Hi! I’m Joy Dorinski Smith, Physical Therapist, and I am so glad you are taking the time to get to know me and why I am passionate about delivering exceptional physical therapy to you!
I am dedicated to serving kids, teens and adults with scoliosis, posture issues, muscle & joint pain.
I have been a licensed physical therapist for over 26 years, both in Florida and previously in Wisconsin, and received a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Marquette University in 1994. I spent my early years working at Curative Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee , WI and then moved to South Florida where I worked at HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hosptial until 2007. Then my family and I moved to Tallahassee and I continued to work for HealthSouth there until December 2017. When HealthSouth closed all of of their out-patient divisions, I found myself with one door closed and another opening: entrepreneurship!
In January 2018, I began digging in to the ‘Joy of Therapy’ on a home basis and transitioned to a brick and mortar presence in 2019.
Some clients refer to me as “Magic Joy”. Yet there’s no magic – just loads of training, some sweat, thousands of hands-on patient care hours and a genuine desire to help others heal.
My expertise lies in treating spinal conditions and pain, specifically scoliosis, posture issues, and nagging, chronic pain. I use movement and breathing to restore strength and decrease your pain. I strive to figure out where your pain is coming from and then get you on the path to pain-free living. My continuing education has primarily been through the Institute of Physical Art, Mary Massery breathing courses and the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School.
The thing I am most passionate about is serving a need for superior care for adolescents and adults with scoliosis. I am the first and most experienced Schroth-Barcelona C2 Certified Physical Therapist in the Florida Panhandle.
This unique scoliosis stabilization technique helps decrease pain and improve posture , with or without bracing, depending on the degree of the curve. As your PT, I will coordinate and advocate for you with your physician and orthotist to help you get the best care.
When I’m not busy serving , I am at home being present with my husband and 3 kids. I enjoy biking, exercising, singing and volunteering in my community.
I believe that if you choose your doctor, then why shouldn’t you choose your physical therapist?
You deserve to not be limited by pain or a diagnosis.
I want to be the first and last Physical Therapist that you will ever need.
I will be your PT for life!