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 2620 SE Maricamp Rd. Ocala, FL 34471.

Rick Shutes, PT, CEO

Jeff Nasman, DPT, VP – Director of Rehabilitation Services

Ashlee Kaufold – Director of Human Resources

Joe Halter, DPT – Compliance

Renee Tyre – Director of Finance

Tim Morford – Director of Operations

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

Ashlee Kaufold

Director of Human Resources

Ashlee was born and raised right here in Ocala, Florida. She has been working in the Human Resources field for 6 years.  She currently resides in Belleview, Florida with her husband and two kids.


            • Webster University (2020 – Current): Masters in Human Resources & Masters in Business Administration
            • College of Central Florida (2019): Bachelors of Science: Organizational Management
            • College of Central Florida (2017): Business Specialist
            • College of Central Florida (2017): Business Support 


            • Human Resources: 6 years
            • Customer Service: 10 years


            • Society of Human Resources Management
            • Ocala Human Resources Management Association 

Hobbies and Personal Interests

            • Spending time with family
            • Outdoor activities 
            • Home Decor 


        • Director of Operations at Strive! Physical Therapy


        • Over 4 years experience as a healthcare practice manager.
        • Director of Massage Therapy at Western Washington Physical Therapy Clinics for over 20 years

Hobbies and Personal Interests

        • Loves the outdoors
        • Enjoys spending time with family
        • Avid San Francisco 49er fan
        • Loves Disney

Tim Morford

Director of Operations

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