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.
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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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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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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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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Darren is a European trained physical therapist with a wide breadth of experience. He received is training from the Hoogeschol van Amsterdam, and he has maintained a lifelong passion to help people return to their lives. Darren uses his physical therapy training supplemented with a Strength and Conditioning certification to treat the whole patient. From working with soccer players in Holland, dancers in New York, Surfers in San Diego, and injured workers in Seattle, he has been able to help many people return to the activities that they love. In his free time he likes to travel, hike, play soccer, surf and golf.
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.
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Tyler was born and raised in San Diego and his journey with physical therapy began with a knee injury in high school playing baseball and football. He then wanted to help others achieve pain free lives with improved function and ability to achieve a happy life. Tyler received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chapman University. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, going to the beach, playing sports and watching baseball and football.
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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.
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Gervin was born and raised in San Diego, CA where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from SDSU and continued his education at the University of St. Augustine receiving his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. With an immense passion for golf, Gervin is certified through Titleist Performance Institute to increase his knowledge on full body assessments and its relationship to an individual’s swing mechanics. Gervin thoroughly enjoys witnessing his patients reach their goals and getting them back to their daily routines and activities pain free. During his free time he enjoys playing golf, hiking with his Pitbull Blue, and hanging out by the beach.
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Zac is originally from Ventura county California but made his way down to San Diego to attend San Diego State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology as well as a minor in psychology. He then attended the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Zac originally became interested in physical therapy in high school after suffering a shoulder injury while playing baseball. He was able to rehab his shoulder and found a passion for the healing capacity of the human body through movement. He is interested in sports and athletics and likes to focus on the body as a whole while providing his treatments. In his spare time Zac enjoys going to the beach, golfing, hiking, cooking and traveling.
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Luke grew up in Minnesota and, as a lifelong athlete playing hockey and collegiate soccer, he understands the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle as well as the pitfalls often associated with injury recovery. Earning his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Illinois at Chicago, he enjoys working with athletes of all ages and abilities, from amateur to professional, by reducing their risk of injury and helping them achieve their peak performance goals. Now living in Cardiff, Luke enjoys hiking, hunting, skiing, surfing, and spending time with his wife and daughters.
Eric was born and raised in the Bay Area and fell in love with San Diego during his undergraduate time at UCSD. After completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chapman University, he returned to the area. Providing empathetic and skilled care to get his patients back to what they love to do is his passion. In his free time, Eric enjoys martial arts, surfing, volleyball, climbing, snowboarding, yoga, diving, and all-you-can-eat restaurants.
Fernando Navarro was born in Tijuana, Mexico but considers himself a San Diego local. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from SDSU and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The University of St, Augustine for Health Sciences. He developed his passion for sports performance and rehabilitation sciences while working with professional boxers and martial artists as a personal trainer. Fernando is dedicated to helping patients restore function and live their lives to their maximum potential by utilizing evidence-based treatment. He enjoys spending time with his family and training Judo and jujitsu.
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Jake attended San Diego State University for undergrad, and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. While Jake enjoys all sports, he is particularly drawn to water sports and the beach. Much of his time during undergrad and PT school was spent coaching water polo, even coaching his school to a CIF championship. Unfortunately, he witnessed a variety of injuries which has lead to his desire to help injured athletes and drove Jake to pursue physical therapy.
SarahMargaret is a native of South Carolina where she participated in a variety of sports growing up. Her interests included competitive swimming, volleyball, basketball, running, and horseback riding. The moving human body and the ability to optimize movement after injury has always fascinated her, especially after sustaining several significant injuries of her own. SarahMargaret received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine San Marcos. When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, spending time with her husband Michael, walking her beagle Lucy, and Carolina Panthers football.
Nick grew up in LA county where he earned his bachelors degree in Kinesiology Clinical Exercise Science at California State University Fullerton. He moved to north county San Diego to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He enjoys getting patients back to being able to do the things that they enjoy. He enjoys hanging out with his dog, hiking, and grilling/cooking with his family.
Morgan grew up in Lexington, South Carolina where her love for exercise and movement began growing up as a competitive cheerleader. She received her bachelor's degree in exercise science at the College of Charleston then went on to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. She is passionate about helping others get back to the activities they enjoy and lead a long-term active lifestyle. Outside the clinic, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Alina was first introduced to physical therapy while working through her own injuries as a professional ballet dancer. Originally from San Diego, she traveled around the world pursuing ballet, finally making her way back to sunny California to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the human body with her patients and helping return to a pain-free and non-restrictive life. When not in the clinic, you may see Alina at the beach with her husband and dog Finnegan, exploring new workout classes, or traveling to visit friends and family.
Dana Hazlett hails from San Jose, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Sciences from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. His professional interests include chronic pain, spine, and sports rehab. His passion is helping people live pain free lives. In his free time, Dana enjoys volleyball, strength training, and yoga.
Patrick grew up in San Diego and has enjoyed everything the area has to offer. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then went on to study physical therapy at University of St. Augustine in San Marcos. Some of his favorite things include spending time with family and dogs, trying new food, playing basketball, and going to the beach.