Meet The Tamiami Trail Team

Our trained staff members are here to assist you in all of your healing.

Rick Haupt

Founder & CEO
PT, MS

As a student at Cornell University, Rick played football before moving on to Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he earned a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.  In 2000 Rick moved to Sarasota, Florida and became the Clinical Director at HealthSouth from 2000 – 2003, Clinical Director at Vista Center from 2003-2011 and founded Rick Haupt Physical Therapy in 2011. He then Founded the Venice Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in 2016.

Jenna Jordan

PT
Certified Pilates Instructor

Jenna received her degree in Physical Therapy in 1999 and has worked and managed multiple Physical Therapy settings including Acute Care, Outpatient, Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehab and Center for Joint Replacement. She discovered Pilates shortly after graduating and personally felt the change and impact it has on the human body and diverse populations it benefits. She received her Certification in Pilates and Pilates Reformer through Balanced Body and continued to advance her knowledge of Pilates and spine health including Osteoporosis Certification.

Danielle Melfi

PT, DPT, CMES, AIB-VR Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation

Danielle received her Bachelors of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey in 2012 and moved on to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She started her career in the rehab/skilled nursing and transitioned to outpatient work and she currently holds a certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist. She completed the Advanced Education Certification Course in Pilates for Injures & Pathologies.

Amy Haddad

PT, BS

Amy graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Physical Therapy. Throughout her career, she has gained certifications in Vacu Medicupping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and is skilled in KT taping. Amy utilizes a comprehensive holistic approach, integrating a variety of manual & soft tissue skills and therapeutic exercise with posture restoration. She is well-versed in treating pre and post-surgical conditions, joint replacements, deconditioning and a variety of athletic-based injuries.

Vicki Suarez

PT, BS
LSVT Certified

Vicki has over 23-years of experience practicing Physical Therapy in Sarasota since 1996.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama in 1993 followed by a Physical Therapy Degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 1996. Vicki is also LSVT BIG Certified Clinician for Parkinson’s Disease. She has specialized in outpatient settings for her entire career with her initial focus on neurological conditions and then transitioned to orthopedics.

Evan Kretz

PT, DPT

Evan attended Slippery Rock University where he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. Afterwards, he attended Gannon University in Erie, PA where he pursued his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. Evan believes that it is of the utmost importance to treat each patient as an individual and to take the time to build relationships while providing treatment.


Donna Gaccione

Office Manager

Having spent 24 years in medical billing (16 of those focused on outpatient physical therapy) Donna specializes in assisting patients in understanding their insurance coverage and working with them to get the most out of the benefits.