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Our Staff

We have a number of exceptionally trained staff members ready to help you get back to feeling great.

  • Dr. Kahl Goldfarb, PT, DPT, OCS, OMT, CSCS

  • Dr. Sidjonn (CJ) Regala, PT, DPT

  • Dr. Emily Richard, PT, DPT

  • Dr. David Evans PT, DPT

  • Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

  • Dr. Randi Kinney PT, DPT

  • Dr. Brittany Lillie, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

  • Dr. Kirsten Brown PT, DPT

  • Dr. Alyssa Quam, PT, DPT

  • Dr. Chelsea Clark, PT, DPT

  • Dr. Ashley Maher, PT, DPT

  • Dr. Sarah Landerholm, PT, DPT

  • Dr. Joe Posler, PT, DPT

Dr. Kahl Goldfarb, PT, DPT, OCS, OMT, CSCS

CEO of Water & Sports Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
Post Graduate Doctoral Degree in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy Residency with Spinal Emphasis
Former Head Physical Therapist San Diego Padres
Former Adjunct Professor San Diego State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Kahl Goldfarb received his degree in physical therapy from the University of New England in 1997. In 2005, after a four year doctoral program and after passing the national orthopaedic practical exam, written exam and doctoral dissertation, Kahl received a post graduate doctoral degree from the world-renowned Ola Grimsby Institute. He is a doctor of physical therapy, a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist (only 3% of physical therapists in the country have achieved this specialty), a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and has attained advanced work as an Orthopaedic Manual Therapist. Dr. Goldfarb is certified as a selective functional movement assessment (SFMA) and functional movement screen (FMS) specialist and specializes in advanced manual therapy techniques, biomechanical evaluations, and spinal dysfunctions.  He has also taken advanced course work in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Postural Respiration Institute (PRI) with an emphasis on athletic performance.

Kahl was the head physical therapist for the San Diego Padres (2015 & 2016 seasons) and was adjunct professor for the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at San Diego State University (2014-2016).  He instructed the lecture and lab portion of Musculoskeletal Therapeutics Course to the graduate students. He has been a lecturer for UCSD Sports Medicine Department presenting to the sports medicine physicians and fellows in the advances in orthopedic physical therapy. Other lectures include Standford University, The Olympic Training Center, University of San Diego, Senior Olympics, Sharp Medicine Center, Sharp Rees Stealy, and many sports teams. Dr Goldfarb also worked with NASA and UCSD to provide information on how to assist astronauts in preventing spinal pathologies after returning to earth.  He also is a presenter for SI-bone and lectures and teaches surgeons diagnosis and treatment of the sacroiliac joint.

Dr Goldfarb has co-authored and assisted in chapters of books in the Orthopaedic and sports performance world.  He has also presented on topics such as Thoracic Outlet in Professional Pitchers, Back Pain vs. Pelvic Dysfunction, Plyometrics for the Elite Athlete, Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement for the Older Athlete, Foot and Ankle injuries, Differential Diagnosis of the Cervical Spine vs. the Shoulder, Orthopaedic Evaluation for Nurse Practitioners and Running Biomechanics for Injury Prevention.

Kahl has helped save the careers of many professional MLB, NFL, PGA, AVP, motocross, and mixed martial arts, surfing and Olympic athletes.  He has helped many pitchers diagnose and recover from thoracic outlet surgery and has had the joy of watching many of these players such as Chris Young who wasn’t expected to pitch again, not only extend his career by at least 5 years but also become “Come Back Player of the Year” and pitched for two wins in the World Series in order to win the Championship.  Other professional pitchers have had excellent comebacks as well such as Clayton Richard and Tyson Ross (All Star pitcher).  Kahl enjoys working with pitchers to help them perform at the highest level while preventing injury.  A few examples are Cy Young and All Star pitchers Barry Zito and Jake Peavy.  He is also the CEO of Water & Sports Physical Therapy Inc. which has 7 Physical Therapy Clinics and 2 Myofunctional Therapy Clinics that specialize in sleep disorder breathing in San Diego California.

Dr. Sidjonn (CJ) Regala, PT, DPT

Dr. Sidjonn Regala PT, DPT received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University of Abilene, TX in 2009. He also attended Texas Tech University and Hardin-Simmons University for undergraduate studies to pursue a bachelor of science in biology degree with a minor in mathematics in 2007. He has a passion for manual therapy, treating orthopedic injuries, and dealing with neurological aspects of physical therapy. While pursuing his Doctoral degree, Sidjonn was active with Orthopedic Manual Enhancements at West Texas Rehab Center. He has gained most of his experience in orthopedic clinical settings, but experience ranges from extensive affiliations with neurological, acute, and aquatic physical therapy. He was also active with continuing education by presenting in-services with the following topics: Vestibular System and Balance, Manual Techniques for the Cervical Spine, Neuromyelitis Optica, and The Immediate Affects of Whole-Body Vibration on Soft Tissues. He is an active member around the community with experience of providing fitness screens for athletes in sporting events, volunteering at the Special Olympics in 2007, geriatrics in nursing homes/senior centers, and being active in a mission trip to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to evaluate and treat children in an orphanage. His personal sports history includes football, basketball, and baseball. Sidjonn was a varsity pitcher in college who specialized with helping teammates and other athletes in the community with pitching mechanics. His goal is to educate and treat clients on injury prevention, postural mechanics, performance enhancements, functional recovery, and helping clients to reach their functional goals.

Dr. Emily Richard, PT, DPT

Emily Richard, PT, DPT, is a 2006 graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she received her BS degree in Health and Sports Studies. In 2009, she graduated from Ohio University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Emily was born and raised in Ohio and moved to San Diego to experience better weather and new adventures. Prior to Water and Sports PT, she worked two years in an outpatient hospital setting in Dayton, Ohio, with orthopedic, neurological, post-operative, and sports medicine patients. She is an American Physical Therapy Association certified Clinical Instructor and has taken many students under her wing as part of their didactic clinical training. She enjoys “paying it forward” because she had wonderful clinical instructors that inspired her to want to help educate other PT students.

Dr. David Evans PT, DPT

Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional
Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional

Dr. David Evans, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. The University of St. Augustine gave him a strong background in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. This has allowed Dr. Evans to receive an advanced education in evaluating and treating an array of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. He has taken multiple advanced classes in the evaluation and treatment of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines, as well the lumbar/pelvic complex and extremity integration. Dr. Evans has also received advanced training in evaluating and treating the temporomandibular joint. While in the last semester of his doctoral program, Dr. Evans was asked by various faculty members to become a teacher’s assistant in the neuromuscular courses at the University of St. Augustine. Teaching his fellow students has allowed him to confidently evaluate and treat patients with neurological-based diseases. He was also an anatomy tutor for his fellow colleagues and taught them the importance of understanding the make-up of the human body when treating patients.

Dr. Evans has had internships at the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, at Palomar Heights Care Center in Escondido, and at the Sharp Rees Stealy outpatient orthopedic clinic in La Mesa. These clinical rotations have given him the knowledge to evaluate and treat various musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and metabolic dysfunctions. Prior to attending the University of St. Augustine, Dr. Evans attended San Diego State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. During his undergraduate education, he worked at Water and Sports Physical Therapy for 3 years as a Lead Exercise Specialist at the Mission Beach and downtown locations.

Dr. Evans believes that good communication is the most important part of the therapist-patient relationship. He believes that a patient has a need to be educated about their condition and that a physical therapist should do everything in his power to make sure that a patient understands their condition and how it is going to be treated. Dr. Evans believes that a good physical therapist needs to have advanced knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to truly understand the complexities of the human body. With this knowledge, a physical therapist will have the ability to successfully evaluate and treat patients with a multitude of dysfunctions. Lastly, he believes that a physical therapist should not treat just the pain that the patient is experiencing, but should focus on treating the dysfunctional cause of the pain.

Dr. Evans is a born and raised San Diegan and enjoys exploring all of the beaches, parks, and mountains that San Diego has to offer. Participating in and watching sports like basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and golf are a passion of his. Because of this, Dr. Evans’ main goal in treatment of his patients, whether they be a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, is to get them healthy and back to the lifestyle they enjoy.

Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

Carol comes to Water and Sports Physical Therapy directly from the US Navy where her extensive background in aquatic therapy and certifications from both the Aquatic Rehab Institute and the Burdenko Institute enabled her to spearhead and develop a specialized deep water aquatic program for Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego. The deep water program implemented protocols not only for our wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, but also for the general orthopedic outpatient population. This program was so well received, that the aquatic program was also implemented at Naval Air Station Coronado as well, refined and specifically geared toward Navy pilots, air crew, and rescue swimmers. This program quite effectively decreased the number of visits required for post surgical Physical therapy, and also quite frequently resulted in prehabbing active duty air crew  in order to avoid surgical interventions and maintain these personnel on active duty status and prepared for deployment.

Carol believes in effective communication in regards to instruction and intervention along with training, and has been a active participant in speaking to high level commands at combat helicopter squadrons, in order to effectively intervene to help prevent common and overuse injuries with combat air crew. Carol is also a firm believer and is passionate about manual therapy, “as no machine can ever replace the power, beauty, and magic of touch.” She has over 25 years of an extensive background in manual therapy, to include Maitland Mobilization Technique, McKenzie Institute, Mulligan, and Active Release Technique for the Spine. When it comes to land based ex’s programs, Carol remains active in continuing education, and has received certificates in Gary Gray Functional Training, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen, (FMS), Pnuemex, and Pilates for Therapists.

She is known to her current and former patients as the “Kinesotape Queen”, and feels this quirky tape keeps Water and Sports Physical Therapy on the veritable cutting edge of technology, along with the ease, comfort, and enhanced performance it provides to our patients during their therapeutic healing process and Activities of Daily Living.

Carol is blissfully delighted to both live and work in Coronado, “our little slice of heaven,” and you can often see her enjoying a afternoon kayaking with her granddaughter Sadie on Glorietta Bay, on dog beach entertaining her rescued Golden Retriever “Boomer” with a thousand tennis balls, or out on the Skeet range with friends and family.

Stop by and see Carol at BBMAC, and let her help you towards a whole new way of healing, as pain, is not an option!

Dr. Randi Kinney PT, DPT

Dr. Randi Kinney received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences located in San Diego, from which she graduated summa cum laude. Her doctorate program provided her with a strong background in manual and orthopedic physical therapy with advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions. She also completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-Physical Therapy at San Diego State University.

Throughout her doctorate program she continued to follow her passion for teaching others, by working as a teacher’s assistant for the Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation course, and Biomechanics Lab course at the University of St. Augustine, and the Musculoskeletal Therapeutic Intervention course at San Diego States DPT program. Dr. Kinney believes that having a deep rooted knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics can dramatically impact the success of patient outcomes.

Dr. Kinney is the director of WSPT’s Scripps Ranch Clinic, director of Pediatrics and the supervisor and coordinator of WSPT’s elite exercise specialist program which entails the education of advanced land and aquatic exercise.

Dr. Kinney has a strong passion for manual therapy, treating orthopedic injuries, and in working with children. She is Manual Therapy Certified (MTC), including certification in Myofascial Manipulation; Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation; Extremity Integration; Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation; Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Pelvis, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine; Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of the Cranio-Facial, Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine and Functional Analysis and Management of the Lumbo-Pelvic Hip Complex.

Although Dr. Kinney’s background is primarily in orthopedics, sports rehabilitation, and pediatrics, she uses her experiences from working with patients in a variety of settings including acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, and with neurologic populations to provide individualized therapy to best fit each patient’s needs. Dr. Kinney has great enthusiasm for helping her patients reach their functional goals so they can return to their lives pain-free!

With a strong passion for learning and teaching others, Dr. Kinney began her experience with WSPT prior to enrolling in her doctorate program as a lead exercise specialist, and patient care coordinator manager. Being a part of the WSPT family for many years now, she is passionate about the excellence of the company and in upholding the exceptional quality of care that is provided.

As a small town girl from Bishop, CA, Randi enjoys anything outdoors! From the mountains to the ocean you can find her hiking, snowboarding, playing softball, golf and spending long days at the beach with family and friends. Her enthusiasm and optimism for her patients and for physical therapy comes from her own experiences as a patient and the lifelong relationships she has formed with the physical therapists that have helped her recover from sports injuries and surgeries of her own. Dr. Kinney truly feels that “It is a gift to get to spend her day helping others get back to what they love to do so they can enjoy their lives”.

Dr. Brittany Lillie, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Dr. Britt Lillie, PT, DPT, was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She attended Ithaca College majoring in Physical Therapy with a minor in Coaching: softball concentration. After six years, Britt achieved a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), B.S. in Clinical Health Studies, and a minor in Coaching. While finishing up her degree at Ithaca College, Britt became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist allowing her to train athletes/clients at a higher level. Britt has experience in a variety of physical therapy settings but orthopedics and sports medicine is her passion. Britt moved to San Diego, CA to pursue her career in physical therapy, specializing in orthopedics and completed a one-year orthopedic residency program at Kaiser Permanente. After completing her orthopedic residency program, Britt became a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist in 2016.

One of Britt’s primary focuses with her career, currently and in the future, is ACL research specifically establishing a world class injury prevention program to decrease the amount of individuals impacted by ACL tears each year. Britt played softball at Ithaca College for four years and continues to play fast pitch softball in the San Diego Women’s Fast Pitch league. She also loves running, surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar, and other
outdoor activities.

Dr. Kirsten Brown PT, DPT

Dr. Kirsten Brown received her doctoral degree in 2012 during a 6 year DPT program at Northeastern University located in Boston, MA.  She spent her first 2 years post doctoral degree working at an outpatient hospital-based facility where she specialized in the treatment of orthopedic/ musculoskeletal injuries, neurological, and cardiovascular pathologies.  She finds great joy and a strong passion for treating those with sports medicine injuries. Dr. Brown has also been through coursework in the use of Graston Technique® soft tissue mobilization which has resulted in remarkable results with her patients. She has also successfully completed the 3 month WSPT manual therapy residency and has proven to be an excellent manual therapist and utilized many techniques such as pin and stretch, active muscle pumping, muscle energy, joint mobilizations and myofacial release.  She also has extensive experience with myofacial decompression cupping techniques.

Dr. Brown’s passion for the human body and its function began with her experience as a personal trainer. She has had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and with all athletic abilities. Her training focuses on plyometrics, Olympic lifting, and speed and strength conditioning.

Dr Brown also has a background in sports, participating in years of gymnastics leading up to high school, then transitioning to volleyball where she earned a varsity spot during her sophomore year and was awarded captain her senior year. She has a strong love of sports and a passion for treating those who enjoy being active whether it be an athlete, weekend warrior, or even those who just enjoy the occasional hike.     

In her free time, She enjoys cooking, spinning, and volleyball and is anxiously awaiting her first attempt at paddle boarding!

Dr. Alyssa Quam, PT, DPT

Dr. Alyssa Quam earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy at Columbia University in New York City. As part of her graduate education, Alyssa specialized in pediatrics and completed clinical rotations at Santa Clara Medical Center, Cedars­Sinai Medical Center, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which gave her an extensive education in orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries, cardiovascular and neurological conditions, and pediatric sports injuries. Alyssa participated in research on children with a rare chromosomal disorder called Cri du Chat Syndrome that led to a poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s national conference. Alyssa also served as a board member for CoSMO, a multidisciplinary pro bono clinic run by Columbia students to provide medical care for uninsured Manhattan residents.

Prior to moving to NYC for graduate school, Alyssa attended Saint Mary’s College in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Dance. While at Saint Mary’s Alyssa danced for her school’s dance team as well as for the Saint Mary’s Dance Company, which specialized in modern and contemporary dance.

Alyssa has been dancing since she could walk, and grew up playing competitive volleyball as well. This instilled in her an early love of exercise and injury prevention, which brought her to the field of physical therapy. Having dealt with her share of sports injuries, Alyssa is passionate about helping her patients return to the activities they enjoy. Alyssa loves being active, traveling as often as she can, and enjoying being back on the West Coast!

Dr. Chelsea Clark, PT, DPT

Dr. Chelsea Clark received her doctoral degree from Northeastern University in Boston, MA following the completion of a 6 year DPT program. During her schooling, she also completed the Sports Medicine Concentration, which emphasized skills necessary to treating an athletic population, including taping techniques and developing strength and conditioning programs. Dr. Clark completed her final clinical affiliation with Water and Sports Physical Therapy at the UTC location and quickly fell in love with the company and the San Diego area. During her affliation with WSPT, Dr. Clark broadened her repertoire of manual skills, including techniques such as pin and stretch, active muscle pumping, muscle energy technique, joint mobilizations, and myofascial decompression cupping technique. She enjoys the emphasis that WSPT places on the benefits of manual therapy and individualized patient care. Dr. Clark has a passion for treating all orthopedic based injuries, especially those involving the shoulder or knee joints, and patients of all athletic abilities ranging from professional athletes to weekend warriors.

Dr. Clark first developed her interest in physical while growing up in the beautiful state of Maine, where her involvement in athletics and outdoor activities resulted in multiple sports related injuries and physical therapy appointments. In high school, Dr. Clark was a member of varsity volleyball, softball, skiing, and swimming teams. Dr. Clark continued playing softball competitively throughout college as the first baseman for Northeastern’s Club Softball team. Dr. Clark continues to enjoy being surrounded by athletics and is looking forward to trying the many new activities San Diego has to offer.

Dr. Ashley Maher, PT, DPT

Dr. Ashley Maher completed her undergraduate studies at California State University Fullerton, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2009. Thereafter, Ashley attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. As a doctoral candidate, Ashley completed internships in various settings including outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics, and inpatient physical therapy.
As a Southern California native, Ashley grew up with her parents and younger brother in Anaheim, California, where she played softball, volleyball, swimming, and water polo. Ashley was first exposed to the field of physical therapy after she sustained a minor injury as a collegiate water polo player in 2006. As a result of the treatment she received recovering from that injury, Ashley developed a passion for physical therapy.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time at the beach, surfing, swimming, playing beach volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, camping, attending sporting events, spending time with her dogs, and traveling.

Ashley looks forward to furthering her knowledge and experience in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation.

Dr. Sarah Landerholm, PT, DPT

Sarah received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Point Loma Nazarene University. She has long had a passion for human movement and movement sciences, which started in high school while taking an Athletic Training class. Her primary areas of interest in physical therapy include pediatric populations, geriatrics and fall prevention, aquatic therapy, sports-related injuries and therapeutic yoga. While at SDSU, she was part of a research team that conducted original research on kinematic differences between study subjects with and without a history of low back pain. She uses her research experience in this area to inform and guide her treatment of patients with low back injuries. She is also a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and enjoys introducing her patients to therapeutic yoga interventions to help return them to full function. Her greatest passion is educating and supporting her patients as they accomplish their mobility goals. Originally from Seattle, WA, Sarah has always been an outdoorsy and active person. When not in the clinic, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, skiing and running near the beach.

Dr. Joe Posler, PT, DPT

Joseph Posler, PT, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2016. As a doctoral candidate, he completed internships in both orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinics, treating all types of patients. Prior to physical therapy school, he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at Eastern Michigan University, where he was a right-handed pitcher. After injuring his shoulder, Dr. Posler was inspired to join the PT field and help others with sports-related and other injuries.

Joe grew up in Plymouth, Michigan, where he played every sport possible. After college, he became an avid runner, competing in 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons throughout LA and San Diego. Since moving to Southern California, he has picked up golfing and is a TPI certified golf expert, giving him a unique understanding of the golf swing and mechanics. He also enjoys hiking with his German Shepherd Shadow. His own passion for sports and exercise motivates him to ensure that all of his patients are able to live the active lifestyles they desire. Joe enjoys treating any weekend warrior, high level athletes or just anybody aspiring to get moving pain-free.