Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT
Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT 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 of
Physical Therapy in 2009 from the same University and graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA. His undergraduate work was performed at Florida State University where he also graduated with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Fitness/Exercise Physiology.
Dr. Rinehart has spent his career in the outpatient orthopedic setting and is skilled and trained in Physical Therapy spinal joint manipulations. He is the areas only Doctor of Physical Therapy who owns his practice and is the Founder of MVP sports Enhancement.
His interests include spinal manipulations, headaches, TMJ dysfunction and sports injury and training.
Dr. Brett Frank, PT, DPT
Dr. Brett Frank, PT, DPT 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 Chief Clinical Director.
Dr. Frank has spent his entire career in the orthopedic and sports rehabilitation field with extensive training in manual therapy and physical therapy spinal manipulations/mobilizations. He is also our resident expert in golf-specific rehabilitation and 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 spine and SI joint dysfunction.
Dr. Brannon Chester, PT, DPT
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 currently honing his skills in Physical Therapy spinal manipulations/mobilizations.
Dr. Johnny Gray, PT, DPT
Dr. Johnny Gray 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 played football and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports and fitness management in 2013.
Along the way and few injuries later Johnny developed a passion for physical therapy and helping others like himself get back to the playing field. He attended the University Of South Florida’s School Of Physical Therapy in Tampa where he received his Doctorate in 2016.
As a student intern for 16 weeks at First Choice Johnny trained under our staff and honed his orthopedic skills geared toward treating all orthopedic musculoskeletal conditions. He was brought on to join our team in the fall of 2016.
Currently, Johnny is working to specialize in spinal manipulation techniques, sports rehabilitation, and myofascial release techniques.
Johnny is a local, born and raised in Panama City where he attended Arnold high school. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife who is also a PT and he loves hunting, fishing, anything sports-related and being with his family and friends.
Dr. Ryan Bohn, PT, DPT
Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Ryan Bohn grew up enjoying downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and waterskiing. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Dr. Bohn has experience in the acute care setting as well as in personal training. He enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and has a background working with a wide variety of clientele. This includes treating patients in the Intensive Care Unit all the way to high-level athletes. “It is a very rewarding career to be able to help a person work towards their goals and become the best version of themselves.”
When not at the clinic, Ryan enjoys cycling, playing guitar with friends, and wake-surfing.
Dr. Luize Rossanez, PT, DPT
Dr. Luize Rossanez, 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. Rossanez 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. Brooke Marshall, PT, DPT
Brooke is a Lynn Haven native and graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School in 2013 where she played soccer and softball. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and husband, fishing, golfing, cooking, and being outdoors.
Ever since high school, she knew she wanted to be a physical therapist as her mother, Beth Wilke, is also a physical therapist. From then on, she went to Florida State University to obtain her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology in 2016. Prior to beginning physical therapy school, Brooke worked with us at First Choice Physical Therapy as a therapy technician. She then attended the University of North Florida where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020.
Currently, she aims to improve her manual therapy skills with a focus on soft tissue and joint mobilizations as well as focus on injury prevention and return to sports programs.
Maggie Garbiec, PTA
Maggie Garbiec, PTA is an honor graduate of the 2009 Gulf Coast Physical Therapist Assistant Program with “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 young son, Noah. She also likes to attend the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church and enjoys playing tennis.
Heath Walker, PTA
Heath is a native to the Panama City area and has been here his whole life. He graduated from Mosley High School in 2009. He enjoys spending time with family, game nights with friends, studying nutrition, and being outdoors.
He started Gulf Coast State College with an interest in Engineering however, the Lord changed his direction and gave him a desire to help people. Heath obtained his Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2015 at Gulf Coast State College.
Heath joined our team in July of 2017. He feels laughter is the best medicine and important in the recovery of his patients, so expect to leave the clinic with a smile!
He has training in Myofascial Release and plans to further his knowledge in Manual therapy techniques with special interests in Shoulder and Spinal Rehabilitation.
Carrie Seiler, PTA
Carrie was born and raised right here in Lynn Haven and graduated from Mosley in 2009. She grew up with a love for animals, running, and the outdoors. She played soccer for 11 years and after sustaining a couple of knee injuries was introduced to physical therapy.
Once in college, Carrie could not decide between zoology and physical therapy. She spent 4 years taking courses in both fields. She then learned about the PTA position while visiting a clinic that her mom, a speech therapist, worked at. This sealed the deal for her and in 2015 she earned her Associate of Science Degree (AS) in Physical Therapist Assistant from Gulf Coast State College. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Health Science through the University of West Florida.
After graduating, she spent 4 years in Tampa with her husband who was stationed at Macdill Air Force Base. Carrie has worked exclusively in outpatient and loves the variety of patients and diagnoses in this setting. “It’s challenging but so rewarding to work with someone throughout their recovery and watch them accomplish goals, and perform activities that they haven’t been able to do since before their injury.”
Carrie is currently working to enhance her manual therapy skills with a focus on myofascial release. She is interested in expanding her knowledge of exercise psychology and nutrition. She also plans to train and specialize in “return to sport” rehab with a focus on running biomechanics and injury prevention.
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.
Married for 7 years, he and his wife have 4 children
Zac Conn, PTA
Raised right here in the Panhandle, Zac is a local and graduated from Bay High School class of 2012. He graduated from the Gulf Coast State College PTA program in 2019 with high honors and was also chosen to be on the All-Florida Academic Team, one of 143 of the top students in the entire state of Florida recognized for their academic achievement.
He chose Physical Therapy because he has always had a passion to help people, and takes care of his disabled father who suffers from conditions that cause him chronic pain, so he knows firsthand how pain can affect someone’s life. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Zac believes in making therapy a fun and welcoming experience, and that every patient should be treated with the best amount of care possible! He is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is interested in becoming certified in vestibular rehabilitation and honing his manual therapy skills.
When he’s not working, he enjoys traveling, running, kayaking, reading, playing chess and spending time with family.
Christopher Denmark, PTA
If you are looking for Chris you will have to go to Virginia. We miss him, too. The rest of the team is Ready To Get (You) Better!
Chris is a Tallahassee native who attended Tallahassee Community College before attending Gulf Coast State College in 2014 where he met his wife. Since graduating as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Chris has worked in local Home Health and Outpatient settings where he specializes in the treatment of amputees and prosthetics.
Chris believes in the importance of education during treatment, so that his patients may truly understand their conditions and the importance of self-care. He takes pride in going the extra mile to ensure excellence in the care of his patients.
Outside of the clinic, Chris enjoys collecting “funky socks”, kayaking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling with his wife.