MSPT, TPIMP, Owner
Chris is the founder of Performance and Rehabilitation Physical Therapy (PAR PT). He earned his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Misericordia University in 2009. He has worked as a physical therapist locally for the last 10 years in settings that have included inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health.
However, being an avid golfer himself, Chris' passion has always been working with those patients whose ultimate goal was to return to pain-free golfing. As you can imagine, residing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Golf Capital of the World, Chris has worked with dozens of these patients over the last decade, whether they have undergone a joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, overuse injuries or have been dealing with chronic pain while golfing for years. He began to get frustrated with time, space, and equipment constraints placed upon him and this specific patient population by insurance companies and facilities.
Therefore in 2017, Chris took a leap of faith by founding PAR PT and married his two passions: improving people's functional movement and the game of golf. He expanded his skill set to excel in these areas by becoming a certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional and is also certified in Functional Movement Systems.
Chris continues to love working with traditional physical therapy patients as well and getting people back to their everyday activities. He has a passion to educate the general public on trying conservative treatment methods prior to alternative interventions including harmful medications, expensive testing and possible unnecessary surgeries. He is a strong advocate of physical therapy as the direct entry point for musculoskeletal disorders. Did you know that you can be evaluated by a PT without a doctor's referral?
Chris is a lifelong learner and enjoys furthering his treatment skillset. He has recently incorporated dry needling, deep tissue laser therapy, total motion release as well as advanced manual techniques of the spine to provide optimal care for his patients.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family including his wife, Casey, whom also is a physical therapist as well as his two sons, Chase & Cruz. (You may even see them here from time to time). He is a sports fanatic and enjoys cheering on the New York Mets and the San Francisco 49ers. When there is free time, he of course enjoys hitting the links!
Casey is originally from the foothills of the beautiful Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine from Westfield State College in 2009. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from American International College in 2012. She has worked locally as a physical therapist for the last 8 years with the majority of her career in an outpatient setting treating a wide array of diagnoses including sports-related injuries, pediatric pathologies, orthopedic, post-surgical and neurological patients, vestibular dysfunction and balance and fall risk in patients ranging from newborns to geriatrics. Casey also has experience in settings including acute care, skilled nursing and aquatic rehab.
In 2017, Casey and her husband Chris took a leap of faith by founding their private outpatient practice, Performance & Rehabilitation (PAR) Physical Therapy. She has mostly stayed behind the scenes focusing on administrative duties, marketing and HR responsibilities as she continued to practice at a local hospital system. With the recent expansion of the clinic as well as the continued growth and success of PAR, Casey will now be joining the team as a treating physical therapist. She is eager to bring her clinical knowledge and expertise to the patients of PAR.
Casey has a passion to educate the general public on "Flipping the Pyramid" or in other words; on using conservative treatment such as skilled and manual physical therapy prior to alternative interventions including harmful medications, expensive testing and possible unnecessary surgeries. She is also a strong advocate of physical therapy as the direct entry point for musculoskeletal disorders.
Casey also enjoys the educational aspect of her career and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She enjoys taking on clinical students in order to further her profession as a whole. Her favorite part of her job however is returning people back to their daily and recreational activities without pain and debility.
In her free time, Casey enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Chris, and their two sons Chase & Cruz. She enjoys traveling, exercising, reading and walking the beach with their Labrador Retriever, Oakley.
Jessica Aguirre is a full-time Physical Therapist Assistant at PAR Physical Therapy. She earned an Associate in Applied Science degree with an emphasis in Physical Therapist Assistant from Horry Georgetown Technical College in 2019. Jessica was an officer in the 2019’s PTA Club. Some responsibilities included coordinating philanthropy times with charities and organizations including the Miracle League, and the local Veteran Center. While attending the PTA Program, she completed a clinical rotation working closely with Chris Garavito. While working with Chris, she learned photobiomodulation therapy, along with manual techniques and proper golf mechanics.
Jessica’s passion for sports rehabilitation and athletics began during her martial arts career. She is a two-time World Taekwondo Champion, as well as, a five-time National Gold medalist in Taekwondo in the Amateur Athletic Union. Jessica also had the honor of being inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Prior to pursuing her career in physical therapy, she traveled around the world teaching martial arts on military installations. Jessica furthered her passion for social outreach by volunteering and working with some of her favorite charities and organizations overseas.
Jessica is married to a retired United States Air Force Airman and together they have four daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family or simply reading a book.
Jessica is excited to begin her career as a physical therapist assistant at PAR Physical Therapy and is excited for the opportunity,with the help from her colleagues, to grow as a clinician.
Holly comes to PAR Physical Therapy with over ten years of experience as an Executive Assistant. She is the first friendly face to greet you as you enter our office and will assist you with all your scheduling, insurance and billing needs. Holly has already taken a great load of work off of our clinical staff which allows them to spend more quality time with their patients.
Originally from New York, Holly has called Myrtle Beach home for the past 17 years. When not at work, she enjoys many outdoor activities with her husband, cooking, and projects around the house. As a mom of five kids, all of their activities keep her on the go.
Make sure to stop and introduce yourself to Holly if you haven't already. We are excited to welcome her to our PAR PT team and know she will be a wonderful asset to the clinic!