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Brynn grew up in Colorado and was introduced to physical therapy after multiple knee, back,
and shoulder injuries as a dancer, gymnast, and swimmer/diver. She graduated with her B.S. in
Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2018, and completed her
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Baylor University in 2021. She spent the past two years in
Vermont and recently relocated to San Diego.
She is passionate about connecting with her patients, educating them about their bodies and their care, and giving her patients the tools and guidance to help themselves and reach their goals. Brynn treats a wide variety of conditions, but she is most passionate about treating those with pelvic health concerns that include, but are not limited to:
● Urinary and fecal incontinence
● Urinary urgency
● Labor and delivery preparation
● Pelvic Pain (Male and Female)
● Pelvic Organ Prolapse
● Pain with intercourse
● Interstitial Cystitis
Brynn utilizes both manual techniques and exercise to ensure her patients are getting the care
they need in order to return to the activities and life that they love. Brynn is excited to be part of
the Catalyst PT team due to their positive environment and the holistic approach to care.
Outside of work, she enjoys being active, hiking, playing board games, spending time with her
partner, and finding new and delicious places to eat!
Peter Hallett is a dynamic and compassionate physical therapist, dedicated to helping individuals regain their strength and reclaim their lives. A recent graduate from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA, Peter brings a fresh perspective to the field with his strong manual therapy approach.
Peter made a bold move to drive to California with his dog, Bodhi in 2019. Outside the clinic, his adventurous spirit shines through activities like hiking, surfing, skiing, and leisurely walks with his dogs. He cherishes quality time with his loved ones, engaging in mini golf and lively board game nights.
Peter Hallett is a dedicated and compassionate physical therapist known for his strong manual therapy approach. His unwavering commitment to his profession stems from a deep empathy for those who have been sidelined by injury, fueling his determination to help them reclaim their independence and rediscover their passions. Driven by a desire for continuous growth, Peter plans to obtain certification in the AFS model, blending functional techniques with his manual therapy expertise. His ultimate goal is to guide individuals towards regaining their independence and reigniting their passions.
Peter is excited to work with you at Catalyst, where he chose to be a part of the team due to its supportive and healthy structure. With his expertise and the nurturing environment at Catalyst, Peter is dedicated to helping you on your path to recovery and wellness.
Hi, my name is Jenna! I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA, but moved to San Diego a few years ago for school. I’m currently studying Kinesiology at San Diego State University and I eventually plan to become a PA specializing in cardiology. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, friends, and puppies! I’m very excited to be joining the Catalyst family and look forward to getting to know all patients and team members!
Hello! My name is Tayler Berblinger. I’m a San Diego native and I’m currently going to SDSU to study physical therapy. I love animals, the outdoors, lifting, hiking & surfing! I chose physical therapy because I discovered my passion after I, myself, went to PT for a Tibial Stress Fracture! At the end of the day, I’d love to help people and make a positive difference in the world. I’m beyond excited to work for Catalyst – the energy at this clinic is unmatched! Everyone is so upbeat, polite, and supportive. I’ve never learned so much in such a short amount of time with such kind, wise, and knowledgeable doctors! I’m blessed to have this opportunity, and I hope everyone enjoys their time here like I do!
Hi! I’m Natalie, but everyone calls me Fuller. I was born and raised here in San Diego, and attended school at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where I received my B.S. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science. After I graduated in 2018, I began working at Catalyst as a PT aide and learned so much from all the therapists. They inspired me to continue pushing myself to always be curious and ask questions. I love being active and surrounded by the health and wellness industry, so I took my career one step further. In 2020, I became a personal trainer and stretch therapist, and began working with athletes. Finally, I went back to school at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health and became a Certified Massage Therapist. My ultimate goal is to work in professional sports and become a Jack (Jane*) of all trades. I love working in Catalyst’s learning environment with these incredible people, and I look forward to becoming an asset to the Catalyst team!
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Krehbiel and I am an undergraduate at SDSU majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. I grew up both playing and watching sports with my Dad. We would spend Saturdays going to the field and practicing or Sundays watching football. I started working at Catalyst as a volunteer and am so excited to now be an aide. All of the PTs and other aides were so welcoming and friendly. I am very excited to continue learning from everyone at Catalyst!
Kelly grew up on a ranch in Lompoc, CA. She became interested in physical therapy while in high school due to some injuries while running track. She went to Allan Hancock College before transferring to California State University Fresno where she received her BS in PT and then her Masters in PT.
Kelly and her now retired husband lived in the Bass Lake, CA area for 22 years before moving to San Diego. They have a 25 year old daughter and the three of them love to travel.
Kelly has over 25 years of experience treating patients of all ages and a wide variety of diagnoses. Her goal is to help people get to or stay at a functional level so that they can enjoy all aspects of their life. Her motto is that tomorrow is not guaranteed, so do everything you want to do now.
She is excited to join the dynamic team at Catalyst so that she can be a part of the great changes they make in people’s lives.
Lindsay was born and raised in San Diego. She completed her undergraduate degree in Salem, OR at Willamette University before moving down to Orange County to finish up her doctorate in physical therapy at Chapman University in 2018. She worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Orange County prior to moving back home to San Diego in September 2021 to join the Catalyst Team!
Lindsay first became interested in physical therapy after her first injury as a high school soccer player. She saw many of her teammates go through injuries of their own throughout her soccer career, and was inspired to become a physical therapist! She has since had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients. She has a passion for helping her athletes of all ages get back to their sport, but also loves working on helping all of her patients live well-rounded lifestyles! Since starting with Catalyst, Lindsay has branched out into working with soccer clubs in the North County San Diego area for injury prevention and strength/agility training. She has developed an on-field screening assessment to identify athletes at risk for injury and enjoys helping her soccer players improve their strength, mechanics, and speed while staying healthy long term!
Lindsay is stoked to be a part of the Catalyst Team! The integrated approach to health and wellness allows us to work together with our Catalyst team of health professionals – including massage therapists, physical therapists, & personal trainers – to get our patients back to 110% and keep them healthy and active for the rest of their lives!
Outside of the clinic Lindsay loves being outdoors. She enjoys mountain biking, running, rock climbing, hiking, and camping. She is a cat mom to her little Olive and has too many plants at home to count! She volunteers as the president for the Physical Therapy Alumni Network for Chapman University and loves helping current physical therapy students find their way into our profession!
Andrew is new to San Diego, from the Pacific Northwest, mainly Seattle. He has been a physical therapist for 7 years, and was trained on the sunny east coast of Australia. Andrew’s main goal for all of his patients is to improve their quality of life, have a smart return to the activities they love, and to enjoy the process of making life-long changes. Life is full of challenges and he wants to help guide his patients safely back to health. In his free time he enjoys golfing, surfing, cooking and traveling with his fiance’, Christine. He is excited to be part of the Catalyst because of the team’s upbeat and positive attitude and the high quality of physical therapy the company demands.
Andrew’s main interest outside of general orthopedic ailments is golf related injuries. He has been a recreational golfer from a young age and loves hitting the links with his friends and family. Helping injured golfers back out on the course is his top priority. He loves the golf community and wants you to be out there making memories too!
Andrew’s continuing education courses include Applied Functional Science and TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certification. This allows him to break down the mechanics of a person’s golf swing and explain what areas of their bodies need to be worked on to improve form and decrease injury risk. He loves working alongside golf coaches and helping golfers understand how their body’s flexibility, strength, or coordination is affecting the shots they have on the course. In his sessions, he regularly relies on video analysis and hands-on biomechanical assessments to devise a treatment plan specifically for you.
We strongly encourage you to give Andrew a try if you’re looking to get more out of your body on the golf course. It doesn’t matter your skill level. If you’re looking to last longer in the sport, gain distance while hitting, improve your swing mechanics through training or bodywork then Andrew is your guy!
Comments like, “I’ve never swung the club this smoothly or easily before” is what Andrew is shooting for everyday!
Hello! My name is Alex and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Environmental Studies in 2017 from a small liberal arts college in Michigan. During college, I played lacrosse and I was also a part of my school’s Athletic Training program. While I was growing up, I lived a very active lifestyle. I played every sport I had time for and I loved to be outside. Later in life, this passion for movement translated to a will to help others feel more active and mobile in their lives like I have had the privilege to do in my life. I am excited and humbled to be a part of such a friendly and knowledgeable team. As PT Aide, I hope to bring my passion for Physical Therapy to the table to help others achieve their physical goals. I spend most of my time rock climbing, surfing, backpacking through the wilderness, and simply getting to know the beautiful and vast world around me. I have many hobbies but most of all, I love being active outside and learning all I can along the way. Cheers!
Hey, I’m Vince! I was born and raised here in San Diego, and did my undergraduate at San Diego State University. Growing up my parents really got me involved in many different activities. I grew up swimming competitively, as well as wrestled and played water polo during high school. Nowadays I really enjoy spending my free time rock climbing, surfing and traveling. I hope to one day attend graduate school and become a licensed Physical Therapist. But, in the meantime, I’m really grateful for everything Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness has offered me, and am excited to continue working here with such an amazing group of people.
Hi, my name is David! I was born and raised in California and have been living in San Diego for the past 8 years. I grew up active and loved playing any type of sport. Before I graduated high school, I enlisted in the Navy and spent six years living in different parts of the country and visiting quite a few countries. I realized I wanted to be a Physical Therapist when I got out of the military and thus began schooling right away. I’m now a Kinesiology major with a Pre-PT emphasis at SDSU. In my free time I enjoy weightlifting, hiking with my dog and wife, and reading. I’m honored to work beside the knowledgeable, caring staff at Catalyst and I hope to learn as much as I can during my time here.
Hi, I’m Sophie! I love being outdoors and hiking, running, and pretty much anything that’s active! In the future, I want to either get my MD, or a PhD in Kinesiology. I’m excited to be an aide at Catalyst as I earn my master’s in Kinesiology so I can get some hands-on experience with patients!
Hi, I’m Alexis! I grew up in Reno & went on to pursue my dreams of competing as a D1 gymnast at UNC Chapel Hill! I graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychology. My hobbies include hiking, reading, and crocheting! I love to travel, so if you have any “must see” places be sure to stop by the front desk and tell me all about them. I’m so grateful to work alongside such an inspiring crew at Catalyst & love watching our patients exceed their wellness goals.
Ross’ values include an active lifestyle focused on maximizing the overall health picture of the mind and body for others and himself. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Southern California (USC) in 2019 after completing his Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Applied Health Science at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in 2016. His areas of interest and experience include treating and preventing orthopedic injuries within the sports of golf, baseball, rugby, snow sports, beach sports and soccer.
Ross has enjoyed pursuing many professional passions, especially as a Certified Athletic Trainer outside of the PT clinic. Notable experiences include working with the San Diego Legion Rugby Club, San Clemente Rhinos Rugby Academy, Belmont Shore Rugby Club, and various youth sports tournaments across Southern California. Ross worked specifically with baseball, interning with the Cleveland Indians Baseball organization and PLNU baseball team. This additional perspective helps with the treatment of athletic injuries in the PT clinic and achieving return to the field of play at a peak level of competition.
Ross is excited to be working at Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness where each staff member displays professionalism and integrity while helping patients achieve their individual goals. He firmly believes that to optimize injury recovery a collaborative relationship and individualized plan of care is the top priority. He practices active listening, thorough physical examination/movement analysis, and meaningful treatment to improve the way someone moves and functions.
On the weekends, you can expect Ross to be outdoors in some capacity. He enjoys snowboarding, golfing, SUPing, working with rugby clubs, backpacking, playing city league softball, or running Spartan Races. He is recently wedded to Tori, who is a NICU nurse, and they look to build an amazing life together in sunny San Diego.
I was born and raised in Illinois in a very athletic, competitive family. I am the middle of 3 boys, so things were usually pretty crazy growing up. I have one daughter, who is now married and has started a family of her own. I moved to California in 2016 to be with my now fiancé, Amy. After 25 years in the manufacturing industry, in 2017 I decided it was time to make some life changes. I chose to go into Massage Therapy, completing my 1,000-Hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in 2019. My goal is to work with athletes of all ages and skill levels. I am extremely passionate about helping people in all athletic aspects, including the recovery process and becoming the best they can be!
I’m excited for the opportunity to work at Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness. I look forward to working with such a talented and experienced staff. The environment at CPTW is one that will allow me to grow as a practitioner, and become the best I can be.
Hello, my name is Mariedel! I attended IPSB Massage Therapy College where I received my Associate’s degree in Holistic Health. My concentration was in NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy) and traditional Thai, but I love using NMT work more. I was also trained in lymphatic drainage massage that is used in Brazil, which is more of a body sculpting with lymphatic drainage built into it. I am also currently enrolled at SDSU for Speech, Language, and Hearing. I love helping people, and being able to watch them improve themselves!
Jena is part of the Catalyst Management Team, handling all things Front Office and HR. She started out her career in exercise science, completing a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from SDSU, and working as a personal trainer and exercise physiologist in various rehab settings. Jena also dabbled a bit into writing, creating blog content for health and fitness companies, namely NASM and Wildfire.
Though no longer personal training, Jena loves using her administrative and management skills to help Catalyst clients get high quality care, and help make the company a great place to work for employees. Jena has worked with the owner of Catalyst, Brian Wilson, on and off for the past 10 years, and can’t say enough about Catalyst’s culture, community, and top-notch services…she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!
Outside of work, Jena is married to an avid outdoor athlete/adventurer, Matt, and they have one baby boy, Koen.
Oh, and a tiger cat, Samba. She’s also a loose-leaf tea aficionado, so if you ever want tea advice, she’s your girl!
Missy is a native San Diegan and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from San Diego State University. As part of her graduate work, Missy had the privilege of working at Catalyst for an 8-week clinical rotation, where she learned from and worked alongside Kristen and Brian. She also had the opportunity to do a mixed orthopedic and pediatric rotation at another clinic, which inspired her to become both an orthopedic and pediatric therapist so she can work with patients of all ages. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Missy loves being able to combine her love of treating musculoskeletal injuries in adults as well as helping kids of all ages achieve milestones and interact more easily with the world around them.
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 an urban school district in Kansas City, Missouri where he grew up. He, like many of his colleagues, trained athletes the way he had been coached only to find out that not all bodies are built to withstand the same rigors of sport and life. Seeking out advice on how to cure his injured athletes, Brian stumbled into an open house for physical therapy. After conversing and picking the brain of several university professors, Brian found himself being interviewed for a position in the upcoming Master’s class. From that night on, Brian has been on a mission to change the way people treat their bodies.
He earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Rockhurst University in 2006 and moved to California the following year to pursue experience in the field of functional physical therapy. He routinely draws from his teaching and coaching days to help people from all ages and walks of life to find purpose behind working out and becoming healthy. He uses his infectious personality to motivate others, regardless of their current status, to grow beyond their prior level of function and become better than they ever knew possible.
When Brian is not in the clinic with patients, he can be found teaching and inspiring other professionals striving to become the best in the health and wellness industry. In 2016 and 2017, Brian taught at Point Loma Nazarene University in the Masters of Kinesiology program. He views physical therapists as musculoskeletal pain experts that should serve as guides to people looking for understanding about their bodies’ limits. He knows there is a lack of communication in the health industry between Eastern and Western health practitioners, and he seeks to change that through the expansion of holistic wellness studios, like Catalyst.
During his free time, Brian finds his greatest joy in getting to be a kid again while playing with his 3 children and wife, Alicia. Since becoming a “Wilson Party of Five” he has found less time for his racing endeavors as a triathlete and road cyclist. However, he wouldn’t trade his new roles in for the world and now enjoys traveling, climbing, fishing, hiking, camping, running, cycling, snowboarding and adventure racing – in moderation of course! ☺
Kristen Knightly Campbell, physical therapist and massage therapist, holds a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and has been practicing physical therapy since May 2009. Additionally, Kristen is a Certified Massage Practitioner and Certified in Applied Functional Science making her a strong asset to the Catalyst Physical Therapy & Wellness team. Kristen is our Regional Director, overseeing all areas of the business. She continually pursues new learning opportunities in massage, PT and business operations. In 2012, Kristen began working for the United States Soccer Federation with youth, Paralympic and Olympic level teams. She was primarily with the US Women’s National Soccer Team as they prepared for and won the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. In 2016, Kristen stepped away from traveling with the team to start her family, but she has been fortunate to work with athletes of all levels and loves the competitive drive professional athletes bring to the table. Most recently, Kristen has gotten back involved with Women’s Professional Soccer through our partnership with San Diego Wave FC as one of therapists working with the team.
Kristen taught at Point Loma Nazarene University in the Masters of Kinesiology program alongside Brian in 2016. They love working with each other in the classroom setting and feel they both have something very special to offer students. Kristen is a well-organized individual with good connections and a strong reputation for delivering quality patient care and educating students in various settings. She takes great pride in mentoring our staff and encouraging growth as people and professionals.
Kristen is very passionate about her work, but truly appreciates the simple joys she finds in the day-to-day with her family. Her time is filled with her young children, Adelyn and Cooper, her husband, Andrew, and their goldendoodle, Kali! They are quite the crew and can be found outside enjoying all of San Diego’s sunshine!
My name is Casandra, and I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I’ve been living in San Diego for eight years and am currently studying at Cal State San Marcos for my undergrad in Kinesiology with the goal to continue into PT school to become a physical therapist one day. My interest in PT sparked when I endured an ACL injury in high school playing basketball. I enjoy being active and also enjoy eating great food. I think San Diego is the perfect place for both! I am grateful to be part of such an amazing team; I’m excited to gain experience from such knowledgeable staff in order to begin helping people through movement!
Hi! My name is Kaitlyn! I’m originally from Los Angeles but moved to San Diego 5 years ago to pursue my undergraduate degree in Child and Family Development at San Diego State University. I am now in graduate school to pursue my Master of Social Work degree through a virtual program at the University of Southern California. In my free time, I am always trying to check another thing off my bucket list by learning and engaging in new things, traveling, and site-seeing. I also love all things art, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family. I truly am so excited to work at Catalyst because of the positive environment and genuine team I will be working with. It is clear how knowledgeable each and every member of the team is and I am really grateful to have the chance to be a part of that and to be able to watch every unique patient’s journey toward recovery here.
Hi Y’all! I’m Tekeiya (Ta-Key-Uh) , a fiery Aries originally from Richmond, Virginia and have recently relocated to San Diego. I graduated from Radford University in 2017 with a degree in business management, but helping people has always been my passion and that is what pulled me towards wanting to work in a physical therapy setting. Outside of work I love to watch football (Go Commanders!) and to cook. I like to consider myself a Marvel nerd, I have watched every movie in order at least 3 times. I also love The Office so stop on by the front desk and give me your favorite Office quote :).
Hi, I’m Rose. I was born in Lynwood, CA, but eventually moved and grew up in Spokane, WA for about 10 years before moving back to California. I enlisted in the Army National Guard when I was 18, right out of high school and recently just got back from a deployment. I am currently enrolled in Western Governors University. My hobbies include hiking, watching movies, cooking, baking, and reading! If you have any good book recommendations, make sure to stop by the front desk and let me know – I’m always looking to build my book collection. I am super excited to work alongside some really kind, caring, and hard working people here at Catalyst Physical Therapy.
Hi, I’m Kiona! I’m originally from the Bay Area but moved down here for school to attend SDSU. I am currently studying bioengineering and aspire to create innovative designs that can be applied in the medical field. In my free time I love to go into nature and attempt to be mindful in the moment as I either paint, read, or listen to music. I am excited to be part of the Catalyst team so I can help contribute to improving the lives of others while also gaining knowledge for a more holistic approach later in my career.
Hi, my name is Astri Pulliam! I was born and raised in Northern California and I’m currently studying kinesiology at SDSU. After I graduate, I plan to go to PA school in hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant specializing in sports medicine. I grew up playing soccer, which has led me to love staying active and become interested in the field of sports medicine. In my free time, I love to workout, hike, go to the beach, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends! I’m so excited to be a part of such a great team at Catalyst!
Hey! I’m Eduardo. I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in a small town inside California’s Central Valley. In 2019 I moved to San Diego to finish my undergraduate degree at SDSU. I earned a B.S. in Kinesiology shortly after and decided to stay in Southern California to work towards my goal of becoming a strength and conditioning coach for a collegiate or professional soccer team. Aside from soccer and training, I’m into photography, learning new languages, and the beach!
My name is Cody, and I am a student and aspiring PT, with a background in teaching and sports retail. Most recently, I’ve spent the last four years as a professional cyclist on the US Paralympic national team, which culminated in a 4th place in the Men’s (C4 classification) Individual Time Trial. In my free time, I love to get outside with my wife Evelyn, our daughter Emi, and our pup Maple. Hiking, biking, camping…and most recently running, we love to get out there! I am really excited to join the Catalyst team and get to know all of our awesome patients. See you in the gym!
Hi, I’m Zach! I grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, and am studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy at San Diego State University. I got my interest in physical therapy after getting injured throughout the years playing basketball competitively, and always being in a PT clinic recovering. Recently, I’ve been more motivated by my mom after she tore her meniscus, and I wanted to do anything to help her recover as fast as possible so she can travel and stay active as she loves to do.
I love traveling and being active too, mainly playing basketball, hiking, and going to the gym. I enjoy more mellow activities just as much, relaxing at the beach, listening to music, reading, cooking, playing video games, and watching sports. In the future, I want to help people prevent and recover from injuries so they can go back to doing the activities they love.
Catalyst has an amazing team that is so welcoming, helpful, and educated about human movement and I’m super excited to work here, and keep learning from them while helping out patients.
Hi I’m Dylan! I was born and raised here in San Diego and developed a passion for sports and fitness at an early age. I played football, basketball and lacrosse throughout high school and love anything involving a board. I’m currently studying kinesiology and aspire to become a physical therapist in the near future. I’m excited to be apart of the Catalyst team and look forward to learning as much as possible!
Audra was born in a tiny town in Illinois. She grew up playing all different sports, but in high school, found a passion for running. During that time, she attended physical therapy and developed a strong interest in that as a career path. She applied for the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose University as a junior in high school and was accepted. She obtained her undergraduate degree at St. Ambrose University in 2011, and then continued on to get her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2013. Her graduate school education was fostered by a small class size, which allowed faculty members to provide personalized, one-on-one attention to all students. She moved to California to finish her last clinical rotation and has since fallen in love with all of the outdoor activities that sunny San Diego has to offer.
Outside of work, Audra enjoys going on adventures with her sweet doggie, hiking, camping, skiing, and of course, enjoying frequent days at the beach.
Audra’s philosophy is an eclectic approach to patient care, including interventions of joint mobilization, and various methods of soft tissue mobilizations, corrective exercises, therapeutic taping, and postural correction through biomechanical analysis. She utilizes her ASTYM techniques as well as myofascial decompression, “cupping,” as an adjunct to her other manual skills. She has taken introductory yoga instructor classes, and incorporates that knowledge into her treatments as well.
Audra is certified in Applied Functional Science and uses a more global approach to treating each patient as a whole body vs just an injured body part. She is constantly trying to improve her techniques to become a better provider and help others to achieve their health and wellness goals!
Hi! I’m Annie, I moved to San Diego from Seattle in 2002 to manage a Wholesale Beauty Supply store and try my hand at living in a new state. After soaking up all of the sunshine possible in that first year, I decided this was where I belonged, and never looked back!
Health and fitness are my passions, and when I’m not exercising and meal prepping, you can find me at the ice rink watching hockey or exploring all the amazing food San Diego has to offer. I love to spend time with my family, mainly watching movies, playing games, traveling and eating!
After getting married, having 2 kids and spending most of my years as a stay-at-home-mom, I joined the Catalyst team to get back into what I love; working hard and helping people. I have a background in management and love to work with a great team! I’m currently the Office Manager at our Mission Valley location and oversee our other locations in Point Loma and 4S Ranch. I love to surround myself with like minded people and Catalyst has become my home away from home! My goal at Catalyst is to make sure our patients and staff are taken care of and are happy.
Hi, I’m Chloe! I was born and raised here in San Diego, and I am lucky to still call it home! I earned my bachelor’s in psychology, as well as a minor in Spanish and Human Resources at San Diego State University. I am hoping to continue my education in hopes of pursuing a career in physical therapy and eventually working with professional athletes. I love the beach, reading, and most of all cooking so feel free to share your favorite recipes with me at the front desk! I also have a huge travel bug, so recommendations are welcomed! Beyond that, I am so excited to be a part of such an upbeat and hardworking team at Catalyst!
Hi, my name is Emily! I am from Austin, Texas and am currently studying Biology at SDSU. I enjoy many things such as hiking, going to the beach, and playing guitar. I started my journey at Catalyst as a volunteer and am very excited to further my education and patient care experience here as an aide.
I’m Cameron, born and raised in Anderson, Indiana, in a family with 5 brothers competing in sports all of my life and enjoying anything active. I spent 6 years on active duty in the Air Force, where I got the chance to travel the world and live overseas for most of that time. I am currently pursuing grad school for Physical Therapy, but when I am not working I spend most of my down time with my wife and our two dogs traveling from state to state. My hobbies include weightlifting, visiting new countries, and sporting events.
Hey! My name is Raigan and I am from Salt Lake City, UT! I am studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy at SDSU. I grew up doing competitive dance, and have always had a strong passion for health and wellness. When I’m not at work or school, I enjoy watching my favorite teams play (Utah Jazz, LA Kings, and Padres)! My goal after undergrad is to attend physical therapy school. I have loved all the time I have spent at Catalyst so far and look forward to my time as a PT-aide!
Hello, my name is Callie and I am an undergraduate kinesiology pre-physical therapy major student at San Diego State. I grew up in Ridgecrest, CA, where I developed a love for the outdoors. Whether it is hiking, snowboarding, or tennis, the outdoors is where I spend most of my time. I began at Catalyst as a patient last July and was able to volunteer in the following months. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable that I cannot wait to continue my time here as a PT aide.
Hi, I’m Casey! I was born and raised on the East Coast, but moved to San Diego for my husband’s job and in hopes of starting a new chapter. I received my bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education at Towson University back home in Maryland and used to be a first grade teacher. I love to hang out with my family and friends, listen to music, cook, and learn more about photography. I am very excited to meet new people, create new experiences, and be a part of the Catalyst team!
I am a San Diego native born in Mission Valley, and I have been practicing massage therapy for 13 years. I grew up in music, my dad plays the bass and sings a bit; my brother is a classically trained percussionist, as well as a self-taught guitar and piano player. I played the trumpet all through grade school, marching band in high school, and into college where I also minored in vocal performance.
In 2010 I started at Mueller College of Holistic Studies here in San Diego, and was able to get some hands-on learning with Bill Mueller himself before his passing.
I am excited to be a part of the Catalyst team because helping people succeed in their health and wellness goals is very rewarding, and it brings me joy!
Jasmin Pimentel received her certificate in Massage Therapy and Asian Body Work from the Pacific College of Health and Science in 2018. It was there that she specialized in integrating western and eastern techniques to offer a holistic approach to the body that focuses on emotional and physical tension. She also holds her Associates Degree in Biology from Southwestern College. Jasmin is passionate about continuing her education, and obtaining skills that allow her to help others reach their health goals.
Jasmin is very excited to join the Catalyst team because she strongly believes in investing in our bodies. She understands that time, effort, and discipline are essential for our healing journeys so she intends to be a safe space and mentor to her clients. As a former student athlete, Jasmin also aspires to educate young athletes about proper body mechanics, and prioritizing self care to prevent injuries and promote speedy recoveries.
Jasmin was born and raised in the San Diego South Bay, so the beach definitely feels like home for her. She now spends most of her free time on park dates, or the living room floor with her young son Oliver. Jasmin also enjoys baking desserts and pastries to share at parties with friends and family.
Patrick was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He grew up playing basketball, baseball, and football and wanted to take his passion for sports into his career with him. He attended Grand Valley State University and received his bachelor’s of science in clinical exercise science. During this time as well as shortly after, he worked on the medical staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions for athletic training. He went on to attend the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos where he received his doctorate of physical therapy and has stayed in southern California ever since.
Patrick’s hobbies include continuing to play basketball, baseball, and football as much as
possible. He also enjoys working out, hiking, going to the beach, surfing, and the active lifestyle
that San Diego has to offer!
Patrick’s treatment approach to patient care involves functional techniques utilizing an AFS
model in conjunction with manual therapy through joint mobilizations, spinal manipulation,
IASTM, therapeutic modalities, KT taping, biomechanical neuromuscular correction, and many
more. Patrick has a background in personal training, as well as experience working on the
medical staff of professional sports teams in the athletic training realm to which he
incorporates into his treatment process of injury rehabilitation.
Patrick is excited to work at Catalyst due to the incredible culture and professionalism that the
organization incorporates daily, as well as the ability to expand his knowledge of general
population and athletic-related injury treatments.
Jane grew up in rural Washington state, where she completed her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University and DPT program at Eastern Washington University. After graduation in 2014, Jane moved from Washington to Louisiana to Virginia, working in various PT settings, before settling in San Diego in 2018. Some of her hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, gardening, and spending time with her family- her husband and two dobermans.
She is passionate about helping patients get back to their hobbies, athletics, activities of daily living, and careers. Physical therapy has a reputation of being “Pain and Torture,” but Jane strives to make every treatment fun, dynamic, and educational. She is excited to be part of the Catalyst PT and Wellness team because of the holistic approach they take toward healing, and their commitment to clinical excellence and professional development.
Olivia grew up in Yakima, WA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Washington University in Exercise Science in 2019, then graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA in 2022.
Olivia was first introduced to physical therapy after numerous running injuries. She found her love of physical therapy as a patient, and was drawn to the career after seeing how it could improve a person’s quality of life, promote a healthy lifestyle, and get people back to doing the things they love!
Olivia’s approach is well-rounded, with both manual techniques and exercise to ensure a comprehensive program built for each individual patient to get them back to doing what they love. Olivia’s excited to be joining the Catalyst PT team due to the wide variety of patients, the ability to expand her knowledge through Applied Functional Science, and be a part of a cohesive team.
Outside of work Olivia enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and spending time with loved ones!
Hi my name is Paiten!! I grew up in Texas and just recently moved to the San Diego area. I grew up playing soccer, and have always loved being active. I am a super excited to be apart of the Catalyst Team! Catalyst is a very upbeat and positive environment! I love seeing our patients get the therapy they need to get back to their normal and active lifestyles
Hi, my name is Christian and I am studying Nutrition and Exercise Science at Miramar College and will be transferring to SDSU. Born in Syracuse, New York, I moved to San Diego when I was very young. I coach high school football and love sports! I played a variety of sports throughout my youth, and I try to pick up whatever I can today. I’m also a musician and I’m learning new instruments all the time. When I manage to find free time, I’m usually cooking or baking, doing archery, or weightlifting. I am extremely excited to work with and learn from such knowledgeable and kind people at Catalyst!
Jonathan Fong earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Fresno State University in 2020. He grew up in the Bay Area, and earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at San Jose State with an emphasis in movement science. His interest in PT sparked when he watched his mother recover from a broken leg, and learn to walk again with training from skilled physical therapists. He also was able to see how movement improved his grandparents’ quality of life, and how PT is vital for the geriatric population. Outside of work, he enjoys training martial arts: Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, relaxing on the beach, and living an active lifestyle. Jon has been having an amazing time working with the Catalyst PT and Wellness Team. He has a passion working with martial artists, basketball players, swimmers, and the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder population. Specialized techniques include high velocity, low amplitude thrusts (HVLATS), also known as “adjustments,” followed by neuromuscular retraining of muscles to provide long term benefits for strength and range of motion for his clients.
Bess holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2015. Bess received her National Certification of Massage Therapy from The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2002, and has been hands-on for 20 years, making her a valuable and versatile asset to the Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness team. She serves as a Clinical Instructor for the local physical therapist assistant program and plays an active role in the development of the profession. She is also the Director of Massage at Catalyst PT and Wellness and enjoys sharing clinical pearls, coaching and advocating in the massage therapy department. She has been fortunate to work with athletes of all levels, and is an advocate for patient education and injury prevention. She is a Massage Therapist for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and has worked on numerous tournaments including the Tokyo2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. She is also a Massage Therapist for the U.S. Rugby 7’s as the squad prepares for the 2022 World Cup in South Africa. In her spare time, you may spot Bess hiking the California coast with her fiance – soon to be husband in the Fall 2022 – wine tasting with friends, and spending quality time with family. She is originally a Midwesterner which becomes clear when you get her talking about her Cubbies. Along with her healing hands, she has wisdom beyond her years and we are happy to have her Jimmy Buffet radio station on Fridays contributing to Catalyst PT and Wellness. Bess is excited to be working at CPTW because the culture is centered around providing exceptional service while maintaining a down to earth local San Diego vibe.
Katherine grew up in University City, a San Diego suburb. She was introduced to the world of physical therapy after numerous knee injuries from playing soccer. She moved to Northern California for college at UC Davis, and PT school at UCSF/SFSU, before moving to Evanston, Illinois for a couple years.
She is passionate about building impactful relationships with her patients, while providing well-rounded treatment to help them achieve their movement goals. She treats a wide variety of patients with various diagnoses, with a specific interest in helping patients recover from surgical procedures and lower extremity injuries or pain. She takes pride in developing treatment plans and creative exercises specific to patients’ lifestyle goals (e.g. return-to-sport, daily activity goals, etc). While Katherine takes an exercise-focused approach to treatment, she also regularly uses manual techniques such as hands-on cueing, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial decompression (i.e. cup therapy).
In addition, Katherine provides pelvic health services, including helping patients with:
Katherine is excited to be a part of Catalyst PT & Wellness because it creates a positive environment that encourages both its staff and patients to live healthy, happy lives.
Hi, I’m Aidan! I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BS in Applied Health,, and my goal is to one day earn my DPT and become a physical therapist. I enjoy driving my car (’03 Toyota Celica GTS, 6-speed), playing guitar, and spending time with the people I love. I love working at Catalyst because every employee is invested in the well-being of the patients, the clinic, and their coworkers. PT should be personal and individual, and I believe the staff at Catalyst make that happen.
My name is Emily, and I recently moved to San Diego to complete my undergraduate degree at SDSU with a major in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. I enjoy being outdoors, whether that be camping, fishing, snowboarding, or hiking. I believe movement is essential in enhancing quality of life, which is why I’m so excited to be a part of the Catalyst team – I am eager to help improve the health of many.
Ryan grew up in Northern California, in the coastal area of Santa Cruz. He played a variety of sports as a kid, but quickly gravitated more and more towards the water. Ryan began competitive swimming and water polo, participated in the Junior Lifeguards program, and became passionate about surfing. Ryan attended UC Santa Barbara for his undergraduate education, receiving a degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Exercise and Health Science in 2006. Ryan then attended the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at UC San Francisco / San Francisco State University, where he earned a Masters in Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. Ryan spent the first four years of his career working in outpatient physical therapy in Santa Barbara CA.
After tying the knot with his wonderful wife Lindsay, Ryan spent the next 5+ years practicing outpatient physical therapy in the state of Rhode Island.Ryan and Lindsay are happy to now be returning to sunny CA with their wild but lovable cat, Leo.
Outside of work, Ryan can be found in the ocean surfing, or swimming with a camera making ocean art and surf photography. Ryan has found a new appreciation and addiction to analog photography and vintage cameras, and loves to talk photography to anyone who will listen.Ryan and his wife Lindsay love to participate in adaptive surf therapy organizations, spend time at the beach, and love finding good breweries and coffee shops to enjoy.
Ryan’s approach to physical therapy is a combination of strong manual skills, including soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, craniosacral mobilization techniques and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques to get his clients moving more efficiently. Manual therapy techniques are always complimented with targeted exercise to further maximize any gains, and allow clients to progress towards their goals. Ryan is excited to join the Catalyst team to work alongside a motivated and talented group of therapists in a family-oriented business, and further his knowledge and skills in Applied Functional Science techniques.
Hi, my name is Lanie! I was born in Arizona and currently study Kinesiology and Psychology as an undergraduate student at SDSU. I love to be active! I grew up running competitively and I now waterski for my school. In my free time I like to surf, hike, camp, meditate, read and paint! In the future, I hope to help people improve their health both physically and mentally! I am super excited to join the welcoming and supportive Catalyst team!
Hi, my name is Kathleen, or Kat for short! I am a San Diego native, born and raised hehe. I am currently majoring in Kinesiology in hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist in the future. Since I have lived in San Diego my whole life, I love to spend my free time outdoors! Anywhere near the water is always my favorite place to be, especially during sunset. Some of my favorite things to do are roller skating, cooking, trying to learn how to use my film camera, and spending time with loved ones (like my friends, family, & dogs). Pre-covid I used to love going to concerts, music festivals, and finding out about new artists! I am excited to be a part of the Catalyst Team and learn new experiences along the way! 🙂
Hi I’m Alyse! I graduated from PLNU in 2020 with a B.S. in Applied Health Science and am currently applying to graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. My hobbies include reading, hiking and doing pretty much anything that keeps me active. I love animals, so if you have any pets, I want to hear all about them. I’m super excited to be a part of the Catalyst team and I can’t wait to learn all I can from this fantastic team of people.
Hi! My name is Cassidy, and I am currently an undergraduate student at SDSU studying kinesiology. I am hoping to continue into graduate school to become a physical therapist. I have loved sports all my life which included soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track and field (specifically pole vault). In high school, I was extremely interested in sports medicine and athletic training which ultimately sent me down the path to physical therapy. I have a passion for sports, fitness, and wellness for every type of person. In my free time, I love getting outside and hiking with my husband and two dogs, Willow and Luna. I am excited to be part of the Catalyst family to learn and grow while assisting others in reaching all of their wellness goals!
Hello my name is Saul Salazar and I am very excited to be a part of the Catalyst family! I’m originally from the great country of Texas where everything is bigger and better. I served in the Marine Corps for four years and separated in 2018. I am currently in a Kinesiology program at CSU San Marcos and plan to one day become a physical therapist. In my free time, I like to read, hike, play with my dogs, and just be outdoors. I look forward to growing with Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness and building new relationships.
Hi, my name is Thomas! I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. My whole life I have been focused on an active lifestyle playing basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer throughout my childhood. More recently, my focus has really been on basketball and going to the gym. Outside of an active lifestyle, I enjoy reading new books and listening to music. I am studying Kinesiology at San Diego State University with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. My time at Catalyst began in May as a volunteer, and I could not be more excited to continue my time with the most caring and passionate staff as a PT aide.
I was born and raised in Lawrenceville, GA , but I grew up on the soccer field. I was first introduced to the field of physical therapy after going through my own rehab for multiple knee injuries, which as a result, side-lined me from collegiate soccer for 2 years. It was through these many months of rehab that I realized the potential for me to connect with athletes on a different level, and help them along a path back to the field, similar to my own.
I stayed around the Southeast for the majority of my life, playing soccer at Berry College, completing my DPT at Georgia State University, and finally completing a physical therapy residency dedicated to a sports specialization. I made the jump to explore the West Coast when I was presented with the opportunity to join the Catalyst team, and to also be a contributing clinician for SD Loyal.
When I am outside of the clinic, I am most likely on the soccer field with the team during their season. And when I am not with the team, I am usually trying to find new hikes, playing sports, or trying a new beer or coffee from the local staples.
I’m excited to be a part of the Catalyst team because I love the energy they bring to patient care, and their ability to create a fun atmosphere for everyone’s rehabilitation needs.
Hi, I’m Katie! I am originally from Indianapolis, but have lived in every corner of the country. I completed my DPT at Northwestern University, then did additional specialty training earning my Orthopedic Certified Specialty and Upper Extremity Fellowship. I’m excited to be coming on to the Catalyst Team as part of the Wave FC and Catalyst collaboration. I love coming to work every day because each and every clinician at Catalyst is motivated and excited to help achieve patient goals and successes, no matter how big or small.
Outside of the clinic, I enjoy being as active as possible, whether it is by doing Crossfit or hiking the great outdoors. I became a physical therapist because I love learning each of my patient’s stories and getting them back to doing the things they love.
Rebecca is a physical therapist with a specialty in pelvic health. She originally hails from Wisconsin, but received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009. She then made her way out to California to attend Physical Therapy School at the University of St. Augustine, where she graduated with her doctorate in 2015.
Since becoming a PT, Rebecca has made pelvic dysfunction her main area of study, taking courses on Pelvic Rehab through Herman & Wallace, and working towards higher certification in the field. Rebecca’s passion for this specialty can also be observed in her community outreach, holding workshops and seminars for new moms, and other populations affected by pelvic issues.
Rebecca feels a strong alignment with Catalyst because of their holistic approach to patient care, and integration with Eastern Medicine practices. She looks forward to bringing her knowledge and passion for pelvic health to the Catalyst community!
When she’s not at work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, swimming, and going to the zoo. She also enjoys yoga, and a good half-marathon now and then.
Alex is the co-owner and founder of Catalyst Performance. Alex has been involved with elite sports the majority of his life and has always had a strong passion for helping his clients reach their sport performance goals. Alex was raised in London, England before transitioning to the States as he pursued a career as a professional tennis player. Alex notably made the top 200 on the Junior ITF Tour before playing and coaching at the NCAA Division 1 level. Having played at a high level, both in college and professionally, Alex’s competitive career was cut short through a set of injuries, and where his story for teaming up with co-owner Brian Wilson began.
Through countless hours of training as an elite athlete and many rehabilitation sessions, Alex developed an understanding of the unique demands being placed on the body. Through his work with Brian, Alex was drawn to the applied functional sports science approach, which he knew would assist in helping his clients reduce injuries and achieve optimum output in their respective sports.
Alex has used his past professional playing and coaching experience to help mold his expertise and passion for helping elite athletes of all ages and across all disciplines. After teaming up with Brian, Alex has continued to pursue the mission of ensuring everyone has access to elite training, wellness and bodywork services that help in achieving their individual performance goals.
Alex holds coaching certifications in both tennis and soccer, and is currently pursuing his National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business having worked in operations management and insurance technology for large US corporations. When Alex isn’t coaching or reading up on new training techniques he enjoys spending time with his Wife Haley and Son Cooper in San Diego.
I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Human Physiology. I am very excited to be a part of the Catalyst team. I can’t wait to gain experience in the field of physical therapy while helping others on their road to recovery. After working as a PT Aide with Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness during my gap year, I plan on going to graduate school to earn my doctorate in physical therapy. For fun, I like to hike and go to the beach. I also enjoy filmmaking as a hobby.
Hello! My name is Thomas and I am a recent graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Kinesiology! I grew up here in San Diego and love everything about the lifestyle, so I hope to continue my life here. Some of my hobbies include surfing, working out, watching sports, hanging out with friends, and going to see live music. My plans for the future are to apply to graduate school this upcoming fall and become a licensed physical therapist afterwards. I’m excited and grateful to be a part of the Catalyst team and not only give back to others, but gain more insight, knowledge, and experience in the field of physical therapy! I’m confident that this wonderful group of people will serve as a positive influence for me and my future.
Born in the mystic Perú, South América, I am a health-oriented person. Respectful, tolerant and patient. I’m a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, from the School of Healing Arts. I’m a Certified Yoga Instructor, registered with the Yoga Alliance. I’m interested in Tai-Chi and Kung -Fu, and anything that would help me to improve my knowledge of the wholeness of the human body. I’m also a Biology Teacher, which makes me humble at teaching and learning.
Traveling and visiting different countries has made me sensitive to different cultures, races and religions. I speak English, Spanish and basic Italian. I have a little bit of them in my heart. I’ve been to: Europe, Nepal, India, Tibet/Lhassa, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and I visit Peru at least once a year.
My passion is to dance and to share what I have learned in life. Of course, my family is part of my portrait. I work as a Massage Therapist, and as a Yoga Instructor, and Spanish Teacher.
I believe that, “Health is the best gift and we have the compromise to preserve it”.
As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I have more than 1,000 hours learning and practicing different modalities and techniques. Some of my favorites are: Shiat-zu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, Hot Stones, Passive Stretching, Acupressure, Reflexology, Ayurvedic Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Mayan Belly Massage, Reiki, and others. Each time we meet you will discover more about your own treasure…your body!
I’m excited to work at Catalyst because I share their holistic vision toward treatment.
They work as an enthusiastic team for their patients’ well-being. It is contagious 🙂
Hi, I’m Erica! I was born in the suburbs of Chicago, and attended San Diego State University for my undergraduate studies. I just recently graduated, and now call San Diego my home! Throughout my adolescence my passion was dancing ballet, contemporary, and jazz until I had my fair share of injuries before college. Now I enjoy exercising, yoga, snowboarding, water skiing, and of course, relaxing on the beach! My interest in physical therapy grew from my multiple experiences as a patient, and I hope to attend graduate school next year to become a licensed Physical Therapist. I would love to work with professional dancers in the future, and help them live out their dreams. I’m so excited to be a part of the Catalyst Team as an aide, and continue my learning!
Hi, I’m Evan! Growing up in Santa Cruz, CA, I became accustomed to an active lifestyle. That coupled with my love for sports eventually attracted me to this career choice. I’m an avid soccer player, surfer, and skater, and I love to hike and be outdoors. Along with sports, I love photography and to capture events and music festivals. I’m currently finishing up my time at San Diego State University studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. I hope to become a Physical Therapist in the future, and start helping people with healing hands! I’m glad to be working with Catalyst because of the environment and the experience this clinic has to offer.
Amber moved to San Diego from San Luis Obispo in 2017 and never wants to leave! She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s in Hydrogeology at San Diego State University. When she’s not at work or school, she enjoys hiking, camping, and searching for new bands to add to her never-ending playlist. She’s excited to be part of the Catalyst family and can’t wait to help you reach your wellness goals!
Adam specializes in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic injuries. He blends his eclectic manual therapy skills with focused therapeutic exercise for a personalized plan of care. His mantra is to treat all patients as if they were his family, and it’s important to mention that he likes his family!
Adam received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York Downstate, and has dual Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Upon graduating from his Doctorate program, Adam received the Student Participation Award from the New York Physical Therapy Association for leadership qualities, initiative, involvement in community activities and humanitarian concerns. He is pursuing continuing education through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Institute of Physical Art, and Osteopathic Physicians. In his past life, he was a portrait photographer traveling around the world for various advertising and editorial clients, as well as showing his fine art work in NYC galleries.
Adam loves being outside and spending time with his family. When not at work he can be found working with his hands on a craft project, fermenting vegetables, making pizza dough from scratch, and reading nonfiction. Adam likes to stay active via hiking, rock climbing, surfing, playing tennis, and he loves a pull-up contest. He’s excited to join the Catalyst team and serve the San Diego community.
Dr. Emily Richard, PT, DPT, is a 2006 graduate of Miami University of Ohio where she received her BS degree in Health and Sports Studies. In 2009, she graduated from Ohio University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Emily was born and raised in Ohio and moved to San Diego in 2011 to experience better weather and new adventures. Prior to Catalyst Physical Therapy and Wellness, she worked two years in an outpatient hospital setting in Dayton, Ohio, and 8 years with Water and Sports Physical Therapy in San Diego. She is an American Physical Therapy Association certified Clinical Instructor, and has taken many students under her wing as part of their didactic clinical training. She enjoys “paying it forward” because she had wonderful clinical instructors that inspired her to want to help educate other PT students.
The daughter of two retired teachers, Emily has learned the value of education. She enjoys educating her patients about the cause of their injury and the importance of all aspects of their physical therapy journey. Emily knows what it’s like to be a patient as well. She suffered a season-ending, severe knee injury during a senior year, high school basketball game. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because one day, during her rehab, she discovered this was the profession that was meant for her. Emily has empathy for all of her patients because she, too, has gone from an injured athlete to a totally rehabilitated one. She values the use of manual therapy techniques as the primary treatment for most patients because it specifically targets problematic muscles and joints. She has been called the “posture queen” by many of her past patients because she always emphasizes the importance of anatomical alignment, ergonomics and injury prevention with the maintenance of good posture. Emily has worked with patients of all ages: from the developing eight-year-old, to the mature ninety-two-year-old with back pain and balance problems. Her proudest achievement thus far is teaching a patient to walk again after suffering a spinal cord injury.
Emily and her husband love San Diego, where they can play volleyball all year round. She participates in indoor and outdoor volleyball and has won multiple local 4-on-4 tournaments. She enjoys bike riding, taking her two dogs, Bear and Thor, to the dog park, and trying new restaurants and craft beers. Emily is also attempting a new hobby: trying not to kill her succulents. Advice from green thumb experts is always welcome:)
Hi! My name is Michelle Phinney and I am here for you! After living in Guam for several years with my 3 young boys, we made the move to San Diego in 2016 with new aspirations. I am a certified yoga instructor, and am attending school for pre-physical therapy. I believe in a holistic approach to health and healing that includes the food we choose to nourish our bodies with as well as the routines we invest our time in to encourage strength and mobility. I see a need for us as a society to not only take a step back to care for ourselves, but also to care for those around us. Whether it is a family member, friend or someone I just met I know that everyone has a story and is worthy of being heard and loved.
In my free time you will find me spending time in nature, hanging out with my boys, traveling or teaching people about meditation, breath work, and intentional movement. I am so excited to be a part of the Catalyst family and to be here to assist on your path to wholeness and healing!
Sarah is a native San Diegan and recent graduate at SDSU with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology, emphasis in pre-physical therapy. Sarah’s interests include traveling, sports and most importantly, spending time with family. She’s excited to a part of the Catalyst family, and to contribute to your healing and wellness!
A Doctor of East Asian Medicine, and a soon-to-be Licensed Acupuncturist, Kiran views her work with massage and bodywork as a lifelong journey that was born from her yoga practice in 2008. She completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training – with an emphasis in Yoga Therapy – in India and soon after received her massage therapy license from Santa Barbara Bodyworks in 2014. In 2019 she completed her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is currently studying for her acupuncture licensing boards! She utilizes Chinese modalities such as traditional fire cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion, and complements her therapeutic approach with concurrent trainings in Neural Manipulation, as well as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.
A major influencer of Kiran’s work was a bout of painful TMJ she experienced as a teen athlete that helped her cultivate better body awareness. She seeks to instill that same sense of body awareness in her clients to aid in their healing. Kiran’s work is also influenced by her passion for rock climbing and yoga.
Kiran is thrilled to work with Catalyst’s inspiring and talented professionals, and the amazing, motivated patients within its community!
I was born and raised in Poway, CA , but I grew up on the soccer field. I was first introduced to the field of physical therapy after going through my own rehab for multiple knee injuries. It was through this process that I first met and worked with Brian and Kristen!
I decided to step out of the California bubble when I got accepted into the PT program at Creighton University. While completing my DPT, I had the opportunity to complete several amazing rotations including one at Penn State Sports Med, Madonna Neurological Rehabilitation, the Center for the Intrepid and the ILAC clinic in the Dominican Republic. After I completed my DPT, I decided I wasn’t done learning and decided to stay on at Creighton for a year long orthopedic residency. My residency allowed me not only to treat the underserved populations of Omaha, but also gave me the opportunity to teach at Creighton’s PT program and perform research.
The more opportunities I have to interact with patients, the more they teach me and mold my practice of physical therapy. After being able to treat at the campos and clinics in the Dominican Republic, it is easy to see that there is more to health and wellness than western medicine can provide. Being able to treat the whole person, and meeting them where they are in their own healing process is what I work towards with each of my patients. My career goal is to be able to help my patients live a healthier, well-rounded life style!
Catalyst creates an environment for healing that attracts a variety of healthcare practitioners, all working together to provide the best care for each of our patients. I’m excited to be a part of the team, and a part of my patients’ healing process!
When I’m outside of the clinic I prefer to be outdoors hiking, going to the beach, playing soccer or running. The only thing better than a good workout, is a good meal!
Mauricio here! I was born and raised in San Diego and did my undergraduate work at UCSB. I’m currently attending graduate school to become a licensed acupuncturist/primary care provider. I’m excited to be at Catalyst for the opportunity to learn & grow while helping patients progress through their recovery, improve their quality of life, and achieve their goals. Being a part of the Catalyst team is helping pave the way for me to become a top-notch acupuncturist!
Nika Darrin is from Napa, California, where she was raised in a health-conscious community that instilled values of holistic/natural living, open-mindedness and treating all with kindness and respect. As a child, her mom would take her along to yoga classes and meditations taught by Tibetan monks. This taught her about the mind-body connection she values so much to this day. Her interest in creating a career based off of health and healing was sparked in high school, where she was a tri-sport athlete (lacrosse, water polo and basketball) and took an intro to athletic training class. She gained experience by applying what she learned in the classroom through assisting the ATC on the field/court and in the athletic training room.
Nika graduated from Chapman University in 2018 with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a B.A. in Peace Studies. She wrote her kinesiology thesis on how yoga helps reduce stress. For her peace studies thesis she studied the impact of mindfulness and transcendental meditation. She was inspired by the Dalai Lama’s quote “In order to achieve world peace, we must first achieve inner peace.” In her case study, she found that violence rates in a middle school significantly decreased after instilling a weekly mindfulness, transcendental meditation practice. Imagine the impact on this world if everyone practiced mindfulness and incorporated meditation into their daily lives! In addition to her academic endeavors in college, she played for the division III women’s lacrosse team, was the service chair for Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional, co-ed business fraternity), was an activist for the homeless, studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, studied at the UN’s University for Peace in Costa Rica and obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
When Nika is not working at Catalyst, she is working as a kayak and snorkel tour guide in La Jolla, selling succulent art at farmers markets and is a yoga teacher. She is an assistant teacher in a 200-hour yoga teacher training and teaches donation-based classes at the OB Garden Café. If your mind, body and soul need some extra loving, come to her yoga class and she will help guide you through a nourishing and empowering experience! When she is not working, she loves to go windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving, listening to live music and exploring! She loves to travel when she gets the opportunity to. She spent her past summer backpacking in Southeast Asia, where she immersed herself in yoga studies, learning from its traditional origin of India. Nika strives to incorporate the balance between Eastern and Western healing, which is why she was motivated to be a physical therapy aide for Catalyst.
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Hi! I’m a proud native San Diegan and self-described nomad. I join Catalyst as a communications grad with a varied background rooted in client experience and account management. I hope to expand my talents to guiding others on their paths to wellness once I complete my education in Integrative nutrition and holistic health (my true passions) in the next couple years. In my free time find me reading, traveling, volunteering, dancing or beach bumming with friends. I’m excited to bring my positivity, skills, passion and energy to the Catalyst team as I start an exciting career in Wellness!
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, I received my Bachelor’s in Business from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond in 2005. I moved to San Diego in 2007 after meeting my awesome wife, Angela who was visiting her sister for Mardi Gras. In 2009 I transitioned out of sales and marketing and into my passion of fitness and health as a certified personal trainer. Since then I have been a fitness manager and master personal trainer at 5 clubs for 24 Hour Fitness. Through training, I developed an interest in the corrective side. In 2017, I started going back to school and am currently working towards becoming a physical therapist.
Being from the South, I love when it rains in San Diego. I enjoy sleeping in when I can, but also a 3-hour workout session.
Catalyst has been an amazing environment! I started as a volunteer in the summer of 2019 and quickly realized the high talent level from the therapists. I enjoy Catalyst’s smooth approach of treating patients and taking care of their people.
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 combined his knowledge of nutrition science, and his love for training and movement science to become a personal trainer in 2010. His main goals are to help people attain overall wellness. He loves to read research, like nutrition and strength and conditioning journals, as well as go to nutrition conferences. He is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also loves to play sports, exercise and is a foodie and beer snob. He feels that by staying up to date with current methods, he can get people to achieve their goals in a more efficient manner. He believes that not everyone can do all the same exercises, so he makes the exercises fit with that specific person. Pedro really enjoys the fact that he can create change in people’s lives, and is humbled by it. He believes in the team’s approach to wellness and by creating a smooth transition from physical therapy into personal training, it is a great way to achieve better all-around wellness and health.
Fun stuff about Pedro:
Super Power: Can catch food thrown at him with mouth
Favorite Place to Be: Anywhere with good company, food, and a delicious beverage
Couldn’t live without: Exercise… probably the greatest thing since like ever totes
Born and raised in Ohio, I started my massage career with an international massage license in Hong Kong, which is where my family relocated when I was in high school. I found my passion for helping others while working on my degree abroad. Once I moved back to the States, I decided to get my Associate’s degree and Ohio State Medical Board License in Massage Therapy. I’ve worked for amazing chiropractors and MDs since 2009, and found my love for not only physically helping others, but emotionally and mentally helping people heal and grow. I’ve recently moved to beautiful, sunny California, and can’t wait to learn more about my new home. In my free time, I love being a workout-holic and a foodie with my boyfriend, Curt, and my vicious eight-pound morkie puppy, Miley!
Frank Spano joins Catalyst serving as a Sports Recovery Specialist, bringing his skill sets to the table and promoting the NormaTec Rapid Recovery system.
As a board certified athletic trainer, Frank has extensive schooling, experience and expertise in managing various sport-related acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries across many work settings, competitive sports, and patient populations. He also holds certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Y-Balance testing (YBT) and Functional Movement Taping (FMT) to complement his clinical practice. What he enjoys most about his profession has always been helping his patients manage, overcome, and return to activity from debilitating injuries through thoughtful clinical assessment and diverse functional rehab approaches. With that said, he is very grateful and excited to join the team and contribute Catalyst’s excellent vision of patient care and wellness.
Frank completed his Bachelor of Science in athletic training at Northeastern University in 2009, during which time he experienced extensive clinical rotations and work opportunities in outpatient physical therapy, and high school, division 1 and division 3 college sports medicine settings. After graduating, he worked at Fairfield University in the Sports Medicine Department for five years as an athletic trainer while completing his MBA. He was assigned primary medical coverage and oversight of the women’s volleyball, men and women’s crew, and baseball teams, and also provided collaborative care and medical coverage of all other division 1 sports teams as needed. After finishing his Master’s Degree, he was hired by Physical Synergy, a sports chiropractic clinic where he served as the practice’s Rehab Floor Manager for 4 years, overseeing and implementing patient physical therapy protocols.
Frank is a native of Fairfield, Connecticut, and just recently moved to San Diego with his fiancée, Melanie, back in September. So far they love San Diego, which has nicely suited their active lifestyles. They’ve really enjoyed the weather, beautiful beaches, and local farmers markets. Among a variety of interests, Frank enjoys sports, movies, the beach, playing guitar, exercise, and martial arts. He’s trained Karate, boxing, and Muay Thai, and actively trains and competes in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Natalie grew up in San Diego where she gained an interest in the medical field watching her mother go through nursing school. After sustaining a knee injury dancing, her focus shifted to creating a healthy lifestyle and preventing further damage to her body.
She’s currently majoring in both biology and sociology to better understand how a person’s genetic code and how one’s environment can play a fundamental role in someone’s lifestyle. She knows Catalyst is the perfect place to harness those skills and learn new techniques in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Natalie is thrilled to be part of the Catalyst team as they continue to evolve and make more friends in San Diego. Outside of work and school, you can catch Natalie trying new superfoods or out on a hike!
My passion to help others heal has always been a driving force in my life. 15 years ago, I moved to Santa Clarita, CA and came across a huge banner advertising Massage Therapy in a local college. After a week of seeing it I decided to stop by and ask about the Massage Therapy program, and by the end of the day, I was signing papers to join and become a Massage Therapist – best decision EVER! Years later, I furthered my education at the American Massage Conference in San Diego, completing training for Orthopedic Massage and Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques.
I’ve worked in several different areas over the years, from Spas to Chiropractor offices, to Physical Therapy. My passion for massage therapy has continued to carry me on a path of continued education. My goal is to help people heal, and get their lives back.
I am excited to work for Catalyst Physical Therapy because it’s an opportunity to learn and grow as a Massage Therapist, all while being part of a professional and integrative healthcare team.
Chris’s journey to becoming a physical therapist took a curving path rather than a straight one. He was born in Davis, California and went to college at UC Santa Cruz. His love for the natural world led him to pursue a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. However, he soon discovered the human body and mind also fascinated him, resulting in an additional major in Neuroscience. While these areas of study satisfied his intellectual curiosity, he found himself wanting a career where he could more directly interact with and help people in their daily lives. After shadowing various professionals, he realized a career in physical therapy best balanced these desires while continuing to build on an education rooted in science. Five years later (after a “brief”, two-year stint teaching English in Spain), he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from San Diego State University.
In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and all things active (including soccer, running, basketball, surfing, volleyball, tennis, rock climbing, hiking and more) further fueling his drive to help everyone live healthier, more active lives.
He believes in the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach towards rehab, fitness, and wellness that Catalyst offers, and is excited to add his unique background and diverse experiences to the Catalyst team!