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Opening Hours : Monday - Thursday 8am - 6:30pm, Friday 8am - 1pm

  Contact : US1: 904.217.4259 Island: 904-679-3449


Melanie Lomaglio, PT, DPT, MSc., NCS and Facility Dog Harley

Melanie Lomaglio brings over 20 years of clinical experience to her patients at STARS and demonstrates a life long commitment to learning so that she can provide the most up to date, evidenced based care for her patients.  She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, a Master of Science (MSc) in Neurological Rehabilitation from the University of British Colombia in 2005, and most recently she completed her clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (t-DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017.   In 2010 Dr Lomaglio joined an elite class of clinicians when she became Board Certified in Neurology (NCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association and re-certified in 2019.  She now specializes in the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s related diseases.  She has been certified as a Parkinson’s LSVT BIG clinician and now a Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery (PWR!) certified therapist and instructor; both programs are specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  She recently partnered up with Harley, a highly skilled facility dog that knows more than 40 commands and works along side her and her patients.  For example, Harley can “tug”
and “hold” a therapy strap while a patient holds on to focus on their core strength and stability.

Her passion at STARS is to improve the quality of life of people living with PD.   In addition to creating novel individual and group therapy programs focused on agility and whole body mobility, she facilitates the St. Augustine Parkinson’s disease support group, which offers patients and caregivers free year round educational resources and social support via monthly meetings and partnerships with local health care providers.

Dr Lomaglio has a long history of mentoring and teaching and she was a full time assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for 12 years.  She currently travels around North America as a Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery (PWR!) faculty member teaching other therapists how to best treat people with Parkinson’s disease.

Melanie resides in Saint Augustine beach with her husband, David (founder of STARS rehab), and two children, Ryan and Ella.  She enjoys running, volleyball, and horseback riding. Her personal accomplishments include competing in the 2002 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Please feel free to contact Melanie with any questions, or you can send a text to 904-501-8779.

David Lomaglio, MPT, MTC, OCS

David graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a degree in Biology and went on to pursue his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from the University of Saint Augustine, graduating Cum Laude in 1999. He became a board certified orthopedic physical therapy specialist in 2008 and renewed in 2018. In 2009 David founded STARS Rehab.

Emily Benn, PT, DPT

Emily received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015.  She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in dance and choreography from Ohio University.  Prior to graduate school, Emily danced and taught professionally throughout the north east as a modern dancer.  In the clinic she utilizes manual therapy, yoga, Pilates, dance, and Thai massage to facilitate healing. 

Andrew Schreiner, PT, DPT, OCS

Andrew Schreiner earned his Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of North Florida in 2015. Active in the health and fitness community since 2007, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences with a focus on exercise physiology in 2011. Andrew became board certified in orthopedics physical therapy in 2020.

Laura Alexander, PT, DPT, MTC, CLT

Laura attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate degree in Health and Exercises Science.  She graduated from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013.  In 2015, she completed a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), and in 2016 she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapy Specialist (CLS).