Physical therapist Mark Tonkins, PT, ATC was a co-owner of Coast Physical Therapy until he purchased the entire practice in 2007. Since graduation from Wayne State University in 1979, his talents as a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist have been appreciated by elite college, NFL and U.S. Olympic athletes, as well as his many patients here in Titusville. As someone with deep roots in our community, Tonkins served our local athletes as athletic trainer for Astronaut High School for 12 years.
Currently, doctors from many local and not-so-local medical practices refer their physical therapy patients to Tonkins at Coast Physical Therapy. His specialized training in spinal stabilization and manual therapy serves his patients well as they heal from injuries and illnesses. “I like being able to take the time to listen to what a patient needs and wants,” says Tonkins. “Everyone is different, and every person has different goals. Being able to see every one of my patients every day they are here enables me to really focus on their needs so that they can get the care they deserve.”
Jessica Ordner has been practicing massage since 2003, and has been certified in Lymphatic Drainage Massage since 2010. Before joining Coast Physical Therapy, she studied neuromuscular, sports and medical massage at Heritage Institute of Massage Therapy in Jacksonville, Florida.
“I’m proud to be part of the only local physical therapy practice that provides licensed massage therapy to its patients.”
Shannon Elwood has been practicing massage therapy for 8 years. She studied massage therapy at International Academy in Daytona Florida. Her career started at a chiropractic office and she joined Coast in 2009.
"It is very rewarding to have a client say 'Thank you I feel so much better' or 'You have magic hands!' It makes me feel good to know that I had a part in helping someone feel better."
Hunter Carlson came to Coast in 2015 and is studying to be a Physical Therapist.
"Coast has given me the opportunity to learn alongside a great Physical Therapist with decades of experience, as well as gain hands-on experience in the field. Mark and the rest of the staff work hard to make everyone's experience at Coast a great one. I plan on staying here and working side-by-side with Mark for as long as I can."
Brooke Harris has worked at Coast Physical Therapy since 2012.
"Coast Physical Therapy has given me a great opportunity to explore and use gifts I never even knew I had. I enjoy getting all of our patients moving, smiling, laughing, and using proper form! I love Coast because it is privately owned and the staff truly cares about their patients."
Patient Account Manager Ruth Morton has been employed at Coast since the year 2000. Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, she moved to Florida 22 years ago and holds an associates degree as a Medical Assistant.
"I thoroughly enjoy resolving issues for patients."
Allison McDonough has been with Coast since 2014. She has an A.A. degree from EFSC.
"I love interacting with our patients. Seeing them smile, improve, and live the life they used to makes me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. I also like it when they laugh at my jokes."
Mary has a Master's Degree in Physical Education, with an interest in the aging process. Her Thesis was on Parkinson's disease and relaxation exercises.
She is the office manager at Coast, and the proud Mom of three grown kids.