Maria Pontillo is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Yoga Teacher in South Florida. With nearly 15 years of expertise in the fitness world, Maria is a triple threat when it comes to transforming the health of her clients and patients.
With a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University (FIU), a B.S. in Health Science from Florida State University (FSU), and multiple fitness and physical therapy certifications, Maria Pontillo has dedicated all of her life to fitness and health.
Maria is the head Physical Therapist for Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Yoldas at Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with specialties in shoulder and knee rehabilitation programs. In addition, Maria maintains a specialty certifications in the innovative Graston Technique, and RockTape Method.
Maria has become a fitness star in the South Florida community for her interval partner-training ‘Circuit Blast’ class, Hip-Hop Dance Classes and energetic ‘Sweaty Sunday Funday’ Beach Workouts. In addition, she has revolutionized the virtual fitness trend with her Online Fitness programs which has been featured in South Florida’s premiere newspaper, the Sun Sentinel. Maria has been featured in various media outlets for her fitness and Physical Therapy expertise and was chosen from nearly 3,500 candidates as one of Fitness Magazine’s Face of FITNESS Finalist Spotlights.
Teaching 10 to 15 group fitness classes per week has empowered Maria to have a genuine impact on the South Florida community. Maria is the top director for two Group Exercise Programs, Nova Southeastern University and Fitness1440, where she coordinates various fitness programs to help thousands of members and students accomplish their fitness goals.
Maria remains active in her local community by participating in local 5K charity runs and obstacle races in addition to volunteering at various charity workout events, and attending continuing education courses at national fitness conventions. After a vigorous 12 hour day, Maria is proud to…
“LIVE, BREATH, AND EMBODY FITNESS”