East Sacramento Physical Therapy
PH:  916-457-8802/FAX: 916-457-7609

Quality Care With a Personal Touch
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Therapists & Staff

Pictured (left to right) Jamon Seaman Physical Therapy Aide, Angel Valdez Physical Therapy aide, Kay Hammett Office Manager, Elizabeth Grether-Wyss PTA/Pilates Instructor, Greg Johnson Personal Trainer, Cathrine Christanio Physical Therapy Aide/Message Therapist, Angie Draws Front Office Coodinator, Julie Salazar DPT, Susan Sukup Referral Coordinator, Tatiana Mihaila Physical Therapy Aide/Billing, Risa MacDonald DPT/Owner, Jim MacDonald DPT/Owner

Risa MacDonald, PT, DPT
Co-Owner, Physical Therapist
Email: Risa@eastsacpt.com



Risa has practiced physical therapy for more than 25 years, with a specialization in women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction for almost 20 of those years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in health science from California State University Northridge and a postgraduate certificate in Physical Therapy through a combined program at California State University Northridge and the University of California at Los Angeles. She also completed a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Boston University in which her academic practicum focused on pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children.

Risa's long time interest in women's health led to the founding of
ESPT's Physical Therapy for Women in 1992.  With advanced training in biofeedback, incontinence and elimination disorders, pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain, she soon added pelvic floor therapy for men and children to her practice, now ESPT's Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Physical Therapy. Risa is passionate about breaking the silence around incontinence, pelvic and sexual pain. Her goal is to enhance the physical health and quality of life for men and women suffering from pain, elimination disorders and incontinence.

Risa has one grandchild and is the mother of four daughters, three dogs and a cat.  When she is not enjoying time with them, she is playing golf with her husband, Jim.


Community Outreach

Memberships

Areas of expertise:

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - Men, Women & Children
  • Incontinence & Elimination Disorders
  • Pelvic & Sexual Pain
  • EMG Biofeedback
  • Men's and Women's Health

Jim MacDonald,MSPT, DPT, TPI CGFI-3
Co-Owner, Physical Therapist
Email: Jim@eastsacpt.com






Jim has been active in the physical therapy profession since 1980, specializing in golf performance and golf injury treatment and prevention with East Sacramento Physical Therapy in Sacramento since 1990.  

In 1998, ESPT became part of the BBFP network and the Northern California point of service for Body Balance for PerformanceTM (BBFP).  As a member of the BBFP network, he has been trained as a golf fitness expertTM, and he recently completed his doctoral degree in which his academic practicum emphasized; golf performance, injury prevention and liability exposure for PGA and LPGA teaching professionals.


He received a Bachelors of Science in Physiology from the University of California at Davis in 1983. He received a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 1988 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2006. In April of 2007, Jim Became certified in the Titleist Performance Institute’s Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Program, and he is currently TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor MP3 .


Jim has also served as an expert witness in the medical-legal arena in the areas of physical therapy and biomechanics.


Community Outreach

Memberships

Areas of expertise:

  • Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Golf Performance, Injury Treatment & Prevention
Julia Salazar, DPT 
Email: Julie@eastsacpt.com


   
Julia always had an interest in the human body and a love of sports so physical therapy just seemed like the perfect fit. All through college she worked as a physical therapy aide at an outpatient orthopedic clinic that specialized in sports medicine. During that time she had the opportunity to work with many different people and see many different injuries. Julia received her undergraduate degree in Biology form the University of Great Falls Montana and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. Julia worked for several years in Outpatient Orthopedics before finding East Sacramento Physical Therapy where she was able to focus on Pelvic Floor Therapy. 

She has completed all three Pelvic Floor courses through the American Physical Therapy Association focusing on men, women, and children. The courses covered many topics including incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, vaginismus, vulvodynia, pelvic floor dysfunction and much more. She is excited to be working at East Sacramento Physical Therapy to focus on pelvic floor dysfunction, as this is an area she feels is under served. Julia is very passionate about her job and tailors her treatments to address each client's individual needs. 

Julia was born and raised in Montana and moved to the Sacramento area 2 1/2 hears ago with her husband, She enjoys hiking and exploring California, swimming, skiing, movies, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 



Community Outreach

Memberships

Specialty areas include:
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction - Men, Women & Children
Elizabeth Grether-Wyss, PTA 
Pilates Instructor
Email: Elizabeth@eastsacpt.com


  
Elizabeth is from Southern California but lived most of her life in Germany, where she was trained as a ballet dancer. Her dance career spanned 25 years during which she performed on stages around the world. After ending her career in 2002, Elizabeth graduated from Physical Therapy School in 2005 and soon after returned to her native California. In addition to her experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant in various clinical settings, Elizabeth is a certified Pilates instructor. She has developed a keen interest in integrating her knowledge of Pilates with restoring pelvic floor health. 

Her passion is teaching her patients to find the amazing power of their core; how greater body awareness, coordination and postural control can lead to improved body mechanics for functional movement, manage pain and most importantly, improve quality of life. 


Elizabeth has attended countless workshops and continuing education courses and strives to think "outside of the box" for the benefit of each individual patient and in close collaboration with the team at East Sacramento Physical Therapy



Community Outreach

Memberships

Specialty areas include:
  • Pilates Instructor
Greg Johnson, CSCS, TPI CGFI-3
Body Balance For PerformanceTM
Fitness Director & Trainer




Greg is originally from Maine where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Plymouth State College, in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  His concentrations were in Fitness Administration, Fitness and Rehabilitation and Coaching, and he minored in Health and Wellness. After graduating, Greg worked in a private practice Physical Therapy clinic in Maine for three years. 
 
He moved to California and began working with East Sacramento Physical Therapy and Fit Golf® of Sacramento, and, in October 2006, Greg became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Greg has been a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute’s Program since October 2007.  He is TPI-Certified Fitness Level 3, as well as Junior Golf Fitness Level 2.  Greg also holds certifications for TRX suspension training and Kettle bell training.  In addition to professional certifications, Greg continues his education at California
University of Pennsylvania in pursuit of a Masters degree in Kinesiology.
 
Greg’s passion for fitness and health has always driven his ambitions and extends into his own life.  He participated in organized football for 14 years.  In his spare time, he enjoys training for Triathlons, playing golf, outdoor activities such as hiking and maintaining his own strength and conditioning.
 


Community Outreach

Memberships

Specialty areas include:

  • Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Golf Performance, Injury Treatment & Prevention
  • Personal Training