Pediatric Sports Health & Sports Medicine

Meet Our Team of Pediatric Sports Medicine Doctors

When sports and fitness get a little too intense for kids and teens, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, is there to help. We’re proud to be a leader in orthopedic services, specializing in youth sports injuries and general pediatric orthopedics and surgery. 
Our doctors, nurses and trainers have diversified backgrounds and unique approaches with an unparalleled understanding of what is required to help their patients return to their optimal level of health and athletic performance. When your child or teen gets hurt, let us help with their care and rehabilitation.

Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists

Our orthopedic doctors are dedicated to supporting the treatment and prevention of injuries in children and adolescents. Both of our Sports Medicine doctors are members of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.


Stephen M Swirsky, DO

Director, Sports Medicine
Assistant Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations: Coconut Creek, Miami, Miramar

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. Cutting edge arthroscopic, open and minimally invasive procedures. Injury prevention and rehabilitation.


Craig J Spurdle, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Director, Miami Children's Ambulatory Surgery Center
Director, Pediatric Specialists of America

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, including arthroscopic surgery, skeletal trauma, congenital and acquired anomalies of the skeletal system


Annie L Casta, MD

Pediatric Non-Operative Orthopedist

Locations: Miami, Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Sports medicine, concussions and fracture care


Kevin S Horowitz, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Locations: Miami, Miramar

Clinical Interests: Hip disorders of children, adolescents, general pediatric orthopedics and trauma


Pediatric Sports Health Cardiologists

Our cardiac care experts asses heart function and metabolics, identifying athletes at risk for SDC (sudden cardiac death).


Anthony F Rossi, MD

Director, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
PSA Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart surgery, congenital heart defects, improvement of post-operative care


Pediatric Sports Health Neurologists

This team of concussion care experts evaluate, treat and monitor head injuries.


John W Kuluz, MD

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Spinal cord injury, stroke, ischemic brain injury


Reshma Babra Naidoo, Ph.D.

PSA Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist

Locations: Miami

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and adolescent neuropsychological assessments, cognitive rehabilitation, neuro-rehabilitation, neurogenetic assessment, neuro-cardiac assessment, neuro-oncology assessment, neuro-developmental assessment, epilepsy neuropsychological evaluations


Pediatric Sports Health Orthopedic Staff

Physician Assistants

  • Mike Lopez, PA
  • Eddie Romero, PA
  • Adriana Ruiz, PA
  • Patrice Neil, PA

 

Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers (ATC)  not only assist our orthopedic physicians in a clinical setting, but also provide outreach services within the community. ATCs provide injury prevention and performace optimization, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and injury rehabilitation for individual athletes and sports teams.
  • Anthony Salvaggio, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT/B
  • Christian Gerstenkorn LAT, ATC
  • Andres Guerrero LAT, ATC
  • Andres Gutierrez LAT, ATC, NR-EMT
  • Aziza Chambers MS, ATC
  • Aliks Lorie MS, ATC, CSCS, CPT

Pediatric Sports Health Rehabilitation Staff

Occupational and physical therapists at numerous South Florida locations ensure the optimal recovery for athletes. They optimize movement mechanics to prevent injury, and reduce the risk of re-injury.
  •  Main Hospital Campus 
    • Michael Narbecki MSPT, MTC, OMT, CMPT, PT
    • Lourdes Ferreiro, DPT, MTC
  • Dan Marino Outpatient Center
    • Darren Dase, PT, DPT, ATC/L 
    • Nikki Sterner, PT, DPT  
  • Doral Outpatient Center
    • Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT
    • Carlos Revilla, PT, DPT
  • Miami Lakes Outpatient Center
    • Miriam Klein MS, DPT
    • Jessica Hale PT, DPT, ATC
  • Miramar Outpatient Center
    • Amie Deverna PT, DPT, PCS
  • Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Center
    • Mindy Green PT, DPT, OCS, STMT-1, CKTP
    • Bethany Cook PT, DPT
  • Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
    • Robin-Lindsay Stephenson, PT, DPT  
  • Pinecrest Outpatient Center
    • Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS  
    • Kristin Hayden Hebert, PT, DPT
    • Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT
    • Anthony Salvaggio, LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT/B
  • West Kendall Outpatient Center
    • Stephanie Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS, USAW
    • Manolo Molina, PT
    • Lauren Sanchez, PT, DPT

​Pediatric Sports Health Nutrition Staff

Nutritional experts help to maximize performace through nutritional evaluation, education and guidance.
  • Stephanie Quirantes, MS, RDN, LDN

Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Casta's Assistant: Yanitza Jiménez
  • Dr. Spurdle's Assistant: Vivian Milian
  • Dr. Swirsky's Assistant: Maritza Perez
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 Physicians identified with a Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA) logo are employees of PSA, which is part of Nicklaus Children's Health System, and are not employees of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.