Dr. Robert Voorhees, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Owner, Pilates for Rehabilitation
A graduate of the University Miami, Master's of Science Physical Therapy Program in 1995, Robert completed his doctorate education in 2015 at The EIM College of Health Professions in Louisville, KY. For the past 23 years, Dr. Voorhees has developed his expertise in vestibular rehabilitation, Pilates, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and treatment of the spine.
Betsy Goolgasian, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist - Shoulder and Hand Specialist
Betsy Goolgasian completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at Barry University, North Miami, FL in 1999. She has dedicated her career and study to orthopedic and neurologic conditions affecting the upper extremities. Conditions she frequently treat include rotator cuff pathology, shoulder replacement, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and much more. She is able to fabricate custom splints for the hand and wrist for various hand diagnosis. Patients find her personable style, breadth of experience, and her New England bred warmth very motivational on their path to recovery.
Master Pilates and Yoga Instructor
I remember the exact moment I realized that I would enjoy teaching fitness for the rest of my life: At 20 and a sophomore in college I was working in a health spa as a fitness instructor with limited training or fitness knowledge but a strong desire to provide the club members with the best customer service I was capable of. My sister and I opened Stayin' Alive Fitness Centers in 1980 in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Working in a small family business required that I wear many hats but truly my favorite hat to wear was that of Fitness Instructor. In the 32 years of operating our two locations I became certified in a wide variety of Group Fitness formats, plus Personal Training.
In 1999 I discovered The Pilates Method of Exercise and dedicated the next five years learning the method thoroughly. I gained distinction with attainment of Pilates certification through All-American Pilates and served as one of their lead instructors for several years. I have always derived a tremendous amount of satisfaction in teaching others. Our two clubs carved out space in both locations for Pilates Apparatus Studios and I divided my time between the two, training private clients and directing the group fitness programs in addition to instructing group fitness.
I have a great deal of energy for my work because I love it so much--it never feels like work--it feels more like an opportunity to give of myself in the pursuit of helping our clients to reach their best fitness and health potentials. Since January 2012 I have had the privilege of working with Robert and Risa Voorhees in their beautiful Pilates Apparatus Studio training their clients in The Pilates Method of Exercise. In 2014, I complemented by Pilates instructor training by completing a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and have applied that deeper fundamental knowledge of how to best harmonize the mind, body, and spirit for our clients. My greatest reward is when a client shares with me how much their quality of life has improved since becoming a patron of Synergy Health & Wellness.
Dr. Lydia Picard, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Pilates for Rehabilitation
Dr. Lydia Picard earned her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Florida in 2014. While at the University of Central Florida she pursued coursework in neurology and manual therapy while also working at the UCF Wellness center as a trainer for physically disabled college students. She recently completed her training in the Polestar Pilates method for rehabilitation. Her recent work experience includes working in a sub-acute inpatient facility with an emphasis on post-hospital rehabilitation for patients following joint replacement, stroke, and other medically complex conditions.
Amy Godes-Gibson, PTA, LMT
Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapist
Amy Godes Gibson is both a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been practicing since 1998 and spent 13 years working in a large orthopedic practice. Her knowledge of orthopedic conditions is indispensable and she has combined this knowledge with the healing touch of myofascial release, orthopedic massage, kinesiotaping, and medical exercise training to become a very unique healer. She is currently working on her PTA Orthopedic Manual Certification at The Florida Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Mandy Etcheverry, PT
Physical Therapist, Pilates for Rehabilitation, Visceral Manipulation
Mandy Etcheverry graduated with a dual degree in exercise science/cardiac rehabilitation from Ithaca College in 1997. She continued her studies in the Netherlands where she graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1999. She has developed expertise in manual therapy in visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy at the Upledger Institutue. Mandy is also an expert in movement analysis and restoration. She completed the Stott Pilates advanced certification and is an avid instructor and educator in the Pilates method for rehabilitation.
A native of Syracuse, NY, Ms. Saltzgiver graduated from Ithaca College with a BS in physical education. In addition to raising her children, she taught high school physical education, coached swim teams, taught fitness for seniors and coached gymnastics. She became a certified Pilates instructor for mat and equipment in 2005 and has utilized this training in a number of Palm Beach County studios. She states that Pilates has become a way of life for me and I enjoy helping others learn the benefits of Pilates.
Paul Vargas, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Paul Vargas has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2002. He is certified in Pilates for the reformer and utilizes the Pilates method in the treatment of a wide variety of patients. He has provided exceptional care to patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, amputations, degenerative disc disease, post-surgical care and rotator cuff injuries. Paul is also an avid surfer and he is the owner of Aloha Surfing Camps.