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.

Craig J Spurdle, MD

Chief of Orthopedic Surgery
Director, Nicklaus Children's Ambulatory Surgery Center
Director, Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, West Kendall

Clinical Interests: Arthroscopic pediatric and adolescent sports medicine reconstruction, musculoskeletal trauma, along with other congenital and acquired anomalies of the skeletal system

Roger E Saldana, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Physician Liaison, Community-Based Orthopedic Surgery Initiative

Primary Office: Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Pediatric sports-related injuries, fractures, limb abnormalities, trauma and general pediatric orthopedic surgery

Kevin S Horowitz, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Offices: Miramar, Pinecrest

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

Margaret L Wright, MD

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Miramar

Clinical Interests: Pediatric sports-related injuries, pediatric fractures and trauma, as well as general pediatric orthopedics

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

NCPS Director of Research, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine

Primary Office: Miami

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

Michael Manuel Lopez, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: Pinecrest

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart disease, arrhythmia and cardiac channelopathies

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

Primary Office: Miami

Additional Office: West Kendall

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

Reshma Babra Naidoo, PhD

NCPS Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist

Primary Office: 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
  • 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.
  • Christian Gerstenkorn LAT, ATC
  • Aziza Chambers MS, ATC
  • Katherine Deluque ATC/L
  • Kevin Viecco MS, ATC/L
  • Isabella Ancheta ATC/L
  • Mitzy Perez MS, ATC/L
  • Mark Perez MS, ATC/L
  • Cedia Dallas ATC/L
  • Zoe Greim ATC/L
  • Jason Saez ATC/L
  • Kayli Rudd MS, ATC/L

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 
    • Melissa Ramos, PT, DPT, PCS
    • Jorge Carreno, PT, DPT
    • Michael Narbecki MSPT, MTC, OMT, CMPT, PT
  • Dan Marino Outpatient Center
    • Nikki Sterner, PT, DPT  
  • Doral Outpatient Center
    • Carlos Revilla, PT, DPT
  • Miami Lakes Outpatient Center
    • Derwin Hall jr PT, DPT
    • Vanessa Gonzalez, PT, DPT
  • Miramar Outpatient Center
    • Alexa Martinez, PT, DPT, SCS
    • Zeena Sosa
    • Julie Tan
  • Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Center
    • Manolo Molina, PT
    • Amie DeVerna, PT, DPT, PCS
  • Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
    • Robin-Lindsay Stephenson, PT, DPT  
  • Pinecrest Outpatient Center
    • Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS
    • Jeffrey Fernandez, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Alexa Martinez, PT, DPT, SCS
    • Kristin Hayden Hebert, PT, DPT
  • West Kendall Outpatient Center
    • Stephanie Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS, MTC, OCS
    • Lauren Gonzalez, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Lourdes Ferreiro, PT, DPT, MTC
    • Carlos Revilla, PT, DPT

​Pediatric Sports Health Nutrition Staff

Nutritional experts help to maximize performace through nutritional evaluation, education and guidance.
  • Maria L. Parra, MS, RD, LDN

Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Spurdle's Assistant: Vivian Milian

 A physician identified with a Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists logo is an employee of Nicklaus Children's Health System. All other physicians listed on the website are in private medical practices.