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

 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,   Keystone Heights and Crescent City. 

 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.

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.

Sidney Srivibul, DPT

Sidney Srivibul is a double graduate from the University of Florida earning her Doctorate in physical therapy in 2020. Her clinical experience includes treating sports related injuries, pelvic therapy, post operative patients, general orthopedics, and a variety of neurological populations. She was born and raised in Starke, FL and has deep roots in the surrounding community.

Vicktoria Williams, PTA

 Vicktoria Williams is a 2020 graduate of Daytona State College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences       from the University of Central Florida. Her clinical experience includes general orthopedics, neurological conditions, post   MVA/trauma, and sports related injuries. She is a South Putnam native that graduated from Crescent City Jr./Sr. High   School.

Lydia Kite, MOT, OTR/L

Lydia Cremer Kite has been an OT for over 5 years in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, subacute rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, long term acute rehabilitation along with ergonomics, injury, and prevention along with return-to-work rehabilitation. She earned her Master's of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She also received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology from Georgia Southern University. She is an onsite injury prevention specialist and is a certified aging in place specialist. 

Amanda Buckles-Landis, MPT


Amanda Buckles Landis is a Putnam County native and graduate of both Palatka High School and St John’s River College in 2000. She is a proud Florida Gator and attended the University of Florida acquiring  both Bachelor’s in Health Science then Master’s in Physical therapy graduating in 2005. Amanda returned to Putnam County after completing her education and has been practicing predominantly outpatient orthopedics for over 16 years. Amanda has additional training specializing in vestibular rehab, cardiac dysfunction and sports rehabilitation. Amanda is married to Zach Landis and they are owners of Goosehead Insurance agency in Palatka, Florida. They are proud parents of Cora Landis and enjoy spending their spare time on the beautiful St. John’s river, hiking local trails and traveling. 



Leslie Polinkas, OTR/L CHT

Leslie Polinkas earned her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Florida and is proud to be a Florida Gator. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2006.  Leslie has worked in Outpatient, Inpatient, Skilled Nursing and Home Health, with varied patient populations including Geriatrics, Pediatrics, CVA, orthopedics and hand injuries.  She is certified in LSVT BIG therapy for Parkinson Disease. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with husband and family, travel and shopping. 

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