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Roy Rivera, Jr., PT, PhD, DPT, MCHES

Doctor of Physical Therapy located in Greater Heights, Houston, TX & Pearland, Pearland, TX

About Dr. Rivera

Doctor Roy Rivera

Roy Rivera Jr., PT, PhD, DPT, MCHES, is a licensed physical therapist and owner of Elation Physical Therapy in Houston, Pearland and Cypress, Texas.

Working across a variety of health care settings, Dr. Rivera has a philosophy and interest in helping people reach or return to their peak physical conditions in the face of physiological setbacks.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in biology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Dr. Rivera went on to earn his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Rivera continued his education at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah, completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). He then went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy in health studies at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Dr. Rivera is also a master-certified health education specialist. He’s a professional member of the American Physical Therapy Association — Private Practice Section, the Texas Physical Therapy Association, and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Focusing on creating an inclusive and open healthcare environment, Dr. Rivera wrote the book “Shantay, You Stay: A Healthcare Provider’s Guide to LGBT+ Inclusive Practices.”

Dr. Rivera is a finish line emergency medical team volunteer at the Chevron Houston Marathon and board member at Out for Education, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to LGBTQIA+ youth from the Houston area or attending college or universities in Houston. 

In his free time, Dr. Rivera dedicates himself to athletics and understands the demands that sports and other physical activities have on the human body. He routinely participates in cardiovascular and resistive strength training and plays competitive men’s tennis.


Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) - The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies - Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX


American Physical Therapy Association

Texas Physical Therapy Association

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing


Master Certified Health Education Specialist - National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Certified - Owens Recovery Science

Insurances We Accept

Rehabilitation is a vital part of recovery and returning to a healthy physical lifestyle, and we want that to be available to as many people as possible. We work with the following insurance companies to make that happen. This list is not entirely inclusive of all the plans we accept and we are constantly expanding our network, so please let us know if you have a different provider than what is listed. We are committed to making the process of getting started easy, from figuring out insurance and other documents to getting you on the schedule.

BCBS of Texas
Golden Rule
Optum Health
Palmetto GBA
United Health Care
Workers Compensation
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