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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 degree (MPT), clinical doctorate of physical therapy degree (DPT), and culminating to a doctorate in science degree (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 28 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 accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).  He also served as a Reviewer in the Accreditation Services Committee of the 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 and wellness 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.  Together with Dr. Miven Donato, DPT, DC, they both have a YouTube channel, ChiroPTHealth, that show the advantages of combining the 2 professions when treaingt a complex variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

CURRENT UPDATE:  Dr. Donato is currently completing a 2-year advanced training as a lifestyle nutritional consultant.






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.









Dr. Donato graduated with baccalaureate degrees in clinical laboratory science from Union College in Lincoln, NE, 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 is also a lifestyle nutritional consultant.  He has been in clinical practice for over 30 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. Darnall joined us at Riverside Physical Therapy as an orthopedic resident.  He graduated from the University of Findlay in 2020 and is pursuing specialization in orthopedic physical therapy.  He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).  After completing his residency program, he will stay on with Riverside Physical Therapy as full time clinical staff.






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 (ATC) 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.






Steve attended and graduated from the physical therapy assistant program at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR.  Prior to this, he completed a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Cal State Hayward, CA, and a master of arts degree in health, physical education and recreation from Adams State College in Colorado.  He join our Canyonville team in August this year.






Tina completed her massage therapy training in 2002 at RCC 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.






Amy completed her massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  She joined our clinical staff here in Grants Pass in 2020, and employs several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial release, sports therapy, and medical massage.






Emlyn completed her massage therapy training at RCC in Grants Pass, OR.  She joined our clinical staff here in Grants Pass in 2020, 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 been with Riverside Physical Therapy in our Grants Pass facility for several years now providing excellent care to her clients.  She is well-versed with several massage therapy techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial release, sports therapy, cupping, and medical massage.

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