Meet the Sports Health Team

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 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.

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
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
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
Clinical Interests:

Kevin S Horowitz, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Clinical Interests:
Hip disorders of children, adolescents and young adults including hip preservation surgery

Sports Health Cardiologists

Anthony F Rossi, MD

Director, Division of Cardiac Critical Care
PSA Chief, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine
Clinical Interests:
Congenital heart surgery, congenital heart defects, improvement of post-operative care

Sports Health Neurologists

John W. Kuluz, MD

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Clinic
Clinical Interests:
Spinal cord injury, stroke, ischemic brain injury

Natanya Maio Mishal, MD

Child Neurologist
Clinical Interests:

Reshma Babra Naidoo, Ph.D.

PSA Director, Cognitive Neuroscience
Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist
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

Orthopedic Staff

Physician Assistants

  • Mike Lopez, PA
  • Eddie Romero, PA
  • Adriana Ruiz, PA
  • Lissette Medina, PA
  • Jackie Amazon, PA
  • Patrice Neil, PA


  • Gabriella Del Castillo, RN

Athletic Trainers

  • Robert Gomez, ATC

Sports Rehabilitation Staff

  •  Main Hospital Campus 
    • Michael Narbecki MSPT, MTC, OMT, CMPT, PT Clinical Specialist Sports Med
    • 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
  • Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Center
    • Amie Deverna
    • Mindy Green
    • Bethany Cook 
  • Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
    • Robin-Lindsay Stephenson, PT, DPT  
  • Pinecrest Outpatient Center
    • Lauren Butler, PT, DPT, SCS  
    • Kristin Hayden Hebert, PT, DPT
    • Anthony Salvaggio, LAT, ATC, CSCS, EMT/B
  • West Kendall Outpatient Center
    • Stephanie Svoboda, DPT, MS, CSCS, USAW
    • Willesley Chin, PT, DPT, ATC
    • Manolo Molina, PT 

​Sports Health Nutrition Staff

  • 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.