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Realhab Aquatics

 

We have a brand-new state of the art indoor heated pool for Aquatic Therapy.  

Our equipment includes: 

3 Aqua Gaiter Underwater Treadmills 

2 Underwater Bicycles

2 Underwater Elipticals

Therapy jets, Pool weights, Noodles, Kickboards, etc.

 

We also offer Aqua Fit, Happy Hinges, Aqua Fusion, Splash Dance classes, as well as Lap Swimming and Open Swim. 

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Meet the Aquatics Team!

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Melissa Taormina, Aquatics Director and Aqua Fitness Instructor

Melissa Taormina is our Aquatics Director/Aqua Fit Instructor. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has lived in Florida since 2004. She began her professional career as a dance instructor in Cranberry Township, PA. Not only did her dancers place top in all dance genres, but performed as an opening act in Las Vegas. After moving to Bradenton, Melissa became the head dance instructor/director at Rowlett Academy, assisting with productions and running all dance education classes.  She also is a competitive ballroom dancer.  She is working on certifications as she believes it's important to always continue one's education to demonstrate success and be the best one can be. She joined the dynamic team at Realhab Physical Therapy, Aquatics and Wellness Center in February 2023 where she enjoys working with the wonderful staff, patients, and community members. She loves helping others improve their fitness and lifestyle so that they may realize their potential in becoming a better and stronger version of themselves. Melissa has six boys, ranging from 30 to 10 years old.  They have two dogs and 3 axolotls.  Her and her boys love the outdoors and traveling.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Klein, Aqua Groove, and Splash Dance Instructor

Carol is originally from New York and relocated to Florida a few years ago.  She owned and operated her own dance and yoga center for 23 years before moving to the Sunshine State.  She is a Professional Fitness Traveler, teaching classes in Mexico and the Caribbean.  She also teaches at 5-star superclubs including the Ritz Carlton and Couples.  At Realhab, she instructs Aqua Groove and Splash Dance classes.

 

We proudly partner with The Swim School to be able to offer swim lessons year round in our climate controlled facility!

Swim Lessons 

Hilary Koppenhaver 

Hilary Koppenhaver, Swim School Owner

Originally from Pennsylvania, Hilary started swimming at the age of five and continued competitively through college in Ohio where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. After receiving her degree in 2003, she returned to PA and worked part-time as a lifeguard, swim lesson instructor, and swim team coach in addition to having a full-time position in the human services field assisting children with special needs. With a love for the beach and a craving for a warmer climate, Hilary relocated to Florida in 2006 and worked as an Aquatics Director at a YMCA for over eight years where she developed a year round competitive swim team program, administered a progressive swim lesson program and conducted water fitness classes at two aquatics facilities. In May 2015, Hilary took her passion for teaching aquatics programs and established The Swim School. After seeing a great need in the community, she formed the Parrish Bull Sharks swim team in May 2018. Hilary strives to provide valuable, educational aquatics experiences for children of all ages and ability levels. She enjoys watching children progress and achieve new skills in the pool, and hopes to instill in her students a lifelong love for swimming. She is a certified Swim Lesson Instructor, Lifeguard, and CPR-PR/AED & First Aid Instructor.

Jacie Dyer

Jacie is a senior at Manatee School for the Arts. Originally from Maine, she learned how to swim at a very young age. Jacie moved to Florida when she was seven years old and by the summer before entering middle school, she joined her first swim team with the Bradenton YMCA. After competing for two summer seasons, she fell in love with the sport of swimming and joined a year-round team at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. She swam there until moving to the North River Rapids (now Parrish Bull Sharks) summer swim team in Parrish.

In 2020, Jacie was hired as a summer camp counselor and lifeguard for the River Wilderness Golf & Country Club Sports Camp. She developed a swim program specifically for the camp participants based on their ages and abilities, and has served as the lead swim instructor/coach for the camp for the past two summers. Jacie has a passion for teaching swimming and is excited for the opportunity to work as a swim instructor for The Swim School and swim coach for the Parrish Bull Sharks swim team.

Brandy Murphy

Brandy grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. From a very young age, she loved being in the water and took swim lessons throughout her childhood. Beginning in high school and continuing through college and law school, Brandy served as Head Lifeguard in a little village on the shores of beautiful Lake George where she taught swim lessons and oversaw the water safety of beach patrons. During her college years in Vermont, Brandy worked part-time as a lifeguard. It is there where she became involved in her college’s Adaptive Swim Program, initially as a teacher and then later as a swim instructor trainer, guiding new instructors on how to provide safe and fun lessons adapted to the needs of children and adults with sensory and physical/motor learning differences. Brandy worked as an attorney for the State of New York for several years but always remembered fondly her time as a swim instructor. She and her husband dreamt of living on the Gulf Coast and being within driving distance of its gorgeous beaches. This past year, that dream became a reality when they moved to the area with three of their children. Brandy quickly became certified as a Swim Instructor and Lifeguard and worked for a local YMCA, teaching both private and group lessons. Brandy believes that learning to swim is a fundamental life skill and truly enjoys teaching that skill to children and adults alike.

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