About Us


Our standards are high – we strive for excellence in all that we do: providing the best possible patient care, unmatched customer service, and an unwavering commitment to our core values.

Strive! is certified by Medicare as an OutPatient Rehabilitation Agency,  providing a comprehensive approach to patient evaluation and treatment. 


We are driven by a passion to exceed the expectations of those we serve by providing compassionate, world-class and cost-effective care;

Enhancing the lives of our patients by helping them return to normal activities and self‐sufficiency quickly and safely.


Strive! Health and Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive, physical medicine approach to the management of pain and disability.



We recognize the simple fact that patients do not care how much we know, until they know how much we care. We treat everyone with respect and dignity.


Our caring attitude is manifested at every opportunity to serve our patients and customers. We are passionate about our commitment to customer service.


As responsible members of our communities, we price our services fairly, offering not only excellence, but value.


We are a compassionate company, founded on principles of honesty, integrity and professional ethics.


Our commitment to excellence permeates every aspect of our organization from the appearance of our facilities to the clarity of our medical records.We are unwavering in our commitment to provide the highest quality clinical services and are recognized in our community and profession for our clinical excellence.

Who We Are

In 1984, The Physical Therapy Center was founded by Rick Shutes, PT, President and CEO of the corporation. From a one-room physical therapy practice, we have grown to a comprehensive rehabilitation company specializing in the treatment of orthopedic, sports, hand, and industrial injuries.

In 1997, we changed our name to Strive! and since that time we have continued growing. We currently have offices in Ocala and Belleview.

Our standards are high – we strive for excellence in all that we do: providing the best possible patient care, unmatched customer service, and an unwavering commitment to our core values.

We are leaders in our profession, and proud to have been named by Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes as a “Center of Excellence” and have been ranked as #1 top-ranked provider in the nation on six occasions.  

We are are also Medicare-certified as an Outpatient Rehabilitation Agency, providing a comprehensive approach to patient evaluation and treatment. Our objective is to return our patients back to a productive life as quickly and safely as possible.

We offer  therapeutic services to all physically challenged, disabled, and injured individuals regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or geographic location.


The Physical Therapy Center founded by Rick Shutes, PT


Name changed to Strive! Physical Therapy Centers

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Four outpatient centers in Ocala & Belleview

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Our Administrative Staff

Our administrative team is located at 2300 SE 17th St, Ocala, FL 34471, just down the street from our Maricamp Center.

Rick Shutes, PT, CEO

Amanda Kennedy, Human Resources

Joe Halter, DPT – Compliance

Renee Tyre, Accounting

Rebecca Hoban, Executive Assistant

Renee Tyre is a Florida native.  She has an extensive background in general accounting with a focus on medical accounting.  She currently resides in Citrus County with her sweet puppy Roxie.  Hobbies include music, cooking and genealogy. Renee currently serves are the Staff Accountant for STRIVE!

Renee Tyre

Staff Accountant

Renee Tyre

Amanda Kennedy

Human Resources

Amanda Kennedy


  • BA in Criminal Justice


  • Working for Strive since 2016, Previously worked in Healthcare in many roles since 2010

Hobbies and Personal Interests

  • I enjoy spending time with my husband, and two kids.


  • Graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2018 with my Bachelors degree.
  • Starting school in 2021 to earn my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.


  • Working for Strive since October 2018, Previous experience in banking

Hobbies and Personal Interests

  • Strive! has been an asset in preparing me for school and helping me gain as much knowledge as possible in real world Rehabilitation.
  • Camping and Family

Rebecca Hoban

Executive Assistant

Rebecca Hoban

Joe Halter

Physical Therapist

Joe Halter

Joe Halter joined Strive in September 1998after retiring from the military where he also served as a Physical Therapist. Joe currently lives in Ocala with his wife Mary. They have 3 adult children scattered across the US.
Joe’s clinical duties include working at West Marion Community Hospital, Ocala Regional Medical Center & providing Work Comp specialty testing.
Additionally, Joe serves as Strive’s Compliance Officer and one of our frequently requested Community Educators.


  • Florida Southern College: Bachelor of Science (Biology & Psychology)
  • Baylor University: Master’s & Doctorate of Physical Therapy


  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Florida Physical Therapy Association
  • Toastmaster’s International

Hobbies and Personal Interests

  • Public Speaking
  • Self Defense & Shooting Sports
  • Certified Firearms Instructor
  • Cooking
  • Church Activities