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Philip Tipton, MD

Dr. Philip Tipton graduated from the University of Tennessee summa cum laude in Honors Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, and later completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. After he received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University, Dr. Tipton completed both his internship and residency in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. A board-certified Neurologist, he serves as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. In addition to completing a Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology, he is pursuing his Fellowship in Movement Disorders. Dr. Tipton is a husband, father, musician, and avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Gregory McNamara, MD

A board-certified physician, Dr. Gregory McNamara has accomplished the remarkable feat of obtaining three different medical specialties. A clinical giant in medicine, he brings over 35 years of patient care experience with specialties in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, and Neurology. Dr. McNamara graduated from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico in 1982 and has added to his medical experiences by completing an intensive residency in Occupational Medicine, and Fellowships in both Neurodiagnostics and Substance Use Disorders.  Along with providing surgical clearances for local surgeons, he is a certified cannabis doctor providing evaluations for established patients currently under the care of Dr. Harsh Dangaria. Dr. McNamara has a true passion for patient care and is devoted to helping others through his extensive volunteer work.

 

Harsh Dangaria, MD

Dr. Harsh Dangaria is a dual board-certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management who offers a variety of procedures in interventional pain management, including: epidural, nerve block, and facet injections; specialized treatments like radiofrequency ablation, viscosupplementation injections, prolotherapy, and stem cell injections; advanced treatments such as spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation; and minimally invasive surgeries such as kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, lumbar decompression, and laser spine surgery.

 

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Wisconsin and obtained his medical degree with honors from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Following his residency and fellowship training at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York, Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and Georgia Pain Physicians/National Pain Care, Dr. Dangaria also completed his postgraduate education in Pain Medicine and Headache Disorders from the University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Recognized with a civilian recognition award by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, he has contributed to a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. Born in Gujarat, India, Dr. Dangaria speaks English and Hindi

 

Adam Whalen, DC

Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Dr. Adam Whalen began his education at Mansfield University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. After graduating from the New York Chiropractic College in 2009, Dr. Whalen obtained his Diplomates in both Chiropractic Neurology and Electrodiagnosis through the International Academy of Clinical Neurology. Due to his extensive postgraduate accomplishments, he was also awarded his Fellow of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology. Dr. Whalen has a special interest in clinical diagnosis and integrative healthcare.

 

Vanessa Wilczak, DC

A Buffalo, New York native, Dr. Vanessa Wilczak graduated from the New York Chiropractic College in 2009. As a result of her extensive postgraduate accomplishments, she earned her Diplomates of the International Board in both Chiropractic Neurology and Electrodiagnosis and was awarded her Fellow of Chiropractic Neurology from the International Academy of Clinical Neurology. Dr. Wilczak’s practice focuses on electrodiagnosis, and she has a passion for animals, working with veterans charities, and assisting local underserved school communities.

 

Craig Cherrin, APRN

Mr. Cherrin has been working in the healthcare field for 9 years.  He has a master’s degree in Biological Sciences with a prior career in working as a biologist on a team to develop novel anti-cancer compounds as well as working on novel drug delivery systems.  Mr. Cherrin transferred into healthcare obtaining BSN in nursing and working at Allegheny General Hospital and UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.  Mr. Cherrin then obtained APRN degree at UNF and has experience in general and neurosurgery specialties.  Mr. Cherrin values his interaction with his patients and enjoys being able to improve quality of life for his patients.  Mr. Cherrin enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, hiking as well as traveling.

 

Daryl English, ARNP

Daryl English has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and is a Board-Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializing in pain management. Upon retiring from his 20-year US Naval career, Daryl chose to make Jacksonville his home and began pursuing his passion to serve others through medical care.  Upon earning his Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of North Florida, his initial clinical work in Oncology and Hospice inspired him to focus his career on alleviating patient pain. He returned to school and graduated with honors from the University of Florida with an Adult Care Nurse Practitioner degree to specialize in pain management. He additionally earned a “Fellow” level certification in pain management through “The American Academy of Pain Management” and then returned to the University of North Florida to earn his doctoral degree.

 

Graduated and board certified, Daryl spent the next 15 years practicing in various traditional pain clinics performing procedures and writing prescriptions. As the increasing volume of pain patients adversely affected the amount of time he could spend with them, Daryl searched for better options in quality patient care through the pursuit of a doctoral degree in nursing.

 

During his doctoral studies, Daryl’s focus shifted from primarily symptom management to a more holistic approach, and collaborated with Sanford University, Reno, Nevada, and University of North Florida in teaching self-management of chronic pain.

 

Chelsea Belanger, PT, DPT

Dr. Belanger graduated from Sam Houston State University in Texas, majoring in Clinical Exercise Science. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences here in Florida. She is certified in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation through the American Institute of Balance and trained in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations.  After being injured during her athletic career, she was treated by physical therapy which allowed her to return to cheerleading. Through her personal experience, she developed a passion for physical therapy and wanted to be able to make huge differences in other people’s lives. Dr. Belanger is a three-time collegiate national cheerleading champion and has a passion for restoring her patients back to health as quickly as possible.

 

Breanna Decker, PTA

Born and raised in central Maryland, Breanna relocated to Jacksonville, FL and obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Keiser University. She is certified in Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation through the American Institute of Balance. Following several low back injuries, Breanna attended physical therapy and learned how to treat and manage her chronic lower back pain which allowed her to return to exercise and improved her quality of life. Her positive experience inspired her to pursue her degree and start a career as a physical therapist assistant. Breanna enjoys making a meaningful difference in the quality of patient’s lives and helping them return to participating in the activities they love.

 

Hannah LaPrade, PTA

Hannah graduated from Seminole State College in Altamonte Springs, Florida with an Associate in Science degree for Physical Therapist Assistant. After taking her husband to physical therapy for his knee injury in high school, she quickly became interested in the physical therapy world. Her passion is making a difference in people’s lives and helping them return to their prior level of function. Hannah enjoys spending time with husband and her black lab Lilly

 

Gigi Bell, LMT

Gigi is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in injury and pain management. She graduated in 2018 from the Alpha School of Massage in Jacksonville, FL and is currently on their website as a video testimonial for the school. In 2019 Gigi furthered her education by becoming certified in Active Isolate Stretching. Currently she serves as an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association where she helps promote the massage therapy profession to better serve the community. Gigi enjoys learning and continuing to develop her skills to better help her clients and cater to each individuals needs. She enjoys using techniques to help encourage an optimum environment for healing, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, MET, neuromuscular facilitation, and light stretching with breath control. When Gigi isn’t working, she loves walking on the beach, listening to music, and spending time with her son.

 

Bianca Simmons, LMT

Bianca Simmons is a Licensed Massage Therapist, graduating in 2018 from Alpha School of Massage in Jacksonville, FL. Bianca wanted to pursue a career that helped people and found massage to be a perfect fit. She found inspiration from her mother who is also a LMT and saw how much she enjoyed and was fulfilled from her work. Bianca believes massage has benefits for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing offering pain relief from sore muscles, increased flexibility, relaxation, mental clarity, improved circulation, and sports recovery and injury prevention. Bianca has a bachelor’s degree in classical music and enjoys playing and attending live music events.