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Our Team

 

At DeWitt Physical Therapy, our physical therapists take a functional and evidence-based approach to your rehabilitation. We challenge the convention of physical therapy as most have experienced it.

We blend the best of manual therapy techniques with strength coaching and movement restoration with corrective exercises. our physical therapists will get you to tap into your inner athlete, break a sweat and embrace an active lifestyle.

Bear with us if we geek out from time to time on the latest research and newest exercises or philosophies - it is all a reflection of our passion for helping you meet your goals.

NOW, LETS GET AFTER IT!

 

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Ryan DeWitt
Physical Therapist and Owner

Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) / Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

Ryan, a native of Santa Cruz, opened DeWitt Physical Therapy in 2011 to provide the community with physical therapy services that bridge the gap between rehabilitation and sports performance. As a life-long athlete, physics geek, and gym rat, physical therapy was the perfect fit. He is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with additional certifications as an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA 1 & 2), Functional Movement Screen Certified Professional (FMS), and a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2). He has worked with many professional, college and high school athletes and has completed numerous courses in the management of orthopaedic, sports medicine and spinal conditions, with professional interests in post-surgical rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Ryan lives in Pleasure Point with his wife and children and can be found surfing and drinking coffee in and around the East Side of Santa Cruz.

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Dr. Tiffany Leamer
Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) / CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)

Tiffany completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in physical therapy at the University of the Pacific in 2004. Soon after, she returned to the Santa Cruz area to work with a broad range of patients ranging in ages from birth to the advanced elderly, and joined DeWitt Physical Therapy in the summer of 2015.  She specializes in manual therapy, functional movement exercise training, and spinal conditions, with additional certificates including the CrossFit Movement & Mobility Trainer Course and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and she is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer. As a youngster, she accrued over 12 years of experience in ballet, tap, modern and hip-hop dance. Tiffany has completed more than two dozen 10Ks and a handful of half marathons. In 2009, she discovered her love for CrossFit. When she’s not helping her patients move and feel better, she can be found out playing in the Santa Cruz community with her son and daughter.

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Cindy Mack
Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) / Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI)

Cindy received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Exercise Science from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Chapman University in Orange County. Born and raised in the South Bay, she decided to return to the area after graduation in order to be closer to family because there really is 'no place like home'. Cindy joined the DeWitt Physical Therapy team in May of 2016. Her primary interests are in rehabilitation of both general and sport specific orthopedic conditions, especially to the shoulders, knees and ankles. When not in the clinic, Cindy loves to do anything outdoors. Her favorite activities include hiking, swing dancing, snowboarding, camping, playing ultimate Frisbee and of course relaxing at the beach!

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Sara Brown
Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) / CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)

Sara moved to Santa Cruz from Austin, Texas in 2017 to join the DeWitt Physical Therapy team. She graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Texas with her Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Sara has extensive education and training in manual therapy and a passion for working with athletes and sports specific orthopedic conditions. She has been CrossFitting since 2014, has her CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate, and coaches next door at CrossFit UP. When she’s not in the clinic, you can find Sara exploring Santa Cruz or at the beach with her dog, Moose.

 

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Brandon Couch
Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Brandon received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in 2014. His passion for movement began as an Athletic Trainer where he gained experience working with athletes playing volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Over the last few years, Brandon expanded his physical therapy knowledge while working as a travel physical therapist all over the country. Brandon has trekked across the globe and has found his favorite adventure in Patagonia. When not at work, Brandon can be found backpacking, biking, running, surfing,
and playing basketball.

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Katie Hauser
Office Manager

Katie was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia where her love for living on the coast began. She moved to Santa Cruz from Baltimore, Maryland in July of 2016 and joined the DeWitt Physical Therapy team shortly thereafter. In 2012, Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, with a minor in French, from College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Katie is self-driven and loves working with our team to ensure an excellent customer experience. When Katie isn’t in the office, she can be found wandering through local farmers markets, at the beach, practicing yoga, or trying a new recipe in her kitchen.

 
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Kyra Gabelman
Billing Manager

Kyra was born and raised in Santa Cruz and became a part of the DeWitt team in May 2013. Kyra attended California State University, Sacramento for Business Management and decided to come back to her roots, moving to Santa Cruz in 2002. Kyra’s positive attitude is contagious and her ability to foster relationships creates a welcoming and relaxed clinical environment. She is a proactive patient advocate and highly organized, ensuring all patient accounts are well maintained. Kyra is a former dancer, loves traveling with her family to surf destinations, and enjoying local beaches with her son.

 
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Diana Petes
Patient Coordinator

Diana moved to Santa Cruz in 2017 after spending seven years in the Bay Area. She received her Masters in Public Health from Boston University in 2010 and enjoys working in a health care setting after working as a chef and baker for the past decade. Diana is looking forward to welcoming her first child in September. When she is not helping patients at DeWitt, she can be found exploring new hiking trails, cooking up a storm, and screen printing t-shirts for her small business, Same Team Goods.