Our Team

Our team of trained specialists will be there to assist you in all your needs during each and every visit. From medical care to billing inquiries, our team will ensure that you have a confident and comfortable visit.

staff-dr-gelbDr. Howard J. Gelb

Howard Jay Gelb, M.D. is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, wrist and ankle. He has been in private practice in Coral Springs since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in New York in 1985, graduating top in his class from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Gelb received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1989.
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Clive C. Woods, M.D.Dr. Clive C. Woods

Dr. Clive Woods joined the Gelb Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in 2013, following his completion of a Foot & Ankle Fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa Bay, FL. Prior to his fellowship training, he completed internship and residency programs within the University of Miami Jackson Health System.
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Kathy Zimmer, PA-CKathy Zimmer, PA-C

Kathy was originally born in Florida and received her bachelor degree in education/kinesiology from Florida Atlantic University. She then moved to California where she studied biomechanics and athletic training at Cal State University Northridge. She worked as an athletic trainer in a physical therapy setting with the NBA Clippers professional basketball team, then moved back to Florida, to be closer to her family.

After returning to Florida, she worked as an athletic trainer in outpatient physical therapy, rehabilitating patients from orthopedic injuries and surgery for 11 years. Kathy went back to PA school, at Miami Dade College and Masters studies in public health at Nova University in 2003.She has worked with Dr. Gelb for a total of 5 years in both office and the operating room. She has also worked with a group of physician assistants that were strictly first assistants in the operating room for 5 years.

Jay Itzkowitz, PT, DPTJay Itzkowitz, PT, DPT

Dr. Jay Itzkowitz is an impressively credentialed physical therapist − having earned a Doctorate and dual Masters degrees in the areas of sports medicine, athletic training, exercise physiology and manual therapy.  Dr. Itzkowitz relocated from New York City in 1998 and began practicing at Health South in East Boca Raton. By 1999, he was promoted to supervisor and opened the West Boca Raton branch for Health South Rehabilitation. In his new role at West Boca, Dr. Itzkowitz was first introduced to Dr. Howard Gelb, providing expert treatment for Dr. Gelb’s patients. After moving from Health South to Pinecrest Rehabilitation (also in West Boca Raton), Dr. Itzkowitz continued to treat Dr. Gelb’s patients and a mutual respect between the two health professionals flourished. A short time thereafter, Dr. Itzkowitz accepted his position with the Gelb Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center − and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dr. Itzkowitz received his Bachelor of science at Brooklyn College in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training. He received his first Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University in Long Island and his second from Mercy College in Physical Therapy. Dr. Itzkowitz has received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Augustine University, specializing in Manual Therapy.

Melissa Aversa, PT, DPTMelissa Aversa, PT, DPT

Melissa Aversa graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and again in 2011 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Melissa completed an 8 week internship at Dr. Gelb’s office and upon graduation began working as a full time therapist. Melissa is also a certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her passion for sports medicine has driven her to pursue her Orthopeadic Clinical Specialist certification through the American Physical Therapy Association. Melissa has co-authored numerous research articles which have been published in various journals including Strength and Conditioning Journal and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Adrian Perez PT, DPTAdrian Perez PT, DPT

Adrian Perez is a native of Delray Beach, FL. He attended the University of Florida where he attained his undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Health Science. He later went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Florida as well, eventually graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his graduate course work at the University of Florida, he completed clinical affiliations in the Acute care and Inpatient rehabilitation settings, along with two separate rotations in Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabilitation. Adrian culminated his graduate studies by completing a case study on a high-school football player recovering from a Lisfranc sprain.

Rebecca LukeRebecca Luke, Physical Therapist Assistant

Rebecca has been working for Dr. Gelb since March of 2003. She grew up in South Florida and graduated from Keiser College in 2001 and also went to FAU. Prior to working for Dr. Gelb, she worked 2 years in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Rebecca has expertise in throwing programs and injury prevention programs of the knee and ankle.


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  • Katie Lopykinski
  • Heather Murray
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