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 our Beach Rehab Center. Our comprehensive team of therapists offer:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

Physical Therapy 

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, occupational and speech therapy are available at our Bay Medical at the Beach facility located at 11111 Panama City Beach Parkway. Call 850-914-7038 for more information.

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 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)


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.

Gail Darnell, Physical Therapist

Graduated from Northeastern University in 1983. Gail is trained in NDT adult hemiplegia. Gail specializes in neurological rehab for both adults and children as well as aquatic therapy.

Julie Howell, Senior Physical Therapist

Graduated from the University of Florida in 1996. Julie specializes in orthopedic rehab including knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, elbows and all sports related injuries.

Peggy Kundo, Speech and Language Pathologist

Graduated from 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, cardiopulmonary rehab, and the Beach Rehab.

Kelsey Spratlin, Occupational Therapist

Graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2007. Kelsey specializes in hands, custom splints, orthopedic and neurological rehab for both adults and children of any age.