In order to optimize the chances for success, it takes the dedication of a team of experts. The Orthopedic Center of Excellence is guided by a Medical Director who provides clinical leadership for the department. Beneath the Medical Director, you or your family member will be cared for by a team that specializes in every aspect of orthopedic rehabilitation. We have assembled this team to provide the resources so that you can be you again.
Howard Weiss, D.O., the Medical Director for the Orthopedic Center of Excellence, is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital of New York. He completed his internship at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Weiss has been an independent practitioner in the Jacksonville area and a member of the Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital medical staff for ten years.
Noel Miller, MHS, CRC, Program Director for the Orthopedic Center of Excellence, first came to Brooks to do her internship in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has been a Case Manager at Brooks since 2002. Miller has more than six years of experience in rehabilitation case management in acute and vocational rehabilitation settings. She is currently involved in the SCI and Ortho Teams for patient care and program development. Miller will work closely with Dr. Weiss.
Your Orthopedic Team
Physiatrist – A medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation manages medical issues and medication concerns. You meet with the physician once a week.
Rehabilitation nurse – A registered nurse (RN) specializing in rehabilitation is a key element of care while in Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital.
Physical therapist – Evaluates, treats and educates you about ways to maximize functional abilities and mobility in order to increase independence.
Occupational therapist – Teaches you new ways to function comfortably and efficiently at home or at work.
Aquatic therapist – Promotes muscle relaxation, strengthening and improved circulation in a low-impact, relaxing environment.
Psychologist – Assists you and your family with mental and emotional needs relating to your injury or condition. The psychologist will provide psychological evaluations, individual psychotherapy and marital/family therapy, as needed.
Case manager – In charge of handling communication regarding your progress with you, your family and your insurance provider, as needed.
Dietitian – Acts as a consultant to help all patients eat a healthy and appropriate diet.
Chaplain – Available as a resource to all patients independent of religious affiliation or belief system. The chaplain offers a variety of forms of support, including listening and helping you and your family work through the difficulties that arise while undergoing orthopedic rehabilitation.