Adrianna Ortega received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in 2019 after completing an accelerated program. She served as one of her class’s representatives for the Marquette Challenge, raising over $25,000 for physical therapy research to continue to move the PT field forward and promote movement as medicine. Adrianna was also introduced to the pelvic floor and women’s health as it relates to physical therapy, and wishes to pursue continued education in order to help this population.
During her various rotations in graduate school, she was lucky enough to be
mentored by clinicians that saw the power of Pilates in the rehabilitation world.
From that point forth, she was hooked on Pilates and its ability to heal others and help them achieve their fitness goals. Following graduation, Adrianna began the Core Advancement Program at Pilates in the Grove to become a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates instructor. As a former dancer and cheerleader, she has found similarities in these sports with Pilates, and her passion for the practice continues to grow more and more every day.
While she was born and raised in New Jersey, Miami always had a special place
in Adrianna’s heart. She grew up spending the majority of her summers on Miami Beach, and has a love for the ocean. When she’s not practicing her Pilates, you can find her taking walks on the beach, searching for shells, or reading a book on the balcony.
• If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you choose to work on in a
private session with him?
I would choose to work on shoulder stands and inversions in order to help find
balance and build a stronger awareness of where body is in space.
• What is your favorite Pilates exercise and why? What is your least favorite and
My favorite Pilates exercise is the Hundreds because I believe in the power of
the breath. As a physical therapist, I have seen many patients that have a variety of dysfunctions, but almost everyone has a hard time warming up their powerhouse and building their breath from their center.
My least favorite exercise is the Bicycle, because I have a hard time orienting
and coordinating my body in a shoulder stand. I also find it hard to self-correct when practicing independently, but this is why practicing with others is wonderful!
• What is the last book you read or what are you currently reading?
The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer.
• Name three items you would grab from your house in a fire?
My passport, printed photos, and my laptop.
• What is a fun fact that most people would not guess about you?
I eat my pizza starting with the crust.
• Describe your teaching/practice style in one word?
• What makes you smile?
Sitting by the ocean with loved ones.