About Us

Meet The Team

Hays Estes


Dr. Hays Estes is a board-certified orthopedic Doctor of Physical Therapy and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach. Hays attended Penn State University for his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. He then achieved his Master’s in Health Administration from Florida Atlantic University. While at FAU, he suffered a torn ACL, and his rehabilitation led him to pursue physical therapy as his chosen profession. Hays graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 2012. He obtained his manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion, is a certified Graston (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization) practitioner, and he also treats vestibular dysfunction, vertigo, and balance disorders. Hays is proficient in Spanish, having practiced physical therapy in a mostly Hispanic setting prior to joining Premier.

Hays’s previous experience includes working in personal training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA prior to attending PT school. He is an avid golfer and weightlifter who also occasionally competes in local golf tournaments and recreational sports in the area.
Hays chose the profession of physical therapy due to his own experience with rehabilitation and his ability to return to sports, and his greatest joy is helping others due the same.

Chris Stanek


Dr. Christopher Stanek is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Chris attended the University of South Florida for his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2012. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018.
Chris is also a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance coach. He became interested in physical therapy after getting injured playing hockey. His interests are yoga, guitar, and making your feet really, really strong.

Chris’s Athletic Training experience with various Bay area high schools and colleges provides a unique approach to his physical therapy evaluation and treatment. During his education, he successfully completed all required course work to become manual therapy certified. Also, he has taken continuing education courses focused on myofascial mobility and pain science to assist in recovery of those with chronic pain. Chris chose physical therapy as a career path after experiencing the life changing effects physical therapy has after sustaining a debilitating shoulder injury playing ice hockey. His participation in sports is an eclectic one as he has competed in everything from skateboarding to cycling. Chris has a strong desire to help promote health, wellness, and optimal movement to people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles.
Hays Estes, DPT, OCS, CMT Board-Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy
Premier Physical Therapy - Clearwater, FL


Gina Nguyen


Dr. Gina Nguyen is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Gina graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology in 2018. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2021. Gina is barbell rehab method certified and loves working with all orthopedic patients and athletes. She is also an LSVT BIG certified clinician who enjoys working with patients with Parkinson’s Disease and helping them make bigger movements in order to move and feel better in all aspects of their lives. With all her patients, she aims to get them stronger and not let their disease or condition limit their potential or stop them from doing what they want to do. Fun fact: she loves rock climbing in her free time; catch her at your local climbing gym!

Lisa Hanna

Office Manager

Hi y'all! Meet Lisa--Premier's very own taste of Texas. Born & raised in Houston, Lisa and her fanatical OSU Buckeye-lovin' hubby packed up their two cowboys and cowgirl and headed down the Gulf to experience a different kind of southern living.

She, like the rest of the Premier family, shares a love for healing, as well as music, and the arts. You might see Lisa scrambling about the office (coffee in hand) doing everything she can from faxing patient notes & updates to keeping Premier's doors open--seriously, she's there every morning opening the doors-- but most importantly, ensuring each and every one of our patients feel like family when they're with us.


Makayla Defayette

Makayla is our newest member to the office staff. You'll find her taking care of business at the front desk; from checking in our patients, to answering the phones and helping our office manager Lisa around the clinic.

Allie played four years of college softball and graduated from Keiser University-Flagship Campus in West Palm Beach, FL in 2017. She had her fair share of injuries while playing ball and in turn spent a lot of time working on her own rehabilitation. Since she had plenty of participation being on the patient end of the spectrum, she now wants to provide all patients a great experience with us and a treatment schedule that works with their personal life but still ensures they can come in to see our awesome DPTs.