About Us - Aries Physical Therapy
Who We Are
South Florida's Premier Physical Therapy Clinic
Dr. William "Bill" Kelley, DPT, ATC, CSCS, CERT. DN
Co-Owner and Director of PT
Dr. Bill Kelley received his Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Maine in 2012. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from the University of Miami in 2016 where he graduated with honors. Dr.Kelley also holds Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credentials since 2012 and became Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) certified and a Blood Flow Restriction Certified Clinician in 2017. In 2018 Dr. Kelley also took the initial steps to certification in the Postural Restoration Institute.
Dr. Kelley has contributed greatly as a researcher and lecturer. He has lectured at the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine national conference, the American Physical Therapy Association National conference as well as locally to various medical practices and area gyms such as Equinox. Dr. Kelley has been featured in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy for his article on nutritional rehabilitation in Men’s Journal and in the Huffington Post amongst other publications.
Prior to opening Aries Physical Therapy, Dr. Kelley was a clinic director with a high end, private practice in Miami, managing and treating at two of the 6 clinics in the practice. Dr. Kelley specializes in treatment of sports injuries, both surgical and non-surgical; biomechanical dysfunctions, neurological disorders, and neck and back pain; he has treated multiple collegiate, professional and recreational athletes.
Dr. Kelley utilizes his wide array of corrective exercises as well as comprehensive manual techniques to correct movement faults and biomechanical abnormalities to return his patients to a high activity level safely and quickly. He is also proficient in the use of soft-tissue techniques such as cupping, Graston, k-tape, and joint mobilizations. Dr. Kelley is highly commended for his ability to educate his patient and then incorporate an all-encompassing treatment that they understand and value to help them achieve their therapeutic goals. His dedication to his own fitness, health and athletic ability drives him to inspire and motivate his patients while providing them with the most innovative and scientifically backed treatment strategies available.
Dr. Austin Merrell, PT, DPT, CSCS, CERT. DN
Head Physical Therapist
Dr. Austin Merrell is a native of Boca Raton who received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida prior to obtaining his clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy at Florida International University. He may be a familiar face to some as he completed one of his four clinical internships with Aries in 2020 at the Ft. Lauderdale location. His background lies primarily in managing orthopedic conditions/sports Injuries, priding himself on being able to provide evidence-based interventions to any population with sound clinical reasoning. His treatment approach centers around enhancing human performance through optimizing movement, whether it's to complete daily tasks or keep up with the demands of sport.
While at FIU, he had the chance to volunteer as support personnel for the Wodapalooza Fitness Festival in both 2018 and 2019, treating novice and elite CrossFit athletes pre and post competition. As an athlete himself, who played ice hockey for 20+ years, now turned weekend golfer, he understands both the physical and mental aspects of rehabilitation from injury and/or surgery. When he isn't treating patients he enjoys spending time at the beach or traveling to national parks to get his steps in.
Dr. Merrell is always eager to learn and grow in order to serve his patients towards maximum potential. He is currently continuing education and plans to become TPI certified in the near future.
Dr. Joshua Connor, PT, DPT, CERT. DN
Head Physical Therapist
Dr. Joshua Connor completed his Bachelor of Science in Health Studies followed by his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Utica College. Dr. Connor graduated with honors in the spring of 2021. Dr. Connor is well versed in outpatient care as he graduated and worked in Suffolk and Nassau county on Long Island, NY, treating a multitude of orthopedic injuries. Through clinical education and as a treating therapist Joshua has gained experience treating many post operative sport related injuries, with a strong focus on the shoulder and knee.
From a 3 year college football starter (WR) Joshua has recently transitioned his athletic drive toward the fairways. Dr. Connor is a level 1 TPI certified golf instructor who is motivated to find new ways to improve others and his own golf game. Dr. Connor prides himself on his ability to assess how well the body moves in relation to the golf swing, followed up with a personalized plan to improve that individual's function.
Joshua is a strong advocate for continuing education and spends his off time researching general injury and sport specific interventions backed by current evidence. He is currently studying to obtain his CSCS certification. On Josh’s off time you can find him playing football, basketball, beach volleyball, golf or at the gym. Dr. Josh believes movement is key to health, success and happiness.
Dr. Abby Freund, PT, DPT, CSCS, CERT. DN
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Abby Freund is a South Florida native who received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Florida in 2018 before obtaining her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy at Emory University in 2022. Abby’s passion for physical therapy stems from her love of movement and viewing exercise as medicine. Abby has been riding horses for 15+ years which allowed her to develop a keen eye for movement. She takes a creative evidence based approach that combines the skills she has learned on horseback, in the clinic, and in the gym to help patients optimize performance. Abby is excited to help all populations feel fulfilled and return to doing what they love whether that be a daily walk or high level sport.
While at Emory, Abby completed her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a Dry Needling certification. She also completed an elective course focused on sport specific PT in which she learned sport specific athletic taping and treatment techniques. Abby is passionate about continuing her education in order to better help her patients and is in the process of completing her Strength and Conditioning Certification (CSCS).
When she is not in the clinic, Abby enjoys spending time with her horse, hanging out with friends and family, and doing workout classes around South Florida.
Dr. Joey Mohler, PT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Joey Mohler received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University in 2018. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from The University of Florida in 2022. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Mohler pursued his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification (CSCS) to expand his skill set while working with athletes. Just two days before his graduation, he and his wife welcomed their first child into the family. He then started working in Gainesville, Florida, where he treated a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Joey’s passion for physical performance and wellness began and continues with his athletic endeavors. He participated in various sports in high school including football, weightlifting, and baseball. Joey continues to compete in local weightlifting meets, flag football, and various recreational sports. His initial exposure to physical therapy was after an ankle injury while sliding to 3rd base, which required surgery. Following physical therapy, Joey was cleared to return to sport, but clearly was not ready. This experience motivates Joey daily to go above and beyond for patients to help them return to activity better than when they came in. Joey has a strong interest in helping people with return to sport, concussions, and vestibular rehab.
Joey prides himself on patient care and the use of evidence-based treatments, utilizing exercise techniques from various domains to improve function, quality of life, and return to sport. His treatments also include manual therapy, neuromuscular re-education,and blood flow restriction therapy. He truly values getting to know his patients and their specific goals for recovery to optimize their plan of care while promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Lindsay Merrell, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Specialist
Dr. Lindsay Davis received her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Grand Valley State University in 2019 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine in 2022. Lindsay has experience working with a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Using her background in psychology, Lindsay strives to make sure her patients understand the affect the mind has on the body and how it moves. Lindsay is excited to help patients understand their impairments and return to the activities they love!
Lindsay’s outpatient experience has led her to find a passion in educating about pelvic health and treating pelvic disorders in both women and men. She plans to complete advanced certifications in this area in the near future. Growing up in Michigan, Lindsay developed a love (from the sidelines) for the sport of hockey. She has experience in cheerleading from both the athlete and coach’s perspective. Within the last year Lindsay has found an appreciation for the practice of yoga, working to enhance her understanding of the mind body connection.
On Lindsay’s days off you can find her trying a new workout class, laying by the pool, or planning her next trip to Disney World.
Dr. Liza Buluchevskaya, PT, DPT, CSCS, PPSC
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Liza Buluchevskaya received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science with minors in Psychology and Pre-Health from Nova Southeastern University in 2020, where she was also a member of the NCAA Division II swimming team. During her time at NSU, she co-authored a research paper on running biomechanics and received her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification to continue expanding her knowledge of athletic performance. She then obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Texas State University in 2023.
Liza has always been passionate about promoting health and wellness, from her time as an athlete and almost 10 years of teaching swim lessons. Liza has experience working with a variety of orthopedic conditions in outpatient settings and is passionate about helping patients get back to doing the things they enjoy. She strives to cater the rehabilitation process to the needs of each individual and to over-prepare them for their goals. She enjoys working with the general population as well as athletes and plans to complete advanced certifications and courses in the field of strength and conditioning to continue expanding her knowledge.
When she is not in the clinic, Liza likes to spend her time weightlifting, swimming, relaxing by the pool or beach, and hanging out with friends.
Patient Care Coordinator
Andrea is the Patient Care Coordinator at our Weston location. Prior to working at Aries Physical Therapy, she completed an internship with us. She was born and raised in South Florida. She grew up dancing at Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory and later on went on to become a Coach there.
Currently, Andrea is a student at Nova Southeastern University pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science. At Nova, she has had the opportunity to assist in performance testing for NFL combine athletes. Outside of work and school Andrea enjoys dancing and going to the beach.
Patient Care Coordinator
Linda currently resides in her native Boca Raton, FL, where she enjoys spending time at the beach and listening to live music with friends. She's a recent graduate from Florida State University where she majored in Psychology. Currently, she's seeking to further her education in the field of physical therapy
Patient Care Coordinator
Tawny was born and raised in California, where she later graduated from the University of California San Diego earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Culture and Communication. After many years working in the Entertainment and Events industry all over California, Tawny moved across the country to Florida and started her role as a Patient Care Coordinator here at Aries Physical Therapy. She enjoys being the friendly face greeting patients and ensuring their consistency of care.
When Tawny is not at work, you'd likely find her doing yoga at the beach with her dog or collaborating with her husband on planning weekend events for the active South Florida Community via ‘Lauderdale Run Club’.