"We had a great time at CSM APTA 2018- This is one of the main nationwide
meetings and educational events for Physical Therapists, PTA's, and Friends-
Our staff are active in the professional association and always update our
skills and knowledge."
For Ages 0-100+
Happy Anniversary!!! We are now in our 16th year of providing caring and effective treatment to our patients!
We are a Physical Therapist owned company with many specialties. We provide services for all ages and ability (see Services section for details)
Driving Evaluation and Practice
Home / Office Modifications
Incontinence and Pelvic Pain Treatment
Occupational and Physical Therapy
Yoga and Meditation
We are also a clinical training center for Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant students from area schools. We foster positive attitude, hard work, and empowerment for all patients, friends, families, and students.
From left to right: Dr. Eric Lim, DPT- Christine Deller PTA- Lindsay Hunter future PTA-
Carlos Abella, Carfit Coordinator, CDI, Fitness Trainer- Laura Okin, CDI, Billing Manager-
Janet Gardner PTA, future CDRS, CDI- Felicia Mason PTA - Christian Mejia, tPTA-
Kim Pham, future PTA- Shannan Atkin, CarFit Coordinator, Administrator-
Glenn Deller, Outreach Coordinator-Ginger Hoang Le, PT, CDRS, ATP
We provide lectures, seminars, and consultations locally and nationwide.
Who is Ginger?
She's a Root! a therapeutic one: Ginger roots are used widely in the Orient to treat ailments and for preventive health purposes.
We find solutions, alleviate existing problems, and prevent future problems.
We promote proper health choices by first finding the "root" of the problem. To treat naturally and scientifically using evidence based practice, to allow the body sufficient time to recover and improve. Each person is encouraged to look at his/her health project as a long term "habit". Just as one has to eat well to survive well, one has to exercise and move correctly to improve his/her health. Positive, calming, and encouraging attitude changes can facilitate faster improvement. When the Ginger root is healthy, then the effects are manifested in the healthy plant and beautiful flower. In other words, everyone is capable of growth and achievement.
Just like the root, we are "down to earth", we care about our patients and families. We discuss frankly with you whether or not you would benefit from our services.
For Rehab patients, there's always more room to improve. For example, we helped a lot of patients get back to standing and/or walking even if someone had not stood up or walked for years! We teach you how to improve balance and proprioception using self body awareness techniques. We empower patients avenues to deal and alleviate pain; having long lasting pain or stiffness is not acceptable.
We focus on Driving Independence: Driving is a complicated task, but it is possible with the correct adaptive equipment and practice. Not everyone will drive, but many CAN. We look at all options for driving, including mobility equipment and accessories, we work with you to help get the best equipment possible with the least cost.
In summary, there is always a SOLUTION and, at the least, do your POSITIVE best. We work "out of the box" to improve all aspects of a person's life.
University of Florida, Physical Therapist of 25+ years– Go Gators!
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases- University of South Florida – Go Bulls!
RESNA ATP wheelchair, seating, assistive technology evaluator
ADED: Member of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
Driver Rehab Specialist, High Tech - Low Tech, Cognitive/ Behavioral
Certified Driver Instructor for the State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Ergonomic Specialist: Evaluation for Workplace Fitting, Task Modifications, Worker Injury Prevention, Home Modifications, Adaptive Equipment, Aging in Place issues.
Yoga and Meditation Advocate - I embrace yoga and meditation for my own physical and mental health improvement. I have personally benefited so much from these techniques that I am paying forward to my families, friends, and our local communities. I am knowledgeable in the alignment of the body and physiological and medical basis to prevent injuries. Our company also has extensive experience (15+ years) in working with special needs population. Our therapists and teachers are trained to provide appropriate instructions. Classes are geared toward a safe environment for proper exercise progression. I wish everyone to be physically and mentally strong. When we build our own self-confidence, we will better engage in harmonious discourses and improve the communities where we live.
Experience with Diverse patient populations and abilities:
We welcome Dr. Lim, DPT with 25+ years of experience, as our Clinical Team Leader. He has a great sense of humor and works hard to get everyone into the team spirit. He is always willing to help colleagues and ensures that all patients are taken cared of.
Our patients often request specifically for Dr. Lim. They are willing to travel to the locations where he works to get hands on treatment from him.
He's fun and inventive. He creates functional and interesting activities for patients to work on while helping them heal physically for an effective recovery.
He has good manual hands-on techniques that helps patient improve pain and improve movement patterns.
He says that for each evaluation, his job is to help the patient feel better the same day, and the patient would want to return to get good care.
He cares deeply about each clinical intern and ensures that all students get the best experience here
He has been a Physical Therapist since 1991
He earned his DPT from Utica College in 2014 - where he earned a GPA of 4.0 ( "back in the old days", PTs earned a Bachelor or a Master's degree. Over the past 15 years, all PT programs have transitioned to a DPT degree with higher education and training for all PT's)
He worked for a large publicly traded rehab company and was awarded the company's Caregiver of the Year in 2005. He became Area Rehab and Specialty Director with practice concentrated in vestibular rehabilitation.
Prior to coming to us, he served as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for Keiser University and is a Credentialed Clinical Instructor by the APTA.
He is also our Clinical Coordinator for DPT and PTA students in all 4 clinic and home locations.
Areas of concentration:
Vestibular and Balance Rehab
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Pelvic Floor/ Incontinence for Men
Arthritis and Joint/ Musculoskeletal Pain
Neurological treatment for children and adults
Personally, he is married for almost 20 years. His wife is an accountant. His son is an engineering student at the University of Florida. ***Go Gators!***
He enjoys watching football and just spending time with family.
Ms. Janet is a Hillsborean. If you are a long time native of Tampa, you would know that Hillsborough High School is a special place with tons of loyal alumni. She's a Terrier forever!
She earned her PTA degree from Fayetteville Technical Institute with Honors in North Carolina and in Business Administration with Honors from the University of Phoenix.
She has been in the Physical Therapy field for 30+ years:
- 8 years in acute care at (what used to be called) Tampa Osteopathic Hospital and University Community, treating orthopedics, wound care, pain management, and rehabilitation for neurological and orthopedic injuries.
- After becoming Mom, she developed a passion for pediatrics and spent the next 23 years in the school systems of Hillsborough and Pasco Counties and with United Cerebral Palsy in Tampa.
- She is among the 400 active Certified Driver Rehab Specialists in the US and Canada and is a Florida Certified Driving Instructor for 4 years, specializing in working with the Differently Abled and Cognitive populations.
- Her comprehensive experience include:
Alzheimers and Memory care population as well as the frail elderly
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation
Cognitive and Behavioral training as related to driving
Facilitation of functional movements for low toned children
Fall prevention in the elderly
Manual therapy for children and adults
Neurodevelopmental techniques (NDT)
Pelvic Floor Rehab
Rib cage mobility for breathing and speech improvement
She developed a love of working with severe and profoundly involved children, spending many years at a center for severely involved children where she assisted in training teachers and staff to move, position and interact with the students.
She was part of the Hillsborough County team that implemented equipment purchases and developed positioning programs and protocols for the school system using the MOVE program.
Managed monthly wheel chair clinics to coordinate wheelchair recommendations, adjustments and problem solving strategies with wheelchair vendors, families, the school system and UCP.
6 years working in Home care, Nursing homes, and Memory care centers
Vestibular rehabilitation, training in the Safe Stride program,
Used a team approach in Home care and Assisted Living facilities to help the elderly to maintain their independence and dignity as long as possible.
Collaborated in developing a positioning, therapy, and stimulation program for medically fragile children in nursing home setting.
In the past several years with Ginger Fitness and Rehabilitation, she has embraced the philosophy of doing our best and going the extra mile for our patients and finding ways to serve those who need us the most.
"I love the diverse caseload which has allowed me to practice ALL my skills!"
"Working with students as a Clinical Instructor has given me the opportunity to give back some of the teaching gifts I have been given and contribute to making the next generation of therapists".
For fun, Janet still gets together with her long time Hillsboreans and newer friends to camping, kayaking, dancing, music, and travel. She loves belly dancing (great Core Control, folks!!!). She is boisterous yet calming when needed. She makes funny remarks which add humor and help patients remember her instructions (memory cueing).
She is excited about further developing the Grace Adaptive Driving program to serve many more Diverse Ability populations.
Jan Steinman is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), practicing 35 years as an OT with a specialty in assistive technology for 12 years.
Jan attended University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl '76-'78 and Florida International University in Miami, Fl '78-'81 and received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Jan received her certification as an ATP in 2005.
Jan's work experience includes 17 years at Tampa General Hospital; she has taught Occupational Therapy assistant students at Keiser University.
Jan advocates for clients through community support with organizations like Self-Reliance, Division of Blind Services and Habitat Hillsborough for home safety and modifications.
Occupational Therapy looks at the "whole person" and how they function in their environment. Jan looks at what is meaningful to each client and helps them achieve their personal goals with an individualized treatment plan.
Jan's specialties include providing Occupational Therapy (OT) evaluations /treatment services to those with Neurological Diseases such as stroke, Parkinson, Alzheimer's/dementia, ALS, spinal cord, cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities to name a few;
evaluating and fitting orthosis/splints to improve hand function;
working with those with arthritis and joint protection;
shoulder limitations and pain to enhance function in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and
strategies to promote safety and wellness across the lifespan.
Jan is married to Joe and they have a daughter in college and 2 dogs. One dog is a Pet Therapy Dog with Project PUP-Pets Uplifting People and Jan volunteers once a month and takes her dog to "uplift people's spirits". Jan enjoys exercise, gardening and cooking, when she is not working as an occupational therapist.
Originally from Poughkeepsie NY, Christine has called Florida home since 1992. As a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), and a member of ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), she has the unique ability to combine her expertise in all three areas when working with her patients.
Having been in the medical field since 2007, she has learned that fun and humor go hand in hand with hard work when improving patient care. She brings these attributes to her with every patient interaction.
Christine has great hands-on skills, including MYK and other myofascial manual therapy techniques. She believes in fitness advocacy, keeping her own exercise routine to stay healthy. This carries over to her "Practice What You Preach" philosophy, providing effective exercises and healthy advisement for many types of diagnoses:
Stroke, with high tone, spasticity- facilitating tone reduction and improving functional movements
Traumatic Brain injuries
Sports related return to play
Christine has an amazing passion for living life to its fullest!! She is driven by her Love for people and Serving the Lord, and in turn, is well loved by her husband and children, and is respected in her community for her devotion and work.
She is the proud mother of twin daughters, both of whom attend the University of Florida. (GO GATORS!!)
She also serves as a Founding Member of Release Incorporated, a Wesley Chapel based non-profit, and shares her passion for essential oils as a Wellness Advocate.
At Ginger Fitness and Rehabilitation, she is very popular with our patients. Many specifically ask for her, getting better quickly under her care.
Headaches- Manual therapy for muscle spasms relief
Hemiplegia- motor control and functional training
Hips, Knees, Ankle sprains/ strains
Low tone- facilitates movements and control
Muscle and joint pain and weaknesses
Pelvic pain- therapeutic exercises for pelvic floor control
Quadriplegia/Paraplegia- strengthening and functional exercises
Sensory Integration treatment
Shoulder bursitis, rotator cuff injuries
Stroke, with high tone, spasticity- facilitating tone reduction and improving functional movements
Traumatic Brain injuries
She came from the computer technology background and had worked in this industry for several years.She then decided to change directions into patient care. This was a very appropriate career change, as she is COMPASSIONATE and PATIENT. She reflects what true humanity should be: Respecting yourself and your neighbors. Treating others like you would treat yourself. There were times when she came to see a patient who was feeling sad;she comforted her and spent time just to talk, to help her feel better. Our patients look forward to Felicia's visits like waiting for a friend to come, because Felicia IS a FRIEND.
Felicia is a graceful, no frills lady who's all about family, community, friendship, and teamwork.In her daily treatments of patients, she does her best improve their health each day.Our patients know she is LOVE and KINDNESS. Every day, no matter how hard or busy, her treatments always include laughter- there's always FUN in therapy. She comes up with therapeutic activities to motivate the patient to exercise. Example, painting, arts, crafts, or using sign language to help someone with finger rehab.
If a treatment plan doesn't seem to work, she would use her problem solving skills to figure another approach, and she would ask for help if needed. She wants to be sure that the patient IMPROVES under her care. She hones her skills to HEAL.
Through good times and bad, we are grateful to walk with you on our LIFE journey. God Bless!
Originally from Chillicothe, OH, Chris moved from his job at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to Florida in September 2018. We welcome him as part of our dynamic growing team.
Chris is a Running specialist and UltraMarathoner. His interest in running started as a young student in track and field. He began competing again in 2010. Now, he runs every day averaging about 35-40 miles per week. He competes in ultramarathons and obstacle course races at least 20 times per year.
He's also a talented portrait and landscape artist.
Chris is great with runners' injury prevention and treatment, gait analysis, identifying problems, and addressing sources of pain. He has good manual therapy skills, and patients feel confident that he can effectively and quickly treat their problems. His experience includes:
Stroke, with high tone, spasticity- facilitating tone reduction and improving functional movements
Traumatic Brain injuries
Sports related return to play
Thanks Chris for joining us --- making us even more DYNAMIC!
Brittany Sales Yoga Coordinator, Therapy Technician, Marketing and Billing Associate
Brittany comes to us with diverse experience in yoga, marketing, billing, office coordination. As our Yoga and Therapy Tech Coordinator, she engages the yoga wellness approach throughout our company and communities.
Below is a note from her -Thanks for joining our team!
My name is Brittany. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from USF and a worked in business 7+years. Yoga found me as I sought out ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and panic attacks. During this journey to heal myself, I discovered a deep love for teaching. I received my 200hr YTT from Lucky Cat Yoga in Tampa FL. I am dedicated to teaching this ancient practice in our modern world.
Teaching styles include: Restorative, slow flow and powerful vinyasa. I also love essential oils, crystals and salt lamps.
We are so lucky to be able to practice yoga safely in our homes and studios. I believe life is to be enjoyed and celebrated. To serve and love others. To give to your community in anyway you can. To know how blessed we really are and find gratitude every day. Yoga can help you face adversity or find ease at any time.
My motto is "Practice Yoga. Live life". - Brittany
Carlos Abella, CDI, CDRS Driver Rehab Specialist Training Instructor
GFR Clinic Supervisor
I have been with Ginger Fitness and Rehabilitation for more than 4 years. During this time, I have worked with multiple disability patients, as follows:
Many types of CP patients from very low level requiring adaptations to vehicles to higher functioning levels who does not require adaptations,
Patients with various transfer ability in/out of vehicles
Wheelchair set ups in vehicles,
Transfer seats, Valet, sliding board transfers, etc.
Fall risks patients
SCI- para and quadriplegic patients
Hip dislocations / Hip Hemipelvectomies
Cognitive and Behavioral calming as related to driving
I am certified as CARFIT Coordinator. We help set up Carfit events to help provide services for the community, checking for correct seating and safe set up for driving.
I have trained a lot of patients in skilled driving including practicing safety behaviors. They have been able to obtain their driver licenses using adaptive devices in their vans and sedans.
I am so happy to be part of the Grace Adaptive Driving team for the differentlysabled population. I have been training with Ginger Hoang Le, PT, CDRS in the past 4 years and continue to update my knowledge. We are very enthusiastic about learning and teaching. We want to provide the best individualized services to our patients.
We attended conferences to discuss equipment and test drive systems. We invited vendors to come to our clinics to demonstrate and discuss equipment options.
We are familiar with a lot of equipment including: MPS, Suregrip, Veigel, Menox, Bruno, Hamar, and high tech Joysteer, Paravan, EMC, as well as many types of manual and power chairs, etc.
We have visited and talked to multiple Installers in the region.
I have experience setting up high tech EMC equipment, low tech adaptive equipment as listed in all our vehicles. We adapt to fit each individual patient's needs prior and during driving practices.
I hope to be able to further grow our Grace Adaptive Driving program for many years to come. It is a great opportunity to work with all patients including through Vocational Rehab and Rehab Engineering, Workman's Compensations, etc.
There is so much more to learn, and so many more patients to assist toward independence.
We are very proud of our work here at Ginger Fitness and Rehab/ Grace Adaptive Driving. Thanks for your consideration.
Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health Yoga Instructor Certification
Mindfulness yoga for cancer
Senior Teaching training
American Safety and Health institute ( ASHI) CPR/AED & First Aid
Oil painting – Relaxation and empowerment through artistic expressions
Art, traveling, cooking, and walking on the beach
I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice.
I strongly believe that yoga is emotionally empowering for anyone who inspires to be healthyand, most importantly, stress free.I will help you nurture your body, mind, and soul with yoga. My most important contribution is to help you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and rejuvenated.
"Don't be selfish. Don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, as thinking of others better than yourself"
Hi, I'm Julie, my desire is to share with you the life altering benefits of
yoga and the connection between the mind, body and soul through
breathe, movement, and meditation. My yoga journey began while
battling a chronic condition that affected me physically, emotionally
and mentally. Practicing yoga has helped me overcome many
challenges, opening up a world of hope.
My classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Alignment and slow
flow, guidance through a variety of poses to improve your strength,
flexibility and breathing. Join me and together we can integrate peace,
patience, well-being, acceptance and self-love in our practice and our
Yoga helps you focus, being in the here and now, the present. It gives you peace of mind, letting go of any fear, anger, tension, stress and welcoming self-love, forgiveness, compassion and inner strength.
Yoga makes you happier Find the warrior within yourself and ROAR!!!
Julie, Certified Yoga Instructor's classes are her babies- she loves yoga and devotes her time and energy into each class with thoughtful planning and execution to be sure students will have the best experience possible.
Her classes include:
Gentle Yoga: Introduction to yoga poses and guided body alignment. Great for beginners, if you are getting back to an exercise routine or if you just want to connect with yourself or create balance in your life.
Restorative Yoga: Spiritual healing, relax, unwind, calm and rest your entire body. Restorative poses are held 4 to 5 minutes.
Slow Flow Yoga: Linking one breath with one movement.Coordinating movement with breathing to flow from one poseto the next, a meditative flow.
Spanish-speaking Yoga Class (this class will be available in the near future or upon special request): Estaclase le va a permitirfortalecersucuerpo, tener major flexibilidad y conectarsumente, cuerpo y alma (This class will strengthen your body, have more flexibility and connect your mind, body and soul).
As Julie says:
Yoga is for Everyone- My weekly classes include stretching, muscle strengthening, toning, flexibility and much more. So come on, join me and reawaken!
LINDSAY is smart, tough. She stands her ground. She is the voice of Ginger Health. We've had many compliments from patients who said the reason why they decide to come here was because of Lindsay. She cares and made them feel welcome.
She's very knowledgeable and practically answers all questions about Ginger Health.
At times, she defends our dignity. We don't believe everyone is right, and we demand civility. We believe in respect for all persons and to give patients the best care. We expect our staff and patients to be considerate to each other. It goes both ways.
Lindsay keeps the mutual respect and compassionate care.
She's also the Birthday and Well Wisher Ambassador. Thanks for helping us remember!
She also dependably helps our Billing Manager to keep us going. She's trusted to get things done.
Originally from Michigan, Shannan calls Florida her home since 1989. She is our "Great Administrator" who oversees all staff and takes care of our entire company and multiple facilities. She has worked in the medical field for 26 years and has a wealth of insurance background, accounting and projected growth knowledge.
Shannan has a passion for life and people in the community. She treats staff and patients like family and with sincere respect. When there is good news, we celebrate together. When there are problems, we solve them with compassion.
She also has been a Licensed Realtor for eight years. When not busy at the office, she dabbles in the real estate market consulting and selling homes. She facilitates connections between GFR and homeowners for home modifications and adaptive home needs. She assists her elder clients with the sale of their homes and relocation to appropriately fitted aging in place communities in the Tampa Bay Area.
She is a patient mother of two teen agers with academic and extracurricular demands. A cancer survivor of 2 years, she enjoys bike riding, swimming, and walking as part of her wellness journey. We are Blessed to have her.
Her favorite quote: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently" -Warren Buffett
Master in Public Administration from Troy University 2001.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Central Florida 1995 -Go Knights!
Laura is originally from Ohio but came to Florida in 1988 for her college education. She has 15+ years of working with children and families through programming and development (4 of those years working with children on the autism spectrum). Laura loves working with people and has a wealth of knowledge in Customer Service and Communications.
She has been with us in many capacities for the past 5 years, during which time she has enjoyed the diverse and challenging population, "the staff and patients at GFR are fun, loving, and energetic".
She began her new adventure with Grace Adaptive Driving by becoming a CDI in 2014 and has enjoyed learning and growing with our Driving team. This has been a natural as well as challenging and fun fit due to her previous experience with Autism and special needs. It's a special feeling to know that our work has helped many become more confident and safe enough to drive. They acquire skills on the road to full independence.
Laura is solution oriented. She extends herself in many areas, mentoring staff, students, and getting questions answered from all directions. She's behind all the coordination for billing. She's a team player, keeping things calm, solving problems. She cares about the patients and wants to get them needed treatments. As you might know, insurance payments are very stingy and bureaucratic, but we try our best.
As a Driver Instructor, she is patient and calm, providing appropriate feedback to help steer students on the right path.
Giving back to the community is important to Laura and her children. They volunteer at churches and participate with several volunteer groups in Hillsborough County.
In her spare time, she enjoys the beaches, movies, good books, gardening, and new adventures with friends and family!
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Thank you for visiting Ginger, Have a Harmonious and Healthy Year!