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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, OCS, OMT

  • Dr. Randi Lee Esquibel PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, OMT, Cert. VRS

  • 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, CFPS

  • Dr. Matthew Speciale PT, DPT

  • Dr. Matt Friedman PT, DPT

  • Dr. Hannah Sagan PT, DPT

  • Dr. Krista Lum PT, DPT

  • Dr. Rodney Alford PT, DPT

  • Dr. Salvatore “Torry” Fantano PT, DPT

  • Dr. Kenny Leung PT, DPT

  • Judd Feiler MS, PT,

  • Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

  • Kevin Villanueva PTA

  • Ali Rios PTA, CFPS

  • Rebekah LeVine PTA, CFPS

  • Samantha Grendziak PTA

  • Jacqueline West PTA

  • Kimberly Manaloto Jaminal PTA

  • Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez PTA

  • Ellen Carmody PTA

  • Artzell Bautista PTA

  • Andrew Pitters PTA

  • Kristine Tran, MPH

  • Helen Asciutto

  • Sophia Hamilton

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 Stanford University, The Olympic Training Center, University of San Diego, Senior Olympics, Sharp Sports Medicine Department, 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 which 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
•   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, OCS, OMT

Director of Mission Beach

•   Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
•   Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional
•   Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional
•   Certified in Mysofasical 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
•   Certified in Mysofasical 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. 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.

Dr. Randi Lee Esquibel PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, OMT, Cert. VRS

Director of Poway

•   Doctor of Physical Therapy
•   Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
•   Manual Therapy Certified
•   Postural Restoration Institute Certified in: PRI integration for Baseball, Postural Respiration, Pelvis Restoration, Cervical Revolution, and Myokinematic Restoration
•   Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Certified in: DNS approach to the throwing athlete, DNS A, and DNS Exercise Sport 1
•   Stick Mobility Certified
•   Certified in Mysofasical 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
•   Certified in Blood Flow Restriction

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

•   Women’s Health Specialist
•   Graston Technique® Certified

Dr. Kirsten Brown PT, DPT, received her doctoral degree in 2012 during a 6 year DPT program at Northeastern University located in Boston, MA.  She moved to San Diego in 2013 and never looked back.

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. She finds great joy in treating those with sports medicine injuries whether it be a college
athlete or weekend warrior.

In 2019, Dr. Brown began to expand her knowledge and skill set in Pelvic Health. Diagnosis’ she most often sees include those with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, OAB and those who are pre, peri and post-partum. Dr. Brown recognizes the importance and need for education and rehab for her ladies during and post pregnancy and is a major advocate for both mommy and baby’s health long term. Her ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between pelvic and sports rehab. Helping postpartum moms safely return to the recreational
activities and sports of their choosing.

Dr. Brown has completed numerous Pelvic Health courses through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute including Pelvic Floor levels 1, 2a and 2b. She has also successfully completed “Thriving Mama Training” a 3 month pre, peri and post-partum program under the mentorship of Dr. Marcy Crouch, PT, DPT, WCS. Kirsten has been able to take this wealth of knowledge and apply it to her existing orthopedic patients as well as any new patients with pelvic health concerns. Kirsten is also certified 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 utilizing 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. Chelsea Clark PT, DPT, Cert. VRS

Director of Coronado

•   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 affiliation 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 neurological rehabilitation including vestibular 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 Assessment) 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 Neuromuscular 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

Director of Clinical Education

•   SFMA Certified Level 1
•   Published Author in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders on chronic low back pain
•   American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Certified SMT Levels 1 and 2

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. Dr. Carter also teaches our therapists the latest manual therapy techniques at our mentorship meetings 2 times per month.  He focuses on the latest science in exercise therapy and hands on techniques to help our patients receive the best treatment possible.

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

Director of Scripps Ranch

•   Vestibular Certified
•   Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
•   Post Concussion Syndrome Specialist
•   Certified in Mysofasical 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. 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 & Sports Physical Therapy Scripps Ranch.

Dr. Kevin Grayson PT, DPT

Director of La Jolla

•   Certified in Mysofasical 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. 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, CFPS

•   Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
•   Certified Fall Prevention 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 an orthopedic 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, with a heavy hands on approach. He completed a six month intensive manual therapy series taught by the Virginia Orthopedic Manual Therapy Institute, culminating with certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. As part of WSPT, Dr. Greg has taken multiple advanced courses related to the treatment of the cervical and lumbar spine using manipulative therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Greg enjoys being around the water as much as possible, including waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, surfing, and kayaking.

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 endeavors 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. Hannah Sagan PT, DPT

•   Certified Pelvic Floor Level 1 (PIPER)
•   American Academy of Manipulative Therapy Certified SMT Level 1
•   Published author in Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine for spinal cord injury research

Dr. Hannah Sagan graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She prides herself in compassionate listening to each and every patient and loves to use a combination of manual therapy, personalized exercise, and education to equip each individual with the tools to move in ways that feels good to them!

Her graduate education at Regis emphasized a whole-person approach to rehabilitation and included a heavy emphasis on manual therapy techniques including joint mobilization and soft tissue techniques. During her time at Regis, Dr. Hannah completed several clinical rotations in outpatient physical therapy and inpatient rehabilitation with emphasis on sports rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, and neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. She also furthered her education by taking additional continuing education classes on pelvic floor conditions and participating in research that is currently published in the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine.

Dr. Hannah continues her approach to continuing education by participating in Water and Sports Physical Therapy mentorship program with an emphasis on manual therapy of the spine and extremities, and is currently working on her certification in Myofascial Decompression MFDc as well as her Fall prevention CFPS.

Prior to her Doctoral degree at Regis, Dr. Hannah received her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Neuroscience and Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans. During her time at Tulane, she volunteered with the Concussion Legacy Foundation and taught coaches, parents, and student athletes about signs and symptoms of concussion. She also swam on the club swim team.

When she is not practicing physical therapy, Dr. Hannah enjoys exploring Southern California, visiting her family in the Colorado mountains, practicing yoga, and learning to cook. 

Dr. Krista Lum PT, DPT

Dr. Krista Lum PT, DPT completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018. Post-graduation, Krista attended San Diego State University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2021.

As a doctoral candidate, Krista completed internships in various settings in San Diego including outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques for musculoskeletal dysfunction such as joint mobilizations, trigger point release, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial decompression. She also completed clinicals in outpatient neurological rehabilitation specializing in post-stroke and Parkinson’s disease and post-acute physical therapy.

In her doctoral coursework, Dr. Krista collaborated with professors and other doctoral candidates to research the effects of foot orthoses in improving gait in children with Down syndrome.

Dr. Krista first developed a passion for physical therapy when working as a physical therapy aide in Santa Monica where she enjoyed helping patients return to their recreational or occupational activities of choice.

Dr. Krista began her experience with the WSPT family during an Orthopedic clinical rotation specializing in Manual Therapy Skills as a Student Physical Therapist while enrolled in San Diego State University. Her specializations are inclusive of treating, creating and implementing balanced individualized treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient combined with her compassion, empathy, and excellence in providing quality patient centered care.

Dr. Krista is currently working on her certification in Myofascial Decompression MFDc, as well as her Fall Prevention Certification CFPS. She is also a participant in the weekly WSPT mentorship program with an emphasis in Manual Therapy of the Spine and extremities.

Dr. Krista was born and raised in Clovis, California where the intense summer heat compelled her to move farther south until she settled in the much more pleasant San Diego area.

In her free time, Dr. Krista enjoys rollerblading and trying new restaurants in San Diego.

Dr. Rodney Alford PT, DPT

Dr. Salvatore “Torry” Fantano PT, DPT

•   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 Certified in Mysofascial 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. Salvatore “Torry” Fantano PT, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos CA where he graduated with honors. During Dr. Salvatore’s multiple clinical rotations in both Colorado and in California, he worked with athletes as well as spine, shoulder, hip, and knee issues where he utilized his passion for manual therapy and applied functional rehabilitation.

Dr. Salvatore is currently working on his certification in Myofascial Decompression MFDc, as well as his Fall Prevention Certification CFPS. He is also a participant in the weekly WSPT mentorship program with an emphasis on Manual Therapy of the Spine and Extremities.

Dr. Salvatore grew up in Scripps Ranch, a suburb of San Diego where he attended Scripps Ranch High school while being very active in a variety of sports, competing in soccer, La crosse, pole vault, and men’s gymnastics. Dr. Salvatore went on to compete on the Arizona State University Men’s Gymnastics Team winning multiple national titles. After graduating Arizona State University, Dr. Salvatore served in the US Navy as a Naval Aviator flying over 50 missions as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

During active duty in the US Navy, Dr. Salvatore started having low back pain prompting him to seek treatment. During the rehabilitation process Dr. Salvatore developed a passion for physical therapy, thus motivating him to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Dr. Salvatore continues to be active in sports during his free time. He coaches gymnastics at the Mission Valley YMCA and plays both soccer and softball recreationally. Dr. Salvatore is also an avid surfer, hiker, and enjoys rock climbing.

Dr. Kenny Leung PT, DPT

•   Lead Orthopedic Professor, Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, San Diego State University
•   BA, Molecular and Cellular Biology (emphasis in Neurobiology) with minor in Education, University of California, Berkeley CA, 2002
•   DPT, Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
•   Certificate, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
•   Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
•   Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Driven by a desire to understand and optimize movement, Dr. Kenneth Leung enjoys an active lifestyle with over 20 years of martial arts experience.  After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a major in Moleculecular Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Neurology and a minor in Education, Dr. Kenneth followed up his education with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, and completed his Orthopedic Residency training at USC. Over the years, Dr. Kenneth has funneled his dual interests in education and science into Physical Therapy education, where he has taught in the DPT program and the Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program at the UCSF, and continues to teach as the head Orthopedic Clinical Instructor at San Diego State University.

As a clinician, Dr. Kenneth strives to take advantage of his patient’s motivations by maximizing objective improvements.

Dr. Kenneth blends the skills acquired from learning and teaching in multiple continuing education courses including the SFMA and Movement Links (movement based skills), ART, Facial Manipulation, Spinal Manipulative Therapy, and Myofascial decompression (all manual based techniques and strategies).

Dr. Kenneth is also a published author in the Health Sciences Field with the publication of Suspended Bodyweight Training, and continues to take part in physical therapy and education research at SDSU.

In the clinic, Dr. Kenneth has extensive experience within the orthopedic and sports world, where he has worked in the UC Berkeley training room with all of their collegiate athletes, inclusive of amateur and professional athletes at the Colorado Springs US Olympic training center, as well as athletes in the San Francisco Bay area. In addition to orthopedics and sports, Dr. Kenneth also has experienced working with select individuals with neurological conditions, as he has created a Tae Kwon Do class for patients with Parkinson’s syndrome, as well as working with regaining function in his patients’ post-stroke rehabilitation.

Judd Feiler MS, PT,

Judd Feiler, MS, PT, received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco. This education provided Judd with a strong theoretical foundation, medical and applied sciences advancing to holistic physical rehabilitation mastery. This program provided a focus on critical and clinical reasoning that Judd weaves throughout his practice. Judd thrives on working collaboratively with patients across the lifespan to improve health, wellness, and optimize function. Judd uses a combination of manual techniques and progressive exercise prescription to assist his patient’s recovery. Judd has taken many continuing education courses and believes in finding the right combination of techniques for each individual to best maximize their recovery. He regularly practices Maitland, McKenzie, and Mulligan techniques, as well as others, in order to find the right recipe for each patient’s success.

Judd has experience in multiple settings including sports medicine, fall prevention, acute care and is an Ergonomic Specialist. Judd has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years. Judd Feiler, MS, PT is a published author in multiple national medical journals in Ergonomics focusing on safe work practices for healthcare professionals and safe ergonomic design of dynamic workstations.

Judd is passionate about physical therapy practice as a means to assist patients meet their goals and optimize their function relying on hands-on therapy and exercise. He believes PT- patient communication is essential to good outcomes and that patients should be an active part of their care plan and understand how to care for themselves when not in therapy.

Judd continues his own strive for continued education by being an active participant in the Water and Sports Physical Therapy mentorship program with an emphasis in manual therapy of the Spine and Extremities, while also working on his MFDc for Myofascial Decompression, along with his Fall Prevention Certification, CFPS.

Prior to UCSF, Judd received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from SDSU and an Associate’s degree in Human Biology from City College. Judd enjoys running, road cycling, mountain biking, tennis, and basketball, and plays music as often as possible. Judd has two sons that keep him engaged and busy.

Carol McClaugherty PTA, ATRIC

Director of Aquatic Program

•   University of St. Augustine, Visiting Clinical Instructor for Aquatic Therapy, Doctoral program
•   United States Department of the Navy, Instructor/Consultant for Aquatic Medicine and Rehabilitation
•   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 & 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 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 an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️.  She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program.  

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!

Kevin Villanueva PTA

Assistant Director of Clinical Education

Kevin Villanueva attended the very competitive Concorde Career College earning both his Professional Degree and Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2020. While in school, Kevin developed a passion for both manual and exercise based interventions in regards to rehabilitation. Kevin believes from a provider’s point of view, the combination of manual therapy and functional based exercise with guidance is the key to assist clients move optimally and pain free. Kevin is also passionate about his clients. If you ever get the chance to work with him, you can expect him to make you feel welcomed, valued and try to put a smile on your face.

Before graduating, Kevin started as a volunteer for Water and Sports Physical Therapy in 2016 at our La Jolla location. From there, stemmed Kevin’s spark to pursue physical therapy.

Kevin is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on his specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️. He is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

In his free time you can catch Kevin working out in his home gym, eating poke or enjoying long walks on the beach.

Ali Rios PTA, CFPS

Ali Rios completed her undergraduate studies at California State University San Bernardino, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Exercise Science in 2017. Post-graduation, Ali attended  Concorde Career College of San Diego where she received a degree in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2020.

Ali completed internships in various settings, including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehab therapy, and pediatrics physical therapy. Her PTA program provided her with a strong background in manual therapy and hands on training for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries. Her clinical practices ensured her interest in effective musculoskeletal treatment, and she fell in love with the atmosphere at WSPT.

Ali is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️. She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

Ali grew up in Austin, Texas where she enjoyed playing sports and being active outdoors. She has always had a great passion for baseball and began the physical therapy journey through her own sports injuries. She’s fascinated with the body’s capabilities, and was drawn to the process of healing through the breakdown of unique biomechanics and corrective movements.

She is a firm believer in “movement as the best medicine” and knows it’s a true blessing to be a part of helping others to return to life’s enjoyable experiences!

Rebekah LeVine PTA, CFPS

Certified Fall Prevention Specialist

Rebekah LeVine attended the very competitive San Diego Mesa College earning both her Professional Degree and Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2020. During her program, Rebekah excelled in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, aquatics, and inpatient acute care. Prior to obtaining her degree, she became interested in physical rehabilitation when she became an adaptive surfing coach for challenged athletes. Working with this population solidified her belief in the power of movement to transform and improve the quality of life in all individuals.

Rebekah’s expertise is based in aquatic therapy, therapy exercise progression, manual therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuro-developmental training, and adaptive athletic training.

Rebekah is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️. She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

In her free time, Rebekah loves to stay active by surfing, biking, and training in mixed martial arts.

Samantha Grendziak PTA

Sam graduated from San Diego Mesa College in 2020 as a PTA. San Diegan born and raised, she worked in various settings and clinics within San Diego. Her passion for physical therapy started when she was in 7th grade. Sam had to go for rehab after knee surgery. Ever since that moment, she had been driven to help people get back to what they love to do.

Sam wants to help patients with manual therapy as well as my exercise interventions, but also teaching patients all the tools they will need in the future after discharge to improve their activities day to day.

Sam is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️.

She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

Jacqueline West PTA

Jacque West attended the very competitive Concorde Career College earning both her Professional Degree and Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated with honors in 2021. In addition, she completed to prerequisites for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy and graduated with honors in Kinesiology from Mesa College in 2018. Also, she holds degrees in International Studies, Chinese Mandarin and Indonesian from Hawaii Pacific University and the Defense Language Institute.

Jacque has been the Navy Run Team Captain in Central California, a swim instructor, military fitness instructor, swim team coach and adapted swim coach for over twelve years and a member of the Auxiliary Security Forces. She is proficient in Chinese Mandarin, Indonesian, and Spanish.

Jacque is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️.  She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

In her spare time, Jacque enjoys swimming, kayaking, volunteering, and hiking. Past awards she’s achieved include: Meritorious Mast for volunteerism and work as the Captain of the Navy Run Team, Central California, Navy Achievement Medal for International Diplomacy, Gulf of Aden, Performer of the Quarter for teaching, swim instruction, Chinese Mandarin instruction, and fitness leadership, Hawaii, Nominated to American Red Cross Breakfast for Heroes for volunteerism for athletic events, Honolulu,
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She firmly believes that physical growth and overcoming challenges can help elevate nearly all aspects of our lives.

Kimberly Manaloto Jaminal PTA

Kimberly Manaloto Jaminal (Kim) completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy at California State University, San Marcos in 2016. After traveling and pursuing her passions, she made the decision to go back to school post-graduation at Concorde Career College in Garden Grove and received an Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2020.

Kim believes in the power of positive thinking and lifelong learning impacting the overall health of an individual. Water & Sports Physical Therapy provides her with specialized training and education that has allowed her to grow as a person and as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).

Kim is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on her specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️. She is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program. 

Kim is a service-oriented team member that is dedicated to supporting clients’ agency during treatment. She is always willing to listen to how her clients and her team members are feeling; she is always compassionate and supportive. Kim does her best to ensure every manual treatment, functional exercise, and overall experience is engaging, educational, and effective in improving the quality of life for her clients.

 

Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez PTA

Gabriel (Gabe) Gonzalez completed his undergrad in 2017 at California State University, Fullerton where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Post-graduation, Gabe then attended American Career College in Anaheim to receive his Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2019.

Gabe played Basketball and Varsity Volleyball in High School, and continued to play Club Volleyball at Cal State Fullerton for four years. In his free time, he continues to stay physically active by lifting weights and continuing to play Basketball. Gabe continues with all the passions he loves, and with his healthy lifestyle will continue to play sports at an older age in order to keep both his mind and body active and young.

Gabe began his Physical Therapy career in the Home Health setting where he was able to more fully understand and emphasize with individual patients’ needs at a more acute and personal level. As his career continued to grow, Gabe decided to more fully expand his knowledge base and add to his skill-level set, he found his calling at Water and Sports Physical Therapy to be the perfect opportunity achieve his own personal goals.

Gabe is a big advocate for doing activities that keep you happy, healthy, and strong, and would like to both expand and pass on that mindset and knowledge to the greater demographic of his patients. Gabe also values the importance of physical, emotional, and mental health to help his patients achieve both their Physical Therapy, and their personal lifetime goals.

Gabe is an active participant in the Water & Sports PT mentorship program as well as working on his specialty certification through the Neuro Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, NOMPTI©️.

He is also in the process of working toward the highest level of orthopedic excellence through the American Physical Therapy Association Advanced Proficiency Pathway program.

Originally from the Bay Area, Gabriel takes huge pride in his roots and you will often catch him cheering on his favorite teams in his spare time. When he is not watching sports, he likes to play basketball, try new coffee shops and food spots, along with attempts to cook without burning down his apartment. In his spare time, you might find Gabe on the lookout for new music mixes and playlists, along with exploring our beautiful city of San Diego.

Ellen Carmody PTA

Ellen was born and raised in San Diego. While soccer was her main passion growing up, she maintained her love for movement and being a part of a team. This quickly translated into a desire to enter healthcare. After graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, she returned to San Diego’s perfect weather and beaches.

She graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at San Diego Mesa College in 2021, and was immediately drawn to the professional and friendly team environment at Water and Sports Physical Therapy. She believes that combining mindfulness with research-based techniques and individualized exercises will always lead to the best outcomes in physical therapy.

In her free time, Ellen enjoys hanging out at the beach, going camping and hiking, and planning travel around where to eat next! She also loves spending time at home trying new recipes from Pinterest and cuddling her two kittens she adopted during quarantine.

Artzell Bautista PTA

Post-graduation from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Artzell (Zell) Bautista was accepted into the highly competitive Mesa College where he earned both his Professional Degree and Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2021.

Having recovered from personal injuries with a successful rehabilitation program of Physical Therapy in his past, Zell well knows from first-hand experience of the long and arduous journey it entails to achieve a successful recovery to ensure both strength and functional mobility. This positive experience is what encouraged Zell onto the professional and educational path to help his own patients discover how to get back to what his patient’s love the most.

Zell continues to maintain his Professional and Continuing education by being an active participant in the weekly Water and Sports Mentorship Program with an emphasis in manual therapy of the Spine and Extremities. Zell is also concurrently working on his certification in both Myofascial Decompression MFDc as well as his certification in Fall Prevention, CFPS.

Zell firmly believes in the healing power of laughter along with helping his patients maintain a positive, healthy attitude during their recovery, so expect a few good ‘hearty and healthy’ healing laughs while he is treating you!

In his free time, Zell enjoys perfecting his Judo moves, along with cooking and sailing. While out enjoying the many things San Diego has to offer, he also enjoys copious amounts of good sushi!

Andrew Pitters PTA

Post-graduation from Cal State Northridge with a BA in Journalism and Communications, Andrew was accepted into the highly competitive Concorde College for Physical Therapy and received both his Professional Degree and Licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2021.

During his collegiate career, Andrew completed clinical rotations in both inpatient and outpatient facilities which fully encompassed several different various stages of each patient’s personal recovery process.

This rehabilitative process enabled Andrew to be fully involved with his patient’s rehabilitation from ‘Day one’ of post-operative surgical intervention, to fully returning to competitive sport, as Andrew remained instrumental in each patient’s personal recovery within the Rehabilitation Team.

Andrew firmly believes in patient centered care, and his patients feel fully involved and informed along their rehabilitation journey with his knowledge and compassionate care.

Andrew continues his own strive for continued education and continues the process by being an active participant in the Water and Sports Physical Therapy mentorship program with an emphasis in manual therapy of the spine and extremities, while also working on his MFDc for Myofascial Decompression, along with his Fall Prevention Certification CFPS.

Andrew has been involved in Athletics throughout his entire life with a passion for volleyball in both High School and College. He also coached in both the Youth and Collegiate Levels for 10 years while spending additional time as a Sports Information Director at a Junior College in Los Angeles.

Andrew enjoys his spare time in beautiful San Diego by enjoying recreational sports, playing guitar, and practicing Ballroom Dancing.

Kristine Tran, MPH

Vice President of Analytics

Helen Asciutto

Vice President of Operations

Sophia Hamilton

Southern Regional Director

Virtual/Telemedicine Appointments

For scheduled patients ONLY, please click on your therapist’s link below at the time of your scheduled appointment to be joined with your therapist for your virtual/telemedicine session:

Dr. Chelsea Clark
Meeting ID: 220 843 6688
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Dr. Greg Banks
Meeting ID: 945 789 4024
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Dr. Cj Regala
Meeting ID: 923 8833 5591
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Dr. Carter Phillips
Meeting ID: 931 8422 8629
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Dr. Randi Kinney
Meeting ID: 844 4413 6637
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Dr. Ashley Maher
Meeting ID: 961 0470 964
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Dr. Kevin Grayson
Meeting ID: 910 8774 2285
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Dr. Dave Evans
Meeting ID: 237 725 9977
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Dr. Garrick Li
Meeting ID: 917 3305 6906
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Carol McClaugherty
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