About ProActive Rehabilitation & Wellness

PT & OT in Augusta
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Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness

PT & OT services to help you overcome pain…

Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness is a leader in physical rehabilitation treatment, taking a biopsychosocial approach in out PT & OT practice.
We empower patients to make informed decisions, become drivers of their own healthcare, and to chart a holistic path to healing. Our PT & OT clinicians work with you to overcome pain and return to doing the things that are important to you.

We envision a world where skilled, competent, and caring clinicians serve and care for engaged patients to promote better clinical outcomes, unmatched patient satisfaction, and lasting relationships.

Mission, Vision, and Values


Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness empowers our patients to make informed decisions, become drivers of their own healthcare, and to chart a holistic path to healing by taking a biopsychosocial approach to assessment & treatment.


We envision a world where skilled, competent, and caring clinicians serve and care for engaged patients to promote better clinical outcomes, unmatched patient satisfaction, and lasting relationships.


Everybody has a purpose

Serve patients together

Be a guide, not a crutch

Treat the whole person

Healthcare is a relationship

Always transparent

Lead the change

Our Story

Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L


Well, I guess this story starts with a vision of what healthcare should be. As I’ve written about in our Manifesto, healthcare should be about people, not numbers, not technical jargon, not even cool, cutting-edge technology & tools (though we like to use those things when applicable). In fact, my 2022 book Better Outcomes: A Guide to Humanizing Healthcare, lays out in detail my vision for a human-centered approach to healthcare. 

Rafi About UsWhen I started my career as an occupational therapist in 2012, I had no idea where that career would take me. I got into this profession because, when I was 16 years old, I fell and landed on a glass bottle, cutting tendons and nerves in my hand. I spent the summer before my senior year in high school in an outpatient PT & OT clinic recovering from surgery. That experience opened my eyes to healthcare as a profession, as a calling, as a vocation. I set my sights on a career that would give me the opportunity to help people overcome whatever pain, limitation, or diagnosis they found themselves experiencing.

My career has taken anything but a linear path. I started off after graduation managing the OT caseload at a couple different nursing homes. From there I went to Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where things really got interesting. I worked in the outpatient specialty rehab program. Basically, everyone who had a shoulder, elbow, or hand surgery came to our clinic. Anyone who experienced chronic pain and didn’t find relief from surgery, injections, or other invasive management strategies came to us. We saw the most complex, challenging, and serious cases that came through that hospital system…And I loved it! Working with these patients opened up my eyes to the reality of healthcare, to the huge limitations that plague our traditional way of looking at disease, pain, and recover, and pushed me to learn about a biopsychosocial approach to treatment.

Fast forward a few years, and I left the VA to begin consulting for the state of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities. My team and I helped transition people of out state institutions and facilities to living a safe, healthy and engaged lives in local communities throughout Georgia. This work allowed me to grow in my understanding and appreciation for what we called “Integrated Clinical Support” —basically, clinicians working together as a team to help one person. I had worked on some smaller projects like this at the VA, but doing it for the state showed me the possibilities of providing services to patients as part of a team, not just a solo clinician or specialist.

In the time I was consulting for the state, I also started Rehab U Practice Solutions, a marketing and consulting firm that helps healthcare clinics & organizations implement this sort of integrated, holistic, biopsychosocial approach in their daily practice.

Despite all of this exciting work, one thing was missing: I wanted to get back to my roots, treating patients in the clinic and being able to build real, meaningful relationships with them as they navigated their paths to recovery. So, when the opportunity to purchase ProActive came up and ad OT to an already thriving PT clinic, I had to jump on it!

I’m forever grateful to the clinicians that started this place in 2011, Janet & Diane, and for their original vision of individualized, person-centered treatment. They left a great foundation in place for us to continue to serve patients in a way that makes them feel heard, understood, and valued.

Anyways, that’s our story!

What People Say About Us


When I got the call to schedule the appointment, the office staff was friendly. I also received a detailed explanation of what my insurance would pay and my estimated out of pocket. When I got to my appointment, the staff was equally warm and the vibe of the office was welcoming. And finally, I scored a good physical therapist -she did a thorough evaluation and provided suggestions…I’m very optimistic this team is gonna be able to help. 

Very friendly staff. They seem to go out of their way to work with your schedule. Knowledgeable healthcare providers. Positive results…

Everyone there are very friendly. Also, my therapist was very knowledgeable.

ProActive Medical Professionals

The staff are accommodating, talented, and very welcoming…a true blessing to our local medical community!

Jeremy Rueggeberg

Medical Professionals Magazine

I love the one on one and they really take time with their patients. 

As a clinic administrator and health executive for 10 years, this experience has been refreshing. You all have to share what you have here. You’re definitely winning. From beginning to end, a great experience.

Personal therapy designed to assist with return to full function. The staff is friendly and professional

Check us out!

In an effort to help as many people as possible, and to spread our vision of a better healthcare, Proactive Rehabilitation & Wellness has committed to creating multiple options for learning & benefiting from our expertise & services.

& Practical Advice

For free, informative reads, useful downloads, and practical advice about how to manage everything from chronic pain to maximizing performance, head over to our Resources page. There you can sign up for our regular newsletter to receive that helpful info right in your inbox!


Rafi is the host of
The Better Outcomes Show, a podcast that explores the possibilities of a new healthcare. From time to time, he interviews guests that share helpful insight and advice for people looking to improve their health and performance. We'll share those episodes on our resources page, but you can also follow this link to listen to
the show on that site.

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Digital Products,
& Self-Paced Programs

We have creating courses, digital downloads, and self-paced programs for patients to take control of their own health. Find those products here!