Staff

Tony Pazzaglia

Tony Pazzaglia, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Email: tony@terrapinphysicaltherapy.com

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 the 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

Tri Nguyen, PT, DPT, OCS

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


Michael Romiza

Michael Romiza, PT, DPT, CSCS

Position: Physical Therapist

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA (2018); Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation, California State University, Sacramento (2014) Recipient of Wanda Nitsch Scholastic Achievement Award by The University of St. Augustine for highest class GPA.

Certification: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic, and Sports Sections. California Physical Therapy Association. National Strength and Conditional Association

Background:Michael was born and raised locally. He began his education at Monterey Peninsula College where he also played collegiate baseball. Upon graduating from CSU Sacramento, Michael returned home to Monterey where he worked as a physical therapy aide at Terrapin Physical Therapy while applying for graduate school; in 2016 he left to attend DPT school at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, Ca. Michael has a passion for orthopedic physical therapy and utilizes his background in manual therapy and strength and conditioning to optimize movement patterns to help patients achieve their goals. Michael is committed to lifelong learning through evidence-based practice to achieve clinical excellence by educating and providing necessary resources to maximize patient-centered care.

Personal Interests:Baseball, basketball, fishing, hiking, working out and spending time with family and friends.


Heiba Kebbas

Samuel Gabrek, PT, DPT

Email: samuel@terrapinphysicaltherapy.com

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Franklin Pierce University (2016); Bachelor of Science in Biology, Indiana University – Bloomington (2013)

Memberships & Certifications: American Physical Therapy Association, Research Section; American Heart Association BLS and CPR certification

Clinical Experience: Orthopedic physical therapy, running injury management, Neurologic physical therapy.

Background: Sam was born and raised in Chicago. Sam’s interest in the field of physical therapy was guided by his mom, an experienced physical therapist. Sam saw the enjoyment his mom’s profession brought her, as well as the relationships she built with her clients. After completing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University – Bloomington, Sam moved to New Hampshire to study physical therapy at Franklin Pierce University. Upon graduating from PT school, Sam began practicing as a travel physical therapist, where he worked in a variety of different settings across the country. This brought Sam and his wife Lexy to Monterey County. Sam was drawn to Terrapin Physical Therapy because of the opportunities for professional growth and their commitment to promoting health and happiness.

Personal Interests: Sam enjoys: trail running, cycling, hiking, playing soccer, cooking, SUP, surfing and camping.


Heidi Pazzaglia

Heidi Pazzaglia, RN
Office Manager

Email: heidi@terrapinphysicaltherapy.com

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

  • Janice Sempek, Patient Care Coordinator Terrapin Physical Therapy
  • Alyssa Rodriguez, Patient Care Coordinator Ripple Physical Therapy