My name is Lee Spannhake and I am a licensed physical therapist with over 20 years of experience in the industry. I graduated from the University of San Diego in 1994 with my undergraduate degree in Biology. I then received my master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 1998. After I graduated from St. Augustine, my grandmother passed away due to complications from a hip fracture. I immediately decided to become certified in Osteoporosis rehabilitation. This training opened my eyes to the importance of assessing the whole body for the development of safe exercise programs. The wrong exercises could cause harm to the body, such as further fractures. I later assisted in teaching and designing a class in Osteoporosis rehabilitation for The University of Saint Augustine physical therapy doctorate program. I have also taught educational seminars to our community at the St John’s Library system. My knowledge and experience has become a vital part of my career and being able to provide education on bone health to my clients is an important part of what I do. I am passionate about working with those with balance disorders and became certified in Vestibular (inner ear balance) Rehabilitation in 2008. I actively incorporate this knowledge into all of my balance treatments, including program development for clients with inner ear related vertigo. In 2018, I attained my certification as a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS). This certification allows me to assist teams who are looking at home design modifications that will allow clients to remain in their home independently and safely.
Throughout my career, I have worked in multiple environments over the past 14 years, including hospitals, outpatient care, and in-home health care. When working in in-home settings, I found my true calling. I believe the home is where I can make the most positive and functional changes for my patients. Seeing the layouts of patients’ homes allows me to assess safety concerns when it comes to patients’ mobility within their own spaces. Small changes can often bring about big results.
Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have been married for over 20 years and have two beautiful teenagers. I am also blessed to be a twin and exercise with my sister often throughout my weeks. On a beautiful day, you might find me biking, walking, or kayaking along one of Florida’s beautiful waterways. I believe in the BEST in everyone, no matter the age, and aim to make a lasting impact on people’s lives!