Our team of professionals includes:
William H. StagerDO, MS, MPH, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist
Offering the best in contemporary, integrated, and interdisciplinary medicine, serving each person in body, mind, and spirit to reach their highest light.
Dr. Wm. Stager, an Osteopathic physician, has been a holistic general practitioner in West Palm Beach since 1990. His educational background includes 4 academic degrees, 4 medical Fellow degrees, and 2 board certifications: a BA in Philosophy and Master of Science in Anatomy from Rutgers University, NJ, an undergraduate teaching fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathy from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, FL, and MPH from ATSU, Kirksville, MO. He completed a general internship in 1990 at Humana Hospital, Hollywood, FL. His medical acupuncture training was through UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
He is one of the few physicians in Florida to concurrently have the following two board certifications: Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, and Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
He has taught Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) since 1986 all over the United States, Canada, Norway, and China, and is on the faculty of two Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (COM). He is a Clinical Professor at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, where he has received two awards for teaching in 1989 and 1998. He also serves on the faculty of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, as Clinical Associate Professor. He has taught medical students, interns, and residents in local hospitals for years.
He is Medical Director of the Flagler Institute for Rehabilitation, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL, a Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility, specializing in comprehensive lymphedema and cancer care. He is Medical Editor for the Palm Beach/Martin/St. Lucie counties editions of Natural Awakenings magazine since 2001, where he writes a monthly column read by over 80,000 people. He is an active board member of a number of medical organizations. He has published over 200 papers in various magazines and medical journals and has been quoted or acknowledged in several popular books. He is a section editor and contributing author of the 2014 second edition textbook “Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine”.
From an early age, he has held a deep interest in music, art, poetry, science, philosophy, spirituality and healing, and has spent a lifetime studying and expressing himself through them. His lifelong search and study of healers and spirituality have led him around the world, to the literature, lives and personal touch of many great souls, beginning with his father, Frank E. Stager, D.O., and especially culminating in David Diamond, Robert C. Fulford, D.O., Don Benedicto Suarez, Sant Kirpal Singh Ji, and Sant Ajaib Singh Ji.
Dr. Stager’s practice in West Palm Beach consists of integrating the best of Eastern and Western medicine, especially using gentle hands-on bodywork, body/mind/energy work, and acupuncture, exploring the transformational relationship between one’s consciousness and one’s energy, the multidimensional phenomenology of pain, and viewing health and disease as a process as well as cause and effect. His hands-on techniques include various ancient and modern traditions. His Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments encompass the complete spectrum of the more than fifty technique styles as taught by the osteopathic profession, especially emphasizing the profound system of cranial osteopathy. He continues to study and teach medical acupuncture, reflecting a broad training in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, American, French, and holographic microsystems acupuncture philosophies and styles, resulting in a truly polyparadigmatic approach to diagnosis and treatment.
He treats a wide variety of patients from all over the world, of all ages, ranging from newborns to elderly; from common general health problems to neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
Emily LargePhysical Therapist
Emily Large is a licensed physical therapist and certified yoga therapist with graduate studies in neuroscience and movement science. By integrating western medicine, neuroscience and therapeutic yoga, Large has developed an evidence- based practice methodology that is potent, concise and easy to learn. Nearly 25 years of experience in the field provides Large an appreciation for practice-based evidence, as she continues to witness profound healing within herself and her clients. This unique and systematic methodology empowers the practitioner toward optimal health and wellness.
A graduate of the 1000-hour Viniyoga Therapist Training at the American Viniyoga Institute, she went on to become faculty for that same program, as well as provides continuing education for health care and yoga professionals in the United States and abroad.
She has been featured in the New York Times, South China Morning Post, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, Palm Beach Post, PT Magazine, and NBC WPTV News Channel 5.
Cecilia LesterPhysical Therapist Assistant
Ceci has facilitated the physical, mental and emotional healing of people after traumatic injury, major surgeries, and those suffering from chronic pain and neurological conditions through an integrated therapy approach, including Western medical physical therapy, massage and yoga therapy.
Profoundly curious about the human body’s structure and its proclivity for suffering, Ceci is an avid student of anatomy and kinesiology. Ceci has treated and observed body movement dynamics as a licensed massage therapist for 25 years; and, as a physical therapy assistant https://www.apta.org/AboutPTAs/, using traditional physical therapy; and through yoga therapy for nine years.
Ceci has been a student of yoga for 25 years, and her approach to therapy is shaped by her American Viniyoga Institute: therapy studies over several years with a leading senior yoga therapy educator, Gary Kraftsow. Intense study and dedicated work have culminated in an International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) certification with the world recognized Viniyoga therapy school. Serving as faculty at several yoga schools, Ceci is the leading teacher with the yoga community of Florida trainings, currently at Red Pearl Studio in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
Her yoga teaching is supported by three distinct 200 hour yoga teacher trainings in Kundalini yoga with Amrit Andrew Levinson, Aśtanga Vinyasa teacher training at the Śakti Yoga Shala, Anusara teacher training at the Garden of the Heart.
Chelsea IllsleyPhysical Therapist Assistant
Chelsea Illsley is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with experience in acute hospital setting as well as outpatient rehabilitation. Chelsea obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University in 2016, personal training license in 2017 and Physical Therapist Assistant license in 2018. Chelsea has completed certifications in Parkinson’s L.S.V.T BIG Therapy, Myofascial Release I, Lymphedema Therapy and introduction to breath based yoga therapy with Ceci Lester and Emily Large. Chelsea has a love for health, wellness and physical fitness and has more than 2 years experience in outpatient setting, working under Emily & Ceci, with a variety of different diagnosis.
Jose CamposPhysical Therapy Aide
Originally from Rhode Island, Jose found his way to The Flagler Institute and brings a smiling face and cheerful energy to our practice. Jose is fully trained in gym exercises and aides therapy in several areas.
Cory TillisPhysical Therapist Assistant
Cory Tillis is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in the State of Florida. In addition, he received his license in Dietetic Technician in 2013 and his Certified Dietary Manager license in 2017. He has worked in Food and Nutrition in a hospital setting with patients for over six years. He received his Physical Therapist Assistant license in 2020 and completed his clinical rotations at The Flagler Institute for Rehabilitation. Cory has always had a desire to help others and has found his calling in physical therapy. He will always greet you with a warm welcome and a smile.
Jaymin DesaiPhysical Therapist
Jaymin Desai was born in India and migrated to the USA in 2009 after finishing his Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Rajiv Gandhi University. He graduated with Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2013 from Loma Linda University of California with honors and Dean’s Recognition due to his valuable professional knowledge. Currently, Jaymin is recognized as a well experienced Physical Therapist by TOP DOCTORS OF AMERICA. He owns the title of CEO for NVAP REHAB LLC where he provides skilled therapeutic services to geriatric and sports population, helping them achieve their goals in life. Jaymin has over 11years of professional experience and takes pride in dedicating his life to work, patients as well as family. His positive attitude makes him a great active listener and he goes above and beyond for his patients. He is always looking for talented and skillful top quality people to work with, so that he can improve his professional knowledge and help achieve tremendous success for businesses affiliated with him. To take a break from his busy work and family routine, he plays disc golf professionally and has achieved many victories in that sport. He wants to join the US-AirForce in near future as a physical therapist.
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