Meet The Team
Bill Fisher, PT
Mr. Fisher has over 25 years experience as a Physical Therapist in the outpatient setting. He is a proponent of evidence based practice and strives to reach each individuals utmost potential. Post surgical, spine and sports medicine are among his treatment interests. “The road to recovery starts with a good plan”.
Juan Melgoza, PTA
Juan has over 17 years experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He received his Associate of Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from the Professional Skills Institute in Santa Barbara and has completed additional training in treating the shoulder and knee and rehabilitation of the throwing athlete.
While in High school at Buena, Juan distinguished himself as an all league and all-county performer in soccer. In addition to his work with Premier Physical Therapy & Associates Juan is involved with the California South Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) medical staff member for over 10 years. Presently Juan is donating his time to the local soccer community providing injury prevention, fitness and training consultation.
In his spare time Juan coaches youth soccer, plays in an adult soccer league, plays drums with a band, and loves spending time with his wife and two children.
Chris Waite, DPT
Chris graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Athletic Training. He took a break from his studies to serve a religious mission for his church in Milan, Italy and speaks fluent Italian. After graduation, Chris was the head Athletic Trainer for El Toro High School in Orange County, CA. Here he developed his love of treating and working with athletes. Chris graduated from the University of St. Augustine with his Doctor of Physical Therapy. Chris treats all patients as if they were his athletes and takes great satisfaction in helping them return to their sport, job or the things they love to do most. In his spare time Chris enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, cooking, kayaking, snowboarding, wakeboarding and spending time with his wife and three children.
Miguel Silva, DPT
Miguel graduated from Cal Lutheran University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science in 2014. While at Cal Lutheran, Miguel was a member of the soccer team and is now an assistant coach for the program. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of St. Augustine, in San Marcos, CA in 2019. Miguel is committed to the physical therapy profession and is passionate about helping people in his community reach their personal goals and getting them back to doing what they love to do the most. In his spare time, along with coaching at Cal Lutheran, Miguel also coaches in the girls soccer program at Oxnard High School. He also enjoys playing soccer, working out, and spending time with his friends and family.
Tristan Pereira, DPT
Tristan grew up in Camarillo and attended Santa Clara High School, where he played football and baseball earning multiple all league nominations in both sports. He went on to play collegiate baseball at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon where he graduated with a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2022 where he developed his passion for treating individuals with musculoskeletal injuries. With his extensive background in baseball, he has taken a special interest in treating overhead athletes of all skill levels but enjoys watching all patients reach their full potential. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing softball, and hanging out at the beach.
Mike is a Ventura County local from Newbury Park who grew up playing soccer to the collegiate level. He attended CSU Northridge where he received his BS in Kinesiology: Exercise Science. After CSUN, he attended the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where he achieved his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He enjoys paddle boarding, playing/watching soccer, working out, camping, walking his dog, and playing board games in his free time.
Cierra Merz, PTA
Growing up in Ventura County, Cierra attended Oxnard High School where she excelled as a student athlete on the volleyball court. After attending Moorpark College, she continued her collegiate volleyball career at William Woods University in Missouri. Following her undergraduate training in Athletic Training, Coaching and Wellness, Cierra attended Concorde College earning her credential as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2022. Her passions include coaching, fitness, health and wellness.
Daisy Cardona, PTA
Daisy has a BA in Athletic Administration with a minor in health and exercise science which she received from the University of Oklahoma. She was born and raised in Ventura, CA where she played soccer for Ventura College and earned a scholarship to play D1 level soccer. A local stand out in Ventura County Daisy has earned All-American honors as well as National Player of the Year while playing for Ventura College. Daisy graduated from American Career College in 2022, earning her credential as a Physical Therapist Assistant. In her free time, Daisy enjoys going to the beach, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Valarie enjoys the satisfaction of helping people by working within the medical field. She received her medical assisting certificate in 2017. She was a stay at home mom of two before she joined the premier team in 2018 as a receptionist. Today, you can find her at our front desk or working as a PT Aide. Outside of work, she enjoys going to the gym, watching her daughter play soccer and spending time with family.
Alyssa was born and raised in Santa Paula, CA. She joined the Premier team in 2016 to help bring our Moorpark office to life and now you can find her at both locations. Due to her love of learning new skills within the office setting, she is currently Certified as a Professional Receptionist, Human Resource Representative and certified in Medical Insurance Billing. Out of the office she is a team manager for her daughter’s soccer team SPFC Xtreme. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, gaming, drawing, and watching anime.
Arely was born and raised in Oxnard, CA. She has played soccer for most of her life. She recently graduated from Pacifica High school and is currently attending Ventura College for her AA in business and administration and plans on transferring to a four year university.
On her free time Arely enjoys spending time with her loved ones, playing soccer, and traveling.