Stella Culver, PT
- B.S. in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University
- Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Physical Therapy from University California San Francisco
Stella Culver was born in Manila, Phillipines before immigrating to the United States in 1972. Stella lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to the Central Coast in 1982. She is happily married to Mitchell Culver and has a son(Austin) and a daughter(Jessa). Outside interests include running, cycling, wakeboarding, skiing, traveling, and reading. Stella has completed her Sports Certified Specialty(SCS) program from the American Physical Therapy Association. Her SCS skills will help give back to the community as Stella is actively involved with the local high schools’ athletic training programs. Treatment philosophy is based on the movement system balance theory, which examines entire human movement patterns versus individual segments. The approach helps to identify faulty mechanics and/or muscle imbalances, which lead to common pain syndromes.
Lee Haskin, DPT
- B.S. in biology from Portland State University in Oregon
- Master’s degree in physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno
- Doctorate degree in physical therapy from Western University in Pomona California
- Multiple continuing education courses ranging from evidence based practice in treating low back and neck pain to kinesiotaping techniques
Lee grew up in the northern central valley of California. Pursuing a career in physical therapy and an active lifestyle, Lee discovered the central coast was a perfect fit. For the last ten years Lee has resided on the central coast, enjoying surfing, horseback riding and running. Goals include continued pursuit of furthering his physical therapy skills and education. Lee’s background is in orthopedic physical therapy and specialties include shoulder rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, back and neck pain, temporomandibular joint disorders, vestibular rehabilitation, pregnancy related low back pain, osteoporosis programs, cervicogenic tension headaches, and sports specific injuries. His philosophy towards physical therapy and rehabilitation is to be as effective as possible while making it a positive experience with the least amount of discomfort to the patient.
Emily Hernandez, DPT
- Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Southern California
Emily grew up in Peoria, Arizona where her active lifestyle as a competitive gymnast, interest in the sciences, and passion for helping people improve their quality of life lead her to seek out a career in physical therapy. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and continued her education at University of Southern California where she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. During her time at USC she spent several clinical affiliations learning and gaining experience in orthopedic, neurologic, and pediatric physical therapy. Emily utilizes the latest research along with her understanding of biomechanics to give individualized, patient-centered care in order to optimize movement and improve her patient’s quality of life. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association(APTA) as well as a member of the Orthopedic and Neurologic divisions of the APTA. Outside of the clinic, her interests include boating, wakeboarding, hiking, and spending time with her dog.
Ethan App, MPT
- B.S. in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
- Masters of Physical Therapy, California State University, Sacramento
Ethan App obtained a BS in Kinesiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010, graduating Magna Cum Laude. The same year, he was awarded the Cal Poly Kinesiology Student of The Year by faculty at the university. He continued his education with a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from California State University Sacramento and has trained in multiple specialty areas including: Neurology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Acute Care.
Ethan is a San Luis Obispo native. Prior to embarking on his physical therapy education, he worked as a Golf course Superintendent at Sea Pines Golf Resort in Los Osos. He has extensive experience concerning progressive resistant exercise having competed in powerlifting throughout his high school and college years. When he is not at work, you can find him spending time with his wife, two sons, and golden retriever.
Ethan makes every effort to combine clinical experience and knowledge of current research to provide the highest quality individualized care for his patients. Areas of professional interest include: Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Manual Therapy, Neck and Spine Rehabilitation, Neurological Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention, Shoulder Rehabilitation, and Fall Prevention.
Amanda Thompson, PTA
- A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant from Loma Linda University
Amanda Thompson grew up on the Central Coast and was delighted to move back to the area after completing PTA school. She is a classically trained ballet dancer who currently enjoys activities such as walking and kayaking and hopes to try sky diving someday. The discipline of ballet, a fascination with learning how every muscle must work in harmony for movement to be effective, combined with parents in healthcare careers made the field of Physical Therapy a great fit for Amanda. She is pleased to help others achieve the greatest results from their recovery efforts.