Staff

yalcinYalcin Ekren, Cert. MDT, PT, DPT

  • Earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Florida (Spring 2011-Spring 2013).
  • Graduated from the Physical Therapy School of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 1981. He gained experience practicing in both out-patient and inpatient hospital settings, clinics and home health care prior to arriving in the United States.
  • Ohio state license in 1984 and worked in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, treating patients for almost 4 years in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Florida state license in 1987. Worked at Mease-Dunedin Hospital in-patient and out-patient therapy for 4 years.
  • Extensive manual therapy courses in Maitland, Mulligan, Cyriax and Mc Kenzie methods.
  • Became Cert. MDT, PT from the McKenzie Institute of America in 1998.
  • Worked for Commonwealth Rehab over 9 years as a Director of PT. Supervised and managed multiple clinics.
  • Established his practice in 1998 with his wife, Filiz Ekren Cert. MDT, PT, DPT. They currently are the owners of 3 out-patient clinics.

FilizEkrenFiliz Ekren, Cert. MDT, PT, DPT

  • Earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Florida (Spring 2011-Spring 2013).
  • Graduated from the Physical Therapy School of Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in 1980.
  • Ohio state license in 1983 and worked at St.Elizabeth Medical Center rotating through various PT departments in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Licensed in Florida in 1989. Worked at Morton Plant- Mease Clearwater Hospital In-Patient and Out-Patient therapy for almost 4 years.
  • Trained with Maitland, Ola Grimsby, Cyriax and McKenzie methods.
  • Became Cert. MDT, PT from the McKenzie Institute of America in 2006.
  • Worked for Commonwealth Rehab 5 years.
  • Established her practice in 1998 with her husband Yalcin Ekren Cert. MDT, PT, DPT. Together, they manage 3 out-patient clinics.

Judi copyJudi Tommell PT, MPT

  • Judi graduated from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.
  • She worked from 2001-2003 for the Polk County School System providing physical therapy for disabled children, while at the same time doing pediatric home health for Independent Living Inc.
  • For 11 years following that, she worked at All Children’s Hospital in the outpatient, acute care and NICU settings.  She gained experience in treating a wide variety of diagnoses including orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, wound care and critical patients in the cardiovascular intensive care unit.  She received specialized training for pelvic floor dysfunction,  Healing Touch, Infant Massage and Electro-Therapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS).
  • She became a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner in 2010.
  • Judi is a certified yoga instructor, and joined Ekren Physical Therapy to continue her career providing personalized and quality physical therapy in an outpatient setting.

Michelle Phillips-PictureMichelle Phillips PT, DPT

      • Michelle grew up in Orlando, Florida and earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in 2011.
      • She continued with her education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014.
      • Michelle is currently trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Pilates and is continuing to develop her skills through certifications within the outpatient orthopedic setting.
      • During her free time she enjoys going to the beach, practicing Yoga,and traveling.

Jordan Lindblom, PT, DPT

  • Jordan grew up in Clearwater and received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2015.
  • She continued her education at the University of South Florida where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.
  • Jordan continues to advance her education and skills through certifications in orthopedic impairments, including pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • She spends her free time with family and friends, enjoying the beach, and riding horses.

Danielle Rodgers, PT, DPT, CBI

  • Danielle graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2017 with her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy where she received specialized training in treating concussion/vestibular disorders and advanced manual therapy
  • Upon graduation, she moved to Dallas, Texas and worked at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation where she gained experience treating orthopedic and neurologic conditions
  • She is a published author in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology
  • Danielle is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is LSVT BIG Certified
  • Outside of the clinic, Danielle is an active runner, plays tennis, loves to golf, is learning how to play the guitar and is a huge Tampa Bay Lightning Fan. GO BOLTS!

John Briggs, PT, DPT

  • J.T. grew up in West Michigan and he earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Taylor University in Indiana.
  • He graduated from Nova Southeastern University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
  • He is eager to further advance his skills by obtaining certifications geared towards the outpatient orthopedic setting.
  • In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar, playing soccer, and working out.

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Necati Ekren, PTA

        • Graduate from SPC Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
        • Prior to graduating, was involved in Ekren Physical Therapy Services as a Physical Therapy Aide since 2008.
        • An avid passion for helping others and improving ones quality of life; enjoys learning about the latest health trends in nutrition and physical fitness.
        • Loves sports (plays soccer), art, playing guitar, travel and meditation.
  • Alexander Lam, PTA

    • Alex grew up in Houston, Texas and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Southwest University in 2012.
    • He graduated from Houston Community College PTA program in 2015.
    • He joined Ekren Physical Therapy in December and plans to advance his clinical skills by obtaining certificates in orthopedic and sports settings.
    • Alex loves anything outdoors including fishing and playing competitive tennis.

    Socrates Colindres, PTA

    Socrates Colindres is a Florida native, born and raised in Clearwater. He has worked at Hailey Veterans Hospital as well as St. Anthony’s Rehab Center where he earned his outpatient rehabilitation experience. Socrates has completed his schooling at St. Petersburg College in 2011 and is working in our Clearwater office as a PTA. Socrates can be found on the soccer field or enjoying local beaches.

    LauraWilliamsLaura Williams, PTA

    • Graduated from St. Pete College in May 2018

    CarlyPossonCarly Posson, PTA

    • Carly graduated from Keiser University in December, 2014.
    • She served as a traveling PTA in Texas in 2016.
    • Carly is a certified yoga instructor, and will be working at the Clearwater and East Lake locations.


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    Julia Sullivan, PTA

    • Julia graduated from the St. Pete College Physical Therapy Program in 1999 and is currently working in our Seminole office as a PTA.
    • Julia is currently a certified health coach and is continuing to develop her skills through certifications within the outpatient setting.
    • During her free time she enjoys interior design, culinary arts, walking on the beach, and spending time with her dogs.