John Barman, MPT is co-owner of Diablo Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. Upon graduating from UCLA with a B.S. in Kinesiology, he went on to obtain a Masters degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California. Prior to establishing Diablo Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, John held a position as a clinical specialist for 5 years at a prominent physical therapy group in Los Angeles which specialized in spinal dysfunction.
John has focused his practice on orthopedic and sports related injuries. He has particular expertise in biomehanics and functional anatomy and how they pertain to mechanical dysfunction as the cause of and/or the result of injury. In addition to having worked with high level athletes in over 20 different sports, John himself is an avid distance runner and cyclist with extensive knowledge of running and cycling related injuries to the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and spine. He also specializes in golf fitness and golf injury prevention. John is a CGFI-MP3 certified (Titleist Performance Institute Golf Certified Fitness Instructor and Medical Level 3 Professional), Graston Technique certified, and SFMA trained (Selective Functional Movement Assessment).
John co-founded Diablo Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in January 2000.
Lisa Riedle earned degrees in Physiology at the University of California, Davis and Physical Therapy at California State University, Fresno. She earned certifications in Manual Therapy from the Institute of Physical Therapy in St. Augustine, Florida (now University of St. Augustine), Certification as a Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute in San Diego and Certification in the Graston Technique.
She has been practicing Out-Patient Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the San Francisco Peninsula since 1991. In February 2004, Lisa was honored to be the first female Physical Therapist to be invited to work in the Medical Facility for a sanctioned PGA event. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of the Pacific’s Physical Therapy Program and also at Stanford University’s Physician’s Assistant Program.
Lisa enjoys examining structure and evaluating movement patterns as these relate to dysfunction, then creating an individualized treatment to normalize mechanics, ultimately optimizing performance. Along with golfers, Lisa has had the pleasure of rehabbing dancers, martial artists, skiers, tri-athletes, mountain bikers, overhead athletes involved in tennis, volleyball, baseball, swimming, water polo; athletes in soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, hockey, track and field. She has also worked with athletes participating in equestrian events such as jumping and rodeo (not including the horses).
She is an avid golfer, downhill skier and an award winning wine maker.
Nate earned a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, after completing his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Auburn University. Upon graduation from PT school, he relocated to California where he has been practicing at Diablo’s Menlo Park location. His clinical interests include rehabilitation of athletes wishing to return to sport, ACL prevention, and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing sports as well as playing the guitar.
Alexandra Kalayta brings over 11 years of outpatient orthopedic experience to the Diablo West team. She has a reputation as a specialist in sports related shoulder and knee problems. Alexandra strongly believes in a team approach to treatment and a commitment to sports injury prevention through community screenings and education.
After graduating from Boston University, Alexandra began her orthopedic practice at the prestigious California Pacific Medical Center, Davies campus, where she saw a diverse, medically challenging population while interacting with top orthopedic surgeons. After finishing her doctorate at Northeastern University where she did a sports medicine track and a doctoral study on treatment of shoulder pain in the tennis player, Alexandra transitioned into private practice where she could continue to develop her sports specialty and manual therapy training.
Drawing on her experience in equestrian sport and competitive tennis Alexandra has created her own sports-specific conditioning techniques and programs. These programs combine techniques used at the highest levels of sport into packages for the rest of us. In her spare time, Alexandra plays USTA and recreational tennis, cycles, hikes, swims, and enjoys exploring the Bay Area and cultural events.
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