Stephen Peaden

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Stephen was born and raised in Panama City, Florida.  He graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.  In 2012, Stephen received his DPT becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  He has a 16+ year career in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, specializing in manual therapy, physical therapy manipulations and dry needling to restore motion and resolve physical impairment.   Stephen enjoys working with athletes of all ages and sports, especially Crossfit.   Home life includes a wife, 3 kids, dog, cat and chickens.  With his family they love to spend time outdoors playing at the beach, paddle boarding, gardening, swimming in the pool, out in the front yard playing basketball, or anything to be outside.  

Hannah Merritt

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hannah Merritt joined the Restore Physical Therapy team in 2019 after graduating from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Gulf Coast State College. She also graduated with a General Education degree in 2016. Hannah is very passionate about working with people in the community to help them heal, regain important life functions and to improve their quality of life. She has a relish for working with patients of all ages. She has participated in many sports throughout her school years. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family Camping at the lake.


Physical Therapist Assistant

Haley is a Panama City local and graduate of A. Crawford Mosley High School in 2017, where she played soccer all 4 years. Her passion for helping others recover through physical therapy gained her interest from first-hand experiences. She received her Associate of Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2021 from Gulf Coast State College. Currently, Haley aims to improve her manual therapy skills and expand her knowledge about functional training to improve her patient’s quality of life. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing sports, and spending time with her pets.