Meet Our Staff
Michael Furtado, PT, DPT, NCS
Michael has made his home in Houston. However, he is originally from Boston, MA. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005 and then worked for over 5 years as an outpatient therapist at TIRR in Houston. He later received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2008. While at TIRR he treated patients with a wide number of neurologic diagnoses; developing a clinical specialty in patients with vestibular dysfunction, concussion, amputation, spinal cord injury, and progressive neurologic disorders.
Michael played an integral role in organizing and founding two comprehensive vestibular rehab program, Project Victory for veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and a Sports Concussion Program. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; where he teaches courses in neurologic anatomy and physiology and clinical courses in management of patients with neurologic diagnoses.Michael has been recognized a leader and renown expert in vestibular dysfunction, concussion, and amputation management speaking and teaching at all levels of education.
Michael is an active participant in concussion research, for which he has been recognized at local and state level. He is also an active member within his local community and church. He maintains an active membership in his state and national professional organizations (Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association). Michael comes from a personal background of competitive soccer and continues to enjoy sports and outdoors in his leisure time.
Tad Scott, PT, DPT
Tad has made his home in the Houston area. However, he is originally from Alto, TX. He is a graduate of the Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s in Biology and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2014. He has gathered experience in the outpatient setting treating a variety of orthopedic and sports injuries as an outpatient therapist at various Methodist Outpatient Physical Therapy locations.
Tad is an active participant in research. He has been recognized and awarded for his efforts in concussion research, which have been accepted for publication. He has also been an active member in professional education in the appropriate management and rehabilitation of patients with vestibular dysfunction post-concussion.
Tad is an active member of his community and church; and maintains an active membership in his state and national professional organizations (Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association). Tad has a personal background of collegiate football and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle that includes the outdoors, kayaking, and fishing.
Jami Cooper, PT, DPT
Jami is originally from Huntington, Texas but has made her home in the Houston area. She recently earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Jami has gained clinical experience in a variety of outpatient settings. She was nominated and accepted for membership in the Alpha Eta Honor Society for health professionals and is a member of the Physical Therapy Pro Bono National Honor Society.
Jami maintains an active role in her local community and church. She also maintains an active membership in her state and national professional organizations (Texas Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association). In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and the outdoors.
Luciano Garcia, PT. DPT, OCS, IAOM-US
A native of Victoria, Texas, Luciano Garcia is a 1999 graduate of Texas Woman’s University in Houston. In 2004, he received his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2016 he earned his Orthopedic Manual Therapy certification from IAOM-US, then later his Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2018.
Having treated all types of orthopedic conditions, areas of specialized interest include shoulder pathology, tendon disorders, and foot/ankle conditions. Education and research are two important topics to Luciano. He has taught continuing education courses throughout the country on shoulder pathology, along with local courses related to soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercises, and modalities.
Past and current research efforts to be submitted for publication include core stability in unilateral stance and the effects of cognitive distraction on lower extremity movements. Aside from physical therapy, he enjoys music, sports,and woodworking.