In 1980, our founding father, E. Lee Rice, DO, started San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center with the vision to provide a place where individuals could receive quality medical care to help them manage every aspect of their health towards achieving optimum health and fitness.
His philosophy stemmed from the belief that health is much more than merely the absence of disease. Since its inception, the care at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center has not only been about the treatment of injuries and illnesses, but also about individualized patient education and management on a broad spectrum of lifestyle improvements in order to enhance well-being and quality of life. In short, the goal is not to just make patients “feel” better, but also to help them attain optimal health and wellness.
The idea was to combine a great family practice program with physical therapy, a fitness club, dietary counseling, as well as anxiety and emotional care for optimum health. That philosophy still pervades our center today.
Richard A. Parker, DO, FAOASM
Richard A. Parker A
Dr. Parker is the Medical Director of both San Diego Sports Medicine’s Executive Health & Corporate Wellness, and the San Diego Firefighters Regional Wellness Program. He is also the director of our Sports Medicine Fellowship Training Program and is past president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and completed his sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1987. Dr. Parker is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in sports medicine. He was a swimmer at Springfield College and has served as a team physician for San Diego State University Athletics since 1985.
Jeffrey P. Anthony, DO FAAFP, FAOASM
Jeffrey P. Anthony
DO FAAFP, FAOASM
Dr. Anthony went to medical school at the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his family practice residency at Phoenix General Hospital in 1987. He completed his sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in 1988 and joined the practice immediately after. Dr. Anthony is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in sports medicine. He is a team physician for the US Olympic Training Center, San Diego State University club sports, San Diego Christian College, Cuyamaca College, and Santa Fe Christian High School. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and adjunct professor at SDSU. He has served on many boards, including the Governor’s Board for Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and the San Diego Academy of Family Practice. He has been the team physician for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the Million Dollar Challenge since 2007. Dr. Anthony was voted among America’s Best Family Medicine Doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and as one of San Diego's Top Doctors for multiple years.
Lee P. Ralph, MD
Lee P. Ralph
Dr. Ralph joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 1997 after serving as a family physician at the Family Practice and Preventive Medicine Department of the University of California, San Diego. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine before completing his residency and fellowship training at UCSD.
Dr. Ralph is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice with added qualifications in sports medicine. He was a former president of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians and is on the board of directors of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Ralph has been voted among San Diego’s “Top Doctors” in family medicine and sports medicine by his peers through the San Diego County Medical Society.
Dr. Ralph is the past President of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), a coveted and honorable position for family practitioners in the state of California. CAFP has a membership of over 10,000 physicians in California and is the largest chapter of the AAFP, the national organization. The CAFP is dedicated to improving the quality of family practice by educating physicians as well as working with the government to optimize legislation.
Allen Richburg, MD, MS, FAAFP
MD, MS, FAAFP
Dr. Richburg joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center following the completion of our Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in 1998. After graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School he completed his residency at Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. Dr. Richburg is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Richburg is the Head Team Physician at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista. He is also the Director of Athletic Medicine for the San Diego State University Aztecs. He is the Clinical Director of the SDSM Peak Performance Program, Skin Wellness Program, and the Sorrento Valley office. Dr. Richburg's other clinical interests include youth sports care, concussion care, cycling medicine, and martial arts of all disciplines. Lastly, he has been voted by his peers as one of San Diego's Top Doctors in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine for multiple years.
Lee Rice, DO, FAAFP, FAOASM, FAMSSM
DO, FAAFP, FAOASM, FAMSSM
With more than forty years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician, Dr. Rice is a premier medical expert on wellness, both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Rice earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now A.T. Still University). He completed his internship and Family Medicine residency in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Currently he is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine; he is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Dr. Rice is the Chief Wellness Officer for the Lifewellness Institute, our SDSM office in Point Loma. Dr. Rice’s passion is to facilitate positive life transformations through education and inspiration. A committed family man, he is father to two beautiful daughters, a proud grandfather, and resides in Point Loma with his beloved wife, Mary, dog Hugs, and Maine Coon cat Yogi.
Scott R. Evans, MD
Scott R. Evans
Dr. Evans joined San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center in 2008 after completing his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and earned his medical degree from George Washington University. He is currently a team physician for San Diego State University as well as Francis Parker High School. Dr. Evans was previously a team physician for UCLA athletics. He is fluent in Spanish and is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in sports medicine.
Michelle L. Look, MD, FAAFP, ABOM
Michelle L. Look
MD, FAAFP, ABOM
Dr. Look joined San Diego Sports Medicine and & Family Health Center in 2001 after completing our Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship program and a Family Practice residency at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. She graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and is board certified in family medicine and obesity medicine, with added qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Look serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association San Diego Chapter and was the National Medical Director for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk for several years. She was a team physician for the United States 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a staff physician for the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista and a team physician for the USA Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens Team. Dr. Look has been honored by San Diego Magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society as one of San Diego’s “Top Doctors” in family medicine and sports medicine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Dr. Look’s practice now focuses on obesity medicine and weight management in correlation with underlying illness and disease. Over the years, she has served as principal investigator of numerous clinical trials assessing pharmacotherapies for obesity as well as authoring several published articles on obesity medicine in primary care.
Stephen J. Rohrer, DO, FAOASM
Stephen J. Rohrer
Dr. Rohrer completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship training at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in 2009 and joined the practice as an associate provider. Prior to that, he completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting at Bob Jones University (1996), his medical school training at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005), and his Family Medicine Residency at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center (2008). He is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in sports medicine, and he specializes in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). He also incorporates various alternative healing modalities when addressing musculoskeletal disorders, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and prolotherapy. He is a team physician for San Diego State University Aztec Athletics and La Jolla Country Day School. He has provided medical coverage for the Ironman World Championship, NCAA basketball playoffs, the US Olympic Training Center, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Thunderboat Regatta, the Holiday Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl, and numerous other events.
Doug D. Dengerink, DO
Doug D. Dengerink
Dr. Dengerink joined San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in 2012 after completing the fellowship training here at SDSM. He completed his undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific University, earned his medical degree from Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his medical training at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Dengerink is board certified in family medicine with added qualifications in sports medicine. Prior to joining SDSM, Dr. Dengerink had six years of acute care experience with Sharp Rees-Stealy. He is currently a team physician for San Diego State University Athletics and the US Olympic Training Center. Dr. Dengerink specializes in sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound and injections, as well as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections.
Alexandra R. Myers, DO, MSHS
Alexandra R. Myers
Dr. Myers finished her Sports Medicine Fellowship with San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center (SDSM) in July 2014 and joined our practice as a full-time provider in August 2014. Previously, she obtained a BA in Biology and Spanish at Cornell College. She then earned DO and MSHS degrees at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, where she also did an Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship in osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Myers completed her family medicine residency at Downey Regional Medical Center in 2013. She is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine.
Dr. Myers is the Director of Women's Athletic Medicine at San Diego State University, and the Team Physician for Santa Fe Christian High School. She also works extensively with San Diego Christian College, Cuyamaca College, and San Diego City College. In addition, she works with USA Rugby, is the Co-Medical Director of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, and is the Medical Director for the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon. She is bilingual in Spanish, and she volunteers annually on medical missions to Mexico with Liga International and to Haiti with Global Health Teams. Originally from Wrightwood, CA, Dr. Myers enjoys skiing, hiking, tennis, soccer, and surfing. You may find additional information about Dr. Myers on her website.
Katie Rusk, MA, PA-C
Katie joined San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in 1982 after she received her master’s degree in exercise physiology from San Diego State University. She graduated from Stanford University’s Primary Care Program in 1996 as a Physician’s Assistant. She served as Co-Director and Clinical Instructor of the Stanford University Primary Care satellite program in San Diego for 13 years and is now the Medical Coordinator for the San Diego Firefighter’s Regional Wellness Program. Katie provides full-spectrum family healthcare.
Courtney O'Bryan, DO
Dr. O'Bryan was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She attained her BS degree at Indiana University in 2006 and was also a member of the women's varsity soccer team. She graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, then completed her family medicine residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic in Chicago in 2016. Dr. O'Bryan is board certified in family medicine by both the AOA and AMA. When she moved to San Diego, she worked both for Kaiser in primary care and for UCSD in student health for 2 years before beginning her fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in July 2018. Dr. O'Bryan has a special interest in preventive medicine, sports medicine and procedures, and women's health. In her spare time, she can be found on her yoga mat or with her family enjoying all the outdoor activities San Diego has to offer.
Elizabeth Williams, DO
Dr Williams completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle in July 2018 and joined the SDSM practice in August 2018. She earned her DO degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency from Lankenau Medical Center, in Philadelphia, PA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and with an added certificate of qualification in Sports Medicine.
Dr Williams is a team physician at San Diego State University, Point Loma University, and La Jolla Country Day School. She also works closely with the University of San Diego. She enjoys covering other high level sports teams in the area including Legion, a professional rugby team (along with Dr. Myers). She also provides medical game coverage for the Surfers (a Women’s Premier League rugby team) and the Old Aztecs, a Rugby Football League team.
Dr. Williams holds particular interest in sports cardiology, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine, including platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Alex Bernadett, MD
Dr. Bernadett completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center in July 2020. He joined SDSM as an associate physician in August 2020. He grew up in Grass Valley, CA and is a proud graduate of Nevada Union High School. He earned a BS degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 2016. He completed his family medicine residency training at the Swedish Family Medicine First Hill program in 2019. Dr. Bernadett is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). Dr. Bernadett has a special interest in sports medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, office-based procedures, and providing care in resource limited settings. He sees patients of all ages, from newborns to centenarians. In his spare time, Dr. Bernadett enjoys playing and watching sports, keeping up with Major League Baseball, and spending time with his wife and daughters
Geoff Lange, DO
Raised in Modesto, CA, Dr. Lange is a long-time fan of the Sacramento Kings and is also a 49ers fan. Dr. Lange completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, Dr. Lange had the opportunity to serve on a 2-year mission for his church in Mongolia. As a result, he is fluent in Mongolian! After his mission, he studied medicine at Touro University California, then went on to residency in Family Medicine at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, CA. Dr. Lange completed his medical training with a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Eisenhower Health in the Palm Desert. Dr. Lange joined SDSM in August 2021 as an associate physician.
A special interest in golf led Dr. Lange to pursue TPI certification from the Titleist Performance Institute which has increased his knowledge of golf swing mechanics, pitfalls, and injuries that occur in the sport. When not at work, or on the golf course, you can find Dr. Lange enjoying time spent with his wife and two children.
Ashlee Smith, DNP, FNP-C, AGNP-C
DNP, FNP-C, AGNP-C
My name is Ashlee Smith, Nurse Practitioner. Prior to SDSM, I worked as a travel nurse for over 7 years throughout multiple hospitals in California and Australia. I went on to earn my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at University of San Diego. I am double board certified Nurse Practitioner licensed in Family and Adult Gerontology. I enjoy working with patients who are an active participant in their own care. I am enthusiastic about medicine and treat others as I would my own family. On days off you can find me enjoying everything San Diego has to offer: at the beach or trying a new restaurant. My weaknesses are puppies, pasta, and chocolate chip cookies. I look forward to meeting you.
Urgent Care Providers
Ken L. Anderson, DO
Ken L. Anderson
“In September of 2010, I suffered a cardiac arrest while playing tennis. This has changed my approach toward preventative care in general and especially prevention of cardiac disease. The knowledge that I gained from my personal experience is passed along to my patients in the daily treatment and discussions about risk factors for cardiac disease. As a sports medicine physician, I have always encouraged my patients to be active. I believe that we have the best approach to keeping you active and getting you back to activity as quickly as possible when you are injured. It is our goal to provide the highest level of care for all of your medical needs. When you do need further care we are here to guide the way and get you to the right specialist.”
Dr. Anderson went to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following graduation in 1984, he completed an internship in Pinellas Park, FL. After serving four years as an Army physician, he moved to San Diego and completed a sports medicine fellowship at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center. He is board certified in family practice with a subspecialty in sports medicine.
Dr. Anderson has provided primary care in Pacific Beach since 1989. He is currently the Medical Director for SeaWorld San Diego. He is also the team physician for the University of San Diego and Mission Bay High School, as well as the tournament physician for the BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells and the La Costa Women's Professional tennis tournament. Dr. Anderson also serves on the faculty of several medical schools and provides training for medical students at our medical center. He has been the team physician for the San Diego Gulls, the Buick Open golf tournament, and various other sporting events such as the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. In addition, he was on staff at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital in the Sports Medicine Clinic.
Dr. Anderson and his wife Sandy enjoy playing many sports, especially tennis. He loves spending free time with his dogs, family, and friends. He is also very active in his church community.
Jonathan A. Koretoff, MD
Jonathan A. Koretoff, MD
Dr Koretoff went to medical school at Saba University School of Medicine and started his medical career in Family Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. He then continued into a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Minnesota. During his time in Minnesota, he was a team physician for Bethel University athletics and Hopkins High school athletics and was part of the medical staff helping the Minnesota Vikings, the USA Soccer Cup, X Games, National Collegiate Hockey Association and many other sports in the Twin Cities.
Looking to move closer to family, he relocated from Los Angeles where he was practicing for nearly 5 years as a Sports Medicine physician and team physician for Taft and Notre Dame Catholic High Schools. He was a consultant to ER staff at Providence Tarzana Hospital for pediatric sports medicine injuries working with specialists from Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA). Additionally, he has several years of experience working in UCLA Urgent Cares, which he joined at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic to help in difficult times.
His interests include University of Southern California football (Fight On!), cooking for family and friends, exploring new and exciting cities, traveling, hiking, diving, and water polo/swimming. He has a special interest in the management of both acute and chronic sports medicine treatments, platelet rich plasma injections (PRP), concussion management, and preventative care in individuals of all age groups.
David E. LaRue, DO
David E. LaRue
After being raised in southern California, Dr. LaRue received his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. While there, he earned the honor of Student-Athlete All American NCAA Division 2 in basketball. He received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, in Pomona, CA in 1990. He spent one year at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital where the superb, rigorous training earned him a spot in the Kaiser Fontana Family Medicine Residency, the first DO to do so. In 1993, he graduated and became board certified in family medicine. Dr. LaRue then joined the San Diego Kaiser Medical Group, and after practicing for 30 years in family medicine, he is excited to have joined the urgent care group at SDSM in 2019.
Dr. LaRue has extensive experience to offer patients expert diagnosis and treatment for all their urgent care needs, and his goal is to provide this in a timely fashion. He considers it an honor and a privilege to engage in the doctor-patient relationship.
When Dr. LaRue is away from the clinic, he spends time playing guitar, backpacking, cycling, and writing. He has a special interest in philosophical theory and mindfulness training. He is married and has 2 adult sons.
Rebecca Rios, FNP
Rebecca Rios is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a nursing background in pediatrics. She completed her Bachelor’s in Biology at The University of Miami and went on to acquire a master's in public health- Epidemiology from Florida International University. After working in public health for several years she decided to return to school for nursing. She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Nursing at The George Washington University.
Rebecca enjoys working with all ages, especially children and young adults. Her interests include primary care and dermatology.
In her free time, she enjoys skiing, traveling, working out and spending time with her parrot.
Tess D. Maloney, FNP-C
Tess D. Maloney
“My motto is 'I treat patients the way I would want somebody to take care of a beloved family member.' My personal style includes getting to know my patients a bit over time, helping them through the illnesses that may come their way, or seeing them for their annual exam year after year. Being a patient advocate is also an aspect of caring for patients that I enjoy. Often patients or their families need help navigating through the maze of healthcare, and I like to be able to lend that helping hand as well. I enjoy seeing women of all ages for their female health needs, including annual exams, STD testing and treatment, contraception, and health maintenance. Menopausal women have unique needs and I enjoy working with them, prescribing bio-identical hormones if indicated, to maximize their quality of life. I love my profession and I am happy to be part of the team at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center.”
Tess grew up in Philadelphia, PA and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villanova University in 1988. For 12 years she worked as an ER and ICU RN at various teaching hospitals across the US. In 1999, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of California, and has full prescribing licensure. Tess has worked in family practice and urgent care throughout her NP career, served as Clinical Faculty at USD, and is currently Clinical Faculty at San Diego State School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services. She has 19 years of experience as an NP, 12 in urgent care settings.
When not at work, Tess enjoys spending time with her family, ocean activities, cycling, traveling, and gardening.
Chad Neubrand, MS, PT Director of Physical Therapy
MS, PT Director of Physical Therapy
Chad is the Director of Physical Therapy for San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center. He received his Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Iowa and has been practicing physical therapy since 1992, specializing in manual therapy and functional exercise. Chad’s other specialties include foot biomechanics and custom orthotics, as well as writing and administering specific rehabilitation protocols for post-op hip and shoulder surgeries. He is currently a guest lecturer at San Diego State University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Chad and his wife Elizabeth have traveled throughout the world and now reside in Kensington with their two boys.
Doreen Hall, PT Director of Physical Therapy
PT Director of Physical Therapy
Doreen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University and moved to San Diego right after graduation where she started her career. Doreen has a diverse background in physical therapy with emphasis in manual therapy. Her clinical experience includes sports and orthopedic rehab, prenatal and postpartum rehab, work with seniors and osteoporosis, and much more. She is passionate about teaching movement and integrating awareness to facilitate the body's innate ability to heal.
Doreen especially enjoys helping patients with back pain through an exercise system she has been developing over the past several years in her Pilates practice. Doreen owned and operated Pilates People Physical Therapy with her husband Dave Hall for 15 years. She completed the Polestar Pilates training with Brent Anderson and Elizabeth Larkam and continues to explore the use of the Pilates principles in all her treatments. She enjoys the diversity of working with clients of all ages to improve their quality of life.
Shawn Renner, DPT Director of Physical Therapy
Shawn received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Minor in Business in 2013 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While a Mizzou Tiger, Shawn worked as a student athletic trainer for the wrestling team and spent time volunteering for a pediatric hippotherapy program. Upon graduation and moving to Atlanta, GA he worked as a physical therapy aide for one of Atlanta's largest orthopedic groups. Shawn graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2017. He has been living in San Diego since 2016 where he completed his clinical work in a variety of settings including Scripps Mercy Hospital for inpatient care with a focus in trauma and orthopedics. Shawn's passion for sports medicine and orthopedics returned him to the outpatient setting where he enjoys working with a variety of patients of all activity levels. Most recently he has completed training through the American Physical Therapy Association as a pelvic floor specialist, focusing on men’s health.
Elizabeth Stelter, MS, PT
Liz received her Master of Science in physical therapy in 1992 from the University of Massachusetts. Living and working in San Diego since then, her specialties include manual orthopedic skills learned through continuing education as well as aquatic therapy, TMJ, and women’s health issues. She enjoys biking, swimming, running, visiting Hawaii, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Malina Styan, MPT
Malina received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at San Diego State University in 2005 and her Master of Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge in 2009. Since then she’s been a practicing outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapist in San Diego. Malina grew up in Hawaii, where she learned the benefits of physical activity through various sports, including tennis, swimming, running, biking, and canoe paddling. With her healing nature and desire to incorporate exercise as a form of medicine, she was drawn toward the field of physical therapy.
Malina specializes in a whole-body approach to physical therapy by incorporating functional movement techniques and Pilates principles with manual techniques such as myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and muscle energy. Malina has a passion for Pilates and has been teaching it since 2009. She has been trained in SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) and incorporates this into her physical therapy treatments. When not working, she loves to enjoy life by being outside with nature and her family.
Luisa Elizondo, MPT
Luisa graduated from California State University, Fresno with a master's degree in physical therapy in 1995. She has worked in San Diego in many different settings, but found her passion in the outpatient orthopedic clinic, utilizing manual treatment, exercise, and postural awareness to improve the function and wellbeing of her patients. Luisa began Pilates for her own enjoyment and self-rehab after a back injury. Realizing the value, she became a Stott-certified Pilates instructor in 2007 and utilizes Pilates as the exercise modality with all her clients. In addition to treating physical therapy patients, Luisa teaches a therapeutic Pilates class at SDSM and has a clientele of private Pilates students as well.
Bill Taylor, ATC, PTA, OTC
ATC, PTA, OTC
Bill has worked with the physicians of San Diego Sports Medicine & Family Health Center for many years and is now part of our team as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer. He has worked in the field of Sports Medicine since 1980, starting with the San Diego Padres’ Minor League and working with various teams such as the 1984 Gold Medal Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team, San Diego Sockers, San Diego Gulls, San Diego Spirit, and the Oracle-BMW Team for the America’s Cup Challenge in New Zealand. Bill has also worked with athletes from the high-school level through the elite competitive level designing rehab, training, and nutrition programs.
Kathryn Spurrell, DPT
Katie graduated from University of California, Davis in 2007 with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. After working in a laboratory for several years, she decided to return to school to follow her passion for helping others regain function and achieve their goals after injury. Katie received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Southern California in 2013 and has been working in the orthopedic setting ever since. She joined SDSM in April 2018 and is a valuable addition to our physical therapy team. Katie is also a certified weightlifting coach and enjoys helping competitors at her gym improve their form. On the weekends, you can find Katie backpacking and exploring the local trails, as well as spending time with her husband and dog.
Mackenzie Allen, DPT, ATC
Mackenzie was born and raised in southeast Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Roanoke College, 2015. She moved to San Diego in June 2015 where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, with high honors, from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in April 2018.
As a board Certified Athletic Trainer, she had the opportunity to perform on and off the field athlete evaluations, perform pre-season concussion screenings, develop sport specific interventions and participate in injury prevention programs. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student athletic trainer for a variety of collegiate and high school sports teams including: soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey, baseball and basketball. As an athlete herself, she understands the determination, work ethic and drive to achieve one’s goals.
Mackenzie has a passion for treating the orthopedic, sport and pediatric populations. Mackenzie utilizes evidence based research to create a multi-modal evaluation and treatment approach providing individualized care to work towards her patient's goals, to restore their functional mobility, to get them back to their sport and to provide injury prevention education. Her clinical experience includes orthopedics, pediatrics, sports rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation with an emphasis on vertigo treatment and concussion management.
In addition to being a Clinical Instructor to physical therapy students on internship, she strives to be a lifelong learner throughout her career by completing continuing education courses in various areas of interests to better treat her patients. When she is out of the clinic, you can find her at the beach with her dog, exploring the gems of San Diego and trying new recipes in the kitchen, baking is her second passion.
Nick Schroeder, DPT
Nick was born and raised in Reno, NV with the forest and desert as his backyard. He grew up with a passion for anything outdoors and hiked, backpacked, rock climbed and caved all over the west coast. Nick had an active childhood, playing any sport he could including martial arts, baseball, basketball, soccer, skiing/snowboarding, squash, tennis, running and track and field.
In 2010 while working in Supply Chain management in San Francisco, Nick got involved in cycling and also completed a 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training course at The Yoga Tree of San Francisco. While traveling the world in 2011 and 2012, he completed a secondary Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India where The Beatles studied Transcendental Meditation. Wanting to be involved with movement and health care, he went back to school in 2015 to get his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Believing that movement is the best medicine for holistic health, Nick enjoys working with individuals from all walks of life for injury prevention, working through injury, and getting that edge for competition!
Nicholas Barin, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert-CMFA
PT, DPT, OCS, Cert-CMFA
Nick Barin, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert-CMFA has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2014. His interests in physical therapy started after dealing with shoulder and lower extremity injuries playing volleyball in high school as well as during his years playing club volleyball at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While in Madison he earned his bachelor’s degree in Dietetics through the Department of Nutritional Sciences and obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Clarke University.
Nick is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and has obtained his certification in the Clinical Management of Fitness Athletes through the Institute of Clinical Excellence. He is trained to provide manual therapy techniques including joint mobilizations and manipulations as well as prescribes therapeutic exercises required to assist his patients in returning to their prior level of activity and fitness.
Nick’s treatment philosophy derives from his clinical experiences within the sports medicine and orthopedic fields and draws from evidence-based practice guidelines to ease his patients’ return to independent and functional activities. He focuses on dysfunctional movement patterns and how different anatomical regions of the body can play a role in finding the source and the cause of pain. He enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, but particularly enjoys working within the sports medicine field. His interests include working with CrossFit athletes, weightlifters, overhead athletes and recreational runners.
Nick is a native of Chicago and enjoys watching the Bears, Bulls and Cubs while having more than a couple slices of deep dish pizza. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his nieces and nephews, as well as finding new places in San Diego to grab a good meal. He also likes to stay active by participating in CrossFit, playing volleyball and hiking.
Sarah Hare PT, DPT
PT, DPT - Pelvic Health Therapist
Sarah graduated from Towson University with a degree in Exercise Science in 2010. They completed their Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida. Sarah moved to California following graduation working as a traveling physical therapist gaining experience in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient trauma rehab and home health. In 2019 Sarah began pursuing a certification in pelvic health and OB physical therapy. Treatment diagnoses include incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain for all genders. Other areas of specialty include transgender and gender diverse populations providing gender-affirming care. Sarah is also a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and integrates breath work, mindfulness and yoga concepts into their practice.
Tim Turner, PT, DPT
Tim comes from Kansas City where he practiced Physical Therapy following graduation from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He enjoys working with various sports and orthopedic conditions, with specific interests in running mechanics, triathletes and rotational activities such as golf and tennis. He and his wife, Ellen, and their 4-year-old Australian Shepherd, Brewer, enjoy hiking, going to the beach and exploring different parts of San Diego.
Iman Akef Khowailed PT, MPT, MPH
Iman Akef Khowailed
PT, MPT, MPH
Iman is a practicing Pelvic Health Specialist and an Associate Professor at the University of Saint Augustine. She received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2014, her master’s degree in public health from Touro University in 2017, and her master’s degree in Biomechanics from Cairo University in 2010. Her clinical practice has focused on outpatient pelvic health and women’s health with an emphasis on biofeedback. She is passionate about the use of biofeedback to treat patients with impaired motor control. She has specialized in defecatory disorders, chronic pelvic pain, bladder dysfunctional disorders, postpartum rehabilitation, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual disorders.
In addition to her clinical work, she has authored several research articles in the topic of women’s health, pelvic health, and injury prevention in female athletes. She published more than 15 articles in peer reviewed journals and presented her research at national and international conferences including the Academy of Women’s Health, the World Physiotherapy Congress, the International Continence Society, and the American Physical Therapy Association. Her research interests lie within the categories of pelvic health, biomechanics, rehabilitation science, with a focus on motion analysis, and injury prevention. More specifically, her research focuses on normative values of pelvic floor muscle function and pelvic rehabilitation in men, and women. Also, it focuses on the altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contributing to lower extremity injury among female athletes.
Kristen Manecke, OTR/L, CHT
Kristen was raised in Prairie Village, KS and attended The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS for undergraduate school with a BA in Psychology in 1994. She then went on to receive her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1999. Kristen moved to San Diego in 2002 and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2004, joining the ranks of less than 7,000 CHT's worldwide.
Kristen brings with her over 20 years of hand therapy experience, and is highly skilled in treatments of all upper extremity disorders including orthopaedic injuries, neurological conditions, and complex trauma. With her background as an occupational therapist, Kristen specializes in customizing treatment plans to the specific daily needs of her clients. She is proficient in fabricating custom made splints/orthotics, providing manual therapy techniques such as massage and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, as well as using a variety of pain relieving electrical and thermal modalities, and kinesiotape.
When she is not at work, Kristen enjoys life with her husband at home or traveling. They love the outdoors, working on home projects, and wine tasting.
David Hall, MS
David is certified in the Polestar approach of Pilates training for rehabilitation, and is PMA-certified (“Pilates Method Alliance”). David also received classical Pilates training through Core Conditioning in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from San Diego State University with a master's degree in Exercise Physiology and spent five years teaching Human Anatomy and Dissection at San Diego State University and Miramar College, and continues to be a provider of continuing education coursework for students. His research study, "The Effects of Pilates Based Training on Gait and Balance in an Elderly Population" was published in the International Institute of Sport and Human Performance, and was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) national conference (Seattle, 1999).
David worked in SDSU's Adult Fitness Program conducting maximal exercise testing and developing exercise prescriptions for adults of all fitness levels. His 14+ years and 15,000+ hours of training and experience has provided him with a diverse range of clientele. These collective experiences allow him to bring a strong working knowledge of biomechanics and the musculature of the human body to every exercise session. David actively promotes a safe and effective exercise experience in his studio. He is an avid surfer, and he enjoys playing acoustic guitar and spending time with his family!