As the Head Physical Therapist at Jaguar’s Downtown Clinic, Dr. Hiroshi Perera combines his elite experience competing in high level Muay Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Marital Arts with his extensive professional experience working with a variety of orthopedic/sports medicine therapies. Based on his own martial arts experience, Hiro provides a unique approach to rehabilitation, creating a dynamic experience for each client. He is recognized for his strong manual therapy background, which he continues to perfect and evolve while training and providing therapy to premier athletes in MMA, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
As a high level martial arts athlete, Hiro has competed in international Muay Thai Kickboxing as a trainer and competitor over the span of ten years. In 2002, Hiro earned the title of North American Champion for Muay Thai kickboxing. As a professional Muay Thai trainer, Hiro has provided instruction in a variety of fitness settings, as well as provided professional insight and guidance as a Trainer.
From 2013 to 2015, Hiro gained valuable clinical experience in a wide variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, workers compensation patient therapies, and acute care/skilled nursing inpatient rehabilitation.
Hiro also volunteers as a Trainer/Manager for Fight Firm Elite MMA and Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA, American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, Pittsburgh Fight Club and Wright’s Gym both located in Pittsburgh, PA, and Fairfax Jiu Jitsu in Herndon, VA where he assists in the management (training/health/nutrition) of professional and amateur athletes participating in organizations such as the UFC, Bellator, and Olympics.
Dr. Perera earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) in 2009, where he also played Division III football. Driven to continue his education, Hiro earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) in May 2015. While attending Temple University, Hiro focused his doctoral research on the management and prevention of muscular/tendinous strains with the foresight to prevent athletes from getting injured and to return them to sport as quickly as possible.