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
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.
Jim MacDonald,MSPT, DPT, TPI CGFI-3
Co-Owner, Physical Therapist
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.
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.
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
Specialty areas include:
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.