Dr. Pastoriza is a physiatrist with specialty training in interventional pain management and new to Interventional Orthopedics at the Centeno- Schultz clinic. Her interests are primarily in the biomechanics of the human body and in the applications of regenerative medicine for a multitude of injuries in an effort to help patients avoid a more invasive operative intervention. She is from Miami, FL and fluent in both English and Spanish. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Biological Engineering and a minor in Biomechanics. She competed for the University of Florida Track and Field team as a Javelin thrower and suffered a career ending shoulder injury prompting a more personal interest in biomechanics. Her personal experiences led to an interest in research at the Motion Analysis Laboratory in Gainesville, FL wherein analyzing the throwing mechanics of the baseball and football players helped them to perfect their mechanics. Prior to entering medical school, she worked as a computer programmer at the VA hospital in Gainesville, performing gait analysis kinematics at the Neurorehabilitation Research Center which led to expanding the knowledge of the neuroplasticity that occurs after a stroke.
She attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL where she received her medical degree and became an expert in osteopathic manipulations as an adjunct to medical therapies truly taking into consideration all aspects of a patient’s life to help them heal. During this time she was exposed to the healing properties of regenerative medicine after suffering an ankle injury and undergoing a Regenexx procedure to help with instability which helped her avoid a major surgery. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation intertwines all aspects of osteopathy along with focusing on improving function and maintaining the highest quality of life given any diagnosis. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Her interest in image-guided procedural interventions led her to complete an Anesthesiology Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. There she became proficient in chronic pain management.
Dr. Pastoriza is excited to embark on this next journey as part of the team at Centeno-Schultz Clinic learning from the regenerative medicine experts. She would like to treat patients with the highest quality of care combining a thorough physical examination and diagnostics to deliver precise image-guided procedures for all musculoskeletal areas of the body.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Pastoriza spends most of her time with her young son and husband. She and her family enjoy going on bike rides together, along with going to parks and swimming. Dr. Pastoriza’s other hobbies include swimming, cycling, triathlons and crocheting.
Interventional Orthopedics at Centeno-Schultz Clinic – 2019-2020
Anesthesiology Pain Medicine, University of Alabama-Birmingham – 2018-2019
MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH – 2015-2018, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Kendall Regional Medical Center, Miami, FL – 2014-2015 – Preliminary General Surgery
Alabama, Colorado, and Ohio
Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Eligible in Sub-specialty of Pain Medicine – pending certification September 2019
English and Spanish (Fluent)