Dr. Stefan Valdes received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Miami in 2019. He is a Board-Certified Sports Specialist (SCS) and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS).
Born and raised in Miami Lakes, FL, Dr. Stefan decided to open up a training studio called Movement Lab in 2019, which recently partnered with USA Sports to provide the highest quality of physical therapy care in the area in their brand-new facility.
Dr. Stefan specializes in sports / orthopedic rehabilitation and performance therapy. He has years of experience working for the Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes, and the private sector as a strength coach, before working for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons (NBA) as a hybrid Physical Therapist/Strength Coach. Currently, he works with many NBA, NFL, and other professional athletes during their off-season rehab and training plan through both USA and Movement Lab. Dr. Stefan also consults with various NBA players and teams including the Miami Heat, in regards to athlete care throughout the season.
He utilizes many advanced manual therapy techniques including Dry Needling (Cert-DN), Spinal and Joint Manipulations, Active Release Technique (ART), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and others to improve patient function and decrease pain. Then, combining principles of physical therapy and Strength & Conditioning allows him to help his patients surpass their rehabilitation goals.