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Our Staff

Ben Duncan, DPT, Physical Therapist

Ben

I want to develop a physical therapy treatment program for you that will change your approach to health and fitness.

My goal is to most effectively determine the causative factors regarding the nature of your condition. I will design an innovative treatment plan and help you to understand why you are injured and what needs to be done about it.

Education

I believe the key to maximum healing power lies in a solid educational background. I received an advanced level of education enabling me to establish a foundation for personalized, effective rehabilitation care.

Bachelor of Science: Applied Health, Azusa Pacific University, 1998
Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy: University of Southern California, 2002
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Areas of Specialty

Baseball Throwing Rehabilitation: Biomechanical evaluation of throwing performance and structured throwing rehabilitation programs.

  • Jump Therapy: Actively develop high power plyometric programs for competitive athletes.
  • Orthotics: Biomechanical foot evalutation and orthotic fabrication.
  • Spine Evaluation and Manual Therapy: Specialty courses in spinal evaluation and manual therapy techniques.

Denise Franks, DPT, Physical Therapist

Denise

My goal has always been to continue to learn and develop effective skills and treatment plans to provide the latest and best physical therapy care possible.

I strive to be a leader in physical therapy practice through top quality care, health and wellness promotion, use and development of evidence-based practice, community involvement and the understanding of patients’ needs.

I will be your advocate. Through education, motivation and the application of the best physical therapy techniques, I will partner with you to achieve our treatment goals and results together.

Education

I believe that an understanding of current research is as critical to excellent patient care as is a strong educational background. I will incorporate current evidence-based treatment strategies when designing an appropriate plan of care.

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology, University of Colorado in Boulder, 2001
Doctorate in Physical Therapy: Regis University, 2005

Areas of Interest

  • Women’s Health: pre/post-partum, stress incontinence and urge incontinence
  • Pediatrics: neurological conditions, orthopaedic injuries as well as developmental delays
  • Neurological conditions, functional rehabilitation following traumatic injury

Nariba Maycock Gibson, DPT, Physical Therapist

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Together we will implement a program that challenges you utilizing current, evidence-based technique and motivation. I will apply my expertise to focus your treatment so that we achieve your desired results in the shortest period of time.

At the end of your experience at TEAM PT, it is my goal that you will have been part of our winning team of patients – successful with your rehabilitation, enthused to maintain good physical health, and equipped with a clear understanding of the role of physical therapy in achieving full return to your life.

Education

Bachelor of Science: Biochemistry, Atlantic Union College, 1998
Doctorate of Physical Therapy: Loma Linda University, 2001

Areas of Interest

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation – emphasis on postural re-education, return to prior level of function, and establishing a plan of treatment to achieve your personal goals
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation – assessment of vestibular related dysfunction including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Mal-derangement syndrome, cervicogenic dizziness, and labryinthitis
  • Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain Management – evaluate and design a program that assists in decreasing pain and improves fynctional activity tolerance
  • Temporomandibular Dysfunction – treatment of jaw, mouth, and neck pain related to dysfunction and pain when eating, yawning, and talking due to restriction

 

Natalie Forsberg, DPT, Physical Therapist
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I love that through the skills and knowledge of my profession I am able to help people get back to doing what they love most, whether that is rehabilitating an athlete to be back on the field or helping a patient who suffered a stroke be able to walk with their children again. I have fallen deeply in love with the art of the physical therapy profession, which is caring for people. My job allows me to change people’s lives in a positive way by motivating you to become physically and mentally stronger. My goal is to make physical therapy a life changing experience by creating new opportunities you never knew you had. I want to help you find ability in your disability, whatever that may be. “

“I have played soccer since I was 4 years old and it quickly became my passion in life. Two weeks after I had committed to play soccer at Azusa Pacific University, I tore my ACL, MCL, and meniscus in my knee. It was then I was introduced to Team Physical Therapy. While a patient at Team I was fascinated by the culture of people that worked there, I felt I was a part of a community that truly cared for my well-being and took great interest to get me better. Due to the hard work and compassion of my physical therapist and trainer, I was able to return to the soccer field and play college ball at Azusa Pacific University – and, I was inspired to pursue a career as a physical therapist.”

Education

My level of education and professional development through evidence based practice are key factors in providing the best care for clients.

Bachelor of Science, Applied Health: Azusa Pacific University, 2009
Doctor of Physical Therapy: Western University of Health Sciences, 2012

Areas of Interest

Prevention of sports related ACL injuries with female athletes

Working with the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Ossur Prosthetics to allow athletes who have amputations or various disabilities live an active lifestyle

Community Involvement

  • Fundraising for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), an organization that raises money to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics
  • Member of TEAM’s missions work in Kenya at the Living Room Hospice
  • Past team member for medical missions trips to Mexico, Cambodia, Nigeria, and India to provide physical therapy education and treatment in impoverished areas.
  • Student representative for the Western University DPT program as well as the student representative for the San Gabriel Valley District at all California Physical Therapy Association assembly meetings

Kevin Roberts, ATC

Kevin

Your health is my #1 priority. My goal is to get you back out on the “field” better than you were before the injury.

I believe it is important not only to help rehab the current injury, but prevent further ones from occurring.

I promise to give you 100% and together we will achieve great things.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Kinesiology, Cal State Long Beach, 1998
Masters of Education: Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University, 2001
NATA Certified, 1999
CPR & AED Certified

Areas Of Specialty

  • Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning
  • Flexibility and Core Training
  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Taping and Bracing
  • On-Field Injury Evaluations

Professional Associations

NATA – National Athletic Training Association
FWATA – Far West Athletic Training Association, District Eight

Background

Clinical Athlete Trainer
High School Head Athletic Trainer, Division II
Head Athletic Trainer at Team Physical Therapy

Community

Head athletic trainer for various sports events including:

  • Regional Gymnastics Championships at Ontario Convention Center
  • McKenna Colleges Tennis Tournament
  • Arsenal Soccer Club Tournament
  • Local Cross Country Invitational
  • Summer Passing League High School Football Tournament

Jan Higa, Director of Operations

Jan

We are committed to making your experience at TEAM an enjoyable one. From our friendly front desk to our back office and billing staff, we will do everything we can to make sure your questions are answered and your insurance and financial issues are taken care of. We want you to be free to concentrate on getting better.

My goal is to support excellent patient care with outstanding business office services. I want you to be confident that your financial considerations are met with the same degree of attention as are your physical rehabilitation objectives.

My favorite pastime is playing with my two adorable granddaughters.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Sociology, San Diego State University, 1974
Minor: Business Management

Background

Over 30 years experience in general administration and management, including outpatient medical facilities, retirement center, banking and finance and newspaper.

Community Involvement

  • Coordinator for church-sponsored community events: 911 Commemoration, Soapbox Derby, fall festival
  • Director of Church Technical Arts for 18 years

Christine Almeida, Director of Marketing/Community Relations

Christine

My goal is to make physicians aware of the outstanding, second-to-none physical therapy offered by TEAM. I want every physician to know that the services we provide are an extension of the doctor’s care, for the benefit of the patient.

I want to be available and accessible to every doctor’s office that may have questions or concerns.

I want our referring physicians to be confident that we will treat their patients with the same care and concern that they themselves offer.

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Economics, University of California San Diego (Revelle College), 1990
Minor: General Literature

Background

Marketing for outpatient physical therapy clinics since 1999
Director of Marketing and Community Relations for TEAM Physical Therapy since its inception in 2001
Currently competes nationally in Women’s 5.0 United States Tennis Association

Celebrating 10 Years of Team Physical Therapy
October 2011

2011 Red Hill Picture