Staff

Meet Our Team

John Farese

John Farese, President

Founded Farese Physical Therapy Center with wife, Patti, in 1992.

Enjoys renovating and managing commercial real estate, spending time with family, studying current events and world culture and history, road and mountain biking and traveling.

  • Graduated University of Florida from M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management

Patti Farese

Patti Farese, Vice President
Physical Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

I am blessed with my husband of 28 years, our successful sons at University of Florida, and our competent and devoted staff at Farese Physical Therapy Center.

I enjoy spending time with family, triathlon training, healthy gourmet cooking, grilling and entertaining, fashion and interior design, active travel adventures, boating and working on real estate ventures with my husband.

Restoring function for the hand and upper extremity injured is my passion. I also enjoy the challenges of the overhead athletes (tennis players, swimmers), throwing athletes, and post-mastectomy patients.

St. Petersburg’s weather is conducive for outdoor swimming, biking and running and dining al fresco. I can prescribe beach walking for ankle rehab, surf running for injured triathletes, aquatic therapy with noodles in the Gulf of Mexico and stand-up paddling for core stabilization.

  • Bachelor of Science in physical Therapy, University of Florida
  • Master of Health Science in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • Master of Business Administration, Tampa College
  • Certification in Hand Therapy, Hand Therapy Certification Commission
  • Functional Capacity Assessment Specialist , KEY Method

Beth May

Beth May, Physical Therapist Assistant

Prior to becoming a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, I taught yoga in Pittsburgh for 8 years. The principals of yoga are what brought me to study the healing of mind, body and spirit that led me to work in the field of physical therapy. I find purpose and gratitude when helping people heal and, as the saying goes, “ Choose what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” (Unknown)

I am enjoying exploring St. Pete’s many parks, outdoor events and, of course, the amazing beaches with my husband of 18 years. Our 6-year-old German Shepard, Connor, who is much less adventurous, prefers that we all stay inside and enjoy the creature comforts of home. Sometimes, a day snuggled on the couch with a good book can be just as wonderful as a day at the beach for us.

  • Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Community College of Allegheny County
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • Certified Yoga Instructor
  • Team Member since 2016

Robin Whaton

Robin Wharton, Physical Therapist Assistant

Before graduating from St. Petersburg College in 1995 as a Physical Therapist Assistant, I worked in the retail industry for 21+ years. Upon graduation, I embarked on practicing in other rehab venues such as hospital settings, long term care settings, subacute, acute and neurological settings but I found outpatient orthopaedic to be the most rewarding. I returned to work for Farese Physical Therapy Center in 2006, most recently, and have been here ever since.

  • Physical Therapist Assistant degree form St. Petersburg College
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Team Member since 2006

Margit Farkas

Margit Farkas, Physical Therapist Technician

It is great to see patients walk out achieving their goals.

I enjoy various activities such as getting together with friends for dinner or to go out of town. On gloomy days, I like reading books or going to the movies.

  • Team Member since 2000

Pati Junqueira

Pati Junqueira, Physical Therapist Technician

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and I moved to the United States in 2004 to be close to my twin sister. I have a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy and one in Physical Education. I owned a personal training gym in Tampa for 11 years. I now live in St. Pete. I love St. Pete because I am close to my sister and the beach.

I started working at Farese Physical Therapy Center in 2017 as a Physical Therapist Technician while studying to take my physical therapy license in the United States.

In my free time, I am a personal trainer and train to compete in triathlons and marathons. I particularly like the long distance races because they challenge me. I participated in the Hawaii World Championship, Boston and New York marathons. I love to work with people and help them achieve a better health.

  • Team Member since 2017

Joanne Browning

Joanne Browning, Business Associate

I am originally from New York and relocated to St. Pete Beach in 1987.

I love the beach, the sun and my three grandsons.

  • Team Member since 1997

Diana Reiman

Diana Reiman, Office Associate

I am a very happy-go-lucky person, helping whomever I can. I grew up in Florida and have lived in St. Petersburg most of my life. I enjoy camping with my great family of four teenage girls and my amazing husband and the dogs, of course. I love going to the movies, crocheting and just being productive. I just enjoy life!

  • Team Member since 2017

Sandy Pineda

Sandy Pineda, Office Associate

I recently relocated to Florida 2 years ago by way of Las Vegas, where I lived for 22 years. I came to St. Pete for a new start on life, and I found it…Farese Physical Therapy Center!

I love the beach and all that this town has to offer. I love flea markets, vintage markets and the amazing sunsets.

  • Team Member since 2017