Spine Center

The Therapists at our Spine Centers have the expertise to provide the treatment you need

Located at both our San Marco and South Clinics, the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute has opened two Spine Centers to provide relief for patients experiencing back or neck pain. At these centers, our experienced Spine Therapists work directly with your Spine Surgeons and Physiatrists to coordinate care and offer the best treatment possible for back and neck pain. Our Spine Centers services include medical lasers, medical massages, and acupuncture.

Treatment is provided and directed by experienced Spine Therapists, who work directly in concert with JOI Spine Surgeons and Physiatrists to coordinate your care.

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Spine Centers Services Include:

Treatment will be given and directed by experienced Spine Therapists, who work directly with JOI’s Spine Surgeons and Physiatrists (PMR – Pain Management and Rehabilitation), to coordinate your care while you undergo treatment at JOI Rehab’s Spine Center. You are our priority!

Medical Laser – $20 per visit, per body part

Our specially-trained clinicians offer state-of-the-art deep-penetrating laser therapy. Treatment is typically given in a series, as it creates a change at the cellular level as damaged cells absorb the light’s energy. These cellular changes in mitochondrial activity and cell permeability can result in quicker healing times and decreased pain. These safe, pain-free, and quick treatments are effective for a wide array of orthopaedic conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle strains, muscle spasm, sciatic pain, tendonitis and other overuse injuries. (Not typically covered by insurance).

Available by appointment at JOI Rehab San Marco Spine Center, South Spine Center, and Beaches locations only.

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Medical Massage – $45 per massage

Our licensed Massage Therapists offer medically directed massage services, including those specifically designed to focus on soft tissue, spine-specific, and sports-related injuries. We work directly with JOI’s Physical Therapists in coordinating your care at our Spine Center. (not typically covered by insurance)

Available by appointment at JOI Rehab San Marco Spine Center, South Spine Center, and Beaches locations only.

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Acupuncture – $80 per visit

Our certified Acupuncturists offer appropriate treatment to support traditional physical therapy protocols. This treatment can be adjunct to traditional treatment of orthopaedic conditions, such as chronic neck and lower back pain, arthritis, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. We can assist in the treatment of medical conditions, including depression, weight loss, high blood pressure, sinusitis, allergies, and anxiety. (Not typically covered by insurance)

Available by appointment at JOI Rehab San Marco Spine Center and South Spine Center locations only

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Spine Centers Staff

Renan Abagat, PT

Renan Abagat, PT

Renan Abagat

Cebu Doctors’ College, Philippines (March 1990)

Renan has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1991. He has worked in all therapy settings but the bulk of his experience is in outpatient orthopaedics. His special interests include neuromuscular reeducation as an adjunct to manual medicine.

Ehren Allen, PT, COMT

Ehren Allen, PT, COMT

Ehren Allen

Ehren Allen performed his undergraduate training in Music at the Florida State University. He went on to complete his professional training in Physical Therapy at Florida A&M University. He practiced in many specialty areas since 2000, including neurology, pediatrics, and private practice before deciding to specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. He completed his certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist in 2007 through the Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Group and currently incorporates manual therapy into the treatment of various orthopedic conditions and injuries.

Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT

Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT

Allan Fiesta

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (2017)
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of the City of Manila (2000) 

Allan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the City of Manila in 2000 and obtained his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. He has worked in various clinical settings which include long-term care, home health, out patient and acute care settings. He has been with JOI since 2013 and started working at the Spine Center in 2014.

Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS

Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS

Sarah Katsaras

Physical Therapist

Graduated from FSU with Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 1994. Earned Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in 1999. Has been with JOI for 11 years, opened the JOI Spine Center in 2011 and has been coordinating the Spine Club meetings for 6 years. She also earned her OCS certification in 2011.


Matthew Mattox, AP, Dipl. O.M.

Matthew Mattox

Matt Mattox, AP, Dipl. O.M. is a liscensed acupuncture physician in Florida, a liscensed acupuncturist in California, and is a nationally certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He earned his B.S. in Biology from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL in 2007 and then his Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA in 2012 where he began practicing as a California Board certified licensed acupuncturist in 2013. He maintained a general private practice in Santa Cruz where he focused on Sports Injury and Pain Management whiling earning a certification from the American Academy of Physical Oriental Medicine in 2012 to further deepen his knowledge of sports medicine and orthopedics.

Matt currently maintains a general private practice in Jacksonville, FL and is an Acupuncture Physician at Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Spine Center. He continues to deepen his knowledge of integrative medicine by working on completion of his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University in San Jose, CA and completing his certification in Functional Medicine from The Institute for Functional Medicine. Matt enjoys working to help patients increase their function and comfort levels by focusing on integrative approaches in medicine.

Lyndsey McCool Massage Therapist

Lyndsey McCool, LMT

Lyndsey McCool

Lyndsey has worked in multiple physical therapy offices administratively. In 2010, Lyndsey joined the military and became an EMT and military medic. After serving time in the military, she worked as a medical assistant, and eventually decided to learn the skill of massage. Lyndsey attended Alpha School of Massage and specializes in Neuromuscular Massage. Lyndsey believes that massage is a special gift because it is equally as good for you as it feels. Lyndsey works at both our San Marco and Fleming Island facilities.

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Shane Nall, LMT

Shane Nall

Shane Nall is a native of Jacksonville Beach and a local around the beaches community in his 26 years of living. As a graduate of The Florida School of Advanced Bodywork in Jacksonville, formally known as the Southeastern Schools of Neuromuscular Massage, Shane is well versed in Structural Integration Bodywork and Neuromuscular Massage Modalities. His focus is identifying the causative factors of muscular pain and how posture can create and form muscular imbalances that cause structural pain. With a deep understanding in the anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology of the body, Shane uses multiple Medical Massage modalities to treat the pain people experience throughout daily life such as; Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release Technique, and Sports Massage.

Massage Therapy and Bodywork is Shane’s passion, he is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and currently working towards growing as a LMT, with multiple courses and certifications lined up in the future. Shane works at both our Beaches and South Rehabilitation facilities.

In his free time, Shane enjoys traveling to different surf and winter snowboard destinations. He also scuba dives and has a passion for any fun outdoor adventure.

Laran Phelps, LMT

Laran Phelps, LMT

Laran Phelps – Lead Massage Therapist

Laran Phelps is a native of Amelia Island and Jacksonville and is a graduate of Heritage Institute in Jacksonville, FL (2003). With over a decade of experience in the field working as an LMT and also as an Instructor, Laran brings deep understanding and knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology into each session. Her passion as an LMT is in Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Medical Massage, Sports Medicine, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation.

She is a Member of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) as well as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  Laran is currently working towards obtaining Board Certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which is the highest elected credential in the field of Massage Therapy.

In her free time, Laran enjoys spending time with her daughters at the beach, swimming, camping, geocaching, or finding an outdoor adventure.

Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

Debbie Rockett

Bachelor of Science with Honors (Sunderland University, West Yorkshire, England, 1987)
Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Sheffield Hallam University, 1991)
Orthopedic Certified Specialist, June 2012

Debbie has worked in several fields of Physiotherapy, and has specialized in orthopaedic outpatient therapy services. She received her post-graduate certification in Mobilization of the Spine and Extremities in 1992. Recently, Debbie became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Debbie has been with JOI since 1995.

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