About Us

Owners

James Vegher, DPT, NCS     Chris Christensen, DPT, CSCS

 

 

 

James Vegher, DPT, NCS

     Dr. Vegher grew up in Los Angeles and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  After graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, he returned home to work in Neurologic Rehabilitation.  He worked almost exclusively with patients suffering from the after-effects of stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  Dr. Vegher was recruited to a supervisory role at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California where he again worked with stroke and other neurologic condidtions.  During his time at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Vegher received advanced training in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and the Maitland approach to orthopedic conditions.  Dr. Vegher served as a guest lecturer on pathologic gait at Mount Saint Mary's Physical Therapy Program as well as on reimbursement issues at state-wide conferences and served as a clinical instructor for students around the country.

     It was in Los Angeles that Dr. Vegher became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.  Dr. Vegher switched jobs to become a supervisor in Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles' physical therapy department.  Here, he developed a post-stroke exercise class, a balance/fall prevention exercise class and participated in the developement of a Southern California-wide vestibular rehabilitation protocol.  Dr. Vegher started his education toward achieving his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Pacific University in 2003.  He continued his clinical education by participating in the Movement Science Fellowship through Kaiser Permanente which included training in the concepts of Movement System Impairment by Shirley Sahrmann, PhD and Neuromuscular Imbalance by Vladimir Janda, MD, DSc and the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

     Dr. Vegher moved to Santa Cruz in 2004 with his wife and children where he opened Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness to establish a new standard in Physical Therapy care.  He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2007 after completing his capstone project of developing a clinical reasoning tool to assist novice physical therapists when working with patients with neurologic conditions.  Dr. Vegher continues his education and training through Washington University in St. Louis and the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

 

Chris Christensen, DPT, CSCS

     Dr. Christensen spent much of his high school time in a physical therapy clinic working as an aide for family friends and rehabilitating from athletic endeavors.  Basketball and baseball allowed him to continue his education at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he finished with Bachelor of science degree in biology.  After a short time playing basketball in New Zealand, Dr. Christensen returned to UCSD as head assistant coach for the men's basketball program and strength and conditioning coach for the intercollegiate athletics program in 1997 and 1998.

     Dr. Christensen attended graduate school at Western University of Health Sciences where he received a Masters in Physical Therapy, and later returned to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007.  During the didactic years of graduate school, he was a National Dean's List Award Recipient.  Clinical orthopedic residencies included sports medicine hours with the Jacksonville Jaguars and spring training hours with the Giants organization.

     Dr. Christensen was hired by Dominican Hospital to work in both orthopedic and neurologic outpatient physical therapy.  He soon became the Lead Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Sports Medicine Center at Dominican Hospital.  There, he helped extend community-benefit sports medicine programs with a team of physicians that included sports performance programs for ACL patients and throwers.  Dr. Christensen has presented seminars for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), local high schools and fitness clubs, colleges, the Seascape Sports Club and Dominican Hospital Focus on Health groups.  Dr. Christensen became co-owner of Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness in 2008.  He has a passion for movement evaluation and assessment that continues with ongoing education using Sahrmann and Vladimir Janda principles, and a Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) approach.  Dr. Christensen hopes to educate and improve the health of the Santa Cruz community for years to come.  He currently lives with his wife and son in Scotts Valley.