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 is a Senior Physical therapist and Content Writer at the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute Rehabilitation – San Marco Division. He has been with JOI for 15 years. Ehren studied Physical Therapy at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and is currently completing a Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the College of Saint Scholastica. Ehren specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic and sports issues with an emphasis in spine rehabilitation. He is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist and integrates manual therapy into the treatment of joint and tissue injuries. Ehren also specializes in post-concussion rehabilitation and related vestibular rehabilitation and has over 19 years of experience as a physical therapist.

Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT

Allan Marlon O. Fiesta, PT, DPT

Allan 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 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of the City of Manila (Philippines) in 2000 and has been a licensed physical therapist since. 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. He has worked in various clinical settings which include long-term care, home health, acute care and out patient 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) and is a current member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT). His area of interest includes the use of manual therapy techniques in treating various orthopedic conditions particularly 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

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.

Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

Debbie Rockett, PT, OCS

Deborah 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.

Ellen Policastri Acupuncturist

Ellen Policastri

Ellen Policastri AP, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. – Acupuncturist

Ellen Policastri AP, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac. is a licensed Acupuncture Physician in Florida, and Licensed Acupuncturist in New Jersey. Ellen is a nationally board certified Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). Ellen began her education and training at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She then attended East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota where she earned her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Professional Health Sciences. A native of Florida, she has recently relocated to the Jacksonville area with her husband.

Ellen has been in practice for over 11 years in an integrative setting. She is an experienced clinician and is passionate about helping people heal and stay well. She has received extensive training in sports and orthopedic acupuncture. Ellen specializes in treating acute and chronic pain syndromes as well as assisting in patient’s rehabilitation from injuries. She has worked with a broad range of patients in all age groups and focuses on a preventative and holistic approach while also providing a gentle and nurturing experience. Staying up-to-date on current research and continuing education, Ellen truly enjoys learning and educating her patients on the many benefits of acupuncture.

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Shane Nall

Shane Nall, LMT

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.

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