Meet the Water PT Team

 
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Nancy Hawkins, MPT

Nancy has diversified physical therapy experience including orthopedic, pediatric, home health, and her favorite aquatic rehabilitation.  She received her MPT from CSU Northridge in 1999.  Nancy dedicated herself to aquatic physical therapy after discovering the healing properties of water due to a personal low back injury.  After healing her own back in the water, she dedicated herself to working and sharing this with others.  As co-owner of Water PT, Nancy has developed the reputation of being one of the most highly qualified aquatic therapists in the Los Angeles area.

Jessica Semmel

Jessica was an avid swimmer and lifeguard throughout her youth and while attending New York University.   A co-owner of Water PT, Jessica is also a  licensed CPA and a certified massage therapist.  She runs the business side of Water PT and assists in the pool.  Jessica is thrilled to manage this amazing team and see the incredible benefits people receive from aquatic therapy.


  SANDRA BARROS, MPT   Sandra received her MPT from the University of Scranton and joined Water PT in 2016. Sandra brings her extensive background in pediatrics and orthopedics to the water.  She's a natural in the pool and makes patients feel confident and at ease.  Sandra combines exercise and manual therapy techniques to help her patients achieve their therapy goals.

SANDRA BARROS, MPT

Sandra received her MPT from the University of Scranton and joined Water PT in 2016. Sandra brings her extensive background in pediatrics and orthopedics to the water.  She's a natural in the pool and makes patients feel confident and at ease.  Sandra combines exercise and manual therapy techniques to help her patients achieve their therapy goals.

  TEAL LEVINE, PT   Teal joined Water PT in December of 2011.  Teal graduated from Chicago Medical School with a degree in physical therapy.  A childhood friend of owner Nancy Hawkins, Teal’s enthusiasm is contagious and she has a caring, charismatic approach to aquatic PT.  Teal specializes in treating fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions using trigger point active release, cranial sacral and aquatic integration techniques. 

TEAL LEVINE, PT

Teal joined Water PT in December of 2011.  Teal graduated from Chicago Medical School with a degree in physical therapy.  A childhood friend of owner Nancy Hawkins, Teal’s enthusiasm is contagious and she has a caring, charismatic approach to aquatic PT.  Teal specializes in treating fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions using trigger point active release, cranial sacral and aquatic integration techniques. 

  BEAU "RAMSEY" WOODS, DPT   Ramsey is a recent graduate of the Mt St Mary’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.  He has extensive interest in rehabilitation and uses a variety of techniques to facilitate healing in the aquatic environment.  Ramsey draws on a strong background of fitness and alignment to maximize each patient’s potential.  He puts in the extra effort to ensure each patient feels comfortable and confident in their abilities, so they can attain their goals and expedite the healing process.  Ramsey loves working at Water PT and having the ability to give individualized attention to each patient.  

BEAU "RAMSEY" WOODS, DPT

Ramsey is a recent graduate of the Mt St Mary’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.  He has extensive interest in rehabilitation and uses a variety of techniques to facilitate healing in the aquatic environment.  Ramsey draws on a strong background of fitness and alignment to maximize each patient’s potential.  He puts in the extra effort to ensure each patient feels comfortable and confident in their abilities, so they can attain their goals and expedite the healing process.  Ramsey loves working at Water PT and having the ability to give individualized attention to each patient.  

  DAWN DEGROOT, PTA   Dawn came to physical therapy later in life after an injury. She graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College in Colorado.   During her training she experienced water therapy, which she loved. After working for 10 years in traditional PT, she is thrilled to find her place in the pool again here in California.  She gets very excited about physical therapy and helping people return to doing things they enjoy and a better quality of life. Dawn’s favorite thing to focus on is balance and posture, since she finds it enhances any other work we do.

DAWN DEGROOT, PTA

Dawn came to physical therapy later in life after an injury. She graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Pueblo Community College in Colorado.   During her training she experienced water therapy, which she loved. After working for 10 years in traditional PT, she is thrilled to find her place in the pool again here in California.  She gets very excited about physical therapy and helping people return to doing things they enjoy and a better quality of life. Dawn’s favorite thing to focus on is balance and posture, since she finds it enhances any other work we do.


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Kelli Feland, Clinic Director


Kelli joined the Water PT family in 2015 and is our Clinic Director. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Kinesiology. She works closely with the owners to ensure that your experience at Water PT is enjoyable. She can assist you with all your administrative needs such as scheduling, billing, and any insurance questions you may have. In her free time, you will find her at Disneyland or curled up with a book and a cup of tea.


  MICHELLE MCLAFFERTY, D.C.   Dr. Michelle McLafferty received her medical training at Southern California University of Health Sciences, earning her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2005.  Her love for fitness and the outdoors led her to pursue advanced training in the field of aquatic therapy.   Dr. McLafferty is one of few Chiropractors in the United States with an expertise in aquatic rehabilitation, specializing in hands-on, gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities, along with manual spinal traction. She develops customized aquatic rehabilitation programs, helping patients overcome a multitude of injuries, both in the pool and out, while reducing physical stress and tension on the body. 

MICHELLE MCLAFFERTY, D.C.

Dr. Michelle McLafferty received her medical training at Southern California University of Health Sciences, earning her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2005.  Her love for fitness and the outdoors led her to pursue advanced training in the field of aquatic therapy.   Dr. McLafferty is one of few Chiropractors in the United States with an expertise in aquatic rehabilitation, specializing in hands-on, gentle chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities, along with manual spinal traction. She develops customized aquatic rehabilitation programs, helping patients overcome a multitude of injuries, both in the pool and out, while reducing physical stress and tension on the body. 

  JOAN JUDY, PTA   Joan’s childhood summer playground was the local lake and she grew up fortunate to take advantage of the freedom and strength being in the aquatic environment can offer.  She directed a community swim program, and taught swimming and lifesaving.  After a career in education and raising 4 kids, she returned to school to pursue a second career in her lifetime,  After graduating from the  Cerritos C o llege Physical Therapy Assistant program in May, 2015.  She has loved working in water therapy since and feels she has found her niche in the PT world.  “ Water therapy offers a gentle, calm, whole-body/mind/spirit healing process for many acute injuries and chronic illnesses .” 

JOAN JUDY, PTA

Joan’s childhood summer playground was the local lake and she grew up fortunate to take advantage of the freedom and strength being in the aquatic environment can offer.  She directed a community swim program, and taught swimming and lifesaving.  After a career in education and raising 4 kids, she returned to school to pursue a second career in her lifetime,  After graduating from the  Cerritos College Physical Therapy Assistant program in May, 2015.  She has loved working in water therapy since and feels she has found her niche in the PT world.  “Water therapy offers a gentle, calm, whole-body/mind/spirit healing process for many acute injuries and chronic illnesses.” 


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Maya Zelcer, PT Aide & Admin Assistant

Maya has loved being in water her whole life. She grew up in Los Angeles and has been spoiled living near the beach. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz where she was also the captain of the water polo team, Go Banana Slugs! Maya has always been interested helping others through the rehabilitation process and started her professional healthcare journey by getting her EMT License. She has also been training in Watsu and has received her level one certification. Maya is not only an aide, but also takes part in many administrative duties.

Zachary Jones, PT Aide

Zach joined Water PT in 2016.   Originally from Nevada, Zach attended the University of Redlands where he received his degree in biochemistry.  He started learning to swim at age four, began playing water polo at age twelve and has been coaching for several years. He also participated in collegiate swim at Redlands.  During his free time, he likes to explore LA and spend time at the beach. He enjoys working at Water PT for the knowledgeable staff who ensure quality care and promote a learning environment to improve health and fitness.

Jazmen Suazo, PT Aide & Admin Assistant

Jazmen is a physical therapy aide and admin at Water PTS. She attended the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Soon after, her life journey brought her to Los Angeles where she happily became a member of the team. Jazmen enjoys working with patients and loves to see the results that rehabilitation provides. 

Iris Gomez, PT Aide & Admin Assistant

Iris is a recent graduate from Cal State LA with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology.  She plans to pursue a Master's degree in Physiology and Sport Nutrition and hopes to work in lab setting or with athletes.  She enjoys working with individuals who are looking to improve their life. Iris’s major interests are fitness, nutrition, and physiology. During her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, playing soccer and going to new places. Iris is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys socializing with everyone! Feel free to start up a conversation, whether it has to do with how life is going or about how amazing the new movie you saw last night was!