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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 27 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 also a practitioner in the use of Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) therapy in managing acute and chronic pain syndromes.  He is the director of the Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency program.  He also served as a Reviewer in the Accreditation Services Committee of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) from 2012-2016.  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.

CURRENT UPDATE:  Dr. Donato will also be completing a master of science (MSc) degree in Medical Nutrition in the next couple of years!

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.

Dr. Donato graduated with baccalaureate degrees in clinical laboratory science and physical therapy from Loma Linda University (LLU).  Later, he completed his master's in orthopedic manual therapy (MOMT) program from the Ola Grimsby Institute in San Diego, and his doctor of chiropractic degree (DC) from Palmer College of Chiropractic.  He further completed his doctorate degree in physical therapy (DPT) from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was previously board certified in orthopedics (OCS) and strength and conditioning (CSCS).  He has been in clinical practice for over 29 years and is currently a clinical staff at Riverside Physical Therapy, an adjunct faculty for DPT Seminars, and faculty/mentor for our APTA/ABPTRFE-accredited orthopedic residency program.

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 joined our team here at Riverside Physical Therapy in 2018 to complete her year-long 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).

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.

Keith completed his massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  He joined our staff in Grants Pass in 2017, and is currently stationed at our Canyonville clinic.  He 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.

Jordan completed his massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  He joined our staff in Grants Pass in 2018, and employs several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial release, sports therapy, and medical massage.

Andrea completed her massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  She has worked as a licensed massage therapist for a number of years already.  She joined our clinical staff in Grants Pass in 2018, and employs several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial release, sports therapy,  and medical massage.  She also integrates specialty techniques such as cupping, and the use of hot stones to enhance the effectiveness of her treatment techniques.  Outside her work, she is also a professional artist (painting), and is also an expert in the culinary arts scene.

Tina completed her massage therapy training at RCC in 2002 in Grants Pass, OR.  She joined our clinical staff at Cave Junction in March of 2017 with knowledge and skills in Swedish Massage, myofascial release and reflexology.  She works together with our physical therapists providing medical massage to our clients.  She also integrates her many hours of holistic continuing education that includes other techniques such as tuning forks, cupping and aroma therapy.  Outside her work, she enjoys taking care of her home and yard, crafting, sewing and needle felting.