"We Help Older Adults Who Are Struggling To Stay Independent Regain Balance, Strength, and Mobility So That They Can Enjoy
A Safe and Active Life at Home and in the Community"
If you are an older adult or family or friend of an older adult, you know that deep down inside, there is the heart and soul of an active, independent person. Their fortune of living into their "Golden Years" has left them with the misfortune of developing some "rust" on that gold.
We believe that you can get better at any age. We believe that struggling to take care of yourself is never a "natural" part of aging. We believe that people who are considered "old" by society's standards are rarely given a chance to remain active and mobile because they are deemed fragile.
Not so fast!!
Achieva Rehab's In-Home Physical Therapy Program was developed by Joel Digris, physical therapist, to prove one thing - folks in their "Golden Years" can thrive no matter what they've been through. Every human has a top-end potential, a ceiling of sorts. The therapists with Achieva Rehab are pushing seniors to meet that potential every day, helping them ease the worry of losing independence and mobility. My mother always said: "Better days ahead". No matter what your age or problem, there are better days ahead with Achieva Rehab.
Joel J. Digris, MSPT, Owner received his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in 1997. Joel was born and raised in Schuylkill County, and is blessed with a beautiful wife and four beautiful daughters.
As a physical therapist, he is guided by his education, experience, and evidence based interventions. As a business owner, Joel has an immeasureable desire to excel in serving the community and the patients of Achieva Rehab.
Joel enjoys music, plays guitar and drums, loves basketball and football, is intrigued by obstacle races and has competed in Reebok Spartan races but now his workout time is spent chasing his children. In addition, he enjoys graphic design, although he will always admit, from an amateur's perspective. Ever an entrepreneur, his first endeavor was selling licorice to his classmates on a grade school bus trip.
Marisa Stevenosky, PTA has been with the Achieva Rehab In-Home Physical Therapy Program since it's inception. She has 22 years of experience in Sports Outpatient, Extended Stay Rehab, and Home Care. She has a strong desire to to drive patients toward their expected outcomes and the heart and passion to care 24/7 about our clients.
She prefers our intensive one-on-one movement based therapy versus traditional brick and mortar clinic plans of care simply because it's a better way to provide physical therapy.
Marisa is an outdoor enthusiast with a lifetime love of animals - rescuing dogs is her second full time job, and certainly exhibits that big heart.
Jessica Navitsky is a Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated in 2010 from Central Penn College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Prior to returning to school to pursue her passion for the Physical Therapy field, Jessica earned an Associates Degree in Medical-Dental Management in 2006.
Jessica joined the Achieva team in 2017 after working with the geriatric population for 7 years. Jessica is proud to work for Achieva and improve the quality of life for the patients through functional exercise, and strives to provide an energetic and fun therapeutic experience right in the comfort of the patients own home.
Jessica resides in Ringtown and in her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her husband Jeff, and her young son Nicholas.
Erin Keiper Marek, DPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Lebanon Valley College in 2007. Erin was born and raised in Lancaster County, but has lived in the Greater Hazleton Area of Luzerne County for 12 years.
She is happily married to her husband, who is also a physical therapist, and is the proud mama of her two beautiful children.
Erin is eager to serve her community and to be able to combine her passions of total body wellness, natural living, and exercise/movement within her profession to help her patients achieve their best wellness filled lives.
Erin also contributes to her community as a board member for the PTA at her childrens’ school and as an event coordinator for the annual Hazleton Area Childrens’ Festival. In her free time she enjoys DIY projects and crafting, reading and spending time outdoors with her family enjoying the lake and kayaking where they live as well as hiking. She is blessed and busy watching her children grow as they stay busy with many extra-curricular activities.
“Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire.”
Amanda Vinc, PTA received her Associate Degree from Penn State in Hazleton, PA in 2001, and has worked as a PTA and then a Rehab Manager for the past 18 years, many of which have been side by side with Achieva founder Joel Digris, PT. Amanda has worked for Achieva when the company first began, and is now excited to re-join the team. She believes in the Achieva standards and mission to serve our community. Amanda was born and raised in Schuylkill County in Barnesville, and now lives in Brockton.
She is happily married to her husband, who is also a physical therapist assistant in the area. She is a proud mom of two boys, one of whom is a junior golfer who has earned some local fame on the news and in newspapers.
Amanda is excited to serve her community and to be able to combine her passions and experience of wellness and exercise within her profession to help her patients improve their quality of life.
Amanda is also a member of the PTO at Tamaqua Elementary where her son attends school and a busy “golf mom” traveling with her son on weekends to tournaments. In her free time she enjoys listening to books on Audible as well as reading, and spending time with family. She is excited to help others improve their lives with her help so they can also enjoy doing the things they love.
Megan Thomas, PTA. With over a decade of experience in both inpatient and outpatient therapy settings, Megan Thomas is excited to be working for Achieva Rehabilitation and its patients. A 2006 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Megan has spent the previous ten years of her career focusing on geriatric care in senior living facilities and hospital atmospheres.
Megan is pleased to bring her knowledge and experience directly to the patient in the comfort of their home. She volunteers her time with her local youth Little League and PTA. Megan stays busy with her three children, and husband spending her time biking, walking, and exercising with her family.
You can always find Megan cheering on her favorite Philadelphia teams, the Eagles and Phillies along with her beloved local High School the Hazleton Cougars.