Owner of Deconstruct Health
ABOUT DR. AQUINO
- Certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist
- Certified Applied Prevention & Health Promotion Therapist
- Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
- Chapman University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
- UC Santa Barbara, BA in Sociology
- International Spine & Pain Institute: Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification Program
- Modern Pain Care Virtual Mentorship
- Herman & Wallace: Pelvic Floor Level 1, 2A, & Male Pelvic Floor Function, Dysfunction & Treatment
- HMHW: Physical Therapy Care of Patients who are Trans/Gender Diverse
- The Athlete Movement System: Upper Quarter
Phone: (310) 893-5786
Location: Los Angeles & Orange County
Michael Zabala Aquino, PT, DPT is an orthopedic and pelvic health physical therapist with a focus on lifestyle management and population health. He attained his clinical doctorate at Chapman University in Southern California and has worked with a variety of populations ranging from individuals with chronic/persistent pain conditions, injured youth athletes, work-related injuries, to the post-stroke population for return to optimal health. In order to serve organizations and address health at a population level as a health consultant, Dr. Aquino went through further education to become a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist(CEAS I) through The Back School and a Certified Applied Prevention and Health Promotion Therapist (Cert-APHPT) through the Institute of Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Aquino has a passion for people suffering from chronic/persistent pain conditions and has worked within a multidisciplinary pain program that has had great outcomes in the recovery from pain. As a person living with a persistent pain condition, himself, he developed a love for pain neuroscience and its therapeutic applications, which transformed how he viewed pain and lead him towards recovery. He now shares his specialized knowledge in pain with his patients and the general public, teaching pain workshops and lectures. He has undergone clinical mentorship for the treatment of chronic/persistent pain conditions and received his Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification through the International Spine and Pain Institute to further his skills.
Dr. Aquino also has a background in sociology and attained a BA in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, where his area of focus was on the impact of race, sex, gender, and sexuality in society and the workplace. It was his undergraduate studies in sociology in conjunction with his lived experiences as a QPoC, that cultivated and nurtured Dr. Aquino’s drive to promote and create spaces of inclusivity where individuals from marginalized communities could thrive. If it were not for the loving support and connectedness with the community of family, friends, and professors he was privileged to have, he would not be the person he is today.
Deconstruct Health Physical Therapy & Consulting PC is a culmination of his passions in the promotion of health, wellbeing, and social justice. He uses his love of creating art in combination with his knowledge as a healthcare professional with a sociology background to deconstruct what health has been socially constructed to mean, in order to promote a definition of health that is not rooted in exclusion, but inclusion. Through his platform he hopes to build community spaces that not only improve accessibility to health, but also embrace diversity and uplift the voices, ideas, and opinions of the marginalized who have been kept in silence and left invisible for too long. He wants others to experience the same types of communities that embraced him fully and taught him the values of self-love and self-worth, so that they can also flourish and cultivate their talents and skill sets.