Staff

Dr. Hal Krenkel PT, DPT

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Education

Dr. Krenkel is a 2003 graduate of The University of Michigan where he earned his B.S. in Movement Science in the school of Kinesiology. He later received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007 from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he graduated with honors.

At Force Physical Therapy

Dr. Krenkel is one of the founding partners at Force Physical Therapy. He specializes in individualized physical therapy treatment plans based on a patient’s specific goals and is an accomplished manual therapist. Dr. Krenkel specializes in rehabilitation of the high-level athlete and is skilled at using these techniques to safely progress clients of all ages and physical abilities.

Dr. Krenkel has a passion for educating future students and serves as the Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE) for all Force Physical Therapy clinics. At these clinics Force has educated students from University of Miami, Florida International University, New York University, University of Ohio, and many others.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Krenkel gained valuable experience at Jackson Memorial Hospital. There, he had the opportunity to work in numerous settings including Orthopedics, Neurological Rehab, and Spinal Cord Injury Rehab. Additionally, he was one of the founding partners of Jaguar Therapeutics, Aventura and Coconut Grove.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Krenkel is an avid Ice Hockey player who remains active with the South Florida Hockey community. While studying in Ann Arbor, he served as the head coach of the U of M women’s ice hockey program from 2000-2003 as the youngest coach in the CCWHA. He led the Wolverines to a CCWHA title and 3 consecutive trips to the ACHA national championship tournament. Additionally, Dr. Krenkel served 2 years as Director of Ice Hockey at Camp All-Star in Augusta, Maine.


Dr. Christopher Ellis PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

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Education

Dr. Ellis is a 2004 graduate of Canisius College, Buffalo, New York where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training (ATC). He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2007 from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) sanctioned by the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2011.

At Force Physical Therapy

Dr. Ellis is one of the founding partners of Force Physical Therapy. He specializes in manual therapy and rehabilitation of the elite athlete and has treated hundreds of professional athletes in South Florida, including NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, Tennis and Golf athletes. As both an ATC and DPT, Dr. Ellis has a unique experience of working with athletes on the field at the time of injury, as well as off the field directing post-surgical and post-injury rehabilitation. He is a member of the US Olympic Sailing rehab team as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Additionally, Dr. Ellis is the preferred provider for Bommarito Performance Systems where he oversees rehabilitation programs for professional, collegiate, and high-school athletes. He has been a key member of the rehabilitation team with the hugely successful Bommarito performance NFL combine training program.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Ellis gained valuable experience working in multiple out-patient sports medicine clinics. Additionally, he was one of the founding partners of Jaguar Therapeutics, Aventura and Coconut Grove.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Ellis works with many professional, collegiate, and high school athletic teams. He also serves as Director of Medical Operations for Bommarito Performance Systems and the US Sailing Team.


Dr. Adrianna Ortega PT, DPT

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Education

Dr. Adrianna Ortega received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2019 after completing an accelerated program. She served as one of her class’s representatives for the Marquette Challenge, raising over $25,000 for physical therapy research to continue to move the PT field forward and promote movement as medicine.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Ortega gained valuable experience at the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute in Hollywood, FL where she worked with patients with a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, including joint replacements, amputations, and strokes. Dr. Ortega also worked at Pilates in the Grove in Coconut Grove, FL as a Pilates instructor and physical therapist where she taught private and group Pilates classes to a variety of clients of all ages and athletic abilities.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Ortega has pursued continuing education through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in order to practice Pelvic Floor and Women’s Health Physical Therapy. She has a passion for helping women before they get pregnant, during pregnancy, and postpartum in order to feel their best. Dr. Ortega is skilled in treating issues such as incontinence, sexual dysfunction, dyspareunia, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and constipation. She is also a private Pilates instructor, and utilizes the principles of control, precision, and breath in her physical therapy practice. Dr. Ortega believes these are the keys to healing and unlocking your movement potential.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Ortega grew up competing in a variety of styles of dance and cheerleading for 13 years. Her interest in these sports led her to Pilates, where she ultimately pursued becoming an instructor.


Dr. Luis G. Fernandez PT, DPT

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Education

Dr. Fernandez is a 2006 graduate of Florida International University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Concentration: Finance). In 2014, he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Fernandez gained valuable experience working at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. There he had the opportunity to work in various settings including Orthopedics, Neurological Rehab, Acute Care and Trauma Rehab. Additionally, Dr. Fernandez completed a 10-week internship at Force Physical Therapy where he furthered his passion for sports and orthopedic rehab.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Fernandez grew up playing and continues to play competitively numerous sports including flag football, volleyball (beach and indoor), tennis, and basketball. He continues to remain active with the South Florida flag football community.


Dr. Micah Kust PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS

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Education

Dr. Kust is a 2013 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Dr. Kust has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2015. He completed his final two clinical internships at Force Physical Therapy and EXOS in Frisco, TX focusing on sports performance physical therapy.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Kust has a passion for optimizing movement to prevent injury and improve performance. He is a diehard sports fan and has interests in treating all athletes in any sport from recreational to professional. He believes everyone should have the capacity to perform any activity free from pain or dysfunction, and his approach reflects that with a focus placed on movement and strength.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Kust played Division III soccer all four years at Luther College where his team won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and reached the sweet 16 during the 2012 season. In high school, he was a three sport athlete participating in soccer, basketball and baseball. Currently, he is an avid weightlifter with focus on powerlifting.


Dr. Christopher Guerrero PT, DPT, CMPT

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Education

Dr. Guerrero received his B.S. degree in Sociology from Florida International University in 2012. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Florida International University in 2018. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT).

At Force Physical Therapy

Dr. Guerrero is the lead Physical Therapist of our William’s Island outpatient clinic where he treats older adults within the community who are looking to return to tennis, golf, running, and recreational exercise. Dr. Guerrero is a Certified Manual Physical Therapist, and incorporates manual therapy techniques as part of each rehabilitation process.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy

Dr. Guerrero worked at West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital, where he helped to provide a continuum of care for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and neurological disorders. He was also the Rehab Coordinator for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Miami Lakes Outpatient Center.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Guerrero was a walk-on for the Division II football team at University of Charleston. In high school he played football and soccer.


Dr. Kevin Castillo PT, DPT, CSCS

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Education:

Originally from southern California, Dr. Kevin graduated from California State University – Fullerton, where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Cellular & Developmental Biology. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he graduated with Honors. He obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification to gain further knowledge in the rehabilitation and return-to-sport for athletes of all levels and abilities.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy:

During his education, Dr. Kevin gained experience in clinical rotations through a variety of settings: Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Oncology, and Acute Care: Cardiovascular, Neurosurgical and Pediatric ICUs. In 2018, he served in a medical outreach trip to Puerto Rico, where he volunteered physical therapy services to local communities affected by Hurricane Maria.

Athletic Experience:

Dr. Kevin is an avid lover of all sports. He played basketball through high school and grew up in the ocean and mountains, surfing and snowboarding.


Dr. Callaway Slusarz, PT, DPT

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Education:

Dr. Slusarz received his B.A. degree in Biology from Wittenberg University in 2013. He continued his education at Ohio University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020.

Prior to Force Physical Therapy:

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Slusarz worked at Continuing Healthcare Solutions, a skilled nursing facility in Cleveland, Ohio. There he gained valuable experience treating patients with a variety of conditions including stroke, amputation, total joint replacement, and Parkinson’s.

Athletic Background

Dr. Slusarz played baseball for three years at Wittenberg University. Prior to his senior season he was sidelined due to injury. During his rehabilitation process he confirmed his passion for physical therapy and guided his career path.

Dr. Callaway Slusarz is our newest team member from Cleveland Ohio. He finished his final clinical rotation with Force in March of 2020. Since then he has graduated from Ohio University and began working at a skilled nursing facility in Cleveland. Dr. Slusarz is moving down to Florida to join our team mainly at the Aventura clinic and Williams Island location.


Dr. Daniel Fine, PT, DPT, CSCS

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Education

Dr. Fine is a 2016 graduate of the University of Tampa where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2021. Dr. Fine has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2018.

Prior to Force

Prior to Force Physical Therapy, Dr. Fine gained valuable experience working as a strength & conditioning intern at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, FL. Additionally, he was a performance coach at Fit-Speed Athletic Performance (currently House of Athlete), XPE Sports, and Club Med Academies where he had the opportunity to coach a wide variety of athletes from youth to draft prep and professional.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Fine enjoys learning about many aspects of the athletic continuum from rehabilitation, to biomechanics, to performance. In 2020, he was published in the Strength and Conditioning Journal for “Progressive Exercise Strategies to Mitigate Shoulder Injuries Among Weight-Training Participants”.

Athletic Experience

Dr. Fine played baseball at the University of Tampa. In high school, he played baseball, football, and basketball. Dr. Fine is currently the reigning Spikeball Champion at Force Physical Therapy.


Cristina Gonzalez, PTA

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Education

Cristina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education: Sports and Fitness from Florida International University in 2016. She completed her final undergraduate internship with Force in 2016 where she developed her passion for physical therapy. Following this passion, she continued on to pursue an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant. She graduated from Miami Dade college in 2021, where she was President of her Physical Therapist Assistant cohort.

Areas of Interest

Growing up an athlete has influenced Cristina’s passion for helping all patients return to doing what they love. She is interested in helping others perform at their best. Cristina is looking forward to obtaining future certifications to expand her knowledge in the field.

Athletic Experience

Cristina played competitive soccer throughout her childhood and high school years. She continues to play recreationally during her free time.


Jill Goma, Admin/Office Coordinator

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Jill was born in Hawaii and spent her formative years in Scottsdale, Arizona where she attended Arizona State University. Throughout her childhood Jill was active in musical theatre and danced competitively in middle and high school. After moving to Florida in 2011, she built a career in Real Estate, mainly working in Title as a Closer and Office Manager. Jill leads an active lifestyle and likes hiking, biking, beach volleyball and being outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, crafting, and spending time with her dog.