At RISE Physical Therapy, we strive to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and providers. We are enforcing social distancing whenever possible and limiting the number of patients in the clinic at one time. Some instances are impossible to avoid contact with patients and providers. We are doing everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in all clinics. All staff members and PT providers are mandated to wear their PPE such as masks and gloves in the clinic. We are actively following CDC and WHO guidelines/updates. Please note that all patients in the clinic are required to wear face covering or masks as well.
Our unique one-on-one model of treatment means that you only come in contact with your PT provider while in the clinic. We do offer telehealth visits for all patients interested to help reduce the need for in-clinic exposure. We encourage telehealth especially for those who are at high risk according to the CDC or have any signs of sickness, Coronavirus related or not.
If you have any questions related to our care and clinic policies, please call the front office to speak with one of our staff: 858-755-5200
Please keep yourself informed and review the guidelines set by the CDC on their website, cdc.gov or the county hotline at 211.
Silver Strand Physical Therapy is our South San Diego physical therapy affiliate. Located in Imperial Beach, Silver Strand Physical Therapy provides premier physical therapy treatment services to patients throughout the South Bay. Vist silverstrandpt.com to learn more.
RISE Prime Wellness is the premier holistic health and wellness clinic in San Diego. We offer a highly customized approach that combines yoga and cryotherapy with several other wellness services.
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In addition to striving to set up environments to provide the most quality care to his patients, Navid enjoys spending time with his friends and family, walking his wolf Jasmine around town, and all things sports (especially basketball) and food related.
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Alex found physical therapy through his own physical struggles, which built his passion for working to improve the quality of life of his patients. Alex enjoys boating, working on anything with a motor, or cheering on the Florida Gators. He holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California, and is an Applied Functional Science fellow.
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Rachel's passion for movement began with dance, which inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. When not in the clinic with patients, she enjoys being outdoors with her dog Emma, creating art, and enjoying good food with family and friends.
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Martin's interest for physical therapy was sparked by overcoming his own injuries as a competitive basketball player and long-distance runner while growing up in Texas. He enjoys taking the journey with his patients through the process of rehabilitation, teaching them about their own bodies, and watching them leave pain-free with a smile. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball at the local gym, running along the beach, trying new foods, and exploring his new home in San Diego.
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Angela's passion for rehabilitation and fascination with the human body brought her to physical therapy. She loves working with people from all walks of life, including our littlest clients who are just getting their start on life. She enjoys unwinding by exercising, yoga, or surfing, and spending time with her daughter.
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Michael built his foundation for Physical Therapy on his own recovery from a high school basketball injury. He's an avid golfer who is as passionate about the game as he is about rehabilitating all patients to reach their maximum movement potential. Michael is also a certified golf fitness instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute who can address your physical limitations, provide you with the treatment to correct these limitations, and apply the results to your game.
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David first became interested in physical therapy when introduced to Applied Functional Science in 2006. At the time he was practicing Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Qigong, and was working on his bachelors degree in Kinesiology at SDSU. David received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in 2010, and completed his fellowship in Applied Functional Science in 2012. David enjoys hanging out with family and friends, reading, hiking and can be found exploring the various coffee shops around the county.
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Brittany’s interest in human movement developed at a young age as a dancer/gymnast/cheerleader. Her interest in movement quickly evolved into a passion towards helping others learn how to move their bodies in a way that will allow them to participate and enjoy the activities they love to do throughout their lifetime. Brittany received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chapman University and enjoys working with patients of all ages, including the kiddos! She is a San Diego native who loves dancing, spending time with family/friends, and playing with her two adorable dogs.
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Mariah was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she earned her bachelors at the University of New Mexico. In 2015 she moved to San Diego and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. Mariah has always lived an active lifestyle with a history of playing soccer, track, and tennis. She now enjoys hiking, running, and doing yoga.
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Brad is a San Diego native with a passion for therapy that developed taking care of his own family. He earned his dual bachelor’s from SDSU and later earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St Augustine. Brad enjoys working with people from all different backgrounds and tailoring therapy to fit their needs. He has a passion for new innovations and used modern technologies such as 3D printing to improve his and his patients’ day to day lives. Outside the clinic he enjoys hiking, adventures with his dog, and enjoying time with his family and friends.
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Katie grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where she developed a love for the outdoors and living an active lifestyle. She also fell in love with the sunshine and warmer weather while completing her undergraduate studies at the University of San Diego and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. Katie has always had a passion for dancing, and is excited for her career in physical therapy helping people move better and get back to pursuing their life passions.
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Matt is a San Diego native who was drawn to physical therapy by his fascination with the power and adaptability of the human body. While playing sports during high school he suffered multiple knee and shoulder injuries and experienced first hand the impact that quality physical therapy can have. Matt earned his bachelor's degree in Health & Exercise from Regis University in Denver, CO, along with his Doctoral of Physical Therapy from SDSU.
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Bridget grew up in North Dakota, but until recently has spent most of her adult life in NYC. After a career as a dancer in the musical theatre industry and a plethora of mild dance-related injuries, Bridget, returned to NYC and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University. Her experience as a dancer has taught her the importance of qualitative movement, a skill she proudly brings to her clients in the clinic. When not in the clinic she can be found hiking and exploring CA with her husband, son, and Beagle-mix "Riley."
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Deniz is originally from the Bay Area, but completed her undergraduate degree at SDSU and doctor of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine. She grew up playing all sports, but her main passion is for soccer where an injury brought her into the world of PT. She knows full well what it’s like to not be able to do the things you love due to pain. She hopes to help her patients live pain-free and improve their quality of life. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, baking, and any outdoor activities.
Kieran grew up running track and cross country, where several injuries brought her to discover physical therapy. She became a certified athletic trainer during her undergrad and realized her love for being creative in the clinic with her patients. Kieran received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University and is passionate about working with kids and using functional movement to treat patients of all ages. Kieran enjoys running by the ocean, hiking, yoga, salsa dancing, and adventures with her two incredible dogs.
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Lauren was born and raised in San Diego, CA where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. She built her passion for physical therapy through her experience with a high school sports injury. She is a kind and compassionate person who strives to empower each patient to reach their goals and maintain an active lifestyle. Lauren enjoys puns, traveling, hiking, running, being a Young Life leader, and spending time with her friends/family.
Sean grew up in Orange County spending most of his childhood on soccer fields all over California. He enjoyed playing multiple sports in high school and attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara where he was senior captain of their collegiate team. He initially got into physical therapy after suffering injury after injury during collegiate soccer. He was finally able to be injury free after finding his very own physical therapist. In his practice, he seeks to address all aspects of health including mental, emotional, and physical elements. In his spare time, Sean enjoys playing beach volleyball, surfing, and hiking.
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Jonathan Fong is a graduate of California State University Fresno's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. He is dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired physical goals, optimize movement to improve quality of life, and contribute to the advancement of physical therapy as a profession through use of evidence based practice. Jonathan is passionate about physical activity and is a frequent participant in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, basketball, weight lifting, and swimming.
Darren is a San Diego native who earned his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at SDSU and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He developed his passion for health and fitness while working in the fitness industry, living in the gym, going on hikes, and playing basketball. He wanted to evolve and devote his skills to those who were limited by injuries and unable to perform their favorite activities. As a physical therapist, he believes that improving one aspect of someone’s life can positively affect all others.
Jess is a California native who has lived and worked all over northern and southern California. Growing up immersed in the world of ballet, contemporary, and modern dance, Jess has always been enthusiastic about movement, wellness, and teamwork. Her experiences as both a performer and ballet instructor guide her approach toward rehabilitation as a creative and individual process. Jess loves the outdoors as much as a good book and spends her free time with her loved ones and rescue dogs.
Sara discovered physical therapy as a patient herself. She learned that movement was a powerful healer and wanted to help others the way her physical therapist had helped her. Sara enjoys spending time practicing yoga, getting outdoors and taking care of her (way too many) plants. She holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.
Katie’s passion for movement began with her participation in sports growing up, including soccer, dance, water polo, and swim. She continued to learn about the human body while pursuing her undergraduate degree at UCLA and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St Augustine in San Marcos. Katie loves to use her own experience with sports and movement to help others optimize their movement to be pain free and achieve their own personal goals. When not in the clinic she enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, swimming, and cuddling with her cat Mango.
Royal is a proud San Diego native who found his passion in physical therapy after experiencing his own injuries from weightlifting and playing sports. Fascinated by the science of human movement, he was inspired to pursue a profession where he could improve function, provide patient-centered care, promote long-term wellness and get people back to doing what they love. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys adventuring outdoors with friends & family, playing basketball, volleyball, fishing and working on cars.