Who We Are
Dr. David Harvitz,
Dr. David Harvitz, DPT, TPIc is the owner and founder of ReNew, your concierge physical therapy service in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Harvitz has spent the last 11 years working in various orthopedic settings refining his manual therapy skills and now brings those skills to your doorstep. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2007, and then a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Pittsburgh, the #1 ranked school in the country for physical therapy. Since then, Dr. Harvitz has taken his orthopedic and manual therapy continuing education seriously, progressing through the Manual Therapy Certification track through the University of St. Augustine. He specializes in treating the issues other healthcare practitioners struggle to identify and treat properly. Dr. Harvitz utilizes a unique treatment approach that relies less on traditional tests and measures and more on your response to specific manual techniques. This approach tends to be much more specific in identifying your actual dysfunction or pain syndrome, allowing for a shorter duration of treatment and fuller healing.
Dr. Matthew Fischer, DPT, FMS, CF-L2
Dr. Matthew Fischer is a board-certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. He is also Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified and a Crossfit Level 2 Trainer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Murray State University in Kentucky and then his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from South College in Tennessee. His passion for physical therapy stems from a career in improving health and wellness in his community as a personal and group fitness instructor. Dr. Fischer carries this passion forward by identifying specific impairments and creating a customized treatment plan in order to eliminate pain and improve function. As a doctor of physical therapy and Crossfit specialist, he strives to transform lives physically, mentally, and spiritually by building meaningful relationships that optimize movement to make patients happier and healthier.
Dr. Sarah Shepherd,
Dr. Sarah Shepherd is a board-certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is also a certified nutritional physical therapist in addition to being a certified personal trainer. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Shepherd has a passion for community wellness and a special interest in the treatment of type two diabetes. She leads the team in our nutritional program to help clients rethink their overall wellness. Dr. Shepherd, like the rest of our team, has a strong manual therapy background; a foundation of manual therapy allows her to address a multitude of musculoskeletal problems and provide patients with comprehensive care that otherwise wouldn’t be available with traditional physical therapy. Originally from Fort Walton Beach, FL Dr. Shepherd is proud to return to the North West Florida area to provide great healthcare for the community that raised her.
Dr. Bret Lane, DPT, CSMT, CF-L1
Dr. Bret Lane is a board-certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. He is also a Certified Spinal Manual Therapist through the International Spine and Pain Institute and a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy from Pensacola Christian College in Florida and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. Dr. Lane believes in improving community health and wellness by addressing deficits and facilitating lifestyle changes. Dr. Lane’s foundation in manual therapy skills make him excellent at addressing a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions with a personalized, hands-on
approach. As a doctor of physical therapy and CrossFit trainer, he works to change the health of his patients by not only forming meaningful relationships with his patients and clients but also addressing the specific dysfunctions that they may have.
ReNew: Concierge Physical Therapy is something that was born out of Dr. Harvitz’s love for his patients and frustration with the constraints of the current medical system. For 10 years he worked for either big companies or corporations that mainly care about the bottom line. They also refuse to operate outside the box and they continue to bow to the whims of insurance companies and government over-regulation. He refuses to do that. No more cut corners or compromising the quality of care just because insurance companies demand it. ReNew is completely self-pay and no insurance is accepted. This means freedom. Freedom to heal, freedom to perform, freedom to be pain-free. Your doctor will personally come to your home, evaluate and diagnosis your specific pain syndrome or movement dysfunction, and set up a one on one treatment plan for you. There’s no need to start with a referral from a physician.
Ready to start your journey to being pain free?