First Choice Physical Therapy

 Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT

download (8)Dr. Wade Rinehart, PT, DPT first received his Master's Degree of 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

download (2)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

downloadDr. 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

downloadDr. 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

downloadBorn 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. Born and raised in Minnesota, 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.


Maggie Garbiec, PTA

download (4)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 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 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. 


Christopher Denmark, PTA

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.


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's 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 in 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.