JOI San Marco Rehab Center
The JOI Rehab San Marco location is the largest Physical and Occupation Therapy Center in the NorthEast Florida Region. This recently renovated clinic is on the Baptist Downtown Campus in the Reid Medical Building. JOI Rehab San Marco offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Sports Rehab, DME or Bracing, Laser Therapy, Graston Therapy, whirlpools for wound debridement of hands, KT Taping and Return to Sports Services at our new Sports Center. We work closely with your JOI Physician but we also work with any physician who prescribes one of our services. Our goal is to return you to your prior level of function with good customer service.
1325 San Marco Blvd., Suite 102
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Appointment Line 904.858.7045 • Fax 858.7047
Hours of Operation
The JOI Rehab San Marco location is the largest Physical and Occupation Therapy Center in the Northeast Florida Region. It is on the Baptist Downtown Campus in the Reid Medical Building. JOI Rehab San Marco offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Sports Rehab, DME or Bracing, Laser Therapy, Graston Therapy, KT Taping and Return to Sport Services at our new Sport Center. We work closely with your JOI Physician, but we also work with any physician who prescribes one of our services. Our goal is to return you to your prior level of function with good customer service.
Rehab Services: physical therapy, hand therapy, occupational therapy, massage, AlterG treadmill
- AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill
- Computrainer Spin Scan
- Custom Splinting and Foot Orthotics
- Dartfish™ Biomechanical Analysis– Cycling (Bicycle Fitting)
- Dartfish™ Biomechanical Analysis– Running
- Dartfish™ Biomechanical Analysis – Tennis
- Dartfish™ Biomechanical Analysis – Throwing/Pitching
- Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
- Whirlpools for Wound Debridement of Hands
- Graston Technique (Soft Tissue Mobilization)
- Hand Therapy/Certified Hand Therapists
- Isokinetic Assessments/ Biodex Assessments
- Medical Laser
- Occupational Therapy
- Pre-Operative Programs
- Post-Operative Programs
- Physical Therapy
- Spine/Back Educational Programs/Back School
- Sports Center
- Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Throwing Programs
- Work Injury Rehabilitation
Renan Abagat, PT
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 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.
I have been with JOI since 2017 starting off at the beaches front desk while also attending FSCJ. I am an aspiring PTA so I’ve moved over to the Tech position at San Marco to expand my knowledge in the field I am currently working towards.
Daniel Brady, PT, DPT
Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience (Rider University, 2013)
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (University of Florida, 2017)
Daniel is a New Jersey native who graduated from Rider University (2013) with a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Neuroscience, where he was a member of the Swimming and Diving team. He went on to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Florida and graduated in 2017. Daniel fulfilled multiple internships while at the University of Florida, including an outpatient sports rotation at the Texas Metroplex Institute where he had the opportunity to work with athletes of all age ranges and gained a strong interest for outpatient orthopedics. He is excited to be part of the JOI team.
Luke Bratton ATC
Luke is a graduate from University of North Florida with a major in Athletic Training. His clinical experience includes Division-I athletics with the UNF softball and soccer team. He was also part of the Sports Medicine staff for Jacksonville University Football. He is currently the Athletic Trainer for Fernandina Beach High School Athletics, providing sports medicine coverage for practices and games. Luke focuses his treatment based on a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic exercises to build strength, stability and improve ROM. Luke enjoys playing beach volleyball, kayaking, swimming, and playing guitar. Luke is now the ATC for the Jacksonville Sharks.
Samantha Brown, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (Emory & Henry College 2016)
Samantha graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2016 with her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. In the Fall of 2017, she continued her education by working on her Master’s degree in Advanced Athletic Training at the University of South Florida. Samantha worked for two years as an intern at Warner University in central Florida where she was primarily responsible for men’s soccer and baseball. Samantha joined JOI in July of 2018 and is serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Atlantic Coast High School.
Jessica Bruno, MOTR/L
Masters of Occupational Therapy (University of St Augustine, 2015)
Bachelors of Communication (William Paterson University, 2008)
Jessica is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida for graduate school. She decided to go back to school after being exposed to occupational therapy, and falling in love with the career. During her internships she gained experience in many settings including inpatient rehab, schools, pediatrics, and outpatient orthopedics. She thoroughly enjoyed working in the outpatient setting and decided to pursue her career in this setting. She is excited to begin her career at JOI.
Bridget Carey, PTA
Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (University of Central Florida, 2014)
A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant (Florida State College at Jacksonville, 2017)
Bridget has been a practicing physical therapist assistant here at JOI since November 2017. She was born and raised here in Jacksonville where she attended Duncan U. Fletcher High School. She then went onto West Virginia University where she walked onto the Varsity Volleyball team and competed in the Big East as a Libero/ Defensive Specialist. She then went on to transfer to the University of Central Florida where she completed her Bachelors in Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She found her love for the field of Physical Therapy during her last semester at UCF while working with patients in the Aphasia House where she was given the opportunity to be apart of the rehabilitation of patients that were affected by TBI, stroke, and other neurological deficits. She then attended the PTA program at FSCJ and graduated in August of 2017. In her free time she enjoys playing beach volleyball, riding her beach cruiser, and playing with her two dachshunds.
Shelby has been with JOI since June 2018. She is a native of Florida and moved from Sarasota to Jacksonville in 2014.
Chang Chau, OT
Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science (University of North Florida, 2011)
Master of Occupational Therapy (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2015)
Chang is a Jacksonville native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Augustine in 2015 with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. During his clinical internships he treated both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury patients at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital and placed special emphasis on upper extremity orthopedics at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, Chang graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is currently working towards obtaining his Certification in Hand Therapy. Go Jags!
Lily Condy, MOTR/L, CLT
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Flagler College, 2008)
Master of Occupational Therapy (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2012)
Prior to graduating from Occupational Therapy school, Lily worked as an Exceptional Student Educator in St. Johns County, FL. She has worked in a variety of settings, including subacute care, skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedics, and home health. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
Michelle Duclos, MA, ATC, LAT, CES
Sports Medicine Director
Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences with a specialty in Athletic Training (University of Florida, 2005)
Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a specialty in Exercise Science (University of South Florida, 2008)
Michelle gained valuable experience at UF by working with the volleyball and football teams. She later interned at the University of South Florida and worked with the football team, which was invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the first bowl game in USF history. While at USF, she worked mainly with the Women’s volleyball team, and helped to cover the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2008 and the NCAA Men’s First and Second Rounds hosted in Tampa. She also helped host the Big East Tennis and Baseball Tournaments in 2008. She came to JOI in 2008, and is presently the athletic trainer for events and practices at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Michelle also serves as Sports Medicine Director.
Savannah Faulk, PT, DPT, LSVT
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science for Human Performance (University of Central Florida, 2015)
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2018)
Savannah is a Jacksonville native who played lacrosse at the University of Central Florida where she completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science for Human Performance in 2015. She went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at the University of St.Augustine for Health Science and graduated in 2018. During her years of clinical practice, she developed a passion treating orthopedic and sports injuries for patients of all ages and backgrounds. She has a special interest in treating Parkinson’s patients as she was certified by LSVT BIG which has proven to improve communication and movement in this patient population. Savannah is excited to start her career where It all began. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as staying active with strength training.
Thomas Gorman, MS, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Movement Science, Sport, and Leisure Studies w/ a concentration in Athletic Training (Westfield State University, 2009)
Bachelor of Science in Movement Science, Sport, and Leisure Studies w/ a concentration in Physical Education (Westfield State University, 2010)
Master of Science in Human Performance (Lindenwood University, 2013)
Thomas has been a certified athletic trainer since September of 2010. He has experience working with a multitude of sports with a vast range of age groups. Originally a Massachusetts native he has traveled to London to work with cheerleaders and dancers. He has worked with professional athletes doing a summer internship with the St. Louis Rams, working with the Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent Professional Baseball team), and worked the Boston Marathon for years. He comes to us after working with three Division I universities (Brown, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and most recently Florida A&M University). Thomas joined JOI in August of 2018 and serves as the Head Athletic Trainer at The Bolles School.
Greg Heeter, MA, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (University of North Florida ’11)
Master of Science in Kinesiology (University of Arkansas ’13)
Greg earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of North Florida in 2011. While in school at UNF, Greg worked with the UNF Men’s Basketball team, held an internship with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2010 Training Camp and Preseason, assisted the Jacksonville University Football Team as a student athletic trainer, and finished his clinical duties at Bishop Kenny High School. After graduating, he attended the University of Arkansas as a Graduate Assistant for the Men’s Tennis team and Spirit Squad. Upon leaving Arkansas, Greg accepted a job in Anchorage, AK to work with the local high school athletes for a year prior to working for JOI.
Andrew “Drew” Heideman, MPT, ATC, PES
Bachelor in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine (University of North Florida, 2002)
Master’s Degree of Physical Therapy (University of North Florida, 2004)
Drew has been with JOI Rehabilitation staff more than six years. He joined the rehabilitation team in 2004, and in 2009 became Site Coordinator of JOI’s largest rehabilitation facility, San Marco. Prior to working with JOI, he completed athletic training internships with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and the USAT National Triathlon Training Center. He has also served as Athletic Trainer for the Jacksonville Barracudas hockey team. As an athletic trainer and avid triathlete, he enjoys working with elite and amateur athletes who have a special interest in endurance sports, including running, cycling and multisport.
He serves as a clinical liaison between JOI Rehab sites and JOI physicians to sustain consistent and exceptional patient care and to ensure that current staff is given educational opportunities to develop and enhance clinical skills.
Sarah Katsaras, MPT, OCS
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.
Emily Kolar, PT, DPT
Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science for Human Performance (University of Central Florida, 2015)
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, 2018)
Emily is from Venice, FL where she participated in a variety of sports growing up, including soccer in high school which resulted in an injury that led not only to surgery, but also to discovering her dream of becoming a physical therapist. Emily graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015, with a Major in Sport and Exercise Science for Human Performance, and Minor in Fitness Training. She then attended the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018. Emily has clinical experience in a variety of therapy settings including outpatient, inpatient, aquatics, and vestibular. She is passionate about patient care and applying evidence based practice.
Front Desk Manager JOI Rehab San Marco: Andrew Lancaster
Andrew Lancaster graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and then went on to UNF to graduate with a BA in Health Care Administration. He has worked for Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Rehab San Marco as their front desk manager since September of 2017.
To see more of our staff got to: https://www.joionline.net/view-rehab/joi-rehab-staff/
Leslie has been with JOI since 2007.
Jane has been with JOI since 2012.
Matt Niesen, MS, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (University of North Florida ’14)
Master of Science in Athletic Training (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ’16)
Matt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training at the University of North Florida in 2014. While in school at UNF, Matt worked with the UNF Men’s Baseball team, Jacksonville University Football Team, and high school athletes at Nease, Bolles, and Episcopal as a student athletic trainer. After graduating, he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the university’s intramural sports program and Damien Memorial High School. While at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Matt completed his research thesis on concussion assessment of children ages 5 to 12 years old. Matt is currently Head Athletic Trainer for Paxon School for Advanced Studies providing medical coverage for the Golden Eagles student-athletes.
Andrew Orpiano, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (University of North Florida, 2012)
Andrew earned an Athletic Training degree from the University of North Florida in 2012. While at UNF, Andrew worked with Bishop Kenny High School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Bartram Trail High School, and UNF Track & Field. After graduating from UNF, Andrew worked as an Athletic Trainer with the Providence School of Jacksonville football team. In November 2012, Andrew joined JOI and is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for The Episcopal School of Jacksonville providing athletic training services to student-athletes.
Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, LAT
Bachelor in Exercise Science-Athletic Training (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1997)
Master’s degree in Kinesiology-Athletic Training (Indiana University,1998)
Matt has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1997, and especially enjoys working with post-operative knees and shoulders. He was the Sports Medicine Director (2002-08) the JOI Rehabilitation – San Marco office and Head Athletic Trainer for Bishop Kenny High School from 1999 to 2005. He specializes in throwing and running biomechanics, foot orthotics fabrication, biomechanical analysis (throwing, running), and soft tissue mobilization using the Graston Technique (Level II trained). Currently, Matt is the Site Coordinator of JOI Rehabilitation – San Marco office.
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 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.
Stephen Westfall, ATC, LAT
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (University of North Florida, 2012)
After graduating high school Stephen spent 4 years in the USMC. Stephen then chose to attend UNF upon completion of his service to our country. As an Athletic Training Student, Stephen worked with JU soccer, lacrosse, and football; as well as UNF baseball. Stephen has spent the last 7 years in Clay County working with Orange Park High School. Stephen has also had the opportunity to work with the JJVA volleyball club, Clay County Soccer Club, and the North Florida Soccer Academy. Stephen joined the JOI team in January of 2019.
Pamela J Wilson OTR/L, CHT
BSOT Utica College of Syracuse University.
Pam came to JOI following many years of practice In the Boston and Dallas areas. She has extensive experience in traumatic, work and sports related injuries of the upper extremity. A Certified Hand Therapist since 1991 she has been with JOI since 2008.
Alex Herington, ATC, LAT – DME Specialist
Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Athletic Training (Central College, 2014)
Alex earned his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Tallahassee where he served as an athletic trainer with a group of orthopedic surgeons, during this time he gained particular interests in both operative and non-operative orthopedics . He has also served as an athletic trainer for various schools throughout NE Florida and the Panhandle. Alex joined JOI in September of 2018 and serves as a DME specialist for the San Marco, Riverside, and Fleming Island locations.
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.
Lyndsey McCool, LMT
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.
Justin Oglesby, MHA, ATC – Marketing Liason
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (University of North Florida, 2013)
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (University of Cincinnati, 2016)
Justin is a Jacksonville, FL native who attended First Coast High School. Through high school and college he competed in semiprofessional bull riding. He first came to JOI during his rodeo career and now serves as the marketing liaison. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of North Florida, he interned with the Jacksonville University’s football team, University of North Florida Men’s Soccer team, and Bishop Kenny High School. After graduating from the University of North Florida, Justin went on to advance his educational career at the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with Masters of Health Care Administration. At JOI, Justin is heavily involved in promoting JOI via many avenues.
Dawn Wojdat, Internal Auditor
Dawn has worked in the Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation setting for 12 years. She has been with Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute for the past 6 years. As the Internal Auditor Dawn assists with reporting, monitoring and helping with the overall functioning of all 11 Rehab locations.
Christoph Zuther – Marketing Liaison
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (University of North Florida, 2016)
Christoph recently graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors in Health Administration. His relationship with JOI began when he completed his internship in the spring of 2016 in our marketing department. He accepted the role as a marketing liaison for JOI in July 2016 and hopes to gain valuable experience within our company.