Tony Pazzaglia, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, EIM Institute of Health Professions; Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, California State University, Sacramento, CA; Bachelor of Arts, Physiology of Exercise/Athletic Training, California State University, Chico, CA
Certifications: Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, Clinical Physical Therapy Instructor, Completion of Executive Private Practice Management Program, Athletic Trainer Certification, Massage Practitioner
Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Private Practice Sections, California Physical Therapy Association
Recipient of Best Business Plan Award by EIM Executive Private Practice Management Program
Clinical Experience: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Aquatic Physical Therapy since 1999
Background: Tony Pazzaglia began his collegiate educational journey at a Junior College in Monterey while planning for business studies and taking Anatomy as a general education requirement. Focus of study plans changed and Tony was struck by the need to explore careers that involved human anatomy. He volunteered for Damon Anderson and Associates in 1985 and set goals to become a PT/ATC and later a Practice Owner as his mentor, Damon had successfully done. Transferring to California State University Chico, Tony earned an Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training Bachelor’s Degree and Athletic Training Certification. Following graduation, Tony worked in an outpatient clinic, became a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant, Certified Massage Practitioner and was employed as an Athletic Trainer for Del Campo high school football team in Sacramento. Tony enrolled in the 1st Physical Therapy Class to graduate at Sacramento State and returned to his hometown to work again for his mentor, this time as a Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer. Tony created his 1st clinic, Carmel Valley Physical Therapy in 1999 where he began a multimodal approach to orthopaedic problems including Aquatic Therapy. In 2005, Tony and his wife Heidi opened Terrapin Physical Therapy, Inc. incorporating the best applications of land and water therapies. Tony earned his Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2006. Focusing upon development of the best outpatient practice management skills, Tony completed the Evidence in Motion Private Practice Management Program and later earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from EIM School of Health Professions. Also in 2016, Tony and Heidi opened Ripple Physical Therapy to meet the increasing customer demands for land and water physical therapy treatment for people with orthopaedic problems.
Tri Nguyen, PT, DPT
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, California State University, Sacramento (2015); Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Biology, and Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Davis (2011).
Membership: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic, Neurology, and Research Sections. California Physical Therapy Association.
Background: Tri was born and raised locally in the Marina/Seaside/Monterey area. Tri first grew interested in physical therapy after being treated for a shoulder injury in high school. Tri enjoys working with a variety of patients, with clinical interests ranging from promoting wellness and fall prevention in the geriatric population to low back pain. He specializes in mentoring, coaching, and helping others reach their goals. Tri’s goal is to become a resource of opportunity for others in need.
Personal Interests: Tri enjoys hiking, jogging, attending running and sports events, traveling, open air markets. In his spare time, he works with the underrepresented youth of the Monterey County as a mentor and football coach
Erin Tooms PT, MPT, CCI
Position: Physical Therapist
Background: Erin began her career as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist in the Central Valley following her graduation from CSU-Fresno in 2006. She enjoys all aspects of orthopedic rehab, but has a special passion for the spine. Over the course of the last 11 years, she has taken many continuing education coursework in spinal care, including all sections through the Mckenzie Institute. Erin moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2017 to join the Terrapin tribe, and has enjoyed combining her approaches to spinal care with aquatic therapy and the unique underwater treadmill setting.
Personal Interests: Latin ballroom dancing, showjumping/horses, waterskiing, traveling.
Lisa Livian, O.T., Certified Hand Therapist
Position: Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Education: Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University 1995, Occupational Therapy Advanced Practice License in Physical Agent Modalities 10/20/2011, Occupational Therapy Advanced Practice License in Hand Therapy 4/25/2012, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) 5/4/2015..
Member: ASHT (American Society of Hand Therapists), AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Clinical Experience: Custom hand orthotic fabrication,
wound care, burn therapy.
Background: Lisa moved from Denver, Colorado to California in 1992 to earn her degree in occupational therapy at San Jose State University. Lisa’s passion for fabricating custom splints began while working in a burn unit in a hospital setting. She has worked locally for the past 10 years in outpatient clinics treating various hand injuries. Driven to be her best, Lisa challenged herself to pass a rigorous certification process to become one of a an extremely limited number of Certified Hand Therapists
on the Monterey Peninsula.
Personal Interests: Waterskiing, snow skiing, running, and hiking,
Katie Kucher, PTA, BS Biological Science
Position: Physical Therapy Assistant
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biological Studies – University of California, Santa Barbara.
Heidi Pazzaglia, RN
Education: Maureen Church Coburn School of Nursing, Monterey, CA. in 1990.
Experience: Worked as an RN in a trauma unit, cardiac unit, and family birth center unit until I left to help Tony with his new business here at Terrapin.
Patient Care Coordinators
Monica Rodriguez, Billing Manager
Monica brings to Terrapin a wealth of personal and professional attributes. With over 10 years of medical billing and coding experience specializing in Physical Therapy, Monica continues to strive for excellence by pursuing her associates degree in Business Administration & Accounting. Monica graduated from The Monterey Institute of Touch as a certified massage practitioner in 2004. Monica uses her various experiences to deliver exceptional customer service and insurance benefit education.
Monica is an avid softball player and also enjoys being a part of the coaching staff for The Salinas Cardinal Cheer program. She also likes camping, hiking, and spending time with family.
Jessi Garcia, Patient Care Coordinator
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Lexie Flores, Patient Care Coordinator
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Nashyra, Patient Care Coordinator
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