Our Physical and Occupational Therapists are specialized in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction. They are dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and skills to restore optimal joint mobility, muscle performance and function after your surgery or injury. Each forty minute treatment session is one-on-one with your therapist. No overlapping appointments, no waiting, no group settings.

Our therapists are highly trained and skilled. They have on average 18 years of experience. We treat specialized orthopedic problems all day every day.

In our Rehabilitation Department we emphasize manual physical or occupational therapy. Manual physical or occupational therapy is a highly skilled method of treatment that relies on the hands of the therapist to stretch, mobilize or massage your muscles, connective tissue or joints.

The therapists at the Center for Bone and Joint Disease continuously consult with our physicians to obtain optimum outcome. They will establish a rehabilitation program that is specifically designed for you.

At The Center for Bone and Joint Disease we are committed to getting you…

Back to Work

Back to Play

Back to LIFE !!!!!

Physical Therapists 

Jason Caruso – PTA

Jason has 14 years of experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant, practicing as a certified PTA in Arizona from 1998 to 2007. Then, after moving to Florida as a licensed PTA from 2007 up until today. Jason received his AAS in Physical Therapy Assisting from Gateway Community College in Phoenix Arizona in 1998. Jason has worked in several settings including skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, outpatient orthopedics, outpatient pain management and hospitals. Jason’s philosophy is to “be there “for each patient from education to exercise to listening to each patient for the best possible outcome for each patient.

Jason’s personal interests include family time, camping hiking, swimming and traveling.

Melissa Jackson – OTR

Micheal Johnson – PTA

Michael has 17 years of experience as a registered Physical Therapist Assistant in Outpatient Orthopedic Rehabilitation with all age groups. Mike holds an Associate’s Degree in Science as Physical Therapist Assistant from St. Petersburg Junior College.

His specialties include post operative rehabilitation after rotator cuff repair, ligament reconstruction or joint replacement. During his treatments Mike emphasizes educating his patients on their specific injuries and how they can optimize their recovery process.

Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include camping, hunting and fishing.

Rick Juhlin – PT

Rick graduated with a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 1981. He has more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist in orthopedics and geriatrics and has worked for the Center for Bone and Joint Disease since 2003. He specializes in pre- and post operative rehabilitation, spinal dysfunction and hand therapy.

Rick has a special interest in sports related injuries, strengthening and conditioning, eccentric training and lumbar stabilization. Rick’s treatment philosophy is to promote self management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. He achieves this by thoroughly educating his clients on their pathology and examination findings and teaching them how our skilled interventions will allow them to improve their current functioning.

Rosalinda Nava – OTA

Johan Sloots, DPT, MTC, CEAS

Johan has 20 years of experience as a Physical Therapist in outpatient orthopedics in the Netherlands and the United States of America. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Hogeschool Midden Nederland in Utrecht the Netherlands. He also holds a post graduate certification in Manual Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and a post graduate certification in Cumulative Trauma and Ergonomics from the Back School of Atlanta.

Johan specializes in pre- and post operative rehabilitation, rehabilitation of dysfunction due to arthritis, Sports injuries, Spinal dysfunction and treatment of industrial injuries including functional capacity evaluations.

Johan’s treatment philosophy is to teach and guide patients to a timely return to their active lifestyle. “My specialty in Manual Therapy, using hands on approach, allows me to assess and treat mechanical dysfunctions of joints and muscles very specifically.” Personal interests include spending time with family and coaching competitive soccer at West Pasco FC.

Christa Smith, DPT

Christa graduated with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2008 after receiving a Bachelors degree in Biology from the College of New Jersey in 2004. Christa specializes in pre- and post operative rehabilitation, core stabilization, sports rehabilitation and rehabilitation of dysfunctions of the shoulder.

She believes in a whole body approach to physical therapy. She wishes to effectively treat each patient with a personalized treatment program that is designed to enhance both performance and functional levels, as well as optimize the potential each patient wishes to achieve.

Christa enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. Her hobbies include running, swimming and going to the beach. She is currently working towards her manual therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine. She also has a special interest in hand therapy.

Linda van Ooyen-van Overeem, PT, DPT

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Physiotherapy program of Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 1994, Linda received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012. Linda worked in various private practice settings in the Netherlands then moved to the United States where she practiced in acute care hospital settings providing Physical Therapy to the inpatient and outpatient departments between 1995 and 1999. She returned to the Netherlands in 1999 where she co-owned a private practice until 2008. After returning to Florida, Linda joined the Center for Bone and Joint Disease Physical Therapy Department in 2011.

Linda has a strong interest in general orthopedics and is working towards Certification in Manual Therapy.

Continuing education includes Manual Therapy courses at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment A-C (also known as the McKenzie Concept), Fall Prevention and treatment of Pelvic & Pelvic floor dysfunctions.

In her free time she enjoys family time, cooking, dancing, traveling and going to the beach. Linda’s treatment philosophy is to provide patients with skilled, personalized, hands-on care and to empower her patients to take charge of their own health through education and training.