Island Therapy Center has been seeing patients since Hurricane Ian – in their homes and at a partner location in Fort Myers – but celebrated its official return to the island at a new location, 695 Tarpon Bay Road on Sanibel Island, this week with a SanCap Chamber ribbon-cutting. It had its soft opening on April 15.

Six feet of storm surge destroyed the original therapy center on Periwinkle Place, which opened in 2009. After working on clean-up and volunteering in the community, staff was able to relocate to 16880 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers, where they also will continue to operate, said Rachel Tritaik, founder, Sanibel resident, and physical therapist.

“Despite the effort and cost, we wanted to restore wellness and therapy services to the islands,” Tritaik said. “We have brand-new equipment with new ideas and tools to help our patients and clients, for physical therapy, massage therapy, and personal training services. We are known for our commitment to exceptional patient care and continue to provide true one-on-one individualized therapy services in a boutique clinic setting with the same therapist each visit for the entire visit.”

“The return of therapeutic and medical-related services right on-island has been identified as a major step toward making our islands once again safe and desirable for residents and visitors alike,” said John Lai, chamber president and CEO. “We are so fortunate to celebrate Rachel’s victory over obstacles for her full return. Congratulations to the entire team!”

“It truly takes a village, and the chamber of commerce has been key in promoting businesses who have worked hard to recover and resume services to the islands, in whatever form that took,” said Tritaik. “I have seen such partnership between the chamber and other organizations, thinking outside the box, and celebrating all the little wins we as businesses on the islands have made. I am proud to be a member of the chamber of commerce and feel optimistic about the success of our community.”


The SanCap Chamber is dedicated to promoting the prosperity of its members and preserving the quality of life of our community. The Chamber plays a key role in facilitating communication and cooperation between business, residents, and government to enhance the economic health of the islands. Its website,, receives over 1.3 million visits per year. For more information about the chamber, visit or contact John Lai, president and CEO, at 239-472-2348 or [email protected].