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Meet the Providers

At Lake Area Physical Therapy & Aquatics in North Central Florida, our friendly, highly skilled staff includes physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, an occupational therapist, and a speech therapist to provide you with the comprehensive, personalized care you need.

Laura Hodges, PT

Lauren Hodges, PT, OSC

Laura Hodges is a 1979 graduate of Florida International University with prior education at the University of South Carolina. Her early years of experience were in a large orthopedic practice based in Lake City, Florida where she became inspired to start her own business. Lake Area Physical Therapy was opened in May 1986, in Melrose and expanded into Starke and Keystone Heights over the next 6 years. 

The company has had several other offices over the years located in Hawthorne, Orange Park and Gainesville. Laura remains the sole owner and operator of L.A.P.T.. She continues to be an active participant in clinical treatment of patients and administration of the business. Her experience is wide and varied with particular interest in TMJ, craniomandibular dysfunction and vertigo/vestibular rehabilitation. She resides on Lake Santa Fe in Earlton, Florida.

Lauren Hughes, DPT

Lauren Hughes, DPT

Lauren Hughes is a 2013 graduate of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where she earned her doctorate of physical therapy degree. She also received a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from the University of North Florida in 2010. Her clinical background includes acute care, skilled nursing, and general orthopedics. Lauren is a lifetime resident of Starke and graduated from Bradford High School in 2006.

Carol Rich, PTA

Carol Rich, PTA

Carol Rich is a 1995 graduate of Lake City Community College and began her career as a physical therapist assistant at Lake Area Physical Therapy, where she has worked since 1996. Carol has developed clinical excellence in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy.

Carol also holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Central Florida. She is an active clinical instructor for students pursuing a physical therapist assistant degree.

Ricky Buchholz, PTA

Ricky Buchholz, PTA

Ricky is a 1996 graduate from Lake City Community College in which he received the most outstanding student award. He has practiced in the acute care (NFRMC & Shands) setting for 10 years and became one of the wound care specialists and was on the disaster relief team. Ricky also has worked in a Skilled Nursing Facility as needed by various facilities. His main focus has been the outpatient clinic throughout his PTA career as he has been an employee for Lake Area Physical Therapy & Aquatics for over two decades.

Brittany McCall, PTA

Brittany McCall, PTA

Brittany is a 2010 graduate from Florida State College at Jacksonville and a Keystone Heights native. Her interest in physical therapy began in 2008 with her employment as a PT technician with Lake Area Physical Therapy & Aquatics. She then pursued her PTA degree to eventually return as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Brittany's background in physical therapy ranges from general orthopedics, neurology, skilled nursing/assisted living and home health care.

Heidi Bintzler, PTA

Heidi Bintzler, PTA Heidi is a 2013 graduate of Keiser University in Jacksonville Fl. She began her interest in PT in 2000 when she began working at Lake area Physical Therapy and Aquatics as a technician. She has experience in skilled nursing and general ortho. She has lived in Clay county most of her life and graduated from Middleburg High. She currently lives in Keystone Heights with her husband and two children.

Angie Stanley, PT

Angy Stanley, LMT, MPT

Angy is a 1997 graduate of De Moines University with a Masters Degree of Science in Physical Therapy.  She also has a license in Massage Therapy that she earned at The Humanities Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.  Angy has be a Physical Therapist and Clinical Director for Lake Area Physical Therapy and Aquatics since July 2000.  She is a resident of Melrose and enjoys spending time with her family.

Nicole Wagner, OTR

Nicole Wagner, OTR

Nicole Wagner is a 1998 honors graduate of the University of Florida, Nicole has been a contracted Occupational Therapist for Lake Area Physical Therapy and Aquatics since 1999. Previous education in Rehabilitation Counseling at University of Florida. She has over 15 years of clinical experience with special interest in neurological rehabilitation and hands. Nicole has experience in acute care, inpatient psychiatric, skilled nursing and home care. Future professional goals include attaining a Certified Hand Therapist specialty as well as becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. Nicole is a native of Keystone Heights, Florida and a single mom who enjoys performing music, dancing, gardening and travel.


Rosanna Paule, DPT

Rosanna Paule is a 2018 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctorate in physical therapy. During her time in graduate school, she also became a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Rosanna has also received her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from California State University of Los Angeles in 2013. Her clinical experience involves treating sports related injuries, dance related injuries, chronic pain, and general orthopedics.

Marissa Catlin-Evans, MPT


Marissa is a 2003 graduate of The University of Florida with a masters degree in Physical Therapy. She received her bachelors degree from The University of Georgia in 2000, the same year that she captained the NCAA championship tennis team.
She has 15+ years of experience in general outpatient orthopedics, the treatment of post surgical conditions, as well as the treatment of sports injuries and neurological conditions.
Marissa is excited to return to the area, after 8 years in Oregon, in order to be closer to her family and make a home with her husband and two children.

Lake Area Physical Therapy & Aquatics
Melrose Facility
25727 NE State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666
(352) 475-3113
(352) 475-5796
Monday & Wednesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Keystone Heights Facility
465 South Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights, FL 32656
(352) 473-7560
(352) 473-7566
Monday & Wednesday: 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
Starke Facility
1554 South Water Street, Starke, FL 32091
(904) 964-2208
(904) 966-2203
Monday & Wednesday: 8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 am – 5 pm