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North Bay Physical Therapy


The Bay's Place to Be

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North Bay Physical Therapy


The Bay's Place to Be

 

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.

 
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The Space


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

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The Space


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

Book an Appointment

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The 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. 

The 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.

 

Richard Rossi

PT, MS.• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor

Richard was the facility director at Matrix of Scotts Valley. He has extensive experience in treating post-op joint rehab, cervical and lumbar disorders and repetitive stress injuries of the upper quarter. He is currently doing physical therapy with chronic pain patients in a rehab program at the Spine Clinic of Monterey Bay. Richard is a graduate of San Jose State’s athletic training program and received his master’s in physical therapy from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

Heather Griffith

PT, DPT.• APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor        

Heather is a doctor of physical therapy. She is a graduate of Hunter College in Long Island, New York. She is excellent at outpatient physical therapy and also has an interest in neurological rehabilitation. She and her husband have a three year old son.

NELLIE THORNGATE

PTA

Nellie Thorngate is a physical therapy 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 therapeutic exercise both in the gym and in the pool. Nellie Thorngate is also a dancer and yoga practitioner. 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 would like to thank Scott for all the wonderful help he and his staff have  given me on my hard journey back from multiple fractures in my back.  Scott has a wonderful way of dealing with one’s problems. i am a 49 year old who is very active in sports and coaches baseball at a very competitive level.  though i am not yet back to playing sports yet i was able to coach this year and feel that i am not too far from being out there playing again myself. I strongly recommend Scott and his special knowledge."

"Most important, however, is the care you have been giving me since my knee surgery. I come there feeling restricted and leave with more flexibility. I have total confidence in your expertise and the treatment you have been giving me. I recommend your office to everyone I think could benefit from the excellent care you give those who come to you."

"I trust you enough to allow you to stretch me beyond what I think are my limits. Physical therapy is not like going for Swedish massage; there are some exercises to do that will help me strengthen and get back my range of motion and I might not like to do them, but you are able to encourage me so that I am willing, so that I can get full benefit from the treatment. That is the result of the skillful way you work with the client, physically and emotionally."