Physical Therapy

The Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach Physical Therapy department specializes in orthopaedics, geriatrics, sports medicine and total joint replacement. Our therapy department is conveniently located within our clinic location. Therefore we are able to provide our patients with continuous care - physician, therapist, and patient communication.

We look forward to providing patients with the most personalized physical therapy on the Treasure Coast.

Please contact us to set up an appointment. Outside referrals are encouraged and accepted.

Physical Therapy Room

Our Mission

The mission of your physical therapist is to provide patients with personalized physical therapy unique to each individual's specific condition in order to restore, maintain and enhance a high quality of life.

Surround Yourself with Health

Physical Therapy Room and Exercise Equipment

Your return to optimal health begins when you walk through the door. Our practice is surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment and a facility that promotes well-being.

Our clinical expertise offers a variety of techniques and treatments to bring you maximum benefits. Employing the healing powers of exercise, and the appropriate modalities, your physical therapy program will be designed to meet your specific needs.

At The Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach, we focus on your individual treatment goals and timelines. Your progress is tracked and quantified by our licensed therapists, which provide feedback on your strength, stability and progress. By witnessing your own improvement, you enjoy a heightened sense of accomplishment and experience a more satisfying return to optimal health.


Our Specialties

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  • Sports-Related Injuries
  • Functional Retraining
  • Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics
  • Postural Education
  • Ergonomic Consulting
  • Injury Prevention
  • Orthopaedic Pediatrics
  • Wellness Programs
  • Vestibular Rehab
  • Balance Training

You make us unique...

Our unique approach to physical therapy begins with concern for you as an individual.

Whether recovering from surgery, an injury, or seeking to enhance your performance, our priority is to give you the individualized care needed to help reach your goals. We believe in maintaining a one-on-one relationship with you every step of the way.

Our hands-on, personal style means you'll be in the constant care of our professional team of licensed physical therapists. We'll perform an in-depth evaluation of your condition and develop a customized treatment program suited to your specific needs. You'll be actively involved in your therapy and will gain knowledge and confidence in restoring and maintaining your highest level of physical activity.


Physical Therapy Staff

Michael J. Andaya, PT

Michael Andaya was awarded the degree Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Fatima College of Physical Therapy in 1995. He has worked in acute and sub-acute Physical Therapy settings and has experience in treating a variety of neurological, orthopaedic and medical-surgical conditions. Michael joined our physical therapy team in September of 2011.

Michael Andaya

Patricia Burgener, PT

Patricia Burgegraduated from Lynn University in 1994 with her Physical Therapy Assistant degree. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. For the past 22 years, her primary area of specialty has been outpatient Orthopaedics, however she has experience with pediatrics, aquatic therapy and rehabilitation as well as neurological conditions. She currently holds a professional certification affiliated with the McKenzie Institute as a certified practitioner in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine. Patti and her family have been residents of Vero Beach since 2013 which is when she joined the team at OCVB.

Patricia Burgener

Sharon Hall, PT

Sharon Hall is a Florida licensed Physical Therapist who graduated from University of Texas South Western Medical Center at Dallas. Sharon has served the Physical Therapy profession for over 25 years in a variety of different settings. She began her career at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where she gained extensive experience in orthopaedic, neurologic, and wound care. After relocating to Savannah, GA, Sharon broadened her experience base in the area of subacute rehab and home health Physical Therapy, eventually being promoted to Director of Physical Therapy. She continued working with the same company when transferred to Atlanta, GA. She remained with the company until relocating to her home state of Florida, settling with her family in Sebastian, FL. Since being in Sebastian, Sharon has continued practicing both in the hospital and outpatient settings. She was instrumental in helping build a thriving outpatient clinic in Sebastian, FL, treating an array of different diagnosis. Sharon is very excited about joining Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach as of October 2016. She enjoys treating a wide range of diagnosis, especially orthopaedic. She is passionate about her patients, and finds joy in helping them reach their maximal lifestyle potentials. She encourages the patient to participate in their goals and plan of care.

Sharon Hall

Paul Burgener, PT

Paul Burgener graduated from Angelo State University with his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002 from the University of Central Florida. He began his career working in acute care and inpatient rehab for 2 years before transitioning to outpatient. He has worked in the outpatient rehab setting for the past 14 years treating a variety of conditions ranging from stroke, neurological disorders, and balance deficits but his primary focus has been in outpatient orthopaedics. He went on to earn a post-graduate manual certification from The McKenzie Institute (Cert MDT) with an emphasis in spine rehab. He relocated with his family to Vero Beach in 2013 and joined the Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach in July 2018.

Paul Burgener

Claire Petrulak, PT

Claire Petrulak, PT graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2005. She has worked outside of Boston for the past 14 years with experience in outpatient orthopedics, sports injuries, post-surgical, aquatic therapy, neurological impairments, back pain and adolescents. She is trained in both the Maitland and McKenzie treatment approaches. She relocated to her husband’s hometown of Vero Beach with their two young children and is excited to be a part of the OCVB family.

Claire Petrulak PT

Rebbecca Kuchar, PTA

Rebbecca Kuchar graduated from IRCC in 2001 with a degree as a physical therapist assistant. She has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, rehab, acute, trauma and outpatient. Rebbecca has been part of the OCVB team since 2012.


Victoria Chacon, PTA

Victoria graduated from Keiser University in 2018 with a degree as a physical therapist assistant. She has worked in a variety of settings such as skilled nursing, acute care, and outpatient. Victoria is very excited about joining the OCVB team.