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Individualized Care with an emphasis on a thorough examination and plan to provide pain free motion and independence.

Our quality care and expertise will help you lead a more independent, pain-free, and fulfilling life.

Who We Are

Welcome to Core Rehabilitation! We are a private practice provider of physical therapy services in Lake Wales and Haines City, Florida. We strive to be the leading clinic offering comprehensive physical therapy in Central Florida.

Established in 2013, Core Rehabilitation offers the most up-to-date treatments based on the latest evidence based scientific approach available. We specialize in the caring and rehabilitation of difficulty back pain and shoulder pain.

Our reputation for excellence stands year after year as satisfied patients recommend us to their friends and family. Our quality care and expertise will help you lead a more independent, pain-free, and fulfilling life.

We are affiliated with the Advisory Board of Keiser University.


Our Mission 

To be the best place to work and receive care in Central Florida

Meet Our Team

Joe Koloc | Physical Therapist MSPT, MBA, and President

Joe is a lifetime resident of Lake Wales. He began his career in physical therapy after finishing his tenure in the US Army. He has a degree in physical therapy from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Webber International University. After working for 18 years in various settings including local hospitals, the Veterans Affairs, and outpatient clinics, he opened Core Rehabilitation in 2013.

Joe is proud to bring more than 25 years of clinical experience in neck and shoulder pain. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Keiser University's Lakeland Campus Physical Therapy Assistant Clinical Review Committee.

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Dave Dangan | Physical Therapist

Dave graduated from Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines as physical therapist. He has a background in volunteer work with hospital systems and received his license in 2018. Dave moved from Michigan after working in assistive care in 2020.

Dave joined Core Rehabilitation in 2020 and enjoys working in the outpatient setting. He specializes in back pain and prefers working within geriatrics because he finds it rewarding to see his patients get better and hearing real life stories and lessons from them.

Diana Koloc | Operations Manager, Vice President

Diana is a lifetime resident of Lake Wales. Prior to Core Rehabilitation, Diana opened and operated two businesses in the health and beauty industry. Diana attended both Polk State College as well as Warner University, earning an Associate degree in Art as well as a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. 

Diana volunteers at a local hospital and in political rallies. She is also a table leader in women’s Bible study and is a member of the support group SOBBS. Diana does a lot of behind-the-scenes work at Core Rehabilitation and we are thankful for all that she contributes to make Core Rehabilitation run smoothly.

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Avelino Lopez | Physical Therapist Assistant

Avelino was born and raised in Florida. He attended Polk State College and earned his degree as a physical therapy assistant in 2020. Avelino is close to his family and friends. He enjoys spending time with them and working out in the gym.

He is proud of his work as a PTA and finds that helping people has made it a very rewarding career. He specializes in treating the back with manual therapy and exercises. He seeks new opportunities to help his patients with new treatment approaches.

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Tiffany Rodriguez | Patient Administrative Specialist

Tiffany, or more commonly known as Tiff, is the Patient Administration Specialist in our Lake Wales office. She is a critical member of our team as she answers calls, sets up new patients, and coordinates care between patients and doctors.

Tiff is an active member in her church group and while she grew up in Frostproof, she settled down in Lake Wales with her husband and two boys who she is very proud of. Tiffany has a natural desire to meet people and help them. She is happy to bring her experience as a medical assistant and her passion for helping people to Core Rehabilitation.

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Lauren Hudson | Physical Therapy Assistant

Lauren graduated from the Polk State Colleges PTA program and joined Core Rehabilitation in January 2022. She moved from Texas to attend this PTA program and has since settled down in Winter Haven, Florida. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandmother whenever she can. She loves going to Disney World, as well as bonding with her cat Gypsy and her dog Finley.



Caitlin Hammock | Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Caitlin was raised in Miami, Florida where she completed her Bachelors in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Caitlin graduated from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. At a young age, Caitlin started working with individuals with special
needs in the areas of sports recreation, academics, social and living skills. Caitlin continues to volunteer with the Special Olympics in the Central Florida area. Caitlin has always been passionate about sports and is an avid Miami Dolphins fan, having traveled to see them play in different cities. Caitlin has

recently joined Core Rehabilitation in 2023 and enjoys working in the area of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. She proudly works with everyone who comes into the clinic and is always pleased to hear about everyone’s journey and how she can assist them in having a fulfilling life free of any discomfort.

Gabriel Koloc | Insurance Benefits Coordinator

Gabriel is an integral part in ensuring that all patients are pre-qualified and authorized by their insurance to receive care. He is critical in assisting patients in understanding their financial responsibilities for copays, co-insurances, and deductibles. He is also critical in assisting both the administrative and clinical staff in their jobs.


Gabriel is working on his 4-year degree with components in business, humanities, and American literature. He enjoys writing and is in fact working on a non-fiction thriller/mystery novel in his free time. Gabriel also loves music, coffee, and his sweet dog named Melania.

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Leila Vazquez | Patient Administrative Specialist

 Leila is the newest member of our team as a Patient Administrative Specialist in the Haines City office. She was born in Chicago, raised in Puerto Rico and been living in Florida for 1 year. Prior to Core Rehabilitation, she was working in Atlanta, GA as a infants/toddler teacher.

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Seasons Avila | Patient Administrative Specialist

Seasons is a Polk native that graduated the Medical Administrative Specialist program at Ridge Career Center in 2007. She's spent time as a home health aide, a customer service rep and has now joined the core team as the Winter Haven office receptionist. She is fully bilingual and has lived all over but always
comes back to Polk. She spends her free time with her family, doing genealogical research and is active in her parish.

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Rafi Lara | Physical Therapy Assistant

Rafael was born and raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. He is a former college baseball player at Northwestern Oklahoma State where he earned his Bachelor in Health Sports Science. He later attended Keiser University earning his degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2024. 

Rafael is proud to work with everyone who comes into the clinic and believes laughter is a great medicine. Fun fact about Rafael, he is a big Tampa Bay Rays fan.

Testimonials From Patients

“My body felt all disjointed, out of balance itself. Core Rehabilitation identified the source of my difficulty, devised the proper exercises to stretch out the kinks. Core gave me four exercises to do daily and I’ve learned to do them at home I can now more fully breath. If I should have difficulties or an incident, Core will help me sort it out in the future!”

- Sarah Wells

“Before coming to therapy, I had severe pain in my knees and back. When I woke up, I was bent over and had to stand at the bathroom sink and push my back in order to straighten up. After my therapy, I was 100% better. When I wake up in the morning, I may be a little stiff but it clears up as I get myself ready for the day. I no longer need my heating pad.”

- Annette Jaronski

“Was not able to do water aroebics, had a lot of trouble lifting my arm up, couldn’t comb my hair and was in the shower. I can now do these things. My shoulder is so much better after doing PT. I feel I have accomplished a lot by doing the PT. I am going to continue the exercises at home. I will recommend Core Rehabilitation to everybody that needs PT. I feel the therapist are very involved with their patients.”

- Karen R Wilson

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