Our Therapists

Michael J. Moore, PT

 

michael1Michael J. Moore, PT received his Physical Therapy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed the six-month course in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. He also completed the two-year Norwegian Level I Mobilization Residency in Norway.

He is a faculty member of the Folsom Physical Therapy long-term course and has taught numerous short courses on the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.

Michael is one of the eight founding fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

With the implementation of PNF principles, Michael was able to successfully utilize those techniques for a good outcome after his radical prostatectomy in 2005. After that event, he collaborated with urologist Brian Naftalin, for FPT’s pre-and post prostatectomy treatment program for bladder incontinency which was begun in 2006.

He was intensely involved in the Folsom High wrestling program from 1994 until 2005. He remains semi-active with the program today, operating an optional strength/conditioning program to wrestlers and volunteering as a consultant to the team for musculoskeletal injuries.

 

Tim McGonigle, PT

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Tim McGonigle, P.T. is one of the second -generation manual therapists in the USA.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSU Fresno’s Physical Therapy Program in 1980. After taking the Folsom Physical Therapy’s Long-Term OMT course in 1982, he completed his Orthopedic Manual Therapy residency through the Kaiser Hayword Orthopedic Residency Program in 1983.  His direct instructors include the first generation OMT practitioners in the USA, including Michael J. Moore, P.T., Dennis Morgan, P.T, D.C. and Eileen Vollowitz, P.T. who studied directly under Kaltenborn and Evjenth; and Barbera Stevens, P.T., Peter Edgelow, P.T. and Linda Van Hoesen, P.T. who studied directly under Geoff Maitland, GDT.

Since graduation from the Kaiser Hayword program, Tim has been a partner with Michael J. Moore in Folsom Physical Therapy’s clinical practice and OMT education system.  He had annual contact with either Freddy Kaltenborn or Olaf Evjenth, consisting of personal instruction, patient evaluations and treatments, and assisting on courses that they conducted in the USA between 1983 and 2007.

Tim was elected to the board of directors charged with the task of carrying the K-E OMT System forward as Kaltenborn and Evjenth announced their retirements at the K-E International Teachers Meeting in Gran Canaria Island, Spain in January 2014.

Tim has presented at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections and American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists meetings. He has also presented at medical conferences through his Volunteer Clinical Faculty position with the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Pain Management.

Tim was part of the first wave of fellows inducted into the AAOMPT in 1996. His fellowship number is 0063. Tim has 30+ years of full time clinical practice and teaching post-graduate OMT continuing education courses through Folsom Physical Therapy.

 

Brigit Moore, MPT

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Brigit Moore, MPT attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and continued on to Fresno State to get her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. After graduation in 2005 she moved back to Sacramento to work as an outpatient physical therapist for Sutter Medical Foundation. While working for Sutter she took the Folsom Physical Therapy long-term course for three consecutive years to continue her manual skills development and treatment planning for patients.

Brigit started FPT’s balance and vestibular program in 2009 and has taken various courses to continue her evolution of skill in this area. These courses include:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders
  • Spinning Beyond Basics: An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course
  • Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Treating Balance Impairment in the Neurological Population

Kristen Branham, MPT

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Kristen Branham, MPT received her BS in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University in 1997, then the Master of Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno in 2000. An internship with Michael J. Moore and FPT crystallized Kristen’s enthusiasm to pursue an orthopedic manual therapy career. She studied for three years in Folsom’s Long-term course. In her eight years at the UC Davis Medical Center, Kristen was involved in the seminal development of the outpatient PT department, which opened in 2006. She was board-certified by the APTA in orthopedics, receiving the OCS in 2004. Kristen has been an invited speaker at the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Annual UC Davis Spine Care Conferences for the Primary Care Practitioner. Other past continuing education has included the Australian-based Orthopedic Long-term Program in 2003, the Northern California Sports Medicine Education Long-term course in 2007, and multiple weekend courses on the spine and extremities.

 

 

Lynn Bollinger, PT, CHT

LynnLynn Bollinger has been a physical therapist for over 40 years, she loves her profession. For most of her career she has worked for Kaiser Permanente. She began at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center (KFRC) which is a neurological rehabilitation center and is the site where Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) was founded; this type of manual exercise treatment has its roots in neuro-rehab. Lynn spent four years treating patients with neurological problems at KFRC. She then transferred to Kaiser Hayward to begin a new area of focus on orthopedic manual therapy. After 3 years of living and working as a P.T. in Norway and Ireland as well as starting a family, she rejoined Kaiser in the 1980’s.

Lynn began work at Kaiser South Sacramento early 2000’s about the same time she began transitioning from general outpatient orthopedic physical therapy to specialization in hand rehabilitation. She took extensive course work in this specialty as well as a 6 month externship with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). After passing a stringent national exam, she became a Certified Hand Therapist and was Kaiser South Sacramento’s first CHT. She states that after all these years she continues to find hand therapy exciting and fulfilling.

Lynn has worked as a consultant for F.P.T. part time for several years. Since her retirement from Kaiser in late 2015, she is now treating hand patients on a more regular basis at F.P.T.

Outside of work, Lynn finds enjoyment in spending time with her family and extended family and ballroom dancing with her wonderful husband.

Angie-Blaikie-ptAngela Blaikie, MPT

Angie enjoys treating patients with lymphedema as well as orthopedic conditions. She is a current participant in our FPT Long Term Manual Therapy Course. Angie says her favorite part of the job is helping patients continue participating in their favorite activities through promoting healing of injured tissue, training weakened muscles and teaching management strategies for chronic conditions. She also enjoys the problem solving aspect of her work.

Angie is a LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist, she is also a Certified MLD/CDT Lymphedema Therapist and has an MS in Physical Therapy from California State University Sacramento, a BS in Physical Therapy from California State University Sacramento, a BS in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA and has been a Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA/CPTA) since 2010.

 

Kristia Suutala, PT

kristia-suutala-ptKristia has extensive experience in treating TMJ pathologies, vestibular conditions as well as orthopedic conditions. She says that one of the rewards of being a physical therapist is having the time and opportunity to explore the impact of the patient’s concern from their perspective. She feels that treatment is a shared responsibility between patient and therapist in order to achieve results. Kristia says it is so exciting to also share in the progress of improved function for home, work or play!

Kristia is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, she has a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of California San Francisco and a BA in Chemistry from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, she is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMP) and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA/CPTA) since 1998

 

Bill Garcia, MS, DPT

Bill comes to FPT with a strong desire to continue the tradition of excellence and compassionate care in orthopedic physical therapy established here.  In addition to being a highly skilled clinician, Bill is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy program at CSUS, working part-time at FPT as well.  He received his MPT degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, followed by multiple post-graduate long-term courses in orthopedic manual therapy, including twice through Folsom’s Long-term course in 2003-2004.  Bill completed a fellowship with Evidence in Motion, a three-year post-professional clinical and education process, and is a certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.  He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).

Living in Auburn, mountain biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two daughters fills his nonworking hours.

Christina Moskala, DPT

Christina’s favorite part of being a physical therapist is seeing the empowerment patient’s gain once they learn how to achieve and many times surpass the function they had lost. She says “it’s exciting to see patients gain confidence and control of their physical health by learning how to promote healing, train deficient muscles, create better postural habits, and correct improper body mechanics.”  Christina enjoys treating all orthopedic conditions from the neck and spine to upper and lower extremities.

Christina has a BS in Health Sciences and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University. She has experience treating a variety of diagnoses and populations throughout the United States working several years as a travel physical therapist. She has completed the Level I and II NAIOMT (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual therapy)  continuing education courses on the Cervical Spine, Lumbar Spine, Thoracic Spine, Lower Extremity and Upper Extremity. She is also a current participant in the FPT Long Term Manual Therapy Course.

Outside of work she enjoys playing tennis, badminton, volleyball, hiking, and traveling the world. Christina is bilingual in English and Spanish.