Meet the ASPIRE Team
AARON MCGUINNESS PT, DPT, OCS, OWNER
LOCATION: LA CAÑADA HOURS: M/W/F 7:00AM-6:00PM
Born and raised in Glendale, Aaron McGuinness is the founder and owner of Aspire Physical Therapy & Sports Performance and specializes in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Gonzaga University where he was a 4-year starting shortstop on the Bulldog baseball team. He completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2011 and was accepted into the university’s residency program where he completed his Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2011.
Aaron worked closely with many sports physicians, including a Dodger physician, Dr. John Itamura, the USC sports physician Dr. George Hatch, and the Lakers physician Dr. Dan Kharrazi with Kerlan and Jobe Orthopedics. Aaron works with a wide array of athletes from adolescent to professional by developing sport specific exercises, injury prevention programs, post-operative protocols and strengthening programs to return to the prior level of function.
Aaron’s Vision: “I want to help athletes of all ages to perform at the peak level with strength and body mechanics that will promote the athletes maximum ability while preventing injury. Many athletes are unaware of their faulty movement patterns and risk for injury until it is too late and that’s where we can help. With proper training, treatment, and motivation the athlete can get the most out of themselves. And remember we are all athletes in our own way, so this approach is appropriate for all patient types.”
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
Hawk Grips Technique for Manual Therapy
NICOLE PETROUSIAN PT, DPT
LOCATION: LA CAÑADA
HOURS: M/W 12:00AM-6:00PM, T/TH: 7:00-7:00PM, F 7:00AM-2:00PM
Nicole Petrousian is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology. During her undergraduate years, Nicole worked as a physical therapy aide in multiple settings spanning from outpatient ortho to inpatient acute rehab. As a PT aide, she confirmed her love for physical therapy and worked hard to one day become one. Her dreams became a reality when she got accepted to the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, where she received her doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2018.
Born and raised in La Crescenta, Nicole attended Crescenta Valley High School and was a varsity cheerleader. During this time, Nicole worked as a children’s gymnastics coach at a local gym and participated in gymnastics, soccer, and ballet training. Her passion to motivate individuals to be physically active is where her love for PT began.
Since becoming a physical therapist, Nicole has attended multiple continuing education courses with a focus on movement analysis. She has experience in working with athletes of all levels as well as workers comp, neurological disorders, and post-op rehabilitation.
Through evidence-based practice, Nicole creates individualized programs best suited for each patient in order to improve movement, impairments, and reduce the risk of injury.
Reid Gantney PT, DPT, ATC, CSC
LOCATION: OCEAN VIEW HOURS: T/TH: 8AM-1PM, M/W/F 7AM- 6PM
KIMBERLEE VAN DYKE, aspire Office manager,
LOCATION: LA CANADA HOURS: WEEKDAYS 9AM-5PM
Kimberlee is our awesome Office Manager! She was born in Glendale, raised in Burbank, and grew up loving people and playing sports. She studied kinesiology and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, emphasis in Exercise Science. Her passion for taking care of people is in her nature. To continue her dream of helping others, she is currently aspiring to go to PT school within the next couple of years. With a background in volleyball, she’s ready to dig for all kinds of challenges!