Our Staff

Dr. Ruth Christiansen, PT, DPT, is a native of northeast Tennessee but spent her later childhood years in Zimbabwe where her parents serve at a mission hospital. It was there she was first exposed to physical therapy from shadowing a local therapist. The therapist was equipped with very few resources but still provided creative and excellent care for her patients. This experience inspired Ruth to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Ruth received her undergraduate degree in Allied Health from Cedarville University in 2012, and then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago IL. She has spent the past 2 years in the Chicagoland area at an outpatient clinic treating various orthopedic and neurological conditions. Ruth approaches treatment using both manual techniques and tailored guided exercises to enhance and aid the healing experience. In her spare time, Ruth spoils her 2 nieces and nephew, travels, and watercolors whenever she can!

Dr. Kunjal Patel, PT, DPT, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and Health & Exercise Sciences from the University of Connecticut.  She then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University where she graduated with honors. Throughout her collegiate and professional career, Kunjal has focused on her passion for sports medicine orthopedics by taking advanced courses in the management of foot/ankle pathologies and gait biomechanics, management of low back pain and lumbar/sacroiliac dysfunctions, kinesiotaping, as well as Graston techniques. 

Kunjal began her professional career in NYC working in outpatient orthopedic clinics with an emphasis on post-operative rehabilitation. As an avid runner, she had sustained multiple knee injuries which in turn has enabled her to further appreciate her chosen career path and the importance of rehabilitation. She moved to Florida with her husband in 2012.  They enjoy traveling locally and internationally with their three-year-old son and exploring different cultures.   

Dr. Rose Ruiz-Go, PT, DPT, has worked as a Physical Therapist for close to 30 years and in a variety of settings and has experience in neurology,  pediatrics, and orthopedics. Treating clients of different ages, different diagnosis and in different phases of their rehabilitation has developed her ability to provide treatment based on the unique needs of each individual. She has a special interest in posture and it’s an essential role in movement and recovery from injury or disease.  She employs Gravityfit principles and trains clients to incorporate Gravityfit tools in their treatment to provide the postural framework needed to for their recovery.

She received her Bachelor’s in Physical  Therapy from the University of the Philippines in 1988. She has had training in Neurodevelopmental treatment, was a Pediatric Clinical Specialist between 2005 to 2015, trained in Tai Chi for Rehabilitation,  Manual training including IASTM, Kinesiotaping, and is also an Affiliate for Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s. She has a passion for wellness and for encouraging her clients to be a partner in their health no matter the age or severity of their condition. 

Since 2000, she has been a member of a nonprofit  Chorale singing group that raises funds for charity by performing concerts and singing engagements. She is married to her high school crush since 1992 and loves her two animal companions. She enjoys different cuisines and lifelong learning.   

Dr. Jeannine Dunnell, PT, DPT, earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from DePaul University in 1995 and completed her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1997.  She has been working in Outpatient Orthopedics for over 19 years. She spent the first decade of her life in New York. In her last year of undergraduate school at DePaul, she had a bicycling accident causing a frozen shoulder which required 9 months of therapy to recover.  This life-changing event showed her how great this profession is, and 3 years later she finished her degree in Physical Therapy.  In 2015, she decided to focus her career by specializing in women’s health and pelvic pain.  This work has proved to be even more rewarding and she is very grateful to be able to fill a strong patient need.

As a new Floridian, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and their two school-aged girls.  She enjoys bicycling, hopes to learn how to scuba dive, and eventually plans to get back into boating.

Dr. Robert “Rob” Pelaez, PT, DPT is a native of Miami, Florida who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where he received an academic/athletic scholarship to compete in NCAA Baseball. While at TJU, Rob was a 2- time recipient of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award and served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Rob later received his Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami (FL), presenting independent research at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Denver, Colorado in February 2020. Prior to joining Saylor, Rob worked in both the outpatient and inpatient settings for Thomas Jefferson University Health System, one of greater Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey’s largest hospital systems where he treated a number of neurological and orthopedic conditions covering the pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. 
 
Rob has a lengthy background in both competing and coaching competitive baseball at the high school and collegiate levels, and is passionate about assisting young athletes, as well as active adults, in achieving their respective goals while promoting optimal physical function. 
 
Rob and his wife recently moved to Palm Beach County to escape the frigid winters of the northeast. He enjoys spending time at the beach, drinking Cuban coffee, cheering on his Miami sports teams, and spoiling his fur baby, Ruby the Golden Retriever. He is very thankful to be given the opportunity to serve his new community on a 1-to-1 basis at Saylor.

Brittany Marion, MOT, OTR/L, was born and raised here in PBG, FL. She was a former Division I softball pitcher for the USF Bulls. Brittany completed her undergraduate program with a BA in Organizational Communication and as a 4-year Big East All-Academic Team Member. Brittany held various job titles working for MLB teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. Dedicating years towards a transition into healthcare, Brittany graduated as President of the Student Occupational Therapy Association with her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has a passion for orthopedics and upper extremity dysfunctions. During her practice, she plans to become Board Certified in Physical Rehab and a Certified Stroke Rehab Specialist. Brittany is thankful to be part of the Saylor Team and afforded the opportunity to help those in her hometown. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, coaching, exercising, outdoor activities, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Stephanie Polka, PT, MPT has over 20 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Miami, Florida. She is bilingual. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Stephanie has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, subacute rehab, home health, pediatrics, inpatient rehab and acute care. She is passionate about helping her patients meet their goals and their maximum potential. She has experience working with patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions as well as patients with amputations.Stephanie is certified in PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Reeducation), Stroke Certified and is certified in LSVT Big to assist Parkinson’s patients. 
 
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys dancing, traveling and spending time with family, friends and her 2 doggies. She is excited to have the opportunity to work one on one with her patients and to be a part of The Saylor Physical Therapy Team!

Jennifer Dal Santo LPTA,PTA- Has been doing this wonderful profession for 21 years and the majority has been with outpatient orthopedics. She loves working with both surgical and conservative patients. Her favorite things to work with are shoulders, ankles and hips, but she has worked on everything from head to toe.  Jennifer has been trained in ASTYM as well as Smart tools IASTM soft tissue mobilization. She also just got certified in myofascial cupping and has been trained and certified in Kinesotaping. Her last few CEU’s were manual therapy based with the Mulligan techniques.

Jennifer was born and raised in Illinois, and  just recently relocated to Florida in 2020.  She moved down here with her family and dog. It has been quite a change from the Midwest, and she does miss the change of seasons but not the snow. She loves to ride bikes with her kids, running with her dog every morning, and playing co-ed softball.  Since the move down here she has loved exploring all that Florida has to offer and she can’t wait to explore more of the state and take more classes to learn more to make her a better therapist.

Jennifer Folsom was born and raised in Palm Beach County and attended Palm Beach Community College. She started her journey managing iNatural spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Jenn comes with many years of experience in the customer service industry. Plus multiple years of experience working in the Wedding and Events industry, later she expanded her love of the industry on her own. In 2011 she started her own business as a wedding and events planner naming her company “This and That Events”.

Years later she became the Assistant Arts Director for the Strategic Creatives Company. She has a true love for the customer service and hospitality industry. In her down time Jenn loves spending quality time with her kids beachcombing, snorkeling, and learning about cultural arts & entertainment. She loves her team at Saylor! 

We look forward to assisting with your recovery!

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