Castaway Island Therapy Park Pilot Project

Timucuan Parks Foundation has created an inaugural Therapeutic Parks Advisory task force to assist the City of Jacksonville with the updating of Castaway Island Preserve as a therapy park. Members include professionals from City of Jacksonville Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services; Brooks Rehabilitation; Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences; Mayo Clinic; and University of North Florida Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health. These stakeholders are enthusiastic about our moving forward with this Castaway Island Preserve pilot project to serve as a template for physical and mental rehabilitation in the parks for patients and their caregivers.

Castaway Island Therapeutic Parks Advisory Group
Name Affiliation Title
Dr. Todd Sack Timucuan Parks Foundation Board member, Timucuan Parks Foundation
Retired, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Borland-Groover Clinic
Dr. Kenneth Ngo Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Medical Director, Brain Injury Program
Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program; Associate Medical Director, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
Dr. Heather Hausenblas Jacksonville University, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Associate Dean, School of Applied Health Sciences; Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Megan Bewernitz Jacksonville University, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Michael Justiss Jacksonville University, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Cesar Keller Mayo Clinic Critical Care Specialist, Internist, Pulmonologist
Dr. John Odell Mayo Clinic Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon
Valerie Callahan Mayo Clinic, Gabriel House of Care Executive Director
Dr. Erin Largo-Wight University of North Florida Associate Professor & Program Director, Department of Public Health, Brooks College of Health
Cara Stewart Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital Recreational Therapy Coordinator, Brain Injury and Pediatric Unit
Daryl Joseph City of Jacksonville, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director