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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Outpatient centers in Ocala, Belleview, & Williston

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Our Administrative Staff

Our administrative team is located at 2620 SE Maricamp Rd. Ocala, FL 34471.

Rick Shutes, PT, CEO

Jeff Nasman, DPT, VP – Director of Rehabilitation Services

Karen Jolley – Human Resources Director

Joe Halter, DPT – Compliance

Renee Tyre – Director of Finance

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 and Personal Interests

      • Music
      • Cooking
      • Genealogy

Renee Tyre

Director of Finance

Renee Tyre

Karen Jolley

Human Resources Director

Karen Jolley

Born and raised in Ecuador, moved to USA in 2001 and to Ocala in 2005, where she started her family and career. She enjoys her home in the beautiful city of Ocala, where she resides with her husband. Her oldest daughter is serving in the Air Force, her son is part of the workforce, and her youngest daughter is finishing her Bachelor’s in UNF.


            • 2021 – Saint Leo University: Bachelor’s in Human Resources – Current
            • 2000 – Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte, Guayaquil – Ecuador: Business Administration
              Notary Public


            • Human Resources – 10 years
            • Customer Service – 11 years

Hobbies and Personal Interests

She loves spending time with her family and traveling; loves the beach and sunsets. She enjoys arts and crafts, music, and good food.

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

Joe Halter, DPT

Physical Therapist

Joe Halter

Rick Shutes


Rick Shutes

Jeff Nasman

DPT, Vice President
Director of Rehabilitation Services

Jeff Nasman