Ed Smith – Physical Therapy, Athlete Performance, Return to Sport, Supervised Exercise

Ed began his Strength and Conditioning career as the assistant to Tampa legend Harry Smith, the original Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a graduate of the College of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida and has been practicing Outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy for 3 decades. Ed's current clinical focus is post operative sports medicine rehabilitation. He regularly rehabilitates and trains athletes at multiple levels of accomplishment from adolescent to professional and recreational to Olympian. Ed founded Athletes Advantage to merge his love of training athletes with rehabilitating injuries.

Lourdes del Valle – Physical Therapy

Lourdes, also known as Luli, graduated from the College of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida and has been practicing Orthopedic Outpatient Physical Therapy in Palm Beach County for nearly 3 decades. Her clinical focus is the rehabilitation of total joint replacements and traumatic fractures of the upper and lower extremities. Luli is fluent in Spanish and enjoys being the mother of her twin daughters, cooking and anything involving the ocean.

Nicole Smith – Management

Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Design with a minor in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. In graduate school, she earned a Master of Science in Branding from VCU's The Brandcenter, one of the nation's top branding and advertising programs. Nicole specializes in brand development, clientele communication, account management, program coordination and community education & relations.

Preston Baez – Physical Therapy, Adult Fitness, Athlete Performance, Return to Sport

Preston, a former Athletes Advantage high school and college athlete, joined the staff as an intern in 2006. While earning his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, he worked as a Graduate Assistant at Florida State University and completed his final internship at the University of Iowa. He is also a graduate of South University's Physical Therapist Assistant program. Preston specializes in rehabilitation, athlete return to sport, equestrian performance training and adult fitness.

Aron Posada – Physical Therapy

Aron has worked with Ed and Luli for nearly 18 years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences with a specialization in Sports Medicine from the University of Florida. He is a Magna Cum Laude honors graduate of South University's Physical Therapist Assistant program and has been a certified athletic trainer since 1998. Aron specializes in total joint replacements, shoulder pathology, lower extremity injuries as well as cervical and lumbar spine injuries. His education and experience have made him a skilled Physical Therapist Assistant especially in the active adult patient population.

BJ Janas – Athlete Performance, Return to Sport

Stanley Janas, also known as BJ, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Human Performance from the University of Tampa and earned his postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh. He comes to us with experience in assisting recovering physical therapy patients, personal training and fitness instruction, as well as strength and conditioning coaching–having most recently worked with professional and developmental soccer athletes in Scotland. Being able to combine the elements of these three professional environments makes Coach Janas a great asset to Athletes Advantage.

  • Ed Smith
  • Lourdes del Valle
  • Nicole Smith
  • Preston Baez
  • Aron Posada
  • BJ Janas
  • Team

  • Kory Kiper - Parent of HS Athlete

    "Athletes Advantage has become such a big part of our lives since our daughter's three knee surgeries. Ed Smith is the reason we as a family have overcome so many obstacles."
  • Missy Clark - Equestrian

    "I worked weekly with Ed and his thoughtful and deliberate program yielded incredible results. I once again have full use of my wrist and can't thank Ed enough for all of his help and patience!"
  • Jim Munsey - MLB Sports Agent

    "Ed has helped turn my alleged “non” prospects into legitimate prospects and my prospects into long time major league veterans. They wouldn’t be where they are without Athletes Advantage."
  • Coach Mac - Volleyball Coach

    "As a former volleyball coach for 36 years, Ed is the ONLY physical therapist and athletic trainer I would send my athletes to or use myself!"
  • Daniel Gonzalez - Grandfather of HS Athlete

    "There was no one I trusted more than Ed Smith to handle my granddaughter's rehabilitation. It was no surprise that he provided the highest level of care during her rehabilitation."
  • Logan Kensing - MLB Pitcher

    "Athletes Advantage not only prepares you physically but also pushes your mental capabilities so you can meet ANY opponent with confidence."
  • Chris Fahey - HS Athlete

    "The staff genuinely cares about each athlete and it shows. I am so thankful that I got to attend and improve myself physically and mentally."
  • Tommy Murphy - Former MLB Outfielder

    "The most impactful aspect I obtained from Athletes Advantage was a physical and mental toughness that could not be shaken, due to the foundation it was built on."
  • Esther Sutofsky - Rehab Patient

    "It's only thanks to Luli, Aron and the rest of the crew that I function as well as I do. There's no better place to be or people to be with when one is in pain from surgery or whatever than here."

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