Staff at Saylor Physical Therapy West Palm Beach
Dr. Lauren Kratofil, PT, DPT, earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Florida International University, graduating number 1 in her class. She has experience in a myriad of environments and enjoys working one on one with her patients. She also plans on becoming manually certified in the near future. Lauren was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida and loves the beautiful sunny weather. Her love of physical therapy stems from watching and learning from her uncle who has been a physical therapist for over 30 years. She was inspired as she watched him have such a positive impact on his patient’s lives and quickly fell in love with the profession. She enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with her husband at their family cabin in Montana.
Dr. Justin Machado is a doctor of physical therapy, and graduated from the University of St. Augustine. He played baseball since the age of five and was fortunate enough to get accepted to Shorter University on a scholarship. While in college, he suffered an injury that required surgical repair and therapy in order to return to baseball. This is where his passion for physical therapy began.
Justin saw the impact that a physical therapist can have on a person whether it be returning to a sport, recovering from an injury, or even trying to walk again. That was when he knew he wanted to be a physical therapist. After college, Justin began pursuing his doctorate in physical therapy at the University of St Augustine at their Miami campus. He’s excited to now use all of his knowledge that he has gained over the years to help Saylor’s patients to improve their quality of life and return to all activities they love to do.
Nancy R. K. Goddard, MSPT, DPT scholar, was born and raised in the Washington, D. C. area. Nancy was inspired to become a physical therapist during her mother’s battle with cancer. During this transition, Nancy was an account supervisor with Chiat Day Mojo, Inc. Advertising. Nancy decided after her mother’s passing to make her hobby her career and received a Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy in 1999.
She is working towards her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Nancy has 20 years experience working as a Physical Therapist and with neurologically impaired patients with particular interest in Alzheimer Dementia, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and stroke patient populations. Active in both the American Physical Therapy Association and served as Past Chair for the Southeast District Florida Physical Therapy Association, she has also completed 10 marathons, enjoys gardening, and singing karaoke!
Dr. Julio Cabrera PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, CSCS, Cert. MDT
Julio graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercy College with a B.S. in Health Sciences, and Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Julio began his journey into the field of physical rehabilitation as a personal trainer in 2008. His interaction with his clients as well as his collaboration with physical therapists regarding his clients’ post-rehab training brought about an interest in the field of physical therapy.
Julio truly enjoys treating all patients but has a particular interest in treating long-distance runners and high school athletes of varying sports, football, basketball, and baseball, in particular. In addition, he also enjoys treating patients that are looking to remain active and independent or even those that are looking to improve upon their athletic performance. Julio takes great pride in continuously cultivating his craft by taking a significant number of continuing education courses in his leisure time, learning new techniques to better serve his patients. In July of 2019, he obtained his board certification as a clinical specialist in Orthopaedic physical therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified in the Mckenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.
Julio was originally raised in the Bronx, New York until he reached 11 years old and moved to the Hudson Valley region in upstate New York. In September of 2019, Julio decided to move to the sunshine state in order to escape the Northeast winters and to be closer to his family who has since moved to Florida from NY.
Jessica Braendel, LPTA, PTA, is from a small town in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida five years ago. She earned her Associate of Science Degree at Keiser University as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She continues to grow over the years and builds on her manual skills. She grew up as a gymnast and a cheerleader, which is where her interest in Physical Therapy began after being treated for minor injuries and saw the impact that Physical Therapy had on people’s lives. Jessica has experience working with orthopedic conditions, chronic pain, and sports-related injuries.
She is passionate about helping others heal, prevent injuries, as well as promote health care and wellness to achieve an active, healthy, and pain-free lifestyle. She is becoming certified in Graston and Kinesiotaping as well. Jessica is also excited to continue education in TMJ, and Vestibular Rehab. Her goal is to be able to help as many people and conditions as possible so they can get back to doing what they love! In her free time, she loves to go fishing, and to get outdoors to enjoy Florida!
Dr. Rob Auguste is born and raised in Miami, FL where he attended Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School and starred in 3 sports (Football, basketball, and track & field). He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science while playing football for the University of Central Florida. There after, he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Auguste has years of experience in sports medicine, geriatrics, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and pediatrics. He prides himself on building a rapport with each individual patient while delivering passionate care.
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.
Jessica Nicolas was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. She graduated from Jupiter High with the Medical Academy and wishes to continue her love in medicine by going to Palm Beach State College where she will then transfer to Florida Gulf Coast to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She has years of experience in customer service and loves the hospitality side of the medical field.
She has been a dancer since she was 5 years old and wishes to continue her dancing career as well as going to school. Her goal is to become a Physical Therapist in the future. Jessica is excited to be a part of the Saylor family and to be able to learn from experienced Physical Therapists. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors with her dog, and painting.