Laura received her Bachelorís degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Human Nutrition from CSU, Chico. During her undergraduate years, she played NCAA basketball and was a member of the Wildcats 1987 championship team.
Laura completed her Masterís degree in Physical Therapy at the University of the Pacific in 1992, where she received an academic scholarship from the Veteranís Administration and thus accepted a position at the VAMC in Salem, Virginia. Laura moved to Auburn in 1995 and began working in an outpatient clinic where she would remain prior to opening American River Rehabilitation in August of 2003.
Laura has completed advanced education to include the Australian Manual Therapy Course June-November, 1996 and the Chris Powerís Advanced Functional Biomechanics of the Lower Quarter July- December 2012.
Laura enjoys outdoor recreation to include running, biking and backpacking on the trails of the Sierra Nevada, as well as the American River Canyon. She has completed numerous ultramarathons including the prestigious Western States 100-mile Endurance Run across the Sierra from Squaw Valley to Auburn, and a summit of Africa's highest peak, the 19,000 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro!
A northern California native, Brian grew up in the Bay Area, and moved to Sacramento to attend C.S.U.S. After receiving a B.S. in Physical Education (pre-physical therapy concentration), he traveled to southern California and earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Chapman University with concentrations in orthopedics and geriatric rehabilitation.
Brian has practiced orthopedic physical therapy in Auburn for most of his career. He has worked with athletes of all levels from a variety of sports, and is a member of the Western States Endurance Run medical staff. When not spending time with his wife Tracy and children Connor and Brenna, Brian can often be found riding his motorcycles through the back roads and trails of the Sierra foothills.
A graduate of Loma Linda University in Occupational Therapy, Laurie worked in a variety of settings, eventually finding her niche in rehabilitation of the hand. She began working at the Downey Community Hand Rehabilitation Center were she became chief therapist. Her love for the mountains drew her to Auburn in 1983 where she worked at Auburn Faith Community Hospital where she helped create the acute rehabilitation unit.
In 1990 Laurie opened Sierra Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation (STAR Therapy) in Auburn with Joanne Walder, PT, and became one of the first to earn a Certification in Hand Therapy. STHR was sold to NovaCare in 1997 and Laurie continued to treat hand therapy patients there until she joined American River Rehabilitation in November of 2004. Laurie loves to be outdoors, run in the canyon with her dogs, and sing in the Placer Pops Chorale.
Cheryl Cox, PT
Cheryl joined American River Rehabilitation in September 2007, after working as a consultant at the clinic for two years. Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from CSU Chico, then continued at Fresno to complete her B.S. in the Physical Therapy program.
She began her career in the northern Bay Area, including a postgraduate program in neurological rehab at Kaiser Vallejo. She then combined her neurological and orthopedic skills to continue working in a variety of settings, including outpatient and home health.
Cheryl developed a great passion and dedication for the special needs of women: prenatal and postpartum fitness, as well as male and female incontinence, and pelvic floor pain. She has advanced training in biofeedback and pelvic health dysfunction in women, men and children. Cheryl is an active member of the Sacramento Valley Pelvic Health Society.
Cheryl has been a consultant in the Sierra Foothills for a variety of physical therapy clinics to address this special patient population. Cheryl and Dennis, her husband of 30 years, have two children, Erin and Wes. When not working, you will find Cheryl hiking with friends or running the canals of Meadow Vista.
Chris Lynch, MPT
Chris graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Human Biology. She obtained her MPT from Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/Chapman University PT school. After working in the Pasadena area for two years, Chris and her husband moved to Santa Rosa where she worked in private practices until her kids went off to college. She has had varied clinical experiences from young children to young at heart. Chris treated youth athletes up through baseball players working their way through the farms system. An avid sports fan, this always gave her great pleasure to help these young men back to their potential.
Chris's treatment is eclectic and utilizes manual therapy and exercise with encouragement, a caring attitude, and a sense of humor. Looking for new adventures and challenges, she and her husband moved to Auburn to get away from the crowds and buy some land, going back to her roots growing up on a ranch in Livermore. If not keeping tabs on their kids, the two of them can now be found spending most of their free time caring for their sheep, cows, and other critters.
Becky Klug, MPT
Becky, an Auburn native, graduated from Colfax High School and then attended C.S.U. Sacramento. During her time at Sac State she competed on the gymnastics team and earned a Bachelorís degree in Physical Education (pre-physical therapy concentration). She then attended Chapman University / childrenís Hospital of Los Angeles and received her Masterís degree in Physical Therapy in 1991.
Becky has worked in outpatient orthopedics for most of her career and has practiced in Auburn for the past 10 years. Becky joined American River Rehabilitation in April of 2012 where she works part-time. Becky has been coaching youth recreational and competitive soccer with her husband Russ for 12 years and is a coach in the local competitive soccer club, 49íer United.
Becky uses her skills and knowledge as a physical therapist to create and implement preventative training programs for these young athletes. Becky enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and 2 high school daughters, Emilee and Lauren. She especially enjoys attending all of her girls various activities and sporting events.
Alison Deacon, DPT
A third-generation physical therapist, Alison received her BS in Health Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in 2014. She completed an orthopedic residency program in Grants Pass, OR, then moved back to her hometown of Sonora where she worked for a year and a half at Sonora Physical Therapy. Alison joined the American River Rehab team in March of 2017. Her clinical experience includes primarily outpatient orthopedics, and she has also received a certification in vestibular rehabilitation with an emphasis on positional vertigo.
Alison loves to be outdoors, especially in the mountains. She enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.h
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