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About Spine & Sport Physical Therapy


Our mission

Spine & Sport Physical Therapy empowers people to unlock their human performance potential.

Our values

  • Employees own it.
  • Excel in quality.
  • Educate to grow.
  • Establish trust.
  • Embrace team.
  • Empower innovation.

Why choose Spine & Sport Physical Therapy?

Because we use an innovative approach based in research and technology to get you back to the activities you love.

Our therapists at Spine & Sport Physical Therapy have a passion for helping others heal, doing so in the most efficient way for each individual by treating the cause of their condition, not just the symptoms.

You don’t just have a physical therapist, you have a Spine & Sport team of physical therapists skilled in complementary areas, all sharing a similar approach to care. Together, we make healthy happen.

We treat every patient like an elite athlete, focusing on a well-paced, healthy return to action, regardless of what their goals are. Our goal for all patients, no matter their age or condition, is to return them to their favorite activities.

Our staff is highly-trained in the latest physical therapy techniques. But just as importantly, they are motivation experts and body-mechanic educators, essential tools you’ll need for lasting rehabilitation.

Our academic, research-based approach to physical therapy was derived from the University of California San Diego 22 years ago when our founders left the university to form this private practice. Our evidence-based approach combines measured exercise with manual therapy to set us apart from other providers.

We’re a group of accessible, welcoming clinics, where everyone is professionally and personally driven by your success and satisfaction.

Physical therapy that gets patients back on track, healthier & more informed about their bodies.

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Highly trained, highly effective physical therapists

You can trust that our therapists will help you make your comeback. That trust is well placed in our staff of professionals who promote your healing. The compassion they bring to your care, combined with our science-driven treatments, leads to rewarding patient experiences at Spine & Sport.

We implement the latest research into real-world physical therapy care, including our own research. Spine & Sport develops therapeutic specialties as part of our dedication to training master clinicians. Everything we do is based on instilling patient confidence through clarity and communication.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to your rehabilitation. You will work with a team of like-minded experts versed in your history. Our clinic team includes Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT), who have post graduate degrees and advanced training.

Physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers and occupational therapists may all contribute to a patient’s care. Our multidisciplinary approach is completely collaborative, both internally and with the patient’s doctor, coaches, trainers or others involved in the rehabilitation goals.

Ours is an employee-owned company, giving our staff members a great sense of pride in their work – healing you. You’ll get more attention with personalized, hands-on care and enthusiastic engagement from our owner-providers. We consistently earn a high level of patient satisfaction.

Excellent rehabilitation comes from a partnership, and our therapists are completely focused on you during your appointment. We provide functional, active-based care combined with manual medicine and education to achieve rehabilitation goals or facilitate next steps.


Meet our esteemed leadership team, driving Spine & Sport’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

Brett Raasch CEOBrett Raasch, PT, ATC
Cheif Executive Officer

Derek Edwards Chief Financial OfficerDerek Edwards
Chief Financial Officer

Rick Katz Vice President, Business Development Executive AdministrationRick Katz, PT, DPT, MA
VP of Operations & Payer Contracting

Briana Jolicoeur VP of HR Human ResourcesBriana Jolicoeur, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Human Resources

Eric DeYoung Sr Vice President of Operations Clinic OperationsEric M DeYoung ND, B. Sc., OT
Chief Operating Officer

Nina Izadi Senior Director of Sales & MarketingNina Izadi, MBA
Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Starla Schwartz Director of Clinical ServicesStarla Schwartz, PT, DPT
Director of Clinical Services

Patrick Langit Organizational Development ManagerPatrick Langit, MS-HI, MS, ATC, PES
Organizational Development Manager

Daniel Hirsch Director of ComplianceDaniel Hirsch
Director of Compliance

Teaching tomorrow’s physical therapists

Our student program is part of our dedication to excellence in the field.

We have a strong teaching program with 130 PT students in clinical rotation from prestigious schools all over the country. These students are educated in the latest technics, well-supervised and highly motivated to provide excellent care to patients.

Rehabilitation programs for every need

Physical therapy rehabilitation is essential care for a variety of reasons, addressing a wide range of injuries, surgical recovery and ongoing physical conditions. Find out more about the following services we offer.

Spine & Sport Physical Therapy clinics

We are a successful, growing company with 40+ physical therapy clinics  throughout California. Each one of our clinics meets our rigorous standards for skilled, dedicated personnel and clean, comfortable and fully equipped facilities.

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Direct access to physical and occupational therapy without physician referral

California allows what is known as direct access to physical therapy services without having to be referred by a physician for treatment. That means that our licensed physical therapists can evaluate and treat you without you having to first see a physician or be referred by one.

There are some limitations for California residents, but the benefits of direct access include:

  • Faster access to the PT care you need.
  • Seeing a physical therapist first can result in fewer overall sessions.
  • Research shows it can also save you money.

Note that direct access is restricted for patients who have Medicare. They must be under the care of a licensed physician who will need to sign our Plan of Care.

Spine & Sport Physical Therapy joins the American Physical Therapy Association in advocating for increased direct access to physical therapy in all states, including improvements in California.

Together, We Make Healthy Happen

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