Dr. Rivera is a licensed physical therapist and has been practicing in the Greater Houston area since 2005. He has worked in various health care settings including acute and long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics. In addition to practicing physical therapy, Dr. Rivera was also a faculty member at Cross Country Education and provided national continuing education conferences and seminars for physical, occupational, and speech therapists, chiropractors, psychologists, physicians, nurses, and special education teachers on topics that included rehabilitative research methods, ethics and professional responsibility, and therapeutic modalities. He was also Faculty Honorarium at Hardin-Simmons University where he lectured on Ethical Principles and Policy Issues in Health Care.
Dr. Rivera’s clinical interests and specialties include management of orthopedic conditions and return-to-sport in adolescents and return-to-work in young adults. His past affiliations at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center have allowed him the opportunity to work alongside some of Houston’s most reputable pediatric and adult orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Rivera’s clinical strengths and areas of expertise include treating musculoskeletal disorders and conditions of the extremities. Dr. Rivera is unique in that he has years of experience treating individuals across the lifespan, from infant to geriatric populations, with orthopedic and neurologic conditions as well. His broad scope of knowledge in human gross motor development from birth to older age has enabled him to be a more effective, well-rounded clinician. His treatment philosophy is exercised-based, and he is a strong advocate of promoting independence of functional maintenance.