About Us

The Stay in Step SCI Recovery Center (SIS) is a non-profit Veteran founded rehabilitation facility that provides activity based exercise programs for patients with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and other neurological disorders. SIS is a unique long-term rehabilitation center that also provides a supportive family environment. The caring staff of SIS have worked tirelessly to create a motivating environment that utilizes advanced therapeutic techniques, modern equipment and “out of the box” thinking to challenge those suffering from a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and/or paralysis to increase their functionality as well as quality of life.

Our Vision

Since September 16, 2008, the fateful day CWO3 Romulo “Romy” Camargo (Ret.) was injured on a mission in Afghanistan leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down, he and his dutiful wife Gabriela “Gaby” Camargo, have worked tirelessly to seek out a cure for he and others whose lives have been impacted by similar debilitating injuries. Created out of necessity, as many traditional healthcare centers do not invest in long-term rehabilitation, SIS opened its doors June 21, 2015. Through trial and error and having a “No Quit” attitude, Romy and Gaby gained a tremendous knowledge on the subject of Spinal Cord Injury and Neurological Disorders. Their experiential knowledge was instrumental in not only their ability to create a sustainable health care facility, but also the create highly specialized treatment and recovery methodologies. As Gaby describes it, “This is my and Romulo’s reality every day. We know it better than most.” Under the guidance of Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Merritt, Founders Romy and Gaby Camargo have grown the Center staff, patient base and service offerings steadily. Realizing that no two SCI injuries are the same, SIS utilizes a customized approach to rehabilitation, treatment and therapy in an effort to maximize the potential, independence and quality of life for each and every patient.

This non-profit recovery center is designed to provide state-of-the-art recovery treatment to SCI patients in the greater Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. The Center is open to both military and civilian SCI patients. Our proactive approach to rehabilitation combined with real-time global collaboration with other SCI subject matter experts and patients, make SIS a unique and unprecedented center offering SCI patients in the Tampa Bay and surrounding area a direct pathway to start their journey toward recovery!

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a STEP forward to recovery through long-term rehabilitative care, treatment and hope to all our clients whose lives have been impacted by suffering from a spinal cord/traumatic brain injury and/or any neurological disorder. We seek to create a motivating, nurturing and faith-centered environment where our clients and their families can learn how to overcome limitations and navigate their challenges together. We strive to change lives one STEP at a time and help all our clients STAY the path towards recovery.

Romy and Gaby SCI Foundation Inc. d/b/a Stay In Step Foundation is a not-for profit corporation organized under Florida law. Stay In Step Foundation has been granted 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service as of June 27, 2014. All donations made are fully tax deductible.