Moving you forward

  • To move better and feel better
  • To back in the game
  • To get back to work
  • To live a healthy lifestyle

Meet Our Team

Yiriz Prato


Yiriz received her Bachelors in Science of Physical Therapy at Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica University in Utica, New York.

Yiriz has been practicing Physical therapy for 19 years and is experienced treating patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and Parkinson’s. Other areas of experience are functional training for individuals with lower limb amputation, post- COVID recovery, and balance deficits/fall prevention. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor who has mentored DPT students during clinical rotations.

Yiriz is passionate about all areas of prevention and wellness and is pursuing a wellness coaching certification. She will work with you in creating a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

In her free time, Yiriz enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughters, hiking, reading, listening to music, and traveling.

Luis F Prato


Doctor Luis has been a Physical Therapist for 27 years.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Universidad Industrial de Santander, in Colombia in 1995 and has been invited to come back several times to give courses at the University . He was honored as a “distinguished alumni” in 2019.

Luis has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Management from Evidence in Motion Institutes of Health Professions. 

Luis has a long list of certifications and is one of the few board specialists in Northwest Indiana His certifications include:

  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, Sports Clinical Specialist
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Certified Clinical Instructor
  • International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy, Registered International Sports Physical Therapist
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Dr Prato is a member of American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapist, the American Physical Therapy Association, the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Besides his life long commitment to learning, Luis is also a mentor to future DPT students as a clinical instructor and he is also a continued education instructor in Spain through ECUFIS. He currently serves as an editorial board member of Sports Medicine – Open Journal. Luis is well known in Northwest Indiana as “Coach Prato” as he was a successful youth soccer coach with a USSF National Youth license, and is still currently involved in the soccer community by offering injury prevention or speed agility programs.

Luis is also a family man and enjoys spending time with his wife Yiriz and his daughters Natalia and Gabriela.

Gloria Arteaga


Gloria has been practicing Physical Therapy for over 30 years, she received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at Universidad del Rosario in Colombia in 1991 and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica University in New York.

Gloria has extensive knowledge of orthopedic and neurologic conditions and treatments. She is certified in MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment) for spine and extremities.

She is also an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine. Her attention to detail and dedication to her craft has made her a popular physical therapist and beloved amongst her patients. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

You can optimize your recovery with one of our physical therapy specialists.

We are recovery experts moving you forward.

We know that it is all about a good life, that's why we want to replace your meds with physical activities

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65 E. 73rd Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410-3655

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