Donald graduated in 2015 from the Florida State College at Jacksonville with an A.S. Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Originally, Donald pursued a degree in psychology at Harvard University, but decided to focus his attention on treating the physical body and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2005. His main treatment specialties as a massage therapist are providing Deep Tissue, Myofascial release, Sports massage, and Neuromuscular techniques for acute and chronic pain. He enjoys finding new, adventurous restaurants to try with his wife and spending time with his young son outdoors. He also loves being at the beach or pool with his family. Donald considers himself a “sports psycho” and is a die-hard Seminole and as a local Bolles School graduate, takes great pride in calling himself a Jacksonville Jaguar fan.
TherapyWorks would like to welcome a wonderful new physical therapist to our team, Anna Merkel, PT, DPT! Here is a little-bit about Anna… she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Florida in 2009. In the spring of 2014 she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UNF. After passing the National Physical Therapy Exam she took off on a trip around the world with her husband. She spent a year traveling everywhere from Iceland to India, Japan to Easter Island, and many places in between! Anna’s primary areas of interest are orthopedics and women’s health, with an emphasis on manual therapy, patient education, and Pilates-based therapeutic exercise as interventions. When not in the clinic she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog, fishing, reading, cooking and traveling. We look forward to many years with Anna in providing the best and most effective therapy care possible to our patients.