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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, Cert. VRS

  • Dr. David Evans PT, DPT, OMT

  • Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

  • Dr. Randi Kinney-Esquibel PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

  • Dr. Kirsten Brown PT, DPT

  • Dr. Chelsea Clark PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

  • Dr. Ashley Maher PT, DPT

  • Dr. Carter Phillips PT, DPT

  • Dr. Garrick Li PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

  • Dr. Kevin Grayson PT, DPT

  • Dr. Greg Banks PT, DPT, OCS

  • Dr. Carley Schleien PT, DPT

  • Dr. Matthew Speciale PT, DPT

  • Dr. Matt Friedman PT, DPT

  • Dr. CJ Epstein DC, CSCS, ART

  • Dr. Nathan Jung DC, EMT-B

  • Dana Sorensen

  • Jono Green

  • Kristine Tran, MPH

  • Helen Asciutto

  • Sophia Hamilton

  • Angelica Beemer

  • Kyndra Dellinger

  • Leta Young

  • Dr. Christopher Pascual, 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 8 Physical Therapy Clinics and 2 Myofunctional Therapy Clinics that specialize in sleep disorder breathing in San Diego California.

Dr. Sidjonn “CJ” Regala PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

Director of Carmel Valley
Director of Sports & Marketing
Sport Rehab Specialist
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
Spinal Mobilization/Manipulation Certified
Hawk Grips: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Certified
Functional Application of the Lower Extremity Certified
Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
Advanced Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified
Postural Restoration Institute: Myokinematics Certified
Postural Restoration Institute: Postural Respiration Certified
Running Biomechanics Certified
Myofascial Decompression Certified
Stick Mobility Certified
Vestibular Certified
Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
Post Concussion Syndrome Specialist

Dr. Sidjonn “CJ” Regala PT, DPT, Cert. VRS, 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. David Evans PT, DPT, OMT

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 developed a particular interest in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) as related to oral rest posture issues, mouth breathing, malocclusion and deficient orofacial growth, airway dysfunction, sleep-disordered breathing, and the relationship of OMDs to the cervical spine, posture, body pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, tinnitus, TMJ issues, and overall health in both children and adults. When treating many physical therapy patients, Dr. Evans noticed a component of their treatment may be missing if there is an OMD that is not identified and addressed. Dr. Evans has specific training in orofacial myofunctional disorders and treatment from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy / Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences and also Nicole Goldfarb, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM.   Dr. Evans truly understands the interrelationship of form and function of the orofacial system and the entire musculoskeletal system. He embraces the idea that addressing the orofacial system and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders is an important component to the overall well-being of the entire body.  

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-Esquibel PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

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

Dr. Randi Kinney-Esquibel PT, DPT, OCS, MTC,  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 and following completion,  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, as well as a teacher’s assistant for the San Diego State University’s DPT program. Dr. Randi believes that having a deep rooted knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, as well as the fundamental mechanics of proper diaphragmatic breathing can dramatically impact the success of patient outcomes.

Dr. Randi is the director of our Poway clinic, which is unique in its setting. Combined with Symbiotic Training Center, they work  together to provide individual athlete functional movement assessments and elite individualized sport specific training, specializing in overhead athletes, specifically baseball and softball specific injury prevention and sport performance. She is also the supervisor and coordinator of WSPT’s elite exercise specialist program (CEMP), which includes the education of advanced land and aquatic exercise to future physical therapy students and healthcare professionals. 

Dr. Randi has a strong passion for manual therapy, receiving her manual therapy certification (MTC), and in treating orthopedic injuries, receiving her board certified orthopedic certification (OCS).  Her didactic training, and relentless passion about human movement and function has led her in the direction of, and emphasis in, breathing mechanics and its relation to all aspects of physical training and human function. She continues her learning and practice in utilizing the theories and principles of DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) and PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) to tackle advanced movement dysfunction and treat with a whole body integration and systems approach. She has completed the following  PRI courses: Postural Respiration, Pelvis Restoration, Cervical Revolution, Myokinematic Restoration, and PRI integration for Baseball, as well as the following DNS courses: DNS A, DNS Exercise Sport 1, and DNS approach to the throwing athlete. Dr. Randi is also a Level 1 Stick Mobility Coach and Vestibular Rehab Specialist. 

Dr. Randi developed a particular interest in orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) as related to oral rest posture issues, mouth breathing, malocclusion and deficient orofacial growth, airway dysfunction, sleep-disordered breathing, and the relationship of OMDs to the cervical spine, posture, body pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, tinnitus, TMJ issues, and overall health in both children and adults. When treating many physical therapy patients, Dr. Randi noticed a component of their treatment may be missing if there is an OMD that is not identified and addressed. Dr. Randi has specific training in orofacial myofunctional disorders and treatment from the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy / Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences and also Nicole Goldfarb, M.A., CCC-SLP, COM.   Dr. Kinney-Esquibel truly understands the interrelationship of form and function of the orofacial system and the entire musculoskeletal system. She embraces the idea that addressing the orofacial system and treating orofacial myofunctional disorders is an important component to the overall well-being of the entire body. The connection of the orofacial system and airway/breathing mechanics has been a crucial connection in progressing Dr. Randi’s ability to help patients restore functional pain free movement. 

She is certified 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.

Dr. Randi began her experience with WSPT  prior to enrolling in her doctorate program as a lead exercise specialist, and patient care coordinator. Being a part of the WSPT family for many years now, she is beyond 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 backpacking, and snowboarding, to playing softball, soccer and golf and spending long days at the beach with her growing family,  and friends. 

Her enthusiasm, optimism, and motivation for helping others and practicing 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. Randi truly feels that “It is a blessing to get to spend her day, helping others get back to what they love to do, so they can enjoy their lives, and get back to living”.

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. Chelsea Clark PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

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. Garrick Li PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

Vestibular Certified
Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
Post Concussion Syndrome Specialist

Dr. Garrick Li, PT, DPT, Cert. VRS, completed his undergraduate studies at UCSD where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Psychology. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where he specialized in musculoskeletal dysfunctions. His passion for manual therapy has guided him to take numerous orthopedic specialty courses ranging from advanced cervical techniques to lumbo-pelvic functional analysis.

Dr. Garrick first discovered his interest in rehabilitation while working as a physical therapy aide at the Stanford Student Health Center where he guided clients and student-athletes through treatment and therapeutic exercises to a return to their respective sports.

Dr. Garrick was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has been an avid sports fan his entire life. Whether it’s playing football, rock climbing or training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Garrick believes it is important to stay active to live a fulfilling life.  Dr. Garrick speaks fluent Cantonese-Chinese and is currently treating patients at Water and Sports Physical Therapy Coronado.

Dr. Kevin Grayson PT, DPT

Dr. Kevin Grayson, PT, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. Prior to his graduate program, he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle. His Doctorate program provided him with a strong background in manual therapy and extensive training in the evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries.

Throughout his Doctorate program, Dr. Kevin enjoyed playing recreational soccer, surfing, and working as a teaching assistant and tutor for the spinal manipulation courses. He has taken advanced courses in orthopedic physical therapy including Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of Pelvis, Lumbar, and Thoracic Spine; Advanced Evaluation and Manipulation of The Cranio-Facial Region, Cervical, and Upper Thoracic Spine; Functional Analysis and Management of the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex; Myofascial Manipulation; and Evaluation and Treatment of the Craniomandibular System. Although his background is in orthopedic manual therapy, Dr. Kevin utilizes numerous treatment techniques including cupping, pin and stretch, active muscle pumping, muscle energy, trigger point release, and exercise-based interventions.

Dr. Kevin grew up in Seattle, Washington where he developed his passion for the outdoors. He has been an avid snowboarder for eighteen years and has always been a multi-sport enthusiast. Having participated in sports for most of his life including soccer, football, baseball, and tennis, Dr. Kevin enjoys working with athletes of all ages. He uses his experience working with patients in a variety of settings including acute care, acute rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and vestibular rehabilitation to provide individualized treatment plans with a focus on return to meaningful activities and optimal function. Dr. Kevin believes that although injuries may often be similar, each patient deserves a comprehensive and personalized rehabilitation plan. Dr. Kevin has a passion for physical therapy because he can give patients the tools and the knowledge to help manage their pain and dysfunction, all while creating meaningful and lasting relationships. In his free time, Dr. Kevin enjoys exploring and surfing the San Diego beaches with his wife and two dogs.

Dr. Greg Banks PT, DPT, OCS

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Dr. Greg Banks, PT, DPT earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. His time at VCU instilled strong orthopedic evaluative and treatment skills, with a focus on accentuating manual therapy techniques with corrective exercises. Additionally during graduate school, he served as a leader of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, helping promote and advocate for the profession within the medical community. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Greg attended Wake Forest University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry.

Dr. Greg worked as a therapist for three years in private practice in Richmond, VA, prior to joining WSPT. During this time, he honed his treatment skills on a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, covering the lifespan. To further develop his manual therapy skills and prepare him for taking the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist exam, he completed a six month intensive manual therapy series taught by the Virginia Orthopedic Manual Therapy Institute.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Greg enjoys being around the water as much as possible, including waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and kayaking. In moving to San Diego, he hopes to add surfing and/or beach volleyball to his passions.

Dr. Carley Schleien PT, DPT

Dr. Carley Schleien earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University,
with advanced coursework in Adult Neuro-Rehabilitation. While a student at Columbia, Carley
gained valuable experience in treating a vast spectrum of patients in a variety of settings
including outpatient orthopedics/sports, inpatient rehabilitation, and acute care. Prior to
completing her doctoral studies, Carley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and
Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis.

Carley has a passion for helping others and working with each of her patients using an
individualized plan of care. After graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree,
Carley worked at a top outpatient orthopedics clinic in New York City, where she treated a
diverse patient population. Carley has also fostered her interests in service and research. As a
student, she enjoyed volunteering in Guatemala with her colleagues to provide pro-bono
physical therapy services and education to the public and local students. She also conducted
research on abdominal muscle activation using ultrasound imaging.

Carley has developed a passion for treating runners and analyzing running gait patterns. She
has taken courses through the University of St. Augustine, the Science of Running Medicine
Symposium at Johns Hopkins University, and Columbia University to gain advanced knowledge
and skills in analyzing runners and helping them achieve their running goals. Carley had the
pleasure of leading a Running Analysis program in New York City, where she was able to work
with both novice runners and runners who qualified for the Olympic Trials. Through these
experiences, she has developed a collaborative and empathetic approach to treat her patients
and help them return to the daily and recreational activities they enjoy.

Born in Westchester, NY and raised in Miami, FL, Carley loves to explore new areas and travel in
her free time. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running,
and cooking, and is excited to finally live on the West Coast.

Dr. Matthew Speciale PT, DPT

Dr. Matthew Speciale received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 at Midwestern
University in Phoenix, Arizona. Matthew returned to his native Los Angeles to begin his career,
and gained extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics. After working for 5 years, Matthew
and his wife finally realized their desire to move to San Diego and start the next chapter of their
lives.

Through his past experiences of education, mentorship, and clinical practice, Matthew has
developed expertise to help patients recover from a multitude of orthopedic conditions. He
maintains a strong belief in a treatment approach that combines detailed manual therapy
techniques with specified exercise prescription to achieve patients’ goals. Utilizing this approach
has allowed him to successfully address wide-ranging pathologies across the human anatomy.
He has vast experience treating the entire spine, from the neck through the low back, but is
equally comfortable treating the extremities.

Matthew has a comprehensive background working with both traumatic injuries and repetitive,
chronic pain conditions. This includes considerable experience with post-surgical patients and
motor vehicle injuries, as well as chronic neck or low back pain. He has deep knowledge and
experience with joint and disc replacement surgeries, tendon or ligament repairs, and spinal
fusion procedures. During his doctoral program, Matthew did research on chronic pain
conditions, and has a broad grasp of treatment methods to rehabilitate those patients.
Athletics is another area of immense interest for Matthew. Having grown up participating in
every sport he could, he has always been drawn to the various ways the human body can be
trained and utilized. He played competitive sports throughout high school, and has found ways
to continue athletic endeavours into adulthood. This passion has driven him to work in sports
rehabilitation, utilizing his deep understanding of biomechanics to help athletes get back to
excelling in their sport.

Despite being new to living in San Diego, Matthew has spent his entire life in Southern
California. After growing up in Los Angeles, he attended UC Santa Barbara for his
undergraduate studies before his time in Arizona for Physical Therapy education. As a young
athlete, Matthew found himself in physical therapy clinics on multiple occasions. It was during
these moments that he found himself attracted to physical therapy as a profession. Along with
the opportunity to help people, he loved that his therapists had the chance to listen and speak
with their patients. Matthew continues to see that importance to this day, greatly valuing
communication and understanding each patient’s unique situation and goals.

Dr. Matt Friedman PT, DPT

Dr. Matt Friedman PT, DPT received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from San Diego State University. During his time at SDSU he received extensive training and education in treating both acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neuromuscular pathologies. He utilizes a multi-
modal treatment approach that combines his knowledge of biomechanics with other skills such as neuromuscular facilitation and developmental techniques, and an emphasis on manual therapy. His clinical experience has included treatment of a wide variety of patient
demographics from athletes of all ages to geriatric patients.

Dr. Matt is an “Aztec for Life!” In addition to receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he also received his B.S. in Kinesiology Pre-Physical Therapy at SDSU. During his undergraduate career, Dr. Matt was co-captain of the Men’s Crew Rowing team and earned a Scholar Athlete
Award for academic excellence while competing.

Dr. Matt was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. When he’s not in the clinic practicing physical therapy, he enjoys playing spikeball, softball, hiking, weightlifting, and running. He competed in his first full marathon 3 years ago. Dr. Matt’s passion for the field of physical therapy stems from a combination of his love for movement and the desire to help others achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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. 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 has 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 with movement and rehab to increase performance and movement that respects their biology as human beings.  His target audience includes the weekend warrior, high end athlete, desk workers, or the active person that wants to move better and have a better quality of life.  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, pin and stretch 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, spending time at the beach, and watching sports.

Dana Sorensen

Symbiotic Training Center Co-Founder, Pitching Instructor

Dana is uniquely different softball pitching instructor with her combined experience as a player, coach and sports performance specialist.  She began her journey as an athlete competing for Stanford University, the National Pro Fastpitch League, and Team USA.  She is a 3 time All – American, 4 Time All Pac – 10 team, and was recently inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.  During her professional playing career that she began coaching at the University of California Davis and then continued on to Oregon State University. After leaving the college coaching ranks she moved down to San Diego and started her own company, Sorensen Elite Softball Pitching.  What makes Dana unique in pitching instruction is her knowledge of the Sports Performance, especially as it pertains to the sports of Softball and Baseball.  Through battling her own injuries, she found an interest in studying and learning about how to prepare the body for playing while reducing chance of injury.

Dana has earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from Stanford and her Master’s degree in Exercise Sport Science from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association She has coached and trained hundreds of pitchers, including NCAA Champion and USA Softball’s Delanie Gourley, and served as a consultant to UCLA softball.  She and Jono Green are thrilled to combine their knowledge and passions in opening Symbiotic Training Center. Collectively their goal is to help every athlete that walks through their get closer to achieving their individual athletic goals.

Jono Green

Symbiotic Training Center Co-Founder, Trainer

Jono is a passionate student of human performance with a unique perspective and approach to training due to his international roots and American schooling. A love of travel and basketball first brought Jono to the Unites States where he eventually completed a bachelors degree in the field of Sports and Fitness Management, before going on to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

With now over a decade of experience training high-level athletes, Jono continues to fine-tune his skill set, specializing in the training of baseball and softball athletes. As a consultant to UCLA Softball and trainer to over 20 professional baseball athletes, including 3 World Series Champion Houston Astros players, Jono is beyond excited to start a new and exciting journey with his dear friend Dana Sorensen.

Kristine Tran, MPH

Vice President

Helen Asciutto

Vice President of Operations

Sophia Hamilton

Southern Regional Director

Angelica Beemer

New Patient Coordinator, La Jolla & UTC Patient Care Coordinator

Kyndra Dellinger

Coronado, Scripps Ranch & Mission Beach Patient Care Coordinator

Leta Young

Poway Patient Care Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Pascual, PT, DPT

Dr. Christopher Pascual, PT, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, California. Prior to his graduate program, he received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and became a Certified Massage Practitioner at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. His Doctorate program provided him with a strong background in manual therapy and extensive training in the evaluation of musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Chris utilizes numerous treatment techniques including joint mobilizations, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, myofascial decompression with cupping, pin and stretch, muscle energy techniques, trigger point pressure release, and exercise-based interventions. Dr. Chris has taken courses in Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation, Upper and Lower Extremity Evaluation and Manipulation, Myofascial Manipulation, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Geriatric and Pediatric Physical Therapy. These courses have provided him with a skill set geared towards treating a diverse population. He uses his experience working with patients in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, acute rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and outpatient orthopedics to provide individualized treatment plans with a focus on restoring function and helping people return to the activities they enjoy doing most. Dr. Chris also worked with patients directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping them regain their strength, cardiovascular endurance, and physical function in the inpatient setting.

Dr. Chris grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he enjoyed exploring new hiking trails in the South Bay and Santa Cruz area, kayaking in open waters, skiing in Lake Tahoe, swimming, and playing tennis. Dr. Chris has a passion for physical therapy because he understands the impact of effective treatment though the process of his own injury rehabilitation. He understands the human body’s capability for healing and the importance of giving patients the right tools and education to help manage and facilitate their recovery. In his free time, Dr. Chris enjoys working on his home gym, barbecuing, exploring and surfing the San Diego beaches with his wife and dog.