Spine & Sport Institute, an outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic and Wellness Center, was founded in 1996 by Marjorie R. Rodd, P.T., Cert MDT. I had never thought about opening my own clinic, but when insurance companies lowered their reimbursements and corporate facilities put more emphasis on “productivity” and less on patient satisfaction, I became frustrated with the manner in which I was expected to deliver care. I treat with my heart as much as my head and, with the very detailed business plan of, “I will open up my own place and treat people how I would want to be treated”, Spine & Sport Institute was created. It remains one of the very few local Physical Therapy clinics owned solely by a Physical Therapist. The importance of this may not be obvious, but when a physical therapy clinic is owned by a Physician, investigations have shown that, “Self-referrals to entities with which a practitioner has a financial relationship may encourage over utilization, and compromise the physicians’ judgment”. Stark Regulations
This is certainly not always the case. When I first came to Vero Beach in 1991, I very happily worked for Vero Orthopedics; If anything, their awareness of the Stark Regulations may have caused them to underutilize physical therapy. However, the critical factor is that a physical therapist owned clinic depends solely on its reputation. We have to earn our referrals - every day. When a patient refers a family member or friend and especially when they return to see us each time they need therapy, sometimes over the span of decades, it means the world to me. Nearing the end of my 50 year career, to know that I made a difference and to know that people came back confident that we could help them, and with a feeling of being "family," that is the “it” for me. I am proud of my clinic and our reputation; I am proud and honored to work with my current staff. I invite you to call or visit and see if Spine & Sport Institute may feel like your physical therapy place!
Marjorie R Rodd P.T., Cert MDT
I decided to be a Physical Therapist when I was 10 years old. There is a story, but suffice it to say I came home from church one Sunday and told my Mom, “when I grow up, I am going to be a Physical Therapist and help little boys like Paul.” Then I could not explain to her what a Physical Therapist was! However, the only time I questioned that decision thereafter was during the first semester of Physics! I am glad I stuck it out. I do not think I could have been anything else. I graduated Magna cum laude in 1971 from Boston Bouve College of Northeastern University. I was fortunate to have the same four professors and two administrators all 4 years in the Physical Therapy department. The initial class of 80 students was diminished to 40 by the third year; I can now appreciate the intimacy and teaching quality of this experience and can now look back with even more pride at being the Recipient of the Constance K Green Award. The awards were decided upon by the professors, and as I was a quiet student who worked hard, I remain stunned that they saw something in me so long ago deserving of this award. The words that mean the most to me in this award are that I have "professional integrity and sincerity of purpose."
Accepting my first job, at age 22, with Boston University Medical Center, I was terrified; terrified I would hurt someone or not know enough. My first year I worked on the Spinal Cord injury unit. More life lessons than academic. I remain with heartfelt gratitude for my patient George D., a 25-year-old C5 Quadriplegic who gave me a gift of wisdom that has not only been part of my fabric, but I have been able to share it with others and thus his gift has multiplied.
My most fond and influential positions include teaching in the Physical Therapy department of my Alma Mater at Boston Bouve and being the Director of Physical Therapy at University of Massachusetts in Amherst. It was here that I developed my passion for outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. In 1985, while still in Boston, I was introduced to the McKenzie Method. I continued the McKenzie training while in an outpatient clinic in Atlanta and also after moving to Vero Beach in 1991 while employed by Vero Orthopedics. I completed the training in March of 1995 and passed the rigorous examination (McKenzie said if we were going to use his name, we had better know his teachings). As a Certified McKenzie practitioner (Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment) I found my calling within my calling; The neck, back and Pelvis. I am profoundly grateful to Mr. Robin McKenzie for his insight, dogged determination in his research and discoveries on the Spine, and especially for his commitment to sharing his teachings in a precise and algorithmic manner. I am not certain I would have remained a Physical Therapist if it were not for Robin. I was just beginning to feel that many of our “interventions” were random acts of trying this or that; quite the opposite of the McKenzie Method which is like having a road Map of the symptoms. Thanks to Robin, I do not always know all the answers on the initial evaluation but I know the right questions.
Bernadette Haugh P.T.
Daren Davidson PTA
Pamela DeChellis PTA and Certified Personal Trainer
Kelly Sobczak PTA and Certified Personal Trainer
Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Florida in 2005 shortly after completing my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wisconsin Lutheran College. The next year I married my amazing husband, Andy, and four years later we started our family here in Vero Beach.
I have always been an avid exercise enthusiast; I love weight training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and outdoor activities with my family and four dogs. It wasn’t until my husband had back surgery and needed Physical Therapy that I was introduced to this field. I realized immediately that Physical Therapy was for me, and a perfect fit to build upon my knowledge of exercise and body mechanics. Also, it would provide me an opportunity to express my desire to help others feel healthy and strong.
Sparked by this new interest in Physical Therapy, I decided to go back to school after being a stay-at-home mom for almost 10 years to my two wonderful children. I excelled in the program and earned my Associate of Science Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant in May 2020 from Indian River State College.
With the challenges of 2020, finding a job was more difficult than anticipated. After reviewing my resume in August, Marjorie invited me to come in to meet and tour her facility. While she did not have a need for an assistant at the moment, she offered me an opportunity to mentor at her clinic. Realizing this was the exact type of clinic I wanted to be a part of and eager to continue learning, I committed two days a week to mentor at Spine & Sport Institute. Also, during this time, I became an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Personal Trainer. In November I officially became part of the Spine & Sport Institute family and have enjoyed every minute since!
I am excited to meet you, work with you, and help you feel better!
Laurie Beckett Front Desk Administrator
Born and raised in Chicago and the near south suburbs, Laurie came to Florida 35 years ago, but will never claim Florida transplant status. You can take the girl out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the girl! (Go Cubs! Go Blackhawks!)
Joining the Spine & Sport Institute family in February 2020, Laurie comes from a 34-year tenure at Sebastian River Medical Center, having worked in Physical Therapy (11 years), Human Resources (20 years) and Cardiopulmonary (3 years). Healthcare is her thing.
When not on the paying job, Laurie spends her time on her volunteer job: Scouting. (She’s been seen doing the Superman change from work clothes to Scout uniform to get to a meeting right after work.) Her Scouting ‘career’ began in 2001, when her son was 6 years old. Having held may positions at several levels, Laurie is fully trained in all of them, and has completed, and been on staff of, Scouting’s highest adult training – Wood Badge. She has been honored with several Scouting awards, including the District Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver Award. She currently serves as Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor, member of the Indian River District and Gulf Stream Council training teams, Eagle Scout mentor, and sits on the District Committee. (and they got me to commit by telling me it was only an hour a week!)
Having taken responsibility for inspirational sayings on the white board in the gym, Laurie wants you to always remember:
The difference between *try* and *triumph* is just a little *UMPH*!