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, a Doctor of Physical Therapy with advanced certifications in Manual Therapy, Lymphedema Therapy, Oncological Rehabilitation, and Dry Needling, specializes in Breast Cancer Recovery and complex musculoskeletal disorders. She is a passionate advocate for helping people regain their lives through comprehensive care and full-body workouts. Dr. Jess is dedicated to supporting breast cancer patients, striving to improve their quality of life and well-being.

Lisa Baxter

Lisa Baxter

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Alecia Caraciolo

Alecia is native to the Jacksonville area. She graduated from Bishop John J Snyder High School and decided to stay in Jacksonville for college, attending UNF, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Following UNF she progressed her education by attending Kaiser University and earned her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

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 in a variety of settings including emergency response, dispatch, public relations, retail, and nonprofits.  With a keen ability to resolve conflict, engage constituents, and nurture customer relations, John is a master communicator.  With over six years of experience managing stores, projects and people John routinely surpasses goals and motivates others towards common missions.  As a manager in a variety of retail settings he is not only proficient at maintaining high levels of performance but also driven to help train and ensure employee success.  John is able to maintain professionalism and build relationships in a variety of settings and works well under pressure.  John has the ability to work inside and outside of an organization to help build partnerships and solutions. He is highly skilled at leveraging volunteers and working with a variety of 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