Therapist Qualifications

  B.S. PT degree from Ohio State University (1984)
IPA instructor (1999-present)
  MESA College Adjunct Professor (2008-2011 PTA program)
Community outreach lecturer and clinical instructor.
APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Member (1986-present)
  Delegate to Ohio State Senate (1985)

Getting Started in Physical Therapy

Growing up in small town Ohio, I knew I wanted to become a physical therapist when I was in the 9th grade. Some call it luck, I call it vision. I was blessed to recognize that the medical profession granted me the opportunity to practice all of the things that I loved. Being an athlete and a dancer, I loved movement and exercise. I loved biology and learning how the body worked. And, as a lover of people, I really wanted to make a difference for folks one-on-one.

So, it was off to achieve my B.S. PT degree from The Ohio State University in 1984.

My first job in Columbus, Ohio was an eye opening experience as I treated all types of patients that had sustained an injury at their job. Within a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team, the worst failed workers compensation cases of the entire state came to our facility. I got a different kind of education during those 2 years as I took away how an individual’s life can be altered by injury, pain, and loss of lifestyle. I still remember my first patients and their gratitude and how, over time, we saw that the majority of folks REALLY did want to get back to their lives, relationships, and their work.

Gaining Invaluable Experience

I came to San Diego in 1986, looking for adventure and the chance to live in the finest city anywhere! In 1989, I began studying with The Institute of Physical Art, which opened my world of physical therapy to a very effective, powerful and integrated approach that I have used to treat my patients ever since.

Finding My Specialty

Unfortunately, with all that modern medicine has to offer the doctors simply cannot account for ALL the possibilities these highly integrated systems can produce. Medicine can test for basically one thing at a time…..e.g. how the stomach empties, how the gallbladder works, what the ovaries are doing. It cannot test for how the nerves work to those organs, how the gallbladder or spleen are related to back pain or shoulder pain, or assess how the liver or lungs impedes movement affecting your ability to turn and create back pain. Heck, we aren’t even close to knowing how to test for this stuff! So how can we really expect our doctor/s to identify the exact cause of said problems and pain? Yes, there’s clinical intuition, but doctors are held to tight practice guidelines that do not allow them the freedom to act on these without ‘proof.' 

My Personal Journey

My exposure to what is known in our field as ‘visceral manipulation’ began following my SBO emergency surgery in 1986. Scary? Yes! This blockage was directly caused by adhesions from an appendectomy 18 years earlier! For those of you who have been unfortunate enough to have also experienced an abdominal surgery of this magnitude, you understand me fully when I say I did NOT wish to EVER repeat this, thus was determined to prevent any additional ‘like’ procedures in my future!

Your Story

This is where you enter the picture….what is YOUR story? What is causing your undiagnosed chronic pain and/or dysfunction that disrupts your life?

Reaching beyond conventional treatment by applying advanced, state-of-the-art, effective therapeutic techniques, I can offer patients hope and more importantly...RESULTS! I am determined that each and every person who crosses my path will restore their quality of life through an improved state of health. I am devoted to each and every individual and will do everything in my power to make that happen for YOU.