Damon Anderson & Associates Physical Therapy, Inc.

Staff

Damon Anderson, PT, OCS, ATC, Cert. MDT

Damon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stanford University in 1983 with a Master of Arts degree in Physical Therapy. He attended California State University Long Beach where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. He also completed the K-12 Teaching Credential and the Athletic Training Curriculum Program at Long Beach State. Damon became an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer in 1980. He has athletic training/sports medicine experience at the high school, junior college, and NCAA Division 1 level. Damon started working as a physical therapist in Monterey in 1983 at the Sports Medicine Center. He was the chief therapist until he became the owner in 1988. Damon Anderson and Associates Physical Therapy have cared for patients on the Monterey Peninsula for 29 years.

Damon has a passion for helping people return to their maximal achievable function. Damon enjoys spending time with his family and leading an active lifestyle. Damon's father was a physical education instructor and head college football coach at San Jose State University, so he grew up in an active sports and outdoor recreation family. He played competitive football and basketball through the junior college level at Cabrillo College. In the past he was a serious distance runner, and completed 5 Big Sur Marathons, as well as numerous triathlons, including the Escape From Alcatraz and the Pacific Grove Triathlon. He enjoys biking, hiking, surfing, stand-up paddling, skiing, snowboarding, and windsurfing.

Damon was fortunate to observe Robin McKenzie, PT a legendary physiotherapist from New Zealand, treat patients in Oakland, CA in 1982. McKenzie's revolutionary evaluation and treatment approach continues to influence Damon to this day. Damon requires all of his staff physical therapists to be certified in the McKenzie Approach to Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine and Extremities. The emphasis on this highly effective approach sets us apart from other practices. Having had his share of injuries, Damon has gathered an empathetic team of therapists who can appreciate each patient’s desire to regain functional ability as soon as possible after an injury. His passion for restoring patients’ quality of life while providing the highest level of care has shaped the culture of our entire clinic.

Victor Aguilar, DPT, OCS, GCS, Cert. MDT

Victor entered college as a computer science major, but by the end of his second year a torn ACL injury changed the direction of his studies. He had a surgical repair, and after going through the rehabilitation process he realized that physical therapy was the career best suited for him. He maintains his interest in technology, but prefers to work closely helping people on a daily basis. Victor received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of the Pacific in 2003. In 2000 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Stanislaus with a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training.

During his training, at UOP Victor was a physical therapy intern in our clinic and he came to work for us immediately upon graduation and shows his care and commitment on a daily basis. He has completed the McKenzie training for Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of spinal and extremity conditions. Victor also maintains dual specializations in the areas of Geriatrics and Orthopedics making him one of only a handful of physical therapists in California to have done so. Additionally, Victor has become credentialed with a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adult (CEEAA). He therefore demonstrates expert clinical decision-making skills in designing and measuring effective exercise prescriptions for aging adults. Victor plays touch football, basketball, golf, and loves to snowboard. He maintains an active personal physical fitness program, and enjoys inspiring people to be active.

Pamela Yamashita, PT

Pamela attended Pacific Grove High School and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. Pam came to our practice as an injured high school athlete, which sparked her interest in the field and she later returned to work in our clinic as a physical therapy aide. She finished her Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo in 1989, and played three years of college level softball. She entered the University of California at San Francisco Master of Physical Therapy Degree Program and graduated in 1992.

Pamela has fulfilled all the clinical roles available in our clinic--patient, aide, intern, and practicing physical therapist. This gives her a deep understanding of the rehabilitation and recovery process from multiple perspectives. She has taken numerous continuing education courses from prominent national instructors, and is certified in soft tissue mobilization using the SASTM tools. Pam continues to be an athlete and has two active young daughters, who she coaches in softball.

Mona Dietz, ATC, CMP

Mona graduated from California State University at Northridge in 1984 with a Bachelor in Physical Education with an emphasis in sports medicine. She is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Certified Massage Practitioner. She is highly skilled in soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release techniques and is our "go to" person for stubborn soft tissue problems.

Mona has extensive experience with specialized taping techniques for athletic and orthopedic injuries. She completed the SASTM soft tissue certification in 2005. This is a form of soft tissue mobilization using specialized tools developed in the United States. These tools are very effective in promoting remodeling of connective tissue/scar tissue after injury.

When Mona is not working she enjoys working in her garden, playing softball and volleyball, and spending time with family and friends. She has some great stories about her pygmy goats and the rest of the animals out on her little farm. Mona has been with our company for 28 years. She adds a great sense of stability and caring to the clinic.

Meredith Hawkins, DPT

Meredith graduated from California State University Fresno in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy. She competed on the Cross Country and Track team and her favorite event was the 3000m Steeplechase. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 2013 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is always excited to see her patients improve and return to the activities they enjoy. Meredith enjoys triathlons, scuba diving, snowboarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, and spending time with family.

Ryan Monreal, DPT

Ryan Monreal, DPT

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Science in 2009 from Loyola Marymount University where he was an athletic training student. During that time he worked with athletes of all ages at LMU, with Team HEAL, and at the David Beckham Academy. He then graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with his doctorate of physical therapy. He has experience and enjoys working with patients of all ages and diagnoses. Ryan has taken special courses that focused on innovative sports medicine and manual therapy to hone his skills. His love of golf has led him to become an NG360° Golf Performance Specialist. Ryan continues to stay active playing in baseball and soccer leagues year round along with playing golf and running.

Therese Ruffin, DPT

Therese grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and was an active high school athlete at Seaside High School excelling in basketball and track. During this time she interned at our clinic and became passionate about physical therapy and helping people.

She completed an educational pathway at California State University Fresno by obtaining her bachelors and masters degrees in Exercise Science. She gained valuable teaching experience as a graduate T.A. (teachers assistant) in biomechanics. Her education culminated in a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015.

Therese enjoys working out, traveling, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

Jeannie Liu, DPT

Jeannie grew up in China and was educated at the Chongqing Medical University, China. She obtained specialized clinical training in Neurology and graduated from the medical school in 2011. She came to the United States to further her knowledge in medical research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Jeannie's path was altered when a knee injury required physical therapy rehabilitation. This experience inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy and in 2016 Jeannie obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jeannie brings a unique and personalized approach to each patient along with her infectious positive personality.

Her interests include Taichi practice, Salsa dancing and singing with local Jazz bands.

Kirsten Wiley, PT, SCS

Kirsten graduated from Old Dominion University with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2001. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

For the first 6 years of her career in Virginia Beach, VA Kirsten worked in pediatrics where she furthered her interest in biomechanics and motor learning. A relocation in 2007 to San Diego, CA allowed her to expand her expertise in orthopedics. She was employed with the Naval Medical Center San Diego and treated both active duty military patients and post operative patients with a wide variety of orthopedic and sports injuries. She relocated to Monterey, CA in 2017 and joined our practice as an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapy Specialist.

Kirsten maintains an active lifestyle enjoying swimming, cycling, and Pilates. She also enjoys watching her three children play water polo at the college level.