The Road to Recovery

Our team of therapists will help you to begin the road to recovery while you are still in the hospital. However, for those who need preventative care or extended rehabilitation and recovery, our services are offered in a convenient outpatient setting at HealthPlex. Our comprehensive team of therapists offer:

  • Physical therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

Physical Therapy – Now Available at Two Locations *

Physical therapy utilizes a proactive, team approach to treat orthopedic, neurologic, pediatric, athletic and occupational injuries and illness in patients of all ages.

Our dedicated physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and support personnel help provide comprehensive functional evaluations and treatments for patients with a variety of diagnoses. Using state-of-the-art equipment and the most up-to-date training techniques, our staff works to return patients to their pre-injury status.

* Physical Therapy is available at HealthPlex and at our Bay Medical at the Beach facility located at 11111 Panama City Beach Parkway. Call 850-770-3411 for more information.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be highly beneficial, both in the rehabilitative process, as well as ongoing treatment for patients facing challenges such as living with arthritis. HealthPlex’s 7,750-gallon warm-water therapy pool has four depth levels for weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercise. Aquatic therapy has been proven effective in treating patients with orthopedic injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and neurological patients who need balance work.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides treatment for individuals-from newborn to geriatric patients-whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury, or illness, developmental problems, or the aging process. The program is designed to help patients regain and build skills needed to perform day-to-day activities, including self care, work, leisure and play. Treatment works to assist each patient in developing strength, coordination, cognitive performance and visual perception to achieve maximal function.

Speech Therapy

Certified and licensed speech-language pathologists at HealthPlex use traditional treatment techniques to treat a wide variety of disorders related to speech, language, and cognitive abilities.

Services provided include the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting speech, language, and cognitive abilities such as:

  • Adult speech and language disorders
  • Child/adolescent articulation and language disorders
  • Cognitive, fluency, and voice disorders
  • Speech and language disorders secondary to stroke,traumatic brain injury, and neurological impairments
  • Swallowing/feeding disorders (pediatric to geriatric)

Customized Programs

The therapy staff at HealthPlex will do a thorough and complete individualized evaluation and develop a program for your specific needs. You will have the undivided attention of your therapist in one-on-one sessions. Once your rehabilitation is complete, HealthPlex offers a complete fitness program to help you maintain your new active lifestyle in a familiar setting. Membership is reasonable and no long term contract is required.

Meet Our Rehabilitation Experts


Laura Bowen, Physical Therapist
Graduated from Autonomous University of Manizales, Colombia in 1993. Laura specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis in manual therapy and has been practicing for 10 years. She is currently seeing patients at the Beach Rehab clinic.

Joan Chrzan, Physical Therapist
Graduated from Northeastern University and has over 25 years of clinical experience. She served 20 years as an officer and physical therapist for the United States Navy and Naval Reserve. She has varied experience with an emphasis on outpatient orthopedic, sports medicine and joint replacements.

Gail Darnell, Physical Therapist
Graduated from Northeastern University in 1983 and has 28 years of clinical experience and 24 years at Bay Medical. Gail is trained in NDT adult hemiplegia. Gail specializes in neurological rehab for both adults and children as well as aquatic therapy.

Gail Harris, Physical Therapist
Graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1975. Gail has been with Bay Medical for 30 years and has 36 years of clinical experience. Gail specializes in manual therapy. She excels in the rehabilitation of complicated musculoskeletal diagnoses including acute and chronic spine problems. Gail also has excellent clinical outcomes treating TMJ and pain management.

Julie Howell, Senior Physical Therapist
Graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 and has 16 years of clinical experience. Julie specializes in orthopedic rehab including knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, elbows and all sports related injuries.

Peggy Kundo, Speech and Language Pathologist
Graduated form Vanderbilt University in 1986 with her MS degree in Speech and Language Pathology, Florida State University in 1984 with a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a BA from the University of West Florida in Early childhood/elementary education in 1983. Peggy has 25 years of clinical experience with pediatrics through geriatrics including; early intervention, language skills, stroke, head injury, voice and speech delay, autism and swallowing.

Julie Miller, Physical Therapist, Director of Rehab
Graduated from Temple University in 1996. Manages Bay Medical’s rehab department including the acute care, HealthPlex , and the Beach Rehab.

Barbara Riley, Physical Therapist, ATC
Graduated from Arcadia University in 1993 and has 19 years clinical experience. Barb also received her BS in Athletic Training in 1987 from West Virginia University. Barb specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine and hand therapy.

Kelsey Spratlin, Occupational Therapist
Graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2007 and has 5 years of clinical experience. Kelsey specializes in hands, custom splints, orthopedic and neurological rehab for both adults and children of any age.