MEET THE TEAM
Choosing your physical therapist is an important health decision. No different than choosing your dentist, physician, therapist, or chiropractor. At Palomino PT the physical therapist that evaluates you, will also be the physical therapist you see each and every visit.
Physical Therapist / Owner
Dr. Mario Palomino
Mario graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's in Health Science and a minor in Exercise Science in 2010. While at Oakland University, Mario competed for the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country and Track teams. He also spent time as an assistant strength and conditioning coach where he provided programming for the Oakland University golf, baseball and soccer teams.
Mario continued his education by attending Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE where he received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree and then pursued his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Findlay, OH through the PTA to DPT bridge program.
Mario has "worn every hat" in the physical therapy industry, from a physical therapy tech to a clinic director which has provided him the unique opportunity to learn multiple strategies to help patients achieve their goals. Mario has several years of experience working in orthopedics, neuro, chronic pain, geriatrics, and sports medicine. In these settings he has worked extensively with post-op surgical interventions (total knee, total hip, spinal fusions, laminectomies, reverse shoulders, ACL, meniscus, rotator cuff repairs) as well as Parkinson's, MS, stroke, and symptoms of autoimmune disorders (ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, land upus). With Mario's background in running and CrossFit, he also enjoys working with and training athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Over the years, Mario has been a clinical instructor for multiple students from various institutions including the University of Michigan, Macomb Community College, and Baker College.
Physical Therapist / Owner
Dr. Lia Palomino
Lia graduated from Oakland University with a bachelor's in Exercise Science in 2013. While at Oakland University she competed for the NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country and Track teams. She has passion for athletics and running and loves to incorporate her foundations as an athlete into her clinical practice.
Lia continued to attend Oakland University in the Physical Therapy program where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.
After she graduated PT school, Lia worked full time in an outpatient orthopedic clinic while also working at Henry Ford Hospital in Inpatient Rehab on weekends with the goal of gaining as much patient care experience as she possibly could. Lia has experience treating many conditions in the realm of orthopedics, chronic pain, vestibular, neurologic, & geriatrics.
She gradually grew her caseload with pelvic floor dysfunction soon after she graduated and quickly gained more interest in this specific patient population. Lia has completed several certifications in pelvic floor rehab for women, men and children through the APTA Section on Pelvic Health and Herman & Wallace programs. She has also completed a 4-week pelvic floor physical therapy mentorship program which has given her a foundation for her treatment methods.
In 2022, Lia created and opened Michigan Pelvic Rehab & Wellness where she worked solely with patients in need of pelvic floor therapy as this is a growing healthcare specialty with limited passionate providers to serve this population. Michigan Pelvic Rehab & Wellness is now located inside Palomino Physical Therapy where Dr. Lia can serve pelvic floor patients as well as all other physical therapy patients.