Our Rehabworks Physical Therapy Staff

Jay Adames

Dr. Jason Adames, DPT

Co-founder & 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.

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Mark Pierce, MBA, PTA

Co-founder & Orthopedic Specialist

Naples resident, orthopedic specialist, and businessman 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 will prove 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 each Individual Patient.” 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 care in the area of orthopedic rehabilitation that prompted Mr. Pierce to coin 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, Florida. 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.

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Aaron Madison, PTA

Balance/LSVT Certified & Sports Rehab Specialist

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!

Physical Therapist Assistant

Andi Ellis, PTA

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!

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Jessie D'Arco, CPT

Certified Personal Trainer & Student

Ms. Jessie D’Arco is an Exercise Science major at Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating with her Bachelors degree in 2023 she will continue to complete her doctorate in physical therapy at FGCU. 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.

 
 
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Lynne Pierce


Administrator

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, will assist Mr. Pierce and his partner at Rehabworks Physical Therapy & Rapid Recovery Centers.