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North Bay Physical Therapy


Serving the communities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Monterey

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North Bay Physical Therapy


Serving the communities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Monterey

 

Our Mission

The mission of North Bay Physical Therapy is to provide the highest quality of professional physical therapy treatment and excellent service to our clients. We provide on-site aquatic therapy and comprehensive assessment and treatment of movement dysfunction to the communities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Monterey in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere.

 
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The Space


We have recently expanded our facility by 1,400 square feet to better serve our patients’ needs.

The Space


We have recently expanded our facility by 1,400 square feet to better serve our patients’ needs.

Our facility has five private treatment rooms, including three physical therapy treatment rooms adjacent to the gym, and two additional rooms which are primarily used for massage and acupuncture treatments. 

The salt water therapy pool, using a four stage filtration system, is 200 square feet and 4 ft deep, and is kept at 94° F.  There are steps to enter the water, as well as a chair lift for patients who are unable to traverse the stairs. The pool room contains a shower.

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our Team


At North Bay Physical Therapy, Scott Shaffer, MS., PT, Richard Rossi, MS., PT, and team have been delivering high-quality physical, aquatic and massage therapy to the residents of Santa Cruz County for 20 years. 

our Team


At North Bay Physical Therapy, Scott Shaffer, MS., PT, Richard Rossi, MS., PT, and team have been delivering high-quality physical, aquatic and massage therapy to the residents of Santa Cruz County for 20 years. 

Scott Shaffer

PT, MS.• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Scott is certified by the Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute and teaches workshops in aquatics to other therapists. He was the aquatic specialist at Watsonville Community Hospital. Prior to physical therapy school, Scott was a massage therapist at the San Francisco Ballet. He is a board-certified orthopedic specialist and received his master’s degree in physical therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles, CA. Scott recently trained in Cortical Field Re-Integration methods that uses Feldenkrais techniques to improve ease of movement.

 

Richard Rossi

PT, MS.• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Richard has been delivering high quality physical therapy in San Jose and Santa Cruz for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in post-op joint rehabilitation, cervical and lumbar injuries and post-operative spinal care. He also has a strong interest in the treatment of chronic pain. Richard's under graduate degree is in Athletic Training from California State University San Jose and he earned his Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California.  

Heather Griffith

PT, DPT.• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor        

Heather graduated from Hunter College in New York City with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, following a professional dance career and teaching yoga. Her interests include: the spine, chronic pain, neurology, and women's health. Heather enjoys outdoor walks/hikes with her family and runs as well. Her goal in the clinic is to understand how movement functions uniquely in an individual’s life and explore new ways of moving to provide alternatives for each person based on his/her needs. 

NELLIE THORNGATE

PTA • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor  

Nellie is a physical therapist assistant who graduated from the Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in 2014 after transitioning from a decade-long career as a wildlife biologist. She specializes in soft tissue mobilization, aquatic manual therapy, Pilates, and adaptive yoga. Nellie is also a dancer and yoga practitioner, and enjoys birding and gardening. Her fundamental aspiration as a physical therapist assistant is to help each patient find the most functional, comfortable, and joyful movement available to their body..

TESTIMONIALS

"I want to complement you on your new and very nice North Bay Physical Therapy office. I especially love your brand new pool room. Conditioning the warm water therapy pool with salt water and the osmosis filtration not only keeps the water crystal clear, but it is really nice since there is no chlorine smell while I exercise in the pool. After a session of physical therapy in your new pool I feel relaxed and pain free the rest of the day. Thank you so much for opening this new facility and helping me regain my mobility." - Joan B

"It's been life-changing. I've learned more about my body and myself this year than all my past years of physical therapy and doctors appointments combined, and I attribute that to your special way of helping me feel strong and EMPOWERED in my own body. It's an ongoing process of course (as with everything) but I am finally really learning to take care of myself. Thank you for being such an incredible listener, problem-solver, physical therapist and human being!" - Haley B.

Upcoming Events

North Bay Physical Therapy has events throughout the year open to the public! New offerings occur throughout the month--see the calendar for upcoming events. These include massage workshops, yoga sessions, speakers on health topics, and continuing education for physical therapists to expand working skills.