Helga Perez, PT, DPT, CFC

Helga Perez, PT, DPT, CFC, CCI.

  Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of St. Augustine, Florida, 2009

Physical Therapist: Catholic University of the North, Antofagasta, Chile.


CERTIFICATIONS

Cranio Facial Therapy, University of St. Augustine, FL.

Clinical Instructor, American Physical Therapy Assoc.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Doctor Perez is a Physical Therapist with over 30 years of experience in treating dysfunctions to the head, neck, face, temporomandibular joint. Dr. Perez obtained her Physical Therapy degree at Universidad del Norte in Chile. She carried her graduate studies at the University of St. Augustine in Florida, where she achieved her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and successfully completed the Cranio-Facial Certification offered at this institution. 
  • Doctor Perez has been trained in Chile and in the USA by her good friend Dr. Mariano Rocabado, the world-wide known physical therapist in treating cranio-cervical and cranio-mandibular (TMJ) dysfunctions. 
  • Dr. Perez specialization focuses on dysfunctions and problems to the head, face, mouth, lips, temporo-mandibular joint, neck, back, shoulders, postural alignment. 
  • Patient’s dysfunctions may arise from several sources, including stress, surgeries, plastic/reconstructive surgeries, post radiation treatments (cancer/tumors), work-related injuries, and accidents. These issues may also relate to headaches, whiplash, postural problems, muscle tension dysphonia (difficulty with talking, singing), muscle tension dysphagia (difficulty with swallowing). 
  • Currently Dr. Perez evaluate and treat patients with Orthopedics Disorders, Postural Dysfunctions, Headaches, Neck Pain, Orofacial Pain, Cranio-cervico-mandibular Pain, Muscle Tension Dysphonia, Muscle Tension Dysphagia, Temporomandibular Joint Pain, Status Post-surgical Facial Reconstructive Surgeries (including Crouzon Syndrome, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Treacher Collins Syndrome), Arnold Chiari Malformation status post-surgery, tightness in the neck and face secondary radiation treatment (cancer/tumors to the throat, tongue, neck), leading to anterior neck dysfunctions such as muscle tension dysphonia and/or dysphagia. 
  • The work ethics that Dr. Perez employs is personalized and comprehensive. Dr. Perez treats patients in a one-on-one basis which allows the treatment to be carried along with an educational component. 
  • Patient education is essential during physical therapy treatment. As part of her comprehensive approach, Dr. Perez teaches her patients self-care, anatomical structures involved, nature of symptoms, and how to recognize and prevent stressors that may aggravate those symptoms, while providing a complete home exercise program to prevent further injuries. 
  • Dr. Perez has given several courses, seminars, conferences, meetings in the topic of cranio-facial, cranio-mandibular and cranio-cervical dysfunctions, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis to doctors, dentists, and community groups. 


MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Cranio-Facial Pain - AACP

American Physical Therapy Association - APTA

Texas Physical Therapy Association – TPTA


SEMINAR SPEAKER

Singers Symposium – UT Southwestern, Department of Otolaryngology – July 2017

Psoriasis Arthritis Foundation – “Be Active and Joint Smart” – Dallas Conference – 2014 & 2016.

Dentist and Hygienists Dallas Study Group, February 2016.