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
Head of Personal Training
Steve was born in Denver, Colorado and spent the first eight years of his life as a mountain kid. He then first moved to Houston to spend four years here before moving to London where he learned more about the sport of proper football and Liverpool Football Club. After four years, Steve moved back to Houston to finish out High School and then attended college in Salt Lake City where he played 2 years of NAIA Soccer with Westminster College and learned about recovery after receiving a serious knee injury.
After having graduated with an International Business Major, Steve moved back to Houston and started in the financial realm but was always playing soccer and working out. Over the years Steve suffered from other sport and weightlifting injuries that introduced him to physical therapy and the importance of maintaining strength and proper form while lifting. Over the years he developed a holistic approach in his workout programs that helps clients progress and get better a little at a time that adheres to the Kaizen model.
Personally, Steve is an entrepreneur of sorts having started Project Delta a faith-based soccer program in 2009 that still continues today! He is still a massive Liverpool supporter and enjoys instructing and participating in Bootcamp classes, and taking on Spartan Races.
NASM CPT, CES
Place: Mountains (Colorado), Beach (Indonesia)
Restaurant: If it serves food, then it's his favorite
Food: Korean and/or Mexican...or just-food
TV Show: 24, Office, Parks and Rec
Film: Comedy: anything with Will Ferrell, Action: Any Military/Navy SEAL movie
Music Genre: Anything but country
Book: Way of the SEAL, Bible. Any kind of self-improvement
Sports: Soccer, Spartan Race
Team: Liverpool F.C.
Hobbies: Playing Starcraft with brother, Reading, Friends, naps
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, OCS (in training)
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, OCS (in training)
Place: Olympic Peninsula, or anywhere with mountains
Restaurant: El Chaparro
Food: Breakfast Tacos
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy, Chopped
Film: ANYTHING MARVEL
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 Travnick CSCS, ATC, LAT
John was born and raised in Southern California, where he played baseball through Junior College. He was faced with the decision to advance in either athletics or academics, and ultimately chose to pursue a career in Athletic Training. He attended Fresno State as a student of the Athletic Training Education Program, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. After Fresno, John attended graduate school in Atlanta, Georgia and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University. His first job came as an Athletic Trainer at Stetson University near Orlando, working with the baseball and cross country teams. In Florida, he became certified as a performance enhancement specialist, corrective exercise specialist, and strength and conditioning specialist. After three and a half years, he moved to Conroe to be closer to family and took a job with the baseball team at Sam Houston State University, where he worked for a year and a half before deciding to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
When not at work, he enjoys working out, reading, cooking, and visiting Austin to see his parents, sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces. When time allows, he also enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and mountain biking. He looks forward to advancing his career by being an advocate for physical activity and all things movement.
- BS Kinesiology, MS Sports Medicine
Place: Anywhere with mountains
Restaurant: Mellow Mushroom
TV Show: Letterkenny
Film: Joe Dirt
Music Genre: Rock, Indie, Metal
Book: The Name of the Wind
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Hobbies: Working out, cooking, reading
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