Our Rehabworks Physical Therapy Staff
About the owners and a shared philosophy- Mark and Jay have over 20 years experience each and have worked in many practices in PA NY OH WV and FL. They share a very important goal, which is to create a UNIQUE and specialized therapy experience. They focus on the highest standard of care through the most modern techniques and technological advances in the rehab field to provide their clients with specialized programs solely offered by RehabWorks. “At RehabWorks Physical Therapy we have the right fit for each stage of your life.” -MP & JA
Dr. Jason Adames, DPT
Chief Clinical Officer, Orthopedic, Pain Management, & Vestibular Specialist
Dr. Jason Adames, cofounder of RehabWorks Health and Wellness, LLC, fulfills a life-long dream of serving the health needs of patients in Southwest Florida with the opening of his new clinic. Dr. Adames’s commitment to service—specifically to the advancement of physical therapy and strength and conditioning—spans over a quarter of a century.
Dr. Adames completed undergrad studies at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, and completed his doctoral studies, earning his DPT, at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV.
A native of New York, Dr. Adames began his medical career at St. Francis Hospital, a level II trauma center and orthopedic hospital, in Poughkeepsie, NY. There, he gained extensive training and experience in acute inpatient rehab, intensive rehab, skilled nursing subacute rehab, and outpatient physical therapy. During his tenure at St. Francis, Dr. Adames developed numerous protocols for post-operative orthopedic procedures—including total shoulder, knee, and hip replacement; rotator cuff surgery; and shoulder impingement syndrome. In addition, Dr. Adames trained rehab staff to use the latest electro therapy modalities for pain management and neuromuscular re-education. After leaving St. Francis, Dr. Adames worked with Aegis Therapies subacute rehab centers and assisted in developing Freedom Through Functionality (FTF) Nautilus programming and training in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Most recently, Dr. Adames assisted Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL, with the development of the Exercise Sciences Program, teaching courses in Strength and Conditioning, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing, and Care and Prevention of Sports Injuries.
As a highlight of his career, Dr. Adames had the honor and privilege of working with Dr. Luis Vargas, PT, PhD, one of the leading experts in aquatic therapy in the world. Under his mentorship, Dr. Adames helped create the first land-based lumbar stabilization vs. aquatic-based lumbar stabilization protocol (ALSP) (Aquatic Therapy Interventions and Applications). The ALSP study was the first comparative study for lumbar instability in the world and was published in numerous aquatic journals. Further, Dr. Adames co-authored a chapter of Dr. Luis Vargas’ book Diagnostic Aquatics Systems Integration: Specialized Interventions (Aquatic Therapy Interventions and Applications). As a staff member with the ATRI, Dr. Adames also gave instruction and continuing educations to medical professional at the International Aquatic Symposium regarding various lumbar stabilization protocols and techniques.
Dr. Adames clearly remembers the moment when, as a junior in high school and an avid athlete, he felt called to a vocation to serve in the fields of PT, health and wellness. Through his RehabWorks practice, Dr. Adames brings to fruition his dream of developing state-of-the art, technologically advanced outpatient physical therapy clinics, using various European technology currently used here in the United States on a very limited basis at our Olympics training centers and by a small number of professional athletics teams in the NBA and NFL. RehabWorks Health and Wellness clinics will provide a holistic approach to therapy that also integrates nutrition and personal training at all levels. Dr. Adames and his staff hope to provide care for all physical therapy needs, with a specialization in providing therapy and strength and conditioning for athletes.
Dr. Adames, his wife, Eva-Marie, and their six children currently live in beautiful Southwest Florida, where they enjoy family activities in a very family-oriented community located in Collier county.
Dr. Marissa Collins, DPT, CIDN
Orthopedic, Vestibular, & Pain Management Specialist, Dry Needling, LSVT & Precision Nutrition Certified
Dr. Marissa initially became interested in physical therapy while being a competitive athlete in high school. She graduated from Miami of Ohio with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2013, and thereafter received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2016. Dr. Marissa is a vestibular expert, as well as certified dry needling expert. She loves treating a wide variety of conditions to help patients live their lives to the fullest!
Over the years, Dr. Marissa has obtained numerous certifications, including McKenzie for Low Back Pain, LSVT BIG servicing Parkinson’s Disease and Balance conditions, Functional Nutrition Coach, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, Integrative Dry Needling, Professional Yoga Therapist via Medical Therapeutic Yoga, and is a certified Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Provider.
Dr. Marissa loves connecting with her patients and embodying emotional intelligence, which goes far beyond the patient’s diagnosis. In her free time, Dr. Marissa loves being active, going to the beach, spending time with her family, photography, and cooking/eating!
Dr. Marissa’s expertise and caring nature fit well with our RehabWorks mission, and we are very fortunate to have her as part of our team!
Aaron Madison, PTA
Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation Specialist, Balance/LSVT Certified
Mr. Madison is a LSVT certified clinician, which is a high level training program that helps improve balance and Parkinson’s Disease deficits. He is a clinician who has a passion
for helping people achieve their goals and living an active lifestyle.
Mr. Madison is a 2018 graduate from Concorde Career Institute in Miami Florida and has attained experience in a diverse array of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Having achieved his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University, he provides a unique outlook into the future of healthcare management.
Mr. Madison ties his
love for physical therapy back to his days of competitive running, and overall
enjoyment of athletics. Originally from Ohio, he was active in his community and continues to enjoy an active lifestyle with his wife, Juliana,
and dog in Naples, FL.
Mr. Madison’s manual techniques, orthopedic expertise, and caring nature fit well with our RehabWorks mission, and we are very fortunate to have him as part of our team!
Andi Ellis, PTA
Orthopedic, TMJ & Scoliosis Specialist
Ms. Andi Ellis is a graduate of Hodges University, and was born and raised in SWFL. Her interest in Physical therapy began when she developed TMJ and scoliosis symptoms. She quickly gained respect for the field as she learned techniques to alleviate her pain. Her unique insight and devotion has made her a specialist for these conditions. “I wanted to be able to make a difference in peoples lives who are going through what I went through.”
Ms. Ellis developed her skills in Neurological Disease and Orthopedic Conditions in the Lee Health system, a valuable knowledge base that she will continue to hone at RehabWorks Physical Therapy.
In her free time Ms. Ellis enjoys weightlifting, going to the beach and hiking in the many beautiful state parks across SWFL. She also values her time spent with loved ones and her dog.
Her specialty in TMJ and Scoliosis, and caring nature fit well with our RehabWorks mission, and we are very fortunate to have her as part of our team!
Daniel Calderon, PTA
Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation Specialist
Mr. Calderon is a compassionate therapist. His skills in manual treatments are being honed at Rehabworks physical therapy and we are very fortunate to have him as part of our orthopedic team.
Mr. Calderon is a graduate of Hodges University and has an intense interest in Orthopedics, Myofacial Release, and Neuromuscular Reeducation.
Mr. Calderon enjoys being a role model for fitness and the health sciences. He is a wonderful motivator and enjoys using his skill set to improve patient conditions.
An interesting highlight of his former education, Mr. Calderon received an Associates degree in the Arts from Florida Southwestern State College.
In his free time he enjoys time with his family and his significant other, including his “fur babies.” He enjoys weight lifting traveling, and sports activities such as basketball, soccer, and football.
Born and raised in South Florida, he has lived briefly in El Salvador.
Mr. Calderon’s goals and aspirations include making a difference in peoples lives by providing skilled therapeutic rehabilitation and by being a role model for others. It is his belief that actions speak louder than words as stated by his father who served in the United States Marine Corps. He also believes in improving oneself through experiences, which makes you a better person. This was expressed to him by his mother, a principle in the education system.
“I will always strive in being the best version of myself and do well for others.”
Milla Borges , PTA
Orthopedic & Sports Rehabilitation Specialist
Ludmilla, a native of Brazil, relocated to Naples in 2005 where she completed high school. Possessing a strong passion for healthcare and a desire to assist others, she pursued a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Ludmilla earned her degree with honors from Broward College in 2018. Since then, she has devoted her professional career to enhancing her knowledge and skills in orthopedic and balance rehabilitation, with the aim of providing her patients with exceptional care. During her leisure time, Ludmilla enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, friends, and her dog.
Laura Yerges, PTA
Orthopedic & Foot Rehabilitation Specialist
Mark Pierce, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Naples resident, Mark Pierce is the co-founder of RehabWorks Physical Therapy & Rapid Recovery Centers, based in Naples, Florida. His varied experience in healthcare, education, and business has proven instrumental in the development of his latest venture of expanding his trademark of Hospitality Care & Rapid Recovery Centers.
An orthopedic specialist since 1999, Mr. Pierce has lectured on the latest advances in orthopedic rehabilitation, pre and post surgery, functional recovery, and injury prevention. Mr. Pierce, at the request of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, represented his alma mater and lectured at an annual APTA conference on “Specializing Rehabilitation Techniques for Individual Patients.” His insights into the physiology of the body, specifically the mechanics of rehabilitation—which he traces to his earlier training as an engineer and competitive swimmer—helped him develop new and effective recovery concepts. It is this passion for providing specialty care in the area of rehabilitation that prompted Mr. Pierce to trademark the phrase “Hospitality Care”™ after his unique treatment style and customer service, a style he will continue to hone at RehabWorks.
Mr. Pierce has extensive rehabilitative training, which includes, but is not limited to:
*McKenzie Method for Back and Neck Pain. Description- Centralizing the spine with an extension principle that relieves acute and chronic pain.
*The Lumbopelvic Rhythm. Description- Complex study of the correlation between the lower back and pelvis to abolish dysfunctional posture and the pain that accompanies it.
*When the Foot Hits the Ground Things Change. Description- The dynamics of the ankle and foot are unique and are multiaxial. Plantar, ankle, knee, hip, and low back pain can result from imbalances.
*Rehabilitation for Post Operative Shoulders, Hips, & Knees, a Practical Approach. Definition- Total and partial joint replacements with a focus on the latest anterior approach for the hip.
*Snag and Nags. Description- A manual technique that increases pain free range of motion for the neck and midback.
*The Use of Micro Current for Pain Management. Definition- A treatment that helps tissue heal faster and provides relief from pain caused by injury or chronic conditions.
*Protocol Guided Rehabilitation. Description-Peer reviewed steps for rehabilitating joint replacements.
*Universal Precautions & Infection Management. Description-Managing pandemic and infection control.
*Bad Ragaz Aquatic Therapy. Description- A manual aquatic technique that stabilizes the spine and promotes the patient’s tolerance for regular therapy.
*Safe Strides, Vestibular Rehabilitation. Description-Treating balance disorders, particularly relating to the inner ear and deconditioning.
Mr. Pierce has enjoyed entrepreneurial success in both the healthcare and education sectors, in large part due to his wide-ranging education: an undergraduate degree in engineering, his PTA from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and his MBA in business and finance from Hodges University, Naples, FL.
An interesting highlight of his career experience, related directly to his devotion to a daughter with high-functioning autism, Mr. Pierce acquired a private school and specialized in educating local schools in creating effective accommodations for children with special needs, particularly children with High Spectrum Disorder.
Since 2013, Mr. Pierce, his wife Lynne, and their five children have lived in Naples for over 10 years. Lynne, with a degree in accounting and experience as a Human Resource specialist in healthcare, will assist Mr. Pierce and his partner at Rehabworks Physical Therapy & Rapid Recovery Centers.
A reflection of our Hospitality Care model, Mrs. Lynne Pierce provides superb customer service and support to our clients. Lynne, who has a degree in Accounting and experience as a Human Resource Specialist in healthcare, assists Mr. Pierce and his partner at Rehabworks Physical Therapy & Rapid Recovery Centers.
A reflection of our Hospitality Care model, Mrs. Amanda Clark provides superb customer service and support to our clients. Amanda is the Facility Coordinator at our Mercato location. She is a valuable asset to our team and a very good patient representative.
Customer Service Specialist
Jessie D'Arco, CPT
Doctorate Physical Therapist Student & Certified Personal Trainer
Congratulations to Ms. Jessie D’Arco who has been accepted to the Doctorate program in Physical Therapy at South College, Knoxville, TN. She has an Exercise Science degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a passion for fitness and is a certified Les Mills BODYPUMP instructor.
Ms. D’Arco enjoys spending time with her family, weightlifting, and painting. With skills in sketching, painting, Adobe Photoshop and photography, she is developing a social media platform to share her artwork while she completes her education and further develops her skills as a fitness instructor.