Neolife Physical Therapy’s team is a group of individuals with a passion for making a difference. The Neolife family of employees and patients continues to grow; with a mission for changing healthcare for the better! Neolife invests in having a 1:1 ratio; for our patients to enjoy personalized and attentive care. We pride ourselves in finding high character and emotionally intelligent people. We are fueled by a purpose to “be better” each day and to maintain an open minded “ego free” philosophy; using the most effective, conservative measures available.
Robby Ellis – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Ellis is a 2012 graduate of University of Mississippi Medical Center – Physical Therapy School where he attained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Dr. Ellis has clinical experience with multiple patient demographics, from NFL football players to sweet Grandma’s. He completed his clinical work at James Andrews institute in Gulf Breeze, FL, The nations top orthopedic institution.
Linda Darphin – Physical Therapist
Linda Darphin, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience completed undergraduate education at the University of Southern Mississippi, obtained her physical therapy degree at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and followed with a residency in orthopedics. As partner and co-owner in Baton Rouge Physical Therapy, Linda enjoyed the opportunity to specialize in work related injuries and opened one of the nation’s first dedicated center to work injury -the Occupational Performance Center. Her desire to pursue education and share knowledge with others resulted in her teaching therapist and doctors through the US and Canada as a consultant for prestigious institutions such as Johns Hopkins and local private practices that served small towns well. Linda has been published in professional journals, books and magazines and enjoys keeping up with the latest evidence-based information to best help her patients.
Linda is thankful to return to her home of the MS Gulf Coast and work with old and new friends. She actively serves in her community with organization such as YMCA board, Young Life Board, and in leadership at First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs. She is passionate about working with a variety of age groups including volunteering with High School cross country teams to helping an aging population keep moving and live life to the fullest.
Cade Steen – Doctor of Physical Therapy & Clinical Operations Manager
Cade obtained his Exercise Science degree at the University of Louisiana Monroe and then graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans in 2018 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Dr. Steen has a wide variety of clinical experience with multiple diagnoses and will soon begin training to obtain the Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification. Prior to receiving his college education, he spent 10 years in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant and has travelled around the world. Dr. Steen enjoys participating in outdoor activities - especially hiking, kayaking, and camping. He is also active in his local church and enjoys volunteering his services whenever possible.
Shanna Jimerson – Physical Therapist
Shanna graduated from Arkansas State University with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2010, after already having an undergrad in Athletic Training. Shanna started her clinical experience in physical therapy after 10 years’ experience of sports medicine and athletic training. Shanna has worked with pediatrics, geriatrics, and in industrial PT settings.
Ashton Dearman, PTA – Physical Therapist Assistant
Ashton graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Mathematics. While attending Mississippi College, she played soccer for the Lady Choctaws and participated in many intramural sports. Ashton worked in fitness/wellness for a few years before deciding to go back to school for therapy. In 2012, Ashton graduated from Pearl River Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree and became licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has been practicing for over 5 years now in the outpatient setting. Ashton’s hobbies outside of work include working out, spending time with family and friends, and being on the beach or near the water.
Chelse Ellis – Marketing
Chelse graduated in 2007 from D’Iberville High School. Chelse is the wife of Dr. Robby Ellis and Mother of Anderson Ellis, 2. Chelse also attends New Life Family church with her family. She is also actively involved in the La Belle Femme Mardi Gras Association. Chelse enjoys event planning, interior design, and spending time with her family.
Michael Moore – Lead Support Staff & Community Liaison
Michael graduated in 2011 from D’iberville High School. He is currently a student in the parallel program at both Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi, working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. Michael gained his work experience through various customer service oriented positions, before joining the Neolife Physical Therapy family in September 2016. In the future, Michael plans to attend Bishop State College for their Physical Therapy Assistant Program and eventually pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. In his free time, he enjoys any sports related activity, especially wakeboarding, and attending football games at LSU.
Justin Holt – Lead Support Staff
Justin Holt is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi. He graduated from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana in May of 2017. Justin graduated with a BS degree in Allied Health Sciences. While at Nicholls, Justin played baseball for the Colonels all four years and was a member of FCA and SAAC. Justin has plans of attending PT school in the near future. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, exercising, and listening to music.
Zachary Scales – Support Staff
Zach Scales graduated from D’Iberville high school in 2016. While attending, he played Varsity basketball where he set a school scoring record with 1600 career points. Zach was involved in Key Club where he provided community service for a Homeless Shelter and a Humane Society during his senior year of 2016. Zach was awarded perfect attendance and A and B Honor Roll during his sophomore through senior year. Zach played for Meridian Community College’s basketball team, The Eagles his first year of college as point guard. Currently, he is attending MGCCC to pursue a career in exercise science. His ultimate goal is to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Zach’s hobbies include traveling with Car Club and grilling out with friends.
Danny Nguyen - Support Staff
Danny Nguyen graduated from St. Martin High School in 2012 where he played football for a few years and now is currently enrolled at MGCCC where he plays intramural sports. Danny is currently working to get into the Physical Therapy program at Bishop State. His hobbies include traveling, hanging out with family/friends, and on his free time stays fit by playing basketball and exercise.