Commitment to Education

Providing Professional Continuing Education For 20 Years


Our Commitment To Quality Continuing Education

We support our professions' commitment to continuing professional development and lifelong learning. 

As a medical professional, you already know that you are required to acquire a certain number of hours of continuing education each license renewal period.  For that reason, many medical professionals take classes that they are not interested in or ones that fit into their busy schedules just to fulfill the requirements.  Often these classes are presented by an instructor reading from a PowerPoint slide with very little class interaction or participation.  While that delivery method is fine for online courses, we feel that in-person classes should be interactive and engaging.  For that reason, all of our classes are presented in a fun, interactive, and engaging way that facilitates learning.  After all, why attend a class if none of the information is going to be used in your clinical setting?

Mission Statement:

Invictus Educational Services, Inc. is committed to providing relevant, evidence-based continuing education programs to the medical field.  Our courses provide information to enhance the skills of the medical professional that translate into improved patient care, increased patient engagement in therapy, and improved functional outcomes.  We strive to present material that improves the quality of care that therapists and other medical professionals provide to their patients.



Greg Benson

Ph.D.,M.S., M.Ed., PTA


Dr. Benson became passionate about education early in his career.  Throughout the years, he has developed over 20 continuing education courses to all levels of allied health providers including:    PT/PTA/OT/OTA/LMT/DC/MD/RN/ATC. 

Dr. Benson has been named as the instructor development course director for National Rehab Fitness Professionals Association. 

He has been a keynote speaker for The Pfrimmer International Association Convention, as well as other education conferences.  Greg is the author of several martial arts, fitness and rehabilitation books. As a CEU provider, he has taught classes in Florida and nationwide from 2000 to current, having taught over 900 classes. His goal is to continue providing dynamic, quality CEU courses to my colleagues.

Greg is a third-degree black belt in the martial arts style of Shorin-do Kenpo, and placed 5th in the US open invitational tournament.

As a Florida certified math teacher, Greg also teaches SAT prep courses and advanced math courses.

Valentyna Nesterova

Dr. Val


  • DPT from Nova Southeastern University

  • MS in education and literature

  • BS Exercise Science

  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor

  • Certified Fitness Specialist

  • Group spinning instructor

Dr. Val, born and raised in Kharkov Ukraine, came to US in 2000. Education: MS in education and literature from Ukraine,  BS in science from FAU, DPT from NSU, clinical instructor for NSU for more than 10 years (DPT program).

Certifications: Clinical instructor APTA, CSS, personal trainer, spinning instructor.

Currently the Rehab Director/partner at orthopedic care center and Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. 

Tara Casal, MSPT, CCCE, CHC

Tara Casal was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  She attended college at Northeastern University graduating in 2001 with her BS in Rehabilitation Science and in 2002 with her MS in Physical Therapy. Following graduation in 2002, she moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to start her career.


Tara is currently employed at Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) in Sun City Center as their physical therapy manager.  She was appointed by FOI to be their Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education in 2007.  In 2020, Tara is also the manager of a brand-new FOI clinic in the Riverview area that opens in October.  Tara has also become a certified health care coach in 2020.

Tara is very versed in treatments for orthopedic conditions from treating total ankle, shoulder, knee and hip to treating sports injuries such as labrum tears, rotator cuff tears, ACL and meniscus injuries as well as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, CVAs, cerebral palsy and she performs all ergonomic evaluations.  

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two boys who are 13 and 12 years old.  They like to go running, play basketball, bike riding, work out and enjoy hiking in the mountains or enjoying the Florida beaches.  



Lori Benson PTA, MBA, M.Ed

Lori is married to Greg Benson, and oversees the back end operations of Invictus Academics.

A PTA for over 15 years and a current full time faculty at a local University; she brings knowledge of the profession and organization to the Invictus vision. Lori knows our customers like they are old friends; even though our customers may not interact with her very often.  

Lori considers herself a connoisseur of fine wine. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking, scuba diving, running and spending time in the mountains. 

Stephanie Bodie

Stephanie has been with Invictus academics for many years and is a part our business family. We could not be as successful without her on our team. She is the face and voice of our company and interacts with our customers on a daily basis.

Originally from Sarasota, Stephanie enjoys time at the beach and with her husband and family. Hobbies include watching movies, photography and being outdoors. 

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