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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. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT

  • Dr. CJ Epstein DC, CSCS, ART

  • Dr. Kayleigh Knudson DC, CSCS, ART

  • Dr. Nathan Jung DC, EMT-B

  • Brett Rabin, L.AC., C.SMA

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

Director of Carmel Valley
Director of Sports & Marketing
Physical Therapist for the San Diego Padres 2015 & 2016 Seasons
Physical Therapist for the MLB Home Run Derby 2016
Physical Therapist for the MLB All Star Game 2016
Neurology (Including Vestibular) & Orthopedic Specialist
Sport Rehab Specialist
Stick Mobility Certified

Dr. Sidjonn Regala PT, DPT (better known as “Dr. CJ”) 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 was a member of Alpha Chi National College Honors Society. Member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honors Society (Community Service Society) affiliated and involved with the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. Member of Kappa Mu Epsilon (mathematics honors society). He was an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Head coach of the Abilene Senior League for 13-14 year olds.

Awards include:
2006 Academic All-ASC team for baseball
2006 All-academic District VI by ESPN the Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America
Graduated Summa Cum Laude 2007 at Hardin Simmons University.

He has a passion for manual therapy, treating orthopedic injuries, and dealing with neurological aspects of physical therapy. While pursuing his Doctoral degree, Dr. CJ 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 Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Soft Tissues. His research on The Immediate Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Soft Tissues was published and presented to the American Physical Therapy Association. His current certifications and continuing education experiences include Spinal Mobilization/Manipulation, Functional Application of the Lower Extremity, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Advanced Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Myofascial Decompression, Running Biomechanics, Postural Restoration Institute: Myokinematics, Postural Restoration Institute: Postural Respiration, and Hawk Grips: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. He is an active member around the community with experience of providing fitness screens for athletes in sporting events. He volunteered at the Special Olympics in 2007, geriatrics in nursing homes/senior centers, and went on 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. Dr. CJ was a varsity pitcher in college who specialized with helping teammates and other athletes in the community with pitching mechanics. He also worked with the San Diego Padres and was the team’s physical therapist from the 2015 and 2016 Major League Baseball seasons. He had experience with being the physical therapist and part of the medical team for the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby and All Star Game in 2016. He continues to be an active part of the San Diego/Carmel Valley community. 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.

Current hobbies: surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, fishing, basketball, working out, spending time with family.

Dr. Emily Richard, PT, DPT

Director of Coronado
Certified Hawk Grips Technician
APTA Certified Clinic Instructor

Dr. 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.

The daughter of two retired teachers, Emily has learned the value of education. She enjoys educating her patients about the cause of their injury and the importance of all aspects of their physical therapy. Emily knows what it is like to be a patient as well. She suffered a season-ending knee injury during a senior year, high school basketball game. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because one day, during her rehab, she discovered this was the profession that was meant for her. Emily has empathy for all her patients because she, too, has gone from an injured athlete to a totally rehabilitated one. She values the use of manual therapy techniques as the primary treatment for most patients because it specifically targets problematic muscles and joints. Emily also utilizes SFMA, Postural Restoration, DNS, and “movement specialist” techniques to enhance her care. She has been called the “posture queen” by many of her past patients because she always emphasizes the importance of anatomical alignment, ergonomics and injury prevention with the maintenance of good posture. Emily has worked with patients of all ages: from the developing eight-year old to the mature ninety-two year old with back pains and balance problems. Her proudest achievement thus far is teaching a patient to walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury.

Emily is thrilled to be in San Diego where she can play volleyball, her first love, all year round. She has played basketball and volleyball since she was eight years old and jokes she was “born swimming” because she fearlessly dove head first into the water at a very young age. She loves San Diego and enjoys bike riding, taking her two dogs, Bear and Thor (big boy names for little dogs) to the dog park and the dog beach, trying new restaurants, and SeaWorld.

Dr. David Evans PT, DPT

Director of Mission Beach
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 in conjunction with the mechanics of the cervical spine.

Dr. Evans has taken many continuing education courses from Titleist Performance Institute, Postural Restoration Institute, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Dr. Evans has become a certified Medical and Fitness Professional from TPI and can perform golf related screenings, evaluations, and treatment utilizing a variety of methods including video analysis of golf swings. Dr. Evans has commonly been referred to as “the Golf Guy” due to his intimate knowledge base of the golf swing and how to treat bodily dysfunctions which may be causing problems in the golf swing.

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 location.

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 weekend warrior, is to get them healthy and back to the lifestyle they enjoy.

 

Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

PTA/ATRIC
Director of Aquatic Program
Certified Aquatic Rehabilitation Institute Instructor/Provider
Certified Burdenko Institute Instructor/Provider
Certified Hawks Grips Practitioner (HGP-1, HGP-2)
Certified Maitland Mobilization Provider
Certified McKenzie Institute Provider
Gary Gray Functional Training Certification
American Arthritis Foundation Certified Instructor/Provider
Pnuemex Certification
Mulligan Mobilization Certification
Pilates for PT’s Certification

Additional continuing education and prior certifications include Active Release Technique for the Spine, Gray Institute Lumbo-Pelvic Complex, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Postural Restoration Institute, Watsu and Halliwick Method, CranialSacral Therapy.

Carol comes to Water and Sports Physical Therapy directly after a career with the US Navy where her extensive background in Combat Rehabilitation as well as Aquatic Therapy enabled her to spearhead and develop a specialized Aquatic Rehabilitation program for the US Navy. The Orthopedic Aquatic program was initially developed for our Wounded Warriors returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, yet it quickly extended into both the general Sports/Orthopedic population as well as specialized protocols implemented for Naval Aviation Medicine and Navy Seal Teams. This program quite effectively reduced the number of visits required for post surgical visits as well as quite frequently successfully pre-habbing active duty personnel in order to avoid surgical intervention and maintain active duty status in preparation or return for deployment.

Carol believes in effective communication in regards to instruction and intervention along with training, and has been an active participant in speaking to high level commands in Naval Aviation in order to effectively intervene to help prevent common overuse injuries in this specialized arena.  Carol is also a firm believer and is passionate about the the importance of manual therapy, as no machine can ever replace the power, the beauty, or the magic of the human touch. The hand of a health care provider is a powerful instrument, as it is meant to be used; for healing, for diagnostic capabilities, to bring about treatment and for comfort. Carol uses multiple techniques to enhance ‘hands-on’ manual therapy with joint mobilization, such as Pin and Stretch, Active Muscle Pumping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Manual Muscle Energy, Strain/Counter-Strain, and Myofascial Decompression Cupping.

Carol is also known to her current and former patients as the ‘Kinesotape Queen’ and feels this quirky tape continues to keep Water and Sports Physical Therapy on the veritable cutting edge of technology, along with the ease and comfort it can give along with the enhanced performance it can provide to our patients during the therapeutic healing process and throughout Activities of Daily Living and Sports.

Carol is blissfully delighted to live, work and play in this ‘little slice of heaven’ called San Diego after being stationed in multiple locations around this wondrous world inclusive of Australia and Japan. If you look along Glorietta Bay around sunset, you can often find her kayaking with her loyal Golden Retriever ‘Boomer’, or if she’s land based, you may find her out on the skeet range perfecting her score!

Dr. Randi Kinney PT, DPT

Director of Scripps Ranch
Director of Pediatrics
Director of the CEMP Program
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Stick Mobility Certified

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

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Co-owner of L&C Orthopedics and Innovation
Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist
SFMA Level 1 Certified
DNS Training Certified

Dr. Britt Lillie 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. For two years, Britt worked as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach at the world class gym Fitness Quest 10, helping individuals with their fitness and life goals.

Britt has taken several continuing education courses to offer the best care possible for patients and prides herself in providing evidenced base treatments with all patients. She received her SFMA level 1 certification to continue focusing on being a movement specialist, focusing on a wholistic approach, and improve quality of care for all patients and athletes. Britt incorporates a lot of DNS training in her treatment sessions to build a strong foundation to recover from current injuries and/or prevent future injuries. Although she loves to treat all joints in the body her specialties are knees and shoulders. She works closely with general orthopedic patients from children to older individuals as well as several college and professional athletes especially softball, baseball and football athletes. Britt thinks that the best part about being a physical therapist is helping individuals return to what they love to do pain free…exercise coupled with manual therapy techniques is the best kind of medicine!

In 2016, Britt started her own company called L&C Orthopedics and Innovation, an automated biomechanical analysis software company. L&C Orthopedics and Innovation works closely with Water and Sports Physical Therapy focusing on 3D biomechanical analysis of individuals utilizing automated software and infrared technology to objectively track progress in the orthopedics and sports performance world.

One of Britts 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 and her coworker Dr. Randi Es-
quibel at WSPT have developed a world class ACL injury prevention program called MAPS ACL injury prevention program that utilizes the sports specific assessment software from LCOI to objectively track progress through the five phases of the prevention program. Randi and Britt work closely with several athletes to prevent ACL tears and/or multiple episodes of ACL tears in athletes to keep them healthy and out on the field.

Britt played softball at Ithaca College for four years as a pitcher and outfielder. She continues to play softball in San Diego today. She also loves surfing, snowboarding, playing guitar, training/competing in triathlons, and hanging out with her dog Oakley.

Dr. Kirsten Brown PT, DPT

Director of UTC
Graston Technique® Certified

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 and later transitioning to
volleyball. 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.

Dr. Brown has been the clinic director of the UTC Campus Point clinic for the past 4 years now. She enjoys getting to know her patients and
believes this is a key component in creating a unique and enjoyable physical therapy experience for the patient and is a strong component
in her patient’s recovery.

Dr. Alyssa Quam, PT, DPT

Director of Downtown
Director of Pediatrics
Specialists in Orthopedic & Pediatric Injuries

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 orthopedics and completed clinical rotations at Santa Clara Medical Center, Cedars­ Sinai Medical Center, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which gave her an extensive education in orthopedic 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.
Since entering the physical therapy field, Alyssa has received advanced education and certifications in RockTape Functional Movement Taping, HawkGrips Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, which have enhanced her orthopedic and manual therapy practice.

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

Functional Movement Technique (FMT) Certified
Certified HawkGrips Practitioner: Level 2 (cert. HGP-II)

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 has continued to improve her knowledge of the top treatments available for her patients since graduating by attending local courses and acquiring additional certifications. Dr. Clark is certified in Functional Movement Technique (FMT) by RockTape. This course emphasized taping techniques for all patient populations, from professional athletes to pregnant women. The taping techniques can be used for many purposes including pain management, swelling reduction, postural cueing, joint and scar mobilization, and facilitating proper movement patterns. Dr. Clark has also earned her level 2 certification as a HawkGrips practitioner. HawkGrips is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. There are various techniques and tools to achieve different goals and Dr. Clark has seen great benefits for her patients in tone and pain reduction, swelling mobilization, mobility improvements, and enhanced performance. Dr. Clark has also done additional coursework in Developmental Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), which has provided additional exercise techniques for her to pass on to her patients to emphasize proximal stability to prevent and treat injuries of surrounding joints.

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 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 at California Children’s Services, and inpatient physical therapy. Dr. Maher spent her first year post doctoral degree working at a top outpatient facility in Orange County where she completed a year long manual therapy mentorship with emphasis on treatment of orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries as well as nuerological rehabilitation including vetibular and temporal mandibular (TMJ) rehabilitation.

Dr. Maher has received an advanced education in treatment and evaluation of various muskuloskeletal dysfunctions. She has taken many advanced courses to enhance her knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, pelvic floor, as well as all extremities including the hip, knee, ankle, and shoulder joints. Dr. Maher is SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assesment) certified which allows her to perform in-depth functional screens on patients to gather more detailed information for a thorough evaluation. Dr. Maher has also taken many continuing education courses from the Institute of Physical Arts, Olga Grimsby Institute, Dynamic Nueromuscular stabilization, movement fix, and open packed spinal manipulation.

Dr. Maher has worked with many patients with Ehler Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and POTs and is very passionate about helping every patient reach their optimal functional goals through physical therapy.

As a Southern California native, Ashley grew up with her parents and younger brother in Anaheim, California. Being new to San Diego Ashley enjoys spending her free time exploring the San Diego beaches, hiking, any and all water activities, and when the weather permits hitting the slopes on her snowboard. Dr. Maher has always had a passion for sports played softball, volleyball, swimming, and water polo and enjoys watching football, baseball, and basketball. 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.

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

Dr. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT

SFMA Certified Level 1
Published Author in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders on chronic low back pain

Dr. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT, received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. This education provided him with an extensive understanding of musculoskeletal injuries with an emphasis on biomechanical evaluation and treatment using both manual and exercise based interventions. He also has clinical experience in a variety of orthopedic, sports and neurologic rehab settings.

Dr. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT is a published author in a national medical journal for his research on low back pain. This research used a three-dimensional motion capture system to identify abnormal movement patterns in subjects with low back pain. He recently presented this research at a national physical therapy conference for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Prior to SDSU, Dr. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT, received his bachelor’s degree in Applied Health Sciences from Point Loma Nazarene University. While a student at PLNU, he was the starting goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team for four years. He earned multiple NCAA conference and district all-academic team honors during this time. Following his athletic career in college, he played soccer for one year at the semi-professional level as well.

Dr. Carter Phillips, PT, DPT was born and raised in San Diego with his parents and twin brother. When he is not practicing physical therapy, he spends his time playing soccer, beach volleyball or pick up basketball. He loves physical therapy because he is able to give people the tools to manage their pain independently and return to full function.

Dr. CJ Epstein DC, CSCS, ART

Dr. CJ Epstein is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic for Team Elite Chiropractic. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, graduating with honors. As a member of the Palmer West Sports Council, he focused his attention on sports injury prevention and rehabilitation. An athlete himself, he personally took a strong interest in effective, conservative musculoskeletal treatment and understands the importance of athletes returning to their sport quickly without unnecessary invasive treatment. His clinical practice includes athletes of all levels and disciplines. He approaches each patient with an open mind to provide the best treatment approach based on their individual needs and goals. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, also maintaining certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Active Release Techniques (ART), and as a Rocktape provider. Dr. CJ appreciates all the activities San Diego has to offer. In his free time he enjoys being at the beach, playing soccer, running, snowboarding, strength training, or working to improve his golf game.

Dr. Kayleigh Knudson DC, CSCS, ART

Dr. Kayleigh Leake is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic for Team Elite Chiropractic. She also serves as the treating chiropractor for the UCSD intercollegiate athletic program, providing care for all of their NCAA athletes. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, while also competing in the heptathlon as Captain of the Track and Field team. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic West, graduating Valedictorian. Dr. Leake focused her education on sports injuries and rehabilitation, serving as Vice President of Palmer West’s Sports Council and providing chiropractic care at numerous community sporting events. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, also maintaining certification as both a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and an Active Release Techniques (ART) provider. In treating her patients, Dr. leake assesses the entire body and associated movement patterns in order to get a more complete picture of the patient’s needs. Each patient gets a treatment plan personalized to his or her individual needs and goals. Using gentle spinal manipulation, Graston and ART® Soft Tissue Mobilization, therapeutic exercises, taping, laser therapy and home care recommendations, Dr. Leake works to return you to the sports and activities you enjoy most. Her experience as both a doctor and a former collegiate athlete bring her invaluable perspective in a more effective form of treatment for athletes and weekend warriors alike. Aside from graduating Valedictorian, Dr. Leake’s scholastic honors from Palmer West include induction into the Pi Tau Delta Chiropractic Honors Society while graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was also selected as the recipient of the FICS International Sports Chiropractic Scholarship. While at UCSD, Dr. Leake earned the distinctions of Academic All-American, CCAA Conference Champion in the 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay, two-time Track and Field Team Captain, and Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Dr. Nathan Jung DC, EMT-B

Dr. Nathan Jung is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic for Team Elite Chiropractic. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from South Dakota State University. He went on to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. As a member of the Northwestern SACA Sports Council and Rehab 2 Performance club, he focused his attention on movement and sports rehabilitation. He is a Nationally and State Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) with an interest in performing sideline work at local events and for sports teams. He also maintains certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA Level 1) and as a Rocktape provider (FMT Level 1 and 2). His primary focus and passion is to relieve patients of pain quickly and to correct any faulty movement patterns. His target audience includes anyone who has the willingness to move better as an athlete. He believes people of all ages should be treated as an athlete along with being treated from a whole body, global perspective. Along with gentle spinal manipulation/mobilization, his treatment consists of manual therapy, such as instrumented assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), cupping, active release techniques, voodoo floss, taping, and rehabilitation specific exercises to re-establish stability throughout the musculoskeletal system. In his free time, he enjoys strength and movement training, reading and research of the newest movement concepts, as well as spending time at the beach and natural parks that San Diego has to offer.

Brett Rabin, L.AC., C.SMA

Brett Rabin is a California Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and the mitigation of pain associated with acute and chronic injuries. He has been the Acupuncturist for the San Diego Padres since the 2015 season and currently treats professional baseball players on the active rosters of MLB.

He is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, where he received a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). Brett is also Certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (C.SMA), a unique distinction in the field of acupuncture.

Brett’s private practice is located at Water and Sports Physical Therapy (WSPT) in UTC. He currently treats patients at WSPT by appointment Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesdays, Brett treats patients at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA.

At WSPT, Brett remains committed to providing the utmost in quality patient care. He firmly believes in fostering an open communication with each and every one of his patients. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan designed to fit his or her health needs. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, fire cupping, nutritional consulting, PNF stretching, and home-based exercises are just some of the medical modalities that may be included in the treatment plan.

At Scripps, Brett utilizes comprehensive clinical treatment plans and protocol evaluations in concert with Integrative Medical Doctors, Nurses, Nutritionists, Biofeedback Specialists, and Medical Assistants. The unique opportunity to combine the principles of Eastern medicine with the science of Western medicine at a highly regarded medical facility enables Brett to practice a truly integrative approach to health care. Working directly onsite with respected physicians, Brett has gained invaluable insight and experience treating a wide variety of health concerns.