Matthew Harkness is a specialty trained Physical Therapist specializing in treatment of the spine and pelvis/SI joint region utilizing Manual Therapy intervention. Matthew obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science from Gordon College, a Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Nova Southeastern University and post Graduate Manual Therapy Certification form the University of St Augustine of Health Sciences. He later received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Evidence in Motion program. Matthew is a board certified Athletic Trainer with specialty training in Sports Medicine and has worked with NFL and collegiate athletes facilitating there return to elite athletic competition.
Matthew is an entrepreneur, has a passion for developing leaders and achieving maximum potential. He is a certified facilitator of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” the founder of Allied Physical Therapy and The APT Leadership Institute. As a former Motocross racer of the New England Championship Series (NESC), he experienced many injuries, enjoys competition, and appreciates the importance of exercise. Matthew has made a career of working with injuries. Today, Matthew is an avid road and mountain cyclist and participates in several tours each year. He has four active and beautiful children and enjoys spending time with them and his wife Melissa Harkness.
Melissa Harkness is a specialty trained Physical Therapist specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction of men and women throughout southwest Florida. Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University and post- graduate course certifications from Herman and Wallace Institute. Melissa is a pelvic therapy practitioner and a member of the American Physical Therapy’s section on Women’s Health.
Melissa is one of few physical therapists in Lee county who practices both internal and external pelvic rehabilitation using biofeedback, manual therapy/massage, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education, electrical stimulation and patient education in the treatment of pelvic pain as well as urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunctions. The effective outcomes of pelvic rehabilitation have allowed patients to be free from discomfort they have had for years, avoid surgeries, discontinue medications, and engage in activities that they have not previously been able to enjoy.
Melissa is partner and owner of Allied Physical Therapy. She and her husband Matthew Harkness are the proud parents of four beautiful children. She has a passion for orphans and is a leader and co-founder of “Impact 127” a Christian orphan ministry.
Dr. Scott Gray joined the Allied Physical Therapy team after receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine with an emphasis on sport and spine injuries where he studied under spine expert Dr. Stanley Paris’s methodology. Dr. Gray has been taught and trained by some of the world’s best clinicians with one-on-one mentoring from Dr. Eric Douglass (FAAOMT, OCS) and Bill Hartman of Indianapolis, IN (I-FAST). Dr. Gray is also Fellowship Trained by renowned physical therapist, Dr. Gary Gray. With this advanced training, Scott is one of only a select few in the United States with this premier distinction. Dr. Gray is both an international and continental speaker on topics of spine pathology and sport injuries.
Dr. Gray has a passion for continuing his education and providing his patients with the best care. He holds certifications as a full body Active Release Technique provider which is a form of soft tissue therapy that helps conditions such as neck and low back pain, tennis and golfer’s elbow, plantar fascitis, strained muscles, and other forms of soft tissue injuries. Scott is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Gray is an active participant is his professional associations such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA).
Dr. Gray got into the field of physical therapy after being a patient himself after suffering many injuries on the football field as a collegiate running back at Butler University of Indianapolis, IN and during his high school career. At Butler, Dr. Gray was an All-Conference running back and was part of one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2009 in addition to a decorated high school football career leading his high school team to win a state championship his senior year and finishing the the most yards from scrimmage in school history.
In his free time Dr. Gray enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, eating and living a healthy lifestyle, and reading a good book. You can usually find Scott at one of Southwest Florida’s beaches on the weekends or if it is during football season, watching his beloved Chicago Bears.
Elizabeth Padron PTA
Elizabeth Padron is a specialty trained Physical Therapist Assistant specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction of both men and women. Elizabeth obtained her PTA degree from South University and Pelvic Floor course certifications from Herman and Wallace Institute. Elizabeth also has experience in treatment of neurological disorders including but not limited to strokes, Cerebral Palsy and brain injuries.
Pelvic floor dysfunction treatments include pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence, and post-operation procedures. Treatment is done through patient education, manual therapy/massage, biofeedback, internal/external electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular re-education.
Elizabeth has been with Allied Physical Therapy for more than 5 years. She is a proud wife and mother of 2 children.
Benjamin Meyer PTA
Benjamin Meyer began with Allied Physical Therapy in 2011 as a physical therapy tech where he worked for 4 years. Ben then completed his Physical Therapist Assistant degree through Broward College in 2014 and began working as a therapist in 2015. He now works with a variety of conditions of the body using therapeutic, manual and neurological education techniques to improve his patient’s function and return them back to what they love.
Benjamin is an active member of the community that likes to teach others about the Bible. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, by playing sports with friends, going to the beach, watching football on TV, and brewing his own beer.