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 soccer career with the San Diego Flash, San Diego Gauchos, and Utah Blitzz, of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). He traveled to Brazil to train with Avai FC of the Brazilian 2nd Division, where he injured his hip while playing. Ralph returned to San Diego and rehabilitated his hip injury at a local PT clinic, where he paid for his treatment by serving as a PT aide and strength and conditioning coach. During this time, Ralph was so inspired by the positive change that he could make in people’s lives that he decided to go back to school to become a physical therapist.
Ralph earned his physical therapy degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). While at CSUN, Ralph was selected as a physical therapy intern for the Los Angeles Dodgers for Spring Training in Glendale, AZ. Ralph worked with both the major and minor league players in the prevention and treatment of baseball injuries. Ralph was hired to work for the Dodgers medical staff during the MLB regular season that year. Upon graduation, Ralph returned to the same clinic where he started as a patient, but this time as a physical therapist. It was there that he met fellow physical therapist Brian Wilson, and developed a strong friendship both inside and outside the clinic.
Ralph has coached soccer for over 15 years with the Santa Anita Soccer Club, Albion Soccer Club, and Coronado Soccer Club, and started his own soccer academy. Ralph is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has a certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS). Ralph combines his experience as a professional athlete and coach with his knowledge of the human body and movement science, to motivate his patients and clients to achieve their physical therapy and fitness goals. He is excited to reunite with Brian and be part of a dynamic and dedicated team of wellness professionals at Catalyst.