JOI Spine Centers
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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.
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. Learn more about Medical Massage at JOI by watching this VIDEO. (not typically covered by insurance)
Available by appointment at JOI Rehab San Marco Spine Center, South Spine Center, and Beaches locations only.
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
Spine Centers Staff
Renan Abagat, DPT
Cebu Doctors’ College, Philippines (March 1990) Doctorate of Physical Therapy (College of St Scholastica, 2020)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. Renan works at the JOI Rehab San Marco Physical Therapy Clinic.
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
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.
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. She currently works at the JOI Rehab San Marco Clinic.
Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS
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. Sarah continues to work as a physical therapist for several years She 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. Sarah currently works at the JOI Rehab San Marco Physical Therapy Clinic.
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). Melissa 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.
Zach Lewis, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist (Alpha School of Massage, 2017)
My name is Warren Zachary Lewis, and I am Licensed Massage Therapist and a former Certified Personal Trainer through ISSA (International Sports Science Association). Some of the things I enjoy doing are hiking, traveling, working out, and taking care of my plants. I have always strived to have a positive impact on people’s lives. My passion for massage began at the age of 12. Zach started out practicing on friends and family members and now years later here I am. I enjoy making that passion into a reality and love the sense of accomplishment that I get from helping improve the lives of others. I specialize in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Hot Stone, Ashiatsu (Barefoot Massage), and Neuromuscular Therapy.
Zach currently is working at the JOI Rehab Nassau clinic. Finally, to schedule an appointment with him, please call 904-557-9021 or click below.
Alaina Rizzotti-Pannoni, LMT
Alaina Rizzotti-Pannoni, LMT is a New York State and Florida licensed massage therapist. She is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in NYS. Alaina’s clients have included professional and semi pro athletes, personal injury victims, nurses, doctors, actors, and many other professionals. These clients have typically suffered from stress and pain-related work activities. She is passionate about helping people recover better and help prevent injuries through her unique skillset. Because of this Alaina has sought training in SportStretch, SportStretch Flow, Traditional Thai Massage, Massage Cupping and Graston.
As a result of her training, Alaina has attended many events as a volunteer massage therapist. These events include the 2019 and 2020 NFL Combine, the 2020 Reese’s Senior bowl and the 2019 Mid Atlantic CrossFit games. JOI is happy that Alaina Rizzotti-Pannoni, LMT is part of the JOI Rehab San Marco Medical Massage team.
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.
Jon Stiffler, PTA, CPT, PES – Site Coordinator
Associate of Arts (Florida Community College of Jacksonville, 2003)
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (Florida State College at Jacksonville, 2011)
Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2016)
Jon is a Jacksonville, FL native who attended the Providence School where he also played baseball. Jon was very active in sports growing up. Upon graduating, he began his career path in the Hospitality Industry in which he worked for 13 years. He chose this industry because of his love for people and love for helping and providing a service. After obtaining his A.A. at FCCJ, he moved to Orlando, FL and attended UCF’s Rosen School of Hospitality Management. Upon completing his time at UCF he returned back to Jacksonville, FL and began managing a local restaurant.
Several years after beginning his management path in the industry he decided that he wanted to still serve and help people, but in a different way. He returned to school while continuing to work in the industry and for Baptist Health as a PAS representative. Upon completing his studies he began his career with JOI as a Physical Therapist Assistant. In August of 2012, he accepted the position of Spine Centers Coordinator. In March of 2015, he accepted the position of Sports Center Coordinator. He currently treats patients at our Sports Center location full time.