About Us - Our Staff
Dr. Ahmed Rashwan, PT, DPT
Dr. Rashwan has received his doctoral level degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. His manual therapy training from Dr. Stanley V. Paris includes:
- Physical Therapy Manipulation of the spine, neck and sacroiliac joints
- Evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries
- Evaluation and treatment of sports injuries
- Sport-specific training and rehabilitation
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Joint mobilization
Active Release Techniques (ART) Certified
Dr. Ahmed Rashwan
Active Release Techniques
Certified. Advanced Fitness and Therapy at Abacoa is
the only physical therapy center in Palm Beach County with an
Certified Physical Therapist. ART Certification is "The Gold Standard in Soft
Tissue Treatment". "ART is a patented, state of the art soft
tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems
with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves".
Train Like the Pros Do!
Dr. Rashwan has also been working with the World Series Champions, St Louis Cardinals, over the past 3 years performing their Ultimate Performance Assessments, Injury Prevention Protocols and Overseeing the Rehabilitation Program.
Dr. Jordan Zabriskie, DC
Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., “Dr. Z” has been an athlete his entire life. His passion for sports and nutrition is an integral part of his health care and wellness practice. Dr. Z’s ultimate dream of working in a facility with multiple disciplines under one roof has been realized upon joining Advanced Fitness & Therapy. His mission: “To treat patients as you would your own family; creating the most effective means of analysis, care and treatment, specifically designed for each patient.”
Dr. Z suffered a severe spinal injury while an undergrad that would forever change his life and career choice. It was a chiropractor that helped to transform his outlook on health care and alleviated his pain. He has taken that experience to fuel his ambition to help others, as he once was. A large step toward this goal was the co-development of Dynamic Spinal Decompression (DSD), a technique to aid in the healing and repairs of bulging, herniated, and protruding discs.
Dr. Z graduated Magna Cum Laude with a cumulative 3.9 average from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida in 2007. Prior to that he graduated Cum Laude from University of Florida Gainesville, FL with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences.
His special training includes:
- Activator 1 Protocol from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida
- Cox Flexion/Distraction Protocol from Palmer College of
- Sacro-Occipital Technique Protocol from Palmer College of
- Graston Technique Protocol from Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida
Laurin K. Stocker, MS OTR/L
Laurin is a highly experienced therapist who has practiced with patients who are suffering from hand or upper extremity disorders since 1997. She has experience in diagnosis ranging from osteoarthritis (O/A), rheumatoid arthritis (R/A), lateral and medial epicondylitis, wrist (sprain, strains, fractures, internal and external fixatures and tendonitis), S/P flexor and extensor tendon repairs, PIP, MP DIP joint fractures, S/P CVA, rotator cuff injuries and repairs, shoulder impingement and tendonitis, RSD (complex regional pain syndrome), and customized splints for fractures and deformities.
Laurin earned her BA in Social Relations with a minor in Psychology from Lehigh University and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Nova University. She has been the Director of Occupational Therapy at Innova Health since 2000 and continues with Advanced Fitness & Therapy.
Karen Ritzau PTA
Certified Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist Assistant
Karen Ritzau PTA, Certified Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist Assistant received her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, NYC, New York.
Karen’s high patient satisfaction scores reflect her strong teaching background in:
- Pilates - Contemporary Rehabilitation
- Aquatics - Off sight cross training
- Therapeutic Exercise - Mat with props
- Ergonomics - Unweight in sitting
- Dynamic Stabilization - Suspension training