Lodi

Welcome!

We believe we can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment paradigms in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!

Our Team

Emily WattsClinic Director - PT, DPT

emily@centralvalleypt.com

Emily hails from Missouri, but has been a part of the Lodi community since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in Exercise Science in 2001, then went on to gain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona in 2005. Emily has practiced in a variety of settings, including outpatient, acute rehab, and in-patient, and enjoys working with patients at all phases of their rehabilitation.

Emily has a passion for life-long learning, and has pursued continuing education in Vestibular Rehab, Women’s Health, and orthopedics in order to keep up with the latest advancements and research in surgical and non-surgical approaches to various issues. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor, and enjoys partnering with physical therapy schools around the country to supervise students’ clinical rotations as they learn the practice of physical therapy.

In her free time, Emily has a passion for travel and volunteering. She has volunteered with Project Hope in Belize to provide gait training for amputees, clinics in Mexico for early childhood interventions, and also in the U.K. to learn various approaches to physical therapy around the world. She is also a graduate of Leadership Lodi, Class of 2014, and an active member of Omega Nu, a local service organization serving the Lodi community.

Emily's favorite pastime is spending time with her husband Larry, daughter Gabi, and their two Golden Retrievers. She enjoys pursuing half marathon training, outdoor activities, and loves living in wine country!

Education
Doctor of Physical Therapy
A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ, 2005

Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science
Truman State University, Kirskville, MO, 2001

Mary KeifferOffice Manager

lodioffice@centralvalleypt.com

Mary is the Front Office Manager, working for Central Valley Physical Therapy, Lodi Clinic. She enjoys her position as Front Office Manager and looks forward to  meeting new patients daily. In her spare time, Mary enjoys bunco and working on scrap booking. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years and their three children.

Yanelly (Nelly) HuertaOffice Assistant

Yanelly (Nelly) was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 2008. Nelly is fluent in two languages which are Spanish and English, but considers Spanish her first language. She continued her studies as a Medical Assistant at Kaplan College. 

Nelly is a happy person. She loves and enjoys being around people. In her spare time, she enjoys watching novelas, boxing and movies. Nelly loves her family. She wishes they all lived closer but treasures the time she can spend with them.

Eliza DownsPT, DPT

eliza@centralvalleypt.com

Eliza was born and raised in Clovis, CA. Eliza played sports all throughout her childhood and into high school until she injured her knee. After a stint in physical therapy herself, she found her passion for assisting others to rehabilitate their injuries and get back to the activities they love to do.

She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Sports Medicine, at University of Pacific in 2010 and then continued her education at the University of the Pacific, earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.

Eliza plans to continue her education in orthopedics and manual therapy by obtaining a Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Outside of her professional career Eliza loves to play sports of all kinds, travel whenever she has the chance, and spend time with friends and family.

Education
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of the Pacific, Stockton, 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine
University of the Pacific, Stockton, 2010

Kristine CsicseryPT, DPT

kcsicsery@centralvalleypt.com

Kristine was born and raised in Elk Grove, California. She attended Gonzaga University, where she competed as a student-athlete on their cross-country and track teams, and received her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology in 2013. She then attended Creighton University, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016.

Inspired by many experiences during her high school and collegiate years, Kristine is passionately driven to help others achieve their rehabilitation and wellness goals so that they can live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives!

Kristine’s professional interests include orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, and plans to continue her education by pursuing a specialty certification. In her free time, Kristine enjoys running, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite basketball teams (Go Kings, Go Jays, Go Zags!)

Education
Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2016

Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Bachelor of Science, Human Physiology, May 2013

John LinbergerPTA

john@centralvalleypt.com

John Has worked as a physical therapist assistant since 1998 and has spent the majority of his clinical development in the outpatient orthopedic environment and is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association with advanced proficiency in musculoskeletal physical therapy.

John is currently an adjunct instructor at Sacramento City College in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. He is also a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA. John is active in APTA on the national level and has served as the Chief Delegate of the PTA Caucus of the APTA. John enjoys working in all aspects of the outpatient setting and has additional training in McKenzie techniques for the lumbar and cervical spine.

When away from work he enjoys softball, camping, walking his dogs and riding his road bike.

Education
BS Degree in Health Care Management
Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, 2005

AS Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting
Stark State College, Canton Ohio, 1998

Amy CortezPTA

acortez@centralvalleypt.com

Amy grew up in the Bay Area playing sports as a child and into high school.  While getting a degree in kinesiology she worked as a student athletic trainer. After college she worked as a personal trainer until she injured her knee wakeboarding.  During the rehabilitation process she discovered a passion for physical therapy.  She decided to go back to school to become a physical therapist assistant and graduated with honors. Amy plans to obtain a certificate as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Outside of her professional role, Amy enjoys training for agility with one of her dogs, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their three dogs. 

Education
Carrington College, Pleasant Hill, CA
Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant 

California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology

 

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