Category Archives: Healthy Living

  1. Breaking News: PTs, OTs, and SLPs Deemed Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

    (Blog article is sourced from WebPt.com – click here to learn more about WebPT)

    On March 19, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the US Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum and associated guidance designating physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists as “essential critical infrastructure workers.”

    According to the official guidance, which is intended to help state and local officials make safe and prudent decisions for the health and safety of their communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

    Furthermore, the guidance promotes “the ability of such workers to continue to work during periods of community restriction, access management, social distancing, or closure orders/directives,” as their job functions are “crucial to community resilience and continuity of essential functions.”

    However, the release emphasizes that the list of essential workers “is advisory in nature” and that it “is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.” Again, it is intended to help guide decisions at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, as these governing bodies are “ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role.”

    Additionally, the guidance encourages workers to perform their jobs remotely whenever possible, stating that “in-person, non-mandatory activities should be delayed until the resumption of normal operations.”

    See the full memorandum, guidance, and list of essential critical infrastructure workers here. We’ll continue to provide updates specific to the rehab therapy industry as more details emerge.

  2. How To Know When You Need Orthopedic Physical Therapy

     X-ray image of a person gripping their injured knee

    How To Know When You Need Orthopedic Physical Therapy

    We all get injured, experience aches and pains, and often feel that we want to have better movement in our body without being so stiff. Orthopedic physical therapy can help with each of those situations. With a little help from a trained physical therapist and some fantastic equipment, you’ll be well on your way to feeling better and pain-free.

    Do I Need Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

    If you’re not sure whether or not this type of physical therapy is for you, keep reading to see if you fall into any of these categories: 

    Recent or Past Injury

    Physical therapist helping an injured patient

    If you’ve recently been injured, physical therapy is a great option for you. It can be difficult to do at-home exercises, especially if you’re worried about reinjuring the already problematic area. In this case, a physical therapist can guide you to know the perfect exercise for your specific needs. Injuries like sprains and strains are definitely something a specialist can help with.

    Even if you had an injury a long time ago, it’s still a great idea to visit a physical therapy clinic because your area of injury is likely to be weak and unstable, making it even more prone to injury. A physical therapist can help you strengthen that area to help you avoid reinjury and get your strength back. If you’ve been injured at work, home, or elsewhere, physical therapy treatment can help you get back on your feet.

    Pre and Post-Operative Conditions

    Person with a knee brace receiving orthopedic physical therapy

    Our bodies often need some time to recover after surgery and strengthening the area before a procedure can help it heal quicker. With their vast knowledge of the body, a physical therapist will know the exact movement exercise needed to strengthen and target specific areas before a surgical procedure. 

    After surgery, you’ll need to rest the area that was treated. But after some time, once your body has healed a bit, visiting a physical therapy clinic can be really beneficial. For example, if you’ve had knee surgery, you’ll want to wait a few weeks before going to a physical therapist. Once you begin visits with them, most people will have their strength back within 3-6 weeks.

    Stiffness, Pain, Aches

    Person rubbing the stiff joints in their neck and shoulder

    These issues can arise for a number of reasons. You don’t have to have a serious injury in order to go see a physical therapist. If you’re experiencing pain or stiffness, they can help you. Perhaps you slept on your neck wrong and it’s been hurting you for a few days now. Typically when this happens, your range of motion is reduced and turning your head and moving your neck can be really painful. 

    This is something a physical therapist will be able to help you with! They can provide you with gentle and effective exercises for you to practice to help reduce your stiffness and pain. If you’re waking up every morning with stiff joints and have no relief throughout the day, it’s time to have a visit to a physical therapy office. 

    Athletes Need Care Too

    Woman sitting on a field track gripping her knee

    If you’re an athlete, you’ve likely had your fair share of injuries and harsh impacts. A common injury for athletes is an ACL tear which could put you out for a season or two. That’s why it’s important to regularly visit a physical therapist so that you aren’t on the sidelines for as long. 

    But physical therapists don’t just care for injuries, they can provide pointers to help you perform better in a sport. Visiting with them can help you specialize in a certain skill or strengthen certain muscle areas.

    PRN San Diego

    No matter your situation, scheduling regular visits with a physical therapist will only benefit you in the long run. PRN San Diego offers a great variety of orthopedic physical therapy options. You can request an appointment or visit one of our many locations to learn more about what we can offer you. 

  3. Can Physical Therapy Cause More Pain?

    X-ray type shot of a human spine experiencing stress.

    Can Physical Therapy Cause More Pain?

    All great things in life require effort, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a painful or miserable experience. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding physical therapy, and a major one is that physical therapy is supposed to hurt. On the contrary, therapy can be an enjoyable process with help from our outstanding physical therapists.

    PRN San Deigo wants to help dispell some of these myths and help you feel comfortable about your recovery options.

    All Pain, No Gain

    You might be familiar with the phrase “no pain, no gain” and while it is catchy, it can lead to a damaging mentality. It often causes people to postpone or avoid improving physical health because they are afraid of the pain they may experience. Interestingly while it implies that physical therapy will lead to a painful experience, the opposite is actually true. By avoiding treatment at a physical therapy clinic you are much more likely to increase injury and prolong the discomfort and pain you are already experiencing. 

    Seeing a physical therapist can show you that there are numerous types of recovery options and they’re not as bad as you might think; they are not here to torture you. With a range of services and an individualized approach, you’ll see how beneficial and efficient a recovery plan can be. 

    Man rubbing his sore neck.

    If It Hurts, It Must Be Wrong

    We won’t lie to you and say that physical therapy is pain-free, but there is an important distinction between pain and progress. If you are sore after physical therapy, that is a sign that your muscles and body are being stressed but in a good way. It’s similar to how strength training works. A muscle must be loaded to become stronger; there must be some kind of resistance otherwise the muscle fibers will never have the chance to grow. Sure, this can be uncomfortable and annoying at times, but it is a necessary part of growth and recovery. When you choose not to see a physical therapist and just come up with your own DIY recovery plan, you’re more likely to experience greater injury and pain that increases rather than decreases. 

    Remember that recovery takes time. There is no magic pill to heal your whiplashed neck and spine after a car accident. If you don’t see a difference after the first visit or week, don’t give up, just be patient.

    Anyone Can Be a Physical Therapist. 

    Another reason that some think physical therapy is so painful is that physical therapists don’t know what they’re doing. Because they don’t hold the status of a medical doctor, physical therapists are often viewed as less knowledgable. Of course, this is a mistake. Certified therapists go through years of schooling and training in order to practice. Every state has very specific and demanding regulations and requirements that must be met in order to treat people.

    What people don’t realize is that it’s not a physical therapist’s job to fix people. They are a resource for providing the right tools for your recovery, but the improvement and progress lie on the individual and how well they choose to use those tools. 

    Old Woman being treated by a physical therapist

    Finding the Right Physical Therapy For You

    PRN San Deigo has numerous locations with professional staff ready to treat your specific needs. Our team of physical therapists treat our patients like people and have a deep care for your well-being and recovery. While it may not always be easy, and we can’t promise there won’t be hard days, physical therapy is worth it. If you want to recover faster and efficiently, find one of our physical therapy clinics near you and start your journey back to the best you today. 

  4. 5 Holiday Giving Options Offering Healthful Returns

    The Holiday Season is a time for giving, and that includes supporting causes and organizations that make our communities stronger.

    It’s in this spirit that we share some holiday giving suggestions that offer a more healthful return than simply writing a check.

    After all, as physical therapists, it’s our goal to improve lives and the community by helping people move better and live healthier, more active lives.

    It’s based on this that we thought to offer some ideas for how people can give back to their communities while, at the same time, also benefiting from various levels of physical activity.

    Increase Joy, Reduce Stress

    Such an approach to holiday giving isn’t just about contributing to one’s 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The holidays are a pretty stressful time for a lot of people, and exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety while improving overall happiness. It just so happens giving and volunteering provide similar health benefits.

    Put them together, and you’re likely to experience a more joyful and relaxing holiday season.”

    With this in mind, consider following five ways to give back and be fit this Holiday Season:

    Volunteer ‘Sweat Equity’

    There are lots of ways to volunteer during the holidays, and many involve various levels of physical activity.

    Collecting gift donations for a local children’s charity, for instance, or helping sort and deliver food donations for a food pantry, requires time, muscle and (if it’s a charitable year) good endurance.

    Do a Charity Fun Run

    Running continues to grow in popularity, and so do charity fun runs – even during the colder months of the year.

    Registration for these runs typically goes to local charities, and some allow for added individual or team fundraising so you can maximize your donation.

    Check your local event calendar for options.

    Lend a Neighbor a Hand

    Most of us have neighbors who could use a helping hand on occasion, be they elderly, disabled, alone, or short on time or money.

    The holidays are a great time to check in with them and see if they could use some help with physical tasks like yard work, clearing the driveway of snow or ice, putting out Christmas decorations, or even childcare.

    Walk Your Best Friends

    Are animals your passion? Perfect! Animals need exercise just like people do, and most animal shelters welcome volunteers eager to play with and walk the dogs and cats.

    Not only is walking great exercise for both people and pets, but spending time with animals can also lower stress and blood pressure.

    Arm Your Smartphone

    If the interpersonal aspect of volunteering doesn’t quite fit your personality, you still have options.

    Some smartphone apps exist (Charity Miles is the most prominent) that allow you to convert workout miles and/or daily activity into donations to reputable nonprofit organizations.

    Of course, if one or more of these ideas sound appealing, but discomfort, pain or a movement limitation is holding you back from giving back in this way, come by the physical therapy clinic.

    At our clinic, we can assess the issue and put you on a path toward being more active – both physically and as a contributor to your community.

  5. Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

    As cold and flu season approaches, so does the season of illness prevention.

    From getting flu shots to adding a little extra Vitamin C to our diets, prevention often becomes a focus for those concerned with getting sick, missing work and/or school, and optimizing the joy of their upcoming Holiday Seasons.

    It’s based on this mindset that medical professionals such as physical therapists are most likely to get some version of the question: Can exercise boost my immune system?

    The answer, however, is broader than the question itself.

    Boosting the Immune System

    On a more general level, healthy living is the true key to building and maintaining a strong immune system. Habits like eating right, staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress account for some long-lasting, immune-boosting benefits.

    But, regular exercise definitely plays an important role, as well.

    Some studies have shown, for instance, that exercise on its own can play a role in reducing the length and intensity of colds and flu. Such research often points to many of the benefits inherent in regular fitness routines as factors that also help ward off illness:

    • Weight management
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Reduction in stress
    • Improved circulation

    Other studies have concluded that regular, mild-intensity exercise can help reduce illness while prolonged, high-intensity exercise can have the opposite effect by making one more susceptible to catching a bug.

    Based on this, if you feel you may be catching something – a cold, a flu or whatever may be going around – the best initial advice is to pull back on the length and intensity of their exercise routine just to be on the safe side.

    Keep getting your exercise, but also take greater care to make sure you’re staying hydrated, eating well and giving your body time to recover.

    If you do get sick?

    According to advice from the Mayo Clinic, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t continue to exercise. They offer the following two rules of thumb:

    The Neck Rule

    If you catch a cold and find that all the symptoms are concentrated above the neck (i.e., nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and/or a minor sore throat), it’s typically OK to exercise. Simply reduce your intensity. Instead of going for a jog, for instance, opt to go for a walk.

    In contrast, if you find that you’re experiencing symptoms below the neck – things like a congested chest, a hacking cough or an upset stomach – it’s best to not exercise at all.

    The Fever Rule

    Also, if you have a fever or are experience muscle aches and fatigue throughout your body, take a break from exercising. Instead, get some rest, stay hydrated and, if things don’t improve over a couple of days, visit your doctor.

    The bottom line: it’s always your best bet to listen to your body, and don’t overdo it. Pushing your body too hard when it’s fighting an illness could potentially do you more harm than good.

  6. I Stand Corrected! 5 Common Fitness Myths

    When only one in three adults get the recommended amount of physical activity their bodies need each week (according to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition), it’s difficult for we as physical therapists to find fault when an individual is making an effort to exercise … even if the effort’s slightly misguided.

    But since October is National Physical Therapy Month, and physical therapists are the medical community’s preeminent experts in movement, fitness, and musculoskeletal function and injury, we view this month as an opportune time to correct what we see as a few common misconceptions about exercise.

    Good Intentions

    Some of the more common personal goals people make revolve around health, fitness and weight loss, and we as physical therapists are dedicated to supporting these goals through a number of individualized services.

    In doing so, though, it’s important to us that people work toward these objectives in a safe and healthful manner – one which most efficiently moves them toward their goals.

    In this spirit, here are five exercise myths we finds to be common among many fitness-minded people:

    1) Stretching Before Exercise Prevents Injuries

    Perhaps surprisingly, research suggests there’s no connection between pre-workout stretching and injury prevention. In addition, stretching before an activity or competition can actually weaken performance.

    So instead, warm up dynamically before a workout by walking, jogging, doing lunges and leg/arm swings, etc.

    Stretching is still incredibly important, but do your stretches independent of your workouts.

    2) The More, the Better

    For the more goal-driven crowd, a pedal-to-the-metal approach to fitness can seem the quickest and most efficient way to better health.

    However, it’s critical workout intensity and length remain in line with one’s current fitness levels and limits.

    It’s also important to schedule recovery, or off-days, into your routine. Failing to do so can increase your injury risk as well as the risk of burnout.

    3) Cross Training is for Athletes Only

    Cross training is simply working activities into your regimen that differ from your preferred or usual activities. The goal is to improve your overall fitness level by challenging your cardio, strength and balance in different ways.

    Such “training diversification” will help maximize your workout potential while helping to prevent overuse injuries and burnout, so everyone should do it.

    4) Aerobic is More Important Than Strength Training

    Whether it’s because some are concerned about too much “bulking up” or they feel spending their limited time on ellipticals and stationary bikes will maximize their efforts, cardio is often a focus for those seeking to improve health.

    It shouldn’t be the only focus, however.

    Muscular fitness is just as important as cardio for such issues as weight management, bone health, injury prevention, and so on.

    5) If Sore or Injured, Rest is Always Best

    Wrong again.

    While rest has a long history as a go-to response to soreness, pain and injury, research now suggests movement and “active recovery” can actually speed up the healing process, specifically when guided by a physical therapist.

    If pain or injury is keeping you from getting a full dose of exercise and physical activity each week, visit a physical therapist.

    Highly educated and licensed health care professionals, physical therapists like those at our clinic are experts at helping people reduce pain, improve/restore mobility, and ultimately lead more healthful, active lives.

Encinitas

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Hand Therapy – Provided by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
  • TMJ/TMD Therapy
  • McKenzie Based Spine Evaluation and Treatment
  • Med-X Spine Testing and Rehabilitation Program
  • Dynamic Lumbar Stabilization Training
  • Individual Strength and Conditioning Program
 

  • Performance Enhancement Program (P.E.P.): Golf, Skiing, Tennis, Surfing, and Triathlon
  • Work Conditioning Program
  • Tai Chi for Balance & Fall Prevention
  • Graston Technique for soft tissue rehab (*NEW)
  • Video Gait/Running analysis
  • Vestibular Dysfunction Treatment (*NEW)

Headshot of Reece C. Jensen, a physical therapistReece C. Jensen DPT, OCS
Owner/Director

Reece has been a physical therapist for 28 years and joined PRN at its inception in 1991. He graduated from Boston University with a Masters in PT and returned in 2005 to complete his Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has been certified as an Orthopedic Specialist by the APTA since 1996 and has a diverse and detailed knowledge of outpatient orthopedics. As a partner in his physical therapy clinic with PRN, Reece sees a full patient load while directing his staff of 8 and has an outstanding reputation for quality and excellent outcomes in the North County San Diego area. He holds black belts in both Kenpo Karate and Aikido and is certified to teach Yang & Chen style Tai Chi for both enjoyment and rehabilitation. Reece loves to spend time with his wife and three children doing a variety of outdoor activities in and around San Diego.

Close up of Laura Greene, Certified Hand Physical TherapistLaura Greene, CHT

Laura is a Certified Hand Physical Therapist. She has been practicing Occupational Therapy with specialization in hand therapy for over 30 years. She has been providing hand and upper extremity care at PRN in Encinitas for over 15 years. Laura graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She obtained her Hand Therapy Certification and is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapy as well as the American Society of Occupational Therapy. She is an author of the Range of Motion chapter for the American Society of Hand Therapists Clinical Assessment Recommendations 2nd edition. Laura has been an active member of the Scripps Encinitas Hospital Community Advisory Board for over the past 10 years. Her goal is to provide individualized care which is personalized and optimizes each person’s potential.

Headshot of Karen Norgaard, an evidence-based physical therapistKaren Norgaard, DPT

Karen grew up locally in Del Mar prior to attending USC for her bachelor’s and doctorate in physical therapy. At USC she was a part of the women’s soccer team, winning the PAC 10 conference and student-athlete awards for academics. While playing soccer from an early age, Karen learned the importance of optimal mechanics, injury prevention and rehabilitation through personal experiences. She was determined to help others and sought education as an evidence-based physical therapist. Karen believes in a systems approach and understands the multitude of influences on health and well-being. She individualizes each person’s needs through mechanical evaluation and active listening.
Outside of the physical therapy office, Karen is an avid traveler preferring to spend her trips exploring little known places and far off beaches. She also helps animal rescue organizations, where she fosters dogs and volunteers.

Headshot of Eric N. Wilson, doctor of physical therapyEric N. Wilson, DPT, Cert. MDT, CSCS

Eric was born and raised in Southern California, he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Eric has been working for PRN Encinitas now for 9 years where he continues to grow his knowledge base. During these years he has obtained his Credential in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and Strength and Conditioning (CSCS). Outside of the physical therapy clinic, Eric enjoys cycling, surfing and weight training. Life motto is to practice what you teach, and love teaching.

Poway

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Experts in Evaluating Biomechanics and Movement
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Strength and Conditioning Programs
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy
 

  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Youth Injury Management
  • Sports Performance Programs
  • Pre and Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Rick Stauffer PT, SCS, CSCS, PES
Co-owner/Director

Rick brings over 21 years of clinical practice in sports medicine to the team. Most of his career has taken place in Texas. In coordination with Harris Methodist Hospital, Rick helped develop, design and open the Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Institute (in Fort Worth), recognized as one of the premiere sports medicine centers in the country. While in Texas, Rick served as the physical therapist for the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team as well as serving as consultant to TCU and UTA. He also assisted in developing Proxais Physical Therapy to serve as the preferred rehab provider for the renowned Stedman Hawkins Clinic.
In 2007, he became board certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). He has spent his career focused on sports medicine. His ability to quickly identify the issue and develop a plan for a safe return to sport is his strength. He is passionate about helping people return to the activities that they love. He is also Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Performance Enhancement Specialist.
Rick, a native of San Diego, returned to his home town in 2010 to serve as physical therapist and medical coordinator for the San Diego Padres.
During his time with the Padres, Rick worked on injury prevention and rehabilitation of the Major League team and its minor league affiliates. While he loved working and traveling with the team, after 5 years it was time to return to the clinic.
Rick joined PRN in 2015, to return to clinical practice and spend more time with his family. In July of 2017, Rick teamed with PRN to open The Training Room in Poway, CA. He enjoys the opportunity to treat patients of all ages, and working alongside a talented team of therapists.

Bess Christiansen

Bess Christiansen is a Physical Therapist Assistant who holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and has been practicing physical therapy alongside Rick Stauffer for three years. Bess received her National Certification of Massage Therapy from The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2002 and has been hands-on for 15 years making her a valuable and versatile asset to The Training Room team.
She is also a massage therapist with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and has worked on numerous tournaments as the squad prepares to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
She has been fortunate to work with athletes of all levels and is an advocate for patient education and injury prevention. She also serves as a Clinical Instructor for the local physical therapist assistant program and plays an active role in the development of our profession. In her spare time, Bess loves to travel, surf and spend time outdoors with friends and family in San Diego.

La Jolla

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Post Operative Conditions
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilization/Articulation
  • TMJ Evaluation and Treatment
  • Strength and Conditioning Programs
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
 

  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD’s)
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Scoliosis Management
  • Wellness Program
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Balance and Gait Disorders

Headshot of Yousef Ghandour, specialist in clinical, teaching, and leadershipYousef Ghandour, PT, MOMT, FAAOMPT

Yousef is the co-owner and manager of PRN La Jolla/UTC, with over 30 years of clinical, teaching, and leadership experience. He strives to make a difference in people’s lives and return them to functional mobility. He is currently part of the faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as well as a volunteer clinical instructor at UCSD Family and Preventive Medicine and voluntary adjunct faculty at San Diego State University. Yousef is a fellow at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and Associate member applicant at the Scoliosis Research Society. He has developed and contributed to many continuing education courses that he teaches nationally, bringing added experience to the team.

Close up of Nic Carrillo, a physical therapist with expertise in Exercise PhysiologyNic Carrillo, PT, DPT

Nic is a physical therapist from Walnut Creek, CA and received an Exercise Physiology degree from California State University, Chico. Following undergrad, he went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St Augustine. He is excited to explore future career options, including clinical specializations and becoming a clinical instructor, under the mentoring and guidance of his colleagues. In his free time, Nic loves going to the beach, hiking, cooking and playing soccer.

KaClose up of Kayla Hindle, a doctor of physical therapyyla Hindle, PT, DPT

Kayla was born in Encinitas, CA, and received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Willamette University in Salem, OR. She then received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences located in San Marcos, CA. She has been a physical therapist since 2017 and has been working at PRN La Jolla since 2018. Kayla is passionate about guiding her patients through their rehabilitation process and helping them get back to their function after injury or surgery. She is also excited to participate in other’s educational journeys as they endeavour to get their own Doctorate in Physical Therapy by providing mentorship as a clinical instructor. On the weekends, Kayla enjoys hiking, playing with dogs, and hanging out with her friends/family.

Close up of Maryrose Pharo, a physical therapy assistantMaryrose Pharo, PTA

Maryrose is originally from Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After, she moved to San Diego, where she enjoys working as a personal trainer with attention to correct form and body mechanics. She decided to further her education by attending Stanbridge University where she received her Associates Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The most rewarding part of her job is having people be able to return to what they love to do. In her spare time she likes being at the beach or hiking with her three dogs.

San Diego/Uptown

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Experts in Evaluating Biomechanics and Movement
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Manual Therapy Techniques
  • IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization)
  • Pilates and Yoga based exercise
  • Pre-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
 

  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Fall Prevention, Balance, and Gait Training
  • Fitness Programs
  • Ergonomic & Worksite Consultations
  • TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Modality Treatments – Infrared Therapy, Electrical Stimulation, Ultrasound, Cervical and Lumbar Mechanical Traction, Iontophoresis

Brandon Irons, MPT, CMPT – Clinic Director

Brandon Irons, MPT is the Director of PRN San Diego Uptown.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 2010 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2006.  Professionally, his entire practice has been in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation.  He has successfully worked to rehabilitate clients from all levels of injury from children to older adults including professional athletes.  Brandon has progressed his education with advanced clinical evaluation, assessment, and manual therapeutic treatment techniques.  Through a rigorous educational and examination process, he has become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist.  He has been a Clinical Director with PRN since 2013, and the Director of PRN San Diego Uptown since 2016.  Brandon enjoys running, mountain biking, surfing and snowboarding in his free time.

David Mignea, PT, DPT, CSCS

David grew up in San Jose, California before moving to southern California for his higher education. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Society from the University of California Los Angeles in 2014. He began Physical Therapy school at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences six months later and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the spring of 2017. In addition to possessing his professional degree and Bachelor’s education, David is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is passionate about seeing people with various injuries and physical ailments be healed and restored. He believes that exercise can be a powerful tool for pain relief, improving physical capacity, and restoring function. David has also been extensively trained in Manual Therapy in his doctoral education. Outside of the clinic, David enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren by exploring San Diego or enjoying peaceful days at home. He is an avid ice hockey fan and even plays occasionally.

Dr. Tamara Pessin, DPT

Tamara graduated with honors from San Diego State University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree with honors from the University of St. Augustine for health sciences in 2017. Dr. Pessin has successfully rehabilitated a diverse group of patients including young and older adults with a wide range of orthopedic diagnoses including nonoperative, preoperative, and postoperative care. Additionally, she has worked with pediatric patients with diagnoses of torticollis, plagiocephaly, and developmental delay. Her passion for physical therapy is fueled by the joy she receives from helping others regain optimal function. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys hiking, dancing, and enjoying the lovely weather San Diego has to offer.

Della Schweitzer, PTA, CEAS

San Diego native Della Schweitzer has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 20 years and at PRN Uptown for 17 years. Prior to working at the Uptown clinic, Della held a variety of positions in her 25 years with PRN. Della obtained her certification as an ergonomic specialist and now also conducts workshops and individual workplace ergonomic assessments. Her greatest satisfaction is helping her patients regain function and get back to living their lives.  Outside of the clinic, Della enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying her time outdoors with her dog.

Kate Button, PTA, ATC

Kate Button, PTA, ATC is a native San Diegan, and grew up in east county.  She graduated from Valhalla High School and  graduated from SDSU with a Bachellor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. Kate has a background in sports medicine.  She has been a Certified Athletic trainer for 12 years and a member of the NATA since 2004 working with all levels of athlete including high school, NCAA, and professional.  In 2009, Kate graduated from Loma Linda University with her PTA degree.  Kate’s caring nature and passion for helping others guided her to a career in Physical Therapy.  She thoroughly enjoys the challenges as well as personal rewards that come with a profession dedicated to the healing of others.  Her background in Sports Medicine allows her to contribute her knowledge and skills towards the recovery of PRN’s athletic population.  When she is not in the clinic, Kate can be found at the local beaches, trails and parks enjoying San Diego’s amazing sunshine and weather with her Labradoodle Ruby. She regularly trains for ½ marathons and practices Pilates and Yoga.

Mission Valley

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports medicine rehabilitation
  • McKenzie Method
  • Individualized Therapeutic Exercise Program
  • Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Joint Mobilization (McKenzie, Maitland, Paris Influences)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization (Active release, Myofascial Release, IASTM)
 

  • Fall Prevention and Balance Training
  • Kinesiotaping
  • TRX Training
  • Low Level Laser
  • Certified Hand Therapist
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
  • Splint Therapy
  • Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Headshot of Sean McKeown, specialist in mechanical diagnosis and therapySean McKeown MS, PT, Cred MDT

Attended San Diego State University for undergraduate coursework and completed his B.S. in Biology and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Oregon. He is Credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute and trained in Active Release Techniques – ART. ® He strongly believes in patient education to ensure their understanding of their issue, participation in their recovery process and prevention of future injury.

Close up of Kate Woodward, doctor of physical therapyKate Woodward, PT, DPT

Kate obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and her B.S. in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, from Ithaca College in NY. As a competitive gymnast starting at the age of three and finishing her career at the collegiate level competing for Ithaca College, Kate sustained many injuries throughout her gymnastics career requiring physical therapy, which is where she developed her passion for sports-related injuries and rehabilitating patients back to what they love. Upon graduation in 2016, Kate moved West to San Diego to start her career at PRN Physical Therapy. Kate is excited to be in an outpatient orthopedic environment and enjoys working with, as well as motivating all patient populations. Kate loves the outdoors, surfing, hiking, beach days, and traveling with friends.

Headshot of Rebecca Pagdan, certified hand therapistRebecca Pagdan, MPT,CHT

Rebecca D. Pagdan, MPT, CHT, a Certified Hand Therapist since 1994, received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of California San Diego, and her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She has had the privilege of training and working with many of the most reputable institutions, hand therapists, and hand surgeons in San Diego County. Rebecca brings to PRN Mission Valley a vast and varied education and experience in acute care, neurological rehabilitation, sports and orthopedic manual therapy, and specialty exercise programming. Rebecca is also a classically trained and certified pilates instructor, having served as California Certification Center director and Teachers of Teachers for the United States Pilates Association.

La Mesa

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Spine & Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Occupational Hand Therapy
  • Balance & Fall Prevention
  • Return to Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning & FCE

 

  • Vestibular Testing & Treatment
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Headaches
  • Craniomandibular (TMJ) Dysfunctions
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation
  • Med-X

Headshot of Seth Egge, doctor of physical therapySeth Egge, PT

Dr. Seth Egge, PT completed his Kinesiology degree at San Diego State University in 2008. He ventured onto earn his doctorate in Physical Therapy at The University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California with an emphasis in advanced evaluation and manipulation of the lumbopelvic region, thoracic spine, cervical spine, and extremities. Using a combination of joint mobilization, myofascial release, and neuromuscular re-education, Dr. Egge effectively treats patients who suffer from chronic low back and neck pain, craniofacial dysfunction, and complex upper and lower extremity disorders. He enjoys watching and participating in all sports but participates in Snowboarding, Surfing, Mountain biking, and Triathlons.

Close up of Gina Cornacchione, doctor of physical therapyDr. Gina Cornacchione, OTR/L, DPT, CHT

Gina is a dual credentialed therapist who specializes in the treatment of upper extremity injuries.  She earned both her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (2014) and a master’s in Occupational Therapy (2013) at the University of St. Augustine and a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration (2011) from Grand Canyon University. Gina recently obtained a specialization as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Her passion is to help patients reach their goals to return to their lifestyle and well-being.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, running, strength training, traveling and sports.

Headshot of Kimberly Santos, a physical therapy assistantKimberly Santos, BS, PTA

Kim graduated with her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from Cal State San Marcos in 2012. She continued her education and went on to San Diego Mesa College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017.  Kim uses a variety of techniques such as IASTM and soft tissue cupping to improve functional mobility. She loves helping patients recover from their injuries and achieve their goals. When she isn’t working, Kim loves playing volleyball, softball, golf, snowboarding, and going to Disneyland to hang with her best friend Mickey Mouse.

El Cajon

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Spinal Evaluation
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Occupational Rehabilitation & Conditioning
  • Fitness Programs
  • Individualized Exercise Prescription
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Balance/Proprioception Training
  • Aquatic Wellness Program

Headshot of Robert Tendick, experienced physical therapistRobert Tendick, PT, DPT, CSCS, CGFI
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor via Titleist Performance Institute

Rob first became interested in becoming a physical therapist as a result of a high school soccer injury, and quickly discovered his passion for human movement, educating others, and return to activity following an injury. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Southern California, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego. He has a particular interest in treating the spine and lower extremity, and screening young athletes for movement dysfunction in order to reduce future injury risk. He has studied spinal treatment methods of McKenzie, Maitland, and Paris, as well as functional screens such as SFMA which help Rob understand the connection throughout the body. He believes that pain is the body’s last cry for help, not necessarily indicative of the true problem or dysfunction, which must be discovered via a thorough assessment. Rob is also passionate about educating future professionals and is a certified Clinical Instructor, taking several DPT students each year for their clinical education rounds. Outside of the clinic Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, traveling, or playing sports such as soccer, golf, snowboarding, or hiking many of the local trails.

Close up of Kellie Robinson, a doctor of physical therapyKellie Robinson, PT, DPT

Kellie is originally from Hampden, Massachusetts and moved here recently with her husband and Boston terrier puppy, Lucy. Kellie was inspired to become a physical therapist at an early age after witnessing the positive results it provided to her younger sister with special needs. Kellie is a doctor of physical therapy and has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 2 years, specializing in outpatient orthopedic care. Outside of working as a physical therapist Kellie enjoys dancing, singing, and exploring all the sights and new adventures San Diego has to offer with her family. She can even be found giving kayak tours along the San Diego waters.

Headshot of Franklin Maphis, orthopedic outpatient expertFranklin Maphis PTA, ATRIC

Franklin has been practicing in orthopedic outpatient care for 17 years, specializing and certified in aquatic rehabilitation and exercise. Originally from Washington, DC, Franklin joined PRN in 2003 after relocating to San Diego. As an avid swimmer himself, after joining PRN he has cultivated an interest and passion for aquatic therapy and is thrilled to be working with the majority or our patients in the pool. He has also acquired several certifications in manual therapy which he applies when working with our patients in the clinic. His interests include skating, volleyball, swimming, weight lifting, animals and gardening.  He is the sole caretaker of our clinic flower garden and enjoys giving tours with his interested patients. He is a dog lover and shares his home with two dachshunds, Abbie and Molly and spends a lot of time at the dog park.

Close up of Joanne LeBlanc, a rehab aide in a physical therapy clinicJoanne LeBlanc PTA

Joanne is originally from England and first started working with PRN in 1998 as a rehab aide in a physical therapy clinic. During that time she went to school and decided to continue her journey with PRN as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been treating patients in the outpatient setting for 16 years and has developed an interest and acquired certifications in the McKenzie method. Joanne is a mother of three who, in her spare time, enjoys exercising, watching her children play sports and exploring San Diego.

Spring Valley

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Strength and Conditioning Programs
  • Dynamic Lumbar Stabilization
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Spine Care
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Kevin Bresnahan, PT, MOMT
Clinic Director

Kevin Bresnahan graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1987 earning his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1991, he was bestowed a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy by completing a two-year part time residency program. For nearly thirty years he has been dedicated to providing quality care for his patients. The past 20 years he has been the lead therapist and director of PRN Affiliated Physical Therapy. Outside of Physical Therapy, Kevin has been a life-long golfer and has been active for fifteen years in the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master.

Janet Lee, PT

Janet Lee has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 16 years, 12 of which have been working for PRN at Affiliated Physical Therapy in Spring Valley.  Janet is a graduate from the University of Michigan’s Master of Physical Therapy program.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan.  She enjoys working with the wide variety of conditions and diversity of patients that she encounters on a daily basis.  Janet’s goal has always been to provide excellent patient care with empathy and compassion to everyone who enters Affiliated Physical Therapy.

Brent Furr, DPT, PES

Brent Furr has been in the health and fitness industry since 2008, and has been an impassioned educator/instructor for the past 11 years.  Earning his Bachelors in kinesiology, a Masters in exercise science, and most recently his Doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St Augustine, Brent has dedicated his life to helping others reach their fitness and rehabilitative goals.  He began working as a licensed physical therapist at PRN Affiliated Physical Therapy in 2017, and his treatment approach is one that begins and ends with kindness and compassion.  He utilizes the most up to date evidence based research, along with certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist, performance enhancement specialist, and a speed and explosion specialist, necessary in providing quality and individualized treatments.  Outside of work, Brent enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, hiking, strength training, and just about anything involving activity and the outdoors.

Chula Vista

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Cold Laser
  • Balance and Fall Programs
  • Maxillofacial / TMJ
  • Hand Therapy
  • Ergonomics
 

  • Wellness Programs
  • Post-Rehab Physical Therapy
  • Fitness Programs
  • Med Gym weight loss
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Jobsite Analysis
  • HealthFit

Doctor of physical therapy, Aileen LandsAileen Lands, PT, DPT

Aileen went to Illinois State University for her undergraduate coursework and completed her B.S. In Exercise Science. She continued her education, earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Aileen strongly believes in patient education and in assisting patients in understanding his or her condition and facilitating their active involvement in rehabilitation. She continues to develop her physical therapy practice through diverse continuing education programs. Although her focus is on treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, she also treats some vestibular conditions and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Aileen has been working as a physical therapist at the Chula Vista clinic since 2013, initially as a co-director before taking on the role of sole clinic director in 2015. She is conversational in Spanish.

Close up of Lauren Farwick a doctor of physical therapy in Chula VistaLauren Farwick, PT, DPT

Lauren graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Athletic training. After graduation, she continued with her education and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Cincinnati University. Lauren enjoys working with patients from diverse backgrounds for orthopedic conditions including temporomandibular joint dysfunction as well as vestibular rehabilitation. Lauren has been working as a doctor of physical therapy at the Chula Vista clinic since 2012 and is a valuable member of the PRN team.

Headshot of Victoria Gutierrez, a physical therapy assistant at PRN San DiegoVictoria Gutierrez, PTA

Victoria has been with the PRN company for almost 10 years. Upon her graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles with her Bachelor’s in the Science of Physiology in 2008, she began working at the La Jolla and Hillcrest clinic locations as a physical therapy aide. In 2013, Victoria returned to school and earned her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Mesa College. She then returned to PRN full time as a physical therapist assistant. She transferred to the Chula Vista clinic in 2016, where she enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life. Victoria is also fluent in Spanish.

Headshot of the PRN San Diego doctor of physical therapy, Jerome MalimbanJerome Malimban, PT, DPT

Jerome joined the PRN Chula Vista team in 2017 and has seamlessly integrated into the clinic environment. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pamona with a Bachelor’s in the Science of Kinesiology. He then furthered his education, by earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Marcos. In the future, he is interested in obtaining his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialty qualifications, to further assist him in caring for his patients and being a better physical therapist.

Eastlake

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Joint Mobilization – Paris, Maitland, and McKenzie Influences
  • Cold Laser Modality
  • Fall Prevention and Balance Training
  • Post Operative Physical Therapy
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Program
 

  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Re-education
  • Maxillofacial / TMJ Treatment
  • Ergonomics
  • Wellness/Fitness Programs
  • Individualized Therapeutic Exercise Programs

Headshot of Lizzie Philbin, a doctor of physical therapy and clinical director at PRN San Diego EastlakeLizzie Philbin PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Lizzie is the Clinic Director and has been with PRN Physical Therapy Clinic since May 2013. She achieved her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. There, she took various courses toward the Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), giving her extensive training in orthopedics and manual therapy. Prior to that, she earned her B.A. degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. It is this combination of education and experience that drives Lizzie to provide the most individualized treatment to her patients. She prefers to emphasize a hands-on manual therapy approach with client education and a specific home program to allow each patient to achieve optimal outcomes. When not treating patients in our physical therapy office, Lizzie enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Professional image of Don Borja, a physical therapist in Chula Vista, CADon Borja, PT

Don is a Physical Therapist and has been a part of our team since May of 2014. Achieving his Bachelors of Physical Therapy in the Philippines at Our Lady of Fatima University, Don has been practicing in the United States since 2007. He has had extensive training and experience in orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy and has been a great asset to our team, providing superior patient care with great results. When not treating patients in our physical therapy clinic, Don enjoys a great game of basketball, but is most often found spending time with his wife and two children.

Brawley

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
 

  • Work Conditioning
  • Fitness Programs
  • Ergonomic & Worksite Consultations
  • Aquatic Rehabilitation

Headshot of Rick Kamakea, Physical therapist at PRN San Diego in BrawleyRick Kamakea MPT, MCMT

Rick earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State Hayward where he had a dual emphasis in Athletic Training and Pre-Physical Therapy studies, and a minor in Biology. He earned his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from California State University Long Beach in 2003 where he raced triathlons for 2 seasons and rowed crew for one season. He earned a certificate in Manual Therapy in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is currently pursuing another certificate in Osteopractic Medicine. Rick grew up in Hawaii and was always surrounded with athletics, but he has worked his entire Physical Therapy career in multiple settings treating both seniors and hospitalized patients as well as a full spectrum of patients in outpatient clinics. In his spare time, he enjoys body-surfing, mountain biking, paddle boarding and playing music on his guitars and ukuleles.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dang TonDang Ton, PT, DPT

Dang obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in May of 2015. He found his passion for physical therapy through his interest in sports, and always knew he wanted to pursue a career which helped promote wellness, recovery and restoring quality of life in others. A lot of his clinical experience as a student comes from working in outpatient orthopedic and sports clinics, where he had the privilege of rehabilitating professional NFL players, MMA fighters, collegiate athletes, and more. Over the past year, he developed a new growing interest in neurologic rehabilitation. He has since then taken additional courses in vestibular and stroke rehabilitation, as well as obtained his LSVT-BIG certification for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. During his spare time, Dang enjoys playing basketball, football, and hiking.

Close up of Santiago Longoria, a physical therapy assistantSantiago Longoria, PTA

Santiago was born and raised in San Antonio Texas. He served in the Navy for 9 years and was deployed to several combat tours in troubled spots throughout northern Africa and the Middle East. After the military, Santiago attended Concord College and graduated from their Physical Therapy Assistant program in San Diego as one of their most promising students. He has worked with veterans and people of all ages in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and home health settings. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his daughter and riding his Harley Davidson.

If you’re looking for a physical therapist or doctor of physical therapy, look no further than our Brawley physical therapy clinic. Meet with one of our specialists and see for yourself how they can help you with your needs.

El Centro

Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning
 

  • Fitness Programs
  • Ergonomic & Worksite Consultations
  • Hand Therapy
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Headshot of Dustin Bonhan, Clinic Director specializing in outpatient physical therapyDustin Bonhan, PT, Clinic Director

Dustin was born in Hutchinson Kansas and moved to Orange County California in first grade.  He received his B.A. in Biology from UC Riverside and his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Western University. He moved to the Imperial Valley in 2002 and has been with PRN since 2005. He spends most of his free time with his family and enjoys hiking in Mount Laguna. Dustin has stayed in the outpatient physical therapy setting because he loves the wide variety of patients he is able to treat.

Close up view of Amisha Lala, a doctor of physical therapyAmisha Lala, DPT

Amisha is originally from South Africa and moved with her family to Pennsylvania. She graduated from a 6-year program at Lebanon Valley College near Hershey, PA and became a doctor of physical therapy. During her time there she was a Student Athletic Trainer to the collegiate athletes, a Valley Ambassador and nominated Class Representative for the graduating PT class of 2017. She is a young, eager clinician with new ideas and the motivation to help people in need of the best physical therapy interventions to heal and enjoy their lives.

Headshot of Gisell Torres, a physical therapist assistantGisell Torres

Gisell is originally from Calexico, CA. After graduating high school she moved to San Diego where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from San Diego State University. Her passion for soccer inspired her to continue with her education combining health and sport related injuries. Then graduating from Concorde College as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Gisell decided to return to the Imperial Valley to work in an outpatient orthopedic setting where she enjoys giving back to the community where she grew up by providing some of the best physical therapy services to the ones in need. Gisell likes to attend concerts, go to the movies and travel with her friends and family.

Headshot of Cody Cooper, a doctor of physical therapy who focuses on outpatient physical therapyCody Cooper, DPT

Cody is a physical therapist at PRN Desert Rehabilitation Institute in El Centro. He became a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA and his Bachelor’s Degree at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2012. Since graduating in 2015, Cody has worked in the outpatient physical therapy and orthopedic setting.

 

Close up of Courtney Barker, doctor of Occupational TherapyCourtney Barker, OTD, OTR/L, CEES

Courtney received her B.S. degree in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton in 2015 and then went on to receive Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Huntington University in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2019. During her studies, she has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and hosted a national leader, former American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT) president for an advanced custom orthotic course. Courtney completed her clinical rotation at a renowned hand therapy facility in Chicago that specialized in conservative and post-operative therapy for injuries and problems with shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. There she worked alongside the former ASHT president and nationally recognized hand surgeons. Courtney has an advanced certification as a Certified Ergonomic Evaluation Specialist (CEES) where she has experience providing individualized ergonomic evaluations for industrial and computer workstations. She has found her passion in hand therapy and is eager to start her career working towards her advanced certification for hand therapy. Courtney is a southern California native and is glad to be back after living in the Midwest for a few years. She enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring new restaurants in her free time.

Calexico

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
 

  • Work Conditioning
  • Fitness Programs
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Headshot of Dustin Bonhan, Physical Therapist at PRN San DiegoDustin Bonhan, PT

Dustin was born in Hutchinson Kansas and moved to Orange County California in first grade.  He received his B.A. in Biology from UC Riverside and his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Western University.  He moved to the Imperial Valley in 2002 and has been with PRN since 2005.  He spends most of his free time with his family and enjoys hiking in Mount Laguna.  Dustin has stayed in the outpatient setting because he loves the wide variety of patients he is able to treat.

Close up of Stephany Auyon, a physical therapy assistant at PRN San Diego in Calexico, CAStephany Auyon, PTA

Stephany was born in Mexicali, Mexico and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy and completed her studies as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Concorde Career College in San Diego, CA. Stephany is currently working in an outpatient clinic and enjoys the diversity in diagnosis which challenge her understanding in different pathologies.

Carlsbad

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy
  • Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Throwing Rehabilitation
  • ACL Rehabilitation
  • IASTM Manual Therapy
  • Post-Operative Rehabilitation
  • Joint Replacements
  • Neck and Spine Rehabilitation

 

  • Sports Performance Enhancement
  • Balance and Gait Training
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Women’s Health
  • Medicare Certified
  • Workers Compensation

Headshot of Katie Scully, a PT at the Carlsbad physical therapy clinicKatie A. Scully, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Katie is a New York native, who graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Business. While at UConn, she was also a member and captain of their Division I Field Hockey Team, in which she made seasonal Big East and National Tournament appearances. In 2014, Katie graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Aside from being a physical therapist, Katie is most passionate about outpatient orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, however she is also well versed in inpatient physical therapy. Katie has a strong background in manual therapy and sports rehabilitation. Katie is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 2011. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Sections, and is a CPTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.