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.

JamieManzoJamie Manzo, PT, DPT

  • Jamie grew up in central New Jersey and graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Psychology degree in 2009.
  • Graduated from Seton Hall University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013.
  • Previous worked at Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, NJ working with various orthopedic and medical diagnoses.
  • Jamie continues to develop her clinical skills in manual, orthopedic and sports rehab through various continuing education courses.

LindseyWolfeLindsey Wolfe, PT, DPT

  • Lindsey has tremendous experience and education in Physical Therapy.
  • Graduated from USF with a Bachelors  Degree in Biomedical Science in 2006, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010.
  • Lindsey has experience in hospital and rehab center care, as well as working in various outpatient and home healthcare settings.
  • She is now supervising the clinical staff, assisting in marketing and developing new referral sources, and overseeing the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients at Ekren PT in Clearwater.

Ncati

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.

LindseyMetzlerLindsey Metzler, PTA

  • Lindsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Kansas State University in 2004, and earned her Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006.
  • She spent 8 years in the sports marketing field working in corporate sponsorships for both the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Through volunteerism, Lindsey developed a true passion for helping others and decided to return to school as part of St. Petersburg College’s PTA program, graduating in May 2016.
  • She joined Ekren the following September and is excited to continue learning and advancing her skills in orthopedics, sports rehab, and manual therapy.
  • Lindsey loves spending her free time competing in local triathlons, running events, playing golf with her husband, and taking their dog Bubba to the beach.