Dr. Sofia Costa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in August 2012 from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. Dr. Costa has gained clinical experience at various orthopedic outpatient facilities in the LA area. Specifically, she has worked with patients from ages 8 to 75 that have had a range of injuries, including but not limited to acute and chronic pain, pre and post surgical rehabilitation, tendonopathies, and spinal conditions. More than treat the injury, Sofia helps her patients return to their highest level of fitness, which includes the facilitation of a pain free return to sports such as horse polo, gymnastics, rowing, running, soccer, and surfing. Dr. Costa believes in an interdisciplinary approach to care, collaborating with trainers, coaches, and physicians to facilitate the best outcome for the patient. Treating, healing, and educating clients on self-management, injury prevention, and optimal performance for return to sport is what drives Dr. Costa on a daily basis. Sofia is currently progressing forward with her career by operating as a sole practitioner at StrongHarte Fitness & Physical Therapy where she treats clients one on one for an hour every time. Treatments can encompass anything from soft tissue mobilization to postural training and functional movement assessment and correction. While she loves to work with athletes, Dr. Costa wants to help as many people as possible. Therefore, she treats any and all ailments related to the physical body, from acute pain to return to sport. As a result of the highly personalized nature of the treatment sessions, clients have a brand new experience with physical Therapy. Dr. Costa also leads workshops that emphasize the optimal restoration, movement, and function of the human body in order to enhance sports performance and overall well-being. Dr. Costa has recently been featured on Surf with Amigas website where she provides injury prevention content specific for surfers.
Prior to attending physical therapy school, Dr. Costa received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology at Texas A&M University in 2005, and a year later moved to Miami, FL where she worked as a Level 3-Master Trainer at Equinox Fitness for more than 3 years. During her time at Equinox, she earned various certifications such as Kettle bell Level 1 & 2, TRX Suspension Training, Pre-Post Natal, Active Isolated Stretching, and N.A.S.M. Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Costa has lived near the beach the majority of her life. She understands, respects and loves the ocean, and has been learning how to surf with a longboard in her spare time. Dr. Costa is recognized for her passion, intuitive healing, and clinical expertise to help others return safely to their daily living and sport of choice. In her free time, Dr. Costa enjoys traveling, teaching, hiking, body weight training, spending time with family and friends, and anything that involves the beach.