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.

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

Cebu Doctors’ College, Philippines (March 1990) Renan Abagat 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, DPT, COMT

Ehren Allen, DPT, COMT

Ehren Allen is a Senior Physical therapist and Content Writer at the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Rehabilitation – San Marco Division. He has been with JOI since 2005. Ehren studied Physical Therapy at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Further, he completed a Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the College of Saint Scholastica.

Ehren Allen specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and sports issues with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation. He is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and integrates manual therapy into the treatment of joint and tissue injuries. Further, he specializes in post-concussion rehabilitation. He also specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and has over 20 years of experience as a physical therapist.


Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT, OCS

Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT, OCS

Doctorate 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 Fiesta graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of the City of Manila (Philippines) in 2000. He obtained his transitional doctorate degree in physical therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (2017) in St. Augustine, Florida. Further, all has worked in various clinical settings which include long-term care, home health, acute care and outpatient settings.

He has been with JOI since 2013 and started working as the spine physical therapist at the JOI South Clinic – Spine Center since 2014. He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Further, he is a current member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Allan Fiesta is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). Further, his area of interest includes the use of manual therapy techniques in the cervical and lumbar spine. He is currently working towards obtaining his manual therapy certification through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.


Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS

Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Sarah Katsaras 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.


Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

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

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


Melissa Levy

Melissa Levy, DACM, AP

Melissa Levy is an Acupuncture Physician and is NCCAOM Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida College of Integrative Medicine with her Masters of Oriental Medicine and Bachelors in Professional Health Science. Before her acupuncture studies, Melissa studied Exercise Science at The University of Tampa. She has further training in Injection Therapy, Sports Acupuncture, and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction. Her love and passion for living a healthy holistic life started at a young age as an athlete. She proceeded to expand her love of fitness by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), Certified Boxing Instructor, Hatha Yoga Instructor, and Certified SPINNING Instructor. She has trained a wide variety of clientele and has taught numerous group fitness classes. Dr. Levy appreciates the health benefits that acupuncture has to offer. She intends to educate all her patients on acupuncture and health prevention.


Renee Haire, LMT

Renee Haire, LMT

Renee Haire has always had a passion for massage, so it seemed only natural that she makes it into a career. Graduating from Southeastern School for Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in 2004, she received her certification in Neuromuscular Therapy. Further, she has since also received training in Sports Massage, Cupping Therapy, and Medical Massage.

Renee has worked for various companies including the very first Massage Envy in Jacksonville, FL. Further, she was able to work on hundreds of clients. Gaining the much-needed practice and confidence, all therapists require before finding herself at JOI.


Melissa Ross, LMT

Melissa Ross was born in Michigan. However military life brought her to Jacksonville in 1985, where she graduated Sandalwood High School. Melissa returned to Jacksonville in 1995 to raise her 3 children. Melissa went back to school after the market crash and graduated Southeastern School of Massage in 2012.  She worked in Chiropractor’s offices most of her career ever since.  JOI performed her back surgery in 2018 and helped her graduate out of rehabilitation through their fantastic physical therapy program.  She joined the JOI family August 2019 as a massage therapist at the Beaches Rehabilitation.  When not at work she enjoys volunteering at various events around Jacksonville, Girl Scout leader for 12yrs. Her hobbies include gardening and photography. It brings her great joy in helping other people achieve wellness and assisting in alleviating muscle soreness through massage.

 


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