Our Mission
Catalyst Physical Therapy & Wellness will be driven by a single mission:

To make life easier, more comfortable, and improve health through proper treatment of the body.

We know we’re only given one body and one life, so we should treat it right and with respect. When robbed of our ability to perform at an acceptable level, we need guides to get back on track.  When striving to achieve greatness, we need coaches that understand how to challenge appropriately.  Our rehabilitative/fitness professionals offer services and products that will help all ages learn to love their bodies while respecting the power of positive attitude.  We will respect medicine and techniques from all areas of the world to create a package that is tailored to your specific needs.  If you feel we can’t help you, we promise to find somebody that can.

Brian Wilson

Founder | Physical Therapist | Director of Endurance Coaching


Brian Wilson is the founder and president of Catalyst Physical Therapy & Wellness. His journey towards physical therapy began as a high school biology teacher and varsity soccer coach in...
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Kelsey Gaffney

Doctor of Physical Therapy | PT


kg@catalystptandwellness.com  
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Kristen Knightly

Doctor of Physical Therapy | PT Manager | Director of Massage


  Kristen Knightly, physical therapist, holds a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and has been practicing physical therapy since May 2009. Additionally, Kristen is a Certified Massage Practitioner and Certified in...
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Ralph Dartt

Physical Therapist | Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist


Ralph moved to San Diego from Los Angeles in 1997 to attend San Diego State University, where he played soccer and majored in Business. After graduating, Ralph began a professional...
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Andrea Csaszi

Doctor of Physical Therapy | PT


Andrea has a passion for the human body and physical movement! She’s a San Diego native, born and raised in Oceanside. She attended the University of San Diego where she...
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Douglas Burr

Acupuncturist


Douglas Burr, M.S., L.Ac., has he has been a Licensed Acupuncturist over 12 years. Douglas has worked in health care over 25 years as a respiratory therapist, primarily in pediatrics and...
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Kaitlyn Hochart

Yoga Therapist


Kaitlyn is a Registered Nurse and Yoga Instructor originally from Pennsylvania and now living in San Diego. She has seven years experience as a labor and delivery and postpartum nurse,...
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Pedro Sun

Fitness Geek/Trainer


Pedro Sun is a strength coach (CSCS), personal trainer, and a Nutritionist. He graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition, with an emphasis in Dietetics. He also...
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Jena Walther

Personal Trainer


Jena is a personal trainer who’s been helping people lose weight, gain muscle, and move with less pain for the past six years. Jena holds a Master’s degree in Exercise...
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Ashley Syme

Physical Therapy Aide



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Paul Stephens

Physical Therapy Aide


Paul grew up in Northern California where he gained an interest in Kinesiology in High school after sustaining multiple injuries from racing dirt bikes and playing various sports. He's a...
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Katie Kelso

Physical Therapy Aide



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Calvin Spivey

Massage Therapist


The ”Military BRAT”, born in Texas, spent his earlier years in Europe, and his formative years in Seattle, before deciding to move his family to sunny San Diego to escape...
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Gabrielle Hawkinson

Yoga Director


Gabrielle was born and raised in Chicago, where she was trained to be a professional ballerina till the age of 17. Her affinity for dance and choreography are still an intricate...
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Kiran Aulakh

Massage Therapist


As teenager, long before she entertained the notion of treating others’ ailments as a Massage Therapist, Kiran was already seeking massage and acupuncture techniques to treat her own TMJ jaw...
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Nicole Ishii

Front Desk


Nicole is currently a student at Point Loma Nazarene University studying Kinesiology. She grew up in Vista, CA and participated in a variety of sports such as diving, dance, cheer,...
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Dug

Downward Dog


Dug is fond of long walks and trees. When not obsessing about life on the treadmill, Dug likes to spend his free time chasing after balls, cars and the occasional...
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MAIN SERVICES

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    Physical Therapy

    Our highly trained physical therapists provide individualized and holistic treatment that is backed by evidence and experience to ensure that our patients reach their personal goals. Our therapeutic approach places an emphasis on functional movement and exercise; with an integration of manual therapy and patient education that empowers individuals to reach their optimum level of function. We pride ourselves in creating a warm, inviting, and healing environment where we reduce pain, improve function, and create lasting relationships to ensure a lifetime of pain-free, joyful living.
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    Massage

    Massage therapy is one of the oldest medical practices still around today, dating back to Chinese medical texts written over 4,000 years ago and has since been adapted into the Western healthcare system. Our therapists are extensively trained in many modalities, but choose to offer only those in which they have found their own expertise and passion.
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    Endurance Coaching

    Our endurance coaches pride themselves in designing comprehensive, progressive, and individualized endurance training programs. Catalyst Coaching’s unparalleled integration of applied functional science and sport-specific training maximizes your athletic potential while minimizing injury risk. The coaches at CPTW recognize EVERYONE as an athlete (from walk-joggers to Boston qualifiers) and we embrace the opportunity to accelerate change in your life – let our endurance training programs be the catalyst to your first race, a new PR, or your best season yet!
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    Personal Training

    “Individualized and comprehensive” is the name of the game when it comes to our personal training programs. With strong backgrounds in applied functional science and a wide range of athletic experiences, our trainers are ready to help you jump-start a program, push your goals to new heights, or prepare for that next athletic challenge. We believe everyone is an athlete and intend on providing an initial, extensive assessment to design your unique program; followed by continuous, objective assessments to track your progress. Trust our team to help you accelerate the change you desire.
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    Yoga

    Catalyst prides itself in providing services that are integrated and holistic to change the way you move and think about fitness. Our group yoga classes are an integral part of our fitness culture. By utilizing varying postures, meditation, breathing techniques, and styles, our yoga instructors use their combination of unique experiences to lead you through a transformative fitness experience. Please see the “Yoga” section of our website for class descriptions, scheduling, and personal yoga class information.
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    Consultations

    This is a unique, FREE, 15-minute opportunity to get individualized advice, guidance, and screening from a qualified physical therapist. This time will be efficiently utilized as the practitioner and yourself see fit. Come in and see how the Catalyst team can serve you!