Meet the RPM Team
Get to know the Ruzicka Performance & Mobility team by clicking on their photos below:
Jonathan Ruzicka, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
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.
- PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
- Fellow of Manual Therapy from the Institute for Athlete Regeneration
- Certified in Dry Needling
Place: Any mountains in the summer
Restaurant: Fielding’s for healthy, Carraba’s for Celebrations
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 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.
Place: Taos, New Mexico in the winter – snowboarding mountain
Restaurant: The Potato Patch
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
Hobbies: playing sports, fishing, and sculpting
Madi is from Black River Falls, Wisconsin, a very small town by the way! She lived in Minnesota for a while where she learned American Sign Language. She is very passionate about ASL because her mom has slowly been losing her hearing all her life.
Madi believes everyone should be able to communicate no matter what might be stopping them. She has a huge heart and loves getting to know everyone she can both human and animal. Madi did horseback riding for many years of her life as well. She got to explore the world of bareback riding, English riding, and western riding. She still likes to go on trail rides every once in a while, as well. Madi did that sport even with her scoliosis sometimes acting up. She is now working at RPM where she can listen to others stories that might be just like hers.
Place: Any hiking place with Rae (her dog)
Restaurant: My own kitchen
TV Show: Any baking show, Supernatural
Film: Up & The Goonies
Music Genre: Country or Rock
Book: Verity by Colleen Hoover
Sport: Basketball, Hockey
Team: Denver Nuggets, Wilds
Hobbies: Being outside, art, video games
Aaron Pineda, CPT
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 Sonnen
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.
NASM CPT, NASM CNC
Place: Anywhere with mountains
Restaurant: One Love Tropical Cafe
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
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!
- NASM CPT
- NASM Senior Fitness Specialist
- NESTA Heart Rate Specialist
- UTSA Exercise Physiology Degree
Place: New York City
Restaurant: Saltgrass Steakhouse
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 Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology, and went on to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently completing a Residency to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and plans to pursue a Fellowship in Manual Therapy soon after. She is looking forward to growing with RPM and helping our clients achieve the quality of life they desire!
- PT, DPT
Place: Olympic Peninsula, or anywhere with mountains
Restaurant: El Chaparro
Food: Breakfast Tacos
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy, Chopped
Film: Forest Gump, The Lion King,
Music Genre: Country & Alternative Rock
Book: Harry Potter(s), When Breath Becomes Air
Sports: Soccer and Football
Team: Aggies and Chiefs
Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors, playing sports, baking, reading
John Solokas, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
John was born on a warm summer night in Wyckoff, New Jersey and spent his childhood competing with his twin brother and getting outsmarted by his younger sister. He developed an obsession with football and played for 7 years before transitioning to rugby in college. A mediocre athlete at best, John fell in love with the aspects of sport that everyone else hated – offseason workouts and conditioning – and this eventually led to his passion for health and wellness.
John graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Biology and went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. He will soon begin a Residency to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist so that he can take his ability to help people reduce pain to the next level. He lays awake at night brainstorming ways to be a better physical therapist and, when he finally falls asleep, dreams of helping the patients at RPM get back to the activities they love most, pain-free.
- PT, DPT
- NASM CPT
Place: At my kitchen table with a cup of coffee, on a Sunday morning, in fall, with no plans but to work out and watch the Cowboys game.
Restaurant: True Food Kitchen, CAVA
Food: Proats (oatmeal mixed with protein powder), peanut butter
TV Show: The Office, Parks and Recreation
Film: Remember the Titans, Get Out
Music Genre: Country & Rap
Book: The Last Lecture, Tools of Titans, anything by Jodi Picoult
Sports: Football, Basketball, Rugby
Team: Cowboys and Duke Basketball
Hobbies: Lifting, going for walks while listening to a good podcast or my girlfriend, reading
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.
NASM CPT, NASM, CES, NPTI, CPT
Place: Las Vegas
Restaurant: Taste of Texas
TV Show: Sons of Anarchy
Film: Forrest Gump
Music Genre: Rock
Sports: Tennis, Football, Basketball
Team: New Orleans Saints, Houston Rockets
Hobbies: weight-lifting, watching sports, eating
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