Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue
Health & Wellness

About Us

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Fitness Mission Statement

Dedicated to helping our firefighters “Stay Healthy, Stay Fit, and Stay Committed.”

Our Leadership

Fitness Committee Members

Health & Wellness Coordinator

Dr. Jessica Gutschick
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Dr. Jessica Gutschick, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS

Dr. Jessica (Jessy) Gutschick earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of South Florida and immediately continued her education with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Florida.

During her last clinical rotation, Gutschick worked at Fort Bragg Army Base, where she worked directly with Green Beret students going through the Q-course. This clinical rotation was the catalyst for a passion for working with tactical athletes.

After graduation, Gutschick continued her education, becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), completing a year-long residency, and attaining her Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Manual Therapy Certifications (MTC).

During this time, Gutschick married into a firefighter legacy family, giving her insight into daily shift and off-shift lifestyles. With no direct or established treatment access to work with this niche population, Gutschick established her own company, Tactical Athlete Initiative, LLC, while also treating and managing a clinic in central Florida for CORA Physical Therapy.

Registered Dietitian

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Megan Lautz, MS, RD, TSAC-F

Unique nutrition professional on a mission to help first responders perform better, recover faster, and enjoy long retirements. Exceptional ability to design targeted, realistic initiatives based on first responder job demands and health risks. Results achieved in reducing clinical risk factors and improving fitness.

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Movement Systems Specialist & Physical Therapist

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Morey J. Kolber, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS*D

Dr. Morey J. Kolber earned his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and his terminal doctorate degree (PhD) from Nova Southeastern University. Morey holds a faculty appointment at Nova Southeastern University where he teaches courses in orthopaedic physical therapy and exercise physiology. Additionally, serves as a senior editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Associations Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Morey holds a board certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties where he currently sits on the committee of content experts, helping to maintain and advance the OCS examination. Additionally, Morey is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D), is certified in the McKenzie Method, and holds a certification in both the Functional Capacity and Functional Movement System (FMS) assessment tools. Morey has been awarded the Sports Medicine Specialist of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has received the Excellence in Teaching award through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Morey’s professional interests and current research is focused on injury prevention in weightlifters and tactical athletes, strength and conditioning, as well as regenerative medicine. Specifically, he has conducted and presented research on the predictive value of the Functional Movement Systems tool in the firefighter population as well as the effects of conditioning programs among injured firefighters.