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Katelyn Sheehan

Dr. Katelyn Sheehan is a Delaware native whose passion for physical therapy and education lead her to Santa Cruz and Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness. Dr. Sheehan graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from University of Delaware in 2013. Through her undergraduate degree Dr. Sheehan was able to work with high school and collegiate level athletes before graduating with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in 2017. While at Western University of Health Sciences Dr. Sheehan completed 4 clinical rotations in various settings across the United States. In all clinical settings Dr.Sheehan has found that she is passionate about working with a variety of patients and looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness in the years to come.

In Dr. Sheehan’s spare time she enjoys hiking, photography and watching Flyers hockey.

Valerie Thorp

Dr. Valerie Thorp, a long-time Southern California resident, graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science and went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2017. She performed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including inpatient acute, outpatient pediatrics, outpatient rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedics. Dr. Thorp enjoys working with all ages and appreciates the diversity inherent to the outpatient orthopedic setting. She is passionate about helping individuals reach their movement goals and return to participating in the activities that they need and love to do.

Dr. Thorp is an avid swimmer and is happy to be back in her home state where she can swim outdoors year-round. She also enjoys hiking, biking, casual jogging, and is always looking for good suggestions on trails to try.

Casey Feickert

Dr. Casey Feickert was exposed to physical therapy from a young age. As a lifelong athlete he sustained his share of strains, sprains and broken bones that landed him on the patient side of the clinical experience. Passionate about baseball, Dr. Feickert was thrilled to play with Antelope Valley College for 1 year before being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2007. Dr. Feickert’s professional baseball career was short-lived when he injured his shoulder at the end of his first season. He played one season post-injury but was unable to return to his pre-injury form and was released by the Royals in 2009.

In 2010 Dr. Feickert started his second year of college at Cal State Long Beach where he graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. He took one year off after graduating to work as an aide and make sure physical therapy really was what he wanted to do, and after a year in the field, he returned to Cal State Long Beach and completed his DPT in 2017.

After 8 years in Long Beach Dr. Feickert and his wife moved to Santa Cruz where she is a 3rd grade teacher at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary school. When he’s not in the office Dr. Feickert enjoys playing basketball, hiking, backpacking, reading fantasy novels, and fishing with his wife and dog.

Carly Bagnall

Dr. Carly Bagnall was born and raised on the west side of Santa Cruz and is proud to serve her community as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Bagnall’s passion for effective rehabilitation practices started as a teenager when she spent many of her high school years in and out of physical therapy due to sports injuries.

Dr. Bagnall graduated Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Sciences from Loyola Marymount University before pursuing her Doctor in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. While at USC, she completed rotations in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, vestibular, and pediatrics, and in the inpatient acute rehab unit. Upon graduation, Dr. Bagnall was awarded the Outstanding Scholar Award for her program indicating the highest level of both academic and clinical success of her graduating class.

Dr. Bagnall enjoys treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. She places extra importance on treating the whole person and ensuring her patients feel motivated, empowered, and heard throughout their rehabilitation. When outside of the clinic, Dr. Bagnall enjoys spending time with friends and family, cheering on Bay Area sports teams, traveling, and exploring all Santa Cruz has to offer.

Nicola Souza

Nicola grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains and has always had a passion for health and fitness. She taught Ballroom Salsa classes in Santa Cruz and choreographed for Cabrillo College’s dance concerts. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, she moved to Fort Bragg, NC where she pursued a multi-subject teaching credential. Fitness has always been prominent in Nicola’s life and she has enjoyed teaching Zumba fitness classes for 10 years. During her husband’s service in the military, Nicola had the pleasure to lead prenatal and postnatal physical training for the service members at Fort Bragg. Nicola returned to Santa Cruz in 2016 to raise her family and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Precision’s exceptional team as an Accounts Manager and to help others in their journey to live a healthy, pain-free life.

Master Your Movement Event

Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness is proud to announce we have partnered with locally owned and operated for the 4th year in a row!

This year’s 5/10k race will be held on Sunday, March 19th. In preparation, Precision will host a Master Your Movement event on Sunday, February 19th.

This day will include a must-hear talk by Dr. Sara Tanza, PT, CMFT on proper running/walking/jogging/stroller pushing mechanics followed by a Precision Cross Training/Fit for Life/Precision Mechanics combination workout we are confident you will love. Get ready to focus on core stability during the mat-based portion, then transition to your feet for a sweat-inducing interval training piece that will change the way you think about cardio. This workout is appropriate for women of all ages and fitness levels who plan to participate in the race.

If you want to work-out with a community, have fun, lessen your risk of injury, prepare for the pinkest race in Santa Cruz and learn to move well, this event is for you!

Click here to register


Tip of the Week: Runner on the Wall (Hips Part 3)

This week Fitness Director Dustin Miller and Thera-Ex Aide Jessica Bowen demonstrate Runner on the Wall, part 3 in our 4-part series on hip “stabilization” or strengthening. This exercise is especially important for runners of all levels and those of us who walk regularly for exercise. Like all of Precision’s “Tip of the Week” exercises, this movement looks easy but if you are doing it correctly, you will likely need to rest between sets in order to maintain proper form. Runners and walkers who can master this exercise will improve their form, increase endurance and pump up the power in each step. Why does form matter when you are simply walking, anyway? Science tells us that movements we do every day change the way our skeleton and muscles are shaped and how they interact with one another. Proper walking form will allow you to continue walking longer distances on more challenging terrain later in life when poor movement habits take their toll. Proper walking form will also decrease your risk of injury every time you walk (every day, anyone?). Questions or comments are welcome as we continue to tailor our tips to the needs of our audience!



Tip of the Week: Reverse Lunge (Hips Part 2)

This is the second video in a series of hip strengthening exercises. Almost everyone under-uses their hips muscles in athletics and during everyday activity, causing pain in overcompensating knees, backs, butts and pelvises. Our ‘Hips’ series will help to isolate these muscles and give you the tools you need to change the way you move for the better. Let us know how it’s going at home in the comments below and follow along weekly for increasingly difficult hip exercises.

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