Clara graduated from Stony Brook University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelors in Recreational Therapy and Sports Management from Florida International University. Clara started her undergraduate studies at Adelphi University for her initial two years, majoring in exercise science. She was a student athlete for Adelphi University’s swim team specializing in the strokes butterfly and freestyle.
During her clinical rotations, she experienced working with a variety of populations ranging from geriatrics, post-surgical repairs, vestibular, pediatrics, return to sport and neurological conditions. Clara found an appreciation for the diversities found in each individual treatment case and is determined to create a personalized program to enable individuals to reach their fullest potential.
Clara’s interest in physical therapy began after a car accident in high school. She was additionally exposed to the profession at an early age after chronic shoulder and knee injuries due to training for softball and swimming events. After seeing the compassion, dedication, and effort physical therapists put into helping Clara recover from her challenges, she decided to pursue the career to help do the same for others. Her focus being a patient-centered, manual, and functional treatment approach.
Clara’s commitment towards promoting a healthy and active lifestyle continues through personal training, both individualized and in a group setting. In her free time, she enjoys going to sporting events, traveling to visit new stadiums and arenas, spending time outdoors, and making her way to the closest beach.