Physical Therapist

As you seek the finest health care services in central Florida, you can be certain that at Florida Center for Orthopaedics you will be treated by an outstanding team of medical professionals with extensive experience.

The goal of Florida Center for Orthopaedics is to provide superior medical services by friendly and caring people. We function as a team to provide progressive leadership to the orthopaedic profession. We are dedicated to serving our community and improving the quality of people’s lives.

Physical Therapists

Andre Ishmael, DPT

Andre IshmaelAndre combines his passion for the profession of physical therapy and rehabilitation with his love of sports and fitness, as well as a personal background in competitive athletics. He enjoys working with a wide variety of patients and has taken a liking to working with the orthopedics and athletic population. Andre is committed to designing individualized plans of care for each patient based on their specific needs.

Andre earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Central Florida. With his attendance there, he participated in different community outreach programs such as volunteering with the Orange County Clash Quad Rugby team and the Florida Special Olympics. Prior to completing his DPT program, Andre graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Allied Health. He is a member of the Orthopedic and the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Chris Lipps, PTA

Chris LippsChris earned his Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistance from Keiser University where he graduated at the top of his class. Chris is driven by a love of fitness and a desire to help others. He draws inspiration from his patients’ hard work and finds joy in participating in their recovery back to good health.

Chris is a United States Air Force Veteran and continues to proudly serve as an Air Force Reservist. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews and challenging himself by competing in obstacle races.


Judy Kuehnel, PT

Judy KuehnelJudy has always worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting and has a love for the orthopedic and sports medicine population. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. While attending UConn she spent 4 years as a starting soccer player on UConn’s Division 1 soccer team. This included playing in the Division 1 National Championship.

Following her graduation from UConn, Judy worked as a clinic manager in an outpatient orthopedic setting until her move to Florida in 2005.  In her spare time, Judy enjoys spending time with her 3 teenage children, running, spinning, working out, and golfing.