Dedicated to Our Patients

We empower patients and are dedicated to helping restore active lifestyles.

About Us: Meet Our Staff

Staff Spotlight:

Victoria BrowerVictoria Brower


Ms. Brower has over 25 years healthcare management experience. She has held various management positions in the hospital inpatient and outpatient environment, outpatient diagnostic and physician practice management. She received her bachelor of science majoring in Finance from the University of South Florida.

David Anthony, PT

Director, Physical Therapy Department

Dave is our lead therapist in our Pt. Charlotte physical therapy department and oversees both our offices in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.

Charles (Bummer) Ferner, RT

Lead MRI Tech

"Bummer" as he is affectionately known, runs our MRI department.

Meet Our Allied Health Professionals

AOC Staff

MaryAnna Piekarski, PA-CMaryAnna Piekarski, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Maryann Piekarski, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant that joined Advanced Orthopedic Center in October, 2013. MaryAnna completed her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at Florida Gulf Coast University before going on to complete her Masters of Clinical Medical Sciences as a Physician Assistant at Nova Southeastern University. MaryAnna is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. MaryAnna speaks fluent Polish.

Meredith Taylor, PA-CMeredith Taylor, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant

Meredith T. Taylor, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant that joined Advanced Orthopedic Center in January 2013. Meredith was a student athlete at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as well as Florida Gulf Coast University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Biology. She then studied abroad in Belize while playing professional indoor volleyball as well as coaching the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at the University of Belize. Meredith graduated from Nova Southeastern University of Southwest Florida Physician Assistant Program in 2012. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants.

Lydmila Melnik, ARNPLydmila Melnik, ARNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Lydmila (Luda) is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, who joined Advanced Orthopedic Center in March, 2016. Luda completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Maryville University and her Bachelors in Nursing at Florida Gulf Coast University. While completing her Masters, Luda was an RN working as a circulating nurse in the OR at Fawcett Memorial Hospital for over 10 years. She has excellent communication skills in Russian and Ukrainian languages. She is dedicated to providing excellent quality care to her patients.