Your Path to Peak Performance.
At RAM Performance and Rehab, you are the center of our mission.
At RAM Performance & Rehab, we will address movement whether you are a rehabilitation patient or an athlete hoping to improve your performance. Dysfunctions will be prioritized in treatment and training order to optimize your goals of weight loss, improving durability, and/or improving performance. We will develop and guide you though a specific treatment plan of care designed specifically for you using a whole body approach.
Prioritize your healing. Perform at your peak.
Give us a call: 407-625-1190
After more than twenty years of working with orthopedic populations, especially athletes of all skill levels, I have seen a disconnect between the rehabilitation professional, strength coach, and position/player coach. The typical, too-often scenario is the patient suffers injury, gets mediocre or shortened therapy, participates in a strength and conditioning program that is not preventative in nature or creates movement dysfunction, and returns to sport when not ready. This results in a vicious cycle of injury, return to sport, and re-injury. One of the main predictors of future injury is previous injury and pain. Addressing total body movement dysfunction is integral to not only injury prevention but also indirectly improving performance. In many cases as well, what the general population considers aging, is most often decay. Other cultures around the world move at a high level without the typical degenerative diseases we suffer from in this country. Nutrition has an impact on function, but the ability to move well and move often creates the perfect marriage.
Work With Us
At RAM Performance & Rehab, each patient has a specific treatment plan of care designed after thorough evaluation using a whole body approach (i.e. pain may be in your ankle but the problem comes from the hip). Our treatment plans may include:
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Physical Therapy manipulation
- Soft Tissue Massage/Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
- Alter-G for weight bearing restrictions
- Running bio-mechanical evaluation
- Cryotherapy (available on-site/additional cost)
Each client undergoes a movement assessment and we develop a program based on your goals as well as your current movement competency. Highlighting any dysfunctions and optimizing your current state in order to improve weight loss, improve durability, and/or improve performance.
- Sport Specific Performance Training
- Agility and Strength Training
- Buddy/Small Groups
Meet Our Team
RAM Performance and Rehab is owned and operated by Alex and Leslee Mendez
Founder/Head Physical Therapist
Alex has been practicing physical therapy since 1987 with all but four years in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Alex was blessed to have the opportunity to attend an Functional Movement Screen (FMS) course early in his career that fundamentally changed the way he practiced. He realized that movement competency, not looking at individual body parts, was the key to not only rehabbing but also to training and sports performance durability. Attempting to build fitness and performance on mobility or stability deficits will, long term, create dysfunction not performance. Alex has taken a very comprehensive approach to his treatment and has been a certified FMS, SMFA, Ybalance, Olympic Certified Weightlifting Coach, TPI level 1, and Certified Speed Coach. He uses the Regional Interdependence Model when rehabbing using manual techniques (mobilization, physical therapy manipulation, massage, corrective exercise, and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)).
Alex has had the opportunity to work closely with Coach Tom Shaw and his strength staff at ESPN Wide World of Sports for the past twelve years treating many top round NFL recruits. He has also provided concierge treatment and training to numerous NFL, MLB, PGA, and Olympic track and field athletes. He also has many years of experience treating general orthopaedic patients, including high school and collegiate athletes and teams.
He has been a keynote speaker at various orthopaedic conferences over the years, including for Florida Hospital and Orlando Orthopaedic Center. He is currently a doctoral candidate with an anticipated DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) in 2019.
Founder/VP of Operations
Leslee Mendez, MA earned her Masters of Arts in Physical Education/Sports and Fitness from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Leslee was an adjunct professor and graduate assistant, implementing various fitness and sports related curricula. Leslee has taught Physical Education since 2005 in both the public and private sectors. Some of her flagship accomplishments are co-developing Seminole County’s virtual school PE curricula and earning special grant funding for fitness programs. She has previous experience as the V.P. of Operations for GeoFitness and as Director of Aquatics and Fitness at Tuscawilla Country Club in central Florida. In addition to publishing several articles regarding the connection between physical activity and academic performance, Leslee has also been a keynote presenter at various sports and fitness conferences. Portions of her physical education programs have been featured on local news stations. She has participated in numerous marathons, triathlons, and other road races, as well as having held a Personal Trainer Certificate.
Leslee is married to Alex Mendez. When Leslee is not working at RAM Performance & Rehab or teaching students how to stay fit both physically and spiritually, she enjoys watching their three little ones.
What People Are Saying
Alex has helped me in rehabilitating my hip injury, and has also helped me strengthen my overall fitness with functional, pain free movement. He genuinely cares about your overall well-being. His knowledge of how the body works and how to help you is top notch
As an athlete who has seen many physical therapists throughout my career, Alex is truly one of the best. His approach not only addresses the symptoms of your issue, but he ensures you receive treatment that will also address the root of the problem. After being diagnosed with a stress fracture in my femur, I trusted Alex with my recovery and rehab and a few months later went on to win a silver medal at the Pan American Games. Alex is truly a leader in his field; I would highly recommend his services
Working with Alex prior to the NFL combine was the extra edge I needed to feel the most prepared to perform at my best. He has an ability to find your imbalances and then correct them using functional movement and core stability along with other methods that really works.
Not only did I get my knee right, I also gained a lifelong friend throughout the process. BLESS.
Alex Mendez is one of the most knowledgeable physical therapists I know. As a former college athlete having multiple chronic issues as I’ve aged and continue to be as physically active as possible, Alex has taught me a variety of functional skills and exercises that have dramatically improved my conditions. He not only helps the athlete recover from injury, but he educates the athlete in order to prevent further injury. As a volleyball player and coach I have and will continue to refer athletes to Alex because of his vast knowledge of treatment options, his ability to challenge athletes to grow and perform better, and his wisdom in treating the individual and not just the injury.
As a multi-sport athlete for over 25 years I’ve had my share of injuries. Unfortunately, dysfunctional compensation patterns that I developed over the years as a result, accompanied by an untimely running injury, found me in chronic pain for several years. Having worked with Alex off and on over the past 15 years I knew I could rely on his unmatched knowledge and expertise of sport performance and rehab to correct my dysfunctional patterns and restore my bio mechanics so that I could live pain free and continue to enjoy my passion for sports and adventure. I soon found myself traversing the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim and several months later standing on the top spot of the podium in an Xterra off-road triathlon. I continue to work regularly with Alex in order to maintain functional bio-mechanics for increased stamina and longevity so I can stay at the top of my game.
Alex is passionate about helping his athletes achieve optimal performance and combines his experience working with top performers with the best techniques and proven approaches to individualize a comprehensive progression that is specific to your current needs and future goals.
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Our practice is located at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates at 3160 Southgate Commerce Boulevard, Suite 38, Orlando, Florida 32806
Days of Operation: Monday – Saturday
By Appointment Only
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