Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN
Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN, first received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1999 and is a graduate of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He later returned to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 from the same University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. His undergraduate work was performed at Florida State University, where he also graduated with the highest honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Fitness/Exercise Physiology.
Dr. Rinehart has spent his entire career in the outpatient orthopedic setting. He is skilled and trained in Physical Therapy spinal manipulations and is state certified in dry needling. His interests include Dry Needling, spinal manipulations, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and sports injury and training.
Dr. Brett Frank, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN (Clinical Director of Lynn Haven/Panama City Clinic)
Dr. Brett Frank, PT, DPT, CMTPT/DN is a 1998 graduate of the Florida A&M University School of Physical Therapy and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2013. He has been with First Choice since 2003 and currently serves as our Clinical Director at the Lynn Haven office.
Dr. Frank has spent his entire career in the orthopedic and sports rehabilitation field with extensive training in dry needling, manual therapy and physical therapy spinal manipulations/mobilizations. He is a certified dry needling specialist under the tutelage of Dr. Rob Stanborough/Myopain Seminars, Inc. and is also our resident expert in post-injury running as well as golf-specific rehabilitation/enhancement. Dr. Frank honed his evaluation and rehabilitation skills by working with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the southeast early in his career. He is a highly experienced Physical Therapist having treated a vast number of orthopedic diagnoses, both surgical and non-surgical with a specific focus on rehabilitation of the shoulder/elbow, knee, spine and SI joint dysfunction.
Dr. Brannon Chester, PT, DPT (Clinical Director of Panama City Beach Clinic)
Dr. Brannon Chester, PT, DPT is a 2014 graduate from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences Physical Therapy program. Dr. Chester also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida.
He is a former college baseball player and specializes in working with athletes, pre and post-surgery.Dr. Chester studied under one of the top spine and SI joint therapists in the country and he is highly experienced in spinal manipulations/mobilizations. He is also certified in myofascial trigger point dry needling therapy ( CMTPT/DN). Dr. Chester has spent his entire career working in an outpatient orthopedic setting and is highly specialized in treating orthopedic dysfunctions both pre and post surgery.
Dr. Luize Warren, PT, DPT (Clinical Director of Callaway Clinic)
Dr. Luize Warren, PT, DPT, was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She attended the University Center of Joao Pessoa, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. In 2010 she relocated to Jacksonville, FL, and in 2016 she graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Warren began her physical therapy career in Brazil, where she treated patients using aquatic physical therapy. After earning her Doctorate, she had the opportunity to work in the outpatient setting treating patients with orthopedic conditions as well as balance and vestibular disorders. Her goal is to specialize in balance and vestibular rehabilitation while continuing to improve her skills in orthopedic manual therapy.
Luize relocated to Panama City in 2020 to join the First Choice Physical Therapy team. In her time off, she enjoys paddle boarding, mountain biking, the beach, and spending time with family.
Dr. Johnny Gray, PT, DPT
Dr. Johnny Gray, PT, DPT found an interest in physical therapy in high school while he was a patient of Dr. Brett Frank’s at our beach facility as he was rehabilitating from a shoulder injury that required surgery. After high school, he moved onto Troy University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2013.
He then attended the University Of South Florida’s School Of Physical Therapy in Tampa,FL where he received his Doctorate in 2016. He was then brought on to join our team in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Gray is certified in dry needling through myopain seminars and is proficient in soft tissue manipulation techniques as well as spinal manipulation techniques. He has an exceptional skill set in working with athletes but welcomes all orthopedic conditions to the clinic.
Dr. Gray was born and raised in Panama City where he attended Arnold high school. He and his wife have triplets and his favorite role is being a husband and father. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, anything sports-related, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Ali Henderson, PT, DPT
Dr. Ali Henderson, PT, DPT was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where she played soccer and ran track for her high school. Her involvement in sports led her to her passion for physical therapy. In 2016, she earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of West Florida. She then attended the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy. Ali has a passion for orthopedics and plans to continue improving her skills in manual therapy and myofascial release.
Ali loves calling Northwest Florida her home and enjoys being outside in the warm weather. She loves spending time with her family and friends, paddle boarding, and playing with her Boxer puppy.
Dr. Mattie Millikan PT, DPT
Dr. Mattie Millikan, PT, DPT was born and raised in Suwanee, Georgia where she grew up running cross-country and track throughout middle and high school. In 2019, she graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. During her time at Auburn, she was a student recruiter for Auburn’s football team and taught indoor cycling classes almost every day of the week. Dr. Millikan then attended the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2021. Dr. Millikan’s involvement in sports growing up has led her to have a passion for orthopedics and performance physical therapy. Dr Millikan enjoys working with a wide variety of patients with the goal of getting all individuals back to what they enjoy doing. Currently, she specializes in post-ACLR rehab, return to sport after ACLR, and ACL injury prevention.
Dr. Micah Hapner PT, DPT
Micah was born and raised in Lynn Haven and graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School in 2013 where he played soccer. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, and playing recreational sports.
Ever since middle school, he knew he wanted to be a physical therapist due to positive experiences as a patient here at First Choice Physical Therapy. From then on, he went to Florida State University to obtain his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training in 2019. Prior to beginning physical therapy school, Micah worked with us at First Choice Physical Therapy as a therapy technician. He then attended the University of Florida where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2022.
Currently, he has a passion for working with orthopedic injuries and aims to improve his manual therapy skills with a focus on soft tissue and joint mobilizations.
Dr. Michael Staklinski, PT, DPT
Dr. Michael Staklinski, PT, DPT was born in Tarpon Springs, Florida and grew up in Freehold, New Jersey where he played soccer and basketball all throughout high school. His participation is sports growing up led to his interest in movement analysis and orthopedic injuries. In 2019, he graduated from University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in health science and then from the University of Florida in 2022 with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Following completion of his Doctoral degree he completed a residency specializing in orthopedics at UF Health Jacksonville. Throughout the residency, he obtained further training in spine management through the McKenzie Institute, as well as becoming an APTA certified Clinical Instructor.
Currently, he has a passion for treating sports and orthopedic related injuries as well as mentoring DPT students. In February he will be sitting for his Orthopedic Certified Specialist exam to become board certified in orthopedics. Furthermore, he hopes to further his upper and lower extremity management by completing his McKenzie training.
Maggie Garbiec, PTA
Maggie Garbiec, PTA is an honor graduate of the 2009 Gulf Coast Physical Therapist Assistant Program with the “Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student Award”.
Prior to her career as a PTA, Maggie graduated from Silesian University in Poland with a Master of Arts Degree majoring in Polish Language and Literature. After graduation, she worked as a teacher and a newspaper editor in her native country. Currently, she is interested in expanding her knowledge and experience in orthopedic therapy techniques, focusing on the clinical application of myofascial manipulation. Maggie is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor certified by APTA.
She is an advocate for outdoor physical activities such as biking, hiking, kayaking, and boating.
Lauren Dupree, PTA
Growing up with a sister who was born with arthrogryposis, a disorder involving multiple joint contractures, Lauren Dupree was exposed to the career of being a physical therapist assistant at a young age.
She watched how extensive physical therapy played a big role in her sister learning to walk with the help of a walker and orthotics.
That, coupled with an urge to have a career that truly made a difference in the lives of others prompted Lauren to obtain her Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2013 at Gulf Coast State College, Panama City.
Previously she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Minor in Communication in 2009 from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
She spent the next three years working with physical therapy and rehabilitation firms until 2016 when she joined First Choice Physical Therapy, working out of the Lynn Haven clinic.
When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and their sons, Noah and Kaleb. She also likes to attend the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church and enjoys playing tennis.
Brady Schwab, PTA
Brady was born and raised here in Bay County in Panama City Beach, played sports all his life, and did exceptionally well at basketball. If you are a hometown native yourself you may already know him! Currently, he is working at our Hutchison Blvd clinic.
Brady is a Navy veteran with 4 years in the service from 09-13. When he returned home he went back to school in 2015. He chose PTA because of an interest in anatomy, sports, and helping people. We are very glad to have him on our team.
Carrie Seiler, PTA
Carrie was born and raised in Lynn Haven, FL, and graduated from Mosley High School in 2009. She grew up loving animals and planned to pursue a career in wildlife biology/zoology.
As an avid soccer player throughout her childhood and teenage years, Carrie sustained several knee injuries. This led her to discover her love of a different “field”…the field of physical therapy!
Carrie achieved her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences from the University of West Florida. She attended Gulf Coast State College and graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2015.
Carrie has worked exclusively in outpatient and loves being challenged by the variety of patients and diagnoses in this setting. She has a special interest in knee and running injuries. However, she strives to expand her knowledge and skill set in the treatment of all diagnoses that come her way.
In her spare time, Carrie loves running, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.
Garrett Guthrie, PTA
Garrett is a life-long Bay County resident. He attended Rutherford High School where he played baseball for all 4 years. His interest in physical therapy started with a passion for helping other people in need and enjoys the “hands on” aspect of the field. He graduated cum laude from the PTA program at Gulf Coast State College in 2023. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with family and friends and being in the outdoors hunting and fishing on his boat.
Courtney Fary, PTA
Courtney was born and raised in Linthicum, Maryland where she played soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, and swam throughout high school. After getting married in 2010, her and her husband moved to Guam where her daughter was born in 2012. Her family soon moved to Oxfordshire, England where her son was born in 2014. The Air Force moved her family one more time to Panama City in 2017. During her free time, Courtney and her family enjoy all things outdoors with a few intense family board game nights. Courtney decided that she wanted to help those recovering from injuries the same way she was helped as she recovered from her own. This realization led to her enrolling and graduating form Gulf Coast State College Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2023.