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.

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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.

Linda Darphin – Physical Therapist

Linda Darphin is a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience treating and preventing orthopedic based injuries. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi then completed her physical therapy education at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

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Shanna Jimerson – Clinical Manager & Licensed 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.

Michael Moore – Lead Support Staff

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.

Summer Tanner – Licensed Massage Therapist

Summer is a 2015 graduate of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. At MGCCC, Summer attained an Associates of applied science and a Business Management and Marketing Associates Degree. She is currently enrolled at Blue Cliff College in the Massage Therapy program. Summer graduated from George County High school in 2011 where she was a cheerleading captain and track and field relay runner & pole vaulter. Summer enjoys helping others become their best self while feeling their best.


Linda Amaya – Support Staff

Linda graduated magna Cum Laude in 2012 from Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Birmingham, Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Prior to Neolife, she was the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at BSC for three years, the Kids’ Help Line Coordinator at the Crisis Center, Inc. of Birmingham for one year, as well as an Athletic Training Room Technician for four years during college. Linda has also observed in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient physical therapy settings while working in Alabama. She is planning to pursue a career in Physical Therapy within the next few years. Linda’s favorite activities include playing soccer, making crafts, and eating desserts.


Zach 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.


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’s. While attending Mississippi College, she played soccer for the Lady Choctaws and many intramural sports. Ashton worked in a fitness/ wellness center for a few years, and decided to go back to college. In 2012, Ashton graduated in 2012 from Pearl River Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant Degree. She has now been practicing for over 5 years in the Out-patient setting. Ashton’s hobbies include working out, spending time with family, and having fun on the beach or near water with her friends.


Kayla Joseph – Biller

Kayla graduated in 2005 from Ocean Springs High School where she participated in numerous extracurricular activities including symphonic band, color guard, SEAL, MU Alpha Theta, Science Club, and hockey team. Kayla graduated in 2017 from Virginia College in Healthcare Reimbursement. Kayla specializes in Billing and Coding and has achieved certificates such as Security Procedure Protocol, Business Communication Skills, and Business Math. Before college, Kayla worked in the service industry at high end restaurant and bars. Kayla enjoys anything outdoors or on the water like hunting, fishing and mud riding. Kayla’s plans on attending the University of Alabama for a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration.


Justin Holt – 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.