One of our biggest assets and offerings to you as a client is this exceptional team of people we have gathered to help you along your journey to Wellness. From the moment you call to inquire, to the day you graduate from your Plan of Care, we are all dedicated to your road to recovery.
Physical Therapy Team
Patricia Martinez, Owner
Patricia founded Sebastopol Physical Therapy in 1991. It has been her intention to provide consistent excellence in physical therapy and wellness care to this community despite the rocky climate of medical health care in this country. She is very proud to have been successful in this endeavor and to continue to provide excellent Physical Therapy and Target Therapies for self care.
Elyse Detweiler, DPT
Elyse started her career as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) in 2008 progressing to a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico. After working as a physical therapy aide and CMT, she earned her DPT in 2017 from University of New England in Maine. After returning to beautiful California, she participated in a Pilates training program and has been utilizing Pilates Method ever since. She enjoys the variety of orthopedic physical therapy and has been pursuing training within the area of pelvic health. She loves to empower her patients and provide them with the skills to pursue their goals. In her free time, Elyse loves to be outside and spends most of her time walking and/or hiking with her dogs and son. She also enjoys to travel and experimenting in the kitchen cooking and baking with her husband.
Shirley Cook, DPT
Shirley Cook is a Doctor of physical therapy with over 30 years of experience. Shirley grew up in Wisconsin where she attended the University of Wisconsin graduating with honors with a degree in Physical Therapy. Over the the past 30 plus years she has accumulated extensive professional experience which includes working in acute hospitals (in WI and SF), home health, and outpatient rehabilitation facilities. Having experienced a variety of physical therapy settings, gives Shirley a wide base of experience and knowledge which she brings to our clinic. In addition to being highly skilled assessing and treating patients for functional impairments and musculoskeletal injuries, Shirley has a strong foundation in working with individuals with orofacial (headaches and TMJ pain), chronic pain and vestibular dysfunction(vertigo problems). She is comfortable and skilled treating individuals with orthopedic challenges arising in all stages of life.
Christina Leisen, DPT
Christina's passion for Physical Therapy and wellness began from a very young age. She experienced many physical injuries in her youth, and these experiences nurtured a high level of compassion, empathy, and desire to serve others. She carries this desire to serve and heal into her practice as a physical therapist and in all my patient interactions. She graduated with a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in May 2013. Since then, she has specialized her skills in the area of orthopedics, women's pelvic health, pre and postpartum physical therapy, functional nutrition, and integrative manual therapy. She is passionate about supporting and nurturing her patients, reminding them that hey are their own greatest resource for healing, and instilling the desire to turn health and wellness into a lifelong process. One of her favorite quotes: "The greatest wealth is health" says a lot about her as a therapist.
Voted Best Physical Therapist
Misty Black, PTA
Misty has been practicing physical therapy since 2005, most of which has been at Sebastopol Physical Therapy using Pilates as one of her tools to return patients back to function and their former lifestyle. As a child, Misty competed at a national level in swimming for 13 years and played water polo for 6 years. In 1995, Misty underwent surgical spinal fusion, secondary to her scoliosis. Her scoliosis is believed to be the result of her hypermobility disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. This has presented some physical challenges that she has had to overcome. In doing so, she has learned how to improve her own strength and wellness which she uses to assist her patients today. Pilates has played a large role in her returning to function. Her own experience and her several years practicing physical therapy have given her the skills to study and train patients in proper body movement and function. She is also trained in manual techniques such as Jones Strain Counterstrain, Maitlin, Mulligan and several more. Misty has lived in Sebastopol since 1999 with her husband and enjoys outdoor activities such as running, bicycling, camping, swimming, 4 wheeling, endurance races and spending time with her two children.
Ann Sabine, PTA
Ann has always loved moving and exploring movement. She was a gymnast, played tennis and softball in her youth. These days, she continues to stay active through swing dancing, hiking and Pilates. Her BA in Sports & Movement Studies led to Athletic Training which evolved into becoming a licensed PT Assistant in 1995. She has worked in the Physical Therapy setting for over 30 years, helping adults and children with orthopedic, as well as neurological impairments. In 2009, she got certified as a Mat Pilates Instructor and recently attained her Comprehensive Pilates Training Certification. She loves her job, getting great satisfaction from seeing people gain and/or regain optimal function, as well as learn how to continue helping themselves post rehab. Her goal in treatment is to improve one’s ability to move throughout their day and give them tools to use thereafter to help keep them moving to the best of their abilities.
Cairyl Gardner, CMT
Cairyl has been a massage therapist since 2001. She is trained in Swedish, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular Therapy, Advanced Therapeutic Training, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Cupping, Aquatic Massage Watsu, Class IV Laser application and Fascial Stretch Therapy. Blending all of these disciplines together enables her to create her own unique treatment in order to meet the specific needs of her patients. Cairyl can assist her clients with stress reduction, improving flexibility/ range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation, and relaxation. With her technical skills and nurturing intentions, her touch conveys safety and ease and her patients experience positive outcomes. In addition, Cairyl is one of the team members who administers Laser treatments and Target Therapies as part of our REVITALIZE WELLNESS PROGRAM.
Charmagne Bagley, Office Manager
Charmagne brings a wealth of experience to our practice. She has many years experience managing Physical Therapy practices and came to work with us in 2011. She has expansive knowledge in Health Insurance policies and coverage and works to help our patients understand the ins and outs of their policies.
Geri Latz, Administrative Assistant
Geri has over 20 years of physical therapy insurance billing experience and helps with the details of balancing patient accounts. When she's not on the phone with insurance companies, you can find her in the hockey rink cheering on her two sons.
Sharon Leon, Front Desk Patient Scheduler
Sharon Leon is the first person you meet when you walk into our Clinic. She greets you with a smile and can help you with all of your scheduling and logistical needs. Sharon began her work with us when she was a works/study High School student. She and her fiancé have traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and will be married in May 2021. Sharon brings many talents to our Clinic including speaking fluent Spanish and baking us extraordinary pastries for special occasions.
Willie Swanson, all around ‘Mom’ Friday
In Memorium of Willie Swanson If you had the pleasure of meeting owner Patricia Martinez' mother Willie, you know that it is obvious that the saying "like mother, like daughter" applies. She was a true supporter of her Sebastopol Physical Therapy for many years. Her jobs including banking and shopping for the office and clinic. She kept our clinic tidy and organized in every detail. She sold her sparkly art treasures in our lobby for years to support her favorite non profit...La Casa de los Niños (www.lacasadelosninos.org)...which was created in memory of her granddaughter and great grandchildren. Willie left this world at 98 years young on August of 2021. She is missed but her spirit remains to shine on all of us at Sebastopol Physical Therapy.