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
Nathan Kadlecek, DPT
Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Columbia University; Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Harding University. Searcy, AR
Membership: American Physical Therapy Association, Sections: Orthopedics, Research, Private Practice, Wound Management, California Physical Therapy Association
Clinical Experience:Orthopedic physical therapy, strength training, chronic pain management
Background: Nathan is a San Jose, CA native who pursued his undergraduate education at Harding University, Arkansas, where he played college football and graduated with a BS in Exercise Science. He then went on to New York to pursue his professional education at Columbia University program in Physical Therapy, class of 2017. Nathan is passionate about treating orthopedic conditions spanning from older adults with balance concerns, recovering from surgery, and other issues, to younger and older athletes with sports injuries. He is also passionate about the treatment of chronic pain, having done extensive research on the topic. He believes strength training and aerobic exercises are not only important and safe for the young but also for those who are becoming older. He does not believe age is equal to disability or pain and looks to encourage every person to pursue their healthiest and happiest life through meaningful and healthy relationships, nutrition, sleep, strength training, and aerobic exercise. Nathan believes wellness is a lifestyle which is worth the effort to achieve it.
Personal Interests: In his down time, Nathan enjoys reading a good book, listening to podcasts, hiking, ballroom dancing, powerlifting, and most of all, traveling.
Erin Tooms PT, MPT, CCI
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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,
Steve Hare, PTA, CSCS
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration St Mary’s College Moraga, Ca. – Associate’s Degree Sierra College Rocklin, Ca.
Experience: Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant 1987 to present
Certification: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Massage Practitioner
Membership: National Strength and Conditioning Association NSCA
Clinical Experience: Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant 1987 to present
Personal Interests: Running, Hiking, Basketball, Music and Sunsets
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.
Jesse Garcia, Billing/Collections Specialist
Jesse is a Billing/Collections Specialist who graduated from Central Coast College with a certificate in Medical Billing. Jesse brings 4 years of physical therapy office and billing experience to help make business with Terrapin easy. Jesse enjoys billing because it allows her to help people solve problems and overcome challenges.
In her off time, Jesse enjoys spending time with her family and watching her beautiful children participate in sports.
Jessi Garcia, Patient Care Coordinator
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Lexie Flores, Patient Care Coordinator
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