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Dr. Donato attended Loma Linda University in California and graduated with baccalaureate degrees (BS) in respiratory therapy and health science.  Later, he completed his master of physical therapy (MPT), clinical doctorate of physical therapy (DPT), and culminating to a doctorate in science (DSc).  He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic manual physical therapist with emphasis in spine rehabilitation, and is board certified in orthopedics (OCS) and hand therapy (CHT) and has over 26 years of clinical experience.  He is certified in dry needling (CIDN) by the American Dry Needling Institute, and is also certified in strength and conditioning (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  He is the director of the Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency program.  He has served as a Reviewer in the Credentialing Services Committee of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).  He is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and is the clinical coordinator for clinical education at Riverside Physical Therapy and has clinical affiliations with Pacific University, Loma Linda University, University of Southern California, Simmons College, Sacred Heart University, and Idaho State University.


He is also the founder and director of Priority Fitness, a personalized fitness center that has teamed up with Riverside Physical Therapy to provide a continuum of uninterrupted customized fitness/wellness programs to meet all of our clients' needs.





Born in Ashland, OR, Jeff grew up in Southern Oregon.  He attended college in Ashland at SOSC before attending physical therapy school.  In 1990, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI, with a bachelor of science in human anatomy and physiology.  In 1991, he graduated with a master of science in physical therapy from Andrews University.  He has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings including acute in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient clinics, and home health.  He is the founder of Riverside Physical Therapy which officially opened in 1998.





Michelle attended Pacific Union College for her undergraduate studies and went on to complete her bachelor of health science and master of physical therapy (MPT) degree from Loma Linda University.  She is also certified in Pilates and provides Pilates exercises training on a one-on-one basis to her clients.  She has worked in a variety of settings and has joined our staff at Riverside Physical Therapy-Canyonville in 2013.





Gil completed his undergraduate studies from the Philippines in 2001 with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy.  He started working mostly in a skilled nursing physical therapy setting and was exposed to a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  He later moved to the United States and worked in a home health physical therapy setting.  Throughout the years, he has had a strong desire to complete an accredited orthopedic physical therapy residency program that would change the direction of his professional career.  With strong determination, he steadfastly pursued his interests and was officially accepted to Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency program in March of 2017 and has started his program in August of 2017.  He is also a Priority Fitness Certified Personal Trainer (PF-CPT) and trains Priority Fitness members or clients on a one-on-one basis for personalized exercise training.  He primarily works at our Grants Pass and Cave Junction facilities.





Dr. Washko completed her bachelor of science degree from the University of Dayton, OH, and then attended the University of Illinois-Chicago and completed her doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT).  She has recently joined our team here at Riverside Physical Therapy to complete her orthopedic physical therapy residency.  She will sit for the orthopedic physical therapy specialty board examination at the completion of her residency program in 2019 for board certification in orthopedics (OCS).





Ron attended Loma Linda University in the late 1980s and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physical Therapy.  He has over 28 years of clinical practice and has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings (ie, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient hospital, geriatrics and home health).  He has worked at Riverside Physical Therapy before to provide staff coverages.  With his vast experience in physical therapy, we are glad he has joined our staff.  He works primarily at our Canyonville facility.





Jim grew up in Grants Pass, OR, and graduated from Grants Pass High School while enjoying academics and sports.  After attending Oregon State University, he transferred to Southern Oregon College where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in General Studies, Interdisciplinary, with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy and athletic training.  He went on to become a Certified Athletic Trainer from 1987-2006 and initiated programs at South Medford High School in Southern Oregon, and other high schools in California.  In 1999, he graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Loma Linda University and received a Faculty Award for academic excellence, and an Alumni Award for Professional Promise as a PTA.  He joined our staff at Riverside Physical Therapy in 2000.  Outside his profession, Jim is a former River Guide for Orange Torpedo Trips, and a former Tae Kwon Do practitioner and instructor.  He continues to enjoy kayaking, rafting, and camping.





Julie attended Loma Linda University and completed her physical therapy assistant degree.  She joined our team in 2015.





Kate completed her massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  Later, she attended Pacific University to complete her bachelor of science degree.  She has worked as a licensed massage therapist for over 10 years and currently also works for a chiropractic group in Medford.  She joined our staff in 2016 and employs several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and myofascial release, sports therapy, prenatal massage, and medical massage.  She is also an aspiring professional photographer.





Keith completed his massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  He joined our staff in 2017 and employs several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and myofascial release, sports therapy, and medical massage.  He is also certified in Cranial Sacral Therapy.





Kristin joined Riverside Physical Therapy in 2015.  She is a Priority Fitness Certified Personal Trainer (PF-CPT) and provides a one-on-one exercise fitness training exercise program for our Priority Fitness gym members and clients in our Canyonville facility.  She also teaches all of our weekly group exercise classes for all ages.  She also works as a physical therapy aide when she is not busy with her exercise clients.





Joy joined Riverside Physical Therapy in 2018.  She is a Priority Fitness Certified Personal Trainer (PF-CPT) and provides a one-on-one exercise fitness training program for our Priority Fitness gym members and clients in our Grants Pass and Cave Junction facilities.  She also also works as one of our front receptionists when she is not busy with her exercise clients.





Tara joined Riverside Physical Therapy in 2018.  She is a Priority Fitness Certified Personal Trainer (PF-CPT) and provides a one-on-one exercise fitness training program for our Priority Fitness gym members and clients in our Canyonville facility.  She also teaches all of our weekly group exercise classes for all ages.  She also works as a physical therapy aide when she is not busy with her exercise clients.

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