Deb is a lifelong athlete. She was a nationally ranked tennis player throughout college. Deb is also a trained gymnast and was a professional fitness competitor. When she was playing college tennis, Deb began to experience severe back pain, as well as rotator cuff tendonitis and other overuse injuries. This led to her first experience with physical therapy. She spent many months as a patient on and off throughout her college career. The treatment she received made it possible for her to continue as an athlete and naturally drew Deb to work in the field of physical therapy.
She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, where Deb also obtained her Manual Therapy Certification. Certified Manual Therapists work with conditions that limit joint mobility. She can physically manipulate the joints and stretch the surrounding muscles and tissues to promote a full range of movement. Deb believes that underlying dysfunction is often the cause of pain, and therefore should be the first focus of treatment so she can help the patient return to the everyday activities that require joint mobility such as climbing stairs or working in the garden.
Her own background as an athlete and personal experience with sports injuries have given Deb a special interest in working with other athletes, gymnasts and dancers. She sees it as an opportunity to share her insight and to help relieve client’s pain. Deb knows first-hand that pain does not have to take you away from the activities you love!
Deb has been a licensed practicing Doctor of Physical Therapy since 2001 and has worked in numerous environments and directed several facilities. In 2012 she ventured into private practice with great success in Los Angeles, California. Deb is currently opening a new facility in Bakersfield, California which will serve both of her passions: personal training and physical therapy under one roof.