006. In 2009, she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University. After one year in orthopedic private practice in Jupiter, Florida, she returned to Gainesville to work at UF Health Shands, joining the interdisciplinary team at the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration.

During her tenure with a team of world class physicians and allied health professionals, she developed a strong passion for caring for people with Parkinson's disease. She has participated in the National Parkinson's Foundation Allied Team Training, Movement Disorder Society meetings, the World Parkinson Congress, and sat on the deep brain stimulation board to assist with the process of screening potential surgical candidates. She has developed an extensive knowledge base in managing patients with movement disorders and neuro degenerative diseases including: Parkinson's disease, atypical parkinsonisms, Huntington's disease, ataxia, dystonia, multiple sclerosis, and ALS.

Meredith is also a proponent of student education, outreach, and wellness. She is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, mentoring students over the past nine years. She has been invited to speak in the UF DPT program to educate students about the management of Parkinson's disease on a yearly basis. Meredith believes in the promotion of wellness for her patients, prescribing exercise like medicine, and advocating for therapy services throughout the spectrum of chronic conditions. She has spoken to support groups throughout Florida, advocating for physical therapy and wellness services for people with movement disorders. She is excited to share her skill set with the Tampa area and excited to join a team that will provide services for people with Parkinson's disease. Outside of physical therapy practice Meredith is an avid runner, completing the Boston Marathon eight times. She believes strength training is a valuable component of physical maintenance and injury prevention.

Julia Guseva

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Julia Guseva is a physical therapist who started her career at Hunter College with a Bachelor's in anthropology, after which she earned her doctorate of Physical Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. Julia started ballroom dancing at age 7 in New York City and continued on to a professional career during college. She has continued to nurture her love for dance by being involved in the ballet, salsa, and swing dancing communities. Julia practices evidence-based medicine, utilizing manual therapy and strength and conditioning principles to guide treatment. She developed the only injury prevention and cross-training program for rock climbing in the San Francisco Bay Area and is bringing her extensive knowledge of climbing, as well as dancing, to the Tampa Bay Area.