We are a group of physical therapists who are passionate about our profession, but also frustrated by the restraints of insurance and clinics. We know you want to work hard, but understand that getting to a clinic is not always convenient or even possible. We understand that insurance coverage is limited and sometimes you just need more PT. We want to help you!
Get to Know Us
KRISTIN MCNEALUS, DPT, MBA, ATP
This is my company, and I am the person you will contact. I am excited to help you find the services you want. I received my Masters in Physical Therapy from Boston University and went on to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. I received my MBA from Pepperdine University in 2016, and am a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. I am the owner and founder of Every Body Fitness, an online exercise program for people with any physical limitation to get quality, adaptable workouts from home. Read more about me here.
My work experience includes being a staff physical therapist on inpatient rehabilitation and acute care for people with neurological diagnoses, as well as Director of a community adaptive gym for people with neurological injuries. I have my ATP certification, and perform frequent seating evaluations for people with various diagnoses.
I enjoy training for endurance sports, and have completed 3 marathons, and 25 triathlons, including the Ironman! I use my passion for exercise and knowledge of what the body is capable of performing when pushed to its limits, to empower each client to reach their own personal goals. I will motivate you to work as hard as you can, stay committed to your fitness goals and be the best you can be!
JENNIFER HSIEH, PT
I graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. I have always enjoyed sports and outdoor adventures, and decided to pursue a career in physical therapy to help others be more active. I love teaching people how to move in the most optimal way for their body! I went to graduate school for my Masters in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences and have had opportunities to work in all settings since graduating over 18 years ago. While I enjoy providing physical therapy with patients during their hospital course, I have more fun helping people get back to the activities they enjoy doing in their environment.
If you have any joint pain, injury, or if you are recovering from surgery, I can help get you going again! I will bring creative treatments to help you reach your goals. Do you want to get into the pool? Let’s do it!
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, and doing things outdoors. I have two sons who keep me busy with all of their sports! You can find me cheering them on during their baseball and soccer games.
CRAIG NEWSAM, DPT
I received my entry-level Masters of Physical Therapy degree as well as my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). I have extensive professional experience in clinical, research, educational, and commercial settings.
Throughout my career, I have focused on the treatment of individuals with neurological dysfunction and disease. My clinical philosophy for treating all patients focuses on the idea of improving strength in order to achieve your functional gains. As such, I ascribe to 2 guiding principles of exercise: doing something is better than doing nothing, and do what you love!
I have been fortunate to have many unique professional opportunities beyond the traditional clinical environment. I have presented at professional conferences locally, nationally, and internationally and I have co-author more than 25 publications. I also traveled the US training physical therapists how to use robotic technology for rehabilitation purposes. I am an active member of the APTA and the CPTA working in the neurology and education sections
I love to teach so I am grateful that I am currently involved in teaching future physical therapists about patient-care for individuals with neurological dysfunction. When I am not working, I stay active by chasing after my children at their sporting activities, playing with my dog, and enjoying the beautiful beaches of Southern California.
REBECCA YORK, DPT, NCS
Rebecca is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist with a subspecialty in vestibular disorders. She currently works for a not-for-profit outpatient clinic and sees private clients in their homes. She is a graduate from the University of Michigan (2006) with a Bachelors in Science and University of Southern California (2009) with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has experience in private wellness-based home-care, outpatient rehabilitation, and private practice. She can help you achieve any goal you want to work toward!
RENE ALVAREZ, PT
I completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a Master’s degree in physical therapy here in Southern California. I have nearly 20 years of experience working in physical therapy with an emphasis on intense rehabilitation and helping people reach their potential after a neurological disorder or injury.
I specialize in working with clients who have experienced a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and other neurological diagnosis. Having acquired an ATP certification, I have knowledge and experience in conducting wheelchair seating and positioning evaluations. My clinical expertise is in lower extremity bracing, movement disorder, gait dysfunction, motor recovery, functional recovery, home evaluations, and balance impairment. I have experience working with children, elderly adults, and with people who experience complications from diabetes. I will work hard and creatively alongside you to help you get back to what you love to do.
On my free time I love to be outdoors, travel, and be adventurous.
MARYANNE MARCOS, PT
MaryAnne holds a Master's of Physical Therapy degree specializing in the fields of Sports Medicine and Pediatrics helping athletes, injured veterans, and families that have children with special needs, as well as other practitioners to enhance the reach and productivity of their practices. She also holds a clinical hypnotherapy certification, is a Master of NLP, and holds over 30 designations with the American Red Cross.
TRACY BARDEN, PT
Tracy is a licensed physical therapist with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from CSULB (2001). Tracy attended UC Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance (1993) and worked in the Sports/Dance Medicine Program providing athletic training to athletes/dancers. She is also a Certified Pilates Instructor with over 28 yrs of experience teaching pilates to athletes, dancers, physical therapy patients and fitness clients in Orange County. Tracy is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys traveling, mountain biking, dancing flamenco and working as a Physical Therapist at St Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.
CLAIRE SMITH, DPT, NCS
I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005 and completed a residency in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2006. I am a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist as well as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. My clinical experience includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings as well as home and community-based therapy. I specialize in working with people with neurologic diagnoses, including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis, along with those who are experiencing falls and balance problems.
I love working with people and helping each individual live life to the fullest. When I’m not working with clients, you can either find me teaching physical therapy students at a local university or spending time with my family. I especially enjoy traveling, skiing, and reading.
MARSHA IBANEZ, DPT
Marsha has over 8 years experience as a physical therapist. She has a wealth of experience working with patients with neurological diagnoses, especially spinal cord injuries. Marsha loves connecting with her patients/clients and assisting them reach their goals. She is about helping people get moving and staying active so that they can improve their quality of life and get back to the things they love doing. She brings her upbeat personality and positive attitude to every session. She is up for any adventure especially those that include the outdoors, traveling, and food. Also, she has a background in massage therapy.
LAUREN PETERS, DPT
Lauren is originally from New York. After attending Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and studying abroad in Ireland, she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Lauren has vast experience and can work with clients who have neurological injuries such as brain injury and stroke. She can also treat orthopedic and pelvic floor dysfunction, and can also provide cardiac physical therapy. Her pelvic floor training was provided by Herman and Wallace.
She is also a holistic wellness practitioner helping clients restore balance to the body and optimize function through functional medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Lauren’s interests outside of the clinical setting include hot yoga, CrossFit, pilates, sailing, skiing, paddle tennis, traveling, and enjoying time outdoors with family.
ATHENA HENLEY, PT, DPT
I graduated with my B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 2005. While working in the field of clinical chemistry, I discovered my passion for rehabilitation and helping others to regain their independence and functional abilities as a Physical Therapy volunteer, seeing first-hand the impact that rehabilitation had on people’s lives. I graduated from University of Saint Augustine, San Marcos, in 2013 with highest honors for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. My clinical background includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as home and community neurorehabilitation. I especially enjoy working with clients outside of the clinic to problem solve effective solutions in their real-world environment, enabling them to get back to activities they need to do, have to do, or want to do again. I specialize in balance training and rehabilitation for persons recovering from acquired and progressive neurological disorders such as Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Spinal Cord Injury, Encephalitis, and Parkinson’s Disease. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, hiking, skiing, and aerial dance.
Elizabeth earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and completed the City of Hope oncology residency program. She is a board-certified specialist in oncologic physical therapy and has experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions related to cancer and its treatments. She has experience treating in the inpatient and outpatient cancer rehab settings, which has provided insight into the spectrum of rehab needs that might arise at diagnosis, during active treatment, and into post-treatment survivorship.
She is committed to a collaborative, patient-centered approach to physical therapy. This approach allows her patients to gain a deeper understanding of their medical condition and to achieve their individualized rehabilitation goals. Elizabeth is also dedicated to advancing her professional and clinical skillset through continuing education and is currently seeking to expand her practice by pursuing pelvic floor therapy training.
In her free time, she enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible with her family to hike, kayak, camp, and play beach volleyball. She also aspires to become a great gardener and baker, which is still a work in progress.