Expert Physical Therapy serving the greater Jacksonville, FL area WITH LYMPHEDEMA and ORTHOPEDIC CARe

Find your path to a healthier, more active life

At Core Essentials Physical Therapy and Wellness, we break down barriers and empower you with the tools and support you need to live a healthy and active lifestyle, free from pain and limitations.


Highly trained experts in hands on treatment to address your pain

With years of experience and multiple advanced certifications, including dry needling, we effectively and efficiently address our patient's pain in order to get them back to their health and fitness goals.

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Undivided Attention

One hour treatment sessions in a private treatment room

Truly effective implementation of a treatment plan is provided by working one on one the entire treatment session with your licensed physcial therapist and never passed off to a technician.

why we’re different

A personalized, holistic approach to wellness

After we have addressed your dysfunctional movement, we then support you by safely guiding you into an active lifestyle so you can reap the expansive health benefits of a balanced program.

This is achieved via multiple options including participation in our dance or running program, gym membership, group Medicare exercise classes, our digital wellness courses, and long-term support through our Exercise App.

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Take your first step towards wellness

Schedule your appointment today and start your journey to a healthier, more active life.

Solutions For Pain & Mobility

We offer a range of services to address pain, improve mobility, and empower you with the knowledge and confidence to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Personalized Physical Therapy

One-on-one care tailored to your unique needs, ensuring optimal results.

Customized treatment plans

Targeted strategies designed to address your specific pain and mobility concerns.

Experienced, caring team

Our dedicated professionals are committed to guiding you on your wellness journey.

State-of-the-art equipment

Utilizing advanced tools and techniques to enhance your treatment experience.

Long-term support

Stay on track with our app, providing ongoing resources and encouragement.

Innovative wellness courses

Comprehensive programs that teach safe, effective exercise and injury prevention.

life changing DIGITAL courses

Guiding you back into an active lifestyle, safely

Discover our "Exercise, Where to Start?" course, designed to teach you safe, effective, and well-rounded exercise routines while preventing injuries.

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Customer testimonials

See what our valued customers are saying!

“My husband and I've been patients of Dr. Jess for over a year now and she's absolutely an amazing person with a beautiful witty personality. Her bedside manners and professionalism makes me feel very comfortable. I always look forward to a great laugh when there for mt dry needling treatments. The atmosphere is so relaxing and makes me feel like I am at home. Her knowledge of the body in detail is outstanding and the staff is very professional and friendly.”

Shelia C

“Dr.Jess not only has the bedside manner to calm people and allow them to feel comfortable, she is an highly trained & qualified practitioner. I highly recommend Dr. Jess and her practice to anyone.”

Jada H

“I recommend Dr Jess to literally a boatload of people…a dragon boat load!”

Michelle C

“Dr. Grochowsky and Alecia Carciolo have been addressing and resolving various physical issues I’ve had over the years related to injury or aging. I would never dream of any other physical therapy professionals proving my care. Quite frankly they are the best!"

Gary R.

“Dr. Jess is knowledgeable and so approachable. She explained exactly what is causing my problems, and how to fix them, in layman’s terms. Just love her new office and staff, including Alecia. Everyone is welcoming and truly professional. Honestly, Core Essentials PT is one of Jacksonville’s best.”

Nancy W

"Dr. Jessica has helped me greatly with her wide variety of physical therapy techniques. She is very knowledgeable and helps me understand what she is doing and why. I highly recommend Dr. Jessica for physical therapy services."


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Meet Our Team

Meet the skilled and dedicated team behind Core Essentials, committed to guiding you on your wellness journey.

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Jessica Grochowsky

Dr. Jess is a highly skilled Doctor of Physical Therapy with advanced certifications in Manual Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Oncological Rehabilitation, and Dry Needling. Specializing in Breast Cancer Recovery and complex musculoskeletal disorders, she is deeply committed to helping patients reclaim their lives through comprehensive care. She begins each treatment plan with a full biomechanical analysis and a thorough differential diagnosis to establish an individualized and effective plan of care. Dr. Jess is a passionate advocate for helping others achieve the best quality of life and enjoy an active Florida lifestyle. Whether it’s assisting runners and athletes to return to or stay in their sport, helping those in pain regain their mobility, or guiding patients through functional recovery after a cancer diagnosis, she is dedicated to making a positive impact. As a mother of two, she understands the challenges of post-partum life and is committed to assisting fellow moms in their journey to regain strength and vitality. Her holistic approach and personal experience make her an empathetic and effective therapist, devoted to the health and wellness of her patients.

Lisa Baxter

Lisa Baxter

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Alecia Caraciolo

Alecia, a Jacksonville native, brings a wealth of experience and a deep-rooted passion for health and wellness to her practice. An alumna of Bishop John J. Snyder High School, Alecia cultivated her interest in sports and rehabilitation early on. Committed to serving her local community, she pursued higher education at the University of North Florida (UNF), earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. This foundational education in human movement and physical fitness propelled her to further her expertise at Keiser University, where she excelled and earned her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).Alecia has been an integral part of Dr. Jess's team for over five years. Through this collaboration, she has gained extensive experience in delivering patient-centered care and has honed her skills in various therapeutic techniques. Working closely with Dr. Jess, Alecia has developed a comprehensive approach to physical therapy that combines advanced methodologies with a personalized touch, ensuring optimal outcomes for her patients. A seasoned dance enthusiast, Alecia is particularly passionate about working with dancers of all ages. She is dedicated to ensuring that preventive measures are taken to avoid injuries and to help dancers maintain peak physical condition. Her unique understanding of the physical demands of dance allows her to provide specialized care that addresses the specific needs of dancers, helping them to achieve their full potential while minimizing the risk of injury. In addition to her professional achievements, Alecia is a proud and dedicated new mother. Balancing the responsibilities of motherhood with her career, she brings a unique perspective and empathetic approach to her work, understanding the diverse needs of her patients. Alecia’s ability to harmonize her professional and personal life is a testament to her resilience and dedication. With a robust background in exercise science and physical therapy, Alecia is devoted to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals, whether they are recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or striving to enhance their overall fitness. Her commitment to her family and community is reflected in her compassionate and supportive care, making her a valued asset to the Jacksonville community.

Jordyn Tuck PT, DPT

Jordyn Tuck is a dedicated physical therapist who recently relocated to Jacksonville Beach, where she combines her passion for health, wellness, and orthopedics with the vibrant coastal lifestyle. She holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University and a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. Jordyn is committed to providing exceptional, personalized care, leveraging her extensive knowledge and experience to improve her patients' well-being and quality of life.

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Juli May

Juli is the smiling face greeting you on arrival at Core Essentials. When not focused on making you feel seen and welcome, she can be found in the kitchen practicing her passion for baking. Whether it’s milling fresh wheat for breads, muffins and treats or creating organic meal plans for her family, the kitchen is where she shines.

Ryan Banning

Ryan is a native to Jacksonville. He is currently pursuing his undergrad in Business and Marketing at UNF, as he is passionate about combining creativity with business development. Aside from school, he is very passionate about Design and exploring different creative perspectives.

John Propes

John is a proficient communicator across various settings, including emergency response, dispatch, public relations, retail, and nonprofits. He excels at resolving conflicts, engaging constituents, and nurturing customer relationships. With over six years of experience in managing stores, projects, and people, John consistently surpasses goals and motivates teams toward common objectives .As a manager in diverse retail environments, John not only maintains high performance standards but also prioritizes training and ensuring employee success. He is adept at maintaining professionalism and building relationships under pressure. In addition to his managerial roles, John is a successful small business owner and skilled event coordinator. His entrepreneurial spirit and organizational acumen enable him to plan and execute events seamlessly, ensuring they meet the highest standards. John's ability to work both within and outside organizations allows him to forge partnerships and develop effective solutions. He is highly skilled at leveraging volunteers and collaborating with various organizations to deliver quality programs and projects for adolescents, teenagers, and young adults.

Gym Membership

Join our small gym to have a safe, comfortable space to stay active.

Clinic Membership

Monthly membership to the clinic which includes a set number of one on one Physical Therapy visits per month.

Stay inspired and encouraged on your path to Wellness

Sign up for a FREE downloadable PDF of our Weekly Wellness Planner to help you achieve Whole Body Wellness!

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"So...20 years ago I trashed my knee while training for the 10th Annual Disney Marathon. Never got to run the race. Most expensive T-Shirt I've ever bought. X-Rays, MRI's etc. Orthopedic told me I had to quit running. Spent the next 20 years finding other way to torture myself since running wasn't an option. Eight months ago my lovely bride got me hooked up with Dr. Jess and within 8 week she had me running without pain for the first time since 2003. In February of 2023 Dr. Jess and I ran the Donna 1/2 Marathon. I finished and only lost 22 minutes off my previous best time from 20 years ago. Today I ran my first Gate River Run 15K. Thanks Dr. Jess, Jenn and Will for pulling me along for the ride. Thanks to Dr. Jess for convincing me I could run again. Couldn't have done it without you."

Scott M

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Insurance Providers

Cash Based with receipt provided for patient to self submit for out of network benefits for all other insurances