Optimal Therapy is perfect for people who don’t like relying on painkillers and who prefer natural, specialist solutions to end pain and stiffness so they can keep active and enjoy life.
Our outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine rehabilitation centers in Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Boulder City and Tonopah are committed to providing the highest quality physical therapy care for our patients.
Optimal Physical Therapy is formed on the three basic principles of Empower, Educate and Elevate.
With our extensive evaluation to accurately determine the core problem that is causing your pain, our manual therapy techniques, and therapeutic exercise, we empower you to become a partner in your recovery and a return to the active life that you enjoy.
We educate you on why you are having a problem and diagnose the reason, but we do not treat the pain. Instead we treat the condition or injury that is causing the pain.
At the conclusion of your time with us, we elevate you beyond your pre-injury state and take you as far along the road to wellness as you will permit us.
To fulfill our three core rehabilitation values on which our practice is built, we use the exceptional skills, experience and training of our team members. Our focus is to heal you through manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise instead of gadgets and passive treatments.
We provide pre-operative and post-operative therapy as well as non-operative therapy for injuries that are a result of work, trauma or overuse. We maintain an individual focus on patient care to successfully return our patients to full function and an enhanced quality of life.
At Optimal Physical Therapy we value the individual, not just the patient.
Mike Russell - Physical Therapist PT, DPT, CSCS
Mike Russell is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Physical Therapy in 2007.
Since that time, his research interests have included balance rehabilitation for athletes and the aging population, shoulder pain and the overhead throwing athlete, foot volumetrics related to running versus walking, hip, knee, and ankle pain with running and run-related injuries.
Dr. Russell has been assisting all individuals to help them return to activity with an emphasis on “prehabilitation.” This term is the type of work and rehabilitation that the general population needs to engage in and depend on to prevent injuries.
He has extensive training in the use of dry needling techniques to help alleviate aches and pains faster with less time away from activities that people love. Clients of Dr. Russell enjoy the ability to stay active, avoid the use of pills or pain medication, and avoid costly surgery and procedures.
Dr. Russell is married to his beautiful wife Sara and enjoys fishing, Disneyland, and going to the beach with their kids Madison, Luke, and Liam.
Jason Melton - Lake Mead Clinic Director PT, DPT, CEEAA
Jason Melton was inspired to become a physical therapist after his own personal experience recovering from a torn ACL.
After completing a 2 year mission in Mexico, he graduated from Utah Valley University (Orem, UT) with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation. He then completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Since graduating from UNLV, Jason has received additional certifications in working with aging adults. He has also received additional training in treating shoulder, hip, knee, back pathologies and is certified in dry needling.
He specializes in outpatient orthopedics and finds it truly rewarding to help you reduce your pain, improve your function, and achieve your goals in returning to a normal active lifestyle whether you're 10 years old or 100!
Jason is married to Merryn and has four young children. His hobbies include all family activities, especially coaching his children's sports teams and California beach vacations. He also loves playing basketball, soccer, and golf.
Spencer Earnest - Paseo Verde Clinic Director PT, DPT
Spencer Earnest was born and raised in Laguna Niguel, California, spending his time playing sports and hanging out with his nine older siblings.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Utah Valley University and went on to get his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Touro University, Nevada.
He describes himself as being married to the most wonderful girl in the world and they have three amazing children. He loves spending time with his family and playing any and all sports.
He has a passion for physical therapy and helping his patients achieve their functional and rehabilitational goals.
Dave Christensen PT, DPT
Dr. Christensen was born in Idaho Falls, ID, grew up on a potato farm, and learned the value of work at an early age. Upon graduation from Shelley High School in 2001, he served a 2-year religious mission in Riverside, CA. Dr. Christensen continued his education at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science in 2009 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012.
Dr. Christensen values training and education and has several contracts with surrounding colleges and universities to provide clinical educational opportunities to future therapists such as PT’s, PTA’s,OT’s, COTA’s, and Athletic Trainers. In 2017, Dr. Christensen began helping with the Nye County School District, consulting school employees/staff, parents, and directly treating students with various gross motor impairments throughout Nye County.
Dr. Christensen has become certified in Dry Needling, McKenzie Method, Kinesio Taping. He is also trained in high velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and SI joints. His clinical skills/experience include: wound care, home health services, orthopedic conditions, neurological impairments, vestibular/balance, cardio-pulmonary, and workers’ compensation/FCE cases.
Dr. Dave Christensen has worked with Optimal/Affiliated Therapy since July of 2012 and enjoys working with a wide array of patients with various ailments. His interest in rehabilitation started at an early age as he enjoyed sports and was injured several times including broken bones, muscle strains, and knee surgery that introduced him to the wonderful world of physical therapy. Because of his time dealing with injuries and several bouts of rehab, Dr. Christensen is able to empathize with his patients and provide some unique insight.
Dr. Christensen is blissfully married to his high-school sweet-heart Elsha and they are blessed to have 4 children in their home: 3 boys and 1 girl. As a family they enjoy church, scouting, sports, photography, theme parks, video games, being involved in the community, and various outdoor activities.
If you feel you need physical therapy services, please do not delay and call us today. Dr. Christensen and his incredible staff look forward to meeting you and will promise to provide great therapy close to home!
Stephen DeFriez PT, DPT
Stephen DeFriez was born in Price, Utah and grew up in Castle Dale, Utah. After high school, he served a 2-year mission in Italy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Stephen obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. He then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy also from the University of Utah in 2009.
While at the University of Utah, Stephen met and married his wife Kim. Together, they have 3 beautiful children.
Dr. DeFriez’s interest in physical therapy started after an ACL and meniscus injury and subsequent surgical repair and physical therapy treatment.
Stephen has always enjoyed small towns so his work experience has been very broad and includes geriatrics, vestibular/balance, orthopedics, home health, cardiopulmonary, and wound care.
Stephen has been a resident of Pahrump since 2009. His interests include Jeeping, camping, hiking, playing board games/videos games and trying science experiments with his children.
Isaac Inouye PT, DPT
Isaac Inouye was born and raised in Costa Mesa California. After high school, Isaac moved to Orem, Utah to work on his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Exercise Science at Utah Valley University. While working on his undergraduate education, Isaac met and married his wife Sharyn. After getting his B.S. in Exercise Science, Isaac moved to Henderson, Nevada where he obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro University.
Isaac enjoys the outdoor access that the Las Vegas valley provides, and he tries to get outside as much as time and the Las Vegas Summers permit. Isaac considers himself a Jack-of-all-trades and enjoys mountain biking, climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing. Isaac also recently discovered Pickleball and enjoys to play as much as time permits
Isaac has worked in multiple areas of Physical Therapy and his clinical experience include Athlete Performance, Orthopedic Conditions, Low-Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Whiplash Associated Disorders, Chronic pain and is Certified in Functional Dry Needling through Kinetacore.
Justin Larson PT, DPT
Dr. Justin Larson PT, DPT has been with the company for over two years. Justin specializes in hands-on manual therapy, Dry Needling, IASTM, Blood Flow Restriction Training, sports rehabilitation, and general outpatient orthopedic care.
Prior to joining the company, he had the privilege of learning the latest in hands-on manual therapy techniques from Southwest Baptist University (SBU) fellows and faculty. During the curriculum internships, he found his true passion: orthopedic and sports physical therapy. While obtaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, he had the opportunity to be published and have his research findings presented at Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Prior to physical therapy school, Justin obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah. He met his wife, Lacie, while at the U of U. They have been married for 9 years. Their favorite thing to do is travel and attend sporting events. Both are very passionate fans of the Utah Utes.
Richard Del Rosario PTA
Richard was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. He received his Associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2016 from Carrington College and has been working with Optimal Therapy since graduating. Richard has always loved helping others and became interested in becoming a PTA to make a bigger impact in your life to help you feel better.
Richard has developed as a clinician and gained skills in communication, manual therapy (massage, cupping, passive ROM, and instrumented soft tissue mobilization), and exercises for all age groups/conditions. Richard has experience working with neurological conditions, orthopedic surgeries, cardiac rehab, and much more. Richard’s favorite part of being a Physical Therapist Assistant is working hands-on with you and being able to decrease your pain.
On Richard's days off, he enjoys to dine and travel. He also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, lifting weights, kickboxing, boxing, hockey and watching sports such as UFC. Richard looks forward to continuing his life as a PTA and being married with kids one day.
Robert Figgins OT – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Robert Figgins was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from Bonanza High School, Robert served a 2-year mission in Hawaii for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After returning home from Hawaii, he completed his undergraduate courses at UNLV in 2011 with a degree in Business Management. Robert attended an occupational therapy graduate program in Mesa, AZ and graduated in 2016 with special training in both pediatrics and sports rehabilitation.
Robert is trained in different manual techniques, including IASTM and cupping, and has experience working with a wide variety of injuries and disabilities. Robert is also trained to work with children that have Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and he collaborates closely with a physician in Las Vegas that also specializes in working with children that have this condition.
Robert was married in Gilbert, AZ in 2014 and has two boys, James and Landon, who keep him very busy. Robert enjoys playing basketball, cheering on the Rebels basketball team, and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and family.
Erin Ino PT, DPT
Erin Ino was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science in 2016 from Creighton University and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019 from Touro University Nevada.
Erin has been with Optimal Therapy since August 2019 at our Cheyenne “pediatrics” location.Erin loves kids and knew she wanted to work in a pediatric setting. Erin loves to help kiddos realize their milestones and become independent. She liked Optimal Therapy because of the opportunity to work in both pediatrics and adult orthopedics - you get the best of both worlds.
Her motivation stems from witnessing her grandfather go through physical therapy after a stroke. She wants all of her patients to feel welcomed and cared for, the way her grandfather was many years ago.
In her free time, Erin likes to boulder and rock climb. She loves outdoor activities like going to the beach, her favorite ice cream is chocolate, and is an avid coffee drinker.
Selica Dingson PTA
Selica was born and raised in the small town of Salinas, Ca. Being very active in high school kickstarted her to pursue a career in physical therapy. In 2014, she moved to Las Vegas to attend Carrington College. She received her Associate's degree as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in 2016.
Selica joined Optimal PT back in 2017 and has expanded her field in orthopedic injuries, pediatrics, manual techniques, and neurological conditions. She also has experience with cardiac rehab, providing home health services, and sports related injuries.
She enjoys working with a company that takes pride in what they do. She feels that everyone is like family and always strives to help others feel better.
In her spare time, Selica enjoys snowboarding, kickboxing, traveling, and hiking. She tries to stay active as best as she can to provide the best care for her patients. When not active, she enjoys trying out new local Vegas restaurants and learning how to cook. Selica enjoys learning about others and sharing experiences.
She is looking forward to have a wonderful career in physical therapy with Optimal Therapy.
Sharon Oster PT
Sharon Oster was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota where she developed her love for animals and the great outdoors. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Sharon has worked in several states and moved to the Pahrump valley when there were no fast food restaurants and only one stop light. Throughout her career she has worked with a wide variety of patients from premature newborns to 104 years old.
Robert “Bob” Martin PTA
Robert “Bob” Martin was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but raised about three hours north in Kokomo, Indiana.
He joined the US Air Force out of high school and after serving for 4 years, he moved back to Northern Indiana where he met his wife Tricia. They have since been married for thirty years, and together have raised four beautiful girls.
Through becoming an avid runner and cyclist, Bob grew his interest in physical therapy, health and more importantly, in helping people. He attended school at Brown Mackie College in South Bend, Indiana and finished in the top of his class. Soon after graduation, Bob gained employment with a skilled nursing facility where he won the annual exemplary employee, “Quest for Excellence” award. He has since gained a wealth of knowledge and experience as a PTA from working in many skilled nursing and wellness facilities throughout his career.
Now an empty nester, Bob and his wife are very active in their church, volunteering, mentoring high school students, and enjoying time with their rescue horse, Tom.
Austin Torgersen PT, DPT
Austin was born in Cedar City, Utah and has since lived in 6 additional states across the country. In 2009, Austin served a 2-year religious mission in Mexico where he learned to speak Spanish.
Austin graduated from Utah State University with his Bachelor's Degree in Human Movement Science and later went on to get his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Austin has experience working with a broad range of orthopedic conditions, geriatrics, and interned in a Level 1 trauma center. To Austin, it is important to continually expand his knowledge of rehabilitation to help those he works with move and feel better.
Austin has been happily married for 6 years to his wife Elizabeth. They have two children, Noah and Chloe, and are expecting their third child later this year. When Austin is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. Often Austin can be found in the mountains hiking, biking, climbing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Jason Dalisay PTA
Jason Dalisay is the clinic director of our Cheyenne location. He is originally from San Diego, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2005. Some years later, Jason decided to go back to school and in 2015, he graduated at the top of his class in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program from Carrington College in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, he also earned his second Associate’s degree.
Jason has worked at several sports performance PT clinics throughout the Las Vegas valley. He loves treating athletes and has a keen sense for treating post-op orthopedic patients. He also has grown to love working with our pediatric patients. He is LSVT BIG certified which is a specific treatment plan that can help Parkinson’s patients. He is also an STMT-1 and BFRT certified practitioner.
Jason is an avid SDSU college basketball fan and an LA Chargers fan. In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing golf, traveling, hiking and participating in obstacle course races. He married his bride Jennette in March 2013. In April of 2015 they were blessed with their daughter, Aria and in June 2017 they had their son, Lincoln. Jason loves spending his free time with his family.
Brenda Deaver PT, DPT
Brenda Deaver was born and raised in the Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she competed on the Track and Field team in sprints and hurdles. After serving an LDS mission in Romania, she graduated with her BS in Exercise Science.
She enjoyed the field so much, she pursued a MS degree in Exercise Physiology, and enjoyed teaching in the anatomy lab and various sports classes. She decided to further her education and moved to Las Vegas for physical therapy school at UNLV.
There she met her husband, Ryan, and they love biking, movies, walking their dog, and trying new ice cream places. Her most recent athletic achievement was playing on the Utah Falconz, a semi-professional women’s football team in the IWFL, and one of the best in the nation. She enjoys running, biking, triathlons, soccer, football, and trying new things.
Trever Heppe PT, DPT
Trever was born in northern California but was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduating from Coronado High School, Trever completed his B.S. degree in Biology from UNLV. Trever became interested in physical therapy through his background in sports and while working for several clinics as a physical therapy technician throughout the pursuit of his undergraduate degree. He graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro University Nevada.
Trever wishes to specialize in treating young athletes of all sports. His goal is to obtain his specialty in sports. Because soccer is a huge part of Trever’s life, he also aspires to one day become a youth soccer coach.
Trever enjoys remaining active in his spare time. He enjoys watching soccer and playing in several leagues around town. He also enjoys snowboarding, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, and rock climbing.
Robyn Reyes PTA
Robyn was born in Bronx, New York. Shortly after, she moved with her family to Las Vegas, Nevada. After graduating high school, Robyn started to work towards a Pastry degree at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). She gained experience working as a baker but realized that she enjoyed it more as a hobby.
Robyn has been familiar with the Physical Therapy field ever since a little girl because both of her parents are PTs. Robyn’s determination to help others and sincere passion for working with children, motivated her to graduate with an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), from Carrington College.
From the first time she helped a non-ambulatory toddler walk independently, Robyn was confident in her career choice. With years of knowledge and experience in treating a wide variety of pediatric disorders, Robyn is looking forward to helping all the kiddos she can. In her spare time, Robyn enjoys playing soccer, going to concerts, and ANYTHING DISNEY!
Anthony Datu PTA
Anthony Datu is originally from San Jose, California, but moved to Las Vegas in 2008. Anthony served in the Air Force for a total of 8 years and received many awards and accolades while serving our country, his proudest achievement was receiving the Pacific Airman of The Year award in 2011. Anthony graduated from Carrington College in 2018 and has been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant for Optimal Therapy since then.
Anthony shadowed many occupations while working as a volunteer at a hospital and ended up enjoying the time spent with the physical therapy department. The opportunity to be a part of something special, such as helping you or your loved one walk for the first time, captivated him. Anthony is very familiar with working in an acute care setting. He is fond of performing wound care services and myofascial release techniques.
Anthony moved to Pahrump in December 2019 and currently likes to watch Mixed Martial Arts and practice muay thai on the weekends.“Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do”, are the Air Force’s core values. Anthony proudly applies these fundamental values in the physical therapy setting, in helping others feel better, and in everything that he does
Ashley Delobel Clinic Director PT, DPT
Ashley was born and raised in Henderson, NV. She graduated from Basic High School in 2004 and participated in cross country, basketball, and track and field. Ashley graduated from UNLV with her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2009 and UNLV Physical Therapy Department in 2013. She loves to work with young athletes and children. She has also received certifications in dry needling and kinesiotaping, and taken many classes on concussion rehabilitation.
Ashley has been working for Optimal Therapy an Affiliated Company since February 2019 and is currently the Clinic Director at the Windmill location. Ashley still lives in Henderson with her husband Brandon and their 2 children: Shelbi and Ryder. They enjoy hiking, watching/playing sports, going to the lake, and family time.
Julie Haake Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT
Dr. Julie Haake grew up in Keller, Texas. She pursued her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Science at California State University, Northridge, where she became the first CSUN student-athlete to play four years of both indoor and beach volleyball. Upon graduation, Julie moved to Kansas City to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Mary.
Julie loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, and enjoys staying active by hiking, running, strength training, practicing yoga, and playing sports.
Dr. Julie Haake became interested in physical therapy due to her involvement in sports, and is passionate about treating athletes, empowering the geriatric population, and pelvic health physical therapy.
Tyler Gremban PT, DPT
Dr. Tyler Gremban received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro University – Nevada in 2019. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014. He is an active member of both the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Nevada Physical Therapy Association (NVPTA). He is also a certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach for people with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders.
Tyler specializes in treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. He understands how difficult movement can affect your everyday life. Tyler takes pride in helping you get back to doing things that are meaningful and important to you.
In his free time, he enjoys exploring the Southwest with his wife, golfing, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Sean Hastings HR and Facilities Director
Sean Hastings joined Affiliated Therapy’s team in 2014. Sean comes to Affiliated with a wealth of knowledge and experience in management, sales, graphic design and project management. He served a 2-year mission for his church in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2001.
Sean has studied at San Bernardino Valley Community College (SBVCC), Westwood College and is currently attending Western Governor’s University (WGU) pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He was recently elected in his county to the School Board as a Trustee. He is very excited about this new experience and opportunity to give back and help the children in the county school district as well as in his community.
Sean is very active in his personal life and in his church assignments. He loves spending time with his family, experiencing the great outdoors, going to the movies and trying new foods. Sean is most excited for the chance to help grow the Affiliated Therapy brand and working with so many wonderful people in and out of the clinic.
Steve Jolley CEO PT, DPT
Steve Jolley was born and raised in Shelley, Idaho. After high school, he gave two years of his life to helping the people of Honduras. While in Honduras, Steve learned to speak Spanish fluently. Afterward, he attended Brigham Young University, Idaho, and received a Bachelor's Degree. It is here where he met his wonderful and beautiful wife. Together, they have five amazing children. He loves all sports on and in the water. He says his heaven on earth is Lake Powell.
Steve received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 from Idaho State University. Upon graduation, he moved with his family to southern Nevada. Shortly after moving, he opened his first clinic in 2009 in Pahrump, Nevada. Because of the excellent care provided at Affiliated Physical Therapy, the company quickly grew to become the largest in Nye County.
After years of providing outstanding outpatient therapy treatments, Steve has transitioned into the CEO position. While occasionally treating and interacting with our great patients, he is now "pushing around papers instead of pushing around muscles and bones."
Affiliated Therapy and Optimal Therapy joined forces in July of 2019. This union brought about a few changes, such as our new name, "Optimal Therapy an Affiliated Company" (OPT). Joining together has brought even more opportunities. Steve, with his growth team in place, plans to keep the momentum going by opening new clinics. He is so excited to lead such an incredible team of experts and to see where his next steps will take him and his company.