Our Doctors

Dr. Lawrence Shepard

Dr-Shepard-DO-auto-injuryDr. Shepard graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science and subsequently from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery with his medical degree. Board Certified in Family Practice, he is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, American Osteopathic Association, Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society and has served as a clinical instructor for Southeastern Osteopathic College of Miami, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Tampa APRN Program. Dr. Shepard spent four years in St. Louis with a busy Family Practice before moving to Tampa where he opened a Family Practice in Land O' Lakes. Prior to opening Bay Area Injury Rehab Specialists, Dr. Shepard worked as an Emergency Room Physician for University Community Hospital in Tampa for eight years. He has served on the Executive Committee at Centurion Hospital (now UCH) as well as held the position of Vice-Chief of Family Practice. He resides in Tampa with his wife, Debbie, and four children, Lauren, Kyle, Kaitlan and Hunter. He enjoys fishing, sports and spending time with his family.

What is a D.O.?

Michael Gomez, PT, DPT, MBA


Dr. Gomez graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the Appalachian State University. He graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida. He obtained additional specialized training in rehab protocols for the Shoulder, Knee and Spine in over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr. Gomez is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association. He has functioned as Administrative Director of Rehab for Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Vice President of Rehabilitation Services for Harborside Healthcare Services in Boston, Massachusetts before joining Bay Area Injury Rehab Specialists in 2009. He resides in Tampa and enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, and traveling.

What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)?

A Doctor of Physical Therapy is a Physical Therapist with expanded skills and training to meet today's clinical challenges. A Doctor of Physical Therapy has completed Post-Baccalaureate 3-4 year degree which is conferred upon successful completion of the professional doctoral program and state licensure examination. After completing a DPT program the doctor of Physical Therapy may continue training in a residency and then fellowship.  A Doctor of Physical Therapy is the "Practitioner of Choice" to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function and health.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy works closely with your physician through examination and evaluation of individuals with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, integumentarty (skin), and Neuromuscular problems and the provisions and supervision of all interventions within the plan of care.

Justin Spiegel PT, DPT, CMP

Justin Spiegel PT, DPT, CMP hails from upstate New York where he graduated from Houghton College in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Biology with minors in athletic training and psychology. He immediately entered graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007. In 2007, Dr. Spiegel relocated to Tampa, Florida with his wife and began his career in outpatient therapy. Dr. Spiegel has demonstrated significant interest in the fields of manual therapy as well as vestibular rehabilitation (including vertigo, dizziness and balance disturbances), which has melded well with the outpatient population. Justin has also followed his manual interests and has gained certification in the Mulligan Concept, which is based on pain-free mobilization of joints through the range of motion. Justin is one of just six clinicians certified in this technique in the state of Florida. For more information, please visit www.bmulligan.com.

Location Hours

Tampa Office Hours

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Zephyrhills Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Bay Area Injury Rehab Specialists Holdings, Inc. is a BBB Accredited Rehabilitation Service in Tampa, FL

Common Injuries

We treat the following injuries and more...

• Auto Injuries
• Neck & Back Injuries
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Headaches
• Acute Pain
• Muscle Joint Pain
• Herniated Lumbar Cervical Discs