Eric Sargent, MPT, is co-owner of Diablo Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. He obtained his BS in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, and his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. He worked in several sports medicine clinics in Southern California before opening Diablo Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in January 2000.
In addition to working with patients, he has taught as a lab instructor at USC, mentored physical therapy students, and performed instructional/educational talks in the community on injury prevention, ergonomics, rehabilitation, and sports performance enhancement. His areas of expertise are foot and lower extremity injuries, spine, shoulders and headaches. He specializes in working with swimmers, water polo players, golfers, tennis players, runners, and triathletes. Born and raised in Danville, he coached the Del Amigo Swim Club for several years.
Laura is from the east bay area and grew up playing many sports such as soccer, basketball, swimming, water polo, and lacrosse. She played basketball and lacrosse in high school and went on to play club lacrosse at San Diego State University. Laura graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy. Laura returned to the bay area for graduate school where she attended Samuel Merritt University and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2011, while also assisting in coaching for the Las Lomas Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team for 5 years.
Laura enjoys working with all types of sports and orthopedic injuries, with particularly interest in rehabilitating teenagers back to sport. In her off time Laura enjoys working out, coaching and traveling and is hoping to get into cycling and triathalons.
Megan obtained her BS degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University in 2001. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California in 2005.
Born and raised in Danville, Megan was excited to join the Diablo PT team in 2005. Growing up she was an avid soccer player, tennis player, and swimmer at Monte Vista High School and local club teams.
Megan stays current in her profession by attending numerous continuing education courses with an emphasis in biomechanical dysfunctions and sports rehabilitation. She not only treats patients with orthopedic dysfunction but also treats patients with Parkinson’s disease and has a strong interest in pursuing a specialty in neurological population. She was recently certified as an LSVT BIG provider for patients with Parkinson’s disease. (www.lsvtglobal.com)
Nicole obtained her BS degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Fitness from San Francisco State University in 1998. Upon completion, she joined a world renowned physical therapy/sports medicine clinic in San Francisco where she gained extensive experience with high level and professional athletes. In 2003 she went on to earn her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences, during which time she was awarded multiple scholarships and awards along with obtaining her Certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Since joining Diablo Physical Therapy in 2003, Nicole went on to distinguish herself as a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and further demonstrated her commitment to the profession by completing the advanced Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Her constant involvement in numerous continuing education courses keeps her current on evaluation, assessment, and treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries. Nicole especially enjoys treating active patients with knee and shoulder dysfunctions and returning each patient back to their desired activtiy. She enjoys combining multiple techniques to improve mobility and aid in neuromuscular re-education. She is certified with Graston technique and works with both Kinesiotape and McConnell taping for pain management, education and facilitating stabilization. Her approach also focuses on therapeutic exercises to progress healing and improve performance.
Scott obtained his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medial Center in 1986. Upon graduation, Scott relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where he has gained more than 16 years of experience practicing in and managing orthopedic and sports medicine clinics before joining Diablo Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine.
Scott has emphasized continuing education throughout his career. Addressing underlying biomechanical dysfunction and musculoskeletal imbalances that result in mechanical stress and pain is the center of his treatment philosophy. Drawing from international osteopathic, sports orthopedic treatment philosophies, Scott has developed an eclectic treatment approach emphasizing manual therapy, exercise and education. Areas of special interest include the spine, shoulder, knee, foot/ankle, upper and lower repetitive stress syndromes, and sport performance enhancement. As a former collegiate soccer player, Scott has taken special interest in the treatment of all levels of athletes as well as common orthopedic injuries.
Dara became interested in the field of physical therapy after cultivating her love of exercise. Some of her favorite forms of exercise include cycling, yoga, kickboxing, dance, and crossfit. She has served several roles in the fitness field including time as an aerobics instructor, dance instructor, yogi, fitness instructor, and teacher for human anatomy and kinesiology.
Upon realizing how much she enjoyed exercise, coaching, and motivating others, she pursued a career as a physical therapist with an emphasis on orthopedics and sports medicine. Her education began with an undergraduate degree at UCLA, followed by a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University, and culminating in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. Dara has since worked with some of California’s top orthopedic surgeons. She has treated athletes at all levels of sport ranging from casual athletes to professional cyclists, soccer players, and NFL players with sports injuries. She currently specializes in biomechanical assessment and injury prevention for cycling, running, and other sports and has deep expertise in developing strength and conditioning programs.
Wes Anderson received his B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Sonoma State University in 2011. He played on both the Div. II Men’s Soccer and the Varsity Club Ultimate Frisbee teams. He also worked at a local health club as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Wes has earned his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Certified TRX Instructor in both Group (Lvl: 1 GSTC) and Sports Medicine (Lvl: 2 SMSTC), as well as a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
Wes has been working for Diablo Physical Therapy since June 2012, first as a Physical Therapy Aide and now also in the Diablo Sports Performance side. He has gained valuable experience in collaboration with the Physical Therapists at the clinic and makes bridging the gap from rehab to strength training as seamlessly as possible to make sure you achieve your goals quickly and safely through individualized programs. He is currently in his final year of graduate school pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at University of St. Augustine – San Marcos. Raised in Alamo, Wes attended Monte Vista High School where he played soccer all four years. He is again part of the Men’s Soccer program by serving as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for all teams and as Assistant Varsity Coach.
Wes is a very active person who has a passion for all sports, having played soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, ultimate frisbee, and golf, from a young age. If you’re looking to reach your goals and get some free fantasy football tips, then come on in and see Wes today!
Soo Hyun Kim recently joined the Diablo Physical Therapy team as a physical therapist specializing in outpatient orthopedics. She works with patients recovering from lower back injuries, knee injuries, and various orthopedic surgeries.
Having always been interested in helping people by pursuing a career in the healthcare field, Soo fell in love with physical therapy. It ticked off all the right boxes for her, including the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients. Soo earned her PT, DPT degree from Northeastern University in Boston in 2016. During her time at Northeastern, she worked as an aide in hospitals and clinics through the university’s co-op program. This program, which alternates periods of academic study with full-time employment in the field, provided her with real-world experience and solidified her desire to become a physical therapist.
Soo grew up in New York where she discovered her talents as a dancer and ukulele player. In college, Soo led a small dance troupe, serving as a dance coordinator and choreographer.
Soo enjoys spending time with her two cats, Simba and Bubz. Now working at our Danville location, Soo’s approach is one of encouragement and enjoyable movement at the appropriate activity levels for each patient’s condition.
FRONT OFFICE STAFF:
Angel Freytes, Front Office Manager
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