Bolanos Associates was founded on over 14 years of experience in helping injured employees return to work in a more diligent and efficient manner, while reducing their risk of re-injury. Our firm prides itself on having developed a wide array of innovative onsite therapy and work injury prevention programs, to benefit the employee / employer relationship. We have the solid belief that if workers are properly educated in preventative work injury methods, then in the unfortunate circumstances when injuries do occur, their extent may perhaps be minimized and allow for a more streamlined recovery. It is this philosophy that serves as our foundation in helping employees strive to re-achieve their pre-injury job demands, while providing employers with a cost containment strategy.
A wide range of services are provided “Onsite” at the employers location or employees home, and at our facility in Miami-Dade County, with additional facilities opening soon in both Broward and Palm Beach. Bolanos Associates hires only experienced professionals who have years of practice in Occupational and Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Work Injury Prevention, Home and Ergonomic Assessments, Work Conditioning, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.
Our Senior Staff
Angie Bolanos has over 13 years of experience in the practice of rehabilitative therapy. She graduated Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Upon concluding her undergraduate studies, Angie was immediately recruited as an occupational therapist by a large well-established rehabilitation organization in South Florida. Having the natural ability to consistently raise the benchmark, she quickly moved through the ranks holding various administrative rolls amongst various rehabilitation settings.
Angie has industry experience working alongside well known upper extremity / hand orthopedic surgeons, on hand injuries of varying degrees. She is also experienced with orthopedic and specialty neurological conditions, work injuries, and catastrophic cases. Some of her prior experience included completing ergonomic assessments and job task analysis for Parkway Medical Center, now currently Jackson Memorial Hospital, on decreasing work injuries and risks. She was previously the Director of Rehabilitation at Heartland Manor Care, where she was responsible for a 120 bed facility supervising a team of 20-25 Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists.
Angie considers herself a student of rehabilitative theory and thrives on perfecting her professional skills, by constantly learning from her peers and those deemed authorities in their respective fields. Throughout her career, she has continued to gain experience and expertise by becoming certified in ergonomics, and trained in the Matheson system for Functional Capacity Evaluations, Aquatic Therapy, Kinesio Taping, Splinting, Wound Care, and is a Hand Therapy Specialist. Angie also takes pride in sharing her knowledge and experience, by serving as clinical instructor for Occupational Therapy students at local hospitals throughout Miami Dade County.
Jeanette Roca joined the staff of Bolanos Associates in 2010 as the firm’s Operations Administrator. She oversees all the day-to-day administrative functions, including patient referral processing, therapist scheduling, case manager relations, network contracting, and patient finance. Jeanette brings 15 years of healthcare management experience, having served as both support staff and management roles in various medical business settings. She graduated cum laude from Florida International University and holds a Bachelors degree in Health Services Administration.
Jully Garcia joined Bolanos Associates in 2014 to serve as General Office Manager for the firm’s existing Miami-Dade, Broward and soon to be opened Palm Beach County locations. As an enthusiastic , professional and versatile team member, she oversees and focuses on the smooth running of each of our offices and the administrative systems within it. Jully manages the daily functions of therapist scheduling, patient referral processing, case manager relations, and excellent customer service.
Cheryl Mandel, OT, CHT joined Bolanos Associates in 2015 and brings over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, serving hand and upper extremity rehabilitation of both pediatric and adult patients, including traumatic injuries.
Heidi Lipshutz, OTR/L, CHT, ABDA joined Bolanos Associates in 2015. Heidi graduated from Temple University with a degree in Occupational Therapy, has been an Occupational Therapist for over 32 years, and is also a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). In 2006 Heidi received the “Award of Recognition” from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA). She currently serves as the Financial Officer for the Region 7 Occupational Therapy Forum. Heidi has an extensive and diverse background of working with upper extremity injuries, ergonomics, and work related injuries in various settings including hospital-based practice, outpatient clinics, and on-site therapy programs.
Sofia Hernandez, RN, PTA joined Bolanos Associates in 2011 to serve as facility manager for the firm’s existing Miami-Dade site and their soon to be opened additional locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Her therapy and nursing experience spans over 15 years, first as a graduate of Miami Dade College’s Physical Therapy Assistant program and later pursing additional studies and becoming a Registered Nurse. Sofia has served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy assistant students, and has held both staff and hands-on administrative positions in acute, sub-acute, rehab and outpatient settings. She has worked with age groups from 18 to 100 years old and has extensive experience in aquatic therapy, onsite and facility based treatment, kinesio taping, and orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Marc Dalton, DPT joined Bolanos Associates in 2013 as a senior therapist and oversees all physical therapy services throughout Palm Beach County. Marc graduated from The University of St. Augustine in 1998 with a Masters in Physical Therapy and furthered his studies by obtaining a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. He is board certified in Manual Therapy, board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has 15 years of experience practicing outpatient physical therapy and specializes in treatment of the spine.
Marc has been trained in performing functional capacity evaluations in the Blankenship Method and has performed over 100 FCE’s. He has extensive experience in onsite and facility based treatments, acute and sub-acute care, and in worker injury therapy. Marc also served as an adjunct faculty at South University and at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Jose Rivera, MPT joined Bolanos Associates in 2011 as a senior therapist and oversees all physical therapy services throughout Miami Dade County. He has been in the field of physical therapy since 1994 upon completion of four (4) year active duty in the United States Marine Corps. While in the military, he served as a PT aide, and upon completing his service, he attended and graduated from Miami Dade College as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Shortly thereafter, he held the position of Associate Instructor at Miami Dade College for their PTA program.
Jose later pursued his graduate studies at Florida International University, receiving a Masters in Physical Therapy. He has worked with a myriad of patient populations, including orthopedics, wound care, neurological, ergonomics, and worker’s comp cases in numerous onsite and facility settings.
Nilda C. Serra, OT joined Bolanos Associates in 2013. She graduated with a BS in Occupational Therapy from FIU in 1993. Nilda has worked at various Miami Dade hospitals with a variety of different diagnoses. She has managed an Outpatient rehab center and is presently treating worker’s comp patients specializing in upper extremity orthopedics. Nilda loves her profession and enjoys helping others reach their functional levels.
Claudia Lloyd, PT joined Bolanos Associates in 2015. Claudia obtained her degree of physical therapy from Our Lady of Rosario Bogota Colombia. She has been practicing for 22 years and has worked primarily with orthopedic, pediatric and neurological patients within various clinical settings. She has experience with designing successful programs for the conservative and post-surgical management of various conditions of the upper and lower quarter, utilizing a wide variety of treatment approaches. Claudia enjoys working with athletes of all skill levels to help them return to playing and to avoid future injury. Claudia works collaboratively with her clients to achieve their goals and personal expectations through their rehabilitation experience. She is a certified in Ergonomics, functional capacity evaluations, and mat pilates.