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Jonathan Ruzicka

Flavia Bringas

Joshua Dragna

Aaron Pineda

Nicholas Calderaro

Megan Waters

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Jonathan Ruzicka PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Owner
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Jonathan was born locally in Houston, TX but grew up in The Woodlands. He comes from a large family of 10. After graduating from The Woodlands High School in 2004 he went on to play football at Midwestern State University and Texas State. During his time in college he had what he thought was a career-ending back injury with two bulging disks. The search for someone to help him fix his body without surgery is what led him to his passion for Physical Therapy.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas State and went on to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing Physical Therapy school, he went on to join the top 1% of his profession by completing a 3-year Fellowship in Manual Therapy.

After opening a clinic for a colleague in Houston from the ground up, he discovered that his passion was to help even more people; by finding and implementing his knowledge so that everyone he encountered would have faster recoveries and the long-term results that they deserve!

Personally, Jonathan is married to a bombshell! [His words*wink]. He is blessed with two little boys (2yrs. and 6 months) that you may see on his Facebook page from time to time and Ollie, the fiercest Maltipoo north of 610.

Qualifications

Favorites

Place: Any mountains in the summer
Restaurant: Fielding’s for healthy, Carraba’s for Celebrations
Food: Italian
Holiday: Thanksgiving
TV Show: Game of Thrones, Shark Tank
Film: Legends of the Fall, The Program
Music Genre: Is Justin Timberlake a genre?
Book: Musashi, Red Rising, Eat Fat Get Thin
Sports: Football and Basketball
Team: Longhorns and Texans
Hobbies: Playing games of any kind, reading, nerding out on injury science

Flavia Bringas

Operations Manager

Flavia was born and raised as the youngest of seven children in El Paso, Texas. She played a variety of sports throughout middle and high school including, basketball, cross country, and track. She started college at the age of thirteen while simultaneously attending high school. After graduating with her A.A degree and high school diploma she went on to attend Ave Maria University in Naples, FL. She was a manager for the women’s basketball team for one year and played a variety of intramural sports. She graduated from the university Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A degree in Health Science with several courses focused in kinesiology and exercise physiology. After graduating from university Flavia moved to Conroe, Texas where she is the proud aunt of five nephews and 2 nieces.

Favorites

Place: Taos, New Mexico in the winter – snowboarding mountain
Restaurant: The Potato Patch
Food: Sushi
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: Parks and Recreation or Smallville
Film: It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Music Genre: Alternative Rock
Book: A Brave New World
Sports: Basketball and Volleyball
Team: Celtics
Hobbies: playing sports, fishing, and sculpting

Joshua Dragna

Personal Trainer

Josh was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but grew up more so in Houston. Growing up, he played various sports including tennis, basketball, baseball and rugby. Through playing all of these sports, Josh knew he wanted to work in the sports and/or fitness industry for his career. While playing rugby in high school, he injured his shoulder, which required a short round of physical therapy to fix. This, along with other overuse injuries in his knees, got him interested in the realm of corrective exercise and physical therapy.

Since then, Josh has obtained multiple training certifications as well as a specialization in corrective exercise and is currently taking classes to receive a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Houston. He has been a personal trainer since 2014 and is always looking for ways to perfect his craft.

Qualifications

Favorites

Place: Las Vegas
Restaurant: Taste of Texas
Food: Steak
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: Sons of Anarchy
Film: Forrest Gump
Music Genre: Rock
Book: 1984
Sports: Tennis, Football, Basketball
Team: New Orleans Saints, Houston Rockets
Hobbies: weight-lifting, watching sports, eating

Aaron Pineda

Personal Trainer

Aaron was born and raised in Houston, TX. He began teaching youth jiu-jitsu programs at his neighborhood gym at the age of 15, which helped him find his passion for coaching and training. This led to him obtaining both his personal and group fitness certification right out of high school. Afterwards, he found a love for nutrition and supplementation, and saw first-hand how impactful it be on an individual’s overall health. Since then, Aaron has continued to further his knowledge base with the goal of being able to help as many individuals utilize nutrition and fitness to reach their maximum potential whether that be in a sport, hobby, or everyday life.

Qualifications

Favorites

Place: Anywhere with mountains
Restaurant: One Love Tropical Cafe
Food: Cheeseburgers
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: King of Queens
Film: Napoleon Dynamite
Music Genre: 80’s and Hip-Hop
Book: The Art of War
Sports: MMA, Jiu-jitsu, Bodybuilding
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Hobbies: Watching any combat sport, spending time in nature, weightlifting

Favorite quote: “They’ll tell you failure is not an option. That is ridiculous. Failure is always an option. Failure is the most readily available option at all times, but it’s a choice. You can choose to fail or you can choose to succeed.” – Chael P Sonnen

Nicholas Calderaro, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Nick was born in Stonybrook, New York and lived in Deer Park, NY until the age of six. In 2003, he moved to Spring, where he spent 14 years throughout his childhood playing competitive baseball and was part of the Oak Ridge High School baseball team. During his sophomore year of high school, suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder which led him to go through the process of physical therapy and use that experience to grasp an interest in biomechanics and rehab. After Graduating from Oak Ridge, He attended community college before transferring to University of Texas at San Antonio to study Exercise Physiology. During that time, he became a CPT and began personal training while finishing his degree. He has now moved back to Spring area and is looking forward to continuing his chapter as a trainer and helping as many people as possible!

Qualifications

Favorites

Place: New York City
Restaurant: Saltgrass Steakhouse
Food: Sushi
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: The Office, SVU
Film: The Wolf of Wall Street
Music Genre: Genre: Rock and Roll
Book: The Great Gatsby
Sports: Baseball and Football
Team: NY Yankees and NY Giants
Hobbies: Mountain biking, working on cars, kayaking

Megan Waters, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Megan was born in Houston and grew up in Spring alongside her two sisters. She played for Challenge Soccer Club, but her career came to an end after undergoing her 4th knee surgery. Through her personal experiences with pain and injuries she developed a commitment to helping others overcome their own physical limitations and get back to doing what they love. 

Megan graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a B.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology, and later received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2021. She is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is continuing her pursuit for excellence by completing the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports & Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship. She is looking forward to growing with RPM and helping our clients achieve the quality of life they desire!

Qualifications

Favorites

Place: Italy 
Restaurant: Superica
Food: Breakfast tacos by Adam 
Holiday: Christmas 
TV Show: any cooking show with Bobby Flay 
Film: The Lion King 
Music Genre: Country 
Book: Harry Potter (s) 
Sports: Soccer, football, golf  
Team: Aggies 
Hobbies: Exploring the Houston food scene with her husband Adam, learning to golf, enjoying the outdoors, reading