Michele Gust - Owner
Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Michele Gust was born and raised in Miami and graduated from Florida International University’s Physical Therapy Program in 1996. After working in a very large and busy rehab center seeing 4 to 5 patients at the same time, she made it her mission to open her own PT clinic where she could treat patients one-to-one, focusing her full attention on each patient individually so they can recover from their injuries as quickly as possible.
In 2001 she founded Healing Touch Rehabilitation which for the first seven years solely provided Physical Therapy in patients’ homes.
In 2007 she opened her first rehab center in South Miami to combine her advanced manual skills with Pilates-based rehab principles. She uses these techniques to most effectively treat orthopedic dysfunctions, which has proven to get patients back to work, to play, to living as fast as possible! Over the years, Michele has worked with a number of professional athletes, including Miami Heat basketball players, professional tennis stars on the ATP Tour, cyclists, runners, triathletes, golfers, and dancers.
FAMOUS PEOPLE MICHELE HAS TREATED: ALonso Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippin, Jamal Mashburn, Venus Williams, Cliff Dreysdale, Mary Jo Fernandez, Laurence Tieleman, Cirque du Solei perfomers, actress Katie Finneran, and Ballet Dancers.
She works closely with Miami’s top doctors to help keep people from getting unnecessary surgery, provide pre-op conditioning as well as provide full post-surgical rehab and even fitness training and athletic enhancement. She is available for Ergonomics Consultations, where she modifies workstations and solves on-the-job biomechanic/posture issues.
In 2012, Michele changed the name to South Miami Physical Therapy and Pilates and has incorporated a transitional program into Post-Rehab Pilates/ Healthy Spine Program so the patients can get the maximum benefit out of combining PT with Pilates. Michele’s caring and compassion for people brings warmth and cheer to her rehab center, and people are guaranteed to walk out every time feeling better than when they arrived!
Aside from her passion for helping people feel better, Michele’s biggest passion is being a mom for her beautiful daughter, Sienna and handsome son, Tristan.
Michele’s interests and loves include physical fitness, holistic natural healing, outdoor activities, and traveling. Her goal is to help people to have healthier minds, bodies, and spirits so they can feel better, look better, and live their lives to the fullest! She empowers all those around her to truly transform their bodies and lives.